WA Gelbvieh breeders acknowledged it was an opportunity not to be missed as they bid to $3200 for mated cows with calves at foot and $3000 for bulls from an elite gathering of stud stock at the Bellatrix Gelbvieh dispersal sale at Coolup last week. Vendor Warren Beckwith had combed Australia for years sourcing cattle for his stud and, in so doing, pooled an enviable collection of world-renowned Gelbvieh genetics. And WA breeders made the most of his groundwork with spirited bidding through Elders auctioneer Kim McDougall. In one of the most picturesque sale surrounds and with the cattle a picture of health, the day's top came at lot 22 for a seven-year-old cow with an outstanding February drop bull calf by Double J Pow-A-Pac at foot. Intergene Cookie (S), by LNR Kaiser 928N and out of Gold Dust Cookie 815X was also 16 weeks back in calf to Pow-A-Pac son, Bellatrix Ulysses. For buyers Daryl and Sue Reynolds, High Plains stud, Northampton, the cow's moderate frame and great maternal traits were a major drawcard, along with the "sire of the future" potential of her exceptional calf. "He's got near perfect structure, excellent growth and great muscling," Daryl said. "We find the softer, more moderate framed Gelbviehs are the ones that really perform best for us in every way and this is the type we are striving for." The Reynolds also outlaid $1500 for another 7yo Intergene cow and $2100 for an Aloma-bred daughter of Aloma Neo, both with Pow-A-Pac heifers at foot and in calf to Ulysses. Major volume buyers of the day were John and Kim Pugh, Summit stud, Narrikup, and Kim and Jillian Beale, Lazy K stud, east Esperance. The Beales are converting from sheep to cattle and only started their Gelbvieh stud in March with the purchase of 18 cows and 11 calves at the Beau Champ dispersal sale in South Australia. At Bellatrix, they finished with nine females, including the $1800 top priced heifer, a polled Pow-A-Pac daughter, and second top priced cow at $2900. This 1996 drop polled female by Homebush Poll Newman was offered with a March drop Pow-A-Pac bull at foot and 16 weeks back in calf to Ulysses. John and Kim Pugh are also in a stud building phase, having implanted 58 embryos this season to add to their 30-head stud herd and they boosted this by five at Bellatrix. Their purchases included polled, Aloma-bred PTIC cows with calves at foot for $2600 and $2000 and a polled Knutsford Foundation cow for $2300. Other buyers were H & W Wegmann, Esperance, who bought two females and three rising 2yo sons of Pow-A-Pac, including the $3000 top priced bull, HR & KA Brooks, Bridgetown, a bull for $2700, EA & PF Mogridge, York, Double Bar Gelbvieh stud, Elgin, Owen Lindsay, Mandurah, Gwandallan stud, Clackline, Ferguson Valley stud, Ferguson Valley, Amuri Creek, west Tambellup, and Alcoa Farmlands, Pinjarra.