Prices for Hereford weaners have rocketed into unchartered territory with heifers selling for a whopping 681c/kg at the Bairnsdale store sale last Friday.
Purebred steer weaners hit 580c/kg in the same sale while at the Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange, Carcoar, NSW, Hereford steers hit a high of 500c/kg and Black Baldies 521c/kg.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s national reporting service, a run of 33 Hereford heifers, under 200kg, returned the sale high of 681c/kg or $790 at the Bairnsdale sale in Victoria.
The yarding of 1879 head resulted in weaner heifers averaging 449c/kg or $998.
In the steer weaner pens under 200kg, Herefords hit the sale high for steers of 580c/kg or $950.
Yearling Hereford steers, under 330kg, sold to a top of 404c/kg, while heavier steers at 330-400kg, returned a top of 382c/kg, and those 400kg plus sold to 414c/kg.
Purebred yearling heifers, 330-400kg, sold to $1130 while Hereford cows with calves, two months, sold to $1880, Black Baldy feeder steers, 320-400kg, to 336c/kg and Hereford feeder heifers, under 320kg, to 397c/kg.
At Carcoar, prices were strong on all categories with Hereford cows with calves, under two months, topping the market at $2625.
Black Baldy steer weaners, under 200kg, sold to a top of 521c/kg or $730, while Herefords, same weight, topped at 484c/kg.
Heavier Black Baldy steers, 200-280kg, fetched 449c/kg and the Herefords made 500c/kg or $1060.
In the heifers, Black Baldies, under 200kg, topped at 417c/kg and heavier Herefords at 364c/kg.
Yearling Hereford steers, under 330kg, hit 407c/kg and the Black Baldy pens 431c/kg.