NUMBERS were well above advertised figures when Elders yarded 1175 cattle at its monthly Boyanup store sale last week.
It was another strong sale with quality and prices continuing to stay at a high level with some classes quoted as the dearest ever seen.
An indicator of the strong demand was in even the Jersey steers which sold to $1204 and 258c/kg.
Also potential buyers seeking up to 80 cattle went home empty handed.
Liveweight beef steers reached $1511 and 450c/kg at the lighter end.
Beef heifers topped at $1521 and 390c/kg with beef cross steers making $1512 and 298c/kg in comparison.
Friesian steers sold up to $1525 and 288c/kg with the heavier Jersey steers selling to $1204 and 258c/kg.
By appraisal, beef steers topped at $990, Friesians at a record $1200 with dairy poddies making $715.
Appraisal Jersey youngster saw a peak of $600.
The females saw a few pens of first-cross heifers reach $1100, three pens of mated beef heifers reached $1950 and cows and calves made up to $2000, with these attracting the weakest demand on the day.
Starting the sale were three Angus steers weighing 528kg from Norsca Holdings, Donnybrook, with these bought for Harvey Beef Farms (HBF) at 286c/kg to cost the top of $1511.
HBF soon added another five weighing 488kg from Waroona Wood Supplies for $1503 and 308c/kg, as well as nine steers averaging 454kg sold by GD Morgan for $1407 and 310c/kg.
The first of the vealer steers from DI Graham, Collie, set the market for these when snapped up by Kalgrains for $1450 and 356c/kg.
A second pen of 14 weighing 356kg went the same way at $1267 when selling at 356c/kg.
Galati Family Trust and Elders Boyanup agent Mal Barrett also bought Graham steers for up to 394c/kg paid for the lightest weighing 278kg.
Jim Quilty, Elgin Park, was happy when his top two Charolais steers sold for $1361 when sold to GJ Watt, Treeton, at 328c/kg.
The top of 450c/kg went to a line of three Angus weighing 193kg from I & RN Millichamp when bought by a dogged Bill Kessell, Elders Donnybrook.
Pens of 11 and 13 Angus heifers sold by SF Fox Slater, Capel, both went to the Waterford Stud with the first pen topping at $1521 and 275c/kg with the next lighter heifers weighing 467kg making $1356 at 290c/kg.
A single older Angus weighing 705kg sold by Primary Business Service made $1382 at 196c/kg when purchased by V&V Walsh.
Westbeef Holdings paid $1109 for the first 17 of the DI Graham heifers weighing 324kg at 342c/kg and next 17 sold for $970 at 334c/kg.
The top of 390c/kg again went to four heifers weighing 166kg from I & R Millichamp, costing JG Fry, Brunswick, $648.
Angus cross steers saw a top of $1512 for a single steer sold by Darryn Rigg and bought for TW Pearson.
Ferguson Hill Estate achieved the top of 298c/kg in this section when its three steers averaging 428kg went to GJ Watt to return $1276.
A good number of pens of Friesian steers of excellent quality sold well to reach $1525, paid by TW Pearson for 10 weighing 591kg and sold by Callanish Grazing, Donnybrook.
This buyer selected several other pens as well, including 10 at $1420 from R & S Burn, six for $1468 weighing 575kg, with these sold by Busselton Livestock at 255c/kg.
DJ Galati sold the tops for 288c/kg when the 408kg steers went to Rosa Brook Grazing at $1174.
Several pens of liveweight Jersey steers drew competition to reach $1204, paid for eight steers weighing 467kg at 258c/kg, when sold by Ferguson Hill Estate.
While the liveweight section of the sale was up with the recent high sales, it really slipped into top gear when reaching the appraisal cattle.
The beef section started with only mature poddie size cattle, with the first eight Angus cross from PG Italiano selling for $990 to Phil Musitano, Brunswick.
A pen of 14 sold by L & R Brennen went the same way for $975.
Appraisal Friesian steers also reached unheard of prices when a pen of 11 sold account DJ Galati went to Elders account R Johnston, at $1200, who also bought nine from T & P Caraher for $1150 and 13 from MG Driscoll at $1195.
West and Haggerty, regular sellers of quality young cattle topped the poddie section when its 13 calves sold to Preston Clarke, Elders Midland, at $715.
A line of 14 from L & R Brennen were close behind at $710.
JG Fry also paid $710 for a pen from First Aust Farmland.
KL & AL Jilley bid to $1100 for the top line of first-cross heifers.
GC Bleechmore sold pens of mated beef heifers to $1950 to RM Lee, with another line going to Peter Giandresco for $1920.
The best of the Blonde d'Aquitaine cows and calves from M & L Furfaro went to Willowbank at $2000, with several unable to find buyers at the reserve price.
G & D Lyster trucked Limousin cows and calves from Boddington to see the top unit sell for $1960.