WALSA weaner sale averages $2024

By Kane Chatfield
November 18 2021 - 6:00am
Elders Donnybrook representative Deane Allen (left) with Johnny and Alison Marsiske, HW Marsiske, Pinjarra, looked over the Marsiske family's Angus cross steers that sold to $2236 and 596c/kg at the WALSA weaner sale at Boyanup last week.

THE first instalment of the 2021/22 WALSA weaner cattle sales at Boyanup last week didn't disappoint in another cracker of a result at the venue.

Store cattle values showed no signs of easing with lotfeeders from throughout WA battling it out on suitable feeder weight weaner steers and heifers, while graziers and backgrounders were red hot on lighter weights, both at the sale and through agent orders representing several companies.

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The Elders and Nutrien Livestock South West livestock teams offered a combined yarding of 1164 steer and heifer beef weaners.

The yarding of weaners presented in excellent condition with heavier weights resonating the favourable growing season, while the notable lack of bellowing, reflected the sale's minimum 10-day weaning period.

The sale was interfaced on AuctionsPlus with 1779 catalogue views across both agent yardings with up to 28 registered bidders logged into the sale locally and from New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria.

However strong local buying kept online activity largely quiet for most of the sale with just the one pen sold to a local online buyer.

A South Australian lotfeeder was also active through a buying order.

At the completion of selling, auctioneers Pearce Watling (Elders) and Chris Waddingham (Nutrien Livestock) had recorded a massive result, combining to gross $2.357 million and average an incredible $2024 across all weights and descriptions.

The considerable $645 lift in overall average compared to the same sale last year where live export dominated the clerking sheets with 1325 weaners averaging $1379, shows how far the market has moved in 12 months.

Weaner steers sold from 500-830c/kg to average 650c/kg, up almost 200c/kg on the same sale last year while weaner heifers finished up 135c/kg, selling from 440-635c/kg (MLA).

Elders

Elders kicked off the new season with 455 mixed sex weaners starting with a run of quality steers.

Values reached $2349 for 12 Angus steers averaging 415kg offered by AD & RM Corker which were knocked down to Jamie Davies, Kalgrains, Wannamal, for 566c/kg.

Mr Davies collected further pens of steers including 11 Charolais cross steers weighing 394kg offered by Norsca Holdings, Southampton, for $2322 and 590c/kg and six Simmental steers averaging 403kg presented by Brighton Farms Pty Ltd, Elgin, for $2291 and 568c/kg.

Alex Roberts, Elders, Boyanup, operated at the top of the market for several pens of 360kg plus steers, paying to $2316 at 598c/kg for 11 Murray Grey steers averaging 387kg, offered by Mt Ferguson Grazing.

Craig Martin, Elders, Collie/Harvey, collected eight Angus steers weighing 390kg from LG & RJ Pitter's draft heading to an eastern Wheatbelt feedlot for $2293 and 588c/kg.

A Peel grazier through John Gallop paid the section's 702c/kg top liveweight price for four Angus cross steers offered by Cotton Holdings to cost $1878 and the next highest price of 696c/kg for eight Red Angus steers weighing 292kg from AJ & DF Johnson to cost $2031.

Cameron Harris, Elders, Manjimup, snapped a few pens of lighters steers bidding to 674c/kg for six Angus cross steers weighing 271kg offered by Jelf Superannuation Fund to cost $1825 and 670c/kg for 11 Angus cross steers trucked in by Marri Downs Holdings to cost $1690.

Prominent buyer Campbell Nettleton, Harvey Beef, bid to 666c/kg in this section for 13 Angus steers averaging 312kg from Yanmah Estate to cost $2077.

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Topping the heifer values in the Elders section was the opening line of seven Simmental heifers weighing 427kg from Yourdaming Grazing which were snapped up by Kalgrains for $2144 and 502c/kg which also paid $2023 and 542c/kg for 14 Angus heifers weighing 373kg from AR & SA Graham.

The following two pens of Angus heifers from MA Sherwood were knocked down to Jacques Martison, Elders, Busselton, paying to the next highest price of $2122 and 570c/kg for 11 averaging 372kg.

Other heifers to sell above $2000 were six SimAngus heifers from the Norsca Holdings draft averaging 374kg which were snapped up by Mr Roberts for $2013 and 538c/kg.

Mr Roberts later paid the section's top liveweight value of 635c/kg at $1355 for three Murray Grey cross heifers weighing 213kg presented by HW Marsiske, Pinjarra.

Rodney Galati, Galati Family Trust, Brunswick, bought four pens of heifers in this section paying to $1986 at 520c/kg for eight Angus heifers weighing 382kg also from the Marsiske's draft.

Nutrien Livestock

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The sale swung to Nutrien Livestock's yarding of 723 steer and heifer weaners with a large draft of 78 Angus steers weighing from 421kg to 492kg, offered by KL & SA Payne, Capel, claiming the sale's overall top-price honours with 10 steers averaging 469kg knocked down to Harvey Beef for $2455 and 524c/kg.

Acton Park sale vendors Darren Walters (left), DM Walters with Doug Walters, D & JM Walters and Nutrien Livestock, Margaret River/Busselton agent Jock Embry. DM Walters sold Angus steer weaners to $2154 and 702c/kg and D & JM Walters' Angus steers sold to $2238 and 638c/kg.

This finished a run of seven straight pens to Harvey Beef to commence the section which also included Charlie Maiolo's three pens of Angus steers costing to $2385 and 522c/kg for eight averaging 457kg.

Kalgrains secured the final four pens of the Payne's steers paying to $2434 at 524c/kg for 10 Angus steers weighing 465kg.

Just seven pens of steers in this section sold below $2000 but some of the higher prices included 13 Angus steers weighing 385kg from Kelly Brae secured by Kalgrains for $2289 and 594c/kg.

Mr Roberts collected a few pens of Angus feeder steers for a Central Wheatbelt lotfeeder order paying to $2243 for consecutive pens comprising 10 weighing 356kg from Miandetta Grazing at 630c/kg and 10 weighing 375kg from Polybrook Orchard Pty Ltd at 598c/kg.

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Mr Martin snapped up 40 Angus steers in two lines offered by D & JM Walters, Acton Park, costing to $2238 and 638c/kg for 20 weighing 351kg.

PJ Piercy bid 652c/kg and $2211 for six Angus steers weighing 339kg from the Miandetta Grazing draft while Mr Gallop secured several pens of steers for a southern lotfeeder order paying to $2209 at 620c/kg for 12 Kelly Brae's Angus averaging 356kg.

Kevin Payne, KL & SA Payne, switched hats from vendor to buyer and headed the sale's liveweight values bidding to the top price of 830c/kg for 14 Angus cross steers weighing 232kg offered by MJ & CS Scott and 820c/kg for three Murray Grey steers averaging 220kg from Highland Valley Homestead to cost $1804.

Mr Payne took a shining to the large draft of Angus steers offered by Stoney Pastoral Company securing five of the six pens totalling 59 steers weighing from 247-280kg paying to 818c/kg and $2080.

The next highest price of 716c/kg was paid twice, first by Daniel Delaney, Delaney Livestock Services, for 10 Murray Grey steers averaging 273kg from the Highland Valley draft costing $1951 and Jock Embry, Nutrien Livestock, Margaret River/Busselton, for 11 Angus steers weighing 287kg trucked in by Burradale to cost $2057.

Topping the sale's heifer values to round out the sale was JD & IL Wilmot & Son for seven Limousin cross heifers averaging 406kg, knocked down to Kalgrains for $2158 and 532c/kg.

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The following pen of the Wilmot's heifers of the same description weighing 385kg sold for the next highest price of $2102 at 546c/kg to Mr Roberts for his feeder order.

Kalgrains loaded a further eight Angus cross heifers averaging 373kg from MI Vuletic costing $2012 and 540c/kg.

L & S Maiolo picked up a couple of pens of heifers including four Charolais cross heifers weighing 366kg from KR & VS Lewis, Waroona, costing $1963 and 536c/kg.

Richard Pollock, Nutrien Livestock, Waroona, paid $1940 at 462c/kg for six Red Angus heifers averaging 420kg from the Ferguson Gate draft.

Rob Gibbings, Elders Capel, paid the section's 618c/kg top liveweight value for six heifers weighing 202kg from the Scott's lighter draft of Angus cross heifers to cost $1246 with Mr Pollock bidding 580c/kg for 14 weighing 243kg to cost $1411.

And for another grazier order Mr Gallop paid 574c/kg for 11 Angus heifers weighing 245kg from RA & A Maiolo & Son to cost $1406.

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What the agent said:

ELDERS auctioneer and Donnybrook representative Pearce Watling said the first fully weaned weaner sales kicked off for the 2021/22 season with 1164 head yarded between both agents.

"The quality of the yarding reflected the good seasonal conditions experienced this year, with the condition and weight of calves up on the equivalent sale last year," Mr Watling said.

"A full contingent of lotfeeder enquiry saw solid values from start to finish on suitable weights, with lighter weighted steer and heifer drafts receiving good grazier demand, with the top end price for lightweight steers at 830c/kg.

"An interesting stat regarding values was achieved.

"Weaner steers were dearer by 200c/kg and heifers 135c/kg in comparison to the same sale last year.

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"A very good result with no live shipping competition evident at this sale.

"Sales will continue into February 2022 on a weekly basis."

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