By Tom Collins
CAMPBELLFORD — Two top-selling Charolais bred heifers sold for $5,500 each at the 9th annual Autumn Prestige Sale at Campbellford on Oct. 13.
PALE Miss Rome 5E, consigned by Ferme Palerme at Gatineau, Que. sold to DRD Charolais in Sintaluta, Sask. While Blackbern Dance 38D, consigned by Blackbern Farms at Foresters Falls in Renfrew County, sold to Double T Farms at Shawville, Que.
Whitewater Fiesta 13F was the top-selling heifer calf. Consigned by Whitewater Livestock at Haley Station in Renfrew County, she sold for $5,000 to DRD Charolais.
In total, 50 lots averaged $3,633.
Charolais is the third most common beef breed in Canada by registrations behind Angus and Simmental, and interest in the breed is growing, said sale chair Kirby Hakkesteegt.
“The breed itself is designed as a performance breed,” he said. “The bulls are sought after for a cross for British style cows (such as Hereford, Limousin or Black Angus). Those cross-bred calves do extremely well in the feedlot with the Charolais influence in them. You cross them up with anything, and they’ll bring dollars back to the producer.”