CONTINUED strong demand for beef cattle saw a line of nine Murray Grey/Friesian cross heifers, mated to an Angus bull, fetch $1080 at the Elders Annual Female sale at Bridgetown. The vendors, RW & DL Meade, Balingup, sold 32 Murray Grey/Friesian heifers in five lines, with three lines going to Wesfarmers Dalgety, Bridgetown, for $1080, $1040 and $1010. The other two lines went to the Jabanco Trust, Kronkup, and LE & EF Brooks, Yornup, for $1010 and $850, giving an average of $998 for the 32 animals, all PTIC to an Angus bull and due within the month. RW & DL Meade also had four lines of Angus/Friesian heifers on offer, which sold for $950, $910 (twice) and $700, as well as two lines of mated Friesians, which fetched $890 and $850. Alec Williams, Elders Bridgetown, said there had been an exceptional yarding which had sold to expectations, maintaining the current strong prices that beef cattle were commanding. First cross and beef heifers were all in demand, although the buyers were fairly selective over calving dates, while lines of unmated animals also sold into a buoyant market, he said. MM & MJ Johnston & Son, Busselton, had 42 Angus/Friesian cross heifers on offer, all PTIC to an Angus bull with a later backup with Murray Grey, with the six lines selling for $910, $900, $890, $880 (twice) and $830. Merv Johnston said after the sale he was very happy with the result, "all sold and an average of $882", with the top line going to MJ Wringe, Kirup, and the next line selling to OM Dunnett, Nannup. M Tosana, Mullalyup, had three lines of Angus/Friesian heifers on offer, which sold to The Enterprise Trust for $890 and to GDK Edwards, Manjimup, and Tempera Brothers, Manjimup, for $880 each. Kingbillee Grazing, Manjimup, had two lines of Angus/Friesian heifers on offer, both selling for $950 with the buyers being E & N Young, Bridgetown, and GT Betti, Balingup. DJ & AF Reeve, Manjimup, sold two lines of Angus/Friesian to Tempora Brothers, Manjimup, for $990 and to Ray Muir for $970, while CA and DA Letchford sold two lines, including one for $1040. DE & CL Wilson had two lines on offer, Limousin/Friesian heifers which sold to Syd Wheatley, Bridgetown, for $780 and a line of Simmental/Friesians that sold to GH & K Williams, Denmark, for $830. Torridon Grazing had a total of 44 Angus heifers in five lines on offer, which realised prices ranging from $650 to $760, with R & P Wilkins buying two lines for $750 and $680. RD & LM Fraser, Mayanup, had 20 Angus/Friesian cows on offer, with RL & CN Guidici, Manjimup, taking the bulk of them for $790 and $760, while SJ & RM Lees, Bridgetown, sold a line of unmated Simmental heifers for $770 and six Simmental cows and calves to RT Puttick for $940. C & ED Armstrong & Son, Bridgetown, had 20 Angus/Friesian cross cows mated to a Gelbvieh bull, with the Bridgetown and Busselton branches of Elders buying them for $760, $660 and $650. W & L Holland, Boyup Brook, sold 14 unmated Angus/Friesian heifers to J & E Moltoni for $620, while NG & W Giblett sold unmated, 1yo Murray Grey/Friesian heifers to ND & DM Blackburn, Boyup Brook, for $600.