Charolais stud has strong sale
A Kerang district cattle stud has conducted a successful sale despite ordinary seasonal conditions.
Buyers from five states purchased lots at the Allednaw Charolais stud sale, with 67 out of 82 lots selling for an average of $4223.
The stud is operated by the Taylor family on a property nestled on the edge of the Wandella Forest, a few kilometres west of Kerang.
Stud principal Dennis Taylor and his sons, Sam and Adam, were happy with the result, considering prospects were ‘‘a bit of an unknown’’ going into the sale with ordinary seasonal conditions along the east coast.
‘‘It will be hard to see the cows go,’’ Dennis said.
‘‘They have been our livelihood for a number of years.
‘‘But we were faced with a tough decision looking forward into next year with extreme irrigation water prices of well over $400 a megalitre, which would make it unviable for us to irrigate our pasture in the autumn.
‘‘We’ve retained our heifers and we will just see how next season turns out.
‘‘The positive for us is that there was a good spread of buyers with our genetics going into some high profile studs around the country.’’
The top price was lot 38, Allednaw Desire J120 for $8500, who sold to Tony Farrell of Calmview Charolais in NSW.
Meanwhile, 23 out of 25 cows with autumn bull calves sold to an average of $4565, with the top price being Lot 23, Allednaw Carol C39, for $7000 to Ross and Paula Warren of Elridge Charolais, from Gympie in Queensland.
And 22 out of 23 cows with autumn heifer calves sold to average $4136, headed by the top priced Allednaw Desire J120 for $8500.
While nine out of 18 cows with spring bull calves sold to average $3500.
Volume buyers were Ian Douglas, of Douglasdale Charolais in NSW, and James Hack, of Kempsey, NSW, with seven lots.
Ross and Paula Warren, of Elridge Charolais in Gympie, Queensland purchased six lots and Jason Salier, of Minnie-Vale Charolais in Narrabri, NSW, bought three lots.