Whiteface Steers Make Up Historic Shipment Of Slaughter Cattle

Hereford and Black Baldy cattle are on-board an historic sea-bound shipment of live beef cattle to China under the new health protocol agreement for feeder and slaughter cattle. A total of 330 Hereford and 50 Black Baldy steers were among the consignment of 1200 slaughter cattle which left Portland on the weekend destined for Shidao…

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Whiteface Studs Make Top 10 Finalists In Rasv Heifer Challenge

Three whiteface seedstock herds have made the top 10 finalists of the 2017 RASV Heifer Challenge. Drawing 48 herds from British and European breeds, the challenge recognises excellence in herd replacement females and features teams of 10 registered pregnancy-tested-in-calf heifers. It was judged by industry consultant Alex McDonald during the 2017 Victorian Beef Week field…

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Uploading Videos to Animals

We are now able to upload videos, in addition to images, to individual animals on our system. The cost is $11/animal and the preferred formats to send them videos in is .wmv or .avi. This is a great marketing tool for those members with upcoming bull sales. Should you have any questions or wish to…

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Member Communications Survey

Last week, all members were sent an online survey link from The Leading Partnership, who is currently preforming the Herefords Australia Review. Your participation in this survey, and the call for submissions, is integral to the review. All results are received by Philip Pogson, The Leading Partnership, and your anonymity is guaranteed. If you have not yet received the…

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High Market Compensates For Drought In Northern Australia

Purebred feeder steers are commanding 360c/kg on-farm in Queensland markets despite producers struggling with drought conditions. Drillham Hereford breeder Tom Nixon sold 12-16 month-old Hereford steers, pasture finished, to Lloyd Pastoral’s Wiembilla feedlot for the domestic market. The line of 130 steers weighed an average of 368kg and sold for 360c/kg on-farm. Mr Nixon said…

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Herefords Out To Prove Grainfed Suitability In Gate 2 Plate

Herefords are among the 59 teams competing in this year’s Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate Challenge in Western Australia. A team of two purebred steers and a heifer have been entered by Matthew and Felicity Della Gola, Tonebridge Grazing, Tonebridge, in the annual competition. The challenge assesses cattle performance through the grainfed, Meat Standards Australia…

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CM Hocking Scholarship Benefits Young Beef Industry Leaders

Two young leaders in the Australian beef industry have been announced as winners of the prestigious CM Hocking Memorial Scholarship from Herefords Australia. South Australians Georgie Beighton, of Penola, and Sarah Day, of Bordertown, will receive the scholarship bursary to undertake studies to benefit the Australian Hereford industry. The scholarship embodies the love of Herefords…

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Lot Feeders And Restockers Set Pace At Casterton With 403c/Kg Top

Lot feeders set the pace in the whiteface pens at the Elders and Landmark combined heifer weaner sale on Thursday, with Herefords hitting $1330. Selling agents yarded 1800 Hereford, Black Baldy and Angus heifer weaners for the January 19 fixture at Casterton in Victoria’s Western Districts. The Elders yarding of 853 head averaged $1072, with…

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Restockers Battle Over Breeder Lines To Push Prices To 406c/Kg

Whiteface seedstock heavyweights went head to head to snap up a large portion of the Hereford offering at the Hamilton All Breeds Heifer sale on Wednesday. Yarram Park’s Western District Pastoral Company and Injemira Beef Genetics, Wagga, were among the dominant players, paying the top prices in the Hereford run of $1306 or 406c/kg. Selling…

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Vale Ella Robinson

The family of Herefords Australia Life Member Ella Robinson wish to notify the membership of Ella’s passing on Monday 16 January, 2017. Funeral services will be on Friday 20th at 3pm at St Patrick's Cathedral, cnr Neil & James Streets, Toowoomba, Qld followed by interment at the Garden of Remembrance Cemetery, Ruthven St, Toowoomba. Many…

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NSW Buyers Push Prices To $1570 For Hereford Weaners At Hamilton

NSW steer finishers competed strongly on the top end Hereford calves at the 50th annual Elders and Landmark feature weaner calf sale, to result in prices hitting 416c/kg – 76c/kg up on last year. The addition of feedlot, backgrounder and processor competition from Victorian, South Australia meant prices did not dip below 342c/kg. Interfaced with…

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Hereford Steer Weaners Finish The Week At 464c/Kg At Wodonga

A solid week of weaner sales across southern Australia culminated in Hereford steers peaking at 464c/kg at the Wodonga Blue Ribbon Weaner Sale on Friday. Buyers remarked on the strength of the offering of autumn 2016 drop weaned calves and responded accordingly, paying to a top of $1480 or 393c/kg for the heavy end. Albury-Wodonga…

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Hereford Steer Weaners Top At 454c/Kg At Wodonga Feature Sale

The Hereford juggernaut rolled on as the run of Wodonga weaner sales opened on Thursday with autumn drop steers peaking at 454c/kg and grown steers hitting $1650. Victorian grass fed steer finishers joined the strong northern buying contingent of lot feeders and backgrounders to push prices up almost 30c/kg on Wednesday’s whiteface sale at Hamilton…

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Hereford Weaner Steers Hit $1580 At Hamilton Feature Sale

Hereford producers celebrated the market boom today at the Hamilton Hereford feature weaner sale with prices hitting $1580. Hamilton Independent Agents yarded 1651 Hereford and Hereford cross steers, with the market kicking by up to 10c/kg or $185 a head for the heavier pens on yesterday’s Casterton weaner sale. With intense bidding pressure from lot…

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Northern Buyers Snap Up Hereford Steers To 430c/Kg At Casterton

Grass fed steer finishers fired the opening salvo in the southern Australia weaner calf sale circuit, paying up to 430c/kg for Hereford calves at Casterton today. A shortage of cattle coupled with good widespread seasonal conditions and a low Australian dollar created strong buyer demand from Gippsland, South Australia, Tasmania, southern and central NSW. Hereford…

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Progeny Assessed Under Herefords Australia’s Black Baldy Trial

 The first Black Baldy steers are due to be processed this autumn under the Herefords Australia crossbreeding trial in Tasmania. The trial is set to generate controlled, accurate data on the commercial value of crossbred beef genetics using Hereford sires over Angus females. This week, a total of 239 steers and 204 heifers, winter/spring 2015…

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Whiteface Demand Rolls Around The Nation’s Store Markets

With New Year celebrations over, Herefords finished 2016 on a high with whiteface steers hitting 502c/kg and F1 vealer mothers topping at $2950 in the nation’s store markets during December. F1 vealer mothers were a sought after item during the month with joined Hereford-Friesian cross heifers, 2.5 to three years, sold by Warrnambool stock agent…

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Whiteface Breeders Ride the Wave of A Record Year

Whiteface breeders have set the markets alight this year with bulls worth an additional $5.2 million sold under the hammer, and store weaners ringing the bell at 681c/kg. Commercial whiteface producers rode the wave of record prices in the nation’s store markets, fuelled by improved seasonal conditions, a reduced national cowherd and insatiable buyer demand.…

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Bouyant Market Points to Whiteface Weaner Success in 2017

Grass finishers, lot feeders and processors will have almost 18,000 whiteface steers to select from in the opening week of the 2017 Victorian weaner sales circuit. With improved seasonal conditions and a strong store market, vendors are optimistic liveweights will be up by 20kg while buyers are expecting to pay 370-420c/kg for the heavier steers.…

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World’s Biggest Cattle Station To Be Stocked With Whiteface

The decision to stock the world’s biggest cattle station, Anna Creek, with Hereford and Black Baldy cattle was a huge vote of confidence in the whiteface market, according to breeders. The South Australia station, measuring 2.36 million hectares, has been brought by the Williams Cattle Company from Kidman and Co. The Williams family have been…

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Mt Widderin Dispersal Tops At $2600 While Steers Remain Strong

As selling centres wind down for the Christmas break, Hereford breeders topped at $2600 and whiteface steers hit 502c/kg in markets this week. The highlight for the week was the dispersal of Geoff and Di Notman’s Mt Widderin commercial herd at Skipton, Vic. The European Union accredited herd, ranging from 2009-drop cows to 2016-drop weaned…

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Hereford Teams Enter NSW Beef Spectacular Feedback Trial

Three teams of purebred Hereford steers have entered the 2017 NSW Beef Spectacular Feedback Trial. The 112-day feedlot trial is conducted at Teys Australia’s Jindalee feedlot in southern NSW, drawing 75 teams of 375 cattle comprising 17 different breeds. A team of five Hereford steers have each been entered by Vern, Margaret and Geoff Younger,…

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Sale Topping Genetics On Offer At Mt Widderin Dispersal

Restockers will be presented with an opportunity this week to secure highly regarded pregnancy-tested-in-calf females upon the dispersal of a prominent Victorian commercial herd. The Mt Widderin European Union-accredited herd of Geoff and Di Notman, Skipton, will be offered on AuctionsPlus on Friday, December 16. The dispersal of 250 autumn calving females comprises 2009-2014 drop…

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Pre-Christmas Demand Remains Solid For Whiteface Cattle

With few sales left before Christmas, buyers competed strongly on whiteface cattle last week to push Hereford steer weaners to 467c/kg and Black Baldy steers to 458c/kg. At Wodonga, the annual draft of 400 Hereford and Poll Hereford steers from Michael and Anna Coughlan, Tarabah Pastoral Company, Holbrook, drew strong competition. Their top pen of…

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Staff Changes – Registrar

Dear Members, It is with significant regret that I have to inform the membership that both Amanda Graham and Tessa Frew will be leaving the staff of Herefords Australia at the end of this year.   Amanda has been a very diligent and effective member services officer.  She has improved a number of contact areas for…

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