WEANER sales are becoming like sporting events, as soon as you describe one as a record breaker the next lifts to another level.
This was the case with the Elders sale at Boyanup last week when 1111 calves were offered and sold.
While previous sales have had individual tops higher, the consistency at the high price levels, was the feature of this quality offering.
With a big number of the calves being weaned, a stronger lotfeeder presence was evident.
Some first-of-draft lines also helped lift the overall standard of the yarding.
Steer calves topped at 231c/kg with one older steer making $926.
Several other lines sold for above $840 to be a more indicative top price.
Heifers sold even stronger than the good results of recent sales, with a top price of $730 and 218c/kg.
Again, several pens made above the magical 200c/kg point.
Eight Murray Grey-Charolais steers of 435kg, from JU & E Moltoni, Pemberton, started the sale and sold for 188c/kg and $819, going to Gavin Watt, Treeton.
Greg Jones then paid $842 at 185c/kg for two steers weighing 455kg from GL & KR Farley, Donnybrook.
John Gallop was strong when buying for lotfeeding clients, taking the next four pens.
The first pen, containing 12 Charolais from MJ Cross and weighing 425kg, cost $824 at 194c/kg, followed by nine sold by KL & AJ Jilley for $793 at 196c/kg.
Six sleek Angus from Rob Doherty, Dardanup, were added for $802 and 196c/kg, before the first of Mrs Rose's Angus calves sold for $790 at 199c/kg.
Richard Pollock, Waroona, also competed strongly with a pen of 16 Rose Angus of 350kg, the first buy at 201c/kg and $705.
The top pen of 12 selling for $844, were Charolais-cross from Tandar Pty Ltd, Busselton, with the 426kg steers going to John Gallop at 198c/kg.
DJ Shine, Roelands, was another lotfeeder to secure calves to feed, paying $769 at 190c/kg for three from KM Macdonald the first purchase.
Kalgrain took the first two pens of Gelbvieh calves sold by KJ Hough, with seven weighing 427kg, making $829 at 194c/kg and the next nine of 374kg for $729 at 195c/kg.
Greg Jones then bid to 197c/kg and $678 for eight weighing 344kg.
Kim Hough was pleased with the result as they were second-draft calves.
Kau & Sons were the first to get 200c/kg, paid for 14 Angus of 383kg that cost John Gallop $767.
The single top price of $926 was paid for a 490kg steer sold by JP & S Moyes, Bridgetown, and bought by DJ Shine at 189c/kg.
CJ Bygraves sold five weaned calves of 355kg to Richard Pollock for $721 at 203c/kg.
The annual draft of Hereford calves from JL & J Gibbs, Boddington, sold to good inquiry topping at $707 with 13 weighing 351kg and bought by Rob Gibbings at 200c/kg.
The next two lines of 13 and 14 calves went to Minga Flats for $707 and $670, both at 201c/kg.
Elders Brunswick then took two pens for 207c/kg and 225c/kg, for $651 and $605 respectively.
Connelly Creek Grazing sold 12 Angus of 334kg for $682 at 205c/kg to Mal Barrett.
This combination later paid the top price of 231c/kg.
Mal later bought nine grey steers from JW Marshall for 209c/kg with the 342kg steers costing $715.
Later another 14 Connelly Creek calves made 215c/kg.
Maywill Farms bid to 228c/kg for 19 grey steers of 271kg from Bass and Pinch.
JW Marshall also received 228c/kg for a pen while WJ Lord, Busselton, sold five calves for 222c/kg.
Carters Farms were close behind when their eight Angus went to Richard Pollock at 230c/kg.
Demand continued on the heifers, although the first pen of four grey heifers of 419kg sold for 159c/kg and $666 to Smoke Bush, which proved to be a strong buyer on the female section.
Kalgrain bid to 187c/kg for 15 weaned Charolais from KL Jilley, with the 361kg heifers costing $676.
Elders Donnybrook also paid 187c/kg as did HW Griffiths for weaned calves from Tandar and PJ Whitney respectively.
Gavin Watt liked the 15 white-face heifers from PP & B Smith, Busselton, with the sleek 380kg heifers costing $706 at 186c/kg.
Elders Donnybrook paid 184c/kg for eight heifers from BE & DJ Law, costing $611.
JP & S Moyes sold a grey heifer of 396kg for $730 at 184c/kg to Gavin Watt.
Greg Jones paid the same for 11 of Kim Hough's heifers weighing 345kg that cost $635.
Rick Della Sale took home a line of 15 Charolais weighing 327kg from PR Samwell at 193c/kg and $632.
Always offering quality, the nine Simmental heifers from SJ & RM Lees, Wilga, weighed 255kg and sold to Smoke Bush for 216c/kg and $551.
These were pipped for top liveweight price when late in the sale, 15 Connelly Creek Angus made 218c/kg, going to Elders Brunswick.
Elders Brunswick dominated the Hereford heifers from JL Gibbs, buying the three pens for Elders Esperance, all at 204c/kg.