Dalby sale 23 Mar 2023: Young cattle prices stabilise

Trevor Hess, NLRS, 23/03/2023

Yarding 3696 Change +791

Export buyer attendance and activity was not as good as the previous week with some absent from the buying panel and others not operating.

However some additional restockers buyers from Tambo, Emerald and Dingo helped stabilise prices for young cattle.

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 17c/kg better. Selected lines of yearling steers to feed for the domestic market also met fair demand. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed lost a further 15c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed met solid competition. Cows continued to sell to a cheaper market on top of the losses experienced the previous week with average prices 10c to 20c/kg less.

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to a top of 524c with a good sample averaging 470c/kg. Yearling steers under 330kg returning to the paddock made to 430c and feeder lines made to 420c with most in the early 380c/kg range. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to 378c to average 342c/kg.

Light weight yearling heifers to restockers made to 316c to average 293c and poor quality lines 259c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 300c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to feed made to 318c to average from 284c to 287c/kg.

Heavy grown steers to export processors made to 315c to average 313c/kg.

Good heavy weight cows made to 265c to average 255c/kg.

Market Reporter: Trevor Hess

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Grant Daniel Long report

Numbers improved this week with 3696 head yarded, GDL bringing in 1034 of those. One major export processor was notably absent this week and another was not operating, buyers for lightweight cattle were present and active. Overall, the market softened in most categories, heifers going back to the paddock or onto feed experiencing the biggest dip in sales. Lightweight yearling steers on the other hand sold firm to better for top lines. Heifers to processors and bullocks were also firm on last week’s prices.

Prime Quotes
Heifers over 400kg –270c/kg, 310c/kg, 279c/kg
Cows up to 400kg –221c/kg, 226c/kg, 224c/kg
Cows 400kg to 500kg –180c/kg, 254c/kg, 240c/kg
Cows over 500kg –221c/kg, 265c/kg, 255c/kg

Steers & bullocks up to 500kg –271c/kg, 315c/kg, 313c/kg

Store & Feeder Quotes
Steers up to 200kg –430c/kg, 522c/kg, 467c/kg
Steers 200kg to 280kg –260c/kg, 524c/kg, 467c/kg
Steers 280kg to 330kg – 288c/kg, 430c/kg, 383c/kg
Steers 330kg to 400kg –270c/kg, 408c/kg, 350c/kg
Feeder steers over 400kg – 256c/kg, 378c/kg, 340c/kg
Heifers up to 200kg –230c/kg, 316c/kg, 300c/kg
Heifers 200kg to 280kg –200c/kg, 310c/kg, 292c/kg
Heifers 280kg to 330kg –230c/kg, 320c/kg, 298c/kg
Heifers 330kg to 400kg –236c/kg, 332c/kg, 300c/kg
Feeder heifers over 400kg –242c/kg, 318c/kg, 285c/kg
Feeder/Boat Bulls –255c/kg, 400c/kg, 340c/kg
Slaughter Bulls – 186c/kg, 265c/kg, 238c/kg



Santa Bulls sold by AR Brownlie & LM Gall of Westmar to processors 240.2c/kg, 815.0kg, $1958.

Santa Cows sold by LR Armstrong of Millmerran to processors 265.0c/kg, 660.0kg, $1749.

Angus Heifers sold by Rosedale Pastoral Co of Westmar to processors 280.0c/kg, 550.8kg, $1542.

D/Master Steers sold by Gates AG Pty Ltd of Goondiwindi to feedlotters 354.2c/kg, 462.1kg, $1637.

Santa Ylg Steers sold by G Crumpton & Sons & Co of Kingaroy to feedlotters 504.2c/kg, 297.9kg, $1502.

Angus Ylg Bulls sold by Maroona Pastoral of Jandowae to backgrounders 400.2c/kg, 265.0kg, $1061.

Santa Ylg Heifers sold by J Maskall of Millmerran to processors 322.2c/kg, 360.0kg, $1160.

Sources: NLRS, Eastern Rural, GDL


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