Butcher steers fetch top dollar
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.”