Mareeba Combined Agents penned a total of 1176 head at this week's prime and special store cattle sale, an increase of 754 head on last week.
The yarding consisted of 389 steers averaging 358.9c selling to a top of 464.2c, 92 bulls averaging 370.7c selling to a top of 468.2c, 141 cows averaging 250.8c selling to a top of 316.2c, 231 heifers averaging 364.6c selling to a top of 448.2c, 207 yearling heifers averaging 432.8c selling to a top of 458.2c and 109 yearling steers averaging 463.5c selling to a top of 506.2c.
Two local processors, three export meat processors, one live export buyer, four southern traders were present along with local buyers and strong gallery of local viewers.
Heavy cows sold to strong competition due to increased buyer activity. Meatworks type steers and heavy heifers also sold well due to additional buyer support.
Store cattle are still selling extremely well with the best of the younger steers reaching above 500c. Store heifers remained in strong demand selling to a top of 458.2c. These high rates are predominately for softer type cattle.