VERY low rain fall across the supply area in recent months lifted numbers at the Dalby cattle sale to the highest level since September 2009, according the official interim MLA National Livestock Reporting Service market report issued this morning.
However, despite the harsh seasonal conditions the overall standard of heavy steer bullocks and cows was fair to good. A full panel of export buyers was present and most were operating.
The sale was up 940 head on last week.
All classes of young cattle experienced a 2c to 10c drop in value as heavy yearling steers to feed were 2c to 8c cheaper.
The heifer portion followed a similar trend as feeder buyers paid from 142c to 187c for the medium weights and 162c to 174c for the heavy lines.
Heavy steers and bullocks went against this trend to improve 1-2c while grown heifers were steady.
Cow prices hovered around the previous week’s levels.
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