Mareeba combined agents penned a total of 621 head at this week's prime and store cattle sale, an increase of 191 head on the previous week.
Three local processors were present along with two major processors, a couple of traders and the usual gallery of local buyers.
Local trade type steers went to the major export processors this week, the best reporting a significant drop of 54c back to 294c. Similar trends were recorded for local trade heifers back 16c from 290c last week, and local trade cows reduced in value by 26c back from 262c.
Ox suitable for slaughter reduced by 48c back from 342c, cows suitable for slaughter were back 54c from 266c and bulls suitable for slaughter reported a drop of 33c back from 288c the previous week.
Good quality store steers reduced by 23c back from a top of 298c last week, good quality store heifers were back 20c and good quality store males were back 64c from a top of 304c.
The yarding consisted of 243 steers averaging 206c selling to a top of 294c, 64 bulls averaging 190c selling to a top of 255c, 153 cows averaging 173c selling to a top of 236c, 98 heifers averaging 198c selling to a top of 274c, 24 yearling heifers averaging 238c selling to a top of 248c and 39 yearling steers averaging 252c selling to a top of 275c.