Cross­bred heifers top butcher mar­kets at Ma­reeba

The Cairns Post - - LIFESTYLE - BRON­WYN WHEATCROFT bron­wyn.wheatcroft@news.com.au

A PEN of cross­bred heifers from Dim­bu­lah topped this week’s butcher mar­kets at the Ma­reeba Com­bined Agents Prime and Store Sale yes­ter­day.

There was a to­tal of 538 head of cat­tle at this week’s sale which was up on last week’s sale. Queens­land Ru­ral part­ner and auc­tion­eer Jack Shep­hard said the cows were back about 23¢ and meat works were back about the same, while bul­locks were back about 20¢.

“Store cat­tle eased a lit­tle on last week but all mar­kets co­in­cide with the south­ern mar­kets,” he said.

“All prices at Ma­reeba today were in con­junc­tion with the south­ern mar­kets.

“Over­all I was very happy with the sale be­cause at the end of the day we have sold cat­tle for a lot less.”

He said heads of cat­tle at the sales can be ex­pected to start in­creas­ing in the com­ing weeks.

“I would start to ex­pect numbers to in­crease ev­ery­where about now be­cause of the time of year where every­one starts their mus­ter­ing,” he said.

“We sold a good line of cross­bred heifers from Andy and Kelly Perkow­icz in Dim­bu­lah.”

The Perkow­icz pen of eight heifers were sold for 231.2¢/kg by Queens­land Ru­ral and topped yes­ter­day’s butcher mar­ket in Ma­reeba. The yard­ing was mainly well fin­ished ox, cows, heifers and bulls for slaugh­ter and lo­cal trade.

The bal­ance of the yard­ing was made up of some very handy Drought­mas­ter and cross­bred stores.

Lo­cal trade heifers showed a pos­i­tive improvement – sell­ing to 7¢ stronger than last week

HAPPY DAYS: Auc­tion­eer Jacko Shep­hard (right).

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