Quality for final Elders sale of year

By Kane Chatfield
December 16 2021 - 2:00am
The final Elders store cattle sale at Boyanup for 2021 will host a full yarding of 1700 beef and dairy store cattle tomorrow, Friday, December 17, commencing at 1.30pm.

THE Boyanup saleyards will again be a buzz of activity to see out the year with a full yarding of quality cattle at Elders' final store cattle sale at Boyanup for 2021.

The sale will be held tomorrow, Friday, December 17, commencing at a later sale time of 1.30pm with the Elders South West livestock team preparing to yard 1700 nominated store cattle for the monthly fixture.

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The favourable season will see good condition and weight in the line-up of beef and dairy origin store cattle.

Good numbers of beef steers and heifers will kick off the sale with varying weights and British and European breeds represented, including some new season calves.

Dairy origin cattle will again be in strong numbers with a selection of first cross steers available and a large run of Friesian steers ranging from grown two-year-old steers to young poddies.

A small selection of first cross heifers and some breeding beef females will round out the event.

Elders South West livestock manager Michael Carroll said Elders would present a full yarding of 1700 store cattle.

"This month we will have a big consignment of Friesian steers including a good line-up of liveweight Friesian steers, mediumweights suitable for finishing next spring and younger types to grow and turn over," Mr Carroll said.

"In the beef section we have some good, well-bred types of weaners coming in and some older yearlings of mostly steers.

"Being the final Boyanup store sale for 2021, this is the ideal opportunity to stock up before Christmas and the end of the year."

Clients of Elders, Nannup agent Terry Tarbotton will be well represented in the large numbers of Friesian steers available at the sale.

WL Olsthoorn, Dardanup, will present the sale's biggest individual draft with 150 Friesian steers aged from eight to 10 months nominated for the sale.

Mr Tarbotton said the steers were reared from calves purchased in from local store markets as three month old poddies earlier in the year.

Newbrook Investments has nominated 80 Friesian steers aged 16 to 18 months and Mr Tarbotton said the steers were purchased as six month old poddies with the plan to turn them off this year and expects them to vary in weights from 350 to 500kg.

Regular sale vendors Negus Enterprise, Tutinup, will return with a draft of 60 owner-bred Friesian steers aged four to six months that have been meticulously reared and raised, dehorned and received the full swag of health treatments.

In the older end of the dairy steer run, Dudinalup Pastoral Company, Nannup, has nominated 30 Friesian steers.

The draft is aged from 22 to 24 months and Mr Tarbotton said the steers were sourced from local store sales as poddies and have grown out well presenting in forward condition and averaging around 600kg.

Busselton graziers Nada Boodja and Fortuna Farms will offer 35 Friesian steers each at the sale.

Mr Tarbotton said Nada Boodja reared the steers from young calves while Fortuna Farms purchased them in as six-month old poddies with both drafts estimated to weigh from 400-460kg.

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Elders, Capel Rob Gibbings also has numerous clients with cattle in this month's sale.

In the beef steer section, the biggest draft will descend from the paddocks of DJ & L Klein.

The draft will consist of 27 Angus steers, 25 Murray Grey steers and six Red Angus steers aged from 16-18 months.

Mr Gibbings said the steers were purchased as weaners last year to background and market as grown stores which were expected to weigh from 430-450kg.

Well-known dairy calf vendors and regular sale vendors West and Haggerty, Capel, will offer 30 Friesian steers aged three to four months and 18 Friesian steers aged six to eight months which are meticulously prepared for the store fixtures through the enterprise's purpose-built colostrum harvesting program.

Mr Gibbings said West and Haggerty present even drafts of top young calves that attract plenty of pre-sale inquiry and sees return buyers at every sale they present cattle in.

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Other regular seller R & R Robertson, Ludlow, has nominated a selection of beef and first cross cattle.

Included in the draft are nine Angus-Friesian steers (majority ex-West and Haggerty) and 12 Murray Grey steers and Mr Gibbings said they were estimated to weigh from 380-400kg with both drafts aged 16-18 months and purchased as weaners in the November sales last year.

Another vendor of young dairy origin cattle is Willow Hills, Burekup, which will offer 20 Friesian steers aged six to eight months and 13 Angus-Friesian steers aged four to eight months which were sourced directly from dairy suppliers or reared from young calves.

Elders, Boyanup representative Alex Roberts' clients will host some larger drafts including 44 Friesian steers aged 10 to 14 months offered by Rodwell Farms, Boyanup and 30 grown Friesian steers aged 20 to 22 months to be offered by D & B Dellasale.

Some other larger drafts in the beef section of the sale include 30 Angus cross steers aged 10 to 12 months and expected to weigh from 360 to 380kg and 27 Limousin and Angus steers aged from 14 to 18 months with an estimated weight range from 380-400kg.

While in the beef heifer run, P Terpstra will present 20 Limousin-Angus heifers aged 10-12 months with weights of 380-420kg, Stirling Bros have nominated 20 Charolais-Hereford heifers aged 10-12 months and expected to weigh 360-400kg and JP & LJ Andony will also present 20 Angus heifers aged eight to 10 months with weights ranging from 340-360kg.

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