POSITIVE news continued for WA beef producers at the Elders Boyanup Supreme Springing Heifer sale last Friday where buyers competed strongly on the quality offering with the selling team on some occasions failing to keep up with the bids.
WA's premier heifer sale surpassed all expectations with both an excellent clearance rate and average price achieved as well as a top price of $1580 for a line of Hereford-Friesian heifers.
When the calls of auctioneer Alec Williams finally came to a halt after three hours of selling, 1028 out of the 1048 first cross females on offer had been sold at an impressive average of $1345 under the hammer - up $161 on last year's average when 1150 were sold.
The $1345 average, now rates second best behind the $1416 average which achieved at the sale in 2005 when 1191 head were sold.
The sale's gross was also impressive when it was calculated out at $1.38 million, up more than $20,000 compared compared with last year's gross of $1,362,520.
Topping the sale this year at $1580 was a pen of six black and white Hereford-Friesian heifers offered by the Brooks family, JA & NA Brooks & Son, Witchcliffe.
The big, roomy, sleek heifers were secured by return buyers the O'Byrne family, TL O'Byrne & Co, Quindalup.
The heifers had been mated to a Blackrock Angus sire which had been selected for his easy calving traits and are due to calve down between January 23 and April 17.
The heifers were bred and raised by the Brooks family who run a 114 head dairy milking herd.
Vendor Jim Brooks said they have used a number of Hereford bloodlines over the years since they started preparing heifers in 1978.
These included Jenora, Westhaven, Terraneil and Jeneastbury blood.
Buyer Jamie O'Byrne said they had always been a fan of Hereford-Friesian cross heifers because they were good, roomy cows with depth of body.
"Along with that they have ease of calving and produce a smaller calf which we like," he said.
After dropping their first calf the O'Byrnes then mate the females back to Charolais bulls for their vealer operation.