Trust in charo­lais

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

NEXT Satur­day Al­lan and He­len Trus­tum will be do­ing what they have done ev­ery July for the past 18 years – take a mob of their charo­lais bulls to the Casino All Breeds Sale.

This year it’s eight an­i­mals, mainly polled, and all se­men tested, and, as usual, the ris­ing two-year-olds will be in top con­di­tion and “ready to go”, He­len said.

“They’re all free-range, grass-fed and topped up with grain,” she said.

The Trus­tum’s Bentley Downs stud’s re­la­tion­ship with charo­lais goes back to the early 1970s, when the breed was still rel­a­tively new to Aus­tralia.

“Th­ese cat­tle were big­ger and had con­sid­er­able more mus­cle than the tra­di­tional Bri­tish cat­tle avail­able at the time,” He­len said.

Since then the type of charo­lais they’ve bred have evolved to meet in­dus­try needs and the en­vi­ron­ment of the North Coast.

“They are well mus­cled, early ma­tur­ing cat­tle, with the abil­ity to fin­ish on both grass and grain,” He­len said.

Bentley Downs bulls have been used by cat­tle­men to pro­duce veal­ers and calves for the lo­cal weaner sales with ex­cel­lent re­sults.

The Trus­tums are en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port­ers of the Sll Breeds event.

“It’s al­ways a very suc­cess­ful sale,” He­len said.

“Be­cause it’s all breeds, you get a lot of peo­ple com­ing, keen to have a re­ally good look at all the bulls. And this year, there’s a very nice line-up.”

They will take more bulls to Grafton in Au­gust.


REG­U­LARS: The Trus­tums have been tak­ing bulls like th­ese to the Casino sale for 18 years.

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