Dalby sale 6 Dec 2017: Numbers ease with rain

Beef Central, 07/12/2017

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Yarding 3922 Change -1692

Numbers were well down for a yarding of 3,922 head, a reduction of close to 1,700 head. The yarding consisted of a good supply of yearling cattle, however grown cattle numbers were well down.

Quality of the young cattle was mixed with some good runs of well-bred yearling steers and heifers suitable for feeders and backgrounders, and local restockers were also active in the market. Most of the yearlings were in good 2 and 3 score condition. Cattle were drawn mainly from local areas, along with some consignments from far West.

Feeder steers were down by 8c to 10c with medium weights selling to 324c to average 303c, while heavy feeder steers averaged 294c/kg. Feeder heifers, however, held firm selling to 320c to average 294c/kg. Light restocker yearlings continued to meet strong demand with the steers selling up to 392c and the heifers sold to a top of 336c/kg.

The yarding of export cattle consisted of a smaller penning of bullocks and steers, while there was a good yarding of grown heifers, and a much smaller offering of cows. Bullocks and steers were down by 6c selling to a top of 274c/kg. Grown heifers held firm to average 261c/kg. The yarding of cows saw quality not up to last week’s standard, however the market held firm with 3 score medium weights averaging 216c, while heavy cows sold to a top of 232c/kg.

Grant Daniel Long report:

Some good falls of 10–25mm of rain last weekend eased the numbers of cattle this week as they fell by around 1,700 head compared to last week. There were not many bullocks in the yarding, although those that were, made up to 274c. Some good runs of cows to top at 232c. Light young Brangus steers around 230kg made up to 392.2c and heifers also sold well, topping at 336c.

100 Santa, Charolais, Droughtmaster and Angus cross cows with calves at foot made from $1,680 to $1,780.
Prime Quotes
Heifers up to 440kg – lowest 231.2c/kg, highest 294c/kg, av. 262.6c/kg
Cows up to 400kg – lowest 198.2c/kg, highest 228.2c/kg, av.218.9c/kg
Cows 400kg to 520kg – lowest 224.2c/kg, highest 231.2c/kg, av. 227.2c/kg
Cows over 500kg – lowest 221c/kg, highest 232.2c/kg, av. 228c/kg
Steers & Bullocks 500kg to 600kg – lowest 267.2c/kg, highest 274.2c/kg, av. 270.9c/kg
Steers & Bullocks over 600kg – lowest 255c/kg, highest 266.2c/kg, av. 261.6c/kg

Store Quotes
Steers 200kg to 280kg – lowest 298c/kg, highest 392.2c/kg, av. 346c/kg
Steers 320kg to 400kg – lowest 270c/kg, highest 324.2c/kg, av. 303.6c/kg
Steers 400kg + – lowest 282.2c/kg, highest 308.2c/kg, av. 294.3c/kg
Heifers 280kg to 330kg – lowest 276.2c/kg, highest 316.2c/kg, av.302.4c/kg
Heifers 330kg to 400kg – lowest 268c/kg, highest 320.2c/kg, av. 294.3c/kg
Heifers 400kg+ – lowest 282c/kg, highest 282c/kg, av. 282c/kg


  • Santa Steers sold by RL & SM Sommerfield of Cooyar 306.2c, 422kg, Av $1292
  • Brangus steers sold by S Fawcett of Tara 394.2c, 258kg, Av $1017
  • Droughtmaster cross steers sold by A Keith & Co of Bell 304.2c, 381kg, Av $1159
  • Charolais heifers sold by A Keith & Co of Bell 316.2c, 336kg, Av $1063
  • Droughtmaster cross cows sold by R & E Morris of Goondiwindi 230.0c, 592kg, Av $1361

Note that next week’s Dalby sale on Wednesday December 13 is the final Dalby sale for the year.

Source: NLRS, Joe Lehman from Grant Daniel Long


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