AS temperatures rose so did the prices at the weekly WALSA weaner cattle sale at the Boyanup Saleyards earlier this month.
A total of 1774 head of cattle were penned and by the completion of the sale all the lots had sold for a combined overall average of $2043.
This sale was again interfaced with AuctionsPlus sequentially and featured several feature drafts of Black Simmental cross and SimAngus weaners bred on Bonnydale genetics.
Purchasers ranged from local WA buyers, a South Australian feedlot, live exporters and South West graziers.
Prices peaked at 704c/kg for lightweight weaner steers weighing less than 280kg and 624c/kg for similar lightweight heifers.
Weaner steers sold from 500-704c/kg to average 618c/kg, down 10c/kg compared to the previous sale average, due to the heavier weights on offer.
Weaner heifers sold at 478-624c/kg to average 590c/kg, lifting by 35c/kg compared to the previous sale's average.
Elders was first to sell, offering 745 head of steers and heifers.
Per head prices topped at $2320 for nine Simmental cross vealer steers weighing 423kg offered by RP Bass & KR Pinch when they were purchased by Daniel Delaney, Delaney Livestock Services, representing a feeder order, at 548c/kg.
Mr Delaney also paid a high of $2299 at 534c/kg for 11 SimAngus vealer steers weighing 431kg from Introvigne Grazing Company, Bridgetown, for his feeder order.
The second highest price of $2310 and 570c/kg was paid by Alex Roberts, Elders, Boyanup, for a Wheatbelt feeder order, collecting a pen of 24 Angus vealer steers offered by JS Fox.
JS Fox sold another pen of 23 Angus vealer steers weighing 371kg for $2261 at 610c/kg also to Mr Roberts.
Nutrien Livestock, Capel agent Chris Waddingham purchased 12 SimAngus vealer steers weighing 368kg at $2229 and 606c/kg from Introvigne Grazing Company.
Mr Waddingham finished the sale with a total of nine pens of steers paying $1972-$2229 (570-630c/kg).
When it came to liveweight prices (c/kg), values were pushed to a high of 688c/kg twice for two separate pens.
The first pen included 19 Black Simmental vealer steers weighing 265kg and sold to Maywill Farms, Waroona, for 688c/kg and $1823 from the Yates Family Trust.
The next pen sold at 688c/kg and $1899 paid by John Gallop for a Peel grass finishing order and was made up of 10 Murray Grey vealer steers weighing 276kg from the Wise Family Trust.
Elders Nannup agent Terry Tarbotton paid 650c/kg and $1877 for a pen of eight Angus vealer steers weighing 289kg from WAOCA Harvey.
Mr Gallop purchased a line at 644c/kg at $1893 for 14 SimAngus vealer steers weighing 294kg from Yornup Holdings for his Peel order.
Heifers topped at $2008 at 600c/kg for 14 Angus vealer heifers weighing 335kg offered by Gibbs Family Trust and sold to Deane Allen, Elders, Donnybrook.
A pen of 12 SimAngus vealer heifers weighing 333kg offered by Yornup Holdings, sold to Elders South West livestock manager Michael Carroll for $2000 and 600c/kg.
Another notable sale included a pen of 12 SimAngus vealer heifers weighing 332kg at $1966 and 592c/kg from Yornup Holdings selling to Rodney Galati, Galati Family Trust, Brunswick, for a northern feeder order.
Heifer liveweight prices reached a top of 624c/kg and $1852 for a pen of 14 Angus vealer heifers weighing 297kg offered by Gibbs Family Trust and sold to Nutrien Livestock, Margaret River agent Jock Embry.
A high of 605c/kg and $1533 was made for a pen of 12 Hereford vealer heifers weighing 253kg from GB & SM Varis and sold to Graeme Browne for an export account.
Mr Galati then paid 590c/kg and $1945 for 13 SimAngus vealer heifers weighing 330kg offered by Yornup Holdings.
Following the Elders offering was the Nutrien Livestock yarding of 1029 steers, bulls and heifers.
The top steer price in the Nutrien Livestock portion of the sale was $2403 when Nutrien Livestock, Boyup Brook, agent Jamie Abbs bid to 570c/kg for a pen of 10 Angus vealer steers weighing 422kg offered by Dwalganup Grazing.
A pen of eight Angus vealer steers weighing 418kg from JA & TP Patanse sold for $2375 and 568c/kg also to Mr Abbs.
Mr Abbs, on behalf of a client, purchased a total of 10 pens of steers (108 head) at $2277-$2403 (568-600c/kg).
Lexden Park paid $2359 at 584c/kg for 10 Angus vealer steers weighing 404kg offered by Wyllie Group Pty Ltd.
Lexden Park purchased a total of five pens of steers costing from $1587- $2359 (432-652c/kg).
A top of 704c/kg was achieved for a pen of 10 Angus vealer steers weighing 271kg from Mogale Pty Ltd and was paid by Mr Gallop for his grazier order.
Later 682c/kg and $2018 was reached for a pen of 11 Angus vealer steers weighing 296kg offered by Dwalganup Grazing sold to Mr Gallop.
Mr Gallop also paid 676c/kg and $1986 for 12 Angus vealer steers weighing 294kg offered by Tonebridge Grazing.
Nutrien Livestock sale co-ordinator and Peel representative Ralph Mosca paid 670c/kg and $2055 for 12 Angus vealer steers weighing 307kg from Mogale Pty Ltd.
Maywill Farms also paid 670c/kg at $1862 for a pen consisting of 12 Angus vealer steers weighing 278kg offered by Windrush Farm.
Nutrien Livestock Brunswick/Harvey agent Errol Gardiner was a volume buyer, securing 20 pens of Angus vealer steers (218 head), paying 600-648c/kg ($2076-$2280) for one order.
In the heifer portion, heavyweight prices topped at $2051 and 610c/kg for a pen offered by Mogale Pty Ltd including 12 Angus vealer heifers weighing 336kg and sold to Mr Embry.
Blue Dogs Downs sold a pen of seven Angus vealer heifers weighing 352kg to Mr Delaney's feeder order for $2035 and 578c/kg.
Mr Gardiner paid $2016 and 608c/kg for 10 Angus vealer heifers weighing 332kg offered by Dwalganup Grazing for another account.
Mr Galati paid 622c/kg and $1603 for 13 Angus vealer heifers weighing 258kg offered by Windrush Farm on behalf of a grazier order.
Mr Browne secured a pen of nine Angus vealer heifers weighing 262kg for 616c/kg at $1605 from Mogale Pty Ltd for his export order.
Representing another grazier order Mr Gallop paid 614c/kg at $1646 for a pen of 13 Murray Grey vealer heifers weighing 268kg from Vernon Roy Grazing.
What the agent said:
ELDERS auctioneer and Donnybrook representative Pearce Watling said numbers lifted on the previous weaner sale by 400 head, with just more than 1800 weaners penned and sold.
"A good quality yarding was again offered with weaner steers once again dominating the numbers penned," Mr Watling said.
"Good support from lotfeeders and graziers saw values on heifers lift and steer values remain firm.
"Overall a good result considering the volume of cattle throughout the State being presented for sale at this time of year."
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