Dwayne (left) and Colin Neil, Boyanup, checked out the Landmark sale where heavyweight weaners sold to strong competition.A FITTING finale to the Landmark weaner sales at Boyanup was held last week when 1245 calves, mainly of excellent quality, were penned.
Cattle came from a wide area, stretching from Esperance and Serpentine to the South Coast.
In an innovative move, the mixed weaned and unweaned sale saw the two types penned separately with the weaned calves selling first.
As the sale moved to the unweaned, some feedlot buyers kept their hands firmly in the pocket after having purchased numerous pens of weaned calves.
Heavyweight calves were offered with steers topping at $1076, reaching 282 cents/kilogram in the lighter types.
Heifers continued their stellar run to make up to $959 and 269c/kg.
The first pen of 10 weaned Charolais steers weighing 400kg from K & M Taylor, Capel, sold to Kalgrains for $1016 and 254c/kg to get proceedings off to a strong start.
Ten similar calves from BJ Jackson, McAlinden, sold for $1074 to Harvey Beef Farms when the 423kg steers also made 254c/kg.
The top of $1076 was paid for a pen of 11 Simmental cross steers weighing 422kg with Kalgrains bidding to 255c/kg for the sleek steers from Westbourne Holdings, Bridgetown.
Other vendors selling at the top end included Dorrington Farms with nine Angus weighing 411kg going to Central Stock Care for $1048 at 255c/kg.
P & S Griggs, Bowelling, sold five steers averaging 407kg for 255c/kg that cost Central Stock Care $1038.
Graziers Melrose Enterprises, Donnybrook and AJ Neil, Waroona, were able to compete with the live export and feedlot buyers.
The first pen purchased by Lou Tuia, Melrose, were two Charolais weighing 346kg from Bondfield Farms at 256c/kg and $885.
Six Angus sold by Oliver Family Trust joined these at 260c/kg to see the 291kg calves cost $758.
Mr Neil secured three pens of the calves trucked from Esperance by GC & LF Styles.
Containing 10 or 11 grey calves, two lines cost 262c/kg and $758 and $712 respectively, with the other 12 steers averaging 286kg making $774 at 270c/kg.
Other pens of these Esperance cattle were bought for O’Meehan & Co from 255 to 260c/kg.
The top of 282c/kg was paid for 14 Angus weighing 251kg, costing $709 when sold by Silverlands Farm, to EM & ED Moore.
Nine Limousin steers weighing 383kg from L Flemming, Brunswick, sold to Central Stock Care for 261c/kg just missing the $1000 mark when making $999.
Selling similar but lighter steers, EP & DK Gardiner, saw the 254kg cattle make 271c/kg and $689 when bought by Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) for export.
Prices remained strong to the end, with the last pen of Hereford steers sold by H & D Ritter selling for 260c/kg to Richard Pollock, Landmark Waroona.
Heifers were in demand, with the top of $959 quickly reached when 12 Angus from AS & M Campbell sold to Primaries for this figure at 269c/kg, destined for a future as breeders.
Not far behind were the 14 Charolais weighing 385kg from BJ Jackson, bought for Harvey Beef Farms at 246c/kg and $948.
Other top line heifers were five Angus cross from Dorrington Farms weighing 379kg snapped up by Green Farm Contracting for $951 and 251c/kg.
Another 12 Angus weighing 339kg sold by P & SC Dawe went to Primaries for $901 when sold at 266c/kg.
Securing females for future breeders, this buyer later added 14 well-bred Angus from Frank Tomasi Nominees, Karridale, for $680 at 241c/kg and another 13 weighing 311kg at 226c/kg, costing $703.
A line of 11 Simmental heifers trucked from Manjimup by S & T Granucci weighed 374kg and sold to L & S Miaolo for $861 and 230c/kg.
LSS and Central Stock Care were active in securing cattle for an upcoming shipment, buying 11 Simmental from Westbourne Holdings at 237c/kg and $832.
Ten Charolais from MS & AM Talbot, Brunswick, joined the shipment when the 329kg heifers sold for 235c/kg and $773.
Buyers Willowbank, Benger, Mr Pollock, Landmark Waroona, and Ralph Mosca, Landmark Harvey kept prices steady.
Several pens of Angus, Murray Grey and Simmental heifers from GC & LF Styles, Esperance were shared between A & E Epiro, PT & IM Jensen and Kalgrains, selling from 205c/kg to 221c/kg to return $593 to $604.
A few lines of heifers sold below 200c/kg with most in the range from 205 to 235c/kg.
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