WA cattle prices continue to soar with Independent Rural Agents - Pemberton holding a red hot weekly sale on AuctionsPlus on Monday.
IRA Pemberton principal and level one professional assessor Colin Thexton offered almost 400 head of cattle at the sale which included large drafts of Friesian steers and beef heifer weaners and yearlings.
Strong online buying support saw beef prices peak at a whopping 378c/kg liveweight and 630.2c/kg dressed weight for young mixed sex calves, Friesian steer liveweight prices reached 315c/kg and $690 per head, unjoined heifer weaners and yearlings sold to 283c/kg and $1000 per head to feeders and cow and calf units sold for $1805 each. (All prices are on-farm with little to no curfew and no transport.)
Mr Thexton said he has never seen prices like this in the 25 years of selling cattle on the AuctionsPlus system.
"Vendors are reaping the benefits of the strengthening beef market," he said.
"Congratulations to my clients for the line-up of cattle they presented and their continued support of the AuctionsPlus system.
"And a big thank you to all the buyers, underbidders and fellow agents for their continued support."
Recording the sale's 378c/kg top liveweight price was a line of 13 sappy Angus-Hereford cross mixed sex calves from MR & EM Walker, Balingup.
The three to four-month-olds averaged 165.7kg and sold for 630.2c/kg dressed weight.
The Walker family also sold a line of 15 mainly Angus-Hereford cows averaging 655.6kg for 214c/kg and $1404 per head (441.5c/kg carcase weight) and 18 8-9mo Angus, Angus cross and Limousin-Hereford cross heifers averaging 298.8kg for 283c/kg and $845 per head.
BA & RN Ravenhill, Narrikup, offered a large draft of 171 Friesian and Jersey-Friesian steers at the sale.
The consignment's 315c/kg top liveweight price went to a line of 69 Friesian steers aged 6-9mo and averaging 189kg ($595 per head) while the $690 top per head price was paid for 21 older mainly Jersey-Friesian steers averaging 274.2kg (252c/kg).
Blue River Grazing, Northcliffe, topped the heifer values with a line of 20 Angus-Hereford heifers aged 10-12mo and averaging 356.9kg that sold for 280c/kg and $1000 per head.
This vendor also made $1805 for 26 unmated third calving Hereford cows with Angus-sired calves at foot.
R & A Baruffi, Balingup, banked $1200 per head for 13 Charolais and Angus-sired heifers averaging 487.8kg that sold for 462.8c/kg carcase weight.
JB Hubery & Co, Balingup, made 280c/kg and $945 for a draft of 14 Angus cross weaner heifers averaging 337.1kg aged 9-10mo, while SC Nix, Mayanup, sold a large draft of 68 South Devon 10-11mo heifers with their $920 top-priced pen going to 50 heifers averaging 325.8kg that realised 282c/kg.