Dalby sale 12 April 2023: Prices improve with short supply

Trevor Hess, NLRS, 13/04/2023

Yarding 1416 Change -786

The number of cattle penned at Dalby followed the trend of other selling centres and reduced to 1,416 head down 786 from the previous week.

All the usual export buyers were in attendance however not all were operating. The regular feed and trade buyers plus restockers were active.

Prices responded to the short supply and improved in places.

Light weight yearling steers to restockers averaged 5c/kg dearer. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed were marginally better.

Yearling heifers to feed for the domestic market improved by 5c to 10c/kg. Bullocks and grown heifers to export processors also lifted in price. Cows gained 2c to 4c/kg on the previous week.  Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 501c with a good sample averaging 446c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed made to 406c to average from 364c to 376c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 346c and made to 365c/kg.

Light weight yearling heifers returning to the paddock made to 366c to average 339c and poor quality lines 267c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed made to 356c to average from 340c to 342c/kg.  Bullocks made to 330c to average 325c/kg. Grown heifers to export processors made to 321c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 232c and made to 241c/kg.

Heavy weight 3 score cows made to 267c to average 261c and the best of the cows made to 277c/kg.

Heavy weight bulls made to 271c/kg.

Market Reporter: Trevor Hess

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Grant Daniel Long report

Supply was down in Dalby due to a shortened week with only 1416 head yarded, GDL bringing in 241 of those.  Buyer attendance was down as well with the lighter yarding. Overall, the market was firm on last week’s prices. Quality was mixed, however, better lines continued to sell 30 to 40c/kg ahead of 2nd class cattle, crossbreds and brahman cattle. Large frame heavy cows sold to 277c/kg with the majority selling between 260 to 270c/kg. Best lightweight yearling steers got just over $5 with the majority of weaners making 470c/kg for better lines and 440/450c/kg for the rest. Lightweight yearling heifers sold to 366c/kg, averaging 330 to 340c/kg.

Prime Quotes
Heifers up to 400kg – 272c/kg, 318c/kg, 313c/kg
Heifers over 400kg –321c/kg, 321c/kg, 321c/kg
Cows up to 400kg –141c/kg, 191c/kg, 190c/kg
Cows 400kg to 500kg –200c/kg, 265c/kg, 240c/kg
Cows over 500kg –240c/kg, 277c/kg, 261c/kg

Steers & bullocks up to 500kg –252c/kg, 316c/kg, 286c/kg
Steers & bullocks over 500kg –320c/kg, 330c/kg, 325c/kg

Store & Feeder Quotes
Steers up to 200kg –372c/kg, 458c/kg, 420c/kg
Steers 200kg to 280kg –270c/kg, 501c/kg, 445c/kg
Steers 280kg to 330kg – 330c/kg, 406c/kg, 376c/kg
Steers 330kg to 400kg –310c/kg, 400c/kg, 363c/kg
Feeder steers over 400kg – 310c/kg, 365c/kg, 346c/kg
Heifers up to 200kg –282c/kg, 286c/kg, 283c/kg
Heifers 200kg to 280kg –250c/kg, 366c/kg, 338c/kg
Heifers 280kg to 330kg –282c/kg, 356c/kg, 319c/kg
Heifers 330kg to 400kg –290c/kg, 346c/kg, 340c/kg
Feeder/Boat Bulls –255c/kg, 442c/kg, 370c/kg
Slaughter Bulls – 249c/kg, 271c/kg, 257c/kg


Santa Bulls sold by EA Cameron of Moonie to processors 270.0c/kg, 1000.0kg, $2700.

Hereford X Cows sold by WC Lowien of Kamkillenbun to processors 262.2c/kg, 780.0kg, $2045.

Brangus X Steers sold by G & R Winks of Bollon to processors 312.2c/kg, 600.0kg, $1873.

Hereford Heifers sold by JK & MR Asplin of Miles to processors 291.2c/kg, 630.0kg, 1835.

Charbray Ylg Steers sold by BH & BE Cavanagh of Kumbia to backgrounders 464.2c/kg, 285.0kg, $1323.

Charolais Ylg Heifers sold by Merle Patch of Kingaroy to restockers 366.2c/kg, 299.2kg, $1147.

Charolais Ylg Bulls sold by Merle Patch of Kingaroy to feedlotters 364.2c/kg, 302.8kg, $1103.

Sources: NLRS, Eastern Rural, GDL


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