Douglasdale Charolais Stud was established in 2005 using a basis of genetics provided by Palgrove Charolais Stud, Airlie Charolais Stud, Quicksilver, Violet Hills and Barambahdale studs.
Since then we have stabilised high quality genetics so that we now have a quality breeding herd exhibiting moderate birth weights with our females showing high milking rates, raising early maturing claves which are being used extensively by commercial breeders to produce vealers which are marketed to local butchers. Our vealers in our commercial herd where we have used Charolais bulls across Charbray, Shorthorn and Angus cows have matured at 9 months to dress at approximately 200kg. We are marketing these vealers to a number of Central Coast and Newcastle butchers at a very attractive set price so that our cows in our commercial herd are returning well in excess of $600 per year.
During 2008 we had remarkable success with our artificial breeding program which has resulted in us having quality calves from bulls such as Burradoon Talisman, Goldies Unbeatable, L.T. Wyoming Wind and L.T Bluegrass.
With the genetics from these outstanding sires, we look forward to further improvement in the quality of our genetics in the stock that we will have available for stud and commercial sale.
We have enjoyed considerable success in the last two years at Provincial Shows winning both Senior and Junior Champion bulls and Interbreed Champions on some 20 occasions. Our show team grows and the attached pictures indicate the quality of the stock we have on show and for sale.
During the 2008/2009 Show season we have been fortunate enough to be able to feature our top bulls, one purchased from Palgrove and bred at Douglasdale. These two bulls “Palgrove Beckham” purchased at the Palgrove Bull Sale for $42,000, and “Douglasdale Viagra” have variously been awarded champion Senior Bull, Champion Junior Bull, Grand champion Charolais Bull and on many occasions champion Interbreed bull and Supreme Beast of the shows throughout country shows of NSW. Palgrove Beckham also featured as the Senior Champion Bull at the Canberra Royal Agricultural Society Show March 2009. Obviously progeny from quality bulls such as this will mean even further improvement in the stock we will be marketing over the next two years.