Mareeba combined agents penned a total of 378 head at last week's prime and store cattle sale.
Numbers decreased by 79 head on the previous week. Bulls dominated numbers, with a total of 53 per cent of the yarding. Bullocks suitable for slaughter gained 7c/kg, setting a new yard record of 316c.
Local trade heifers sold for the best money of 2019 an improvement of 16c on the previous week. Heavy cows didn't hit the highs from last week, back 5c from 254c. Bulls suitable for slaughter remained strong with good competition.
The yarding consisted of 198 bulls averaging 211.8c selling to a top of 300.2c, 80 cows averaging 202.2c selling to a top of 246.2c, 25 heifers averaging 166.1c selling to a top of 265.2c (best heifer money for 2019), 64 steers averaging 259.4c selling to a top of 316.2c (new saleyard record for steers), six yearling heifers averaging 157c selling to a top of 254.2c and three yearling steers averaging 150c selling to a top of 150c. One cow and calf unit sold for $400.