A TOTAL of 436 mated and unmated females were offered at the Landmark South West Premium F1 Female Sale at Boyanup last week, with the demand for unmated heifers a highlight.
Overall the 436 heifers sold to $2650 to average $1592 for a sale gross of $694,400.
In the mated females, date of calving and the better grown heifers were sought after, with smaller females making less than the unmated in some vendors' offerings.
Following recent strong sales of mated females for several heifer specialists, the Landmark sale resulted in spirited bidding on suitable replacements to mate and grow out for the 2015 female sales.
Debbie Gardiner, EP & DK Gardiner, Brunswick, had the largest team at the sale, offering and selling 56 mated heifers to the top price of $2650 and average $2278.
The top line of six deep thick Angus-cross heifers in the second pen offered were finally knocked down to FJ Foster & Sons, Cowaramup, at $2650.
The Foster family are regular buyers of top quality mated and unmated Angus and Hereford females.
The first six heifers were similar and were to calve from February 1 until March 30 to a Limousin mating and were bought by GS & AE Karafilis, Bridgetown, for $2550, to get the sale rolling.
The next six of these then sold to Mirreanda Pty Ltd for $2300.
The next best price of $2400 was paid for the first line of seven Angus-cross offered by Sandlewood Farms, Harvey, with TF Hutton & Sons, Capel, placing the final bid to secure the deep heifers.
The second line of seven Sandlewood Farms Angus went to J & R Bachos, Middlesex, for $2350 and achieve the top sale vendor average of $2375.
Proving calving date was all important, the four beautiful soft Angus-cross females from RJ & LE Blackburn, Cookernup, were as good as the best at the sale.
The later calving pulled bids back on these with Merrylands snaring the bargain of the day at $2000.
Merrylands also paid $2150 for six of the Debbie Gardiner heifers in the second run, with PJ & LJ Foster, Busselton, taking five for $2300.
A & A Rodi bought six of these quality heifers for $2200.
Other buyers of the well-presented Gardiner heifers included RC & RE Tester, Elgin, taking six at $2100, Graham Ayres Livestock, Bornholm, seven for $2200 with Nannup Fresh Fruit looking to add some beef to the plate when purchasing seven heifers at $2100.
Other vendors of mated heifers included IA & HE Noakes selling 21 heifers to $2000 to average $1876, with JE Franklin, Margaret River, buying the top pen.
Following their success at the Manjimup female sale, E & SJ Bett & Son sold heifers to $1600, with Graham Ayres Livestock buying the top pen at $1600.
Riverton Farms sold mated Murray Grey heifers for $1750 to F & JM Perrella as well as seven Hereford-cross at $1500 bought for RJ & DJ Eddy by Richard Pollock, Landmark Waroona, bidding on their behalf.
With 274 unmated heifers to select from, buyers upped the bidding intensity with bids flying from all points of the compass, with auctioneer Tiny Holly, more than capable of keeping up.
The top price of $1750 was paid by heifer specialists KL & AJ Jilley for nine Angus heifers with great potential from DE Craigie & Son, Cookernup.
Another line of eight lengthy Craigie heifers sold for $1550, bought by Love and Roche, bidding through Elders Manjimup.
V & G Ieraci & Sons had a strong result, selling ten Angus-cross to EP & DK Gardiner at $1700 with another 12 going to KS & EN Roberts at $1700 also.
Quick to buy replacements, the Gardiners also secured nine heifers from R & C Italiano for $1600 and six sold account Dr J Rosenthal at $1650.
AJ & WJ Ryan, buying through Primaries agent Neil Foale, bought numerous pens, paying to a top of $1600 for 10 heifers sold by A & C Ferraro.
The better unmated heifers from E & SJ Betts were 10 snapped up by EP & DK Gardiner at $1600 with Love and Roche, Manjimup, taking nine at $1550.
Providing Murray Grey enthusiasts with a good selection of unmated heifers, A & PE Pratico, Greenbushes, sold their top line of 11 heifers to KS & EN Roberts at $1550, with Love and Roche taking 12 for $1500.
At the end of the sale, the Praticos sold a pen of young grey heifers for $1150 to AJ & WJ Ryan & Sons with another 12 going to Love and Roche for $1000.
Another vendor of quality grey heifers were F Slee & Son, Busselton, with their first line of eight heifers going to John Cilemanoff, Manjimup, at $1400 before AJ & WJ Ryan paid $1350 for another eight.