Dalby sale 11 Jan 2023: Market easier in opening sale

Beef Central, 12/01/2023

Yarding 1441 Change 12

The supply of stock for the opening market in Dalby remained relatively low at 1,441 head. A small sample of 50 head from New South Wales and 163 head from far Western Queensland were included in the yarding. A fair line up of buyers was present however some of the regulars were absent from the buying panel. Apart from cows experiencing very little change in price from the previous sale all other classes of young cattle could not maintain the price levels of last year. Lightweight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 550c to average 458c and poor quality lines averaged 360c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market made to 470c to average from 431c to 440c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to the occasional 420c to average 390c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers returning to the paddock averaged 428c and sold to 464c with the lesser quality lines at 334c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed made to 441c to average 416c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to the trade made to 380c with a good sample at 346c/kg. Medium weight 3 score cows averaged 280c and made to 282c/kg. Good heavy weight cows mostly sold around 303c with sales to 314/kg. Heavy weight bulls made to 317c/kg. Light weight bulls to restockers made to 438c to average 405c with poor quality lines from 110c to 220c/kg. Market Reporter: Trevor Hess

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Grant Daniel Long report

Light yarding to kick off the new year here in Dalby, 1441 head yarded with GDL bringing in 378 of those. There was a good panel of buyers present on the day however not all were in operation. The yarding this week was of mixed quality, with not many heavy cattle present.  Overall, bulls and cows sold slightly dearer on last years sale, most selling around 300c/kg, all other classes experienced some softening. Feeder steers sold close to the 400c/kg mark, heavy feeders being just under that mark and light feeders selling up to 470c/kg. Not many lightweight yearling steers to quote but a few made to 550c/kg. Not many feeder heifers to quote, heavy heifers to feed averaged 363c/kg.
Prime Quotes
Heifers over 400kg –322c/kg, 380c/kg, 340c/kg
Cows 400kg to 500kg –140c/kg, 292c/kg, 285c/kg
Cows over 500kg –268c/kg, 314c/kg, 302c/kg
Steers & bullocks over 500kg –380c/kg, 380c/kg, 380c/kg

Store & Feeder Quotes
Steers up to 200kg –540c/kg, 540c/kg, 540c/kg
Steers 200kg to 280kg –352c/kg, 550c/kg, 425c/kg
Steers 280kg to 330kg – 396c/kg, 470c/kg, 424c/kg
Steers 330kg to 400kg –380c/kg, 470c/kg, 431c/kg
Feeder steers over 400kg – 346c/kg, 420c/kg, 395c/kg
Heifers up to 200kg –404c/kg, 404c/kg, 404c/kg
Heifers 200kg to 280kg –322c/kg, 464c/kg, 425c/kg
Heifers 280kg to 330kg –322c/kg, 441c/kg, 416c/kg
Feeder heifers over 400kg –330c/kg, 380c/kg, 363c/kg
Feeder/Boat Bulls –280c/kg, 438c/kg, 360c/kg
Slaughter Bulls – 258c/kg, 317c/kg, 280c/kg


Limousin X Bulls sold by EL, JM & JM Peters of Dalby to processors 280.0c/kg, 1030.0kg, $2884.

D/Master X Cows sold by EL, JM & JM Peters of Dalby to processors 296.2c/kg, 627.5kg, $1859.

Braford X Heifers sold by MF & AHM Rayner of St George to feedlotters 350.0c/kg, 437.50kg, $1531.

Angus X Steers sold by MG & TJ Wales of Meandarra to feedlotters 414.2c/kg, 407.0kg, $1686.

Santa Ylg Steers sold by A Keith & Co of Bell to feedlotters 444.2c/kg, 376.1kg, $1671.

Simmental X Ylg Steers sold by R McLean of Kingaroy to Backgrounders 540.2c/kg, 195.9kg, $1058.

Red Poll Ylg Heifers sold by Plumbing Works Gold Coast P/L of Bell to restockers 438.2c/kg, 322.8kg, $1414

Source: NLRS,


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