ANOTHER strong line of Friesian steers was well received by buyers from across the South West, with keen bidding bringing a top price of $588 when the team from Elders conducted its monthly store fixture at the Boyanup yards last Friday. Beef steers rose to $648 for a draft of nine Limousin/Angus crosses while a well-covered single Angus steer drew $672. Agents yarded close to the advertised program of 450 cattle, with regular sale vendors receiving good enquiry for their quality cattle. There were some anxious thoughts in relation to prices (would they follow on from the previous week's strong Brunswick sale) however these quickly dissipated and the majority of prices remained steady. Boyanup dairy producers J and NM Walton started proceedings in the black and white steer section with a draft of seven two-year-olds selling to clients of Errol Gardiner, Elders Harvey-Brunswick, for $588. This same price was paid for another seven of the same age from Dardanup vendors JP Giumelli and Son. The majority of steers in this first run all went the way of Errol Gardiner and other transactions included seven from HJ and CM Forrest, Ruabon, at $562, three from G and RM Telini, Ferguson Valley, at $570 and another 11 from the Waltons' property at $524. M and A Bell, Elgin, were represented by a fine selection of more than 100 Friesian steers aged 15 to 20 months. The first 15 sold for $542 and other prices in the top half of the age bracket included 15 at $536 and another 15 at $508. Later on, 16 of the younger steers made $432 and 17 sold for $414. Other Friesian steer sales included 13 from TF Hutton and Sons, Capel, at $464 and another 13 from the same home at $440 while six from KN and CA Gardiner, Ferguson Valley, cleared at $438. Towards the end of the Friesian steer selection, West and Haggerty, Capel, offered close to 50 head, aged four to eight months. K MacLaren picked up two drafts and TW and LM Fleming the other two ‹ with prices including six at $338, 14 at $312, 18 at $278 and 14 at $262. Respected vendor Jack Telini was on hand to see nine two-year-olds with Limousin and Angus bloodlines sell to a client of Robert Gibbings, Elders Capel, for $648. Later, another 15 of the same breeding made $594 in selling to Torridon Grazing, Donnybrook. Rangiora Farm, Elgin, offered 22 to 24-month-old Angus/Friesian steers, with 11 selling for $630 and 12 for $600. From JP Giumelli and Son, similarly aged first cross steers went for $606. Brunswick vendors WR and VJ Piggott cleared 17 Angus at $530 (again to Errol Gardiner) and 17 of the same for $512. Other beef steer sales included nine Herefords at $550, 17 Herefords at $480, five Charolais at $502. Elgin producers KL and AJ Jilley offered 14 to 16-month-old Hereford/Friesian steers, clearing four at $484 and 17 at $462. In the female department, TR and JA Espinos, Yoorgarillup, cleared nine Friesian heifers to J Tognella and Co, Brunswick, for $522 and another eight to a client of Rob Gibbings for $490. The remaining heifers sold in drafts of five or less and included four with Simmental bloodlines at $418 and five black and white poddies at $198. Ross Tyson, Elders Busselton, picked up two beef heifers (which had been back to a Murray Grey bull) with calves at foot for $890 offered on behalf of G Smith. Ross was also the successful bidder for two cows with calves at $880, sold by Binningup's GP Reading, who offered several units with the dams all having been running with a Poll Hereford bull. Four dams with calves made $800 while single lots went for $790 and $710. The Walton family cleared three Angus/Friesian dams with Angus calves (the cows having been back to Simmental and Angus bulls) at $810 while Gibson and Son received $750 for three beef cows with calves at foot and a Friesian cow with beef calf from a local vendor cleared for $620.