Bolinda Vale Grazing wins Silver Calf

By Jessica Whyte
December 20 2021 - 6:00am
Sponsor Marcia Devenney (left), WSD Agribusiness, Katelyn Butler, Hannah Barton, Tilly Butler, Deb Butler, Bolinda Vale Grazing, Keysbrook, and sponsor Rebecca Turner, Morgan Feed Supplies with the champion pen of Charolais steers from Bolinda Vale Grazing. The pen included 15 Charolais cross steers weighing 366 kilograms which later sold in the sale for 582c/kg and $2129.

S & C Livestock's 20th annual Pinjarra and Districts Weaner Sale at the Muchea Livestock Centre hosted its fourth WA Charolais Society 'Silver Calf' competition earlier this month.

The Charolais breed was well represented in the sale yarding with a strong presentation of Charolais sired steers and heifers from Pinjarra and surroundings to Toodyay.

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Entrants entered a minimum of six Charolais sired steers and heifers nominated for the S & C Livestock sale and were judged on evenness, shape, muscling and temperament.

South West cattle producer Rodney Galati, Brunswick, was once again given the task of judging the pens.

Mr Galati said there were probably fewer Charolais entered in the competition than previous years but the overall quality was outstanding.

"The presentation of Charolais in the S & C Livestock show and sale is always very strong," Mr Galati said.

"All of the Charolais pens went on to sell very well in the sale."

Of the three top place getters two of the pens were steers, with winners receiving a host of prizes donated by sponsors Morgan Feed Supplies, Virbac Australia, S & C Livestock, WSD Agribusiness and the WA Charolais Society.

Third place was also awarded to Bolinda Vale Grazin, Keysbrook, for a pen of eight heifers weighing 334kg and sold for 556c/kg at $1857. Hannah Barton (left), Katelyn Butler, Tilly Butler were with Deb Butler, sponsor Darren Hendry, Virbac Australia and sponsor Rebecca Turner, Morgan Feed Supplies.

Winning the overall champion pen of steers was Bolinda Vale Grazing, Keysbrook.

The pen included 15 Charolais cross steers weighing 366 kilograms and later sold in the sale for 582c/kg and $2129.

Mr Galati said Bolinda Vale Grazing's Charolais had performed well in the competition in the past and this year managed to come out on top.

"Bolinda Vale Grazing has been breeding consistently high quality cattle for a long time," he said.

The second place ribbon went to a draft of steers entered by the Elliott family, North Dandalup, for their pen of 10 Charolais steers weighing 380kg and sold for 572c/kg at $2172.

Mr Galati said the Elliotts had also done well in the past and put up another strong penning of Charolais to finish in second place.

Third place was also awarded to Bolinda Vale Grazing for a pen of eight heifers weighing 334kg and sold for 556c/kg at $1857.

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