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Boutique butcher impressed with new season beef
Picture: John Mokrzycki Sebastian Caltanisetti (file pic)

Cattle grown in the Warren Blackwood region is making a name for itself in the Perth hills.

Last week’s Westcoast Livestock sale at Manjimup saw more than a handful of new season vealers bought by Sebastian Butchers, a family-owned business based at Kalamunda.

Westcoast Livestock auctioneer Neil Foale said the quality of cattle was good, especially the 45 cows which were offered.

“The trade were operating on balance with cattle with two graziers also bidding, ” he said.

“There was a good yarding of cows which sold well in the circumstances of the market.”

Mr Foale said prices had drop-ped between 5c/kg and 10c/kg compared with the previous fortnight’s sale.

“Yearling steers were sold to the trade at an average of 165c/kg, ” he said.

“Vealer/yearling heifers were also sold to the trade at an average of 145c/kg and the best cows sold for 112c/kg.

“Medium cows sold for 110c/kg to 105c/kg while ‘plain and lame’ sold for between 40c/kg and 80c/kg.”

Mr Foale said a boutique butcher from Perth was operating to cater for his city-based customers.

That was Sebastian Butchers co-owner Pep Caltanisetta, who bought new season vealers at last week’s sale and said customer feedback on the region’s beef was positive.

“We buy good, well-finished cattle and it’s been spot on quality, ” he said.

The butcher said he often trav-elled between Perth and Manjimup to buy the best for the 40-year-old family-owned business.

"I look for the best for my customers, ” he said.

“And I will return to the sale when I hear there is good cattle down there.

“I had some beef from there over Christmas and it was excellent.

“Usually when the season ends this way we tend to come down.”

Westcoast Livestock’s next cattle sale will be on February 14 from 10am.