Boyanup beef bonanza

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Beef cattle weaner sales reached a top price of 362c/kg last week when Elders sold the first yarding of new season stores.

Elders agent Michael Carroll said the quality was exceptional, with a good line-up of well-bred weaners and yearlings received.

"Competition was strong throughout the sale, with local and Great Southern feeders bidding against local graziers and restockers," he said.

"A big percentage of the yarding was made up of Murray Grey and Angus and a percentage of crosses with a smaller amount of Euro types penned."

Donnybrook cattle breeders Peter and Judy Middleton received their best overall average price when all 200 head of their Angus and Murray Grey calves (a mix of 120 steers and 80 heifers) sold for $910/head.

Mr Carroll said the Middletons received the top price of 362c/kg for a pen of eight lightweight Murray Grey steers, averaging 225c/kg and selling for $814.50/head.

The Middleton couple are regular vendors at Boyanup weaner sales, offering bloodlines from Monterey Murray Grey and Blackrock Angus breeding.

The best price for their Angus offering was a line of five steers, which sold for 352c/kg.

"This year we had to offer some lighter weight calves as the season has dried off quicker," Mr Middleton said.

"We have a lot of confidence in the beef industry as a result of our breeding selection program combined with the excellent outside indicators.

"The lower Australian dollar has helped, along with low cattle herd numbers nationally and the increased demand from Asia for protein plus the investment focus which is driving Government and industry attention to a level that I haven't seen before.

"There are some major players now very much focused on the beef industry."

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