MURRAY Grey-Friesian cross springing heifers continued to steal the limelight at female cattle sales when a line of five sold for $1560 at last week's Elders Bridgetown annual female cattle sale.
This was $40 more than the top price at the Elders Boyanup springing heifer sale held the week before and was a terrific indication of a booming WA cattle market.
The bucket reared heifers offered by RW & DL Meade & Son, Balingup, had been running with an Angus bull since April 1 and were PTIC.
They were bought by Mick and Kate Andrews, MC & KJ Andrews, Greenbushes, who run a 40 head breeding herd of Angus-Friesian cows.
Mick said he was looking for a new line of cattle, and chose the Murray Grey-Friesians because they were of the highest quality.
It really was a tremendous sale, with just over 250 cattle averaging more than $1000, while the 60 first cross mated heifers averaged $1415.
Jim Evans, Elders Bridgetown, was very, very happy with the sale result.
"The first cross heifers sold better than the Boyanup sale last Friday," he said.
"Numbers were down on previous years and as we saw today there was terrific demand, especially for the first cross heifers."
The sale exceeded crowd expectations early when the first line of six Angus-Friesian heifers drew an opening bid of $1400. The heifers, PTIC to an Angus bull and due to calve in January, were also offered by the Meade family and were eventually bought by Sid Wheatley & Co, Bridgetown, for $1520.
The Meade family offered several lines of the bucket reared first cross heifers, including a pen of 6 Angus-Friesians PTIC to an Angus bull, which sold to Tempra Bros, Manjimup, for $1540.
Tempra Bros were also successful on a line of five Angus-Friesian heifers mated to an Angus bull and offered by the Meades. These were also bought for $1540.
A line of seven Hereford-Friesian springing heifers PTIC to an Angus bull and from the Meade property were bought by P & DE Harrison, Karridale, for $1420.
Dilkes Farm offered a line of six Murray Grey-Friesian cross heifers that were PTIC to a Mordallup Angus bull and were due to calve in March. These were bought by PR Pardini, Manjimup, for $1260.
A line of three Friesian heifers, PTIC to an Angus bull, and offered by RW & DL Meade & Son, were bought by OM Dunnett & Co, Nannup, for $1380.
Following the first cross heifers was a genuine herd dispersal from local farmers J & JM Duncan, who offered a line of seven Angus cross, fourth calver cows PTIC to a Charolais bull.
These sold for $1200 to J & J Papasergio.
A line of six Angus cross cows (fourth calvers), PTIC to a Charolais bull and also offered by the Duncans sold for $1140 to PJ & LM Whitten.
Rob Gibbings, Elders Capel, also paid $1140 for a line of five of the Duncans Simmental cross cows PTIC to a Charolais bull.
The top price for cows and calves at the sale was $1520 paid for a line of three Simmental cows and calves mated to Simmental and Murray Grey bulls. These cows were offered by SJ & RM Lees, Boyup Brook, and bought by GT Betti, Balingup.
Willowbank, Benger, offered a line of five Angus-Friesian cows, which were third to fourth calvers and PTIC to Angus and Hereford bulls. These were bought by WG & EM Petchell, Williams, for $1020. The Petchell's also bought a line of Hereford-Friesian cows (second to fourth calvers) PTIC to Angus and Hereford bulls for $1040.
A single Angus-Friesian cow and calf offered by Kingbillie Grazing, Bridgetown, sold to Willowbank for $1380.
Another pen of two Simmental cows and calves offered by the Lees and mated to Simmental bulls sold for $1320 to Willowbank.
Unmated heifers sold to a top of $920 for six Hereford-Friesian bucket reared heifers offered by A & PE Pratico and bought by DJ & AF Reeves, while RK & DE Beeck, Kojonup, sold six Murray Grey heifers for $840 to Harper Downs, Denmark.
Annefield Park offered seven Murray Grey heifers that sold for $800 to MJ & HE Harris, Dardanup.