Charolais best to be showcased at Dubbo

Charolais on show in Dubbo showcase


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Last year's National Showcase supreme exhibit DSK TGL Metric M59E (ET) (P) pictured with Helen Alexander, DSK Charolais; judge Tim Vincent, Booragul Angus; Chris Knox, DSK Charolais, and handler Lonnie Stone, with the supreme exhibit being sashed by Steve Martin, Pickles Auctions.

Last year's National Showcase supreme exhibit DSK TGL Metric M59E (ET) (P) pictured with Helen Alexander, DSK Charolais; judge Tim Vincent, Booragul Angus; Chris Knox, DSK Charolais, and handler Lonnie Stone, with the supreme exhibit being sashed by Steve Martin, Pickles Auctions.

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The Charolais National Sale, Pickles Auctions National Showcase, Clipex Silver Calf Championship and the Charolais National Youth Stampede take place in Dubbo in July.

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Charolais breeders will descend on Dubbo from July 3 for the breed's national sale, show, calf championship and youth stampede.

From Wednesday, July 3, to Saturday, July 6, a packed program will see the Allflex Charolais National Sale, Pickles Auctions National Showcase, Clipex Silver Calf Championship, the Charolais National Youth Stampede and a fundraising dinner take place.

Charolais breed development manager and company secretary Colin Rex said the sale would this year feature seven females, 10 bulls and 17 genetic packages taking in livestock from NSW, Victoria and Queensland with a semen package coming from Western Australia.

"There are some outstanding lots in the sale, heifers out of some of the highest performing family lines in the breed," Mr Rex said.

"There is a good selection of bulls and there are some outstanding embryo packages, some of the cows that have been flushed have outstanding production or show records.

"We are happy the breeders, considering the conditions a lot of them are facing, have put such a good line of genetics forward."

The sale kicks off at 3:30pm on July 5, but those who can't make it can still watch all the action online as it will be streamed through Elite Livestock Auctions.

Earlier on the Friday (July 5), the show will take place featuring 96 head from 26 studs.

It kicks off from 8:30am and will be judged by Gary Wilkinson.

"We'll have cattle from three states live on the ground," Mr Rex said.

"Our show is an open show, so there is no obligation to sell. This lifts the quality of the sale because the sale cattle are going up against people's Brisbane and Sydney show teams."

Following the show, the Clipex Silver Calf Championship will take place, which will see steers go under Mr Wilkinson's eye.

"This is a good opportunity to show what the Charolais breed can do commercially," Mr Rex said.

He said the steers entered could be a cross provided they were of a minimum 50 per cent Charolais influence.

"It gives schools and commercial producers an opportunity to be involved in our events without having to have registered cattle."

A dinner will follow the action packed Friday, and will feature an auction to raise money to support the youth events, which included the Charolais National Youth Stampede which was held at the same time as the show, sale and calf championship.

Mr Rex said the busy program was good as it reduced travel costs and time away from the farm.

"It's a great chance to see some of the best Charolais available in a very tight format," he said. "It's time efficient for our producers, especially those who are drought feeding.

"There is a great social element to these events and I think it is important that all farmers get off their property once in awhile and take the opportunity to socialise."

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