FOR the second time in two weeks buyers travelled from all over the southern half of the state to attend the Elders Young River breeders dispersal sale at Young River Station east of Esperance.
The total sold at the sale was $1030 with a gross of $855,290 and an average of $830.38.
Although the crowd at stage two was smaller than stage one, held a week earlier, buyers still demonstrated confidence in the beef industry by paying very good prices for the older half of Young River's breeding herd.
Elders auctioneer Alec Williams commended Young River manager Greg Moore and his staff on the presentation of the PTIC cattle before commencing the final stage of the sale.
The cattle, which attracted the most interest and best prices overall for the sale were the youngest cattle on offer.
Five pens each of 40 Hereford-Angus cross third to fifth calvers were all mated to Murray Grey and Murray Grey-Limousin cross bulls put in on July 2 and 3 and reached the sale's top price of $950.
This top priced pen was one of two lots of these younger cattle purchased by Brendan Stoney for Stoney Pastoral Company of Esperance, the second pen making $900.
A further pen of Angus-Hereford cross sixth and older calvers mated to Angus and Murray Grey-Limousin were also purchased by Stoney Pastoral Company for $850.
After attending the sale last week without making any purchases due to the higher than expected prices Brendan Stoney was pleased with the 134 head which will be added to an existing herd of 1500 Angus and Shorthorn-Gelbvieh cross breeders.
Purchasers of the remaining three pens of Angus-Hereford cross third to fifth calvers were G&E Zambonetti, Albany, Neil and Helen Carlson, Bremer Bay, who are replacing a drought depleted Angus herd, and Ken and Paul Reddington, also of Bremer Bay.
The Bremer Bay neighbours both attended the previous Young River sale at which Ken and Paul purchased 42 Murray Grey third to fifth calvers to add, with his latest purchase, to a commercial herd of Angus cattle and later mate with bulls from their Marlamerup Simmental stud.
Doug Slater, Elders Bunbury, on behalf of Kim Buller, purchased all three pens of silver Murray Grey sixth calf and older cattle for $850.
The 97 head, which were put with Murray Grey, Murray Grey-Limousin and Murray Grey-Charolais bulls on July 2 and 3, will be added to an existing commercial herd.
Doug Slater again made his presence felt at the sale purchasing a total of nine pens for Elders Bunbury clients and six more for Elders Manjimup buyers totalling 629 head.
All buyers purchased the cattle to add to existing commercial herds.
On behalf of Bangadang, Bunbury, Mr Slater purchased 38 Angus 6-plus calvers mated to Murray Grey-Limousin and Murray Grey-Charolais cross bulls at an average price of $818, 36 dark Murray Greys mated to Murray Grey, Murray Grey-Limousin and Murray Grey-Charolais cross bulls for $890 and eight Murray Grey-Hereford cross mated to Murray Grey-Limousin and Murray Grey-Charloais cross bulls for $780.
Another Elders Bunbury client, John Wringe, purchased a half pen consisting of 36 head of Hereford-Blonde Aquataine cross 6-plus calvers mated to Angus and Murray Grey-Limousin bulls for $860.
The cattle will be added to a commercial herd on Mr Wringe's Kirup property.
Andy Leiper, Esperance, purchased the remaining 35 head for $850.
Bill Richards, Elders Esperance, purchased two pens of dark Murray Grey sixth calvers and older cattle on behalf of Erinair, Esperance.
The two pens, mated to Murray Grey, Murray Grey-Limousin and Murray Grey-Charolais cross bulls made from $850 to $880.
A pen of 25 Angus-Brahman sixth calvers and older mated to Murray Grey-Limousin cross bulls were purchased by Bill Richards, Elders Esperance, for the lowest price of the sale at $680.
Following the Young River sale a pen of Hereford sixth calvers and older mated to Angus and Murray Grey-Charolais bulls were sold for 800 by the same vendor at his Stuart Downs property to Granite Rock, Munglinup.
Vendor of the Young River dispersal sale Alan Carratti said, "It was another good sale with the older cattle meaning slightly lower prices". Alan now intends to purchase large numbers of steers locally from the annual yearling sales to grass fatten for the local and overseas live trade markets.
Elders Auctioneer, Alec Williams, said after the sale that, "Purchasers were very selective in the cattle they bought with regard to breed and age, but overall the result was pleasing in respect to the way the cattle were presented and offered on the day."