THERE will be no better place to be if you are looking for cattle next week than at Landmark's Boyanup two-day store and weaner sale this week.
With a big yarding of more than 2500 cattle nominated for the sale Landmark has again this year decided to the spilt the sale over two days.
The first day on Thursday, December 1, will feature Friesian steers, first-cross steers plus mated cows and heifers.
On the second day, Friday, December 2, the yarding will consist of beef steers and heifers, with the majority of these being weaners.
Landmark South West livestock manager Darren Chatley said like the past two years they had decided to run the sale over two days due to the large yarding to ensure the cattle are yarded comfortably.
"On Thursday we will yard about 1200 head and this sale will comprise all dairy cattle, first-cross steers plus mated cows and heifers and these cattle will be sold both liveweight and appraisal," Mr Chatley said.
"Friday will be a purely beef sale with steers and heifers on offer and these will be sold liveweight.
"This sale will feature 1400 head and the majority of these cattle will be weaners and will cater for clients with unweaned calves."
The line-up on Thursday will consist of 950 Friesian steers, 120 first-cross steers and 130 mated cows and heifers.
There will be a good range of Friesian steers available from poddies right through to 30-month-old steers.
Offering Friesian steers in the older age bracket will be regular Boyanup vendors C & P Barber & Son, Manjimup.
The Manjimup operation will offer 40 black and white steers aged 26 to 30 months from its grass fattening and turnover program.
The steers, which were purchased and grown will weigh between 500 and 550 kilograms and will be sold liveweight.
Penned close to the Manjimup black and whites will be 46 Friesians from Tom Busher Family Trust, Dardanup, 19 Friesian steers from Aberbechan Farm, Benger and 10 owner-bred Friesian steers from Mirasole Trust, Brunswick, which are all aged 24 months.
The largest vendor in the black and whites will be Mindaree Grazing Co, Mt Barker.
It will offer 28 steers aged 20mo and 62 steers in the 15-17mo age bracket.
Other big vendors in the similar age range will be NL & E Haddon, Sabina River, with 80 steers (16-18mo), RG Major, Williams, with 60 head (16-18mo) and HD & SE Kirby, Yarloop, will present 36 black and whites (18-20mo).
Waroona operation DJ Hodgson & Co and Yackaboon Grazing, Williams, will offer slightly younger Friesians when they truck in 45 and 75 head respectively aged 14-16mo.
Further down the lanes Yaloop operation Oceanfront Properties will offer 35 black and whites aged 12-14 months, while GG & DM Tartaglia, Benger, will truck in 40 steers aged 10-12 months from their dairy.
In the first-cross, bucket-reared steer offering Myalup operation LJM Produce will put forward 24 Montbeliarde steers (22-24mo) and 24 Angus-Friesian steers (22-24mo). Also offering numbers in this section will be HC Royendyk, Burekup, with 10 Angus-Friesian steers (16-18mo) and 15 Montbeliarde-Friesian steers (16-18mo).
To finish this sale there will be a good offering of breeders and included here will be 21 Angus-Friesian cows from Hall & Co, Manjimup.
Landmark Manjimup representative Brett Chatley said they were a good line of cows which were purchased in by the operation as unmated heifers from local breeders.
"They are only on the market as the operation is making a change to its program," Mr Chatley said.
The cows are fourth to fifth calvers and PTIC to Simmental bulls.
They are due to calve from January 12 to April 30.
The biggest vendor in these pens will be Bannister Springs, Boddington, with an offering of Murray Grey heifers.
The operation will offer 10 2.5yo heifers and 50 1.5yo heifers.
Both lines were run with Melaleuca and Tullibardine Murray Grey bulls from mid-May until the end of September.
Friday's focus will be on beef cattle with 1400 steers and heifers to go under the hammer from a range of breeds including Angus/Red Angus, Murray Grey, Charolais and Simmental/Black Simmental and Belgian Blue.
In this sale it will be a quality line of Angus calves from the Pemberton paddocks of RH Omodei & Son, which will be one of many to impress.
The Pemberton operation will offer 60 steers and 60 heifers from its breeding herd which has been based on Diamond Tree bloodlines for many years.
The 9-10mo calves will weigh 340-430kg and have been treated with 5in1 at marking.
Landmark Margaret River representative Jock Embry said they were an impressive line-up of calves.
"They are magnificent Angus heifers and are the top of their draft making them ideal future breeders," he said.
Also offering a large run of Angus calves will be Stoney Pastoral, Donnybrook, when it trucks in 70 Angus steers.
The 7-9mo calves, which will be sold straight off their mothers, are based on Black Market and Cherylton Angus bloodlines.
In the draft there will be two groups a heavier line which will weigh between 300-330kg and a lighter group which will range between 230-270kg.
Other vendors to offer numbers in the Angus pens will be G Tassos, Bridgetown, with 50 Angus calves (25 steers and 25 heifers) aged 10mo; TJ & MB Waugh, Manjimup, 45 head (35 steers and 10 heifers) aged 8-10mo; CG & AM Willis & Son, Busselton, 40 calves (20 steers and 20 heifers) aged 9-10mo.
Rigspar Pty Ltd, Serpentine will offer 30 Angus cross steers aged 8-9mo.
These calves are sired by Cooara Angus bulls and out of Limousin-Angus cross cows and will weigh 300-340kg.
Other number will come from Chester Hill Nominees, Serpentine and G Genovesi, Oakford, which will both offer 30 calves (15 steers and 15 heifers) aged 11mo and 10mo respectively.
Along with a good run of young Angus calves there will also be an impressive few pens of Angus yearlings for buyers.
Down these lanes there will be a draft of 31 Angus steers aged 16-18mo from Serpentine operation Langholm Unit Trust and 42 Angus steers of the same age from SC Holder, Waterloo.
In the grey calves it will be a line of 60 Gelbvieh-Murray Grey cross calves from RN & E Christmass, West Pinjarra, which will be again of the radar of buyers.
The offering will consist of 40 steers and 20 heifers that are aged 10-11mo with weights between 320-380kg.
The extremely quiet calves are sired by Glendale Gelbvieh bulls and out of Murray Grey cows.
Landmark Serpentine representative Allan Pearce said they are quality run of calves and the heifers would be suitable to use as future breeders.
Naturalist Grazing, Eagle Bay, will be another to feature with a quality draft of grey calves.
The operation which is renowned for its quality calves will offer 70 Charolais-Murray Grey cross calves (35 steers and 35 heifers).
The calves are 8-10mo and are expected to weigh 280-360kg.
The calves are all sired by Copplestone Charolais bulls and out of Murray Grey females.
They have had all their health treatments including 5in1 at marking and a booster.
Another big draft of grey calves in the sale will be offered by K & V Lewis, Coolup, when they truck in 60 Murray Grey cross calves (30 steers and 30 heifers) aged 6-8mo, while M Thomas, Keysbrook, will offer 40 Murray Grey steers aged 18mo.
Capel producers MJ & LV Bell, who are regular sellers at this time of the year will again feature with a line of Charolais-Angus cross calves.
The draft from the Bells will consist of 45 steers and 25 heifers which are 8-9mo and straight off mum.
The silver calves are sired by Blaweary Charolais bulls and out of Treeton Lake Angus females and Murray Grey cows.
They are expected to weigh between 330-400kg.
In the Simmental and Black Simmental run Glenfield Ag, Boyanup, will be the biggest vendors with 40 Simmental sired calves.
The 30 steers and 10 heifers will between 330-400kg.
The well-muscled, 8-9mo calves are based on Bandeeka Simmental bloodlines.
Other vendors here will be AW & BE Patterson, Collie, with 30 Simmental calves aged 8mo (15 steers and 15 heifers) while TJ & MB Waugh, will offer 25 Black Simmental calves aged 9-10mo (15 steers and 10 heifers).