A quality Charolais cow with a bull calf at foot and also back in calf made the top money of $10,250 at the Charnelle Invitation Sale and charity auction at Toowoomba Showgrounds on Saturday.
The three-in-one package, Valley View Rebby 14 (AI)(ET) (P) cow, was offered by guest vendors Richard and Karsta Harms, Valley View Charolais and bought by New South Wales cattleman Roderick Binny, Glenela Charolais, Kyogle.
The compact cow is by LHD Cigar E46 from Gobongo Rebby D213E, and in-calf to the popular French bull Impair.
Mr Binny also paid the next best price of $9250 for Valley View Bravo (AI)(ET) (P) again offered by the Harms family, Valley View Charolais.
Selling for $8500 was Charnella Friesia 4 (ET) (P) with a heifer calf at foot to make the third top price of the sale, but topping the Charnelle draft offered by sale co-ordinators and organisers Graham and Kay Blanch.
Charnella Friesia 4 was also selectively bought by Mr Binny, who remained active, and added Valley View Chiffon with a calf at foot and a price tag of $4000 to his shopping list.
Mr Binny said he was selecting early maturing females with exceptional softness to join to his Elite Red Factor sire.
Milford Pastoral Company, Beaudesert, selected a line of four females to average $5812.
They paid a top price of $7250 for Sanlara Park Gisella (AI) (P) offered by the Platzer family with a bull calf at foot.
The top priced joined heifer was Charnelle Desire 18 (AI) (P) who was in calf to the polled full French sire Gallway and purchased by the Bettafield Charolais Stud, Emerald for $7250.
Fairview View Cattle Company, Fairview, Alpha, finished with four females to pay an average of $3500.
Graham and Kay Blanch also offered Charnelle Digna 154 (AI) (P), a daughter of Charnelle Von Trapp from the Digna female family, on account of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and LifeFlight.
Charnelle Digna sold for $3750 to three young Charolais breeders Caity Cox plus Charlotte and Jessica Cooper, who have registered the stud prefix CCJ’s Charolais, Willowbank.
In all, a total of 63 females were offered with 50 lots selling to represent a clearance of 79 per cent.
Topping the bull section of the catalogue was Jay Tees Light of Day, a 18 month-old son of Artois from Jay Tees Just Early, offered by Judith Turner and sold the Morice family, Crows Nest.
A total of 45 embryos averaged $547 and 316 straws of semen averaged $78 per straw. Both the Royal Flying Doctor Service and LifeFlight were the beneficiaries again with the proceeds of five lots going directly to them.
As well, 10 per cent of the balance of the embryo and semen sales were donated to the charities with Elders wavering their commission charges.
“We were very happy with the overall sale result and the solid support we received,” Mr Blanch said.
“In total we raised $20,000 of our charity lots and the heifer.
“That means both LifeFlight and the RFDS will receive about $10,000 each.” Selling agents: Elders and Elite Livestock Auctions
Main caption: Graham Blanch, Charnelle Charolais, buyer of the top price cow and calf Roderick Binny, Glenlea Charolais, Dorrigo, NSW, and Elders auctioneer Michael Smith.