Buyers resist splashing out on drop in quality
A DROP in quality offered at this week’s Mareeba Cattle Sales has resulted in a corresponding drop in prices.
Elders livestock support officer Bill Denmark said buyers weren’t overly thrilled by what they saw.
“I think the prices were down because the quality of cattle weren’t up to last week’s standard,” he said.
“You can’t really predict what cattle will come into the yard.
“Butchers cattle were in limited supply and the yarding was mainly comprised of meatworks cows, slaughter bulls and a small number of store steers and heifers.”
Cattle numbers were up on last week with a total of 769 head offered at the Prime and Store Sale. Cattle were drawn from Chillagoe, Peninsula, Lakeland, Tableland and coastal areas.
At this week’s sale, one cow and calf sold for $1540.
The top Store Steers went for 282.2 c/kg, Store heifers were 266.2 c/kg and the top store bull went for 257.2 c/kg.
There were two export buyers, three feedlotters and two local processors bidding on stock.
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A pen of 10 brahmans was sold to JBS for $2 even at Tuesday’s Mareeba Cattle Sale.