Euros, Herefords join the party at Hamilton as record-breaking run continues

Gregor Heard
By Gregor Heard
Updated January 17 2022 - 11:09pm, first published January 13 2022 - 1:00am

THE SUCCESS stories at this year's Hamilton weaner sales continue, with a mixed sex sale of just over 3000 head of Hereford and Euro lines continuing to sell at record levels.

Some of the feature lines of heavier Hereford steers at the independent agents-hosted sale made over $2500 a head, with pens of 400kg plus cattle making in excess of 600c/kg, up to 660c /kg.



But it was not just the red and whites in demand.

LMB Livestock agent Hugh Douglas, Hamilton, said buyers battled hard to get hold of quality Limousin cattle.

"The heavier lines made up to 620c/kg, while in the smaller ones under 300kg it was anything up to 750c/kg," Mr Douglas said.

"Good quality Limousin cattle are very hard to find so that was a bit of a highlight," he said.

The Limos were not the only Euro breed to attract attention.

Cam and Carol Emerson, 'Alva Downs', Coleraine, offered a number of pure Simmental and Simmental / Hereford cross cattle during the sale.

"We're very pleased with the results across the board," Mr Emerson said.

The heavier steers made 600c/kg, at 418kg while at the other end of the range the smaller calves made 712c/kg at 268kg.

"There is a lot of demand for cattle out there at the moment," Mr Emerson said.

Mr Douglas said buyers gravitated towards European Union accredited Hereford lines.

"There was more of a premium for the EU cattle, more than what we saw for the Angus lines earlier in the week, especially those heavier EU-accredited lines," he said.

Similar to the opening two days of the sale, Mr Douglas said there was strong buyer demand from NSW and Queensland.

"Those buyers have been strong for all the sales and it continued," he said.

"If they didn't buy the pens they were bidding on they were the losing bidder, so they have really helped boost the results."



Mr Douglas said around 70-80pc of the cattle sold on Wednesday went north, slightly down on the results of previous sales this week at Hamilton and Casterton.

He said Gippsland buyers were present and active, while the sale was also notable for South Australian interest.

"We had a little bit more competition from South Australia, especially on the Euro heifer side, where they will look to use them in their breeding programs," he said.

He said feature lines were chased hard by buyers, in particular the stud stock industry.

"Those pens that had a bit of bloodline behind them were chased by the studs," he said.

Long-time seller at Hamilton Paul Malseed 'Orana Partnership', Breakaway Creek, near Condah, south-west of Hamilton, said it was comfortably the best results he had seen.



"We've come year in year out and there's plenty of years it hasn't been this good, so we're going to enjoy it while we can," Mr Malseed said.

Orana Partnership sold 177 steers on the day, with the top pen of 60 Hereford steers, weighing 362kg, making an impressive 660c/kg, totalling $2396 a head.

But it was the strength in the latter pens that impressed Mr Malseed.

"The sale was very strong right through, it was not just the first pen where it was strong they were still chasing cattle hard right through," he said.

The Rundell family, also at Breakaway Creek, also enjoyed a good day.

The family had a number of pens in, all which sold well, including two early pens of 381 and 331kg Hereford steers which made 600 and 652c/kg respectively.



"It's a great result, now we will get the heifers ready for tomorrow (the final day of the Hamilton weaner sales)," Robin Rundell said.

Euros, Herefords join the party at Hamilton
Gregor Heard

Gregor Heard

National Grains Industry Reporter

Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.

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