QUALITY lines of cattle met with strong competition at this year's Wesfarmers Dalgety springing heifer sale held at Boyanup last Thursday. A total of 388 heifers went under the hammer with prices reaching a top of $1100 on the day, while the average was up $54 on last year to $902. The top price line was offered by Bussleton producer Ron Beacham, whose quality line-up of seven Angus-Friesians reached the top price mark. Although initially passed in under the reserve, such was the quality of the cattle they were quickly snapped up by astute Barragup cattle producer PW McKean. The heifers were mated to an Angus bull and due to calve from January on. Ron offered 22 heifers in total at the sale and received a 100 per cent clearance, including the second top price of $1080 for a line of six Simmental-Friesian heifers sold under the hammer to Wesfarmers Dalgety Bridgetown agent Jamie Abbs on behalf of Dr John Rosenthal. Ron said he had supported the springing heifer sales since their inception in Busselton some 30-40 years ago. "I reckon I will be selling at them for a few years yet, too," he said. Wesfarmers Dalgety Bunbury branch manager Neil Foale said, although buyers were selective, the bidding on the quality lines was quite strong throughout the sale. "Buyers were chasing the more mature heifers and they really went for the Angus matings, while the Hereford cross and Friesians also sold pretty well," he said. "Overall, I think the average for the sale was pretty good." pAngus-Friesian The first pen of heifers to kick off the sale was a sweet line-up of six Angus-Friesians that were mated to an Angus bull. These heifers, offered by GA & LE Jenkins, Treeton, accordingly made the good price of $1060 paid by S & K Karafilis, Bridgetown. Also receiving top money was a line of eight Angus-Friesian heifers offered by PD & ST Evans, Busselton. These heifers were mated to a Murray Grey bull and were bought by PW & RJ McKean, Barragup, for $1010. Also selling well in the Angus-Friesian section was a line of eight heifers offered by MJ & HE Harris, Dardanup. These heifers were mated to a Limousin bull and sold for $1000 to SD & A Keall, Donnybrook. Another line of eight heifers mated to an Angus bull offered by Murray Harris sold for $970 to GH & KL Williams, Denmark. GEO Tyrell & Co, Dardanup, offered seven Angus-Friesian heifers mated to an Angus bull and due January 15 onwards. These were bought by Cowaramup producer DV Brockman & Co, for $950. Another line of five heifers offered by the Tyrells also sold for $950 to G Bocuzzi, Denmark. These heifers were also mated to an Angus bull and were due January 15 on. CG & AM Wills & Son, Busselton, offered nine heifers mated to an Angus bull and due on January 12 onwards. These caught the eye of G & A & F Femia, Manjimup, who outlaid $940 for them. Also selling for $940 was a line of nine Angus-Friesians offered by Ietto Farms, Benger, and bought by Wesfarmers Dalgety Waroona agent Ralph Mosca on behalf of Palermo Farms. pHereford-Friesian With the completion of the Angus -Friesian section of the catalogue, auctioneer John Wirth called for the Hereford-Friesians. These attracted good interest from buyers, but none more so than a line of six offered by Beacham Bros, Busselton, which sold for $1010 to AB & GL Kamman, Manjimup. These big, roomy heifers were mated to an Angus bull and due January/March. Also selling well was a line of five heifers that were bought by MG & M Twomey, Dardanup, for $980. These heifers were mated to an Angus bull and were offered by GA & MJA Chapman. NC & AM Jilley, Busselton, offered a line of five heifers mated to an Angus bull and due January 10 on, which were bought for $960 by EG & B Quick, Donnybrook. DH McDonald offered six Hereford-Friesian heifers mated to an Angus bull that were bought by George Williams, Denmark, for $950. pSimmental-Friesian A small but quality line-up of Simmental-Friesian heifers were offered at the sale with the second top price of the sale coming from this mix. Also selling well here was a line of four heifers mated to an Angus bull and due January 7 onwards. These heifers were offered by Elmsdale and sold for $890 to KM & BJ Guidici, Donnybrook. pLimousin-Friesian There was only one pen of Limo-Friesian cross heifers offered at the sale by Ietto Farms, Benger. The heifers were mated to a Limousin bull and were bought by TR & KA Bleechmore, Boyup Brook. pAngus-Hereford GR Dunstan offered a line of nine Angus-Hererford cross heifers that were mated to a Red Angus bull and were due to calve from March on. These were bought by KM & JM Hester, Wonnerup, for $750. Ietto Farms offered a line of four heifers that were mated to a Limousin bull and were bought for $620 by Neville Trigwell, Busselton. pEnglish Dairy Shorthorns GEO Tyrell & Co offered the only line of this breed, consisting of five heifers mated to an Angus bull and due January 15 on. These sold for $780 to S Ucich, Nannup. pFriesians The top price in this category was $1050 paid for a line of six Friesian heifers offered by Bbidecud Pastoral Co, Boyanup. These heifers were mated to an Angus bull and were bought by DJ & HM Reid, Karridale. RC & RE Tester, Elgin, offered a line of seven Friesians mated to a Murray Grey bull. These sold for $920 and were bought by HD & AL Lindberg, Denbarker.