Mareeba combined agents penned a total of 391 head at this week's prime and store cattle sale. Numbers decreased by 253 head on the previous week.
Three local processors were present along with just a few local traders and fatteners. One major southern processor was also in attendance.
Values for local trade steers reduced in value by 23c/kg, local trade heifers remained firm in value selling to 1c dearer, local trade cows remained firm in value selling to 2c cheaper and bulls suitable for slaughter sold to 8c cheaper.
The yarding comprised 79 steers averaging 226c selling to a top of 274c, 193 bulls averaging 130c selling to a top of 294c, 42 cows averaging 135c selling to a top of 238c, 34 heifers averaging 177c selling to a top of 227c, 24 yearling heifers averaging 184c selling to a top of 230c and 15 yearling steers averaging 240c selling to a top of 261c. One cow and calf sold at $230/unit and three cows and calves at $310/unit.
This was the final sale for 2019, with the first sale for 2020 is scheduled for February 4.