New Look Board for Herefords Australia

A new look Board has been announced for Herefords Australia following the Annual General Meeting held on 25 May 2020. Newly elected directors Sam Becker (QLD), Ian Durkin (NSW), Mark Duthie (QLD and Marc Greening (NSW) join current directors Geoff Birchnell (NSW), Tony Haggarty (NSW), Bill Kee (VIC) and Trish Worth (SA). At a recent…

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Herefords Australia Board of Directors Election – Results

To all Hereford Australia Members, The results of the 2020 Herefords Australia Board election have been declared by the returning officer Michelle Paull on 20 May 2020. In accordance with the Constitution, Ian Durkin, Sam Becker, Marc Greening and Mark Duthie have been elected as Directors of Herefords Australia. This will be confirmed at the AGM on the…

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Abundant Market Opportunities for Hereford Producers

Hereford producers are in a prime position to capitalise on current market premiums in certified grass-fed markets. Processors are paying up to a dollar per kilo more for certified grass-fed cattle that meet the specifications of certain products and brands. Herefords’ renowned doing-ability on grass and the seasonal turnaround across much of Australia offers a…

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Live Export Premium for Hereford Heifers

A current live export order for commercial Hereford heifers to be exported to China as breeders is paying premium rates to Hereford producers. To meet the specifications of the order the heifers must be between 200 and 400 kilograms and be aged between eight and 16 months. The heifers also must be sired by a…

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2020 World Hereford Conference

The 2020 World Hereford Conference (WHC) was held in March in Queenstown, New Zealand. Over 60 delegates from Australia attended the conference which included a wide range of informative topics and agricultural tours. Hereford multi-country genomic evaluation was discussed by Dr Brad Crook of ABRI and Professor Dorian Garrick of Massey University. Dr Crook’s primary…

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Director Nominations Update

31 March 2020 Nominations to join the Board of Herefords Australia closed last Friday 27 March 2020. The following members have nominated to join the Board:   Mr Sam Becker – Banana, QLD Mr Sam Broinowski – Mudgee, NSW Mr Ian Durkin – Coolatai, NSW Mr Mark Duthie – Irvingdale, QLD Mr Marc Greening –…

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Royal Canberra Show Results

Grand champion Hereford bull and supreme Hereford exhibit at the 2020 Royal Canberra Show was awarded to Granite Hill Pinnacle, owned by Danny Hill and paraded by Kierin Martin. The 22-month-old poll Hereford bull was sired by Wirruna Kalimna K326 and has a 400-day weight EBV in the top five percent of the Hereford breed.…

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Whiteface Dominance in RASV Heifer Challenge

Herefords have excelled in the 2020 RASV Heifer Challenge claiming the champion and reserve champion titles and a third herd making the top ten finalists. Champion pen in this year’s competition was awarded to Melville Park Herefords and Melville Poll Herefords of Vasey, Victoria. Stud principal David Lyons was delighted with the win and has…

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What’s in store for autumn 2020 bull sales?

Alastair Rayner for Beef Central THE final week of January is traditionally seen as the starting point for the southern autumn bull selling season. Despite the ongoing presence of bushfires in many southern areas, the annual southern beef weeks still took place with many seedstock producers opening their gates and displaying this year’s line-up of…

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Hereford Heifers Wanted – Live Export Order

The requirements below are being facilitated by Integrity Australia on behalf of Yarra Australia Corporation Ltd. Heifers will be subject to China health testing and protocol, inclusive of residing outside of the Blue Tongue Zone. Specifications • Breed:                         HEREFORD (Category 2) • Age:                            8 –…

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Grass Fed Programs Underpin Demand for Hereford Weaners

Hereford calves were highly sought after for certified grass fed programs at the Wodonga Premier Hereford Euro and Other Breeds Sale, with prices jumping 30c/kg on the previous day. Selling agents Elders, Paull & Scollard Landmark yarded 3800 Herefords, black baldies and Euro cross steers and heifers on January 10 at the Northern Victorian Livestock…

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Feedlot Buying Spree on Whiteface Cattle at Wodonga

Lot feeders and a live export order underpinned the Wodonga Blue Ribbon Weaner Sale, with prices for whiteface steers topping at 308c/kg and heifers at 283c/kg. Selling agents Brian Unthank Rural, Peter Ruaro Rodwells, Corcoran Parker and Schubert Boers yarded 4288 Hereford, Hereford cross and Euro mixed sex weaners on January 9. Topping the purebred…

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Premium Prices for Quality EU Herefords at Hamilton

A quality yarding of 2,308 steers including 737 purebred Herefords had buyers bidding to premium prices at the Hamilton All Breeds Weaner Sale on Tuesday. The top dollar per head price for Hereford steers was $1297, which was paid by Princess Royal Station for a pen of 17 EU accredited Bendulla blood steers weighing 409kg,…

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Hereford Bulls Breed Greater Profits

Beef producers can’t afford to ignore the benefits of cross breeding and the extra 10 percent yield that hybrid vigour brings, Dr Phil Holmes informed delegates of the 2019 Herefords Australia Breed Forum. Dr Holmes addressed the 150 attendees of the Forum on the importance of a whiteface in a profitable beef enterprise as well…

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Christmas Office Closure

Please note that the Herefords Australia office will be closed for the Christmas break from 4pm (AEDT) Monday December 23rd 2019 and will reopen from 8am on Thursday January 2nd 2020. The Board and Staff of Herefords Australia wish you a joyous Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Photo credit: Non Thorne

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Vale Margaret Spencer

Margaret Ann Spencer passed away on Saturday, 14 December 2019 at the Barraba Hospital in the same room that her husband, David, passed away. Margaret was a driving force with the success of the Ironbark Hereford Stud.  Margaret had a love for Hereford cattle and the people that were involved in the breed.  Ironbark would…

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