Num­bers up but prices are down

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE -

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.”

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