Dalby sale 27 Sep 2023: Lighter cattle cheaper, heavier weights firmer

Trevor Hess, NLRS, 28/09/2023

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A fair panel of export buyers was present and operating with some displaying more interest in the cow section.

Feeder activity remains subdued with one major feeder operator absent from the buying panel.

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock and medium weight yearling steers to feed continued to lose ground to average 20c/kg less.

However heavy weight yearling steers to feed were the least affected to average 10c/kg cheaper.

Top quality light weight yearling heifers to restockers sold to good demand and the poor quality lines experienced a very difficult market.

Heavy weight cows to export processors received fair demand, and heavy weight cows to restockers were noticeably dearer.

However very light plain condition classes averaged 25c/kg less.

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 259c to average 220c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market averaged from 217c to 234c with sales to 269c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to 279c with a good sample at 257c/kg.

Light weight yearling heifers to restockers made to 208c with most in the early 140c/kg range. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 176c and made to 203c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to feed made to an isolated 240c to average 196c/kg.

A handful of bullocks made to 220c/kg.

Well bred heavy weight plain condition cows returning to the paddock made to 172c to average 167c with some returning $1,062/head. Medium weight 2 score cows made to 147c to average 130c/kg.

Heavy weight 3 score cows averaged 166c and the best of the heavy weight cows made to 199c to average 186c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made to 208c/kg.

Market Reporter: Trevor Hess

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Grant Daniel Long Report:

Most of the usual panel of buyers were present and operating, with limited rate for out of spec lines of cattle. Bulls and cows remained mostly firm if only easing by a few cents/kg for better lines, lightweight plain cows sold to a very tough market. Both feeder and weaner steers and heifers saw reduced rates this week, with prices back as much as 20c/kg on average. For weaners buyers were very selective, looking for cattle with a bit of weight, showing a bit of frame. Cattle with too much condition or not enough weight saw a price gap of up to 40c/kg off the best pens fitting buyer’s criteria. There was a fair number of lightweight yearling heifers under 300kg with a bit of condition being sold to processors for around the 120c/kg mark.
Next week GDL

Prime Quotes

Heifers up to 400kg – 104c/kg, 194c/kg, 165c/kg
Heifers over 400kg –NQ, NQ, NQ
Cows up to 400kg –71c/kg, 94c/kg, 80c/kg
Cows 400kg to 500kg –120c/kg, 170c/kg, 130c/kg
Cows over 500kg –129c/kg, 199c/kg, 180c/kg

Steers & bullocks up to 500kg –150c/kg, 219c/kg, 195c/kg
Steers & bullocks over 500kg –202c/kg, 220c/kg, 212c/kg

Store & Feeder Quotes

Steers under 200kg –144c/kg, 220c/kg, 196c/kg

Steers 200kg to 280kg –98c/kg, 259c/kg, 219c/kg
Steers 280kg to 330kg –148c/kg, 253c/kg, 215c/kg
Steers 330kg to 400kg –110c/kg, 269c/kg, 230c/kg
Feeder steers over 400kg –180c/kg, 279c/kg, 250c/kg

Heifers under 200kg –93c/kg, 140c/kg, 110c/kg
Heifers 200kg to 280kg –85c/kg, 208c/kg, 142c/kg
Heifers 280kg to 330kg –98c/kg, 208c/kg, 170c/kg
Heifers 330kg to 400kg –130c/kg, 234c/kg, 175c/kg
Feeder heifers over 400kg –141c/kg, 240c/kg, 195c/kg
Feeder/Boat Bulls –122c/kg, 204c/kg, 190c/kg
Slaughter Bulls – 121c/kg, 208c/kg, 165c/kg


Limousin Bull sold by Chiverton Farming of Bowenville to processors 208.2c/kg, 940kg, $1957

Droughtmaster Cows sold by Chiverton Farming of Bowenville to processors 185.20c/kg, 569.6kg, $1054

Charbray Heifers sold by Kirrawah Downs Partnership of Warra to processors 218.2c/kg, 580kg, $1265

Simmental Heifers sold by Stan White of Westmar to feedlotters 240.2c/kg, 468.1kg, $1124

Santa Steers sold by Herbert Bruggemann Family Trust of Wandoan to feedlotters 279.2c/kg, 428.8kg, $1197

Simmental Ylg Heifers sold by Stan White of Westmar to feedlotters 178.2c/kg, 253.3kg, $451

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