Record springing heifer sale

17 Dec, 2003 10:00 PM
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WA's cattle industry received a shot of confidence when buyers dug deep to produce the biggest ever Elders Boyanup Springing heifer sale last week.

It took just over four hours for Elders auctioneering tag team of Rusty Miller and Mel Morris to get through the record size catalogue and achieve the record feat.

When the final hammer fell the sale had grossed a record $1.83 million, which was up $36,290 on last year's record sale, ensuring it was the biggest ever sale for the south-west Elders team.

Elders yarded a record 1462 bucket-reared springing heifers and sold a record 1443 under the hammer - an increase of 12 females on last year - at an impressive average of $1271, up $14 on last year.

Records continued to tumble at the sale when two Charolais-Friesian heifers offered late in the sale by J & M Kitchen, Boyanup, made $1560, eclipsing the sale's previous top price of $1520 set in 2001.

The two Charolais-Friesian heifers had been mated to an Angus bull and are due to calve from February 8 to May 3.

The $1.83m gross was even more exceptional given the slight downturn in the cattle market at present and with the larger offering many expected the average to be down slightly on last year.

But with buyers keen to secure quality stock this was certainly not the case and the sale has given the WA cattle and beef industries plenty of confidence for the upcoming weaner and bull sales in the New Year.

The sale which is renowned for its quality bucket-reared heifers out of Friesian dams, and all vendors guaranteed for a 10 week joining period and 12 week mating period, was red hot from the outset.

Once again the quality females on offer grabbed the attention of buyers from not only the south-west area but also the south coast, north to Perth and east to Ongerup.

Speaking after the sale Elders south-west livestock manager Darren Chatley said it was a highly successful sale, with the final result well and truly above expectations.

"It was a very consistent sale from the start to finish and didn't drop off, highlighting the eveness of the line-up," Mr Chatley said.

"This year the yarding was probably the most even in terms of quality we have ever yarded and buyers responded.

"A feature of the sale was the run of synchronised mated heifers, they were highly sought after and sold to strong competition."

Sale organisers Robert Gibbings, Elders Capel and Don Page, Elders Margaret River were equally as happy.

"It was a very pleasing sale, with the results above expectation," Mr Gibbings said.

"The prices received for Angus-Friesian heifers were better than expected and the better conditioned cattle received stronger support from buyers, but the prices for the synchronised heifers were a little disappointing."

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