ONE of the larger offerings of cows, along with an excellent selection of heifers, were offered at the Elders Brunswick sale lastFriday.
A small selection of steers among the 1200 cattle offered, attracted strong support, with some linesof these returning very high returns for vendors.
The sale's top price was paid for four Angus first cross springing heifers that made $1500.
This price was closely followed by a cow and calf unit that returned $1360 for D Morris, Brunswick, with unmated heifers reaching $890.
The young beef steers peaked at $652 while the small selection of Friesian steers sold up to $552.
Three of the four pens of dairy steers were knocked down to regular buyer of these cattle, Glenluce Livestock, Cowaramup, which paid $552 for two steers, and $514 for nine, from BL & EF Tapper, and $546 for 15 steers offered by A Clapshaw.
The other pen of Friesian steers contained eight animals sold by Grassvale Contracting, with A Mustica, Mundijong, paying $540 for these.
The first run of beef steers were the first cross cattle, with Grassvale Contracting topping this section with a single Angus cross steer that sold to O & Co for $652.
S&M Vinci, Roelands, sold 10 similar bred steers to O & Co for $650, with a Hereford steer in the same pen selling on behalf of the local Catholic Church going the same way for the same price.
A volume vendor in the beef steers was RM Rowel & Co, Williams, selling over 100 head. These included a line of 11 Angus for $580, going to Elders Donnybrook, 13 Murray Greys bought by Eric Angel, Harvey, for $568, who also paid $580 for another 16 Angus.
Later in the sale this vendor sold 11 younger Hereford steers to TJ Maughan for $540.Other beef steers to sell extremely well included 15 Herefords from Millgate Nominees, with Elders Donnybrook, bidding to $568 to secure theem.
Willowbank, Benger, sold several lines, with 17 Murray Greys making $546 when knocked down to Rob Gibbings, Elders Capel.
The few lines of Friesian poddies were sought after, with a line of eight offered by SA Mitting, Brunswick, selling for the best price of $372, with these going to the bid of Phil Musitano, Elders Brunswick and Collie.
Seven poddies from D Lindberg, Busselton, were close behind, making $368 for the seven in the line that were purchased by E Italiano, Dardanup.
With almost 900 head of the yarding comprising females, it was understandable that a large portion of the crowd in attendance were waiting for this section of the sale.
Intending purchasers came from as far afield as Jurien Bay to Narrikup and Denmark.
The first pen of unmated heifers, 10 Angus Friesian cross offered by KD Rose sold to RJ Lewis, Brunswick, for the sections top of $890.
Several lines sold for $870 and $860 a head, including 10 heifers from DE Craigie & Sons, Cookernup, who also sold another 11 to A Tampolini, Bullsbrook, with seven from G&K Fry, Brunswick, going to Darren Chatley, Elders Bunbury.
The mated heifers with early calving dates sold strongly, but those not calving until May-June were harder to sell and attracted much lower values.
Noel Holsworth, Bridgetown was determined to buy the four Angus cross from JP Andony, Harvey, and was pushed to $1500 before succeeding. Ernie Young, Bridgetown, went home with five of the same breeding, securing this line for $1360, with JP Andony again the seller.
A pen of 11 sold by KS & EN Roberts,Elgin, went to the bid of Les Brookes at $1100. Harvey Agricultural College, GL & RA Bach, and G Wickham, Yarloop, all sold lines for $1000 or more.
With 400 mated cows of various ages on offer, buyers had a smorgasbord to select from, with good competition to the end.
A young Angus with her first calf at foot returned $1260 for D & J Morris, Brunswick, with Mike Wringe, Kirup, the buyer.
The dispersal of Carter Bros, Busselton, breeding herd sold consistently, with a line of eight mixed age Angus cross cows selling to Tom Roberts for $960 to be the best of their prices.
The Harvey Agricultural College also sold 40 Angus and Hereford breeders, with these also topping at $960 for nine Herefords, with John Luscombe, Elders Bridgetown the buyer.
Atlas Farms, Calingiri, sold their Simmental cross herd, with a line of ten peaking at $800, with this line amongst the pens bought by Henty Ranch, Hentydale.