WEANERS with plenty of growth and muscle will be a feature of this week’s Landmark Boyanup weaner sale.
The sale will be held on Wednesday, January 23, and will feature about 1700 weaners from throughout the South West.
Once again Angus and Angus cross calves will make up the majority of the yarding, but there will also be a good run of Murray Grey and European-bred calves carrying Charolais, Simmental and Limousin genetics, up for the taking for buyers looking for something which isn’t black.
Like previous Wednesday weaner sales for Landmark at Boyanup, all the calves on offer in the sale will have been weaned for a minimum of 10 days prior to the sale day, meaning all the work is done for buyers.
Sale co-ordinator Matt Watts said the sale would feature another quality yarding of young weaned cattle to suit a range of buyers, with numerous drafts of cattle descending from regular vendors and there will be a couple of vendors offering first drafts for the season,” Mr Watts said.
“With about 1700 weaners expected to be yarded, the sale is an ideal opportunity for lotfeeders, backgrounders and grass fatteners to secure numbers of quality, well-bred, weaned cattle.”
Narrogin and Coolup operation RA Maiolo & Son will be the largest vendor in the sale with an offering of 300 Angus calves (200 steers and 100 heifers).
The 8-10mo calves are based on Diamond Tree/Gandy Angus bloodlines and will average about 300 kilograms.
Landmark Williams agent Ben Kealy said the Maiolo calves were outstanding feeder cattle and among the heifers there will be numerous pens which would be suitable as future breeders.
After offering Angus steers in the last Landmark Boyanup weaner sale AR & GR Fawcett, Boddington, will present their sisters in this sale.
The Fawcetts have nominated 80 heifers for the sale and these come from their closed herd that is based on Koojan Hills bloodlines.
The heifers were dropped in April-May and yard weaned for a week in mid-December.
After weaning the calves were returned to the paddock and run on a grass and hay diet.
The line is expected to weigh about 280-290kg.
Another regular vendor in the weaner sales South West Pastoral, Pinjarra, will present 58 Angus calves (42 steers and 16 heifers).
The February/March drop calves are based on Mordallup and Diamond Tree/Gandy Angus bloodlines and were yard weaned in early November.
The line is expect to average 340-350kg.
The South West Pastoral calves have received a 7in1 and B12 and Selenium treatments at both marking and weaning along with an Eprinex drench at weaning.
Another quality line of Angus calves in the sale will come from Sheron Farm, Benger, which has nominated 30 Angus steers.
The March/April-drop steers are from the operation’s 200-head commercial cow herd that is based on its own Sheron Farm stud bloodlines and is J-BAS 8 accredited.
The steers were yard weaned on December and in preparation for the sale have been running on the operation’s centre pivot irrigation since mid-December.
In terms of health treatments the steers have received 7in1 (twice), Pilligard, Delta Fly, Multimin and a drench of Eclipse.
Capel-based operation Prenton Park will also be among the vendors in the Angus lanes with a line of 40 Angus steers.
The 8-10mo steers are based on Black Market Angus bloodlines and were weaned four weeks ago.
The line is expected to range in weight between 280-330kg.
After selling a line of weaners in the last Landmark Boyanup weaner sale the Scott family, Silverlands Stud, Bridgetown, will be back with a smaller draft of 40 Angus heifers.
The 8mo calves, which are based on Monterey and Mordallup Angus bloodlines, were weaned on December 15 and are expected to weigh 250-270kg.
Also presenting a well-bred draft of Angus calves in the sale will be Peter Ryan & Co, Collie.
The operation has nominated 44 Angus weaners (22 steers and 22 heifers) and it will be their first draft for the season
The calves are sired by Monterey Angus bulls and out of Te Mania blood females.
The 10mo calves were weaned in the first week of January and will weigh from 300-360kg.
Other big lines of black calves will be trucked in by Murdoch University, V Piscioneri, Donnybrook and GL & VJ Roberts, Capel.
Murdoch University has nominated 60 Angus cross weaners (30 steers and 30 heifers), while V Piscioneri, will present 45 Angus cross calves (25 steers and 20 heifers) and the Roberts will have 40 Angus cross (20 steers and 20 heifers) on offer.
In the Murray Grey run of calves Vernon Roy Grazing, Donnybrook, will be the largest vendor with an offering of 50 Murray Greys (20 steers and 30 heifers).
The 8mo calves from Vernon Roy Grazing are based on Monterey Murray Grey bloodlines and will weigh between 280-330kg.
The line has been weaned for four weeks.
Also offering a sizeable draft in the Murray Grey run will be E Love & Son, Mundijong, with a draft of 45 Murray Grey-sired calves (15 steers and 30 heifers).
The 10mo calves are sired by Nangara Murray Grey bulls and out of Murray Grey and Murray Grey-Charolais cross cows.
The line was weaned prior to Christmas and will weigh from 300-340kg.
Rounding out the bigger vendors of calves with Murray Grey breeding in their background will be Newburn Grazing, Keysbrook, with 40 Charolais-Murray Grey cross calves (20 steers and 20 heifers) aged 10-11mo.
The calves are sired by Cooara Charolais bulls and out of mainly Murray Grey cross cows.
The line will be weaned for 12 days come sale time and is expected to range between 300-350kg.
The biggest vendor of Charolais infused calves will be LV Blyth, Manjimup.
The Manjimup operation has nominated 80 steers and 75 heifers for the sale which will comprise of a mix ofCharolais and Red Angus-sired calves.
The majority of the calves are either sired by a Charolais bull and out of Angus and Angus cross cows or sired by a Red Angus bull and out of a Charolais cross cow.
Charolais bulls used in the operation come from the Wandilup stud, while Red Angus sires have been purchased from the Willandra and Bandeeka studs in the past.
The 9-10mo calves were weaned in mid-December on to Beachport Liquid Minerals, electrolytes in their water and weaning pellets.
Landmark Margaret River agent Jock Embry said it was a good line of calves that will certainly impress.
“The heavier ones will be ideal for the feedlot and in the past they have performed well in this environment, while the lighter weights will be good for backgrounders,” Mr Embry said.
Another sizeable line of Euro calves will be 50 Limousins from Wellesley Park, Brunswick.
The 8-10mo calves are sires by Lysgorran Limousin sires and out of Angus cows.
They are expected to weigh 320-360kg.