A TOTAL of 663 mated and unmated females were offered at the Elders Beef Female sale at Boyanup last week, with buyers keen to purchase the quality on offer.
Breeding and mating (both breed and date), had an influence on values, with an overall sale average of $1404 and a sale gross of $910,035 for the 648 sold.
Top prices achieved were $2200 for mated heifers, $1625 for mated cows and $1350 for young unmated heifers.
Several large drafts were offered with the outstanding females from Fairline Holdings the standout feature in the mated heifers.
The 42 mainly Angus heifers from Fairline Holdings topped the sale at $2200 and average of $1973.
Vendor Mark Harris, was quick to acknowledge the breeding of the heifers he had purchased as weaners from Frank Tomasi Nominees, Karridale, giving credit for his success.
The nine deep, soft heifers in the top pen were mated to an Angus bull for a March 1 to May 14 calving with Callanish Grazing, Donnybrook, the victor in the bidding dual at $2200.
Defoe Holdings paid $2025 for another nine Fairline heifers with Joe Bendotti and Co, picking up two of the early pens for $1900 and $1850.
Red Valley Nominees took a pen of eight Angus at $1900 also.
The single Murray Grey heifer from Fairline Holdings sold to Henco Rural, Donnybrook, later in the sale for $1525.
Torridon Grazing, Donnybrook, had the largest team at the sale with 91 heifers offered and sold to top at $1775 and an average of $1530.
These had a calving spread from March 9 to May 8 and were mated to Angus bulls.
The top nine heifers sold for $1775 to DV Piscioneri, with another eight realising $1675 when bought by Tempra Brothers, Manjimup, who added another eight for $1525 later in the catalogue.
Buying two pens of the Torridon heifers were CA & SJ Jones who paid $1450 for both pens.
Red Valley Nominees also supported the Torridon cattle, taking pens of eight for $1475, $1425 and $1400.
Another vendor to achieve a total clearance was the well-presented heifers from HW Griffiths, Ferguson, who sold 39 to a top of $1850 for an excellent average of $1819.
The first lot of 10 heifers, set to calve from April 3 to May 22, were bought by ED & JS Hoddle, Collie, for $1850 who then snapped up the next pen of 10 for $1800.
Later in the sale Power Rural, Busselton, secured two pens of the Griffiths heifers, paying $1825 for 10 and $1800 for another nine.
Offering 54 roomy Angus heifers, TH & L Gibbs, Ferguson, reached a top of $1650, paid by Power Rural, Busselton, for the first line of nine in the team.
Callanish Grazing bid to $1500 for a pen of eight while LR Bennett paid $1525 for a pen of nine.
JW Crothers, Nannup, also took home a pen of nine Gibbs heifers, with the quality females costing $1475.
These were all offered with a calving spread from early March to mid May.
Offering the only heifers not mated to Angus were L & R Pitter, with their team of 44 all mated to Limousin.
These reached a high of $1500 when the first 10 heifers went to the bid of BF & RA Scott, who also paid $1350 for another 10.
Braeside Farm sold two pens with the top of $1500 paid by Farmshine Pty Ltd.
Hearman Ag, Donnybrook, offered 79 Angus, with 64 finding homes.
The top pen of 10 heifers made $1600 when bought by DF Rhodes Pty Ltd.
Kim Hough, Australind, also paid $1600 for the pen of his choice.
Wulura Farms, Dunsborough, sold five pens of grey heifers mated to Murray Grey bulls, topping at $1875 for 10 bought by Landmark Bunbury.
Vernon Roy Grazing bid to $1800 for their choice while P Reading, Binningup, bought three pens between $1575 and $1625.
The unmated heifers caused the sale to spring to life when the four lines of 15 sleek Simangus heifers from Introvigne Grazing sold from $1300 to $1350, ironically getting $10 dearer as each pen was sold.
All were bought by EW & AF Beugge, who purchased last year, with Terry Tarbotton, Elders Nannup, losing bidder for a client on all four pens.
Trevor Scott, Boyanup, sold two pens of unmated Angus to HM & OE Hopkins, Chapman Hill, for $1110 and $1105, with his third pen making $930 when bought by PJ & BJ Tognolini, Dardanup.
Two pens of 15 Angus heifers from SF & SL Fox Slater made $1040 and $1050 when bought by S & J Hayes and Maywill Farms respectively.
Just the one pen of Murray Grey unmated heifers was offered with the 10 in the pen from G & RM Telini selling to Maywill Farms for $1030.
The Telini family had earlier sold a pen of Angus for $970 to Maywill Farms.
Red Angus cows from Dirk Brook Grazing topped at $1625 when bought by GP Coffey.
Amaroo Blondes sold 12 Angus cows for $1500 to SR Latch in the small offering of opened females.