NUMBERS increased by 80 per cent at today’s Dalby sale, with agents yarding a total of 5454 head.
Ray White Eastern Rural Dalby livestock manager Peter Bird said the market showed signs of improvement at the sale.
“Already we are starting to see numbers slow up from the west which is a great thing,” he said.
“We haven’t had the rain on the Downs yet but the cattle are in surprisingly good condition here today.”
“The best of the bullocks so far have got to 186.2c/kg.
“High yielding cows to 160c and there’s good improvement on plain condition cows.”
Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service reported all major export processors were present and operating, along with the regular lot feeder operators, while re-stocker support was very weak.
Most of the medium and heavyweight steers and grown cattle were in condition suitable for slaughter or feed.
Prices for medium and heavyweight yearling steers improved 2c to 4c and yearling heifers experienced similar gains.
Heavy grown steers and bullocks met solid demand, while cows improved a further 4c to 8c.