NUMBERS declined slightly again this week at Dalby, with the combined agents yarding 5038 head of cattle. Supply was from Tara, Chinchilla, St George, Goondiwindi, Miles, Wandoan, Taroom, Kingaroy, Blackall, Millmerran, Pittsworth, Eidsvold, Cunnamulla, Barcaldine, Injune, local supply areas, and 227 from NSW. The yarding consisted of a good supply of yearlings with a large contingent of cows dominating the grown cattle section. The young cattle consisted of some good runs of wellbred lines suitable for feeding and backgrounding, while plain-condition lines were evident throughout. Buyer attendance was varied along with the market as buyers were selective on purchases, with many quality related. Solid demand on weaner cattle from restocker and backgrounders. Feeder steers struggled to hold last week’s prices to be firm to 8c/kg cheaper depending on quality. Feeder heifers were slightly dearer. Export cattle consisted of a good supply of cows, a small yarding of bullocks, steers and grown heifers. A fair mix in quality with some well finished lines and more plainer lines. Competition on export lines was reduced due to a usual buyer not operating, resulting in a 12c/kg fall in the bullock and steer market. Grown heifers topped at 245c/kg. The cow market in the light weight range sold to strong demand, with the medium and heavy cows reduced 3-12c/kg on last week’s prices. Calves sold from $15 to $270. Cows and calves sold from $400 to $1200.
Heavy bulls sold to 268.2c/kg. Heavy cows sold to 251.2c/kg. Heifers including yearlings sold to 279.2c/kg.
Steers including yearlings sold to 304.2c/kg.
Yearling bulls sold to 259.2c/kg. Santa heifers sold for 279.2c/kg, weighing 375.4kg to return $1048.16. Santa-cross cows sold for 230.2c/kg, weighing 581kg to return $1337.46. Angus-cross steers sold for 290c/kg, weighing 515kg to return $1493.50. Angus-cross steers sold for 255.2c/kg, weighing 1200kg to return $3062.40. Droughtmaster-cross cows sold for 240c/kg, weighing 775kg to return $1860.
Hereford-cross steers sold for 267.2c/kg, weighing 746kg to return $1993.31.
Shorthorn cows sold for 248.2c/kg, weighing 735kg to return $1824.27. Murray grey bull sold for 265kg, weighing 960kg to return $2544. Angus steers sold for 304.2c/kg, weighing 555kg to return $1688.31. Angus-cross steers sold for 263.2c/kg, weighing 624.5kg to return $1643.80. Charolais-cross bull sold for 268.2c/kg, weighing 765kg to return $2051.73. Charolais-cross heifers sold for 257.2c/kg, weighing 300kg to return $771.60. Charolais-cross steers sold for 281.2c/kg, weighing 471.3kg to return $1325.16.
Santa cows sold for 247.2c/kg, weighing 720kg to return $1779.84. Angus-cross cows sold for 251.2c/kg, weighing 800kg to return $2009.60. Angus bull sold for 253.2c/kg, weighing 1025kg to return $2595.30.