ALMOST exactly the advertised numbers were penned at the Landmark store cattle sale at Boyanup last Friday, with 1458 head of cattle offered.
Quality was again outstanding.
With added export demand and several lotfeeders purchasing, along with agent support, the sale continued the strong trend of recent sales.
Many of the lesser cattle were the last of many vendors' offerings for the season, with these generally attracting good support for long-term investment.
Starting with a run of heavy Friesian steers, selling liveweight these topped at $1315 with lighter types reaching 240c/kg.
Beef steers benefited from the stronger demand to sell to $1427 and 312c/kg.
This demand continued to the beef heifers which reached $1276 and 266c/kg, with the rate consistently hovering around the 260c/kg mark.
Beef steers and beef cross cattle also sold well to be dearer, topping at $845, while dairy steers made up to $660.
Older Friesian poddies attracted good support to make up to $495 while young first-cross heifers being a longer-term investment, sold to $600.
Demand for cows with older calves sold very well to top at $1950.
The first pen of 12 Friesian steers weighing 692 kilograms from Kandalee Grazing topped the section at $1315 when Greg Jones bid to 190c/kg, buying for Western Meat Packers (WMP).
Mr Jones was again a strong buyer on cattle suitable for his buying orders.
John Gallop also bought strongly for his order for International Livestock Export, paying $1152 at 230c/kg for the next pen of nine weighing 501kg from John Goyder, Dardanup.
Mr Gallop later paid the top of 240c/kg for eight sold account G & J Hayworth, costing $1194.
Other vendors seeing their cattle go to export included
L Angi & Son, to a top of $1185 and B Brooksby, to $1257.
Roberts Marine Pty Ltd sold to $1202.
Kandalee Grazing also sold the top pen of beef steers with eight Angus weighing 503kg costing Jamie Abbs, Landmark Boyup Brook, $1336 at 268c/kg.
A Murray Grey steer from Robert Whild, Busselton, actually topped at $1427, but for just a single steer.
Mr Abbs also paid $1308 and $1243 for other Kandalee cattle.
Jock Embry, Landmark Margaret River, was a strong contender all sale, paying $1164 for a pen of steers from MG Armstrong, with Mr Jones snapping up the next three pens of Armstrong steers paying to $1175.
The next pen of 10 steers weighing 441kg from RE & L Clarke, joined the load at $1234 and 280c/kg.
As the weights lowered, Rodney Galati, buying both for the Galati Family Trust and Livestock Shipping Service (LSS), paid $1028 for the first pen of 11 Charolais cross from Stirling Brothers, Pemberton.
Two pens of Angus weighing 339kg and 313kg were both bought for LSS at 296c/kg, sold by AN Caldwell, Boyup Brook.
The top of 312c/kg was paid by Mr Abbs for a pen of 10 steers, weighing 275kg that made $858 and were sold by MD & LJ Armstrong.
Other steers attracting strong interest were seven steers from The Darke Family Trust that sold to Mr Jones for $1075, with five more later in the sale selling to Chris Waddingham, Landmark Capel, for $1042 at 282c/kg.
The top for the beef heifers again went to a single heifer that sold for $1276 with the Limousin female sold by BM Bryce, Boyanup.
Angus heifers from H & H Harnett, Roelands, appealed to buyers with PG Italiano paying $1051 for the first eight at 262c/kg, while later in the sale Mr Galati bid to the top of 266c/kg for 10 weighing 393kg that cost $1046.
Mr Galati was the major buyer of heifers, mostly for LSS and the Galati Family Trust.
Richard Pollock, Landmark Waroona, was another volume buyer all sale, buying for several clients.
Mr Abbs continued strongly on the appraisal cattle, including paying the top of $845 for 11 Angus from J Goff, Capel.
Errol Gardiner, Landmark Brunswick, bought the top appraisal Friesian steers from A & P Pratico, Greenbushes, with the 14 steers costing $660.
A little large to call poddies, a pen from VR & EJ Pitter, Waroona, sold to Mr Abbs for $505.
Friesian poddies were mainly more mature types which appealed to buyers, with four sold account FJ & BA Foster topping at $495 when knocked down to Ralph Mosca, Landmark Harvey.
A pen of 12 sold by C & C Minson were next highest when bought by Mr Gardiner at $480.
Young first-cross heifers topped at $600, paid for nine sold by Jenkins Family Trust and bought by Mr Abbs.
Several pens of cows and calves were offered by DC Litton, Harvey, with the top three cows with older calves at foot bought by Borrello Beef at $1950.
Next best was a single cow and calf unit going to Matt Watts, Landmark Bunbury, for $1750.