The annual Hereford and Crossbred feature show in Glen Innes drew buying interest from a range of buyers and markets.
A total of 1328 yearling and weaner Hereford and crossbred steers and heifers were yarded for the sale on the 20th of April.
Hereford steers sold to a top of 305c/kg, the top selling pen of black baldies made 317c/kg and Hereford Santa cross steers made 294c/kg.
Straightbred Hereford heifers made a top of 292c/kg and black baldy heifers made a top of 255c/kg.
A pen of Hereford Santa cross heifers topped the sale with 342c/kg, selling to Andrew Summerville of Ray White Rural, Casino. The heifers were purchased for restockers in the Kyogle region.
“We bought about 66 Santa Hereford heifers and 24 Herefords.”
“We managed to top the sale, $3.42 was the top price we paid which was a bit more than we wanted [to pay] but that’s how it goes.” Mr Summerville said.
While prices were not as strong as they were last year, vendors were realistic in their price expectations due to the drier season.
“Prices were nowhere near as good as last year, but last year was ridiculous.” Said Dianna Stewart of Pipearange Pty Ltd.
The Pipearange cattle were awarded champion pen of Hereford steers and champion pen of Hereford heifers at the sale.
“Our champion pen of steers made $2.91 and weighed 340kg, the next pen made $2.81 and weighed 299.3, the next pen made $2.80. The champion heifers made $2.72 and the next pen made $2.92, the black baldies made $2.44” Said Mrs Stewart.
The champion pen of 20 Lotus and Cara Park blood steers sold to Bindaree Beef, while the 24 champion heifers of the same breeding were purchased by Matt Kelley of Warragundi Beef Company.
The bulk of the buying support came from Central Queensland, where rain earlier in the year has set buyers up for a better season.
“The balance of these cattle are pretty much all going into QLD to be backgrounded for domestic feeder jobs.” Said selling agent Brad Newsome of Landmark Glen Innes.
Despite the dry conditions, the consensus in the yards was that the overall quality of the cattle yarded on the day was high.
“The quality [here today] was outstanding. It’s been a dry autumn, but the weaners have done well on the cows because we had a handy summer and there hasn’t been any rain to spoil the dry feed, so the cows have continued to keep milking and they presented in fresh condition. The breeding quality is always very good in this area, this sale has been running for a long time and the breeding is always very good.” Mr Newsome said.
Of the European Union cattle yarded on the day, there was a mixture of cattle kept in the EU system and buyers who opted out.
“Certainly some of those replacement heifers are staying in the system, and some of the steers being backgrounded to go on as feeders will stay in.”
“We try to encourage our bigger weaner producers to be EU if they can, it’s just an extra feather in their cap, and it’s certainly something that the Hereford breed does very well, either going on to be grass or grain fattened for that market.” Said Mr Newsome.
RE & RY Key: 18, Black Baldy, EU, Supple Whiteface blood, 317c/kg
Karina Investments: 9, Hereford/Charolais, 10, Black Baldy, 314c/kg
M & M Kiehne: 16, Hereford, 305c/kg
Stroane Partnership: 14, Hereford/Santa, 305c/kg
RD Kneipp: 8, Hereford, EU, Dundee blood, 300c/kg
Re & FL Meyer: 12, Black Baldy, 300c/kg
BM & DA Stapleton: 26, Hereford, EU, Lotus and Amosvale blood, 298c/kg
DP Haselwood: 12, Black Baldy, 297c/kg
BA Brennan & Sons: 12, Hereford, EU, Lotus blood, 295c/kg
PJ & DS Stewart: 46, Hereford/Santa, 294c/kg
DE & AA Woods: 16, Hereford, Courallie & Thornleigh blood, 294c/kg
J & R Dwyer: 7, Hereford, Lotus blood, 294c/kg
Pipearange Pty Ltd: 20, Hereford, EU, Lotus and Cara Park blood, 291c/kg
G & K Baker: 17, Black Baldy, 291c/kg
Glen Park Family Trust: 4, Black Baldy, 291c/kg
Wiltunga Properties: 7, Black Baldy, 290c/kg
GE & KM Kneipp: 5, Hereford, EU, Battalion blood, 289c/kg
June Walker: 16, Hereford, 288c/kg
RJ & LD Eimer: 8, Hereford, EU, 281c/kg
RC Fletcher: 3, Black Baldy, 281c/kg
Alt Brothers Pastoral Co: 9, Hereford, Lotus blood, 277c/kg
KA Dunbar: 10, Hereford, 275c/kg
A Kneipp: 12, Hereford, 272c/kg
AC & JE Anderson: 10, Hereford, 271c/kg
PJ & DS Stewart: 28. Hereford/Santa, 342c/kg
Stroane Partnership: 12, Hereford/Santa, 334c/kg
Pipearange Pty Ltd: 24, Hereford, EU, Lotus and Cara Park blood, 292c/kg
KA Dunbar: 11, Hereford, 267c/kg
RE & RY Key: 27, Hereford, EU, Supple Whiteface blood, 262c/kg
BA Brennan & Sons: 18, Hereford, EU, 261c/kg
June Walker: 7, Hereford, 259c/kg
DP Haselwood: 15, Black Baldy, 254c/kg
Glen Park Family Trust: 3, Hereford, 253c/kg
Karina Investments: 10, Hereford/Charolais, 251c/kg
RJ & LD Eimer: 9, Hereford, EU, 250c/kg
G & K Baker: 8, Black Baldy, 246c/kg
Alt Brothers Pastoral Co: 18, Hereford, Lotus blood, 238c/kg
DE & AA Woods: 9, Hereford, 236c/kg
Roger Kneipp, Dundee Echo Park Herefords, Dundee, with Matt Kelley, Warragundi Beef, Currabubula, look over pens of Mr Kneipp’s Herefords. Photo: Fairfax Media
Chris (left) and Ashley Coleman, “Yarrabundy”, Inverell, with Nathan Purvis, Colin Say and Company, Glen Innes, swap notes prior to the Glen Innes Hereford and Crossbred Weaner Sale. Photo: Fairfax Media
Brad Newsome, Landmark, Glen Innes, with Diana Stewart, Pipearange Holdings, “Vale View”, Wellington Vale, exhibitor of the champion pen of Hereford steers and champion pen of heifers presented the ribbon by Herefords Australia general manager, Andrew Donoghue, and an association director, Anne Starr. Photo: Fairfax Media
Brad Newsome, Landmark, Glen Innes, with Terry te Velde, Newberry Tevelde and Company, Glen Innes, presenting champion pen of crossbred bred steers to breeder, Royce Myer, “Atherstone”, Glen Elgin, for his black baldies which later sold at 300 cents a kilogram. Photo: Fairfax Media
Peter Stewart, “The Vale”, Deepwater, topped the sale with his nine to 10 month-old Santa Gertrudis/Hereford cross heifers selling to Northern Rivers region restockers for 342 cents a kilogram live. Photo: Fairfax Media
Straightbred Hereford steers sold to a top of 305c/kg at the Glen Innes Hereford and Crossbred Weaner Sale on Friday.
Dianna Stewart of Pipearange Holdings with her pen of champion Hereford heifers which sold for 272c/kg to Matt Kelley of Warragundi Beef Company.
June Walker and her grandson Ben with a pen of June’s Hereford heifers.
1328 yearling and weaner Hereford and crossbred steers and heifers were yarded for the Glen Innes sale on the 20th of April.