British Charolais genetics are proving to be in demand down under.
Palgrove Desire 101, a 13 month old heifer by Seawell Offshore sold
for a new Australian female breed record of $40,000, while Palgrove
Estella 224, a 13 month old heifer calf by the 25,000gns Perth champion,
Goldies Unbeatable made $19,000.
Palgrove Desire 101 sold for
© Palgrove Charolais
The two heifers were among 210 female lots and embryos to feature
in David and Prue Bondfield’s biennial sale of females from
their Palgrove herd which comprises more than 800 purebred Charolais
cows based in Queensland. The Saturday 17th March fixture achieved
100% clearance and an average of $6,650.
Palgrove Desire 101 went to join Lindsay and Belinda Hindle’s
Fairfield stud, Roma, Queensland. She was no stranger to the ring
having been shown as a calf at foot to the Bondfield’s Brisbane
Royal Show interbreed female champion, Palgrove Desire 68. She is
the highest priced Charolais female ever sold in Australia, a figure
that eclipsed the country’s previous $36,000 record established
back in the early 1970's.
Mature cows sold up to $32,000 while nine more Goldies Unbeatable
daughters averaging 8.5 months of age, came under the hammer sold
for an average $9,900. These young Unbeatable daughters were all
embryo calves out of some of Palgrove’s elite donor females.
Mr Bondfield comments: “Our female sale is held every two years,
and all cows 10 years and older are offered as well as selected quality
lots from throughout the herd. This year, cattle sold to all states
of Australia as well as New Zealand. The demand was for specific
cow families that carry proven genetics developed over Palgrove’s
37 years of breeding and selection.
“The demand for Charolais in Australia, I believe has developed
as a result of breeders adapting the breed to a type that fits our
unique environment – sleek coats, good feet and legs with mobility
and easy fleshing ability. We have moderated the muscle in our Charolais
cattle in this country and worked on increasing the finishing of
our bulls so that extensive crossbreeding enterprises using either
Brahman in the north, or Angus based females in the southern states,
can produce a beef product that fits their market’s needs.”
Brecon Charolais Cattle Peak at 5,700gns
Charolais Bulls bid to 5,800gns
Charolais Bulls sell to 7,000gns in Dungannon