THE support on long-time loyal clients of the Rosedale Charolais program was evident last Friday during the Millner family's 32nd annual on-property bull sale at Blayney where prices reached $28,000.
In welcoming buyers to the sale, James Millner of Rosedale said the stud is focused on breeding a type of Charolais that is soft, that marbles and keeps the performance that makes them relevant as the crossbreeding bulls of the industry.
Overall 46 of 48 spring Q-drop Charolais bulls sold to a $28,000 top and averaged $9722, while five yearling bulls topped at $14,000 and averaged $9200. In the composite offering, 15 of 15 of 16 Charolais Angus bulls topped at $8000 and averaged $5800 and all 11 Charolais Shorthorn bulls sold to a $10,000 top, twice and averaged $7273.
A client of around 32 years, Peter Hewett couldn't go passed Rosedale Quandary for Tottenham based crossbred operation, paying the top price of $28,000 for the up and coming sire.
One of the first Palgrove Mandate sons to sell, and out of Rosedale Ruby K227 the rising 21-month-old homo-polled sale-topper weighed 838 kilograms with an eye muscle area of 132 square centimetres, scrotal circumference of 40cm and measurements of 10 millimetres and 7mm for rump and rib fats, and an intramuscular fat (IMF) of 6.4 per cent.
For estimated breeding values (EBVs) Quandary sat top 10 per cent of the breed for 400- and 600-day weights and IMF, and top 15pc for 200-day and carcase weight, and both domestic and export index.
Involved with Charolais since the 1980s, Mr Hewett said he joins them to his few hundred head Santa Gertrudis herd with the ideal article a three-quarter Charolais animal.
Prices kicked again when Rosedale Quantum, a red factor son of Rosedale Maverick, made his way into the ring.
Spirited bidding saw a number of hands rise around the ring, but it was one South Australian over the phone that secured the bull that was said to have stud sire potential for $26,000.
Shirley Barker of Caithness Charolais, Mount Barker was the buyer of the second top-priced bull that was out of Rosedale Honor F222. He was an 800kg polled bull that measured 126 sq cm in the EMA, 8mm and 6mm for rump and rib fats, 44cm in the scrotum and 5.9pc for IMF.
The $10,000 equal top-priced composite bulls were Rosedale Q146 sold to Danny Twist, Qld and Rosedale Q693 sold to BH. and KE. Cary, Kabadah, Cumnock.
Taking home six composite bulls for a $6667 average, Branga Plains Pastoral Company, Walcha was the major purchaser.
A number of other volume buyers were active including Victorian based Nikolaus Kuerzinger of Glenshiel Pastoral who runs a 900 head self-replacing herd of mainly Angus breeders in East Gippsland. He picked up four Charolais bulls for a $7500 average.
Previously purchasing from Rosedale from their Yea, Vic sale Mr Kuerzinger was looking for easy calving, low birthweight sires with good growth.
"We run about 30 bulls of which just over half are Charolais, and the rest Angus," he said. "Heifers and part of the herd are joined to Angus bulls, the rest to Charolais.
"Our target market depends on the season, but this season we have predominately sold through Bairnsdale to restockers and backgrounders. Recently we sold our thirds for $1960 at around 20 months."
In the females all nine were sold, averaging $4444 and topping at $7000 for Rosedale Daffodil R19, a Rosedale Maverick daughter.
Online buyers through AuctionsPlus were active with 16 registered buyers, 11 of which were successful in buying 21 lots of the sale. In total 112 online bids were places across 47 lots, and the catalogue was viewed 3311 times.
Selling agents were Elders Bathurst and Bowyer and Livermore, Bathurst with guest auctioneer Paul Dooley, Tamworth selling the purebred offering and Harry Phillips of Bowyer and Livermore selling the composites.
- Full story in next week's The Land newspaper.
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