Buy­ers beef up search for bar­gains

Tablelands Advertiser - - RURAL INSIGHT - Kather­ine Kokko­nen

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.”

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