Dalby sale 23 March 2022: Heavy cattle sell to softer rates

Guest Author, 24/03/2022

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There was a small reduction in supply to 3,417 head at Dalby, and included in the lineup were 196 head from New South Wales, plus 380 from far Western Queensland.

All the usual buyers were in attendance and operating.

Prices generally could not maintain the levels of the previous week. Buyers operated selectively, with only quality lines of young light weight cattle receiving strong support from restockers. Yearling steers to feed averaged 7c to 10c/kg less.

Yearling heifers to feed also sold to a cheaper trend. Heavy grown steers and bullocks sold close to the previous weeks level. Cows to export processors averaged 15c to 21c/kg cheaper.

However cows returning to the paddock averaged 5c/kg better.

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to a top of 854c with a good sample averaging 685c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market averaged from 588c to 638c with a very occasional sale to 756c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to 609c with a good sample averaging 537c/kg.

Light weight yearling heifers returning to the paddock or background made to 750c to average 627c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed averaged from 547c to 558c with sales to 620c, with some to restockers reaching 670c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to feed made to 546c to average 494c, with some to the trade at 480c/kg. Heavy grown steers to export processors made to 442c to average 431c, and the bullock portion made to 446c to average 430c/kg. Full mouth bullocks made to 412c/kg. Medium weight plain condition cows sold to a top of 388c with a fair selection averaging 365c/kg. Good heavy weight cows to export processors made to 381c to average 372c/kg.

Heavy weight bulls made to 388c/kg to return $4018/head.

Cows and calves made to $3675/unit.

PTIC cows made to $1910/head.

Market reporter: Trevor Hess

To view full NLRS report click here

Grant Daniel Long report

Similar yarding this week. Heavy cattle sold slightly softer, raising fuel costs likely a factor in that. Overall, still a strong market. Yearling steers made up to 854c/kg and yearling heifers made to 750c/kg.

Prime Quotes

Heifers up to 400kg – 368c/kg, 440c/kg, 400c/kg

Heifers over 400kg – 405c/kg, 480c/kg, 438c/kg

Cows up to 400kg – 240c/kg, 352c/kg, 341c/kg

Cows 400kg to 500kg – 280c/kg, 388c/kg, 364c/kg

Cows over 500kg – 334c/kg, 381c/kg, 372c/kg

Steers & bullocks up to 500kg – 430c/kg, 450c/kg, 440c/kg

Steers & bullocks over 500kg  – 399c/kg, 446c/kg, 425c/kg

Store & Feeder Quotes

Steers up to 200kg – 640c/kg, 854c/kg, 765c/kg

Steers 200kg to 280kg – 436c/kg, 806c/kg, 684c/kg

Steers 280kg to 330kg – 540c/kg, 740c/kg, 640c/kg

Steers 330kg to 400kg – 522c/kg, 756c/kg, 588c/kg

Feeder steers over 400kg – 400c/kg, 609c/kg, 537c/kg

Heifers up to 200kg – 635c/kg, 738c/kg, 683c/kg

Heifers 200kg to 280kg – 478c/kg, 750c/kg, 627c/kg

Heifers 280kg to 330kg – 480c/kg, 670c/kg, 548c/kg

Heifers 330kg to 400kg – 318c/kg, 610c/kg, 500c/kg

Feeder heifers over 400kg – 376c/kg, 546c/kg, 494c/kg

Feeder/Boat Bulls – 344c/kg, 690c/kg, 580c/kg

Slaughter Bulls – 282c/kg, 388c/kg, 344c/kg


Charolais Bulls sold by Talbingo Pastoral Co of Tara to processors 352.2c/kg, 1010.0kg, $3557.

Angus X Cows sold by Wythburn Grazing of Taroom to processors 369.2c/kg, 794.3kg, $2933.

8T Shorthorn X Steers sold by Nitschke Family Trust of Meandarra to processors 412.2c/kg, 791.7kg, $3263.

2T Santa Steers sold by G Crumpton & Sons of Kingaroy to feedlotters 554.2c/kg, 481.7kg, $2669.

Charolais X Ylg Bulls sold by B & S Barron of Kingaroy to restockers 588.2c/kg, 307.0kg, $1806.

Angus X Ylg Steers sold by Undaban Pastoral Co of The Gums to restockers 652.2c/kg, 335.8kg, $2190.

Droughtmaster Ylg Steers sold by MK Welch of Kingaroy to restockers 806.2c/kg, 202.3kg, $1631.

Droughtmaster Ylg Steers sold by J & W Allen of Kingaroy to restockers 644.2c/kg, 342.5kg, $2206.

Brahman X Steers sold by B Buttsworth of Kingaroy to restockers 738.2c/kg, 247.9kg, $1830.


Sources: NLRS, Eastern Rural, Grant Daniel Long



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