SELECTED lines of EU-accredited Hereford cattle again drew special attention as steers selling continued at the Hamilton saleyards on Thursday.
Competing for an Elders-Landmark yarding of 1160, buyers seeking best EU-lines bid prices to 402c/kg at fully firm rates while values for most others eased by 5-10c/kg.
A market top of $1574 a head was secured for John and Liz Craig on a yard of their Inverrall Hereford steers, Yarram Park blood.
The pen of 17 weighed 367kg while a second draft (68) of the Inverrall calves, 386kg made 370c/kg.
Buying interest was again widespread, with processors, feeders and northern orders all active while southern interest lay between South Gippsland, Southeast SA and local district orders.
Tim Jewell, Landmark said that all who participated would have been more than satisfied with the result.
“Vendors have presented more weight, and repeat buyers have gathered some very smart cattle” he said.
Chasing the markets best EU-accredited Hereford genetics was Wellington, NSW grass-finisher, Paul Mason, New Oakleigh Farm.
Adding to his Wednesday haul of 202-head, Mr Mason added a further 303 head from lines presented by Inverrall (370c- $1428/hd, 384c- $1336), Beerik (402c- $1467), Mt Widdern (391c- $1407) and Lochredal (378c- $1394).
Princess Royal Station was another keen buyer of EU-pens, collecting Hereford steers by Sandy Creek (350c- $1452), Wannawong (363c- $1281) and Dallas Charolais (363c- $1506).
Offering calves for the final time before retirement (property sold) was Skipton breeders, Geoff and Di Notman. Their Mt Widdern steers, judged by Hereford Australia as the best presented, weighed to 413kg and made $1466/head while the Pepper family’s Lochredral Hereford steers (369kg), from Tahara, which won the sale’s overall best presented, made 378c/kg or $1394 a head.
Several other breeds were also represented in this Hereford blue ribbon classic.
A Simmental pen offered by Smokey River, 405kg, made 342c or $1385 a head while a yard of Dallas EU-Charolais steers, 415kg, made 363c or $1506.
Neil Jenning, Cape Bridgewater, was a seller of Shorthorn steers.
Weighed up to 357kg, these made to 380c/kg or $1356 while S Ferrier also sold Shorthorn steers, 376kg to 370c or $1391/head.
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