Steers up by 10 cents at cattle sales
COMPETITION drove cattle prices up at this week’s cattle sales in Mareeba.
The Mareeba Combined Agents penned a small total of 147 head for this week’s Prime and Store Sale with numbers down by 14 head on last week’s sale.
Elders Auctioneer Mark Peters said the market was steady in all areas except with store cattle.
“It looks like the market had a bit of general improvement this week,” he said.
“It didn’t get up to the same value with the store cattle because the quality wasn’t as good as it was last week.
“All other categories saw some improvements on the previous week.
“Stores for slaughter have got a bit stronger than the previous week.
“It goes to show there is a bit of extra competition depending on who is doing what.”
Mr Peters said he thinks there is some room for the market to improve a little bit as the weather has been affecting the market slightly. Supply is very steady. Steer values improved by 10c/kg, cows rose by 10c/kg and export slaughter ox gained 13c/kg.
Auctioneers at this week’s Mareeba Cattle Sales.