PRICES achieved on day one of Casino's 42nd Annual Three Day Weaner Sales were "very strong, well above expectations”, according to GNF auctioneer Darren Perkins.
The selection of herefords showed what an outstanding breed they were on the North Coast, he said.
"The white-faced breed on the coast are the product of long-term breeders working to improve the genetics year after year.”
The bulk of the 2192- strong offering came from close by - Woodenbong, in particular, though also the Tweed and south-east Queensland. Buyers came from NSW, Queensland and Victoria, with a South Australian interest going home empty handed.
Included in the yarding were 530 weaner heifers to average $960 right through the whole yarding. Prices for steers averaged 389c/kg and topped at $442c/kg.
The Reid family ,from Woodenbong, took out the trifecta with champion pens of hereford steers and heifers and overall champion pen, which is sponsored by Herefords Australia.
The champion pen steers made 388.2c/kg, 351.7kg, to average $1365.17. The Reids' 99 other steers averaged $1246 - about $130 up on last year.
Their 58 heifers averaged $950, most of them going to locals, Ian said.
They will put a brahman or santa or charolais bull to them, to go for the F1, he said, "and they want that good hereford cow”.
Vendors had been pretty excited at the prices achieved, he said.
The champion pen of angus steers, sponsored by Medlyn Angus, went to Peter and Libby Hannigan, Numulgi, making 382.3c/kg, 349kg ($1333.88), with the top price angus weaner steers sold by G & M Quinn, Cudgera, 376.2c/kg, 362kg ($1361.84).
Mr Perkins noted that the hereford calves sold had the strongest demand ever seen for the white-face breed, "which shows that we are starting to see such a strong growth for the breed in the industry, particularly in the Northern Rivers because of the strong crossbreeding programs”.
Hereford heifers met strong demand, being bought for future breeders and topping more than $1000. The angus weaner heifers sold by Bruce Lyle and family, Ellengowan, topped the sale at 400c/kg at 306kg to make $1219.
"Repeat buyers from previous years made a big impact on the sale, which represents the quality and reputation of the weaners for ability and performance,” Mr Perkins said.
JA & EMJ Ralston, of Bonalbo, sold 36 lightweight hereford weaner steers to an interest in Forbes for 430c/kg.
Daughter Marilyn Smith said she had been hugely impressed with the standard of the hereford steers on offer, especially those from the Woodenbong area.
"It's been a wonderful season and the size of them reflected that,” she said.
Of her parents' offering, she said they were "lovely soft young animals”, which would fatten up beautifully out west.
Woodenbong's Smith families were well represented, with Jim and Jan's Townview Pastoral selling 209 hereford steers to an average of $1138.
The sale continues today with crossbred weaners.
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