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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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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