First cross poddies set new 1020c/kg record

By Kane Chatfield
November 17 2021 - 2:00am
Regular vendor Neville Haddon (left), NL & E Haddon, Busselton and Nutrien Livestock sale co-ordinator Ralph Mosca looked over some of the Haddon's 66 Friesian steers which sold to $2279 and 458c/kg at the Nutrien Livestock store cattle sale at Boyanup last week.

ANOTHER big store cattle yarding, another record result.

It's been a familiar story throughout the rise of WA's store cattle market to its booming new heights and the Nutrien Livestock monthly store cattle sale at Boyanup was no exception.

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Predictions that lightweight cattle would reach $10 per kilogram liveweight proved to be on the money, with first cross poddy steers setting a new WA saleyard liveweight record price of 1020 cents per kilogram.

The Nutrien Livestock team penned an outstanding full yarding of 1546 beef and dairy store cattle reflecting the favourable seasonal conditions in the South West and surrounds.

Values lifted across most descriptions resulting in an overall average of $1875, which was up $49 on the venue's previous store sale.

The State's feeder fraternity competed strongly and dominated the clerking sheets on the mostly feeder weight beef cattle and came up against grass finishers and backgrounders keen to get hooves into paddocks to utilise the spring flush feed while a selection of trade buyers operated on heavier cattle.

Weaner steers and heifers including new season drafts were up by 20 cents to 30 cents per kilogram to average 595c/kg and 545c/kg respectively.

Beef yearlings softened slightly with steers selling to 500c/kg and heifers 482c/kg, while dairy origin cattle saw finished first cross steers make to $2526, feeder weights topped at 460c/kg and very light poddy values jumped 200c/kg to 1020c/kg.

Nutrien Livestock, Waroona agent Richard Pollock (centre) looked over the yarding with Pinjarra graziers Leigh McLarty (left), Blythwood Pastoral Company and Geoff McLarty, Jedede Grazing, prior to the sale.

The large line-up of Friesian steers saw yearlings top at 475c/kg, feeder weights spiked 30c/kg to 416c/kg while light poddies topped at 810c/kg.

A small number of mated heifers and cow/calf units sold to $3100 while unjoined first cross heifers sold to $1800.

The sale was interfaced on AuctionsPlus and despite 1605 catalogue views and 24 registered bidders logged in from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and locally, online competition remained largely quiet.

Proceedings kicked off with a quality run of beef steers and heifers.

Per head values topped at $2421 for a 515kg Angus steer marked out in a pen of his lighter brothers from DW Treloar which sold to Rodney Galati, Galati Family Trust, Brunswick, for 470c/kg.

Closely behind was an outstanding line of 10 Limousin cross steers averaging 416kg offered by MJ & CS Scott, Elgin, knocked down to Gordon Atwell, Welldon Beef, Williams, for $2410 at 580c/kg.

Mr Atwell snapped up another pen of Limousin cross steers weighing 373kg for the next highest price of $2379 at 638c/kg from the paddocks of Cavoto Brothers.

Campbell Nettleton, Harvey Beef, was a prominent buyer and paid to $2330 for their beef steer selections with nine Angus steers averaging 518kg from Lazyl Grazing Company, Warner Glen, costing 450c/kg.

Alex Roberts, Elders, Boyanup, representing a central Wheatbelt feeder, took a liking to the Angus steers from FG & LV Venables, paying to 594c/kg and $2323 for nine weighing 391kg.

A northern lotfeeder order paid $2308 at 546c/kg for nine Angus steers weighing 423kg offered by RD & KG McKay.

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Liveweight beef steer values topped at 680c/kg paid by Nutrien Livestock, Peel representative Ralph Mosca for a grazier order for two Angus steers weighing 225kg from R & A Nafranec to cost $1530 and earlier paid 650c/kg for three pens of steers.

Hayden Ballantyne, Westcoast Wool & Livestock, bid 660c/kg for the final pen of five Angus steers averaging 225c/kg from Southampton Grazing costing $1485.

Lyndsay Flemming (left), Nutrien Livestock, Brunswick/Harvey, with sale vendors Emma and Brett Chambers, Daisyfields Holdings, Brunswick, who sold Hereford, Murray Grey and Angus heifers at the sale to $1770 and 536c/kg.

John Gallop also paid to 650c/kg for a southern lotfeeder collecting 12 Angus steers, averaging 337kg from F Slee & Son to cost $2191.

A small offering of Murray Grey bulls topped at $1495 for two weighing 305kg from Twin Jarrah Farm costing Rob Gibbings, Elders Capel, 490c/kg.

Jock Embry, Nutrien Livestock, Margaret River, bid 705c/kg for eight light Murray Grey bulls averaging 177kg from Melvin Hettner, Brunswick, costing $1247.

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The Scott family's Limousin cattle also featured in the top prices of the heifer line-up with Mr Atwell again paying top dollar of $2190 at 590c/kg for nine Limousin heifers weighing 371kg.

Jamie Abbs, Nutrien Livestock, Boyup Brook, buying for an eastern Wheatbelt feeder, secured several pens of heifers at strong values paying to $2124 and 508c/kg for 11 Angus heifers averaging 418kg, while RD & SR Crabb outlaid $2112 at 460c/kg for 11 Angus heifers weighing 459kg.

The Hettners' light Murray Greys topped the liveweight values again, with 11 heifers averaging 161kg selling to Valley Forge for 740c/kg and $1187.

John Piscioneri, Bunbury, earlier bid 592c/kg for 14 Angus heifers averaging 249kg from the Southampton Grazing draft to cost $1472, while Mr Atwell also collected the Cavotos' Limousin cross heifers paying 586c/kg and $2022 for eight weighing 345kg.

The sale swung to the dairy origin cattle with a draft of big 800kg plus first cross Angus steers from JS & KM Highet kicking the section off.

They sold to the top price of $2526 for five steers weighing 877kg knocked down to Harvey Beef for 288c/kg.

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A top draft of SimAngus first cross steers from the paddocks of KJ & SM Gardiner all sold to Harvey Beef with values topping at $2191 at 412c/kg for eight steers weighing 532kg.

Richard Pollock, Nutrien Livestock, Waroona, paid $2177 at 382c/kg for eight Angus cross steers averaging 570kg from GL Langley and Mr Embry outlaid $2173 at 388c/kg for seven Angus cross steers averaging 560kg from AL & LC Windsor draft.

Liveweight values exploded on the first cross poddies with R & R Robertson bidding the 1020c/kg record price for 12 Angus cross steers weighing 148kg from Casad Pty Ltd to cost $1505 and 1000c/kg for the following pen of 10 Angus cross steers weighing 116kg from M Angi & Sons to cost $1155.

Nutrien Livestock, Margaret River/Busselton agent Jock Embry (left), with sale vendors Len and Wendy Russell, Lazyl Grazing Company, Warner Glen, with the Russell's Angus steers that sold to $2330 and 456c/kg.

Robert Mostert, Mosterts Dairy Pty Ltd, Keysbrook, lit the fuse with the three pens of steers offered by Evans Dairy bidding to 930c/kg for 12 Angus cross averaging 153kg to cost $1418.

The dominant numbers of Friesian steers were next up with Mr Gallop paying top dollar from the outset for a processing order, collecting 14 steers weighing 627kg offered by The Farm Trust for $2346 and 374c/kg.

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Melrose Enterprises added six pens of Friesian steers to its account paying to $2279 at 392c/kg for eight steers weighing 581kg from the big draft trucked in by NL & E Haddon, Busselton.

Mr Pollock played a prominent role during this section filling grazier orders and paid to a top price of $2240 at 406c/kg for nine Friesian steers weighing 552kg from JP & AL Baguley.

Other volume buyers of Friesian steers included Daniel Delaney, Delaney Livestock Services, who bid to $2062 for nine weighing 501kg offered by GS & O Morabito, Lexden Park claimed several pens bidding to $2002 and 448c/kg for 11 Friesian steers averaging 447kg offered by SR & TL Green, as did Cowaramup graziers FJ & M Foster & Sons paying a $2119 at 472c/kg for 10 steers averaging 449kg from the Gardiner draft.

Kelly-Brae paid the section's 810c/kg top liveweight price for 20 Friesian steer poddies weighing 134kg to cost $1085 from the Casad draft, while HJ Carter & Co bid 800c/kg for 15 Friesian steers averaging 123kg trucked in by M Angi & Sons to cost $984.

Vendor Mick Scott (left), MJ & CS Scott, Elgin and Nutrien Livestock auctioneer and Capel agent Chris Waddingham. The Scott family sold Limousin cross steers to $2410 and 600c/kg and Limousin heifers to the sale top price of $2190 and 590c/kg.

Terry Tarbotton, Elders Nannup, finished with nine pens of young Freisian steers paying to 700c/kg liveweight for six steers averaging 176kg offered by G, G, D & M Tartaglia.

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A small selection of Jersey steers sold to $1370 and 685c/kg for nine Jersey cross steers weighing 200kg offered by CF Foster, which were purchased by Brad McDonnell, Elders, Manjimup.

A small yarding of unjoined first cross heifers sold appraisal topped at $1800 for six Angus-Friesian heifers from F & J Logrande going to Mr Gibbings to be joined and prepared for mated F1 sales.

Evans Dairy's decent draft numbers sold to $1700 for a pen of 10 Angus-Friesian heifers purchased by Mr Mosca.

A small selection of mated females with PTIC heifer values topped at $3100 for eight well-presented Murray Grey heifers PTIC to an Angus bull and due to calve from mid-February to late April offered by Jacka's Run (A & L Bickley) which were also purchased by Mr Gibbings.

Cow/calf values also topped at $3100, with Geoff Willis securing three Red Angus cross first calver cows due to calve to Angus and Shorthorn bulls from mid-February to mid-May.

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