Although wet weather continued to affect store and prime markets across the eastern seaboard during November, demand for Hereford breeding females remained strong, peaking at $4750.
There were plenty of heavy grassfed Hereford steers in the market this month making $2003-$3231 or 316-560c/kg while the yearling steers finished at $1775-$2366 or 450-624c/kg. Weaner steers weighing over 350kg settled at $2010-$2340 or 520-640c/kg and those under 350kg made $1340-$2250 or 420-864c/kg.
Feeder steers sold for $2155-$2510 or 520-578c/kg.
Producers turned off drafts of grown heavy heifers for $1652-$2920 or 400-568c/kg, and weaners under 350kg made $1323-$2390 or 506-691c/kg. PTIC heifers made $2620-$2800 and unjoined heifers with calves $3710-$3960 while PTIC heifers with calves sold for $3920.
Unjoined cows brought $2780, PTIC cows $2200-$3260, cows and calves were a hot item at $2950-$4750, while and joined cows with calves finished at $3280-$3820.
At Wodonga, a feature line of 80 Hereford steers from R and G Zauner, Bungil, weighing an average of 332kg made $2220-$2250 or 669-679c/kg, while another 20 at 307kg made $2130 or 694c/kg.
In the same market, P Condon sold 415kg steers for $2280 or 549c/kg and Kentucky Pty Ltd, Corowa, sold Hereford cows, second to fourth calvers with black baldy calves to four weeks, and rejoined to Limousin bulls, for $3360.
A line of 434kg steers from AH Odewhan, Walla Walla, made $2430 at Wodonga or 560c/kg and 328kg heifers for $1950 or 595c/kg. T Thomas, Tallangatta, sold 388kg steers for $2100 or 541c/kg and heifers weighing 285kg for $1500 or 526c/kg.
Ross Nixon, Rand, sold Hereford cows with calves for $4750 and the seconds for $4400. Timberlane Pty Ltd, Tallangatta, sold cows and calves for $3275 and Fraser Earthmoving, Howlong, sold PTIC cows for $2800.
At Mortlake, Basin Banks sold Hereford cows 490kg with calves for $3660 while Nangkita sold steers, 480kg and 18 to 20 months, for 534c/kg or $2563. Jigsaw Farms sold purebred heifers, 541kg, 23 to 24 months, Wirruna blood and PCAS eligible, for 436c/kg or $2359. Seven Oaks sold Allendale blood grown heifers, 469kg and 24 to 26 months, for 462c/kg or $2167.
Also at Mortlake, P and J Downie sold Melville Park blood steers, 17 to 18 months, PCAS eligible and 444kg, for 500c/kg or $2220; Highfield sold grassfed steers, 17 to 18 months and 480kg for $2400 or 500c/kg; and Coolami Partnership sold Mawarra, Melville Park and Oakdowns blood steers, 16 to 18 months and 527kg, for 506c/kg or $2667. Rigi Trust sold a run of 44 Yarram Park grassfed steers, 16 to 18 months and 419kg, for 508c/kg or $2128 and Ennerdale Proprietors Pty Ltd sold Ennerdale blood heifers, 18 to 20 months and 414kg, for 532c/kg or $2202.
At Yea November store sale, Kalooma Pastoral, Gobur, sold Kanimbla blood Hereford steers, 376kg, for $2280 or 606c/kg.
Taronga blood feeder steers, 436-454kg and 16 to 18 months, returned a top of $2510 or 552c/kg for Taronga Poll Herefords, Paschendale.
At the Wangaratta November store sale, D and K Gaudion sold Hereford cows, 637kg, and calves for $3225; steers 456kg for $2330 or 510c/kg and heifers, 395kg, for $1850 or 468c/kg. B and E Bourke sold steers, 467kg for $2380 or 509c/kg and G and A Forge sold 155kg steer weaners for $1340 or 864c/kg and heifers, 213kg and six to seven months, for $1390 or 652c/kg.
A F Nicholas, Corryong, sold non station mated cows, 423kg and 28-30 months, with calves for $3030 and unjoined cows, 3.5 to 5.5 years and 479kg, for $2780.
The catchily named These Girls Can Farm, Merton, sold unjoined cows, 639kg and nine to 11 years with black baldy calves for $2950 while Jarrahwood Herefords, Euroa, sold front paddock Injemira blood feeder steers, 430kg and 14 to 15 months, for $2400 or 557c/kg.
TRT Pastoral, Mansfield, sold a line of 36 non station mated cows, 553kg and five to ten years with calves and Allendale, Days, Yavenvale and Glendan Park bloodlines, for $3400.
Wermatong Pty Ltd, Tooma, sold PTIC Karoonda blood heifers, 24 to 25 months and 525kg, for $2790 and PTIC cows, 615kg and three to five years, for $2520.
Anthony Walsh, Yulecart, sold PTIC Banemore blood heifers, 473kg and 24-26 months, for $2920 and Matthew Fitzpatrick, Maldon, sold unjoined cows, 556kg and eight years with calves, for $3020. R and V Dowell, Leongatha, sold a line of PTIC heifers, 471kg and 19 to 21 months, for $2620. The heifers were Karoonda, Mawarra, Newcomen and Injemira blood and were joined to a Warrensville low birthweight bull for a February calving.
At the Hamilton annual spring store sale, Cherrymount Partnership sold yearling steers, 17-18 months, Melville Park blood, PCAS eligible and 455kg, for 520c/kg or $2366 and P and J Carey sold grown steers, 472kg, 15-16 months and Wilkah, Injemira and Yarram Park blood, for 474c/kg or $2237. Giant Rock Partnership sold grown steers, EU accredited, Injemira and Wirruna blood, 403kg and PCAS eligible, for 497c/kg or $2003 while N and R Langley sold 554kg steers for 486c/kg or $2692.
In the weaner pens, Giant Rock sold 399kg steers, 13 to 14 months, for 582c/kg or $2322; P and J Carey sold 349kg steers, 14 to 15 months, for 600c/kg or $2094; and Lone Star sold 345kg steers, 14 to 15 months, Yarram Park blood and EU accredited, for 624c/kg or $2153.
Grown heifers, 405kg, returned 485c/kg or $1964 for Cherrymount while J and P Gordon sold grown heifers, 448kg, Yarram Park and Banemore blood and 21 to 22 months, for 496c/kg or $2222 and N and S Shine sold Wilkah blood grown heifers, 19 to 20 months, 445kg for 502c/kg or $2234.
Across the border at Bega in NSW, grown steers sold to $2440 when R Fuhrmann, Tilba, penned 18-month-old Herefords. Mandango Pastoral Company, Braidwood, sold PTIC April-May calving Bective blood cows, 474kg and three years, for $2200.
D and K O’Leary, Elong Elong, sold non station mated future breeders, 13 months and 328kg, for $2240 or 682c/kg. The heifers were EU accredited and Wirruna and Claredale blood, with bulls selected on IMF, fat, fertility and early growth.
Charlton Bros, Wellington, sold Kidman blood future breeders, 402kg, 12 to 14 months, for $2000 or 496c/kg.
At Carcoar, a high selling pen of 360kg steers was offered by Llandillo Poll Herefords, The Lagoon, and were purchased by Justin Guy, Bowyer and Livermore, Bathurst, for $2060 or 572c/kg.
Corcoran and Dwyer, Cooma, sold non station mated future breeders, Billilingra blood, 375kg and 13 to 14 months for $1980 or 527c/kg, while Okeview Pastoral, Wantabadgery, continued turning off feeder steers with 172 weighing 406kg and aged 12 to 13 months, returning $2340-$2350 or 575-578c/kg. The steers were Bowen, Yavenvale, Cascade and Injemira blood.
A and J Bell Family Trust, Albury, sold non station mated heifers, 527kg, Karoonda blood and 36 to 38 months, for $2200.
Mamone Pastoral, Mowbray Park, sold cows, 2.5 to seven years and 557kg with calves, for $3100 while Woodbury, Cattle Company, Brungle, sold station mated cows, three to five years and 603kg, Yavenvale and Injemira blood, with black baldy calves for $3700.
Woodbury’s feeder steers, 414kg and 18 to 19 months, made $2235 or 539c/kg. The seconds weighing 376kg made $2155 or 572c/kg. Their unjoined heifer portion, 460kg and 18 to 19 months, made $2050 or 444c/kg.
R and V Jacka, Tarcutta, sold Injemira blood feeder steers, 385kg and 12 to 14 months, for $2265 or 588c/kg and PTIC heifers, 620kg and 29 to 31 months, for $2800. Johnsons Securities, Holbrook, sold EU eligible grassfed Yavenvale blood yearling steers, 13 to 15 months with an average weight of 409kg, for $2330 or 568c/kg. Ardrossan Nurseries, Tumut, sold Wirruna and Yavenvale blood heifers, 14 to 15 months and 329kg, for $1900 or 576c/kg.
Kooroogong Pastoral Company, Harefield, sold PTIC Devon Court blood cows, 700kg and six years, for $2860 while Kilbrechi, Bombala, sold PTIC Moorefield blood cows, 557kg and two to three years, in calf to a Moorefield bull for $3010.
Tangarang Family Trust, Coolac, sold future breeders weighing 347kg, Yavenvale and Ravensdale blood and aged 14 to 15 months, for $1920 or 553c/kg while E and G Sellers, Delegate sold a draft of 41 grassfed, antibiotic-free and Greenhams Never Ever accredited steers, 391kg and 14 to 16 months, with bloodlines representing Tobruk, Quamby Plains, Dalkeith, Yavenvale and Bendoc, for $2210.
Okeview Pastoral, Collector, sold future breeders, Bowen and Cascades blood, 353kg and 14 to 15 months, for $2250. Mack Agri, Currawarna, sold Sugarloaf Creek blood heifers, 365kg and 10 to 14 months, for $1900 or 519c/kg.
P and R Lynch, Cooma, sold PTIC autumn calving heifers, 449kg and 15 to 16 months, for $2700 while P and L Barratt, Tumut, sold feeder steers, Injemira, Centennial and Minlacowie blood, 422kg and 15 to 16 months, for $2200 or 520c/kg.
John Blight and Co, Wilbriggie, sold non station mated cows, seven to eight years, Wirruna blood and 730-737kg, with calves for $3680.
Non station mated heifers and calves returned $3960 for Injemira Beef Genetics, Book Book. The heifers were 27-28 months, 423kg, EU accredited and sourced from Injemira client Koolomurt Pastoral, Victoria, with calves at foot averaging 140kg and sired by the homozygous polled paternal brothers to $160,000 sire Redford Q287.
At the Forbes November sale, K and S Grant sold Hereford cows, three to four years and 493kg, with calves for $3400. R and F Sinclair sold PTIC Hereford cows, seven to eight years and 615kg, for $2240. Glenburn Pastoral Co sold purebred steers, 320kg and 10 to 11 months, for $1550 or 484c/kg.
BJS Farming, Tenterfield, sold station mated cows, 453kg and four to five years, with Santa Gertrudis cross calves, for $3820 while Mitchell Logan, Ashford, sold unjoined heifers, 367kg and 22 to 25 months, with black baldy calves, for $3710. J and J Johnston, Coonabarabran, sold station mated cows, 505kg and eight to nine years, with calves for $3280.
Belford Pastoral Co, Scone, sold a draft of 100 feeder steers, 427-436kg, 13 to 16 months and Curracabark, Dalkeith and Elite blood, for a top of $2335 or 546c/kg. Belford’s unjoined heifers, 348kg and 12 to 14 months, made $2000 or 574c/kg.
D Heyman, Tamworth, sold one mark Yalgoo blood steers, 386kg and 12 to 13 months, for $2010 or 520c/kg while Richard Pryor, Taronga, Manilla, sold Hereford bullocks of a weight rarely seen in modern times of 1022kg. They made $3231 or 316c/kg at Tamworth.
In South Australia, heifers topped at Strathalbyn at $2140 or 543c/kg for a pen weighing 394kg from J and K Pym Family Trust. B and B Morton sold steers, 364kg, for 613c/kg or $2230 and M and M Whitty sold 347kg steers for 634c/kg or $2200 at Mount Gambier. Richard Gough, Branxholme, Victoria sold 313kg steers for 665c/kg or $2080.
D and M Cleves, Ardno Performance Livestock, Mount Gambier, sold 147 weaned steers, seven to eight months, 278-321kg, for $2020-$2130 or 662-724c/kg.
In Queensland, unjoined future breeders, 312kg and 12 to 14 months, returned $1850 or 592c/kg for LA Palma Beef Co, Taroom. At Toowoomba store sale, Hereford steers account Lorelle Stark, Thornville, sold for 628c/kg returning $2154.
Wallan Creek Herefords, Drillham, sold a draft of 44 non station mated heifers, 334kg, EU accredited and nine to 15 months, for $1690 or 506c/kg. L and S Curtis, St George, sold a run of 52 joined heifers of Talbalba, Wallan Creek and Weraba Park blood, 486kg and 25 to 28 months with black baldy calves, for $3920.
At Gracemere, Legwood Pastoral Co, Theodore, sold Hereford cross steers weighing 367kg for 538c/kg to return $1979. And at Blackall combined agents yarding, C A Hauff and Son, Colart, Blackall, sold heavy Hereford bullocks 677kg, for 392c/kg to return $2653.
In WA at the Boyanup store sale, G and D Liddiard sold 12-month-old steers, 292kg, for 560c/kg or $1639 to Greg Jones and a pen aged 11-12 months, 244kg, for 614c/kg or $1500 topped the beef steers and were bought by Waroona agent Richard Pollock. The 12-month-old heifer portion weighing 255kg returned 518c/kg or $1323 and were bought by Morning Watch Pty Ltd while the 11- to 12-month-olds weighing 202kg, made 572c/kg.
At the Elders Boyanup November store sale, J and J Gibbs sold Hereford steers, 418kg and 14 to 16 months, for 450c/kg or $1881 and the seconds, 348kg, for 420c/kg or $1462. The heifer portion weighing 413kg made 400c/kg or $1652. The Gibbs family also sold 572kg steers for 356c/kg or $2038 at Boyanup.
Melrose Enterprises, Donnybrook, paid $1943 for Hereford steers from I and M Sharpe along with 373kg steers, 14 to 16 months, for 476c/kg or $1775.
At Great Southern, yearling Hereford steers, 450kg, returned 480c/kg or $2160 to feeders for D and D Dray while their yearling heifers, 445kg, made 440c/kg or $1958 to feeders and Hereford cows, 842kg, sold for 280c/kg or $2357 to processors.
Gum Pastoral, Cunyu Station, sold Hereford steers for $2047 in the Muchea store market.
In Tasmanian sales, Quamby Plains at Hagley sold a line of 84 unjoined future breeders, Quamby Plains blood, with the tops weighing 338kg and 13 to 14 months, for $2340 or 691c/kg. The tops of their yearling steer portion, 383kg and 14 to 15 months, returned $2610 or 680c/kg.
Calico Poll Herefords, Riana, sold future breeders, 394kg and 13 to 14 months, for $2240 or 568c/kg. The heifers were sired by Kanimbla Wallace P078, ranking top five per cent for birthweight, calving ease, fat and top 10 per cent for IMF.
M J Harris and Sons, Melrose, sold future breeders, 11 to 13 months, Greenhams Never Ever Accredited and 458kg, for $2580. They had been purchased out of the Midland calf sales as weaners. Webb Mining Services, Campania, sold steers, 365kg, Waratah blood, Greenhams Never Ever accredited and eight to 11 months, for $2340 or 640c/kg.
Shanagolden Investments, Conara, sold Quamby Plains blood cows, 700kg, five years and PTIC to a Quamby Plains bull, for $3260.
The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator declined to 902.14c/kg – down from 1041.46c/kg in October.
Meat and Livestock Australia reports indicator prices at November 30 for vealer steers at 567.17c/kg down from 621.3c/kg in October, restocker yearling steers at 580.46c/kg, down from 642.1c/kg, feeder steers at 456.41c/kg, down from 517.9c/kg, and processor yearling steers at 462.21c/kg, down from 517.5c/kg. Medium steers fell sharply to 404.69c/kg from 483.8c/kg in October, heavy steers dipped to 390.03c/kg from 479c/kg and medium cows slipped to 284.4c/kg from 347.1c/kg.
The only stud sale for month was the Mawarra Genetics Ladies Day held by the Sykes family at Longford, Victoria, on November 21, with the entire drop of 2022 born R spring joined heifers offered, including elite donor, Mawarra Miss Titania 188. The sale also included six halter-broken 2021 drop heifers to encourage Herefords Australia Youth in their show programs.
A total of 134 lots sold from the 172 on offer, to post a top price of $30,000 and average of $7224. The highest priced lot was PTIC heifer Mawarra Miss Titania 188, bought by Barry and Topsy Newcomen, Newcomen Herefords, Ensay, Victoria.
Sired by Mawarra Sensation P168 and out of Mawarra Miss Titania 054, the heifer was joined to new outcross sire C GKB Guardian 1015. She had BREEDPLAN values of +108kg for 600-day weight, +28kg for milk, +81kg carcase weight, +7.1sqcm for eye muscle area and +0.7 for intramuscular fat.
The sons of dam, Miss Titania 054, have averaged $46,500 and include popular sires Terminator, Showtime and Private Eye.
In other news, Mawarra has Mawarra Ultra Star R182 representing Australia in the Hereford Breeder 2022 Hereford – Champion of the World.