Dalby sale 18 April 2024: market eases as numbers climb

Trevor Hess, 18/04/2024

Yarding 5011 Change +2106

Cattle numbers at the Dalby Cattle Sale continued to climb this week, with an increase of 2,196 head to a total of 5,011.

Cattle were drawn from a wide area with 59 head from Victoria and 319 from far Western Queensland. All the regular buyers were in attendance and active in a generally cheaper market.

Light weight yearling steers to restockers lost 16c/kg with only top end quality lines in demand. Yearling steers to feed averaged 20c to 28c/kg less. Light weight yearling heifers returning the paddock lost more than the previous weeks gains.

Yearling heifers to feed averaged 34c to 40c/kg less. All classes of cows sold to a much cheaper trend of 32c to 34c/kg. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 434c to average 385c and the under 330kg lines made to 426c to average 354c/kg.

Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market made to 360c to average 339c and heavy weights made to 348c to average 315c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to restockers averaged 253c and made to 296c/kg.

Yearling heifers under 330kg returning to the paddock made to an isolated 340c with most around 277c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed made to 310c to average 275c and heavy weights made to 308c to average 269c/kg.

A handful of bullocks made to 289c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows to restockers made to 193c to average 184c, and those to processors made to 192c and averaged 180c/kg. Heavy weight 3 score cows averaged 200c and made to 210c/kg.

The best of the heavy weight cows averaged 216c with occasional sales to 223c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made to 267c/kg.

Grant Daniel Long report:

Numbers increased this week as it has started to dry out after significant rains the last few weeks. The usual panel of buyers were present and operating. The large supply of cattle seen spread across saleyards this week saw prices soften, particularly in heavy cattle and second grade cattle. Cows were back to around 200c/kg for good heavy weight cows with isolated sales to 220c/kg. Feeder steers and heifer were both back as much as to 20c/kg on average with heavy good heavy steers making around 330c/kg and heifers around 270c/kg with your content type cattle softer again. Weaner cattle sold to mixed demand with the best pens of cattle selling firm on last week but average prices down

Prime quotes

Heifers up to 400kg – 215c/kg, 262c/kg, 250c/kg
Cows up to 400kg – 100c/kg, 152c/kg, 129c/kg
Cows 400kg to 500kg – 138c/kg, 193c/kg, 180c/kg
Cows over 500kg – 180c/kg, 223c/kg, 199c/kg
Steers & bullocks up to 500kg – 240c/kg, 281c/kg, 276c/kg
Steers & bullocks over 500kg – 270c/kg, 289c/kg, 282c/kg

Store & Feeder Quotes

Steers under 200kg – 386c/kg, 396c/kg, 393c/kg
Steers 200kg to 280kg – 206c/kg, 434c/kg, 384c/kg
Steers 280kg to 330kg – 234c/kg, 426c/kg, 355c/kg
Steers 330kg to 400kg – 242c/kg, 360c/kg, 339c/kg
Feeder Steers over 400kg – 260c/kg, 348c/kg, 313c/kg
Heifers 200kg to 280kg – 140c/kg, 296c/kg, 250c/kg
Heifers 280kg to 330kg – 150c/kg, 340c/kg, 265c/kg
Heifers 330kg to 400kg – 150c/kg, 310c/kg, 275c/kg
Feeder Heifers over 400kg – 150c/kg, 308c/kg, 268c/kg
Feeder/Boat Bulls – 160c/kg, 358c/kg, 280c/kg
Slaughter Bulls – 180c/kg, 267c/kg, 247c/kg


Simmental Bulls sold by BJ & DM Cook of Dirranbandi to processors 260.2c/kg, 800.0kg, $2082.

Charolais X Cows sold by J & A Schonrock of Tara to processors 215.0c/kg, 583.3kg, $1254.

Angus Heifers sold by NA & KL McLaughlin of Kingaroy to feedlotters 308.2c/kg, 403.8kg, $1244.

Angus Steers sold by EV & JA Little of Miles to processors 281.2c/kg, 581.0kg, $1634.

Charolais X Steers sold by Braeside No.2 of Goombungee to feedlotters 336.2c/kg, 371.9kg, $1250.

Simmental Ylg Steers sold by GT & CE Patteson of Kingaroy to backgrounders 434.2c/kg, 258.6kg, $1123.

Simmental Ylg Heifers sold by Lemrex Pty Ltd of Kingaroy to restockers 296.2c/kg, 303.5kg, $899.





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