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Dalby sale 21 Feb 2018: Market firms after rain

by Beef Central, 22 February 2018

Click above to watch video market report from Ray White Eastern Rural’s Peter Bird

Yarding 2794 Change -4623

There was a dramatic decline in numbers. Cattle were drawn from a wide area including South Australia and New South Wales plus a number of far Western Queensland districts with only around half of the yarding from local areas.

Overall quality also declined with some large consignments from drought affected districts. Prices lifted for a number of classes, however improvements were restricted in some categories due to the reduction in quality. Light weight yearling heifers sold to restockers or backgrounders 14c dearer and medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 6c/kg better. Heavy grown steers and bullocks were too small in numbers to reliably quote. Plain condition cows to restockers experienced a lift in price however a relatively small sample of good heavy cows did not maintain the price levels of the previous sale.

Steer calves returning to the paddock reached 368.2c/kg. A very ordinary quality line up of light weight yearling steers sold to restockers at an average of 316c with some better lines to 346.2c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged close to 290c and made to 300.2c and a small sample of heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 276c and made to 290c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers or background made to 309.2c with a large sample at 293c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 275c and made to 280.2c/kg.

A small number of bullocks averaged 271.2c/kg. Plain condition cows to restockers averaged 203c and made to 210c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows to processors averaged 200c and the best of the medium weights made to 217.2c to average 214c/kg. A few good heavy cows averaged close to 216c and made to 220c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 241.2c/kg.

Grant Daniel Long report:

Due to some good falls of rain the yarding this week was down by 4,500 head. Some of the locals in the Dalby area received up to 135mm of rain. The market held firm with a good turnout of buyers. At next week’s sale GDL will offer 170 Brangus mixed sex calves plus 160 Shorthorn cows and calves in an Open Auction. – Joe Lehman, GDL, Dalby

Prime Quotes

Heifers up to 400kg – lowest 261.2c/kg, highest 280c/kg, Av 268.4c/kg
Heifers over 400kg – lowest 220c/kg, highest 252.2c/kg, Av 237.2c/kg
Cows up to 400kg – lowest 180.2c/kg, highest 196.2c/kg, Av 189.7c/kg
Cows 400kg to 520kg – lowest 197.2c/kg, highest 219.2c/kg, Av 210.8c/kg
Cows over 520kg – lowest 211.2c/kg, highest 220c/kg, Av 215.8c/kg

Store Quotes
Steers 200kg to 280kg – lowest 307.2c/kg, highest 346.2c/kg, Av 316.3c/kg
Steers 280kg to 330kg – lowest 299.2c/kg, highest 330.2c/kg, Av 318.7c/kg
Steers 330kg to 400kg – lowest 276.2c/kg, highest 300.2c/kg, Av 289.9c/kg
Heifers 200kg to 280kg – lowest 260c/kg, highest 309.2c/kg, Av 293.3c/kg
Heifers 280kg to 330kg – lowest 276.2c/kg, highest 282.2c/kg, Av 279.3c/kg
Heifers 330kg to 400kg – lowest 236.2c/kg, highest 256.2c/kg, Av 245.2c/kg


Hereford X steers sold by JC & GM Worsfold of Wandoan to feedlotters 291.2c, 399kg, Av $1162

Hereford X heifers sold by D & K Cullen of Maidenwell to re-stockers 280c, 300kg, Av $840

Santa heifers sold by La Plata Grazing Co of Blackall to re-stockers 302.2c, 242kg, Av $731

Angus steers sold by B & AM Persse of Dirranbandi to re-stockers 354.2c, 182kg, Av $647

Santa X cows sold by Larboat Pty Ltd of Millmerran to processors 216.2c, 575kg, Av $1244

Santa cows & calves sold by K & P Bailey of Isisford to re-stockers averaging $1700

Charolais steers sold RE & CT Huth of Cecil Plains to re-stockers 330.2c, 315kg, Av $1042

Source: NLRS, Ray White Eastern Rural, Grant Daniel Long


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