HUGE DAY: Byron Smith, Peter Fleming and Bree Taylor in action at the Dalby Saleyards on Wednesday.
HUGE DAY: Byron Smith, Peter Fleming and Bree Taylor in action at the Dalby Saleyards on Wednesday. Sam Flanagan

Cattle for sale hits five-year high

A FIVE-YEAR record was shattered at the Dalby Saleyards on Wednesday as more than 8300 cattle went through the facility.

Ray White Eastern Rural auctioneer Wyatt Wrigley said the numbers were a surprise.

"The large yarding here was a bit of a shock for a lot of people,” Mr Wrigley said.

"To yard 12,000 at Roma on Tuesday and draw this many here, that's a lot of cattle getting sold over two sales.”

Mr Wrigley said prices had been good in the past couple of weeks, with some great returns for cows and bullocks.

He added the lack of rain would have contributed to the inflated numbers, but said he couldn't imagine that trend lasting for a prolonged period.

"I think it's the season. The rain that was meant to come didn't come and there's no talk of rain for a while. If it doesn't rain we'll be back where we were before,” he said.

"Prices have been real good today, fat cows have fetched up to 242 cents and plenty of bullocks around that 290-300 cents mark.

"I don't think the numbers here are sustainable for that long. We might see a fair few numbers for a few weeks but then it will get pretty quiet.”


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