THE topic of Charolais silver calves was a hot one at last week's WA Charolais Society field day.
Held at Andrew and Anne Thompson's Dinninup farm - home of the Venturon Charolais stud - the field day was an opportunity for 50 or so stud and commercial cattle producers, as well as industry people, to network and witness first-hand the hybrid vigour of Charolais silver calves and a range of other crossbred progeny.
On display was a selection of Charolais-sired cross calves from a variety of commercial females including Angus and Murray Grey breeds.
Charolais silver calves - the result of breeding Charolais sires with Angus females - are touted as having additional weight and health benefits that can result in calves being up to 50 kilograms heavier at 27 months than other breeds.
Venturon Charolais co-principal Andrew Thompson said the day was a chance to show other producers what it is he and his family are trying to achieve with their stud and commercial herd.
"The Charolais breed is still very popular with stud and commercial producers in the South West," he said.
"We're lucky enough to be able to run a commercial herd alongside our stud stock which helps with crossbreeding.
"From start to finish, Charolais are proven performers with a very even temperament.
"They're always a fabulous terminal sire option for breeders."
The Thompsons sell their commercial calves at nine to 10 months old, averaging more than 400kg a head with top weights over 500kg.
Zoetis sales representative Michael Rose was also on hand throughout the day and spoke about managing and preventing reproductive diseases in cattle and the future of genomics in WA cattle breeding.
Gallagher Australia territory manager Stephen Muir demonstrated Gallagher Australia's new cattle weighing system, while Greenline Ag sales representative Glen Dilkes, Boyup Brook, displayed a range of John Deere machinery on the day.