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Top price for Wattlebray Charbrays at national sale

Buyer Cherie Gooding, from Marlegoo Charbrays, Biloela, with seller Trevor Ford, from Wattlebray Charbrays, Chinchilla.
Buyer Cherie Gooding, from Marlegoo Charbrays, Biloela, with seller Trevor Ford, from Wattlebray Charbrays, Chinchilla. Allan Reinikka ROK210916acharbra

TREVOR Ford expected last week's 39th National Charbray bull and female sale to be strong but he did not expect to walk away with the title of top seller.

Coming from Wattlebray Charbrays, near Chinchilla, Trevor secured a tidy $20,000 for his bull, which sold to Cherie Gooding, from Marlegoo Charbrays at Biloela, and $18,000 for his second highest selling bull.

Trevor, who made the worthwhile trip to Rockhampton with his family, said their overall average was $9100, which was on the back of a $9400 average last year.

"We had a strong sale last year. We didn't top the sale last year but we got $19,000 for a bull last year and averaged about $9400,” he said.

"So I guess we're a little bit back on that but we're still over the moon.

"The rain does make a difference. It instils confidence in the buyers and, with the current market conditions, it just helped the sale to be strong.”

Trevor, who has been in the industry since 1980, said his love for the cattle industry stemmed from his parents breeding charbrays.

"I just see a huge benefit to the charbray breed, especially the generation bred charbrays and the consistency and predictability they bring and we've now got with the charbray breeding program.”

Trevor and his wife Lolita own and operate Wattlebray Charbrays and are third generation breeders of charbray cattle.

Chinchilla, on the Western Downs, is the home to Wattlebray Charbrays.

Lone Starr, about 35km north-east of Chinchilla, is the base of the bull breeding operation and breeders run at Oakleigh, 65km north-east of Chinchilla, and leased properties in the same district.

Cherie Gooding, who bought the top selling bull, also sold while at the sale.

"We sold as well. We made just around the average but we've picked up a pretty handy sire today, a good herd improver,” she said.

"We we're looking for a polled stud sire and one that can be used over our commercial herd as well. We're just looking for a bit of bone and thickness and softness in a nice polled sire.”


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