Butcher steers fetch top dol­lar

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

A pen of two drought­mas­ters butcher steers from Walka­min Cen­tral topped this week’s cat­tle sales at $269.2c/kg.

They weighed an aver­age of 577kg and came back at $1554.63.

Cat­tle numbers more than dou­bled at this week’s Ma­reeba Cat­tle Sale with an in­crease of 212.

This was due to a larger per­cent­age of cows and store cat­tle up for auc­tion.

Land­mark auc­tion­eer Jack Hen­shaw said the prime mar­ket re­mained very strong with­pro­ces­sors JBS Townsville at­tend­ing the sale.

“There was a very high qual­ity yard­ing of prime cat­tle this week,” he said.

“The best pen of three brah­man cows was owned by High Coun­try Pas­toral and made 222.2c/kg, weigh­ing 496kg which came back at an av­er­ag­ing of $1103.59.

“The best bulls were three drought­mas­ter bulls from Wes Costa in Tolga, which sold for 251.2c/kg weigh­ing 503kg that came back at $1264.37.

“There was a de­mand for fat cat­tle at the mo­ment which has sent the sale yard prices rise higher than the meat works prices. The store mar­ket was very strong on very good qual­ity of cat­tle.”

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