LOTFEEDERS and backgrounders in the hunt for even lines of quiet, well-grown weaned calves will have every opportunity to secure them at the Elders Boyanup weaner and feeder sale next Wednesday, December 19, at 1pm.
On offer in the sale will be 650 mixed-sex calves from a range of different breeds that have been weaned for a minimum of 14 days.
Filling up the majority of the pens will be 256 mixed-sex Angus weaners, while there will be 112 mixed-sex Murray Grey weaners, 70 mixed-sex Charolais cross weaners, 35 Black Simmental cross weaners and 25 purebred Shorthorn calves.
Elders South West livestock manager Michael Carroll said in what will be the last Boyanup weaner sale for 2018, Elders will have an excellent line-up of weaned weaners coming in.
“With all of the cattle in this sale weaned, buyers can be confident of minimal effort after purchasing, especially with it being just before Christmas,” Mr Carroll said.
“The majority of the weaners on offer will be British-bred types weighing from 250 to 350 kilograms which will suit all types of production from backgrounding to finishing.”
Progressive Boyup Brook famers Robert Bass and Kerry Pinch, RP Bass & KR Pinch, have nominated their annual draft of even, well-grown, extremely quiet mixed-sex Murray Grey and Black Simmental cross weaners.
The break down will include 65 Murray Grey steers and heifers which are silver and grey, while 30 mixed-sex Black Simmental-Murray Grey cross calves will also be up for grabs.
The March and April born weaners, out of a herd of 120 Murray Grey breeders, are expected to weigh between 260-380kg and have been lice treated and drenched and are by a Southend Murray Grey sire and a Bonnydale Black Simmental bull.
They were yard weaned on December 1 and are currently gaining 1.5kg a day on quality oaten hay and dry pasture.
Elders Boyanup agent Mal Barrett said in the past two years Rob has paid the top price for bulls at the Southend Murray Grey sale in Katanning and is starting to see the quality come through in his progeny.
“The calves have great carcase profiles, good growth and as usual are extremely quiet,” he said.
“They will suit lotfeeders and backgrounders very well.”
Wilga producer Richard Walker, RF & RE Walker, has a consignment of 80 Angus steers and 20 Angus heifers nominated for next week’s sale.
The young six to seven-month-old calves are AI-bred and based on Koojan Hills and Ardcairnie Angus bloodlines.
With a quality herd of 400 Angus females spread throughout the South West region, the Walker’s calves are estimated to weigh 280-320kg at auction and were weaned on December 6.
Sending in some thick, stylish calves to next week’s sale will be regular vendor Gavin Russell, Callanish Grazing Company, Thompson Brook, with the offering of 30 mixed-sex Angus weaners and 70 mixed-sex Charolais-Angus weaners.
The end of March to end of April drop calves were yard weaned in mid-November and the 55 steers are expected to weigh between 320-370kg.
The Charolais cross calves are sired by Mr Russell’s own Callanish stud bull and out of Angus cows based on his own Callanish bloodlines.
Mr Barrett said Gavin was very passionate about producing a quality product and in doing so has a small Charolais stud and uses his own sires.
“Anyone looking to purchase this season’s weaners will not be disappointed as they are up to their usual high standards,” he said.
Stone Axe Pastoral Company, Kojonup, will have 74 mixed-sex Angus weaners in the pens.
The well-grown calves will consist of 42 steers and 33 heifers that are March and April drop and currently average 271kg.
The well-bred Lawsons Angus-sired calves were weaned in September and have been given all the correct treatments prior to sale.
Trucking in 22 Angus steers and 18 Angus heifers will be Bacchus Cattle, Busselton, while Eldridge Farm, Benger, will have a selection of 30 mixed-sex Murray Grey weaners up for the takings.
Also flying the Murray Grey flag will be WK Chappell with 25 head on offer, while a line of 25 mixed-sex Shorthorn weaners from B & D Sloan, Collie, are worth a look.
Another line coming into the sale will be 12 Murray Grey steers from PD & G Nayda, while a dozen Charolais cross steers from M Piantoni, Collie, will also be on offer.
Twelve sweet, black heifers from Stephani Investments will complete the fixture.