Resignation – Dr Alex Ball

Dear Herefords Australia Member,   It is with regret that I inform you that Dr Alex Ball has tendered his resignation as CEO of Herefords Australia effective the 30th June 2017. Dr Ball will continue to operate as the CEO until that date and has the full support of the board to do so. The board…

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ARCBA – Young Breed Leaders Workshop

This workshop is targeted at young breeders in the age range of 20-35 years of age to help inspire and prepare them for senior management roles within the beef breeding industry. The underlying theme will be “What is the role of genetics in a modern Australian beef industry”. Herefords Australia are entitled to 5 participants in the…

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BREEDPLAN – Completeness of Performance Report

Just how much performance data is collected for Australian Herefords each year? Are certain traits better recorded than others? Given that this performance data is used to calculate BREEDPLAN EBVs, it is useful to review just how much data is collected for each trait, across the calving drops. To do this, the ‘Completeness of Performance’…

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New Schedule of Fees & DNA Request Form

Please ensure that you are referring to the current Schedule of Fees (31st March 2017) and using the most recent DNA Request Form when submitting DNA to Herefords Australia.  Note that the current forms and documents can always be found on the Forms page in the Member Services drop down menu. Click Here for Schedule…

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New Poll Testing Available for Herefords Australia Members

  Current status for the Hereford breed The microsatellite based haplotype test for Poll (POLL) (MLA project B.AWW.0222) developed by researchers at CSIRO, University of New England and The University of Queensland has been a major improvement on tests previously available. It was designed to be suitable for Bos taurus breeds, Bos indicus breeds and…

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Mountain Calf Sales Finish With High of $1710 For Steers At Omeo

Buyers were met with one of the best line-ups of Hereford weaner calves in the nation for the 77th annual Omeo Weaner Calf sale on Wednesday, with steers hitting $1710. Selling agents Elders yarded 2000 Hereford and Hereford-Shorthorn cross yearling and weaner steers and heifers for the sale. The fixture finalised two days of selling…

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2017 Mountain Calf Sales Reveal Whiteface Dominance

Hereford vendors pocketed an extra $100 a head for their steers above other British breeds in a record breaking 77th annual Mountain Calf Sales this week. Held at Benambra, Ensay and Omeo on March 14-15, the mountain calf sales yarded a total of 7995 cattle to average $1123 – a jump of $158 on last…

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Hereford Cross Steers Reach New High Of $1570 At Benambra Calf Sale

Steer finishers, backgrounders and processors converged on the Victorian high country on Tuesday to bid to $1570 for whiteface cattle at the circuit opener, the Benambra Calf Sale. Selling agents Sharp and Fullgrabe yarded 1800 yearling and weaner Hereford, Hereford cross and Angus steers and heifers for the March 14 sale at the Hinnomunjie yards.…

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Hereford Heifers Hit a Red Hot $1510 At Benambra Weaner Sale

A new benchmark was set when Hereford heifers sizzled at the opening Elders fixture of the 77th Annual Mountain Calf Sales with prices reaching a scorching $1510. A big crowd of buyers and vendors descended on the Benambra yards with selling agents Elders penning 2000 Hereford and Hereford cross steers and heifers on March 14.…

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Annual Mountain Calf Sales To Offer Almost 8000 Whiteface Weaners

As store sales continue to fire around the nation for whiteface cattle, expectations are high for the Hereford feature lines at the 77th annual Mountain Calf Sales this month. Strong buying support traditionally comes from backgrounders, lot feeders, steer finishers and restockers from Victoria, South Australia and NSW. The sales circuit, on March 14-15, takes…

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2017 Sydney Royal Beef Challenge – Entries Now Open

The Sydney Royal Beef Challenge was established in 2011. It's a feedlot trial competition run by the RAS in regional NSW. As a commercially-focused feedlot competition, the annual Sydney Royal Beef Challenge is unique.  It represents all stages of the process including live assessment, carcase judging, profitability and eating quality, plus all animals entered in…

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Commercial Producers Underpin Whiteface Bull Buying Bonanza

Autumn whiteface on-property and multi-vendor bull sales have got off to a cracking start with high clearances and averages jumping by up to $2400 on 2016. In the 16 sales held nationwide in February, bulls have topped at $41,000 and commercial producers have lifted their sights on quality genetics, paying up to $4000 more than…

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Herefords Auctioned for Bush Fire Appeal

Steers sold at last Thursday's Armidale cattle sale will ultimately help farmers affected by the St Ivan's fire in central NSW.  The 17-month-old Te-Angie blood steers, weighing 585kg, sold for 292c/kg or $1708, with one third of the proceeds donated to the Dunedoo Bush Fire Appeal. Chris Johnston, Cameron and Davidson, Gunnedah, said the funds would help in the purchase of…

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2017 SBTS Regional Forums

Dear SBTS Stakeholders, As you may be aware, in 2017 SBTS will be running 14 Regional Forums around Australia.  Click here for registration forms and more information. The Regional Forums will be held on the following dates in the following locations: The program has been designed to cover a number of important topics for BREEDPLAN members.…

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Restocker Prices Ease Pain For Hereford Breeders Destocking

Strong restocker prices for Hereford females have helped ease the pain for drought-affected farmers in Queensland. The Nixon family, of Drillham, were forced to sell off their commercial herd and retain only core seedstock breeders as the drought worsens. The family sold four decks or 64 cows, three to eight years, with calves, aged to…

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Hereford Females Retain Value Through Their Lifetime

The ability of commercial Hereford females to retain their salvage value has been reaffirmed to NSW producer Bob Barnett. The additional yield of the Hereford cows once they reach the end of their productive life has processors bidding market topping prices for them. Bob and Alison Barnett, “Wyregall’’, Narromine, sold 42 cast-for-age cows at the…

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Internet/Phones/Systems Down in Herefords Australia Office

Dear Members, Due to significant storms in the New England region over the weekend, the Herefords Australia Office is currently without phones, internet or systems. We are working to have these services restored ASAP and hope to be fully functionally at some point today. Your patience and understanding in the meantime are greatly appreciated. Regards,…

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Hereford Steer Finisher Shows Expertise to Win Championship

Commercial Hereford steer finisher Richard Ogilvie trumped the opposition to exhibit the champion purebred led steer at the Tenterfield annual show on February 11. It was the first time a purebred Hereford steer had won the championship in nine years and the first competitive steer entry for Mr Olgivie. As the principal of Te-Angie Poll…

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JBS Adds Hereford Brand to Stable

JBS Australia has continued to expand upon its branded beef offer by announcing the launch of a new brand, “Hereford Boss”. Underpinned by the highly regarded JBS Farm Assurance program, Hereford Boss will meet all carcase and raising claims made by the class-leading Great Southern brand with the addition of livestock being verified as containing…

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Herefords Australia Welcomes New JBS Grass Fed Brand

The launch of JBS Australia’s newest beef brand, Hereford Boss, is one of the most significant milestones for the breed in modern times, according to Herefords Australia. The grass fed brand, underpinned by the JBS Farm Assurance program, was officially launched this week by JBS Australia chief operating officer Southern, Sam McConnell. Hereford Boss will…

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Herefords Perform On Weight Gain And MSA Index At Trial

Hereford and Hereford cross steers have demonstrated superior average daily weight gain and MSA Index scores in the 2016 Lardner Park Steer Trial in Victoria. A Red Angus-Hereford cross steer entered by Michael and Frances Charles, “Shanlee’’, Lardner, ranked number one from 19 breeds and their crosses on the MSA (Meat Standards Australia) Index at…

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Vale Wendy Hain

It is with great sadness we notify our members of the passing of Wendy Hain, Gunyah Herefords, Cooma NSW, last Friday. Wendy's funeral will take place in the Catholic Church at Cooma on Friday 17th February at 11 am. Wendy was well known to Hereford breeders with many major success in both the show and auction rings.

Herefords Triumph in 2017 RASV Heifer Challenge

A whiteface stud focused on balancing maternal and carcase traits has stormed home to win the prestigious 2017 RASV Heifer Challenge. Tarcombe Hereford and Poll Herefords, owned by the Hayes family at Ruffy in North-East Victoria, was judged the winner by industry consultant Alex McDonald from 50 seedstock herds. The sixth annual Challenge carried $4500…

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