A CHAROLAIS bull sold to Springside Farms in Canada for the top price of $14,000 at the 2018 Allflex Charolais National on July 13.
Winchester Maximus M20E (AI) (P) was the sale topper who created interest from across the world following a quick video owners Gavin and Kristie O’Brien, Winchester Charolais, Orange, uploaded onto social media in the lead up to the event.
By Palgrove Jargon (P) from Winchester Net F23E (P), the 20-month-old bull weighed 908 kilograms and measured 131 centimeters squared in the eye muscle area (EMA) with fat scans of nine millimeters and 7mm in the rump and rib.
Kristie O’Brien said they were excited about the opportunity to sell and showcase their genetics in Canada.
“We are importing and using genetics throughout the world, and Canada, so it is exciting to go the other way and export something back,” Mrs O’Brien said.
“It is not only good for us or the Charolais breed, but for the whole Australian stud stock industry to get our country’s genetics into breeding herds overseas.”
Six bulls of the nine offered sold for a 67 per cent clearance and $6667 average.
Eleven stud females were sold of the 17 offered to clear 65pc and average $5136.
The equal top price of $8000 in the females was paid for Moongool Sibyl 13 (P) (R/F) and Elite Panache M43 (P) (R/F).
Offered by Keddstock Pty Ltd, Yuleba, Queensland, Sibyl 13 was purchased by Darren Crawford, Coolea Charolais, Muttama near Cootamundra.
By Temana Golden Loggie G66E (P) from Moongool Sibyl 6, the 21-month-old female placed second in class.
First-time Western Australian buyers, Elgin Park Charolais from Elgin, secured Panache M43 offered by Kim Groner and Glen Waldron from Elite Cattle Company, Meandarra, Qld.
Chasing a female with “width, depth, style and good presence”, Amanda Cavenagh, who competed in the Charolais Youth Stampede, said the temperament of the female was beautiful.
“She is a lovely, stylish heifer that is very similar to what we have at home,” Ms Cavenagh said.
“She is also a red factor female, which we don’t have any of.”
The 21-month-old heifer was by Elite Hotshot from Elite Panache 1 (P), and was the reserve intermediate champion female of the show. It was pregnancy-tested-in-calf to calve in October to Palgrove Kahlua.
CCJ Charolais, Willowbank, Qld, purchased the top-priced embryos in the sale offered by Keddstock Pty Ltd, Yuleba, Qld. They paid $2900 per embryo for two embryos by Silverstream Evolution E168 (P) from DSK My Estelle D34E, who was the dam of the supreme exhibit of the show.
Eight embryo lots sold of the 10 offered to average $1310 per embryo.
Semen topped at $200 per straw for two lots of 10 straws of Sparrows Kingston 139Y (P), offered by the Thompson family from Venturon Charolais, WA. This was the first release of semen from the Canadian record high selling bull that sold for $155,000 CAN at auction.
All semen lots offered sold to average $76 per straw.
The sale was conducted by Landmark with Joel Flemming as the auctioneer. It was hosted online via Elite Livestock Auctions, with a number of bids placed and seven lots secured online.
Youth donation heifer sells for $11,000
At the Charolais National dinner, Colinta Minnie (AI) (P), a donation heifer from Colinta Holdings Pty Ltd, was sold for $11,000 to the Cooper family from CCJ’s Charolais, Willowbank, Qld.
The 22½-month-old female was by Merit Roundup 9508W (P) from Colinta Emmalee (P), and was PTIC to Colinta Midas (P).
Minnie was the junior champion at the Sydney Royal Show and Beef Australia 2018, and was a class winner during the Pickles Auctions Charolais National Showcase.
The proceeds from the sale of the heifer will go towards the future Charolais Youth program.