A SMALLER buying gallery was on the rail for the combined agents weaner sale at Boyanup last week where 1511 calves were penned.
Outstanding quality at the top end of the yarding saw excellent competition which drifted down to the lesser types at the finish of each agents' run.
Overall the sale grossed $3,171,693 million.
Elders selling second saw a very sparse group of buyers left by the final run of calves, although those staying were genuine buyers with Elders auctioneer Pearce Watling demonstrating his ability in auctioneering craft under pressure.
Purchasers for lotfeeders again were the dominant buyers, with backgrounders and graziers adding competition.
Overall, while appearing to be harder work for the auctioneer, the sale actually lifted the total average over the previous week by almost $50 to average $2099 from start to finish.
Nutrien Livestock penned the larger number of 834 calves, while Elders had 677 that were 32kg average weight heavier to give them the top average of $2290.
Steer calves topped at $2530 and 818c/kg while heifers reached $2165 and 612c/kg.
Graham Brown had a pocketful of buying orders and was the sale's dominant buyer.
A pen of 20 magnificent Angus cross calves weighing 398kg from MJ & LV Bell, Capel, got Nutrien Livestock's yarding rolling well when Kalgrains bid to 580c/kg to spend $2308.
The top price of $2405 was not paid until pen 23 containing nine calves of 402kg from M & B Parsons, Donnybrook, that cost Kalgrains $2405 at 598c/kg.
Ten also weighing 402kg from DJ & EAD Mildenhall, Bridgetown, made 592c/kg to return $2382 with ten sold by BG & G Hart, Collie, making $2126 at 574c/kg with both going to Kalgrains' bid.
Mr Brown's first pen was 13 Simmental cross from PG Italiano that weighed 359kg, making $2141 at 596c/kg with these bought for B & M Waddell.
The first of the Limousin calves from RJ & MLK Dellasale, Mullalyup, went to Mr Brown returning $2206 at 598c/kg.
Mr Brown was buying for Princess Royal Trading, South Australia, again with the first purchase being eight 422kg steers from A & E Milentis, Manjimup, that cost $2266 at 536c/kg.
Ten of the calves from the Dellasale draft joined those at 590c/kg to cost $2168 while Kalgrains secured a pen for $2239.
Jock Embry, Nutrien Livestock, Margaret River/Busselton, was active for his lotfeeder client, paying $2261 for six Angus from Ralph Maiolo, Coolup, as well as 10 from Bickley Grazing for $2208 and 610c/kg.
Tawkin Super Fund contributed strongly to the sale result, paying $2237 for six Murray Grey steers of 385kg from M & B Parsons as well as $2151 for 11 black calves sold by A & E Milentis.
Harvey Beef was a welcome competitor on suitable weight calves, paying to $2045 at 622c/kg for nine Red Angus from Glenfields Ag, followed by $2036 for 10 Bickley Grazing calves weighing 328kg at 620c/kg.
Ralph Mosca, Nutrien Livestock, Peel, bought for grazier clients, starting with 10 Angus from Bickley Grazing weighing 295kg that cost $1947 at 660c/kg.
Three pens from Stoney Pastoral, Dandaragan, were added at $1894, $1864 and $1863 from 656c/kg to 662c/kg.
Stoney Pastoral calves saw lightweights attract competition to sell to 784c/kg paid by Craig Martin, Elders, Collie/Brunswick, for 217kg Angus costing $1702.
Also taking top price of 818c/kg were 13 of these weighing 191kg that cost R & R Robertson, $1566.
The top-priced Nutrien Livestock heifers were nine Shorthorn cross from RJ & MLK Dellasale, weighing 362kg which were snapped up by Tawkin Super Fund at 546c/kg and $1977.
Glenfields Ag sold nine red Angus of 355kg to Westcoast Wool & Livestock with these returning $1931 at 544c/kg.
The top of 612c/kg was paid for the final pen offered by Mr Maiolo that sold at 612c/kg to cost DC Porter, $1722.
Elders started with two pens of Callanish Grazing Angus steers with the first 12 weighing 402kg going to Princess Royal Trading at 584c/kg and $2350.
The next 10 of 384kg cost Elders, Boyanup, $2265 and 590c/kg.
But it was the outstanding Charolais steers from Callanish Grazing, Donnybrook, that really set the standard when a line of 10 weighing 458kg went on the truck to South Australia at the top of $2530 and 552c/kg.
Kalgrains paid $2377 at 590c/kg for 20 of these while Jock Embry, Nutrien Livestock, Margaret River/Busselton, secured the final 11 for $2228 and 600c/kg.
Four pens from C & C Minson were another outstanding presentation of steers with Kalgrains taking two lines at $2517 and $2257 to 600c/kg with Mr Brown going to 606c/kg and $2124 for nine, with Harvey Beef picking up the final pen of 10 weighing 311kg for $1903 and 612c/kg.
Other higher prices paid by Kalgrains included 13 Limousin cross steers of 419kg sold by Tarpunda Grazing that made $2473 at 590c/kg with the next pen of nine Gelbvieh of 403kg from Mt Ferguson Grazing costing $2382 and 590c/kg also.
Kalgrains also took nine Angus weighing 410kg from C & C Minson at 584c/kg to cost $2394 before adding 11 SimAngus from Norsca Holdings for $2384 and 592c/kg.
Cherry View Estate also benefitted from Kalgrains support, receiving $2383 at 582c/kg for its 11 steers weighing 409kg.
Mr Embry snapped up a pen of Cherry View steers that sold for $2136 and 592c/kg.
He earlier paid $2177 for 12 steers weighing 364kg from J & M Damiani, Dardanup, with these making 598c/kg.
Three pens of Angus steers from WACOA Harvey were all snapped up by Elders, Boyanup, with these selling from $2044 to $1960, mostly for 620c/kg.
Bowie Beef, Bridgetown, was back with another three pens of Angus calves with the heaviest at 346kg going to Elders, Boyanup, at 612c/kg and $2123 and another 14 of 314kg making $1982 and 630c/kg.
Harvey Beef bought the third pen of 331kg for $2073 and 626c/kg to keep Bowie Beef's average at more than $2000 for the season.
Offering single pens, RG & R Poole, Busselton, sold five weighing 374kg to Kalgrains to return $2191 at 586c/kg, while Wedderburn Produce received $2063 from Harvey Beef for its 10 Angus weighing 340kg.
The top of 718c/kg was paid by Mr Mosca for 16 weighing 248kg from Telarah Farms that returned $1786.
The heifers started with a run of beautiful Charolais heifers from Callanish Grazing topping at $2165 paid by Kalgrains for 10 weighing 433kg that sold for 500c/kg.
KJ Grazing paid $2065 at 544c/kg with Mr Brown securing a pen at $1996.
The heifers from C & C Minson saw KJ Grazing pay $2013 with Mr Brown taking a pen at $1921.
Lighter weights saw liveweight prices climb until the top of 602c/kg was paid for six grey heifers of 240kg from GD & T Walding that cost Geoff Willis, Capel, $1444.
What the agent said:
NUTRIEN Livestock auctioneer and Capel agent Chris Waddingham said it was another high quality yarding of primarily Angus and Angus infused cattle.
"The market continued to show the strength of the previous weeks with strong enquiry from lotfeeders and additional competition from grass fatteners who haven't purchased this spring and as a result lightweight steers were dearer than the previous market," Mr Waddingham said.
"A similar trend was evident through the heifers, particularly for weights from 270-330kg again driven primarily by grass fatteners."
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