Quality on show at Blue Ribbon sale

28 Nov, 1999 11:33 PM
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IN what's being called the best quality the southwest Wesfarmers Dalgety team has ever had, the forthcoming Blue Ribbon Heifer sale is bound to be a hit. An increase in numbers from last year to 656 quality springing heifers will ensure buyers have a good selection on Thursday, December 16, with the sale starting at 12 noon. Wesfarmers Dalgety agent Neil Foale, Boyanup, said it was very important to maintain the quality at an elevated level. To ensure this, the heifers have been personally selected by Neil or by Wesfarmers Dalgety auctioneer John Wirth for the sale. "The quality this year is the best we have ever had and I think this is mainly because of the season, and producers are being harder on what they mate for the sale, as they are selecting more vigorously," Neil said. With the increase in quality and numbers, prospects are excellent for a good sale despite the current beef market. "There is a lot of interest in cattle at the moment which has ensured a good selling season," he said. "Vealers and cows have fetched good prices and the outlook for beef is pretty encouraging." Once again Wesfarmers Dalgety will offer the same vendor-guaranteed pregnancy-tested-in-calf heifers, and provided purchasers contact an agent by April 1 if anything isn't as described, refunds will be made. The breed breakdown comprises of 482 Angus/Friesian with 87 percent mated to Angus and the remainder to Limousin, 111 Hereford/Friesian all mated to Angus bar eight to Limousin, 17 Simmental/Friesian, 20 Angus/English Dairy Shorthorn, nine Friesians, two English Dairy Shorthorn and six Limousin/Friesian cross heifers all mated to an Angus bull, and six Murray Grey/Friesian and three Belgium Blue/Friesian heifers mated to a Limousin bull. One of the highlights of the sale will be the swan song of long time supporter Cliff Dawson. Cliff is offering the last of his mated heifers after selling his property in Vasse and moving to Cundinup. "It will be the end of an era, Cliff was there right from the beginning," Neil said. Cliff will offer 90 Angus/Friesian and 32 Hereford/Friesians heifers all mated to an Angus bull and due from January 2 onwards. While obviously sad at leaving Vasse, Neil is looking forward to travelling overseas and running a few cattle on his new 364 hectare property. Still running strongly in the game is Murray Harris, Dardanup, who will offer 45 Angus/Friesian bucket reared heifers mated to a Karridale Angus bull and due from January 15. Murray runs the heifers as part of his winter program, in which he buys in during January and February to mate during April. "I only buy off genuine dairy farmers from the Brunswick, Boyanup and Margaret River saleyards and I also buy a lot straight out of the paddock so you know where you're getting them from," Murray said. Murray has been selling springing heifers for 20 years and uses them to eat the feed during winter to complement his steer program during summer. JR & AD Frisina, Benger, will be offering a strong line of 28 Angus/Friesian heifers mated to a Whispering Pines Angus bull due from January. Peter Frisina has more than tripled his numbers from last year's sale and still has a remaining 60 Friesians left over from the dairy last which he will offer next year. Other large vendors include JB Goyder & Sons, Dardanup, offering 50 Angus/Friesian heifers mated to an Angus bull and due from January 23; PD & ST Evans, Busselton, offering 48 Angus/Friesian heifers mated to an Angus bull and due from January 10; and PJ & J Boley, Karridale, who will offer 30 Angus Friesian heifers also mated to an Angus bull due from January 7. ÿ

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