Dalby sale 31 May 2023: Better cattle firm to dearer

Trevor Hess, NLRS, 01/06/2023

Yarding 4699 Change +516


The supply of stock at Dalby experienced a lift of 516 head to 4,699. Export buyer attendance was not as good as the previous week with one major processor absent from the buying panel.

Terry Ryan and the Nutrien team selling at Dalby yesterday.

All classes meeting exact market specifications sold to strong demand however prices tapered off on the lesser quality lines.

Yearling steers and heifers to feed experienced some quality related price improvements in places.

The better standard of cows penned improved top money however average prices remain close to firm.

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 365c with one outstanding sale to 440c with poor quality lines at 267c/kg.

Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market averaged from 337c to 349c some to restockers to 386c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 336c with one large consignment reaching 365c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers made to 302c to average 257c and poor quality lines 202c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed made to 314c to average 272c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 276c and made to 300c and local trade lines made to 305c/kg. Heavy weight grown steers to feed made to 302c to average 297c/kg.

A small selection of heavy grown steers and bullocks to export processors made from 296c to 298c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 171c/kg. Heavy weight 3 score cows made to 210c to average 204c/kg.

A pen of good heavy weight cows made to 235c with the remainder at 217c/kg.

Market Reporter: Trevor Hess

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Most of the usual panel of buyers were present and active with one major processor not in attendance. The market for the top lines of cattle fitting buyers’ criteria for the day sold firm to even a touch better in places, the second-grade cattle throughout the sale sold to tougher competition. Big heavy weight cows sold firm on last week, topping at 235c/kg. Lightweight yearling steers and heifers both saw an improvement for the better lines with steers reaching 440c/kg and heifers topping at 314c/kg.

Prime Quotes

Heifers over 400kg –240c/kg, 305c/kg, 266c/kg
Cows up to 400kg –100c/kg, 162c/kg, 140c/kg
Cows 400kg to 500kg –120c/kg, 203c/kg, 180c/kg
Cows over 500kg –195c/kg, 235c/kg, 212c/kg

Steers & bullocks up to 500kg –254c/kg, 298c/kg, 272c/kg
Steers & bullocks over 500kg –240c/kg, 296c/kg, 285c/kg

Store & Feeder Quotes
Steers up to 200kg –386c/kg, 438c/kg, 406c/kg
Steers 200kg to 280kg –208c/kg, 440c/kg, 365c/kg
Steers 280kg to 330kg – 253c/kg, 386c/kg, 350c/kg
Steers 330kg to 400kg –192c/kg, 354c/kg, 336c/kg
Feeder steers over 400kg – 270c/kg, 365c/kg, 333c/kg
Heifers up to 200kg –170c/kg, 280c/kg, 240c/kg
Heifers 200kg to 280kg –152c/kg, 302c/kg, 255c/kg
Heifers 280kg to 330kg –198c/kg, 314c/kg, 270c/kg
Heifers 330kg to 400kg –170c/kg, 296c/kg, 273c/kg
Feeder heifers over 400kg –196c/kg, 305c/kg, 280c/kg
Feeder/Boat Bulls –162c/kg, 352c/kg, 300c/kg
Slaughter Bulls – 170c/kg, 252c/kg, 228c/kg


Hereford Bulls sold by NW, R, CT & DM James of Wandoan to processors 230.2c/kg, 943.8kg, $2173.

Charolais Cows sold by Merle Patch of Kumbia to processors 210.0c/kg, 650.0kg, $1365.

Shorthorn X Heifers sold by Pigurra Grazing Co of Blackall to restockers 264.2c/kg, 497.5kg, $1314.

Angus X Steers sold by LB & LJ Trout of Kingaroy to feedlotters 310.0c/kg, 565.0kg, $1752.

Charolais X Ylg Steers sold by Davemac Enterprises of The Gums to feedlotters 386.2c/kg, 328.0kg, $1267.

Angus Ylg Heifers sold by Philip Harbort of Drillham to feedlotters 302.2c/kg, 296.4kg, $896.

Sources: NLRS, Eastern Rural, GDL


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