Steers up by 10 cents at cat­tle sales

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

Pic­ture: Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

Auctioneers at this week’s Ma­reeba Cat­tle Sales.

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