Dalby sale 2 Sep 2020: Strong support for light cattle

Beef Central, 03/09/2020

Click above for video market report from Peter Bird of Eastern Rural.

The overall quality was not up to the standard of the previous week.

A full panel of export buyers was present with the return of one major export processor, plus the usual feed and trade buyers, and local and interstate restockers. Very light weight yearling steers and heifers to restockers continued to received strong support.

The remainder of the young cattle could not maintain the levels of the previous sale with losses of 20c/kg, however half of the reduction in price was quality related. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed for the domestic market went against this trend to average 6c/kg better. Cows returning to the paddock received very strong support from local and interstate restockers. However despite the return to a full panel of exporters cows to processors experienced very little change in price. Yearling steers under 200kg returning to the paddock made to 566.2c to average 508c/kg. Light weight yearling steers under 280kg averaged 443c with sales to 514.2c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market made to 438c to average from 409c to 421c/kg.

A relatively small selection of heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 385c and made to 390c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers under 200kg made to 472c to average 444c/kg. Yearling heifers under 280kg averaged 424c and made to 460c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed made to 428c to average from 405c to 412c/kg. The annual sale of a pen of certified grainfed steers, with half of the proceeds going to the Royal Flying Doctors Service made to 352.2c/kg to return $2,005/head. Medium weight store condition cows returning to the paddock made to 274.2c to average 270c/kg.

Good heavy weight cows to processors averaged 279c and made to 288c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 319c/kg.

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GDL report

Dalby yarded 812 less than last week. There was a full panel of buyers with prices staying firm but bidding was slow. Some good lines of cattle come through the yard however overall seen a decrease in quality. Southern buyers of weaner and yearling cattle were still strong.

Prime Quotes

Heifers up to 400kg – Lowest 377c/kg, highest 377c/kg, Av 377c/kg
Heifers over 400kg – Lowest  340c/kg, highest  375c/kg, Av 364c/kg
Cows up to 400kg – Lowest 242c/kg, highest  244c/kg, Av 242c/kg
Cows 400kg to 500kg – Lowest  254c/kg, highest  274c/kg, Av 269c/kg
Cows over 500kg – Lowest   274c/kg, highest  288c/kg, Av 278c/kg
Steers & bullocks – Lowest   385c/kg, highest  385c/kg, Av 385c/kg
Steers & bullocks – Lowest 352c/kg, highest 352c/kg, Av 352c/kg

Store & Feeder Quotes

Steers up to 200kg – Lowest  424c/kg, highest 566c/kg, Av 508c/kg
Steers 200kg to 300kg – Lowest  390c/kg, highest 514c/kg, Av 443c/kg
Steers 300kg to 400kg – Lowest 380c/kg, highest 428c/kg, Av 408c/kg
Feeder steers over 400kg – Lowest  280c/kg, highest  390c/kg, Av 385c/kg
Heifers up to 200kg – Lowest 360c/kg, highest  472c/kg, Av 444c/kg
Heifers 200kg to 300kg – Lowest 380c/kg, highest  460c/kg, Av 424c/kg
Heifers 300kg to 400kg – Lowest  369c/kg, highest 420c/kg, Av 405c/kg
Feeder heifers over 400kg – Lowest  360c/kg, highest  378c/kg, Av 371c/kg
Feeder/Boat Bulls – Lowest  370c/kg, highest  434c/kg, Av  388c/kg
Kill Bulls – Lowest  275c/kg, highest  300c/kg, Av  285c/kg


Santa Fat Cows sold by Ray Kelly Family Trust of Taroom to processors 275.0c/kg, 660kg, $1816.
Droughtmaster X Steers sold by TW & RA Aisbett of Mundubbera to feedlotters 320.2c/kg, 542kg, $1737.
Santa Fat Heifers sold by Ray Kelly Family Trust of Taroom to processors 340.0c/kg, 501kg, $1705.
Santa X Heifers sold by JC & GM Worsfold of Wandoan to feedlotters 382.2c/kg, 348kg, $1330.
Simmental Yearling Steers sold by R McLean of Wooroolin to restockers 538.2c/kg, 171kg, $920.
Angus & Angus Yearling Steers sold by Dongamere Farming Co of Cecil Plains to feedlotters 438.2c/kg, 317kg, $1390.
Angus & Angus Yearling Heifers sold by CE Slack & Sons of St George to restockers 460.2c/kg, 200kg, $924.
Angus & Angus Yearling Heifers sold by PD & JM Pohlmann of Jandowae to restockers 424.2c/kg, 306kg, $1301.
Santa Yearling Heifers sold by Dongamere Farming Co of Cecil Plains to feedlotters 420.2c/kg, 348kg, $1462.
Santa Yearling Heifers sold by A & K Walker Family Trust of Bell to restockers 432.2c/kg, 232kg, $1004.

A Charity Auction for the Royal Flying Doctors Service today saw a pen of Santa Steers sell to JBS for 352.2c/kg at 569kg to return $2,005/hd.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for making this possible:

–       Peter and Nikki Mahony, Gyranda Santa Gertrudis

–       Ben Morgan, Kurrawong Feedlot

–       Martins Stock Haulage

–       Western Downs Regional Council

Thank you to JBS for purchasing this pen of steers.

Sources: NLRS, Grant Daniel Long, Eastern Rural


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