A GOOD clearance of females with a top of $1200 for females and $2000 for a bull was the result at the Downunder Charolais on-property sale last week. Elders auctioneer Colin Wilson had to fight tooth and nail for bids and was a little disapointed with the money the cattle fetched, especially considering their excellent quality this year. "Buyers that were here supported the sale well but, at the moment, studs seem to have sufficient females and people just aren't in a buying mood," Colin said. Downunder Charolais stud principal Lesley Millner said the sale was an improvement on last year, with a massive increase of 60 per cent clearance on females and a rise in top price of $200. Top price female went to Brookhaven Grazing Company, Harvey, who paid $1200 for Downunder Perfect Match and her bull calf sired by Nobel Prize. The five-year old-cow was sired by LHD Mr Perfect and had been depastured with Nobel Prize. Ian, Elizabeth and Cam Steele were also the sole bull buyer, investing in Downunder Settler by Willow Tree stud for $2000. The 2yo bull used in Willow Tree and Liberty studs this year, had outstanding eye muscle of 145 and was sired by the 1995 and 1997 Royal Show Charolais grand champion Nobel Prize. Frank Lambert, Token stud, Albany, was the bulk buyer at the sale, buying nine females to almost double his stud herd. Frank started his stud three years ago in the Lower King area and is building up his numbers. "I have bought one female from Downunder previously and you could say I had a sudden interest this year," Frank said. He paid $1100 for Downunder Culham Maud, a 7yo cow with heifer calf at foot by Palgrove Jackpot. He also outlaid $1000 for a proved cow, Rosedale Lady chairman 3, with a bull calf at foot. The cow came as an embryo imported from Canada, was sired by JSC Chairman, and Lesley and Rob named her as one of their best matrons with excellent milking ability. The other big investor at the sale was Brad McGinty, Greenbushes, who bought three females from Downunder, two from Alf Misiani's Santez Charolais stud and one percentage commercial heifer from Boronia for $750. Brad paid $1100 for Santez's polled Gunnadoo Hero, sired by Gunnadoo Just In Time, and depastured with Airlie Quorn. The percentage females mated with calves at foot proved to very popular with Balwey Stud, Waterloo, paying the top of $850 for Boronia Snuggle Pot, who was AI to Willow Tree Pirate. Alan and Pauline Gould, Mogumber, paid second top dollar for the percentage females, shelling out $750 for Boronia Ritzie with heifer calf at foot. The Goulds also bought a pure Charolais, Downunder Nectarine, with heifer calf at foot for $1000, with plans to add the two to their commercial mixed herd and put a Santa Gertrudis bull over them.