Mareeba combined agents penned a total of 1795 head at last week's prime and store cattle sale, an increase of 1302 head on the previous week.
The buying panel was made up of four major export processors, one local processor and a larger gallery of store buyers, southern traders and re-stockers.
Store cattle are still selling well with the best of the younger steers reaching 500.2c. Store heifers remained in strong demand selling to a top of 440.2c. These high rates are predominately for softer type cattle.
The yarding consisted of 370 bulls averaging 356c selling to a top of 490.2c, 393 cows averaging 249.2c selling to a top of 294.2c, 273 heifers averaging 343.1c selling to a top of 422.2c, 222 steers averaging 358.1c selling to a top of 458.2c, 301 yearling heifers averaging 406.3c selling to a top of 440.2c, 219 yearling steers averaging 446.7c selling to a top of 500.2c, three cows and calves at $1320, one cow and calf at $630, four cows and calves at $1120, six cows and calves at $1440 and three cows and calves at $1660.