Numbers reduced by 1179 head to 5536 at Dalby on Wednesday. Overall quality has declined from the previous week, with larger numbers of drought affected classes included in the lineup.
A fair panel of buyers was present and operating, however not all the major export processors were in attendance. Lightweight drought affected young cattle received very little support from restockers and backgrounders.
Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market generally sold to strong demand for the quality penned. Heavyweight yearling steers to feed experienced some quality related price changes.
Medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 8c/kg cheaper. Virtually no heavy grown steers and bullocks were penned. Prices for cows tended to stabilise and received some improvement in places following the large losses experienced the previous week.
Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market made to 308.2c with the largest numbers in the high 280c to 290c/kg range. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to 301.2c to average 292c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed made to 265c to average 238c/kg.
Heavy weight yearling heifers to feed averaged 251c, and a small selection to the trade made to an isolated 295.2c/kg. Very lightweight poor condition cows averaged 77c, however poor condition medium weights sold to restocker at an average of 144c/kg.
Medium weight 2 scores also sold to restockers at an average of 182c/kg. Good heavy cows to processors averaged 215c and made to 223.2c/kg. Heavy bulls made to 246.2c/kg.