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Advertising Annette Weatherstone Rural Weekly 07 4660 1360 Publisher Herefords Australia ABN 86 121 714 332 General Manager Andrew Donoghue Strategic and Innovation Manager Dr Alex Ball Member Engagement Manager Hannah Bourke Member Services Officer Nicky Webster Member Services Officer Ambrose Kenney


Chairman’s report


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6 News

Youth Co-ordinator Katelin Davies

• Breed stalwarts

honoured for volunteer

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Carcass results

20 Vale Clive McEachern 26 Run on beef at AgQuip 27 News from the north and west

30 Young guns on the move

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44 Update on Hereford Reserve

• Whiteface steer raises 52 All the results from Glen Innes $10,000 for charity

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Board of Directors 2018 Bill Kee, Chairman Scott Hann, Vice-Chairman Tony Haggarty, Chairman - Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Geoff Birchnell, Tim Burvill, Steve Crowley, Bruce Gunning, Kevin Hillsdon, Hilary O’Leary, Pat Pearce, Anne Star and Trish Worth


40 Hereford Boss takes the lead

36 Value adding at Running Creek

56 Beef Australia 2018 58 Hereford Showcase preview 60 Royal show coverage 68 The flavours of Hereford 72 Store and prime sales wrap 76 Board of Directors 78 Regional contacts 82 2018 events calendar



Chairman’s Message Bill Kee Dear members, The message to the Hereford community, in my opinion, is loud and clear. If you want to be a vital player in the Australian beef industry and achieve the ultimate reward for your product, you must accept changes driven by the attitude, demands and expectations of the consumer, or you will end up a commodity price taker and be subjected to the risks of a fluctuating beef market. Some breeds have accepted the challenge to ensure they satisfy their consumer’s demands and expectations. Having regard, however, to recent decisions by processors to accept only certain breeds into their programs, the results from the Beef Information Nucleus project, the advances in technology and substantial development in genomics, I believe many breeds now stand at the crossroads of their existence, or at least their capacity to produce beef to a standard accepted at the premium level. In the light of these issues, the Herefords Australia board has developed a vision for the Hereford brand based on all the industry information available and also the experience and technical knowledge possessed by HAL. The vision is supported by strong, robust and adequately resourced strategic and business plans. These plans will provide a value proposition for our members to adopt and support. There is a sound communications strategy to engage our members, and provide education and explanations for the implementation of the strategic plan and the benefits it will provide. In adopting the vision, your board has endeavoured to ensure the maintenance of all the Hereford’s existing positive traits such as fertility, docility, growth for age and doing ability, particularly off grass. The board has adopted strategies to improve the traits which will have the greatest ability to make our product more acceptable to today’s consumer. The vision for the Hereford brand is designed as a brand upon which Hereford breeders can feel proud and will be recognized as standing for quality, provenance, integrity at a standard accepted and recognized by all in the Australian beef industry, and domestic and international consumers. The vision also provides a value proposition to our members and will ensure our Hereford breed maintains its vitality and continues to be acknowledged as having a position of pre-eminence in the beef industry. I invite you to share the vision, adopt and support the strategies, and enjoy the benefits which will flow. I extend to all my best wishes and kind regards.

Yours faithfully, Bill Kee CHAIRMAN



General Manager’s Message Andrew Donoghue The last six months has seen a hive of activity in the office of Herefords Australia to ensure the organisation is well placed to meet the demands facing a modern breed organisation. At a strategic level, the board and management have been working hard in the necessary areas to lay the foundations for the modernisation of the organisation. The key areas are the constitution, regulations and strategic plan. As all members will be aware, the release of the Moin Report to all breed societies in July 2017 has further highlighted the need for societies to ensure they are using all the modern technologies available in the services they provide. Our board and management have taken this opportunity to ensure Herefords Australia comply with these requirements and transition to a modern breed organisation. We want Herefords Australia to not only survive into the future but flourish into a company supporting and promoting all facets of the Hereford breed and its crosses. This modern innovation can be seen in the latest draft of the constitution, regulations and strategic plan, which have all been released to the membership. I hope all members embrace this vision and join us on building the strength of our breed again. A common question I am asked by both seedstock and commercial producers is “What is Herefords Australia doing about the demand for Hereford cattle?’’ My response to this question has two elements: • Firstly, at an organisational level, we are providing the platform for the breed to move into the future, not just by the strategic actions outlined earlier, but also through the development of R & D programs and technical services, such as the BIN project, Black Baldy trial, genomics and Singe Step EBVs. We are also working closely with processors to ensure the success of their Hereford branded products, thus increasing demand for Hereford cattle. • Secondly, I like to discuss with producers how they are helping to build the demand for Hereford cattle 1. Are commercial producers discussing the performance of their cattle with their customers (i.e. processors)? 2. What is the feedback they are receiving from the processors regarding the performance and compliance of these cattle? 3. What can the producer do to ensure their cattle have a higher compliance? 4. Are commercial producers relaying this feedback to their seedstock supplier and changing their buying pattern due to the feedback from the processor? 5. Are seedstock producers seeking this sort of feedback from their commercial clients? As a breed, we need to make sure we engage with our customer and ensure our product is what they require and complies with their market. If we do not take this on board we will not grow as a breed. Our breed has a lot of well-known strengths such as fertility, temperament, growth rate and ossification. These all assist in producing a high-quality product. Some careful attention to other eating quality traits can only assist further in raising the quality of the product we produce. All members would now be aware that in October we produced our first set of Single Step Genomic EBVs. This was the result of more than 18 months of hard work by our team and would not have been possible at this stage without the research and development work carried out by the board and staff, including the BIN project and Black Baldy trial. Single Step EBVs will play an important part of our future and the engagement of commercial Hereford producers to grow the breed. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the team we have in the Herefords Australia office. We have a highly competent and professional team working tirelessly to bring the services you require whilst also adopting the vision and strategy the board and management are developing. I am proud of the team we have in the office and hope our members also share my pride.

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NEWS Whiteface steer raises $10,000 for charity Riverina Hereford breeders John and Kimberly Rodd contributed $10,000 to charity with the sale of a Poll Hereford steer.

The father and daughter, of Wagga Poll Herefords, prepared the steer to raise money for the Wagga RSL Charity Steer Project, and it was auctioned at the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre in October. In what has become an annual event, the charity steers sold through the saleyards on behalf of the project have raised $150,000 for southern NSW charities.

The 16-month-old Poll Hereford steer, Merlin, weighed 490kg live and had been on a grain ration for 200 days. The $10,000 or $20.40/kg received for Merlin was donated to Willans Hill School, Wagga.

The quiet temperament of the halter broken steer allowed students from Willans Hill School to get up close and personal, and learn about the agricultural industry.

Hunter Valley female sale tops at $2650 Registered breeding females topped at $2650 at the annual Stud Hereford Female Sale at Maitland in October.

Steve and Kathy Wiles, Hunter Lakes Herefords, Jesmond, NSW, sold the top price female, Hunter Lakes Irish Rose J14 and her heifer calf to Arthur Hawkins, “Paddington Green”, Phoenix Park, NSW.

A total of 25 females sold from the 27 offered to average $1630. The sale was held after the annual Maitland spring female sale by agents Bowe and Lidbury, with the cattle judged by Stewart Moore, Mernot Herefords, Gloucester.

He awarded senior champion female to the eight-year-old Mondeo Lass E15 and her bull calf, offered by Alister McDonald, Nelsons Plains, and sold for $2500.

The intermediate champion, Hunter Lakes Shamrock L136, was offered by Hunter Lakes and sold for $2500 while the stud’s junior champion female, Hunter Lakes Virtue M43, sold for $1750.

John Rodd and his daughter Kimberley are pictured with former RSL president John Keys and the charity steers which made $10,000 each. Picture: Nikki Reynolds

Hereford awarded world’s best steak

Hereford beef has proved its meat eating quality dominance in the World Steak Challenge. Sirloins from three grass fed Hereford infused entries won bronze medals in the competition for the world’s best steak.

Now in its third year, the World Steak Challenge 2017 was held at The Magic Roundabout in London on July 4. This year, the competition was expanded to include rib-eye and fillet along with the original sirloin category.

A 27-month-old animal entered by ABP Cahir, Ireland, won bronze along with a 27-month-old entry from Dawn Meats and a 28-month-old entry from Liffey Meats, Ireland.

New look for Herefords Australia website Members are benefitting from the new look website launched by Herefords Australia in November. Herefords Australia general manager Andrew Donoghue said the refreshed website was easily navigated by members and visitors.

News articles are a feature on the main page plus a dedicated userfriendly area to learn what shows, sales and industry events are coming up. “Members can access all forms, templates and regulations they need, while a page features comprehensive fact sheets on DNA and genomic testing,’’ Mr Donoghue said. “An on-line store has been added to the new website, allowing members and others the ability to browse and

purchase Herefords Australia breed uniforms and merchandise with ease.’’

Vendors of the Herefords Australia National Show and Sales at Wodonga and Dubbo can submit their entries on-line using the same system.

“Herefords Australia is proud of the new website – it has a crisp and fresh outlook, and will provide all users with a much better browsing experience from a desktop computer or mobile phone,’’ Mr Donoghue said. “The website is an integral part of our marketing and promotions, and a conduit for accessing the herdbook and other essential information.’’ Visit the website at



Australian Herefords take to world stage


Australia has won gold and silver medals with a powerful stable of bulls and females in the 2017 Champion of the World and Hereford – Miss World judging.

Manwaring family honoured for volunteer work

Hereford breeders David and Janelle Manwaring were honoured in October with a new cattle pavilion named after them at Cootamundra. The Butt Manwaring Pavilion was opened at the Cootamundra show by Wes Fang MLC, member for Riverina Michael McCormack and CootamundraGundagai Regional Council mayor Abb McAlister. David and Janelle, Rose View Herefords, Cootamundra, are both life members of the Cootamundra Show Society, having exhibited Hereford cattle and Clydesdale horses, plus volunteered their time over many years. The 22m x 60m pavilion was also named in honour of the late Rodney Butt, and is designed for yearround multi-purpose use. As cattle chief steward, Mr Manwaring said Cootamundra was known as a friendly show and regularly drew 100 cattle entries from as far as Sydney, Dubbo and Victoria. He said the new facilities were an ideal venue for junior youth cattle shows.

David and Janelle Manwaring pictured at the official opening of the pavilion

Australia’s horned bull entry Glendan Park Lassoo L137 won gold in the 2017 Hereford - Champion of Asia/Africa on a count back after tying with the nation’s polled entry, Tycolah Oakwood L26, the silver medallist. Judges were unanimous in awarding gold to Australia’s polled entry, Beau River Ruby H30, in the Hereford – Miss Asia/Africa.

Australia’s horned entry, Bonnie Brae Lioness, won silver with New Zealand taking the bronze.

The global competition is co-ordinated by PJ Budler, of, in the US. International judges used photographs and videos to rank the cattle across the judging period of December 1-7. Australia’s grand champion bulls from Wodonga and Dubbo National Show and Sales, and Sydney Royal, were eligible to enter.

This year’s official judges were Jean Pierre Martins Machado, Brazil; Alistair and Eileen McWilliam, New Zealand; Rosalish Goulding, Ireland and Lance Leachman, Canada. The male and female World Champions will be announced on January 28 during the Hereford National Show events, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Silver medallist Tycolah Oakwood L26 was grand champion bull at Sydney Royal.

Gunn family disperses 91 years of breeding It was the end of an era when the Gunn family dispersed their Sevenbardot herd in November, the culmination of 91 years of Hereford breeding. Jim and Sue Gunn sold 162 Poll Hereford cows and calves for an average of $4003, 43 joined heifers to an average of $2557 and 27 yearling heifers for an average of $1666. Thirty-two yearling bulls sold for an average of $5312 at the sale held on-property at Bylong, NSW. The family’s connection to the breed began in 1926 when Jim’s grandfather, Hilton Doyle, founded the Merawah Hereford stud at Boggabilla. Mr Doyle began breeding polled

cattle in 1936, with the herd passing to his daughters, Margaret Gunn and Judy McKay, upon his death in 1954. The sisters split the herd in 1966 and Margaret went on to establish Sevenbardot in 1960 at “Mundine”, Boggabilla, with cast-for-age cows and surplus heifers from Merawah. The Archer family dispersed their Chester Poll Herefords stud on November 27 with a 100 per cent clearance of 106 cows and calves, and 40 heifers. Cows and calves averaged $5656 and topped at $13,000 while heifers topped at $7500 and averaged $3800. Cattle sold to three states with the main Tasmanian buyers being

Webbs Mining, Sorell, and Killara Pastoral, Flinders Island. Rod Alexander and family, Trefoil Park Poll Herefords, Goomburra, Qld, dispersed the stud herd on December 1. A total of 37 cows and calves were offered with 32 sold to a top of $6500 and average of $2898. Five PTIC cows topped at $3000 and averaged $2188, 11 joined heifers were offered and sold to a top of $6000 and average of $2979, and 17 from 20 unjoined heifers sold to top at $7250 and average $2353. Mr Alexander started the stud 57 years ago at age 19 and rated winning grand champion bull at Brisbane with Trefoil Park Batavia in 2004 as a highlight.



CARCASE RESULTS Carcase win for whiteface in RAS Beef Challenge Whiteface steers emerged from the 2017 Sydney Royal Beef Challenge with a swag of carcase awards plus a bronze medal in the taste test. Paul Boland, of East Coraki, Casino, NSW, entered two teams of Hereford-Charolais cross steers in the 70-day domestic class, and three teams in the 100-day export class. Co-ordinated by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, the competition was run at the Wilga feedlot, Bellata, NSW, drawing 90 teams with the winners announced in September. A Boland team entry won reserve champion in the 100-day export class, placed first in the carcase grid and was second in the live assessment.

Two individual steers won the carcase grid, and were awarded a bronze medal in the taste test. Within the reserve champion team, the highest dressing percentage was 56.09, the top carcase value was $2154 (at 600c/kg HSCW) and two entries had an eye muscle area of 86sqcm.

Fuhrmann Cooke and Flynn, Mummulgum via Casino, placed second in the domestic feedlot section with a pen of Charolais-Herefords while Jason Sommerville, Fig Tree Pastoral, Casino, was the carcase grid winner with Santa Gertrudis-Hereford cross steers.

Stephen Boland with the Hereford infused steers placed second in the live assessment.

Purebred carcase wins heavy domestic class at Adelaide A Poll Hereford carcase has come up trumps in a hotly contested schools heavy domestic class in the 2017 Royal Adelaide Show. Karcultaby Area School exhibited the purebred steer to win the heavyweight domestic class on the hoof, and purebred heavy domestic carcass (240.1-300kg ) on 89.3 points from 65 entries. The carcase was sashed as reserve champion heavy domestic.

Sired by Mount Difficult Kent K8, the steer was bred by Carolyn Mudge, Maildaburra Poll Herefords, Streaky Bay.

Weighing 470kg live, the steer had a carcase weight of 258kg, a dressing percentage of 54.9, 12mm of P8 fat, 8mm of rib fat, an 89sqcm eye muscle area, and a Meat Standards Australia Index of 61.77. The steer, called Maildaburra Mount, won the Herefords South Australia prize for the highest scoring Hereford domestic steer on the hook.

Ms Mudge finishes cattle in a small on-farm feedlot and supplies Woolworths and the regional Streaky Bay butcher. Balaklava High School placed second in the schools light domestic (180-240kg) class with a Poll Hereford steer on 81.35 points. In third place was Kingston Community School with a Hereford carcase on 80.16 points.

Anthony Honner, Minlaton, exhibited Minlacowie Topline to second on the hoof in the purebred export steer (545630kg). Maildaburra Mount with Carolyn Mudge, son Seth, Mikaela Carey and Kimberly Coleman of Karcultably Area School.


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CARCASE RESULTS Hereford cross steer blitzes Paddock to Palate A Hereford infused steer took out the reserve champion carcase at the prestigious 2017 RNA Paddock to Palate competition. The milk tooth steer was part of a Hereford-Brangus cross team entered by Ian and Anne Galloway, Galloway Cattle Company, Roma, Qld, in the 100 day fed class. The competition was conducted at the Grassdale feedlot, Dalby, Qld, and drew more than 1000 steers across 70 and 100 day fed categories. The challenge is four phased, comprising the best aggregate weight gain, a carcase competition, carcase value and finishes with a beef taste off – a palate competition where a portion of striploin is cooked and judged. Each exhibitor is limited to entering two pens, with each pen comprising seven steers, with the best six judged. The Galloway Cattle Company steers were 16-months-

old, out of commercial Brangus cows and by home bred Hereford sires. The steers were selected on growth and carcase quality. The winning steer had an average daily weight gain of 2.6kg, carcass weight of 397.5kg, dressing percentage of 60.78, 9mm of rump fat, 8mm of rib fat, eye muscle area of 119sqcm and a carcase score of 96 points. Mr and Mrs Galloway have entered the competition for over 15 years to receive feedback on breeding policy and program. In 2016, their Hereford-Brangus steer posted an average daily gain of 3.21kg to finish in the top five of the feedlot trial. Mr Galloway said market requirements were continually changing resulting in a constant fine-tuning of the breeding program. “The feedback on weight gain and carcase quality from that competition forms the basis of our breeding policy, which has to mirror market requirements,’’ he said. Mr Galloway said purebred Hereford steers had performed well in the past in weight gain and taste test in the Paddock to Palate.

Anne and Ian Galloway exhibited the reserve champion carcase in the 2017 RNA Paddock to Palate competition.

Whiteface steers in the placings at Beef Bonanza Whiteface cattle dominated on the hoof and hook at the 2017 Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza. A Limousin-Hereford cross steer was exhibited by Oxley High School to win the light middleweight carcase, while Chris and Michele Law, Hunday Pastoral, Quirindi, showed the Limousin-Hereford cross to light middleweight champion on the hoof. Now in its 12th year, the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza was held at Scone on October 27-29, with Ben Davies, Wodonga, as judge. The Bonanza drew a record number of entries and 838 students making it the largest event of its type in Australia. Oxley High School’s winning entry had a liveweight of 500kg, carcase weight of 305kg, dressing percentage of 61, 14mm of P8 fat, 10mm of rib fat, and 87sqcm eye muscle area. The Hunday Pastoral Company entry had a liveweight of 477kg, carcase weight of 268kg, dressing percentage of 56.3, 7mm of P8 fat, 9mm of rib fat, and an eye muscle area of 85sqcm. Mr Law finishes his steers on an Alexander Downs grain ration for 75-80 days before selling them to the butcher trade at 400-450kg liveweight at Scone saleyards. “The Hereford gives the crossbred progeny softness and the ability to finish earlier,’’ he said. Mr and Mrs Law enter the carcase competitions to ensure

they are meeting processor specifications. Their pen of three Limousin-Hereford cross steers placed third on the hook out of 49 pens in the 2017 Merriwa Show feedlot trial. Coonamble High School exhibited a Limousin-Hereford cross steer to third place in the heavy middleweight carcase at the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza while Jordyn Snape exhibited a Santa Gertrudis-Hereford cross steer to third place in the heavy weight carcase. Judge Ben Davies, Wodonga, and sponsor Michael Gill, Alexander Downs, with exhibitor Chris Law, handler Jess Grosser and the light middleweight champion steer at the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza. Image Kloud Photography.



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TECHNICAL NEWS Major platform change for livestock breeding By Dr Alex Ball, Strategic and Innovation Manager, Herefords Australia The implementation of genomics into genetic evaluation through Single Step has been described as a major platform change for livestock breeding. The key to calculating breeding values (EBVs) is measuring genetic similarity. Traditional EBVs used pedigree data to estimate genetic similarity. In Single Step, all genomic, pedigree and performance data are analysed in one model (see figure 1).

Figure 1. Difference between information used in traditional BLUP analysis versus Single Step. In Single Step, genomic data more accurately measures relatedness, i.e. genetic similarity. The pedigree and genomic relationship measures are combined with genotyping. Rather than having to rely on pedigree relationships, the genomic relationships form the basis of the breeding values and hence you get more accurate EBVs. You rely on genomic relationships rather than pedigree relationships in the calculation of the breeding values. The benefit depends on the relationships between animals. As a result, genomic relationships become far more valuable than the traditional pedigree, and therefore genotyping will play a larger role in the integrity of genetic evaluation. Herefords Australia, in conjunction with Meat and Livestock Australia, AGBU and ABRI have implemented Single Step for the full multi-trait BREEDPLAN analysis which includes fertility, growth and carcase traits. To fully use the full benefits of Single Step, you need to have animals with a minimum of a low density genotype, however, as pedigree relationships are still used then all animals will see some effect through the implementation of single step. Importantly, the highest accuracies will be generated for those animals in good effective management groups and are genomically related to a reference population (in this case, the Trans-Tasman Hereford BREEDPLAN database and the Herefords Australia BIN program). In the future, it is likely commercial animals that have commercially relevant phenotypes, particularly on the traits that have the most impact on Herefords being the fertility and carcase traits, will be genotyped and this information will contribute to the reference population.

POSITION OF SINGLE STEP HEREFORD ANALYSIS Over the last 12 months, Herefords Australia breeders have significantly invested in the genotyping of animals. As a result, the number of genotyped animals in the Single Step analysis is over 4000, of which over 1200 are sires with high accuracies for key traits. CONTINUED PAGE 14



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Single Step Hereford Analysis in December 2017

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InGE-EBV general, the correlations between the traditional andofthe new Single Step are calculated at around 30-40% in accuracy. For mostBREEDPLAN traits this is ananalysis improvement between 10-15% in accuracy. high, being greater than 90 per cent. In general, correlations between in thegenetic traditional BREEDPLAN analysis and theintroduction new Single of Single Step has But, as withthe any improvements models or evaluation, the are very high, being greater than 90%. However as with any improvements in genetic models resulted in some re-ranking of animals. or evaluation, the introduction of Single Step has resulted in some re-ranking of animals. The mostmost notable is in is animals that have been genotyped, have come have from small singlesmall or single The notable in animals which have been genotyped, comeorfrom management groups, and have relatives that are either in the BIN program or are highly management groups, and have relatives either in the BIN program or are highly accurate sires. accurate sires. Examples of the maximum shifts are shown in table 1.

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IMPACTS OF SINGLE STEP One of the key impacts of Single Step is on the rate of genetic gain for the breed. Hereford breeders can now genotype animals at young ages and get similar accuracies on breeding values as those of animals measured for traits in good contemporary management groups. As a result, rates of genetic gain should increase either due to higher accuracy or due to a reduction in the generation interval.

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TECHNICAL NEWS Compulsory genomics testing a game changer By Hannah Bourke, Member Engagement Manager The compulsory genomics testing of sires will position Herefords Australia as a game player in the seedstock and beef industries in the 21st century. Herefords Australia was one of the first beef breeds to implement and roll out Single Step. It is an advanced genetic evaluation program, delivering greater accuracy of BREEDPLAN figures, and analysis of genetic linkages of tested cattle within the Hereford Herd Book. All sires of Herd Book registered calves born in 2017 and beyond have been required to be DNA tested on a genomic profile. Herefords Australia has tested about 3000 animals in 2017, and we are now starting to see the adoption of testing sale and show animals, along with influential herd cows. This is encouraging, as Herefords Australia members begin to adopt this as an investment into the quality and integrity of their herd and the Herefords Australia Herd Book. Genomic testing is compulsory for both new and old Herd Book sires. For new sires, a submission of genetic material (hair, semen, tissue) is required to be submitted to the Herefords Australia office for processing, along with appropriate documentation. For old sires, whom may have already been DNA tested, we upgrade their DNA profile to a genomic profile, often using the DNA material at the lab. All sires of both Herd Book and Performance cattle will be required to DNA tested with a minimum of Low-Density. Any Herd Book sire born after January 1, 2018 will be required to be parent verified, to both sire and dam, in order for progeny to be registered. It is strongly recommended members start to collect DNA samples on dams in particular to prevent any disappointment down the track. New donor dams will need to be tested on a minimum of a Low Density Genotype. Further specification can be found in the Herefords Australia Regulations. In October 2017, Herefords Australia, partnering with GeneSeek Australasia, introduced a new set of DNA bundles exclusively for Herefords members. Each bundle is offered at a reduced rate for females, and any male under the age of 24 months at the time of testing.

Test pricing for males over the age of two either remain the same or have been marginally reduced.

Each bundle now includes the additional test for Maple Syrup Urinary Disease (MSUD). Whilst MSUD is not a common genetic condition, affected animals are generally terminal. With many clients now wishing to purchase confirmed homozygous polled bulls, we now offer DNA bundles with the Poll/Horn test incorporated.

Please be aware the DNA hair collection kit has changed. Please use all old reserves of University of Queensland hair collection kits before requesting more. Hair submitted in an envelope will be accepted by the lab, but surcharges will apply. We do offer members the option of purchasing tissue sampling units through Geneseek Australasia and Allflex.

IS A GENOMIC PROFILE A DNA TEST? Yes. A genomic profile is a more detailed and accurate DNA test, which can provide us with more accurate information on an animal’s genetic makeup. WHY DO I HAVE TO UPGRADE MY BULL TO A GENOMIC PROFILE? In a bid to improve the data integrity of the Herefords Australia Herd Book, we have required all Herd Book sires to be genotyped. Herefords Australia has also collected a number of DNA samples from historic sires with significant breed influence and tested them on genomic platforms.

WHAT DO I SEE/GET OUT OF GENOMIC TESTING MY ANIMALS? From the direct test, the office will provide a list of results for the genetic tests. Results will come in the format of carrier or non-carrier.

Poll testing results are provided in the same way, with animals either being homozygous polled (PP) or heterozygous polled (PH). Such genetic and poll testing results has allowed many breeders to identify undesirable genes within their herd, and take appropriate management steps to reduce the impact they may have on their herds. Where possible, Herefords Australia will attempt to parent verify all animals they are DNA testing.

For further information and fact sheets on parent verification please visit the new Herefords Australia website. CONTINUED PAGE 18


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Compulsory genomics testing a game changer FROM PAGE 16

Indirect results (not sent directly to the member) include the incorporation of the genomic profiles directly into the BREEDPLAN results. There is a misconception genomic testing will automatically improve an animal’s BREEDPLAN figures. What the genomic profiles do is improve the accuracy of the BREEDPLAN figures for individual animals. This is due to the single step process where all animals having a genotype are compared to each other. This in turn analyses the genetic relationship each animal has to another – helping to establish which animals are closely related. This has identified a handful of animals with incorrect pedigrees, which have since been corrected and improved the data integrity. In the circumstances that an animal has failed its parent verification, and has had a genomic DNA test, this animal is then compared to all other animals that have had the genomic test. If the correct parent has been tested, the single step process will identify the correct parent. We have found this has made the parent verification process much smoother for those studs embracing DNA testing. WHAT IF THE ANIMAL IN QUESTION HAS DIED? If the animal has already had a DNA test in the past, then there is a likely chance there is still a DNA sample on file at the lab. We are generally able to use this to conduct further testing. Paperwork is still required to be submitted to Herefords Australia. WHAT IF THE ANIMAL HAS DIED AND HAS NEVER BEEN DNA TESTED? It has been mandatory to DNA test all sires and donor dams since 2012.


In this case no sample was ever collected, we recommend you contact the office to discuss the specific circumstances surrounding the animal in question. There is the option of completing a DNA build if there are enough progeny. WHAT GENOMIC DNA TEST DO I NEED? For herd bulls, donor dams, young stock we recommend a low density genotype. This is available in both the Hereford standard bundle or the Hereford Poll/Horn bundle. If the sire is an AI sire, overseas animal or has been used across multiple herds, we recommend a high density genotype. This is only available in the Hereford Comprehensive bundle. Whilst other sundry tests are available, they are often unnecessary as the bundles provide the animals with everything required to meet the rules and regulations. What can I do to ensure I don’t get stuck with calves that are ineligible for registration? Herefords Australia strongly recommends storing a hair sample for every bull and stud cow/heifer in a cool dark place. Hair samples need to be clean and dry before storing to reduce the chance of deterioration. A DNA test is a cheap form of insurance, allowing you to feel confident the animal you are selling/ using is exactly as you believe it to be. The benefits far outweigh the costs, and as technology advances we can expect DNA to only get cheaper, faster and more informative. For further information, there are fact sheets on DNA testing and genomics on the Herefords Australia website or contact the office.

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Clive McEachern was devoted to the development of the Hereford breed.

VALE Clive McKenzie McEachern Contributed by Geoff Taylor As cricket enthusiasts settle in for an enthralling Summer of Ashes cricket, a familiar face will be absent from the stands this Australia v England series. It is timely to reflect upon the life and contribution of Clive McKenzie McEachern, former principal of Ardno Herefords and passionate follower of the great game. Clive, who passed away on November 6, 2016, saw cricket as a metaphor for life. He would say in no other game does the adage of playing the hand you are dealt apply as much as it does in cricket.

In his playing days in the Victorian Country Competition, Clive was an accomplished wicket keeper/ batsman who in the opinion of many playing with and against him was a contender for State selection. But Clive’s passion extended well beyond cricket. He was passionate about his family, Herefords, his fine wool merinos and he also had a keen interest in breeding poultry and pigeons. Whilst Clive appreciated well-bred cattle of all breeds, Herefords were at the top of his list. The Ardno Stud was registered in 1935 by his father Ralph and became widely recognised as one of the finest female herds in Australia. During the decades of the 60’s through to the 80’s when the show ring was the dominant means of benchmarking and promotion, Ardno exhibited a combined total of 25 Grand Champions at Melbourne and Sydney Royal Shows and was the source of foundation females for many successful Hereford studs. The stud, under the ownership of the McEachern family, had the rare distinction of conducting 56 annual on-property production sales the last of which was held in 2015. The stud was then sold to the Cleves family, Mt Gambier S.A.. Clive served as a director of the Australian Hereford Society from 1978 to 1987 and again from 1992 to 2003 including four years as Chairman from 1999 to 2003. He led the Australian delegation to the 13th World Hereford Conference held in Argentina in 2000, an experience that lived long in his memory for many of the wrong reasons. Clive’s touring party was victim to no fewer than five street robberies (himself a victim), the death of a delegation member and the discomfort of being caught in the cross fire of a shoot-out between police and bandits who attempted to hold up a bank near a restaurant from which the touring party was emerging. Fortunately, none of Clive’s party was injured in that incident. Upon his retirement he was awarded Life Membership of the Society. Clive’s life was celebrated at a public service at Inverleigh Cemetery where he was laid to rest, his casket adorned with a champion ribbon won by his beloved Herefords.

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FEEDLOT TRIAL Bunk trained and socialised cattle tick the boxes By Kim Woods

Yard weaned, bunk trained, socialised and prevaccinated whiteface cattle are a sought after item for a major southern NSW feedlot.

Teys Australia Jindalee feedlot, at Stockinbingal, also prefers their whiteface cattle to be medium framed and with a genetic propensity to marble. Jindalee general manager Shane Bullock told Herefords Australia the market was highly competitive for feeder steers to go into 100-day regimes for branded programs.

He was speaking during a field day held on November 22 as part of the Beef Spectacular 2018 Feedback Trial, one of the biggest feedlot trials in southern Australia. The trial has drawn 475 head representing 23 different breeds and their crosses from 53 vendors across NSW and Victoria.

The entries, including 11 whiteface teams, entered the 112-day trial on August 31, and were processed at Teys Australia Wagga on December 15.

At the field day, vendors were able to select three animals for entry to the ANZ National Beef Carcase competition to be held at Beef Australia 2018 in May. Cattle entry weights ranged from 302kg to 494kg, with 95 per cent falling within the optimum rump fat depth of 3-10mm. The whiteface teams have been entered by Peter Moore, Bathurst; Bill Garnock, Cooma; Tom and Sophie Holt, Urana; Ross Fraser, Cooma; David Hayes, Bathurst; Rob Sides, Inverell; James Douglas, Wagga Wagga and Michael Millner, Millthorpe. Mr Bullock said the trial was an opportunity to liaise with producers and provide in-depth feedback.

He said the number of producers requesting feed yard feedback was growing, with information sharing procedures streamlined at Jindalee as a result.

Boasting a capacity of 17,000 head, Jindalee turns off 52,000 to 55,000 cattle a year. The feedlot sources whiteface cattle direct from preferred suppliers within a 400km radius. “We are targeting entry weights of 360 to 400kg liveweight, with the cattle in forward store condition and not carrying a lot of fat cover,’’ Mr Bullock said. “We want medium framed cattle ready to feed on, and with muscle, growth and fat cover at the end of 100 days.’’ The 100-day cattle are finished on a barley and cotton seed based ration for the Teys Australia brands, the MSA graded grain fed Riverine Classic and Riverine Premium (MSA graded, marble score 2+). Mr Bullock told Herefords Australia he preferred to feed cattle with a genetic propensity to marble. ‘’Marbling is attracting premiums with our customer at the end of the day,’’ he said. Yard weaned and bunk trained cattle are also sought to improve feed yard performance. “This is a different environment to grass and pasture so anything which can prepare the cattle for being in the feedlot is beneficial,’’ Mr Bullock said. “Pre-vaccination and young cattle socialised as a group is also important. “Yarding weaning for a week is a good length of time.’’ Mr Bullock recommended two vaccinations with Bovilis MH + IBR at six months apart to prevent bovine respiratory disease. “Each breed of cattle, including Herefords, perform well in this environment, and that performance can be optimized by carrying out a pre-feedlot entry regime,’’ he said. “We target daily weight gains of around 2kg across the year combined with dry matter feed conversion.’’ Mr Bullock said whiteface producers interested in supplying the feedlot should contact their nearest buyer listed on the Teys Australia website.


There are 11 whiteface teams in the Beef Spectacular 2018 Feedback Trial. RIGHT Teys Australia Jindalee feedlot general manager Shane Bullock.




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FEEDLOT TRIAL Black Baldy the ideal fit in tough conditions on Monaro A criss-cross breeding program using Hereford and Angus has lifted on-farm productivity for a producer based in the NSW Snowy Mountains. Bill Garnock, Boco Pastoral Company, runs 1600 spring-calving cows at Cooma, and uses the natural heterosis of the Black Baldy to drive fertility and carcase traits. Mr Garnock has entered two teams of 12-month-old Black Baldy steers in the Beef Spectacular 2018 Feedback Trial to validate his breeding program. The trial at the Teys Australia Jindalee feedlot, Stockinbingal, is the third time Mr Garnock has entered the competition. He uses the feedback from the feedlot and carcase components to finetune his breeding program. “I want to know if I’m heading in the right direction with growth rates and carcase figures,’’ Mr Garnock said. “In the first trial, I was interested in the comparison between the blacks, reds and crossbreds (Black Baldies). “We are traditionally Hereford breeders and have been using Angus bulls over Hereford females, and Hereford bulls

over bought-in Angus cows. “Our female herd now comprises 20 per cent Hereford, 20 per cent Angus and 60 per cent Black Baldy. “We are crossing Anzac genetics over the black females and Regent genetics over the red females to lift carcase performance.’’ Historically, the Garnock family sold their entire draft of steer weaners in the Monaro weaner sales. “Now we sell the tail end of our heifers and the bottom half of our steers in the weaner sales with the top steers going to feedlots,’’ Mr Garnock said. He sources replacement Hereford females as heifers and older cows locally on the Monaro. “The Herefords are a good doing female with plenty of fitness and we are adding scale and marbling,’’ Mr Garnock said. “We like the Black Baldy female and we didn’t want to go all black as there is absolutely no doubt in our country the Herefords are well adapted. “Herefords are much better foragers in our country, where the rainfall

Bill Garnock, Boco Pastoral Co, Cooma, will use feedlot and carcase feedback from the Beef Spectacular 2018 Feedback Trial to fine tune his cattle operation averages about 24 inches (600mm).

“This winter was -10 to -12 (degrees Celsius) fairly regularly and Herefords hang on a lot longer when conditions get tough.’’

Mr Garnock said the Black Baldy was an ideal combination of temperament, doing ability and carcase traits. “To us, the Black Baldy is better than Angus and that’s why we need to hang on to it for our environment.’’

Commercial herd chases feedback to lift eating quality A focus on eating quality within their commercial whiteface herd has prompted a central NSW family to enter one of the nation’s biggest feedback trials. The Hayes family run a Poll Hereford herd at “Ettlesdale’’, Caloola, on the NSW central tablelands, and are first time entrants in the Beef Spectacular 2018 Feedback Trial at Teys Australia Jindalee feedlot. The herd is managed by Tim Leahy with the assistance of his son, Tim Jnr, and they were able to inspect their team of steers at a trial field day at Jindalee on November 22. “This is an excellent opportunity to benchmark ourselves against all breeds and see where the herd sits,’’ Tim Leahy Jnr said. “The steers selected were a good cross section of the herd representing different sires rather than picking the eyes out of the drop.

“The one area we can’t deny is eating quality where we need to consistently work hard. “I’m really interested in seeing where Hereford benchmarks itself against other breeds for eating quality. “We know marbling is so important to consumer feedback.’’ Mr Leahy Jnr said bulls with above average BREEDPLAN figures for intramuscular fat had been selected for the Ettlesdale herd. He said the breeding program had focused on positive carcase traits for the past 15 years, using Bowen genetics in latter years. Mr Leahy Jnr said identifying marbling heritability through pedigree DNA testing was critical. “This trial is an opportunity for us to get some really good carcase data on sires and to be objective.’’ Traditionally, the herd turns off 400500kg grassfed steers to feedlots and surplus females to the saleyards.

“This will ultimately help us with genetic selection in the future – we have had a high focus on line breeding to achieve consistency in our cattle, and have chased hard on good cow families in the Hereford breed so it’s exciting,’’ Mr Leahy said.

Tim Leahy Snr, Tim Leahy Jnr and David Hayes, all from Bathurst, have entered a team of Poll Hereford steers for the first time in the Beef Spectacular 2018 Feedback Trial.





AGQUIP AgQuip visitors tuck into Hereford beef Visitors to the Northern NSW Hereford Association’s site at AgQuip 2017 munched their way through 4500 steaks from whiteface cattle. The site was manned each day by about a dozen volunteer members from Inverell, Quirindi, Burren Junction, Bellata, Glen Innes, Walcha, Currabubula and Barraba. They were assisted by students from The Armidale School. AgQuip was held at Gunnedah on August 22-24. The Hereford site not only had a display of young stud sires from the McArthur family’s Oldfield Poll Herefords, Gunnedah, and breed information but also served Hereford pies and steak sandwiches. The steaks from Hereford and Hereford infused cattle were supplied by Lee Pratt Beef, Casino, while the Hereford beef pies were made by Hunter Valley

baker Stewart Latter, Kurri Kurri. Northern NSW Hereford Association secretary Eunice Vivers said the Agquip site was the major fundraiser for the association. “The money raised enables us to make a donation to The Armidale School, support youth and the feature show, plus allows members to go on trips as a group,’’ Mrs Vivers said. Members have had a busy year, starting with the Northern NSW Youth Show at Inverell in January, a feature show in Glen Innes in February, launching their own group website and a visit to Whyalla Feedlot, Texas, in May. Members also toured three Walcha studs in December as part of the annual Christmas gathering and hosted more than 100 young cattle handlers at the NSW Northern Youth Show at Inverell this month (January).

TOP Visitors queue for Hereford steak and pies at AgQuip BELOW Volunteers resting after three big days selling Hereford beef at AgQuip

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horned & polled 2 year old bulls to sell July 2018 Enquiries and inspections welcome: Chris Lisle “Lochaber” Walcha NSW 2354 0459 772 810 02 6777 2810





WA NEWS WA buyers want whiteface conformation and muscle Encouraging would be the best way to describe the interest and demand for Hereford genetics over the past year in Western Australia. In saying that, buyers are selective in their purchases, prepared to compete strongly on cattle with conformation and muscle, along with known breeding and past performance. Quality in hair and hide, softness and early maturity are the sought after Hereford. Both feedlots and grass fatteners are reporting the conversion rates of the right Hereford have been pleasing, with both saying the first cattle out are always the Hereford, making them bottom-line profitable. Graziers using Hereford genetics have experienced good returns at recent store sales in Western Australia. At Boyanup, Greg and Sharon Varis sold early weaned four to six-month-

old Yallaroo blood Hereford calves due to dry seasonal conditions. The steers, weighing 190kg, sold to a top of 420c/kg to return $797. Two other pens went to repeat buyers, with six weighing 261kg selling for 340c/ kg and $890, with a pen of 13 weighing 230kg making 366c/kg and $845. Among those producers selling milk vealers to Woolworths with excellent results were Bruce and Daphne Marsh with their first draft of 26 for $1392 at eight to nine months of age. Long time user of Hereford genetics, G E Payne also sold his first draft of steer calves to Woolworths with similar weights and results to average $1390. Both the Payne and Marsh calves sold at 550c/kg dressed. Bull sales have been strong with buyers seeking both horned and polled genetics.

The two major multivendor and multibreed sales, Brunswick Supreme and the Narrogin Invitation sale, resulted in Herefords topping both fixtures again in 2017.

Greg Varis, left, Bowelling, and Craig Martin, Elders Manjimup, at the Boyanup sale where Greg sold steer weaners to 420c/kg. Image Rob Francis

Offering 10 Bulls Wodonga/Dubbo 2018

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49th Annual On Property Sale

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NORTHERN FOCUS Whiteface dominate show and sale ring in Red Centre



Beef Week Open Day Tuesday 30 January Bulls for sale on the day Annual Bull & Female Sale Thursday 6 September


South Australian stud, Days Whiteface, collected the broadribbon and topped the Alice Springs Show Bull sale in central Australia this year. Lachy and Lou Day, Bordertown, SA, exhibited the October 2015 drop Days Goodyear L183 to champion Poll Hereford bull under judge Scott Dunlop, Proston, Queensland. Days Guardian L175, a son of Injemira Cavalier G032, topped the show sale at $8000, selling to Ben and Nicole Hayes, Undoolya Holdings, Alice Springs. Held in July, the multi-vendor, multi-breed sale posted an average of $4559 for 38 bulls. Undoolya claimed the title of champion Northern Territory bred bull when Nikita Hayes exhibited a Poll Hereford entry. Nicole Hayes exhibited the champion Northern Territory bred and led steer, the Poll Hereford Undoolya Puffer, while Ben and Nicole Hayes, received the Centenary Cup for the best pen of Northern Territory bred steers. Jamie Hayes exhibited a Poll Hereford cow and calf to win the NT bred cow and calf class. The Undoolya team had a clean sweep in the handler 10 years and under (poddy calf 12 months and under) with Riley Eagleson in first, followed by Isaac Eagleson, William Eagleson and Aaron Hayes. Ellie Eagleson dominated the Calf Classic – 12 years and under, with an Undoolya entry. William Turner was awarded the $1000 Rabobank junior encouragement award for handlers aged eight to 18, to attend a heifer show. Brooke Weir, Ammaroo Station, was presented with a stud heifer as the winner of the junior herdsman award. Centralian Beef Breeders Association, Rabobank, and Kerlson Pines Poll Hereford stud combined to sponsor Jamie Hayes to attend the 2017 South Australian Junior Heifer Expo in July. Agents reported an outstanding line-up of 3100 milk and two tooth cattle at the Alice Springs Show cattle sale on July 6 at the Roe Creek saleyards. Topping the sale were Black Baldy steers offered by the Fogarty family, Lucy Creek Station, for 340c/kg and weighing an average of 255.7kg. Poll Hereford cattle topped at 324c/kg for a pen of 255kg steers from Bond Springs Station. Tim McKean, Elders Wagga Wagga, sold milk tooth Poll Hereford steers on behalf of client Mt Riddock Station for 318c/kg. Cattle were sold into central and southern NSW, Queensland and South Australia, with the overall yarding of steers and heifers averaging 305c/kg or $1020.

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1. Jamie Hayes, NT, with his Kerlson Pines heifer, at the SA Junior Heifer Expo. 2. Jim Gunn, Sevenbardot, Ben Hayes, Undoolya Station, Ross Bennett, Bendulla, and Dick Cadzow, Mt Riddock, at the Alice Springs Show cattle sale.


3. Shannan, Nikita, Nicole and Ben Hayes, David Eagleson TRM, Lachy Day, Days Whiteface, on the halter of Days Guardian L175, with Tahnee and Jamie Hayes, Alfi and William Turner, and Isaac, Riley, Ellie and William Eagleson.

4. Judge Scott Ferguson, Glen Oaks, Qld, presents the Centenary Cup to Ben Hayes, Undoolya Station, while looking on is Miss Showgirl Samantha Pieniacki.



5. This year’s Alice Springs Show Sale averaged 305c/kg or $1020.

6. Poll Herefords won the champion pen of Northern Territory bred steers at the Alice Springs Show.




Annu al Bul l Sa 16 Au gust 2 le 018 60 Bu lls MV Lizard L92 To Jacana Poll Herefords $15,000

MV Long-Shot L17 To Hillview Herefords $15,000

MV Level L101 To A & L Prentice $14,000

MV Holy-Smoke L054 To Murroka Pty Ltd $13,000



YOUTH Courtney aspires to make a difference in lot feeding sector A young beef industry leader aspiring to make a difference has been announced as the winner of the prestigious CM Hocking Memorial Scholarship from Herefords Australia. South Australian Courtney Lallard, of Macclesfield, will receive the scholarship bursary to undertake studies to benefit the Australian Hereford industry. The scholarship embodies the love of Herefords and a keen interest in youth by the late Mrs Madge Hocking, Oakdene, Ocean Grove, Victoria. Courtney, 21, is studying a Bachelor of Animal Science (majoring in livestock production) at the University of New England, Armidale. She plans to use the scholarship to fund a study tour and international agribusiness conference in Argentina in June, 2018. “I am looking forward to learning about the different production systems, including lotfeeding and grassfed, in Argentina,’’ Courtney said. She already has two years experience in the lot feeding industry under her belt after working as a livestock hand at the Princess Royal Station feedlot at Burra, SA. She graduated from a livestock hand/pen rider to administration, organizing feedlot data entry including NLIS database and updating daily feed rations. Princess Royal Station gave Courtney the opportunity to attend the 2015 ALFA Beefworks conference in Queensland. Courtney grew up in South Australia but found a love for Herefords in western NSW where her grandparents ran a Poll Hereford herd at Wilcannia. During her secondary school at Urrbrae Agricultural High School, Courtney was captain of the cattle team. While studying at university, she

has maintained her links with the cattle industry with casual mustering work in western NSW, and helping Warragundi Beef show Hereford cattle regionally and at Sydney Royal. Courtney has been impressed with the quiet temperament and adaptability of the Hereford breed. “A Bachelor of Animal Science will give me the skills and knowledge to make a difference in the beef cattle industry, focusing on my appreciation for the Hereford breed,’’ she said. “From the nutritional aspect of intensive production, along with breeding/genetic opportunities, the breed has an exciting future.’’ Courtney has a life goal of running commercial Hereford cattle and working in the feedlot industry in a management or consulting nutritionist capacity. She urged producers supplying feedlot cattle to pre-vaccinate, socialize and bunk train to lift performance. “Herefords are definitely one of the more popular breeds in feedlots with the benefit of a quiet temperament,’’ she said.

“Their calm nature made it easy for us as pen riders to work with them in the yards. “They also have impressive weight gain and finishing ability – that’s why the feedlots keep purchasing them. “In terms of production, lot feeding is a smart and efficient way of growing cattle and feeding the world – it is the way of the future.’’ Courtney Lallard, of South Australia, is the recipient of the CM Hocking Scholarship.

Beggan Hill Open Day Monday 29th January 2018 2018 Wodonga Sale Team and sires on display For more information please contact Harvey 0427 866 943 Andrew 0431 154 276 Please note we will no longer be holding an annual on farm sale. Paddock sales welcome.





YOUTH Georgie declared Most Potential Hereford Breeder Young Australian beef industry leader Georgie Beighton was deemed as the Most Potential Hereford Breeder, taking home a stud Poll Hereford heifer. Georgie, of Penola, South Australia, was awarded the title at the National Herefords Australia Youth Expo held in Pittsworth, Qld. The heifer was donated by the Glasser family, Yagaburne stud, Goondiwindi, Qld. The award is given to a competitor of any age showing the most potential to breed Hereford cattle and making a positive impact on the Hereford breed. Georgie, was the co-recipient of the CM Hocking Scholarship awarded in early 2017. The expo was held at Pittsworth, Queensland, on June 29 to July 2, drawing 81 entrants aged seven to 25 and 112 cattle. In a new event at the expo, eight selected state representatives competed across parading, herdsman, junior judging and public speaking. The new national competition comprised entrants from SA, NSW, Tasmania, Qld and Victoria, all picking a ballot heifer out of a hat. Queensland’s entrant, Aleacea Nixon, 17, Dulacca, was awarded the title of National Champion of the 2017 Expo. Queensland Herefords Youth Association president Kate Reid said the aim was to create a HEREFORDS & POLL HEREFORD STUDS more commercial and knowledge-based focus to the expo. Parading, junior judging and public speaking sessions were supplemented with nutrition talks, cattle analysis, and safety around cattle. There were also information sessions and discussions with leading professionals in the beef industry, including presentations from Meat and Livestock Australia on MSA grading, animal BEEF WEEK health by Virbac and advertising by Jane Lowe, Queensland Country Life. Intermediate and senior competitors toured Oakey Beef Exports and Kerwee Feedlot, allowing them Monday 29 January 2018 to broaden their knowledge of the finishing and processing side of the industry.

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TOP Georgie Beighton with the heifer donated by Yagaburne Poll Herefords. Image BJS Photography. BELOW The 2017 Youth Expo drew 81 entrants aged from seven to 25. Image BJS Photography.

Bull Sale Wednesday 28 February 2018 25 Hereford and Poll Hereford Bulls 30 Heifers Geoff and Heather Bush | ‘Glenholme’ Cootamundra T 02 6942 3222 Geoff 0428 497 706


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YOUTH Thomas builds connections between agriculture and community Young award winning feedlot manager Thomas Green is busy building connections between agriculture and the community Mr Green was named as the Australian Lot Feeding Association Young Lot Feeder of the Year for his inspiring initiative, Food Connect. He is general manager of the 17,500 head Iranda Beef feedlot at Tintinara, South Australia. As a young parent, Mr Green was keen to introduce urban and regional primary school aged children to the food supply chain. “Iranda is a newly expanded feedlot, increasing from six to 30 employees, and as the largest employer in the area, I was thinking about ways of engaging with the community,’’ he said. “I have young children and I feel there is a void there, even in rural areas, for getting the exposure in the curriculum agriculture needs. “Education and ways of attracting young people to agriculture is always at front of mind for me.’’ Iranda Beef partnered with Natural Resources SA MurrayDarling Basin to run a 10-week pilot program, Food Connect, for Tintinara Area School students from July to September.

The program included local agribusinesses, Mt Boothby Pastoral Company piggery and Hoop’s Honey, and involved a mix of classroom sessions, school visits, field trips and food tasting. Mr Green said an educational resource kit would be available on the Iranda Beef website for other primary schools to use. “The children were aged five to seven and I was blown away by their attentiveness, the level of maturity of their questions and their comprehension of the beef cycle,’’ he said. “They had already grasped Thomas Green was relating cattle to meat, awarded the ALFA Young which was a sign to me they Lot Feeder of the Year. were ready to really look at food and fibre. “That makes this program unique as a lot of the other programs target secondary schools. “It has been really well received by the community.’’ Mr Green said Food Connect would be expanded to South Australian urban schools in 2018 and eventually duplicated across the nation. Raised on his family’s Hereford seedstock operation in southern NSW, he worked at Teys Australia’s Jindalee feedlot as livestock supervisor and operations manager for four years. He took on the position of operations manager at Iranda 18 months ago before being appointed as general manager. Mr Green lists Teys Australia staff and previous winners of the ALFA award, Grant Garey and Shane Bullock, as mentors. Iranda, which was purchased in June by Thomas Foods International, has expanded from 2000 to 17,500 head capacity over the past few years. “We are presently feeding 15,000 head with cattle drawn from all over south east South Australia, Victoria’s western districts, southern NSW and the Northern Territory,’’ Mr Green said. Mr Green said whiteface cattle supplied the TFI brands, Thomas Farms and Clare Valley Gold. Hereford cattle are either fed for 70 days to supply the domestic supermarket trade or 120 days for the European Union export markets. “We prefer quality and chase direct consignment cattle which have been pre-vaccinated with Bovilis MH + IBR,’’ Mr Green said. “Iranda pays a premium of 4c/kg for pre-vaccinated cattle, or supplies the vaccine and pays the cow-calf producer a 2c/kg premium.’’ Whiteface producers wanting to supply Iranda Beef can visit the website at



YOUTH Herefords Australia Youth president’s report Herefords Australia Youth has an exciting year ahead with the National Hereford Youth Expo shaping up to be the biggest and best yet, the possibility of a Canadian Exchange program and more regional events to engage our members. I would like to commend the Hereford Queensland Youth Group on the success of the 2017 Herefords Australia Youth Expo held in Pittsworth. There were 81 entrants from five states. Along with the show aspects such as parading, judging and cattle show, there was a great commercial side to the event as well. There were presentations on cattle health and nutrition, MSA grading, and marketing. The intermediate and senior participants also got to tour Oakey Beef Exports and Kerwee Feedlot. Congratulations to all the participants for their involvement in the event and special mention to Georgie Beighton of Penola, South Australia, on winning the Most Potential Breeder Award, taking home a heifer from Yagaburne Poll Herefords. The 2018 Herefords Australia Youth Expo will be held from June 29 to July 1, at the Wodonga Exhibition Centre. With the support of some major sponsors, exciting prizes and awards, and an engaging and fun schedule of events, we are confident we will attract around 150 participants from all around Australia and from all different breed backgrounds. It will be an event not to be missed. 2018 is a Hereford Feature at Sydney Royal, and Herefords Australia Youth have organised a Bred and Owned class in conjunction with the show. Accurate, Reliable & Fast — Mixers that work. It is a great opportunity for our members to showcase their own cattle against other youth members. Our committee will be meeting twice a year to plan and organise events and programs. In conjunction with these meetings, we will be holding social/educational events for all of our members and future members. We will be rotating the location of the event around the eastern states to give everyone an opportunity to attend. I encourage all members to contact myself, or any of the Herefords Australia Youth board, if you have The NDE will cut hay bales of any any ideas or suggestions for us to consider regarding shape and size right in the mixer. Hereford Youth. The efficient serrated knives give precise cutting to desired length. Our Facebook page is a great way to keep in touch and up to date with Hereford Youth from across Then blend in your grains and concentrates quickly and thoroughly for a totally mixed ration. The curved 25” knives Australia and around the world. have patented carbide inserts for optimum performance, Please send us photos and videos of your involvement greater cutting action and extended life. 10 to 32 cubic metre models. Single & Twin Augers. with Herefords and the beef industry so we can share them for you. Australian Distributor: Look forward to seeing everyone at our events EASTERN SPREADERS PTY LTD throughout the year.




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YOUTH Promoting cross-communication among young beef leaders involved with their breed societies at one level or another, and the belief the beef industry has a bright future to look forward to,’’ Ms Bell said. She said ideally the industry should build on the success of the workshop with future events. “ARCBA’s focus on and willingness to invest in young people in the agricultural industry is an exciting step into the future of agricultural, and especially beef, production in the future,’’ she said. “The workshop promoted cross-communication and the development of young people in the cattle industry. “It was clear from the participants that many of the youth programs in the breed societies were not sufficient and/or did not meet the needs or desires of many of those in the room. “It was felt young people should be listened to and involved in the breed societies as much as possible.”

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Opportunities, education and training for future breed leaders was the focus of an industry forum held in Brisbane in July. The Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association Young Breed Leaders forum was attended by a delegation of eight representatives from Herefords Australia. These were Meg Bell, Kate Reid, Sarah Day, Anna Holcombe, Hannah Bourke, Jim McWilliam, Brandon Sykes and Geoff Birchnell. The workshop aimed to bring together like-minded young people, with attendees split into mini boards and given scenarios of issues faced by breed societies to worth through together. Guest speaker at the workshop dinner, Ben Noller, is one of the youngest CEOs of a breed society and encouraged the delegates to make the most of all opportunities. Tours of the Consolidated Pastoral Company and the Australian Agricultural Company offices followed, allowing the young leaders to gain an insight to the way these businesses are run. “This was a great opportunity to see how these businesses have impacted on the beef industry, and what their strategy for encouraging young people into the industry,’’ Meg Bell said. The conference, “Genetic and genomic pathways for 21st Century beef production’’, was held on the third day and was an opportunity to learn from experts in the fields of genomics and genetics. Guest speakers included Dr Tad Sonstegard, Recombinetics, Anna Campbell, AbacusBio, and Ben Hayes, University of Queensland, on the topics of gene editing, the contribution of genetics and genomics to marketing, and the 1000 bull genomes consortium. “Every attendee left the workshop inspired to be


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VALUE ADDING Running Creek Herefords please the consumer palate Story and images by Kim Woods

Hereford breeders Doug and Maria Connors not only have one of the best views in Australia from their cattle yards but are also busy supplying branded Hereford beef to a demanding hospitality industry.

The Connors supply yearling cattle under their own brand Running Creek Herefords to the 100 per cent Hereford butcher, Tawonga South Butchery, in north east Victoria. From their cattle yards, there is a picture postcard view down the Kiewa Valley to a snow capped Mt Bogong.

Traditionally weaner producers, the family aim to consistently pasture finish steers to exacting specifications outlined by their processor, butcher, chefs and ultimately, consumers. Butcher, Gavin Thurkettle, uses every part of the carcase, and appreciates the meat and fat colour, and less trim of the grassfed Hereford product. He is also a fan of the backstory behind the beef – the cultural heritage of valley families running Herefords for generations in the pristine alpine environment. Gavin and his wife Tanya bought the Tawonga South Butchery in 2007, and are turning over three bodies a week from Running Creek Herefords.

Their carcase specifications are 200-240kg dressed, with 3-6mm of fat and an average yield of 54-56 per cent (full weight). “Quality wise, Herefords are bomb proof with good flavor and meat and fat colour,’’ Mr Thurkettle said. “I want to be known as 100 per cent Hereford.

“The demographic here want quality cuts of beef

– we service lodges and restaurants at Falls Creek ski resort, plus regional pubs, clubs, bakeries and restaurants.’’ The hospitality sector includes high-end resort restaurants with a demanding clientele focused on quality.

He liaises with the chefs to meet their exacting specifications. “The cattle are slaughtered on a Thursday and reach me by Tuesday, and they are hung for a minimum of 14 days,’’ Mr Thurkettle said.

“Once the carcase is broken down, I hang the primals on the bone to retain moisture, tenderness and flavor.

“I use every part of the carcase, even the bones – the most popular cuts are the rib eyes, sirloin, rump, porterhouse, eye fillet.’’ The trim is used to produce gourmet and smoked sausages.

For Gavin, creating a point of difference is concentrating on customer service, and quality, locally sourced grass fed beef. He is often asked if the cattle were sustainably and ethically raised.

“These are all growth promotant free cattle and besides a bit of drench (nil withholding), they are pretty close to being organic,’’ he said. “The pastures in this valley give the beef plenty of flavour.’’

The butchery also attracts a clientele of elite athletes training at altitude.

“They are health conscious and want flavour, tenderness and minimal marbling,’’ Mr Thurkettle said.


Gavin and Doug agreed to base their weekly price on the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator. The business partners have become great friends and exchange their knowledge and skills on cattle and beef with each other.

“I like having the direct relationship with the producer as we are on same page, and I can tell the whole story about the cattle to our customers,’’ Mr Thurkettle said.


Doug and Maria source homozygous polled genetics from Wirruna, Rotherfield and Kanimbla studs.

“We select bulls on structural soundness, muscle pattern, above average BREEDPLAN figures for the Grassfed and Supermarket Indexes, milk, calving ease, eye muscle area, and 400 and 600 day weights,’’ Mr Connors said.

“I like educating second generation vegetarians.’’

“It’s a Hereford trait to be able to finish calves at any age so we don’t want to lose that.’’

“The trailer is fully lined to 1.5m with no pinch points to prevent bruising,’’ he said.

Today, the calves are yard weaned at nine to 10 months, weighed each week and drafted off in small groups once they reach 450kg liveweight.

Doug and Maria and son Charlie have run a closed self-replacing herd for about 30 years at Running Creek on 263 ha of freehold plus leasehold at Tawonga in 1020mm rainfall zone.

He uses his practiced eye to visually select the steers or cull heifers ready for processing at the right fat cover. CONTINUED PAGE 38

On the production side, Doug Connors is particular about stress-free lairage and transports his cattle in a non-bruise stock crate of his own design to the Wangaratta abattoir.

Traditionally, the Connors sold their calves in the summer weaner sales at Wodonga, or finished them to supermarket weights.

He likes them to settle overnight before a morning kill.

Doug fabricates his own covered silage feeders and places them close to watering points during hot weather.

Progeny from the 250 cow autumn and spring calving herd are rotationally grazed on ryegrass, fescue and clover pastures on the creek flats, achieving an average daily gain of 2kg. The cattle are hormone growth promotant and antibiotic-free.

“We can finish cattle on the creek flats year round with some supplementary silage,’’ Mr Connors said. “Grassfed beef is high in omega-3 fatty acids making it a healthy option. “We have enough numbers to keep up the supply over the busy periods.’’

LEFT TO RIGHT Doug Connors supplies a demanding consumer with his Running Creek Hereford grassfed product. Running Creek Herefords proudly supplies Tawonga South Butchery. Steers ready to be turned off under the Running Creek Herefords brand. Gavin Thurkettle likes the meat and fat colour, and reduced trim of the Hereford. Gavin Thurkettle with Running Creek Hereford steaks outside his Tawonga South Butchery.



Running Creek Herefords please the consumer palate


“Consumers want to be confident of getting a quality, clean, green product – they can buy their beef at the butchery and drive past to see the cattle being raised in a beautiful alpine environment.’’


Any cattle falling out of spec are redrafted and sent through the prime market at Wodonga. “There is a lot of work in it but it has made us astute to what our animals will produce – that has been good for everything we do,’’ Mr Connors said.

* To cook the perfect steak, Gavin recommends starting with the beef at room temperature before placing it on a hot grill with salt, pepper and a little oil, followed by resting it before serving.

“We get direct feedback from our customer and it makes us proud to hear people saying they have eaten our beef.


“We have also received feedback from the abattoir on the way the animal’s present and their quiet temperament.

Weaner heifers from the Connor family’s Running Creek herd. Gavin Thurkettle with Running Creek Hereford beef in his Tawonga South Butchery.

“We have the ability to finish to exact specifications and Gavin knows he will get a consistent product to meet the expectations of customers every week.

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VALUE ADDING Hereford Boss rolls out eating quality in certified package By Kim Woods Hereford Boss, the 100 per cent breed content verified beef brand, is giving consumers a “premium everyday” eating quality experience underpinned by ethical raising claims. Wholly owned and produced by JBS Australia, Hereford Boss is grassfed, free range, antibiotic and hormone growth promotant free, and has zero dairy or Bos indicus content. The beef brand was initially flagged by JBS Southern chief operating officer Sam McConnell in February, 2017 at the Yarram Park bull sale. Eligible cattle were rerouted in late 2017 from the company’s Great Southern Beef program to Hereford Boss, once the branded packaging was in place. Purebred Hereford steers and heifers are being sourced from northern NSW to Tasmania for processing at the Scone, Longford and Brooklyn JBS plants. The YP (Young Prime Beef) program caters for cattle 220-360kg carcase weight, meat colour 1b-3, fat colour 0-3, rump fat 5-22mm and dentition 0-4. There is no minimum marbling requirement but carcases must grade under the Meat Standards Australia grading system and this takes into account marbling measurements. Hereford Boss is underpinned by the Meat Standards Australia grading system and JBS Farm Assurance program. The domestic market will be the initial primary focus, with striploins, cube rolls, tenderloin and rumps supplied to high-end food service and niche retail, while premium trim will go into burgers at quick-service restaurants. The unrivalled global market access enjoyed by JBS will allow chilled and frozen Hereford Boss product to be marketed internationally, with a focus on the US, Middle East and South-East Asia. JBS Australia marketing manager Brad De Luca said Hereford Boss would be positioned as a premium, everyday brand catering for the discerning chef or retailer after something different without compromising on eating quality. “Hereford Boss is underpinned by the JBS Farm Assurance, an independent third party verified tick-off against a comprehensive set of animal welfare, raising specifications and environmental sustainability standards,’’ Mr De Luca said.

“This gives consumers confidence they are buying an ethically raised and treated beef product.’’ Mr De Luca said Hereford Boss was essentially an off-shoot of the Great Southern Beef brand, which also includes the Great Southern Pinnacle, King Island Beef and Little Joe beef brands. Hereford cattle comprise around 16-20 per cent of the weekly kill for Great Southern. Mr De Luca said Hereford Boss was created in response to chefs and retailers wanting a point of difference from a plethora of other British breed brands. “The international acceptance of the product coming out of the Great Southern program has been nothing short of overwhelmingly positive,’’ he said. “Hereford Boss meets all the attributes of Great Southern, in addition to being from 100 per cent verified Hereford cattle. “We know the Hereford breed delivers high eating quality with good carcase traits, meat colour, muscle size and marbling from the data on MSA optimisation. “Chefs and retailers are wanting a point of differentiation from the many other brands. “We are able to deliver them that with Hereford Boss while not compromising on eating quality. “We are processing a significant number of Hereford cattle through Great Southern every week and knew there was a viable supply of Hereford cattle to go into that brand. “JBS will pack this brand 52 weeks of the year in line with demand.’’ The Great Southern program is an independent third party audited brand encompassing 100 per cent grassfed for life, antibiotic-free, no added hormones, free range, and no dairy or Bos indicus content. All producers supplying cattle to Great Southern must be licensed under the JBS Farm Assurance program, encompassing lifetime traceability and documentation of farming practices. Mr De Luca said customer feedback on cooking variances would be evaluated before an official launch of Hereford Boss domestically. “We will be working closely with the intermediaries who will take this product from us to the chef or retailer,’’ he said. “The JBS business model is not designed to deliver



TOP RIGHT & BOTTOM LEFT Hereford Boss will be initially targeted at the domestic market before export to the US, Middle East and Asia. BOTTOM RIGHT Matt Bosworth, left, of JBS Australia, inspect cattle for the Hereford Boss brand with producer Scott Anderson, Flinders Island. Image courtesy JBS Australia.

a finished portion steak direct to the restaurant so we will work with distribution partners, D.R. Johnston and Andrews Meats, to get the product through the supply chain. ‘The non-steak cuts will be diverted into supporting international markets for mid-tier quick service restaurants and retailers. “We have the ability to pack any cut off the body into the Hereford Boss brand.’’ Mr De Luca said the food service sector and retail butchers were giving clear market signals on the need for a reduced portion size. “The Hereford Boss is a nice muscle size so the chef can cut a thick steak whilst maintaining a 350gram portion size for the plate,’’ he said. “Portion size is becoming important, especially with the plate cost coming under so much pressure it is a competitive advantage to be able to offer a product that can still be a thick cut steak at a competitive price point.’’ Mr De Luca said beef brands aimed to deliver maximum value throughout the supply chain, enabling customers to maximize profit margin and processors to return a premium to producers. “At the end of the day, consumers want to know they can get a reliable and consistent eating experience that delivers value for money,’’ he said. “Consistency in supply, price, eating quality and

availability is the key to delivering a successful brand – all the other stuff is window dressing unless those are ticked off.’’ Under the Farm Assurance program, JBS has been partnering with the Department of Primary Industries in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania to run onfarm training days to allow producers to evaluate carcase feedback to maximize compliance, production and profitability. Farm assurance and supply chain manager Mark Inglis said no Hereford-cross cattle would be accepted under Hereford Boss, with breed purity verified by JBS livestock assessors. When it comes to compliance, Mr Inglis said Hereford cattle processed to date were matching the Great Southern figures. “That is, an average of 61.7 on the MSA Index in the Great Southern program, or an eating quality outcome in the top 10 per cent of all animals graded in Australia,’’ Mr Inglis said. He said the overall company spec and MSA compliance rate among British bred cattle was 8890 per cent. Mr Inglis said the genetic and genomic research undertaken by Herefords Australia would be matched against company carcase data to better meet customer specifications. For more information on supplying cattle to Hereford Boss visit








VALUE ADDING Whyalla sends market signals to grow Hereford Reserve By Kim Woods One of the largest feedlots in the southern hemisphere has urged Hereford producers to select for cattle with a propensity to marble. NH Foods Australia produces the European Union-accredited export brand, Hereford Reserve, supplying high-end dining and retail chains in Belgium and France. The brand is underpinned by a minimum marble score specification of two or better. National livestock manager Greg Krarup said all other carcase specifications were irrelevant unless a marble score two plus was achieved. Mr Krarup issued a clear market signal, pointing out Hereford Reserve would not continue to grow unless marbling traits were lifted across the breed. He urged producers to select sires above average for intramuscular fat on BREEDPLAN. “We need a high percentage of cattle on the program to marble so we can in turn increase and grow the market,’’ he said. “All the performance data goes back to the producers and our staff discuss with them what is required.’’ Hereford Reserve is produced from 100 per cent Hereford cattle sourced from Tasmania, Northern Territory, Victoria, NSW and southern Queensland. Cattle are fed for 130 days at NH Foods Australia owned feedlots at Bective, Tamworth, NSW, and Whyalla, Texas, Qld. The brand was launched onto the export market four years ago, with the purebred whiteface chilled and frozen primals giving European customers a point of difference. European Union accredited, milk tooth cattle averaging 380500kg liveweight are sourced direct from suppliers, with all animals visually inspected for breed type at arrival. NH Foods Australia is processing 18,000 whiteface cattle a year. “The suppliers we have a long standing relationship with earn a premium for their Hereford cattle,’’ Mr Krarup said.

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VALUE ADDING Pristine valley and Hereford culture combine in beef brand Story and images by Kim Woods A leap of faith by a small group of Hereford producers in Victoria’s pristine Mitta Valley has turned into a vibrant and expanding grass fed beef brand. Mitta Valley Beef was launched in April at five carcases a week and has since been formalized as a producer-owned co-operative supplying a dozen carcases a week to regional retail and food service sector outlets. The brand idea has been a paddock to plate family concern for Hereford breeders John and Robyn Scales, their children Aaron, Ebony and Faith, and son-in-law Tim Glass, all of Dartmouth. It has since been embraced by whiteface producers from the headwaters of the Mitta River down to Tallangatta and Lake Hume. Mitta Valley Beef boasts 20 potential suppliers, with herds ranging from 100 to 600 cows, and the majority being Hereford. Product is available at the Dartmouth Hotel, Wodonga’s Carrier Arms, Yackandandah Hotel, Henri’s Bakery, Albury’s Urban Graze, Eskdale IGA and Beazley’s Meats. The brand capitalises on the pristine, snow fed Dartmouth catchment, famous for its fishing, picturesque scenery and cultural heritage of grazing Hereford cattle. John Scales conceded the idea of a regionally based beef brand occurred to him as a young man but the planets didn’t align until 2017. In December 2016, the family looked at the idea seriously, and evaluated the models of Grass Roots Beef, Holbrook, and a Wagga consortium selling beef direct to consumers.

“They were two different models – one on-line and the other a co-operative selling beef into Sydney,’’ Mrs Scales said. “We needed to know what model would work best for us in the valley.’’ Mitta Valley Beef launched with corporate branding, a website and on-line sales in April, with cattle processed at Tallangatta and the carcases portioned by Beazley’s Meats, Wodonga. When Tallangatta abattoir moved to a sheep kill only, Geoff Beazley was keen to continue selling Mitta Valley Beef in-store so processing was moved to Wangaratta. “I told Geoff I could supply the first couple of weeks and would have a whip around my mates to keep up the constant supply,’’ Mr Scales said. “I told him we couldn’t guarantee anything as we were going into winter and there wasn’t that many fat cattle about. “The boys all jumped on side as Geoff was offering a premium, and that’s what will drive this into the future. “It was an extension of what we were already doing with the on-line sales, and more in line with where we were wanting to go.’’ Although the on-line sales were lucrative, Mrs Scales said selling quarter, half and whole sides of beef to families was difficult. “The main problem was affordability and lack of freezer room for young families,’’ Aaron Scales added. A Mitta Valley Beef Co-operative steering committee was formed at a suppliers meeting in August, and a board of directors elected in December. “Mitta Valley farmers have always realized they have



a superior product,’’ Mr Scales said. “There is also the fact of community pride.’’ They are a progressive group of produc- Traditionally the valley’s Hereford producers turn ers concentrating on high quality genetics, off weaners averaging 300-400kg into the January management, animal welfare practices, sales at Wodonga, while some finish steers and environmental stewardship and pasture improvement. heifers on to heavier weights of 500kg for the “Producers don’t want to let go of this magnificent supermarket trade. rapport they have with Hereford cattle and, if it A 1025mm rainfall, a longer season and river flat means improving every year, so be it.’’ pasture yields of up to 16 tonnes/acre (39 tonnes/ Mrs Scales said all suppliers were Landcare hectare) result in high average daily weight gains members and committed to managing their and shorter finishing periods. environment sustainably. Weaners are fattened on mostly ryegrass and sub She said improved returns for cattle assisted farm clover pastures top dressed with prescription blends. succession planning in the valley. The Scales family introduced the Hereford breed to Co-operative member Ebony Glass said cattle the valley in the 1880s and today run 300 breeding supplied under the brand could be supplemented females at Dartmouth, with weaners finished at with hay or silage but not grain, and must be HGPfree. Mitta North. CONTINUED PAGE 48 “We wouldn’t have anything else and we encourage other people to get into them too,’’ Mr Scales said. “They sell themselves on temperament, quality and doability. “Herefords work the bush incredibly well and do well on roughage. “We sold heifers which should have been processed under the brand but we held them back to give other suppliers a go, and we struck a terrible market in Wodonga where they made $780.’’ The 14-month-old 400kg heifers would have made almost $1400 through the co-operative. “The co-operative is a ABOVE LEFT solid market for us with Ebony Glass with her family’s a guaranteed price herd of cows and spring drop “Mitta Valley and not open to the calves at Dartmouth. farmers have always variables of the BELOW LEFT & FACING PAGE open auction realized they have a Weaners being rotationally grazed system,’’ Mr superior product’’ against a backdrop of the Great Scales Dividing Range. said.

ABOVE LEFT Robyn Scales ensures a quality dining experience for consumers of Mitta Valley Beef. BELOW RIGHT A Mitta Valley Beef scotch fillet served with garlic prawns.


Pristine valley and Hereford culture combine in beef brand FROM PAGE 47

Cattle are slaughtered at 14 to 18 months with a dressed weight of 180-220kg, and a minimum rib fat depth of 4mm and the carcases hung for 10-14 days. Steers and heifers received 680c/kg cold (chilled) carcase weight in October. A consultant has been engaged to develop cooperative quality control procedures, finance and administration, and membership eligibility. Dartmouth Hotel publican Aaron Scales looks after the marketing and uses social media, including the smartphone app Ripple, as the brand’s major marketing tool. Individual producers and their herds are regularly profiled on the Facebook page, with plans to do short videos. He introduced Mitta Valley Beef to five regional cafe restaurants over winter. “We didn’t want to overload ourselves and needed to guarantee the supply coming through first,’’ he said. Aaron uses texture, meat and fat colour to ensure the quality of the cuts before cooking. Dedicated table talkers are used on tables at the Dartmouth Hotel to showcase the story of Mitta Valley Beef to diners, and a range of merchandise has been produced. “Consumers want to know the provenance of their beef,’’ Aaron said. Although the restaurants serve scotch, rump, porterhouse and T-bone, the trim is being sold as Mitta Valley branded burgers by Albury’s Urban Graze. Other cuts are being retailed through Beazley’s Meats. Aaron said consumer demand for beef had increased three fold at the Dartmouth Hotel alone since the brand launch. “It’s the pristine environment, the guaranteed rainfall and the valley is renowned as being one of the best beef producing areas,’’ he said.


Aaron advised any producers interested in starting their own co-operative to work out the GST requirements up front, draw on the strengths and skills of individual members, use their networks, and take a leap of faith. ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT

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VALUE ADDING Mitta Valley Beef gives producers an alternative Mitta Valley Hereford producers Rob and Louise Bethune have been able to treat their guests to a complete paddock to plate experience. The couple supplied their surplus heifers, weighing 200kg dressed, to the Mitta Valley Beef brand, and were able to treat visitors to a dining experience on the steaks. Rob believes temperament, quality genetics, management and pastures combine in a unique way in the Mitta Valley to create the brand’s point of difference. The couple has been breeding Hereford cattle in the Mitta Valley for the past 21 years at “Magoora’’ and “Wuatchingorra’’. They run 170 European Union accredited, spring and autumn calving breeders at Callaghan’s Creek and finish weaners on the creek flats below Dartmouth. Bulls are selected on average birthweight, good growth, fertility, 100 per cent eye pigment and temperament. “We wouldn’t have any other breed – they are terribly quiet cattle with great weight gain,’’ Mr Bethune said. “Our weaners had a daily average gain of 1.8kg and continued to put weight on over winter. “We used to turn weaners off through Wodonga but now finish them in a cell grazing program to heavier weights of 400kg on our fattening property.’’

Rob and Louise Bethune with 13-month old mixed sex weaners destined for Mitta Valley Beef.

The Bethune’s sold steers weighing 400kg live for 310c/kg or $1240 through Wodonga saleyards in October. “If we can get a premium price through Mitta Valley Beef well and good, but that’s not what it’s all about,’’ Mr Bethune said. “We want to get the Mitta Valley name and product out there. “We know how good it is and we want to spread the faith.’’ Mrs Bethune said nothing came close to grass fed beef for flavor. “We’re all hoping it has a future – start small and grow from there,’’ she said. “We are all going to be able to gear our farms to cater for this – we want to be ready when the customers want their product. “We have a split calving so, depending on how many customers come on board, supply shouldn’t be a problem for us.’’

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GLEN INNES SALE Senator out ranks line-up to top at $22,000 Bidding topped at $22,000 for whiteface bulls in Australia’s longest running regional multi-vendor bull sale at Glen Innes. The 72nd annual Glen Innes Hereford Bull Sale was held on July 28 at the Glen Innes saleyards, drawing 214 registered bidders from NSW, Queensland and Victoria. A total of 80 from 106 horned and polled bulls sold to average $6225, gross of $498,000 and clearance of 75 per cent. Four Hereford heifers sold to a top of $3750 and average of $2625, while two polled heifers averaged $2500. Battalion Senator L12, a son of Dundee Serang, rang the bell at the top price of $22,000 for vendors Grant and Kylie Kneipp, Battalion Herefords, Dundee, NSW. The two-year-old bull weighed 985kg, scanned 13mm on the rib, 18mm on the rump, an eye muscle of 133sqcm, had a scrotal circumference of 38cm and average daily gain of 1.52kg. Battalion Senator L12 was bought by John and Leigh Galwey, Stuarts Creek Herefords, Roma, Qld, and had earlier been judged as junior champion bull. Grant and Kylie Kneipp went on to average $14,000 for their three lots, all sold to first time clients, including Phillip and Belinda Tongue, Llanillo Pastoral, Nundle, paying $15,000 for Battalion Sailor. The top priced Poll Hereford was Supple Lawnmower sold by Ben and Leanne Rumble, Supple Whiteface, Guyra, to Lindendale Poll Herefords, Tamworth, for $9500. Vendor Phil Thomas, Kylandee Herefords, Inverell, sold the top price female, Kylandee Marianne M003, to Mossy Oak Herefords, Glen Innes for $3750. Among the volume buyers was Ben Swan, Byron Pastoral Co, Inverell, with eight bulls for an average of $5000. Judge Brett Young, Strathvalley Herefords, Rochester, Vic, sashed Kylandee Lacmalac L004 as intermediate and grand champion bull for Phil and Brad Thomas, Kylandee Herefords, Inverell. The July 2015-drop bull weighed 1155kg impressing the judge with his volume, structural soundness and athleticism. The bull was also the yardsman’s choice winner and sold to the Alcock family for the second top price of $14,000. Kylandee recorded the second highest sale average of $10,625 for four bulls sold. Young Guns champion was Swanvale Macca M036 exhibited by the Wellar family, Tamworth. Senior champion bull Ashmar Lunar was exhibited by Ashley Hollingsworth, Gloucester, and sold for $7000, while Jindalee Herefords won the pen of three, and the champion truckload or pen of six went to Supple Whiteface, Guyra.

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SPRING BULL SALES Whiteface spring sale season clears $10 million in bulls The Hereford breed has steam rolled through the 2017 spring on-property bull sales season, clearing 1448 bulls around the nation worth a cracking $10 million. A total of 41 on-property sales were held in NSW and Queensland from July 14 to September 15. In the break-down, 1448 horned and polled bulls were sold from the 1743 offered for a clearance of 83 per cent, average of $6925 and gross of $10,027,793. This compares to 2016 when spring sales of 1339 bulls grossed $9.189 million to average $6862, with a clearance of 84 per cent. Leading the charge in the sales averages for the second consecutive year was Stephen and Jodi Peake, Bowen Poll Herefords, Barraba, NSW, with $9950 on July 20. The next closest sale average was $9437 achieved by the Nivison family, Yalgoo Partnership, Walcha, NSW, on August 14. The first on-property sale for Steve and Debbie Reid, Talbalba Herefords, Millmerran, Queensland, paid off with the season’s top price of $40,000. Lot 13, Talbalba The Hoff L076, sired by H Victor 0136, was bought by Nelson Carlow, Kidman Poll Herefords, Dubbo, NSW, in a phone bid. The 23-month-old bull weighed 990kg, scanned 12mm of rib fat, 8mm at the P8 site, had an eye muscle area of 133sqcm and a scrotal circumference 42cm. The second top price for the spring was $38,500 set at the Wirruna spring bull and female sale, Holbrook, NSW, on August 23. Phil Davies, Guildford Poll Hereford Stud, Ouse, Tasmania, secured the high $Index Tobruk Jedi son, Wirruna Legs L108. In the nation’s biggest on-property offering of whiteface bulls, Ironbark Herefords, Barraba, NSW, sold 144 from 188 lots in a 76 per cent clearance on August 25. The sale went on to top at $24,000, average a strong $7569 and record a gross over $1 million. Noel and Liz Cook, Kindon Station, Goondiwindi, secured the top price bull for the 12th consecutive year. Jack and Stuart Hicks, Hicks Herefords, Running Creek, Vic, celebrated the purchase of their 140th bull at Ironbark, picking up a draft of 18 lots at this year’s sale to average $5222. The vast majority of whiteface studs reported averages and clearances up on last year’s spring selling season. In the Riverina, Ian Locke, Wirruna Poll Herefords,

Holbrook, said the spring sale featured the highest number of registered bidders, highest top price achieved and the second highest sale average. Mr Locke said the average of $7610 was $1500 up on the last two sales. “Strong commercial demand was noticed in the growth bulls, averaging a strong $8250,’’ he said. “Also, there was a $2150 lift in the average heifer bull price to $6432 for this sale compared to the autumn sale. “This reflects the greater focus on and demand for calving ease traits in the southern spring calving herds.’’ Wirruna sold 14 PTIC stud heifers to a top of $7500 and an average of $2911. In central NSW at Cassilis, Dalkeith principal Ant Martin was excited to receive the highest price on record of $32,000. This bull was in the top 10 per cent of the breed for calving ease, 400 day weight, scrotal circumference, rib fat, rump fat and intramuscular fat. “After suffering from a large burnt area in the February fires, we are now feeling the affects with the country carrying a much reduced quantity of feed to normal years,’’ Mr Martin said. Demand was strong for the Dalkeith females, with 18 stud cows averaging $2233, 218 three-year-old commercial cows and calves topping at $2750 and averaging $1801. Sevenbardot principal Jim Gunn described the September 18 sale as “cracking’’ considering the dry season, with solid support from loyal long time clients. Truckloads of bulls were bought by commercial producers, including nine lots to the Cadzow family, Mount Riddock, Northern Territory and five lots to Andrew Ferguson, Dirranbandi, Qld. At Kanimbla, in southern NSW, 10 stud females topped at $4500 and averaged $3888, while bulls sold to NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Dry seasonal conditions took a toll on Turee, Coolah, NSW, with bulls sold by private treaty rather than auction to top at $5500 and average $5200. Turee females were auctioned on the day with 80 cows and calves selling to $2050, averaging $1910, 30 PTIC heifers to $1600 and 12 maiden heifers topping at $1200. Curracabark stud principal James Higgins, Gloucester, NSW, said the sale offered more younger bulls this year, with the yearlings averaging $7666. Commercial producers Mathew and Rachael Windrum aim to lift the MSA compliance in their Santa Gertrudis herd with a $16,000 sire.



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BEEF AUSTRALIA 2018 Hereford breed to wave the flag at Beef 2018

The Hereford breed will be showcased domestically and internationally at the world-class expo, Beef Australia 2018, in May. To be held at Rockhampton showground on May 6-12, Beef Australia 2018 encompasses all facets of the beef supply chain and associated industries. The event is held every three years and draws a crowd of around 90,000 people from across Australia and 40 international countries to see 4500 cattle, prime and store cattle sales and stud cattle showing. Visitors can enjoy seminars on markets, genetics, genomics and other topics, property tours, taste tests, celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations. It provides a place for all players in the beef supply chain to connect and gather information, share ideas

and enjoy the hospitality. Herefords Australia, in partnership with Herefords Queensland and Herefords Australia Northern NSW, will stage a major promotion of the breed under a large outdoor marquee featuring Hereford infused steers and heifers, and technical information on the breed. There will be branded beef information and may even be some branded beef to sample, while visitors can speak with Herefords Australia staff and members. Stud cattle entries close on February 2, 2018 and junior events entries close on April 30. There will be junior paraders and schools team judging on May 7, with the junior led steers and junior judges on May 8.

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May 16 (Judging) & May 17 (Sale) 2018 Wodonga Exhibition Centre

ENTRIES CLOSE: February, Friday 16, 2018– so start planning now. ENTRY FORMS: or contact Herefords Australia on (02) 6772 1399. BREEDPLAN MANDATORY: Complete data including scans for Fat, EMA and IMF must be submitted by February 3rd to generate the required BREEDPLAN sets. Late submissions will NOT be accepted. VENDOR GUARANTEE: All bulls are guaranteed fertile & capable of natural service for a period of 6 months from date of sale. GENETIC TESTING: All bulls tested to a minimum of a Low Density Geneseek, sire verified and free of any known genetic conditions. FREIGHT REBATE: $100 per bull to individual buyers of 5 or more bulls buying on their own behalf.

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HEREFORD SHOWCASE Hereford feature show to be world class Elders after the show from 5.30pm in the cattle pavilion. The auction will be live streamed through and coincide with the Hereford cocktail party held after judging. Sale co-ordinator James McWilliam said entries were open for females of any age and bulls under 14 months. Mr McWilliam said the live lots must be exhibited at the Hereford Showcase. “Registered members, whether they are exhibiting or not, are eligible to enter semen and embryos for auction,’’ he said. “We will be taking entries up until early February and are anticipating around 30 lots. “In the same vein elite bulls are offered at the Nationals, we aim to make this an elite female sale.’’ As a strong supporter of the showring, Mr McWilliam said the Hereford Showcase would demonstrate how Herefords had progressed as a modern breed. “It is an opportunity to show how we have taken the lead in genetic testing and research and development,’’ he said. “PJ Budler is a completely independent judge and the number one promoter of Hereford cattle in the world. “It is a huge advantage to have someone of his standard to judge – it will be recognized as a global event attracting international guests from the US, Canada, South America and New Zealand.


World renowned cattle judge PJ Budler, of Texas, will officiate at the Hereford Showcase. “We expect this to be the biggest gathering of whiteface cattle under the one roof since Australia hosted the World Congress in 2004.’’ Show committee co-ordinator David Manwaring said junior and senior bulls would be weighed and scanned for eye muscle area, rib and rump fat. Mr Manwaring said planning for the event had begun two years ago, rekindling interest in studs which had not actively shown for years. “This will be the last big showing for quite a while and several studs have come forward to say they will come out of retirement from showing to support it,’’ he said. For auction entries, contact James McWilliam on 0438 268 406, show enquiries David Manwaring on 0428 866 289 and sponsorship enquiries Jason Sutherland on 0417 498 980.


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The largest showing of whiteface cattle under the one roof in the nation for over a decade will feature at the 2018 Sydney Royal Show. As the feature breed for 2018, the Hereford Showcase on March 24 is being billed as a world-class event, drawing international visitors and a renowned US beef cattle judge. About 300 cattle are expected to be entered by exhibitors from Victoria, NSW and Queensland for the showcase. Prizes and prize money total $17,500, with the grand champion bull and female, and supreme exhibit to receive $1000 each. All classes are sponsored to the tune of $250, with prize money paid to third place. There are also cash prizes for the light, medium and heavyweight purebred steers entered in the RAS hoof and hook competition, plus a full youth program of paraders and herdsmen classes. Herefords Australia Youth has organized for the inclusion of a Bred and Owned class for young cattle handlers. US judge and Hereford promoter PJ Budler, of Texas, will begin judging the calf, junior and senior male and female classes from 8.30am. Mr Budler has judged 30 breeds of cattle in 20 countries across six continents, and was the first person to judge a National Show on all six continents. An auction of elite Hereford live lots and genetics will be conducted by





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ROYAL SHOW RESULTS Showring veteran claims grand champion with Lioness 2

Bonnie Brae Lioness 2 was grand champion female and went on to represent Australia at the Champion of the World. Image Rhiannan Roth.

Thornleigh Legume L371 was sashed as senior and grand champion bull at the 2017 Royal Queensland Show.

Junior champion bull at the Royal Queensland Show, Thornleigh Maxwell M210.

It was an emotional day at the Ekka for Tamworth stud master Neville Farrawell when his first calf heifer, Bonnie Brae Lioness 2, claimed the grand championship. Mr Farrawell had dispersed his Bonnie Brae stud five years ago yet retained four females which have been cared for by his friend, Chris Law, Hunday Herefords, Quirindi. One of those females, Bonnie Brae Lioness 2 and her bull calf, Bonnie Brae Ninja Turtle, were sashed as senior and grand champion cow of the 2017 Royal Queensland Show under judge Erin Waters, Andtravern Herefords, Lancefield, Vic. It was a personal highlight for Mr Farrawell who has exhibited in the stud cattle ring at the Royal Queensland Show for 65 years, and is a Herefords Australia life member. Mr Farrewell said the grand championship was a highlight of his long show career. He has rejoined Lioness 2 to an imported sire and plans to show two head at the 2018 Sydney Royal Hereford Showcase. Mr Farrawell, 82, began breeding stud Herefords in 1979 after a long career with stud Santa Gertrudis cattle. Over the years he has mentored many young cattle handlers with tips and advice. “I have been showing for that long it’s in me and I will keep showing for as long as I’m able,’’ he said. “I love the temperament and doing ability of the Hereford breed.’’ Selwyn Weller, Welray Herefords, Nambiac, NSW, showed Welray Corisande 66 to junior champion heifer while in reserve was stablemate Welray Shirley 27. Ben and Annabelle Monie, Thornleigh Herefords, Little Plain, NSW, exhibited the reserve senior champion female, Thornleigh Snowflake L306. Thornleigh stud also showed the junior champion bull, Thornleigh Maxwell M210. The February 2016drop bull was sired by Wirruna Gular G285 and out of Thornleigh 232 Constance H186. Steve and Therese Crowley, Tycolah Poll Herefords, Cobbadah, NSW, showed Tycolah Prize Fighter M092 to reserve junior champion bull. The September 2015 drop son of Wirruna Gular G285, Thornleigh Legume L371, was sashed as senior and grand champion bull for the Thornleigh stud. The stud showed Thornleigh Legislator L379 to reserve senior champion bull, won the pair of bulls, breeder’s group and progeny stakes group.

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ROYAL SHOW RESULTS Kerlson Pines female triumphs at Adelaide Royal The Wilson family’s Kerlson Pines Poll Hereford stud dominated the showring at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show to be named the most successful exhibitors. Mark and Anita Wilson, of Keith, exhibited the senior and grand champion female, Kerlson Pines Last Day L24 and her bull calf. The two-year-old cow was sired by Allendale Anzac H181 and had been sashed reserve junior champion at the 2016 Royal Adelaide Show. Kerlson Pines exhibited the reserve junior champion female, Kerlson Pines Miss Nancy M128, the reserve junior champion bull, Kerlson Pines Kerley M091, and placed first in the pairs, sire’s progeny group and breeder’s group.

Grand champion female, Kerslon Pines Last Day, with sponsor Christine Comley, Ardno Herefords, Mount Gamber, judge Jake Phillips, Naracoorte, and Mark and Travis Wilson, Kerlson Pines, Keith.

Christine Comley, Arndo Herefords, Mt Gambier, exhibited the junior champion female, Arndo Oyster M124, a daughter of Dai Maru Sensational A014. Lachy and Lou Day, Days Whiteface, Bordertown, continued their Royal success with the reserve champion senior female, Days Fancy L4, and the junior and grand champion bull, Days Gallant M141. The 16-month-old bull weighed 665kg and scanned with an eye muscle area of 112sqcm, rump fat of 8mm and rib fat of 5mm. It was the fifth year in a row Days Whiteface had won junior and grand champion bull. The stud also showed the winning pair of bulls.

The junior and grand champion bull at the 2017 Royal Adelaide Show, Days Gallant M141.

Hobart Royal Show 2017 results POLL HEREFORD Junior and grand champion bull: Shangri La Mitchell (third interbreed) exhibited by G & P Clarke, Ridgley. Reserve junior champion bull: Shangri La Mamma Mia exhibited by G & P Clarke Junior and grand champion female: Shangri La Waratah M088 (third interbreed) exhibited by G & P Clarke Breeders group of three, sires progeny group and breeders pair : G & P Clarke MINIATURE HEREFORD Junior and grand champion bull: Boomer Creek

Theo exhibited by Jordan River Learning Federation School Farm Junior and grand champion female: Bridgewater Molly exhibited by Jordan River Learning Federation School Farm Reserve junior champion female: Boomer Creek Toffee exhibited by Jordan River Learning Federation School Farm Senior champion female: Bridgewater Hattie exhibited by Jordan River Learning Federation School Farm Breeders group of three, sires group and breeders pair: Jordan River Learning Federation School Farm






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27TH MARCH 2018 Bulls to steer you in the right direction and live for heifer and heifer Sires Represented in 2018

Days Elaborate (P) * Glenwarrah Men at Work * Mawarra Classic Hit Locharburn Gerry (NZ) * Karoonda RM Williams * Mountain Valley Gambler G14 (P) Days Director (P) * Kanimbla Right Time (P) *River Perry Kendall (P) BBSF 101N Wrangler 29W (P) * Days Washington (P)


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ROYAL SHOW RESULTS Young sire goes above and beyond at Melbourne Royal Young sire Mawarra B Above and Beyond repeated the feat of his dam by winning the supreme whiteface exhibit at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show. The 14-month-old bull, a son of Canadian sire HF 4L Beyond 36N, mimicked the success of his dam, Mawarra Miss Titania 458 when Brandon Sykes paraded her on behalf of the Mawarra stud, Longford, Vic, to senior and grand champion female and supreme exhibit in 2015. Mawarra B Above and Beyond was the first bull from Brandon’s own stud program at Longford to go under the judge’s eye at Melbourne. Judge Diana Wood, Coonamble, NSW, described the young bull as being a potential stud sire, awarding Above and Beyond the junior and grand champion sashes. Kanimbla Chillie Woman M009, exhibited by Kanimbla Poll Herefords, Holbrook, NSW, stormed through the classes to win junior champion heifer and grand champion female. The March-2016 drop heifer was sired by Kanimbla Power Play J066 and out of Kanimbla Hot Chilli Woman G95. Kanimbla also picked up the senior champion female broadribbon with Kanimbla Nicky L079, a daughter of Kanimbla Lucky Dice. The stud went on to collect the best three head and best pair of females. Senior champion bull went to Grangeview Park Las Vegas, a son of the 2015 grand champion bull Wagga Caesar, exhibited by Rod Bowles, Grangeview Park Poll Herefords, Axe Creek, Vic. Nikki Williamson, Kielder Park stud, Tocumwal, paraded Kielder Park Mustang Sally M001 to reserve champion junior heifer. Tom and Sophie Holt, with their son Thomas, Tondara Herefords, Urana, NSW, showed Tondara Hopes Vendetta M003 to reserve senior champion bull, Tondara Kings Ransom M006 to reserve junior champion bull, and Tondara Miss K 1 to reserve champion senior female. Tondara won the sire’s progeny group, best pair of bulls under 20 months and most successful Hereford exhibitor.

Grangeview Park Las Vegas was exhibited to senior champion bull by Grangeview Park Poll Herefords, Axe Creek, Vic. Image BJS Photography.

Kanimbla Poll Herefords, Holbrook, exhibited the senior champion female, Kanimbla Nicky L079, at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show.

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BEEF NOTES Flavour labels and pastures a key to promoting beef By Kim Woods Flavour labels, with a judging palate’s signature similar to a wine label, may be soon available for beef. A mini-flavour trial using Hereford beef took place in October at The Bather’s Pavilion restaurant, Sydney, to evaluate the regional and pasture impacts on flavour notes. The palates were wine writer Huon Hooke, ABC broadcaster Simon Marnie, chef Serge Dansereau, chef Lennox Hastie and caterer Belinda Franks. Project co-ordinator Deb Newell, Pastures to Palate, said the reasoning behind the flavour trial was to discover what pastures delivered the best flavours. “I believe the flavour of beef matters’’ Ms Newell said. “In the high end world, it isn’t size but flavour that wins. “The aim of this exercise is to create a flavour label for beef – not a brand.’’ The label will identify property name, region/ pasture type and will include some flavour notes, just as for wine and cheese. These labels will vary with seasonal supply and can be attached to brand badging or stand alone. The trial set out to define a positive pasture to flavour connection, and develop the ability to predict flavour on a seasonal, or terroir, basis. Ms Newell said future cattle herds may graze “flavour pastures’’ appropriate to Australia’s bio-regions. She said beef would be comparable to honey with its complex intense flavours dependent on what the bees feed upon. Hereford carcases were supplied for the trial from

six regions – South East South Australia, Riverina, New England, central western NSW, NSW southern highlands, and central Australia’s Channel Country and Lake Eyre basin. The cattle ranged in age from 12 months to three years, and with carcase weights of 247 to 335kg. All had been finished on a mix of perennial pastures with the exception of the channel country where the cattle had grazed on native sorghum, Queensland blue bush, Flinders grass, blue grass, Cooper clover and salt bush. The raw beef evaluated was from the gerello “round’’ of the silverside and the tritip of the rump. It was offered in its cooked form (sauté grilled in its own fat) as rib fillet and rump, with the fat trimmed and presented for palate assessment. Palates were cleansed between samples with water, celery and green apple. The palates identified buttery, nutty, beefy, grassy, metallic, sour and bitter flavours in the cooked beef and fat samples. The raw samples ranged from creamy, grassy, gelatinous and milky to fruity. Ms Newell said the variables influencing flavour included breed, nutrition, management, seasonal conditions, the animal’s age and processing. She had never found any identifiable bias based on the animal’s sex. “From this small trial, the effect of too short a period between kill and taste was most pronounced,’’ she said. “Beef can be under-aged or over-aged but basically the meat needs a period of post slaughter when it sets. CONTINUED PAGE 70

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Flavour labels and pastures a key to promoting beef FROM PAGE 68

“After this it will be firmer to touch and easier to slice and manage.’’ Following on from the winter-spring beef flavour trial, Ms Newell aims to do a summer beef flavour trial. Hereford producers are invited to supply cattle for a Pastures to Palates flavor assessment at the 2018 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival on March 16-25. Full genetic details and pasture identification/ supplementary feed over the last three months of the animal’s life will be required. The event will include a networking lunch for producers, palates, processors, wholesalers and butchers, followed by a seminar, “So Beef is like Honey?”, a journey through the flavor descriptors of beef linked to pasture type and seasons. “When we look at a menu and choose the beef dish, we are probably being guided by a physiological need for a significant flavour impact – our complex systems of taste and smell love being exercised,’’ Ms Newell said. “Over the past few decades the effort in meat science has been focused on the issues of texture – toughness has been the Achilles heel of the beef industry. “Beef, as a table product, is served in muscle primals “off-the-bone’’ (except for beef short ribs) and when muscles are removed from their bone/ joint attachments they will contract and with this, toughen. “Young and tender is a fairytale.’’ Ms Newell said the industry had taken its eye off beef’s key attribute of flavour at a time when all producers should consider themselves part of the wider food industry. “Producers are the first base of a massive, globally popular protein food industry,’’ she said. “We have been taught it’s all about (carcase) yield but what does it taste like?

“It is the flavour of beef that writes the recipes whether they be finely sliced and served raw, or versions of how to grill a steak, slow braise a forequarter cut or cure a silverside. “It’s not a Warner-bratzler shear force machine or an electron microscope that will buy beef but a human being with a palate.’’ The plethora of beef brands in the market place is confusing for the consumer, according to Ms Newell. “Provenance will bring back the identity of the person behind the product the consumer is eating,’’ she said. “It is not a brand but a certification, similar to the back label on a bottle of wine. “I would like to put that on the front label.’’ Ms Newell completed her masters degree on the role of native pastures in beef flavours. She said fat was often the first part of the carcase to pick up a taint. “Australian natives are mostly good, such as blue grass, Mitchell grass, Flinders grass, and the hero is microlaena stipoides (weeping grass),’’ Ms Newell said. “We can have yield development pastures but why not flavour finishing pastures? “The secret is a diversity of pastures – expect the flavours to be regional and seasonal based. “At the breed level, producers should consider themselves as a food designer. “Free range is the rising fashion in meat protein – if we can have a mix of improved and native pasture species, we may have specialized, highly marketable flavours which will achieve a premium beyond yield.’’ * Enquiries regarding the summer beef flavour trial can be made to Deb Newell on 07 384 66250.

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AROUND THE SALES Heavy steers to $2210 and weaners ring bell at 464c/kg Demand for whiteface cattle rolled around the nation’s spring store and prime markets with grown heavyweight steers topping at $2210, cows and calves to $2020, joined heifers at $1930 and weaner steers to 464c/kg. In southern markets, two-year-old Hereford steers, 580kg, bought as weaners at Bairnsdale were reoffered at the saleyard in October by Leanne Jennings to return $1660. Peter Cunningham, Swan Reach, sold Hereford steers, 540kg, for $1605 at the same sale. Jason Swayn, Lake Purrumbete, sold purebred steers, Purrumbete blood, weighing 410kg, for 342c/kg or $1402 at the Warrnambool sale. Herefords opened the steer offering at Wodonga in late October with 40 European accredited Injemira/Guildford blood 14-month-olds from John MacLeod, Wallangra Park, Jingellic, weighing 424kg and selling for $322c/kg or $1365. A large run of Te-Angie blood steers from Bungil Park, Bungil, weighing 355kg, sold for 346c/kg or $1230 while the heifer portion, 408kg, made 300c/ kg or $1225. Bluey Commins, Nunniong Herefords, Ensay, sold 23 steers weighing 445kg for 319c/kg or $1420. Nixon Partners, Mulwala, topped the Wodonga market with purebred heifers, weighing 379kg, and returning 322c/kg or $1220. At the Myrtleford annual spring sale, the top pen of steers sold to $1440 or 340c/kg for 20 Herefords offered by J & P Matheson, Whorouly. There was strong demand for Hereford heifers at Wangaratta in November when David Minifie sold females, 318-352kg, for $1060-$1115. Hutton Partnership sold a line of 64 Hereford steers, South Boorook and Yarram Park blood, 484kg, for 302c/kg or $1461 to TB White & Sons, Ballarat, at Kerr & Co’s Hamilton spring sale. At Koonwarra, Australian Food and Agriculture, Boonook, Deniliquin, sold a draft of 400 purebred steers, 16-18 months, to $1655 and average of $1465, plus 192 purebred heifers sold to a top of $1530 and an average of $1255. Ellerslie Park, Fish Creek, sold a line of 90 steers, 407-522kg, for $1120-$1365, and younger steers, 260-330kg, for $750-$880 at the Leongatha market. In South Australian markets, Walteela Park, Callendale, sold 18-month-old European Union and Pas-

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Wednesday 7th March 2018, 1pm offering Poll Hereford and Horned Bulls & P.T.I.C. Heifers

BEEF WEEK OPEN DAY: Tuesday February 6, 2018 211 Tarcombe Ruffy Road, Ruffy 3666 Tim Hayes 5790 4226/0439 257 693 •

Hillview Herefords

WRL Herefords

1st on property sale Friday 29th June 1pm Tyringham NSW

“Rowden Farm” via Dalby Qld 4405

Selling agents Ray White Rural Dorrigo 0439009414 Ray Donovan Grafton 0428470132

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Greg Tyler 0428578126

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Offering Performance Bulls for Private Sale to achieve MSA Index excellence. Enquiries welcome: Bob Holdsworth 0419 414 220 | Sue Holdsworth 0428 698 451 Telephone: (02) 6029 3237 | Email: |

Quamby Plains and Chester POLL HEREFORDS

34th Annual Sale Offering 50 Grass Fed Performance Bulls Monday the 30th April 2018 at 1.30pm

• Specialising in high fertility and low birth weight • Bulls well above breed average for milk and muscle • Free freight across Bass Straight for bulls purchased

Quamby Plains

Victoria Archer Ph: 0409 319974 Email:


Bruce Archer Ph: 0418 303 248 Email:

‘Holcombe Family’ “RayleigH” buRRen Junction nSW 2386. JEFF AND RoBYN – 0268285226 oR 0427285226 email -


26th July 2018 • Time: 1.30pm ON-PROPERTY “BROOKLINGTON” OFFERING



MARK - T: 02 6733 4626 Mobile: 0428 334 626 E: W:





2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Visit for an updated listing of events JANUARY 2018 Herefords Northern NSW Youth 5-7 Show 1921 Tasmanian All Breed Junior Beef Expo Beef Genetics bull sale preview 29 Injemira field day 29 Kirraweena Glenholme field day 29 YavenVale field day 29 Rose View Beef Week field day 29 Doodle Cooma Beef Week field day 29 Glenellerslie Beef Week field day 29 Beggan Hill Beef Week field day 30 Wirruna field day 30 Centennial Herefords field day 30 Kanimbla Beef Week field day 30 Sugarloaf Creek Beef Week field day FEBRUARY 1 Wilkah Herefords Beef Week field day 1 Melville Park and Melville field day 2 Yarram Park Beef Week field day 2 Bowmont Beef Week private sale bulls 3 Glendan Park Beef Week open day 3 Andtravern Beef Week field day 4 Tarwin Beef Week field day 5 Warringa Beef Week field day 5 Marrawa Beef Week field day 6 Oak Downs annual field day 6 Tarcombe Beef Week field day 8 Banemore 37th annual bull sale 13 Glenellerslie annual bull sale 16 Stanford bull sale Whiteface & Allendale 20th annual 19 Days bull sale 20

Injemira Beef Genetics bull sale


Morganvale 12th annual Beef bull sale Kerlson Pines & Oak Downs annual bull sale YavenVale & bull sale Glendan Park 5th annual bull sale


21 23 23- Royal Canberra Show 25 26 Melville Park & Melville bull sale 26 Wilkah 3rd annual bull sale 28 Kirraweena Glenholme on-property sale MARCH 2-4 Barraba Show - Hereford Feature 5 Ennerdale 48th annual bull sale 7 Tarcombe annual bull sale 8 Banemore bull sale 13 Annual Mountain Calf Sales - Benambra/ Hinnomunjie

Inverell, NSW Deloraine, Tas Holbrook, NSW Cootamundra Adelong, NSW Cootamundra Wagga, NSW Adelong, NSW Harden, NSW Holbrook, NSW Holbrook, NSW Holbrook, NSW Corryong, Vic Vasey, Vic Vasey, Vic Willaura, Vic Tatyoon, Vic Kyneton, Vic Lancefield, Vic Meeninyan, Vic Yarram, Vic Longford, Vic Bordertown, SA Ruffy, Vic Penshurst, Vic Adelong, NSW Bathurst, NSW Bordertown Book Book, NSW Willalooka, SA Keith, SA Adelong, NSW Kyneton, Vic Canberra, ACT Vasey, Vic Vasey, Vic Cootamundra Barraba, NSW Dundonnell, Vic Ruffy, Vic Penshurst, Vic Vic

Annual Mountain Calf Sales – Ensay/ Omeo 14 Wirruna autumn bull and female sale 16 Stanford annual bull sale 21 Newcomen 15th annual bull sale 24 Sydney Royal Hereford Feature Show 26 Mawarra annual bull sale 27 Karoonda bull sale APRIL 23 Wararba Park dispersal 30 Quamby Plains and Chester bull sale MAY 1 Guildford 44th annual bull sale 7Beef Australia 2018 12 10- Dubbo Hereford Feature Show 12 16- Herefords Australia National Show and 17 Sale JUNE Australia National Show and 4-5 Herefords Sale 28 Herefords Australia Youth Expo -1 29 Hillview bull sale JULY 14


Rayleigh bull sale

13 16

Franco bull sale Remolea bull sale


Merawah annual bull sale

18 Cascade annual bull sale 19 Bowen bull sale 20 Tycolah annual bull sale 23 Truro bull sale 24 Tummel bull sale 25 Glenwarrah annual bull sale 26- 73rd Glen Innes Bull Show and Sale 27 26 Lotus annual bull sale 26 Amos-Vale bull sale AUGUST 16 Mountain Valley annual bull sale 22 Wirruna Spring bull and female sale 27 Thornleigh bull and female sale SEPTEMBER 3 Wararba Park bull sale 6 Elite bull sale 6 Kanimbla sale 7 Gunyah bull on-property bull sale 10 Roma bull sale 13 Dalkeith 48th annual sale

Vic Holbrook, Vic Bathurst, Vic Ensay, Vic Sydney, NSW Longford, Vic Gelantipy, Vic Meandarra, Qld Hagley, Tas Ouse, Tas Rockhampton Dubbo, NSW Wodonga, Vic Dubbo, NSW Wodonga, Vic Tyringham, NSW Burren Junction, NSW Bingara, NSW Clifton Qld Boggabilla, NSW Currabubula Barraba, NSW Barraba, NSW Bellata, NSW Walcha, NSW Bundarra, NSW Glen Innes, NSW Glen Innes, NSW Glen Innes, NSW Coolatai, NSW Holbrook, NSW Little Plain, NSW Meandarra, Qld Scone, NSW Holbrook, NSW Cooma, NSW Roma, Qld Cassilis, NSW






144 Bulls sold • Bulls sold to 4 States to average $7,570 Lot 95 (Pictured above) Top Price $24,000 to Noel & Liz Cook (‘Kindon Station’, Goondiwindi, Qld)


2018 Bull Sale r e high sell200 Bulls HH Advance 2037Z


Mulwarree Yards, Barraba NSW • 12.30pm

Uniformity • Consistency • Performance

Adrian Spencer Mobile: 0429 659 766| Fax: 07 6782 1823 | Email: Adrian Spencer T 0429 659 766 | F 02 6782 1823 | E



Birth Wt (kg) ...............................+6.1 200 Day Wt (kg) ...........................+39 400 Day Wt (kg) ...........................+64

LOT 4 - Glendan Park Milwaukee M019 (P)

600 Day Wt (kg) ...........................+89 Milk (kg)........................................+17 Scrotal Size (cm) ........................+1.7

Sire: Injemira Anzac J188 (P)

Eye Muscle Area (sq cm) ..........+4.3 Rib Fat (mm) ..............................+1.3 Rump Fat (mm) .........................+1.8 IMF (%).........................................+0.5

Birth Wt (kg) ...............................+5.4 200 Day Wt (kg) ...........................+42 400 Day Wt (kg) ...........................+75

LOT 5 - Glendan Park Mr Trust M051 (P)

600 Day Wt (kg) .........................+114 Milk (kg)........................................+21 Scrotal Size (cm) ........................+2.6

Sire: NJW Trust 100W (P)

Eye Muscle Area (sq cm) ..........+8.0 Rib Fat (mm) ..............................+0.4 Rump Fat (mm) .........................+0.1 IMF (%).........................................+1.1

On-PrOPerty Bull Sale Friday 23rd FeBruary 2018 Sale held in conjunction with Adameluca Angus - offering 35 Angus bulls

Sale Preview – BeeF week Field day (Saturday 3rd February 2018) Principals:

(03) 5423 4240 0419 191 193 0427 400 337


Trovatello Family Alvio Trovatello Andrew Green


• 40 rising 2 y.o Hereford and Poll Hereford Bulls • By Breed Leading Sires includingWarringa Google G23, Yarram Unique F107, Tarcombe Unique J142, NJW Hometown 10Y (P), NJW Trust 100W (P), Injemira Anzac J188 (P), Yarrandabbie Herschel H016 (P), Russlynn Jumbuck J19 (P), Morganvale Furness (P) • Performance recorded • Semen tested • Pestivirus tested negative

2090 Kyneton-Heathcote Road Barfold via Kyneton, Victoria 3444 CR125720AA

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