Trust in charolais
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.