Buyers beef up search for bargains
BUYERS had a hard time nabbing a bargain, but were determined to try their luck as the Mareeba saleyards wind down for the year.
Mareeba combined agents yarded about 500 head at the second last sale for 2016.
The last sale is on Tuesday and features store-type cattle.
Elders sales manager Mark Peters said next week’s sale would be “business as usual”.
“There are still people in the marketplace prepared to come and look and buy cattle – the market hasn’t completely fall- en through the floor,” he said.
Daintree cattle producer Ray Woods was in the market for lighter store cattle, but also bought some heavier steers.
He runs around 200 head at his Upper Daintree property.
He paid 262.2c/kg for eight Droughtmaster steers from Gray and Hatfield. The steers averaged around 685.6kg to return around $1797 per head.
“I’ve got plenty of grass and they can come home with me for six months,” he said.
“I’ve just got to get more stock before the wet.”
Mr Woods last bought cattle at the Mareeba Saleyards three weeks ago. He said he planned to attend the last sale.
Elders Queensland Live Export Manager Tom Kennedy came to the sales to visit clients and to generate business for the new year.
“Elders have a number of ships going out in January and February,” he said.
“We need to secure the best part of 20,000 over the next three months.”
“The market is strong and there are no bargains to be had.
“This year has been a good year and let’s have a safe, happy and wet Christmas to finish it off.”