Dalby cattle market responsive after rain

Prime and store cow market stronger at Dalby

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Confidence reflected at Dalby sale.

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Ray White Eastern Rural livestock agent Wyatt Wrigley with a line of 27 aged cows that sold for an average of 263c/kg to return $1602 on account of the Mead family, Bowenville.

Ray White Eastern Rural livestock agent Wyatt Wrigley with a line of 27 aged cows that sold for an average of 263c/kg to return $1602 on account of the Mead family, Bowenville.

Dalby Livestock Agents yarded 4607 head at the Dalby Saleyards on Wednesday, which saw the market responding on the back of some much-needed rain over the Darling Downs and Western Downs regions.

The yarding was mainly drawn from local areas along with consignments from south western Queensland.

The Mead family, Bowenville, took advantage of the strong cow market and offered a line of 27 aged cull cows that were predominately Santa Gertrudis Droughtmaster cross.

The best of these cows weighed 629 kilograms and sold for 267c/kg to return $1681/head, while overall the draft averaged 263c/kg to average $1602/head.

The cows spent 65 days in the feedlot to finish them for the prime market and sold to JBS Dinmore.

Ray White Eastern Rural livestock agent Wyatt Wrigley said the prime cow market was up between eight to 12 cents on the back of last week's Dalby sale.

"Locals were capitalising on the dearer market with heavy kill cattle selling on a stronger market," Mr Wrigley said.

"As a result of the strong prime cow market a reflection of buyer confidence flowed onto the store cow market with increased prices."

Store cows in the 400 to 520kg weight range gained 26c to 28c selling to a top of 215c/kg, mainly selling into feedlots.

MLA's market reporter Trevor Hess said both the steer and heifer feeder market gained improvement and was on par with the Roma sale the previous day.

"Feeder steers increased by 20 to 22c/kg reaching a top price of 325c/kg," he said.

One on the biggest increases was seen in the heifer market, which gained between 27c to 30c/kg and topping at 308c/kg.

Heifers in the 540kg range sold to 304c improving 32c/kg, while steers in the 400 to 500kg weight range sold to a top of 273c.kg increasing 16c/kg.

All the major processors were active along with the feedlots and the backgrounders.

There were 3147 head consigned to Roma's weekly sale on Tuesday where steer prices jumped by 20 to 30c/kg, while heavy heifers and cows were also up by about 25c/kg.

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