Friesians excel at Brunswick

22 Nov, 2000 03:19 PM
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A LINE of cows and calves topped the Elders Brunswick store cattle sale last Friday when they were sold for $795 a unit, but the highlight of the day was the excellent quality lines of Friesian steers and the consistent values they achieved. Sale co-ordinator Errol Gardiner was justifiably satisfied at the sale's conclusion but was reluctant to be quoted as saying that Brunswick is now the state's premium store cattle sale, although many would agree that he has every right to do so. There were well above advertised numbers yarded, with 1400 head offered and sold. The first pen of 10 Friesian steers offered by Gary Poller, Brunswick, gained the highest price for the dairy steers when purchased by locals VA & MP Wright at $696. The Wrights snapped up the first six pens of Frieisan steers, paying $670 for 11 and $640 for another line of 12, with both these lines sold by Gary Poller. Frank and Adriene Bellairs sold their 10 steers at $676, while DL Rose & Co, Burekup, received $686 for the nine steers they offered in pen three. Armstrong Partners, Benger, offered several pens of Friesian steers from their Albany property, with Elders Harvey taking 12 at $620 and the other four pens, each containing 12 head, selling to VA & MP Wright at $630, $614, $612, and the last line making $600 to give them a very consistent result. Other vendors to break the $600 barrier were GG Tartaglia, Benger, who sold a line of nine steers to the Wrights, and the Bellairs, who sold 12 steers to Alan Evans, Brunswick, for $610. Later in the offering of younger steers, a pen of six steers from JP Andony, Harvey, sold for $616. The few pens of beef steers attracted strong support, with six Angus steers selling to South Park, Margaret River, for $662 to start this section for local grazier Audrey Smith J & P Andony were close behind when they sold two Angus cross steers for $660, while GG Tartaglia received $610 for his seven steers from South Park and later, in the younger steers, this vendor sold a single Charolais steer to the same buyer for $680 to top the beef steers. The Mahaffey family, Brunswick, sold two steers for $650, with TW Pearson & Co, Brunswick, receiving $640 for two whiteface steers, with both lines bought by South Park, Margaret River. Williams River Produce offered 200 rising one-year-old Angus and Simmental weaners, and these attracted strong competition from South West fatteners. A line of 15 of these steers sold to Trevor Credaro, Carbanup, at $448, 16 at the same price to John Bray, Elders Collie, who also purchased eight for $464. Another 17 Murray Grey steers went to Trevor Credaro for $386 with this buyer also taking home 15 whiteface steers at $386. Brian Bowden, Karridale Agencies, was successful in buying 15 Angus cross at $412. Willow Bank, Benger, was another happy vendor, who sold a large draft of weaner cattle for good values at the sale. Among their better prices were 14 Angus at $490 and 19 for $488 going to Brian Bowden. Elders Harvey bought 14 of their Murray Grey weaners for $486, with Gracefield, Gingin, paying $462 and $450 for lines of 13 and 14 respectively. Friesian poddies sold strongly with prices consistently between $346 and $380. The top money was paid for a line of 10 Friesians offerd by IH Hector, Mundijong, and sold to E Italiano. Only one line of Friesian unmated heifers was sold, with these reflecting the current dairy dilemma, and were good buying for Sam G Fry who outlaid $440 for the 10 animals offered by R Morris, Harvey. Beef heifers equalled recent strong values with 14 Angus cross sold by J McLauglin, Boyup Brook, making $630, with this vendor selling another line of 14 for $572, with both pens knocked down to RW Mead, Balingup. Paul Reilly, Elders Donnybrook, bid to $562 to secure seven second cross Angus heifers from P&R Bowles, Bunbury. Two pens of Hereford cows and calves offered by SG & AR Skipper, Manjimup, sold to JM & P Waters, Brunswick, at $795 for six and $760 for four second calvers.

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