Strong comp at Charolais female sale

Pre sale Female Challenge finalists Graham Blanch, Greg Nicholson (major sponsor), Ashley Casten, Ryan Holzwart and Over Judge Tammie Robinson (StockLive Elite). Pictures: CHARNELLE CHAROLAIS


Saturday March 2, 2024

The Charnelle Charolais Invitational Female and Genetics sale is over for another year. The competition for the top end females was really strong although the clearance was well down on previous years. Five females made $10,000 or higher with a top of $13,000 for lot 29 Sanlara Park Nadia offered by the Platzer family and sold to long time vendors and supporters Ryan and Rachel Holzwart.

Nine other females made between $7000 & $10,000.

Topping the joined heifers was lot 34 Bauhinia Park Sandra 27 offered by the Holzwart family and selling to Lachlan Dickson for $11,000.

Topping the unjoined section was lot 73 Charnelle Julie 11 offered by G& K Blanch selling to John Hughes Killarney for $8500.

Embryos sold to $2700 for lot 105 on account J & K Weeks – Palgrove Rockerfella x Palgrove Jana, selling to Venturon Livestock WA

Ross Carr sold 4 straws of Fleets Rascal semen for $600/ straw to Juandah Grazing

10/19 Cows & Calves top $13,000 average $7450

6/10 PTIC Cows top $8500, average $5416

19/25 Joined Heifers top $11,000 average $5289

14/16 Unjoined Heifers top $8500 average $4892

44/144 Embryos top $2700 average $936

486/967 Straws Semen top $600 average $85/straw

Many Thanks to all the buyers underbidders, agents and everyone who helped or had interest in our sale. I also thank and appreciate all the vendors who contributed to our sale. I wish everyone who bought anything at our sale the very best. Graham Blanch


Wednesday March 6, 2024

The supply of stock at Dalby lifted to higher level of 5,201 head an increase of 1,523 from the previous week. Buyers were very selective with only top end quality lines receiving strong support and a small reduction in quality resulted in a large fall in price. The better end of the light weight yearling steers held firm while lesser quality lines averaged 20c to 30c/kg less. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed struggled to remain firm. The best of the light weight yearling heifers experienced very little change while the poor quality lines lost 30c to 40c/kg. Cows sold to a cheaper market to average 4c to 10c/kg less. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock made to 502c to average 440c and poor quality lines 307c/kg. Yearling steers under 330kg to restockers made to 440c to average 393c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market averaged from 358c to 363 and sold to 398c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to a top of 380c to average 355c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers returning to the paddock made to the occasional 312c to average 273c and lesser quality lines 205c/kg. Medium weight yearling heifers to feed averaged from 260c to 284c and sold to the occasional 320c/kg. Heavy weight yearling heifers to feed made to 318c to average 279c/kg. Heavy grown steers to export processors made to 318c to average 303c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows averaged 230c and made to 236c/kg. Heavy weight 3 score cows made to 249c and the best of heavy weight cows made to 267c to average 260c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made to 291c/kg.


Tuesday March 5, 2024

Agents Boyd O’Brien Bartholomew yarded of 436 head of cattle. A similar size yarding to last week came tohand with cows being more numerous. All usual buyers were present and in operation. This saw rates for export cattle improve slightly, trade cattle sold at last weeks rates with cattle suitable to return to the paddock improving under solid local competition.

Description Vendor Breed c/kg $/head

Weaner Steers J Price Charolais 411.2 $1233

Weaner Heifers J Price Charolais 341.2 $972

Feeder Steers C Weeden Limousin x 341.2 $1475

Feeder Heifers Biarra Valley Simmental x 281.2 $1181

Trade Heifers RAAU P/L Brahman x 284.2 $937

8 Tooth Ox E & M Tones Hereford x 283.2 $2068

Pen of Cows D & F Williamson Charolais 255.2 $1416

Heavy Cows Fernvale Past Co Charolais x 262.2 $1704

Heavy Cows G Enks Charolais 259.2 $1684

Bulls R & V Laycock Simmental 270.2 $1999


Thursday March 7, 2024

347 head were sold at Stariha Auctions Laidley cattle sale on Thursday. The steer market continued its very strong trend, with western buyers and locals in competition. Cows & calves and heifers sold to a firm to dearer market, while cows remained firm. The Smith Family, Flagstone Creek, sold lines of cows and calves, with British Whites making $2220, Brangus $1960 and Murray Greys $1900. Frank O’Toole, Blenheim, sold Limousin steers, 20-22 months, for $1700 and heifers for $1200. Robert Pearce, Gatton, sold Murray Grey backgrounder steers for $1370, $1290 and $1100. Des Poole, Veradilla, sold Angus backgrounder steers for $1300 and milk tooth heifers for $1025. Mick & Maree Coogan, Mt Whitestone, sold Limousin weaner steers for $1020. Dan Speedy, Fordsdale, sold Droughtmaster steers, 12-14 months, for $1290. Craidan Pty Ltd, Dayboro, sold young Ultrablack weaner steers for $1070 and calves, 5-6 months, for $740. Scott McLauchlan, Merryvale, sold Droughtmaster backgrounder steers for $1200. Tim O’Shea, Walloon, sold Charolais cross backgrounder steers for $1260 and weaner steers for $1000. Jim and Eileen O’Keeffe, Ingoldsby, sold 6-7 month old steer calves for $940 & $860. Brett Kerle, Crowley Vale, sold Charolais cows & calves for $1800. Bruce Greer, Flagstone Creek, sold a line of young Brangus weaner steers for $990. Copley Gully, Kilcoy, sold Brahman heifers for $1030, $1010 and $1000. Tony Stariha, Mulgowie, sold Droughtmaster cows for $1280. Carol Gardiner, Glen Esk, sold mixed breed steers for $1170 and $920. Senophene Christensen, Rosevale, sold a line of Santa cows with young calves at foot for $1500. Mick Brennan, Lower Tenthill, sold, Charbray weaner steers for $1020. Jack Capewell, Lanefield, sold Droughtmaster weaner steers for $1000. Col Litfin, Thornton, sold Hereford cross weaner steers for $940 and vealer heifers for $760.


Monday March 4, 2024

Isolated falls of rain over parts of the general supply area reduced numbers at Toowoomba down to 198 head a fall of 236 from the previous week. The overall quality was not up to the standard of the last sale. Buyer attendance returned back to the regular operators following the extra large line up last week. Prices experienced very little change with only quality related variations. Light weight yearling steers under 200kg made to 502c to average 455c/kg. Yearling steers under 280kg returning to the paddock sold to and averaged 416c/kg. Yearling steers under 330kg to restockers made to 376c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market made to 368c and averaged from 337c to 362c/kg. Heavy weight yearling steers to feed made to 344c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers returning to the paddock averaged 278c and made to 290c/kg. Yearling heifers to feed averaged from 271c to 273c and sold to 286c/kg. Plain condition medium weight cows made from 175c to 200c/kg. The best of the heavy weight cows made to 240c to average 235c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made to 246c/kg. Light weight heifers sold open auction made to $460/head.


Warwick agents penned 974 cattle 174 less than the previous sale. The overall yarding was mixed with most classes not up to last weeks standard however the better bred and finished lines sold to prices similar to last week and dearer in places with quality a factor in the price increases. Light weight yearling steers to restockers sold to 406c/kg. Yearling steers over 200kg to restockers made 379c to average 335c/kg. Yearling steers over 280kg to background sold to 368c and averaged 332c/kg. Yearling steers to feed for the domestic market made 392c to average 337c/kg. Heavy yearling steers to feed sold to 335c and averaged from 312c to 328c/kg. Yearling heifers over 280kg to back ground made 280c to average 256c/kg. Medium weight heifers to feed made 312c with those to the local meat trade at 338c/kg. Heavy yearling heifers to feed averaged 291c and sold to 344c/kg. Grown steers to feed made 333c to average 323c/kg. Bullocks to processors made 318c to average 304c/kg. Grown heifers to processors made 287c to average 272c/kg. Light weight cows to restockers made 209c to average 205c and to processors from 155c to 226c/kg. Heavy score 2 cows to processors sold from 220c to 239c with the score 3 cows topping at 270c to average 251c/kg. Light weight bulls to restockers made 320c to average 312c/kg. Heavy bulls to processors averaged 278c and sold to 298c/kg.


Monday March 4, 2024

232 head were sold at Stariha Auctions Woodford cattle sale on Monday. The market remained similar to last week, with steers continuing to sell to strong competition. Robert Vogler, Kilcoy, sold Brangus backgrounder steers for $1200. Warren Jensen, Narangba, sold Droughtmaster cross steers for $1240 & $960 and heifers for $860. Terry O’Neill, Bracalba, sold light Romanola backgrounders, with steers selling for $1040 and heifers $860. Doug Harris, Mt Delaney, sold Charbray weaner steers for $1100 and $950. Ian Kent, Samsonvale, sold Braford cows for $1400 and young Blonde males for $800. Paul Keylar, Dayboro, sold Charbray weaner heifers for $800. Trevor Carberry, Elaman Creek, sold Senepol cross steer calves for $730. Helen Thornton, Woolmar, sold a line of Brangus male calves for $670 and Brangus cows for $1150. Taran Mellors, Glass House Mountains, sold a Blonde bull for $1990.