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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The New Approach to Johnes Disease in Cattle

The new, national approach to Johne’s disease (JD) in cattle – the BJD Framework – offers a fresh approach to the management of the endemic disease. It focuses on managing on-farm biosecurity risk rather than controlling disease through regulation and treats JD as just one of many diseases that producers must manage within their business. Supported by more…

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Vote Counts from General Meeting

Dear Members, Roberts and Morrow have now provided Herefords Australia with the final vote counts on the motions put forward to the General Meeting held on 1st December 2016 at Armidale. Click here to view full results

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Demand Continues for Herefords Across All Categories

Hereford steers hit a new breed record of 660c/kg in store sales during November as the sales momentum continued across the nation. Restocker demand was strong for whiteface breeders with three-in-one Poll Hereford units selling for $2360 in the on-line auctions, and cows with young calves topping at $2400 in the store market. Heavy grown…

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Grassfed Hereford Steers Dominate Carcass Competition

Grass finished Hereford steers dominated the carcass competition at the recent Noorat Show in Victoria’s western district. Herefords Australia life member Ken Hodge has supported carcass competitions throughout the state for decades and came up trumps at the Noorat show on November 19 with his five yearling purebred steers. The hoof and hook competition drew…

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Temperament And Weight Gain Impresses Best Selling Author

Best selling author and Hereford steer finisher Michael Keenan is looking forward to offering his grass finished heavy steers sourced out of the 2016 weaner sales. Mr Keenan had created waves at the Wodonga market in February when he bought the lightweight weaners, paying to 438c/kg – a new record at the time for Hereford…

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Australian Bred Cattle Dominate World Hereford Judging

Australia has won gold medals with a powerful male and female entry in the 2016 Champion of the World and Hereford – Miss World judging. Tondara Uptowns Novelty 126 won gold in the 2016 Hereford – Miss Asia/Africa category with Australia’s polled bull entry Days Fleetwood K185, winning gold in the 2016 Hereford – Champion…

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More Whiteface Cattle Needed to Fill 10,000 Head Pastoral Order

A single pastoral order seeking 10,000 whiteface cattle is one third of the way to being filled, with more cattle sought. The call was made in early October to the marketplace for 10,000 whiteface weaners for grass finishing to domestic trade and bullock weights. Landmark divisional livestock and stud stock manager, John Settree, Dubbo, said…

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Australian Institute of Company Directors Course

Cattle Council of Australia –  The long term productivity and profitability of the grassfed beef industry is reliant on the industry being represented by producers with strong corporate governance and leadership skills. Cattle Council of Australia, in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia, are providing the opportunity for fourteen grassfed beef producers to develop their…

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Genuine Herd Dispersal Presents Opportunity For Restockers

Restockers will have the opportunity to source larger numbers of quality breeding females at the genuine herd dispersal of Mt Hope and Beverley Downs in central NSW next month. The Hereford herd is based on Ironbark, Yavenvale and Talbalba genetics, and will be offered on AuctionsPlus on Friday, December 2. The draft comprises 502 cows,…

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Commercial Producers Await Outcomes Of Crossbreeding Trial

A Herefords Australia crossbreeding trial is set to generate controlled, accurate data on the commercial value of crossbred beef genetics using Hereford sires over Angus females. The Black Baldy trial is a partnership between Herefords Australia, Adelaide University, Greenham Tasmania, Meat and Livestock Australia and Musselroe Beef. The project has received 50 per cent co-operative…

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Hereford Steer Weaner Prices Reach Red Hot High of 660c/Kg

Hereford weaner steers hit a new breed record in the physical auction market of 660c/kg in Victoria this week. And, restocker demand continued for whiteface breeders with three-in-one Poll Hereford units selling for $2360 in the on-line auctions. Steers weighing under 200kg returned a high of 600-660c/kg at Bairnsdale on November 11, eclipsing the previous…

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Where to With Genomics – Webinar

The sixth and final 2016 SBTS and TBTS Webinars, 'Where to With Genomics?', was held last night. The webinar was recorded and is now available on the SBTS/TBTS YouTube channel:  For more information, contact: Catriona Millen Technical Officer Southern Beef Technology Services ABRI, University of New England, Armidale NSW 2351 Ph: (02) 6773 3357 Mob:…

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Collaborative Opportunities Between Nz And Australian Breeders

Trans-Tasman opportunities based around people, science and collaboration ensure a bright future for the breed, according to NZ Herefords president Phill Barnett. A group of five representatives from the NZ Herefords Association toured southern NSW this week as part of the Trans-Tasman Beef Cow Productivity Project. The project is a collaboration between Meat & Livestock…

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Trans-Tasman Cow Productivity Project To Deliver Fertility Tools

A Trans-Tasman cow productivity project is set to deliver Hereford producers the tools to lift fertility and profitability in their females. The Trans-Tasman Beef Cow Productivity Project is a collaboration between Meat & Livestock Australia, and Beef +Lamb New Zealand Genetics, and involves members of Herefords Australia and NZ Herefords. It encompasses about 20 Hereford…

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Demand Continues For Whiteface Breeders And Heavy Steers

Despite markets around the nation this week suffering reduced yardings and the northern sales on a cheaper trend, restockers continued to seek out whiteface breeders. At one of the nation’s biggest indicator saleyards at Wodonga on Tuesday, Hereford steers, 692kg, made 320c/kg or $2216 for vendor B Richens, Wangaratta, in the prime market. R &…

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Vale Clive McEachern

We sadly report the passing of AHS Past President and Life Member, Clive McEachern, Ardno Herefords, Inverleigh, Victoria. Clive passed away on Sunday, November 6 after a brief illness. The Ardno Stud was registered in 1935 by Clive’s father Ralph and became widely recognised as one of the finest female herds in Australia. During the…

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