British bred Charolais secures record $40,000 Australian deal

British Charolais genetics are proving to be in demand down under. Palgrove Desire 101, a 13 month old heifer by Seawell Offshore sold for a new Australian female breed record of $40,000, while Palgrove Estella 224, a 13 month old heifer calf by the 25,000gns Perth champion, Goldies Unbeatable made $19,000.


The two heifers were among 210 female lots and embryos to feature in David and Prue Bondfield’s biennial sale of females from their Palgrove herd which comprises more than 800 purebred Charolais cows based in Queensland. The Saturday 17th March fixture achieved 100% clearance and an average of $6650.Palgrove Desire 101 went to join Lindsay and Belinda Hindle’s Fairfield stud, Roma, Queensland. She was no stranger to the ring having been shown as a calf at foot to the Bondfield’s Brisbane Royal Show interbreed female champion, Palgrove Desire 68. She is the highest priced Charolais female ever sold in Australia, a figure that beats the country’s previous $36,000 record established back in the early 1970’s.

Mature cows sold up to $32,000 while nine more Goldies Unbeatable daughters averaging 8.5 months of age, came under the hammer sold for an average $9,900. These young Unbeatable daughters were all embryo calves out of some of Palgrove’s elite donor females.