ELDERS presented the usual large yarding of store cattle expected by buyers at the Brunswick fixtures, with a variety of types and quality in the 1000 head on offer.
With some of the cows being dispersed purchased for NSW, the recent prediction that cattle would join the sheep crossing the Nullabor has been quickly realised.
Top price on the day was paid twice, for two Poll Hereford bulls in the Valhalla Stud dispersal, but some good values were realised again in the commercial cattle.
Friesian steers peaked at $678, beef steers were just behind at $670, and Friesian poddies sold strongly, making up to $392.
Unmated heifers were harder to sell, although one line made $810, with a line of mated heifers sold for $1000, and cows and cows with calves reached a top of $1040.
Commencing on the larger Friesian steers, a top price of $678 was paid for three in the third pen, offered by DA & M Sorgiovani & Son, Harvey, with these going to Nebru, Three Springs.
The first two lines containing four steers each were also bought by Nebru, with vendors, Plain Pty Ltd receiving $640 and $628 respectively.
The Sorgiovani's sold another three dairy steers to Glenluce Livestock, Cowaramup, for $568, while DJ & R Tognella sold 14 for $572 and the same number for $562, with Phil Musitano and Glendower Pastoral Co the respective buyers.
Regular vendors of this type of cattle, DE Craigie & Sons, Harvey, sold a pen of 12 to Glendower Pastoral Co for $558, to be among the higher prices for dairy steers.
Friesian poddies saw excellent demand, with a pen of 13 offered by B&M Gelmi, Waterloo, sell to Terry Tarbotton, Elders Nannup, for $392, with this buyer taking the next pen of four offered by TM Ieraci, Harvey, at $388.
Andrew Cunningham, Waterloo, sold 20 sappy young poddies once again, with Phil Musitano, Brunswick, going to $356 to secure the line.
A line of Shorthorn steers kicked off the beef section, with 12 from PC Paterson, Williams going to O & Co at $620. Two of similar breeding offered by U Richardson, Brunswick topped the beef steers at $670, also among the O & Co purchases.
This buyer paid the equal top of $670 later in the sale for three Angus steers sold by K Beauglehole, Dardanup. Peter Paterson sold 11 Angus steers for $624 to Roslyn Farms, Waroona, six Angus for $630 and 11 Murray Grey at $590 to Elders Donnybrook.
Melvin Hettner again presented Murray Grey steers, with Phil Musitano paying $514 for 17, and $474 for another line of 12.
MS Talbot, Brunswick outlaid $512 for eight of these cattle. Valley View Beef, Donnybrook, also had success with the Murray Grey steers they offered, when Elders Donnybrook bid to $610 for the line of six.
Later in the sale several pens of Angus cattle attracted strong support, with Mal Barrett, Elders Boyanup, buying six of the seven lines.
Five steers sold by Willowbank, Benger, went to Mal at $662, who also bought three lines offered by JL & BJ Bradshaw, Cookernup, paying $662 for 11, $656 for 12 and $634 for another 13.
David Tognella sold three steers for $622, and 13 for $596 to Mal Barrett. Jim Evans, Elders Bridgetown, bought a line of 14 of the Tognella steers, paying $618 .
The first cross Angus heifers saw a line of 10 return $810 for vendors, S&T Pinzone, Harvey, while Blackrock Angus Stud, Vasse, sold two lines of 15 pure bred Angus heifers to Mal Barrett for $550 each.
A line of six mated Angus cross heifers, with one calf already on the ground, sold by the Mahaffey Family Trust, Brunswick, went to Darren Chatley, Elders Bunbury, buying for a Manjimup client.
The Devon cross herd dispersed by DG Spark & Co, Waroona, saw the support from Elders Binnaway, NSW, with well-known Devon breeder, Max Trethewie purchasing on their behalf.
Included in the draft were seven 2nd calvers at $640, nine older cows at $670, 10 for $710 and eight at $670.
Three Angus cross heifers with their first calves at foot were sought after, with Dene Bickers, Mundijong, paying $1040 to vendors, H&JB Blackburn, Cookernup.
Esperance High School sold seven Maine Anjou cows and calves to SJ & RM Lees, Wilga, with these returning $1000.
Lou and Sue Dicandillo, Newdegate, reluctantly dispersed their small Poll Hereford Stud, with Elders Pinjarra paying $960 for three cows with young calves, and $900 for two with older heifers at foot, to be the better prices for these.
Ross Tyson, Elders Busselton, bought a 18mo bull, Valhalla Case 7th for $1200, with the sire Jenora Vincent and the 30month old Valhalla Case both selling for $1220, with Chris Waddingham the buyer.