Dalby sale 28 Feb 2018: Numbers double after rain

James Nason, 01/03/2018

Yarding 6220 Change 3426

Numbers almost doubled the previous weeks level. The overall quality was very mixed with close to 2,500 head from Western Queensland as well is a few from South Australia and NSW with the majority from local areas. Rain in places boosted restocker enthusiasm and prices on light weight cattle lifted by 30c/kg and considerably more in places. Yearling steers to feed improved by 5c to 11c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to feed or background averaged 14c better and medium weights to feed gained 5c to 12c/kg. Heavy grown steers and bullocks to export slaughter averaged around 8c/kg dearer. Plain condition cows experienced very little change against the improvements of the previous week, however the better end of the cows lifted in price by 7c to 13c/kg.

Very poor condition steer calves to restockers averaged 372c while the better lines made to 410c to average 378c/kg. Heifer calves made to 330.2c with a fair sample around 310c/kg. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 346c with sales to 380.2c/kg. Yearling steers in the 280-330kg range made to 338.2c to average 317c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged 294c and made to 321.2c/kg. The better end of the heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to 303.2c with most around 295c/kg. A large number of light weight yearling heifers consistently sold in the mid-280c range with some to 310.2c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 280c and made to 296.2c, while the heavy weights to slaughter made to 283.2c to average 272c/kg.

Heavy grown steers to export slaughter made to 295.2c to average 287c while the bullock portion made to 291.2c to average 279c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 200c and made to 209.2c and the best of the medium weights made to 231.2c to average 223c/kg. A large sample of good heavy cows averaged close to 229c and made to 237.2c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 266.2c/kg.

Grant Daniel Long report:

6220 cattle were yarded today an increase of 3500 on last week’s sale. Plain store condition cattle still being yarded from Western NSW, South Australia, Birdsville, Quilpie and Windorah are meeting solid competition. Light condition cows and calves are making $900 to $1,400. Plain condition Shorthorn steers sold for 366.2c, average 199.3kg, $730 and Shorthorn cows sold for 215c average 443kg, $953. Last week saw some good rainfall in the local area 26mm to 100mm which has helped the local market. –  Joe Lehman,GDL  Dalby

Prime Quotes
Heifers up to 400kg – lowest 255.2c/kg, highest 284.2c/kg, Av 278.2c/kg
Heifers over 400kg – lowest 260c/kg, highest 283.2c/kg, Av 272.7c/kg
Cows up to 400kg – lowest 167.2c/kg, highest 214.2c/kg, Av 195.7c/kg
Cows 400kg to 520kg – lowest 205c/kg, highest 219.2c/kg, Av 214c/kg
Cows over 520kg – lowest 218.2c/kg, highest 237.2c/kg, Av 228.8c/kg
Steers & Bullocks up to 500kg – lowest 272.2c/kg, highest 290.2c/kg, Av 282.2c/kg
Steers & Bullocks over 500kg – lowest 265.2c/kg, highest 298.2c/kg, Av 286.9c/kg

Store Quotes
Steers 200kg to 280kg – lowest 290.2c/kg, highest 380.2c/kg, Av 346.7c/kg
Steers 280kg to 330kg – lowest 298.2c/kg, highest 338.2c/kg, Av 316.9c/kg
Steers 330kg to 400kg – lowest 282c/kg, highest 321.2c/kg, Av 294.6c/kg
Heifers 200kg to 280kg – lowest 270c/kg, highest 290.2c/kg, Av 285.2c/kg
Heifers 280kg to 330kg – lowest 263.2c/kg, highest 298.2c/kg, Av 285.6c/kg
Heifers 330kg to 400kg – lowest 266.2c/kg, highest 296.2c/kg, Av 280.5c/kg


Hereford heifers sold by Poulsen & Co of St George to processors 265.2c, 493kg, Av $1,308

Charolais X Ylg steers sold by A Hayden of Muttaburra to feedlotters 356.2c, 236kg, Av $840

D/Master X Ylg steers sold by M & R Thompson of Quilpie to re-stockers 368.2c, 185kg, Av $683

Santa X cows sold by Taylor Dennis Pastoral of Blackall to re-stockers 216.2c, 438kg, Av $947

Angus X steers sold by A Keith & Co of Bell to processors 295c, 455kg, Av $1,342

Charolais X heifers sold by Sanderson Family Trust of Condamine to feedlotters 295c, 339kg, Av $1,000

Hereford bulls sold by SJ & DR Reid of Millmerran to processors 257.2c, 851kg, Av $2,189

Brangus steers sold by PJ & CC Trebbin of Kumbia to processors 298.2c, 593kg, Av $1,768

Angus X heifers sold by Beau Park Pastoral Co of Kingaroy to feedlotters 280c, 314kg, Av $880

Limousin X cows sold by JS & LJ Gaffney of Bell to processors 239.2c, 553kg, Av $1,324

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


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