COMMERCIAL dairy females fetched an unbelievable $1700/head at Boyanup last week, unprecedented in living memory.
The occasion was the Elders dairy female sale at Boyanup last Thursday and both Elders luminaries, Doug Slater and Rusty Miller, attested to the fact that they could not remember a price as high as that for PTIC heifers.
"It's the highest in my memory for commercial females," Rusty said after the sale.
"I can't remember such a price for commercial Friesians," added Doug.
The sale grossed $210,650 for 156 females to average $1350 which included drafts from five venors, plus the dispersal of the Valdana dairy herd from Denmark.
The happy vendor of the top-priced pen of $1700/head was Ron Beacham, Beacham Bros, Busselton and equally delighted to lay hands on such top quality heifers was Michael MacDonald, also of Busselton.
Ron has finished dairying and is running Angus and Simmental bulls over beef-cross heifers. He will continue to sell the crosses at Elders' December springer sale and keep replacements from his 150-head breeders.
The biggest vendor in numbers was the Gianoli family's Valdana herd from Denmark with 74 females going under the hammer to a $1400 top and averaging $1202, but the sale started with mated females from four other vendors.
In pen one were KL & AJ Jilley's six big Friesian heifers off their Boyanup paddocks and with the bidding starting at $1000, the end result was bound to be good - and it was.
The heifers (running with an Angus bull from April to June) were bought at $1500 by Merv and Maxine Johnson, Busselton.
The Jilley's six Friesians in pen two also fetched $1500 and were bought by Tom Tate, Margaret River.
But it was the eight beautiful, smooth and quiet Beacham PTIC Friesians in pen three that fetched the big $1700 figure. They had been running with an Angus bull from April to June.
The bidding for their next pen of eight started at $1400 with Brian Bowden, Elders, Karridale, buying on behalf of MAM & PR Martin, and finally successful at $1500.
The Beacham's next pen of six were also bought at $1500, with RK Woodhouse, Karridale the successful bidder and Brian Bowden operating on their behalf.
Yet another pen of Ron Beacham's six Friesian heifers also fetched $1500, with Mervyn and Maxine Johnson the buyers, who also bought another six of KL & AJ Jilley's mated Friesians at $1500.
Beacham Bros achieved the excellent average of $1569 for their 28 females offered.
RK Woodhouse bought another six of the Jilley's females at $1500, while FA & CA Togno, Cowaramup, bought last of the Jilley offering (four mated heifers) at $1500.
The Jilleys posted another great average - $1511 for 28 offered.
A change of vendors in DJ & AM Rowe offered two pens, with nine mated Friesian heifers bringing $1300 each, the buyers being Mervyn and Maxine Johnson.
The Rowe's average was $1300 for their nine mated females.
O'Neil Partners offered 17 cattle to average an enviable$1400 and first to operate on these was ET Carroll & Co, Nannup, buying six at $1500 plus another six at $1300.
Their last five were bought by OM Dunnett, Nannup. All had been running with an Angus bull from late April to early July.
Valdana's best price of $1400/head was paid by cattle identity David Tognela, Brunswick, for five roomy big PTIC cows which had been running with Angus bulls and due January and February.
David also bought seven Valdana mated cows at $1350, five at $1250, five at $1200 and four at $1000.
Others operating on the Valdana mated cows (which had been dried off in May) was G Ravenhill, Narrikup (five at $1100, five at $1150, four at $1050) and HD, AL & NJ Lindberg, Mt Barker (five at $1350 and five at $1300).
Others to buy from Valdana were WF & EB Biddulph, Cowaramup, who bought four at $1000 and five at $1150, while M Lumsden & Sons bought five cows at $1100/head.
Witchcliffe farmers JA & NA Brooks bought five Valdana cows at $1200 and four at $1350.