Numbers up but prices are down
THE total head of cattle penned at this week’s Mareeba Cattle sale increased but there were no improvements on the prices.
However, there was a better line of butcher’s cattle available.
The head of cattle auctioned off at this week’s Mareeba Combined Agents sale was a total of 1045 beasts penned.
Butchers heifers were in short supply and lost ground going for 214c/kg and prices for export slaughter bullocks and cows also lost ground on last week’s quotes.
Export bulls went for a top of 255c/kg and cows 216c/kg.
Mickey bulls improved by 10 cents and Wholesale cows decreased in price.
Store steers were back 35 cents on last week while store heifers gained 13 cents.
Marathon Station farmer Rob Levers was passing through Mareeba and dropped in to Mareeba Cattle Sales to check out the competition on Tuesday.
He said that he was interested to see what the breeds and prices were doing in different parts of the region.
He said the breeds are similar but the country is very different.
While the numbers of penned cattle have been fluctuating, Mareeba Sale Yards chairman Chris Greenwood said the sale yards were expanding by 30 more selling pens for the busy season.
“We had record breaking sales numbers and sales in 2016 and these additional pens will get away from second yarding,” Mr Greenwood said.
“There were not enough pens for the large number of cattle. We would have to get through one sale and then rearrange the flow and do the second yard which would streamline the selling.”