Numbers down, but prices firm at Dalby

Numbers down, but prices firm at Dalby

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There was a smaller yarding of 2768 head at Dalby sale this week.

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Widespread rain throughout the supply areas restricted the movement of cattle, resulting in a smaller yarding of 2768 head at Dalby, down 3450 head.

All classes of cattle were affected in the lower numbers, however yearlings were well supplied and there was a fair penning of grown cattle. The yarding of young cattle consisted mainly of medium and heavy weight yearling steers and heifers. Quality was good with the largest percentage of the cattle in 2 and 3 score condition, and there was mainly well bred cattle offered.

The market was much stronger with feeder steers selling 15c to 20c dearer from 285c to 313c with the heavy weights averaging 305c and medium weights under 400kg averaging 295c. Feeder heifers gained 8c topping at 310c to average 288c.

The yarding of export cattle consisted of a fair penning of bullocks, steers and cows, with several pens of heifers through the sale. Quality of the grown steers was very good, with buyers competing strongly on most lines, pushing prices up by 12c to 14c from 282c to 311c, with steers averaging 298c and bullocks averaging 292c. Heifers sold to a top of 286c.

The cow market improved by 12c to 17c, with medium weight 3 scores averaging 231c and heavy cows sold to a top of 251c.

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