Dalby sale 11 Oct 2023: Some improvements in places

Trevor Hess, NLRS, 12/10/2023

Yarding 2519 Change -249

The number of cattle penned at Dalby reduced by 248 head to 2,519.

The export buying panel improved with the return of one major processor however there is still some exporters absent from the buying gallery as well as some feeder operators.

Prices experienced some improvements in places and this is compared to a very low base the previous week.

However there is a large gap in price between the well bred lines and the lesser quality categories. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 17c/kg better and any price changes in the yearling steers to feed were quality related. Yearling heifers returning to the paddock and feed averaged 8c to 15c/kg dearer.

Plain condition cows to restockers lifted in price and processor lines received very little change. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 270c to average 235c with poor quality lines at 150c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market average 220c and made to 230c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 219c and made to 234c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers made to 176c to average from 136c to 149c/kg. Medium and heavy weight yearling heifers to feed averaged from 172c to 175c with sales to 208c/kg.

Light weight plain condition cows to restockers made to 112c to average 108c and medium weights averaged 131c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows to processors made to 133c to average 126c/kg. Heavy weight 3 score cows averaged 152c and made to 163c/kg. Good heavy weight cows made to 185c to average 178c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made to 221c/kg.

Market Reporter: Trevor Hess

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Grant Daniel Long Report:

The market this week in Dalby was a touch more positive with a few categories lifting in price. The buyer panel was stronger with additional export buyers operating on heavy cattle and most feeder/restock buyers operating, however we still did not have the full panel of buyers. Heavyweight bulls lifted this week with bulls going to processors selling consistently from 140 to 160c/kg with isolated sales around 170c/kg. Cows sold very similar to last week, proper store cows sold slightly dearer. Lightweight heifers also sold to better demand with more heifers having sales between 150c/kg to 170c/kg this week. Second grade cattle still sold to significantly lower demand as well as yearling and feeder cattle carrying extra cover selling generally cheaper than cattle with a bit of frame.

Prime Quotes

Heifers up to 400kg – 112c/kg, 197c/kg, 153c/kg
Cows up to 400kg –89c/kg, 112c/kg, 108c/kg
Cows 400kg to 500kg –82c/kg, 150c/kg, 125c/kg
Cows over 500kg –132c/kg, 185c/kg, 162c/kg

Steers & bullocks up to 500kg –193c/kg, 199c/kg, 193c/kg

Store & Feeder Quotes
Steers 200kg to 280kg –120c/kg, 270c/kg, 234c/kg
Steers 280kg to 330kg – 156c/kg, 254c/kg, 220c/kg
Steers 330kg to 400kg –151c/kg, 230c/kg, 220c/kg
Feeder steers over 400kg – 168c/kg, 234c/kg, 218c/kg
Heifers 200kg to 280kg –100c/kg, 176c/kg, 149c/kg
Heifers 280kg to 330kg –110c/kg, 208c/kg, 140c/kg
Heifers 330kg to 400kg –100c/kg, 202c/kg, 172c/kg
Feeder heifers over 400kg –140c/kg, 200c/kg, 175c/kg
Feeder/Boat Bulls –143c/kg, 221c/kg, 195c/kg
Slaughter Bulls – 124c/kg, 180c/kg, 155c/kg


Angus Bulls sold by AP & GM Lloyd of Chinchilla to processors 147.2c/kg, 690.0kg, $1016.

D/Master X Cows sold by KC Lumb of Peranga to processors 170.0c/kg, 635.0kg, $1080.

Santa X Heifers sold by PD & JM Pohlmann of Jandowae to feedlotters 186.2c/kg, 316.0kg, $588.

D/Master Steers sold by GH & NG Weldon of Durong to feedlotters 234.2c/kg, 484.2kg, $1134.

Santa Ylg Steers sold by AMIP Tucker of Nanango to backgrounders 248.2c/kg, 291.3kg, $723.

Santa X Ylg Heifers sold by CJ & GL Constance of Bell to feedlotters 169.2c/kg, 252.5kg, $427.

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