FRIESIAN and Simmental steers both topped the market at $498 when the team from Elders Limited conducted its monthly store cattle fixture at the Boyanup yards last Friday. Light rain fell for much of the sale, making conditions uncomfortable for all concerned. The yarding of just over 730 head featured 501 black and white steers and it was in this department that proceedings commenced. The first line featured quality 24-30-month-old Friesians from Glynder, Roelands, with Elders' Jamie Abbs and Mal Barrett picking up the majority for local clients. In drafts of 10, the first 70 from this vendor sold for prices between $444 and $498, while further down the line 11 sold at $432, 10 at $428, 11 at $414 and 11 at $406. JH and CM Forrest cleared 11 at $462 to AH and EM Copeland, Busselton. The Friesian steer market also included a big line of six to 13-month-olds from Tasca Holdings, Elgin, and 17 of the oldest went to KT Smith and Co for $274 with Paul Reilly, Elders Donnybrook, paying $250 for another 17. M and AJ Bell, Capel, offered 10 to 14-month-old steers and 18 cleared to G and P Poller for $250 and another 18 sold for $242. Eleven from CR and SE Percival, Cowaramup, made $234 and another 13 from this property went for $200. Interest in younger Friesian steers was limited with several pens failing to meet reserves. At the tail end of this department, several pens of calves were offered. The Percivals cleared 11 at $170, while prices for drafts from other vendors (pens of two to seven) ranged from $132-$170. Beef steer sales were topped by a draft of five 2-year-old Simmentals from T and L Kitchen, Elgin. These sold to I and C Tognela, Waroona, at $498 per head. At the top end of the age scale, beef steers were mainly offered in pens of five or less and prices ranged from $400-$450. AR and EA Brand, Yoongarillup, cleared six Hereford crosses (about 18 months) to a client of John Bray, Elders Bunbury, for $418 and another 10 of the same to the Copelands for $410. From KL and AJ Jilley, Elgin, 16 blacks cleared to WL and SJ Kessell, Dardanup, at $430 and MW Tucker sold 19 Angus at $420. Tasca sold eight yearling Angus cross steers at $386 and 16 Angus from RJ Galati, Brunswick, went to the Copelands for $380, while another six Hereford crosses from the Brands' property made $340. Also in this section, IN and BJ Trigwell, Donnybrook, sold six Belgium Blue steers for $365. The female section featured unmated heifers, including eight Angus from KP and PL Scott, Elgin, which sold for $426 and 12 of the same breeding from JH and FR Scott, Busselton (bucket reared and aged 16 months), which made $422. Ashvale Pastoral, Elgin, cleared five Angus cross females at $408 and eight Angus crosses aged about 14 months from JH and FR Scott went for a successful bid of $414. TR and JA Espinos, Yoongarillup, offered 15mo Angus/Friesian heifers and the draft of 13 sold to J Tognela for $400 while 10 of the same breeding, aged six-eight months and from the Dardanup property of TJ Depiazzi and Sons, cleared for $330. Winding up the day's activities, three cow and calf units were offered with a Simmental making $510 and a Hereford selling for $400.