Dalby sale 3 May 2023: Heavy cattle firm

Trevor Hess, NLRS, 04/05/2023

Yarding 3887 Change -2988

All the usual export buyers were in attendance and operating on reduced prices in the cow section.

Light weight yearling steers and heifers returning to the paddock averaged 25c to 30c/kg less. Yearling steers to feed were firm to marginally cheaper. Yearling heifers to feed were firm to 8c/kg cheaper and more in places.

A short supply of heavy grown steers and bullocks experienced a small improvement.

Cows could not maintain the levels of the previous week and lost 10c to 15c/kg and more in places.

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 424c to average 377c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market averaged from 363c to 374c with some in the same weight range to restockers reaching 406c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 353c and made to 368c/kg.

Light weight yearling heifers returning to the paddock made to the occasional 314c to average 279c and poor quality lines 242c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed averaged from 281c to 317c with sales to 338c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 326c and made to 338c/kg. Heavy grown steers to the local meat trade made to 328c and a handful of bullocks to export processors made to 336c to average 327c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 222c and 3 scores 240c/kg. Heavy weight 3 score cows averaged 246c and the best of the heavy weights made to 269c to average 258c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made to 293c/kg.

Market Reporter: Trevor Hess

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Numbers dropped in Dalby this week to 3887 head yarded, GDL bringing in 1329 of those. The usual panel of buyers were present but operating with reduced rates. The market followed a similar trend to last week with heavy cattle going to processors and feed remaining mostly firm to a touch softer in places and light weight yearling cattle experiencing reduced prices. Top heavy cows averaged up to 10c/kg softer, however, top quality heavy cows continued to sell consistently from 260 to 265c/kg. Heifers experienced some significant reductions across the board with heifers across all categories averaging around 280c/kg. Heavy feeder heifers did see sales to 338c/kg, weaner heifers topped at 314c/kg. Feeder steers remained firm, lightweight yearling steers saw prices fall 20 to 30c/kg with steers under 300kg selling from 360 to 390c/kg on average with the best steers making 424c/kg.

Prime Quotes
Heifers up to 400kg – 236c/kg, 279c/kg, 260c/kg
Heifers over 400kg –255c/kg, 312c/kg, 285c/kg
Cows up to 400kg –112c/kg, 188c/kg, 150c/kg
Cows 400kg to 500kg –142c/kg, 247c/kg, 230c/kg
Cows over 500kg –220c/kg, 269c/kg, 256c/kg

Steers & bullocks over 500kg –282c/kg, 336c/kg, 320c/kg

Store & Feeder Quotes
Steers up to 200kg –288c/kg, 421c/kg, 385c/kg
Steers 200kg to 280kg –288c/kg, 424c/kg, 377c/kg
Steers 280kg to 330kg – 216c/kg, 406c/kg, 362c/kg
Steers 330kg to 400kg –212c/kg, 395c/kg, 373c/kg
Feeder steers over 400kg – 266c/kg, 368c/kg, 352c/kg
Heifers up to 200kg –228c/kg, 292c/kg, 270c/kg
Heifers 200kg to 280kg –210c/kg, 314c/kg, 268c/kg
Heifers 280kg to 330kg –240c/kg, 290c/kg, 275c/kg
Heifers 330kg to 400kg –230c/kg, 338c/kg, 275c/kg
Feeder heifers over 400kg –240c/kg, 338c/kg, 280c/kg
Feeder/Boat Bulls –224c/kg, 352c/kg, 305c/kg
Slaughter Bulls – 250c/kg, 293c/kg, 278c/kg



Droughtmaster Bulls sold by KJ & CE Macdonald of Crows Nest to processors 292.2c/kg, 790.0kg, $2308.

Droughtmaster Cows sold by Kurrawa Farming of Moonie to processors 269.2c/kg, 705.8kg, $1900.

Charolais X Heifers sold by Ross & Sons of Roma to processors 290.2c/kg, 573.0kg, $1663.

Santa Steers sold by B & S Rohde of Westmar to processors 306.2c/kg, 767.5kg, $2350.

Charolais X Steers sold by Ross & Sons of Roma to feedlotters 384.2c/kg, 400.8kg, $1540.

Angus Ylg Steers sold by BNK Pastoral of Kingaroy to backgrounders 406.2c/kg, 309.2kg, $1256.

Simmental X Ylg Heifers sold by GT & CE Patteson of Kingaroy to feedlotters 288.2c/kg, 306.9kg, $884.

Sources: NLRS, Eastern Rural, GDL


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