The last sale before the three week break in the selling program resulted in numbers increasing by 1087 head to 4905 at Dalby.
Cattle were drawn from a wide area, with one consignment of 528 head from NSW, a small sample from South Australia, and 834 head from far western Queensland.
Export buyer attendance was not as good as the previous week, however, the regular feed and trade operators plus a large line up of local and interstate restockers were in attendance and very active in the market.
Yearling steers to restockers and feed sold to a dearer trend for the quality penned.
Light weight yearling heifers returning to the paddock improved in price by 26c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed for the domestic market averaged from 19-36c/kg better. However, heavy weight yearling heifers to feed were considerably dearer.
Cows experienced a mixed trend with restocker lines in demand, while the export processor classes sold to a cheaper trend.
Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 842c/kg with a very large number averaging 728c/kg. Medium weight yearling steers to feed averaged from 624-654c/kg with sales to 674c/kg, with some in the same weight range returning to the paddock at 724c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to 660c/kg with a large sample averaging 592c/kg.
Light weight yearling heifers under 200kg made to 770c/kg to average 724c/kg. Yearling heifers under 280kg were well supplied and made to 750c/kg to average 656c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed for the domestic market averaged from 616- 629c/kg and made to 670c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers in good condition sold to feeder operators at a top of 622c/kg to average 566c/kg.
A couple of bullocks sold to the local meat trade at 492c/kg.
Medium weight plain condition cows returning to the paddock averaged 364c/kg and made to 390c/kg. The best of the heavy weight cows to processors made to 390c/kg.
Very light weight bulls made to 848c/kg to average 727c/kg.
A large number of cows and calves were penned and sold to a record level of $4200/unit.
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