Meaty, creamy backs of Charolais cattle grazing the rolling green hills.
This is what can be seen when driving into Rosedale Charolais, Blayney, and after more than 40 years of breeding, it is clear owners Michael and Jenny Millner and their son James are dedicated to one aim - maintaining excellence.
And excellence is what's on offer at the Millner family's 32nd sale on May 21. Rosedale will be offering 55 polled Charolais bulls, 27 of which are homozygous polled. Five of the bulls are yearlings. A selection of these bulls are sired by Rosedale Maverick, a remarkable Red Factor and homozygous polled bull with an outstanding temperament and exceptional carcase.
New Zealand sire Silverstream Landmark's sons will also be on offer, to which Rosedale has exclusive Australian semen rights. Landmark is the son of Silverstream Evolution.
Twenty-seven Charolais composite bulls will also go under the hammer, as well as 10 unjoined yearling Charolais heifers.
James Millner says Rosedale has focused on keeping a balanced approach when it comes to breeding their Charolais bulls.
And because the Millner family runs its own commercial operations at Dubbo and Blayney, with Charolais, Angus and Shorthorn breeders, producing bulls for commercial operations is crucial.
Mr Millner said they focused on easily born calves and strong growth rates.
"We aim to breed good marbling, and easy-doing cattle with good skin types," he said. "We focus on excellent growth, carcase and maternal traits."
He said they also strive to be placed in the top 10 per cent of Breedplan.
Their composite bulls, which they have been breeding for 15 years, also offer exceptional growth to commercial operations. Mr Millner said the Charolais brought growth, muscle and yield to the table, which combined well with the marbling and finishing ability of the British bred cows.
He said the Charolais-Angus composites allowed clients with Angus breeding herds to market progeny toward feedlots requiring three-quarter Angus content, as well as keeping their dark or black colour.
"The Charolais-Shorthorn composites are popular with clients with both British breeds and bos indicus influenced cattle as they still provide great weight gain with that little bit of extra cover," he said.
"We have a good following in Queensland, and especially in the past 10 years plenty of sale bulls have gone north of the border. We normally sell into three or four states. In last three or four years we've had bulls go as far south as Tasmania and as far north as near Charters Towers. And they stand up really well."
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The premium line-up comes from decades of dedication by the Millner family to producing bulls which bring incredible growth, muscling and yield.
Mr Millner said his family initially had a commercial Shorthorn operation, crossing them with Charolais bulls, and from there, their passion for Charolais evolved. The stud was started in 1970 by his grandfather Rob and dad Michael, and in the late 1980s and 1990s they really homed in on the polled genetics in their Charolais.
Today they run around 300 stud Charolais cows, as well as 500 Shorthorn cows and 250 Angus cows.
And the quality of their progeny is very evident. In 2019, Rosedale claimed the champion domestic team with Charolais-Red Angus cattle at EKKA's paddock to plate competition. They also claimed second place in the HGP-free 100-day with their Charolais-British cross steers in 2020.
In 2019 they had clients Branga Plains, Walcha, win the Sydney Royal Show 70-day domestic competition, while in the Beef Spectacular in 2020, his brother Robert, who manages the commercial herds at Dubbo, claimed sixth place with Charolais-Shorthorn cross steers.
Rosedale Charolais annual sale will take place at noon on May 21.