PRICES soared at the Elders Combined Holstein Breeders sale at Boyanup last week when stud heifers offered by BW and RT Harris, Waterloo, topped at $1550 for a 2.5-year-old Friesian cow. The sale offered 35 stud cows and 25 lots (133 head) of commercial cattle, with a majority going to farmers within the local region. Bidding was strong throughout the sale, with buyers keen to pick up quality stock. Elders auctioneer Rusty Miller was happy with the positive response offered by bidders, saying that farmers now have more optimism within the dairy industry. Competition presented promising results for dairy farmers, proving that people were keen to continue in the industry. "Under the conditions, cattle sold better than expected. People were prepared to pay for good quality heifers," Mr Miller said. Vendors were also happy with the outcome of the sale. Most vendors got more money than expected, Mr Miller said. The stud cattle were offered first, with the top price cow showing part way through the sale. The 2.5yo Friesian, Brysinda Prelude Sam-ET, which has been lactating for 163 days and has been re-mated, attracted a lot of interest, with bidding coming from all parts of the ring. This quality cow was offered by BW and RT Harris, Waterloo, and was bought by nephew LD Harris and Co, Dromana Holsteins, Dardanup, fetching $1550. This price was followed by a cow offered by JW Shine, Melville Park, Brunswick. The cow, named Melville Park Roxy Lass, had high fat and protein and met strong competition, with G and L Jenkins, Cowaramup, taking the cow home for $1350. Four cattle shared the next best price of $1300, with all of these cattle hailing from JW Shine's property. The first cow, Melville Park April Delight, caused action within the stands with farmers keen to buy the Friesian. LD Harris and Co, was successful in securing the bid on this occasion. Boyanup farmers J and NM Walton took home another two of the $1300 cows, Melville Park Jowood Bess and Melville Park Moon Bess, while also taking home another four stud Friesians on the day, paying an average of $1125. The final cow at this price was snatched up by DH McDonald, Busselton, who also took another four stud Friesians home. Quantity and top price buyers LD Harris and Co bought 12 cows on the day, paying an average of $1116. The commercial cattle met considerable competition, with the top of these Friesians fetching $940 for a line of eight PTIC heifers offered by J Egerton-Warburton, Margaret River, and bought by ID McGregor, Margaret River. Four lines of heifers fetched $920. Two of these yardings were offered by CF and R Boardman, Busselton, and bought by OM Dunnett and Co, Nannup. Both were pens of eight Friesian heifers and PTIC to an Angus bull. The remaining two pens were offered by MR and JL Piggott, Busselton, with one of these, a line of five, going to OM Dunnett. The second, a line of four, sold to GE Payne, Karridale.