Despite wet conditions and reduced yardings, Hereford cattle continued to be among the market toppers at eastern seaboard store sales last week.
Hereford weaner steers topped the Bairnsdale store cattle market in Victoria on September 23 at 589c/kg and sold to 578c/kg at Dubbo, in central NSW, on the same day.
At Bairnsdale, nine Hereford heifers estimated to weigh 370kg topped the yearling category by selling for 354c/kg or $1310.
Hereford steers weighing 200-280kg returned 526c/kg while Black Baldies, same weight, sold to 512c/kg.
In the heavier pens, 280-330kg, purebred steers sold to 495c/kg and 419c/kg in the pens weighing 330kg plus.
Hereford heifer weaners, under 200kg, topped at 493c/kg and Black Baldies at 465c/kg.
Heavier heifers, 200-280kg, sold to 500c/kg and the Black Baldies to 467c/kg.
According to Meat & Livestock Australia’s national livestock reporting service, purebred heifers 280-330kg, sold to a top of 577c/kg, 419c/kg for those weighing 330-400kg, and $1660 for grown heifers 400kg plus.
Hereford cows with calves under two months topped the market on $2170 while cows with calves, two to four months, sold to $2000.
PTIC Black Baldy cows made $2170.
At Dubbo, purebred steer weaners, under 200kg, topped at 578c/kg and the Black Baldies at 557c/kg.
Black Baldy heifer weaners, under 200kg, made 573c/kg while Hereford yearling steers, 330kg and under, topped at 371c/kg or $1170.
In the breeding females, Black Baldy cows with calves, under two months, sold to $1720.