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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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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