Buy­ers re­sist splash­ing out on drop in qual­ity

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

Next Tues­day’s Prime and Store Cat­tle Sale will start at 9am at the Ma­reeba Cat­tle Yards. To com­ment on this story: ed­i­to­rial@table­land­news­pa­pers. face­­land­sad­ver­tiser

Pic­ture: Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

A pen of 10 brah­mans was sold to JBS for $2 even at Tues­day’s Ma­reeba Cat­tle Sale.

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