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Newcombe’s Charbray

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A TWO-WEEK old calf that made his showing debut at the 2006 Brisbane Royal Show has created a record price of $25,000 as a private sale for the Charbray breed.

Newcombes BODMAN - Grand Champion Male and Senior Champion Male at Beef 09

Newcombe's Bodman first entered the spotlight at his very first show, the Brisbane Royal as a two week old calf.

Some three years later he was sashed grand champion Charbray bull at Beef 09 and has sold privately for the record price of $25,000 to Surat district breeders Keith and Annabelle Wilson, Samari Plains.

For breeders Rob and Denise Newcombe and children Jayne and Myles, the sale of their stable star is overwhelming and very humbling.

As well, the Wilson’s also paid $10,000 for Newcombe’s Dawson, a five-month-old polled son of Bodman, from Newcombe’s Bindi by Platinum Ultra and from a Belah Valley Charbray cow, which also created another private sale record.

Both Rob and Denise have some 20 years experience in commercial Charbray breeding before they formed the Newcombe’s Charbray Stud, situated in the Goomburra Valley.

The Newcombe's stud operates around an embryo transfer program involving 15 elite donor cows, and the focus has and always will be on the commercial attributes of fertility and carcass attributes.

They used the foundation Brahman sire Coweki Palooka and Belah Valley bulls and females to start their generational breeding program.

Bodman is by CHP Vantage, while his dam is Newcombe’s Rachel, bred from a Kandanga Valley female.

Newcombe’s Rachel was sashed Reserve Senior Champion female at the 2006 Brisbane Royal Show, when Bodman was a two-week old calf at foot.

Bodman’s career highlights include claiming the Supreme Tropical Bull at Clifton under the watchful eye of noted cattleman Alan Atkinson, of Valley of Lagoons Droughtmaster Stud, at just six months of age.

Mr Atkinson at the time described Bodman as a bull that was capable of changing the Charbray breed.

And that was a comment he didn’t back away from when he was reintroduced to Bodman recently at Beef 09.

According to Annabelle and Keith Wilson, Samari Plains, Surat who started breeding Charbrays in 2000, they were looking for a quality bull that had all the attributes of a “lovely type and the great temperament to match”.

The Wilsons run 80 stud Charbray breeders based on Charolais and Brahman infusion and were looking for a bull to stabilize their colour and take their herd forward.

Annabelle said they would draft off a group of 50 their best cows and join them to Bodman in the spring.

Bodman has an illustrious show career this season claiming grand champion award at Allora, Warwick, Clifton, Killarney, and Toowoomba Royal and that is when the Wilson’s took notice of him.

“After seeing him written up in the Queensland Country Life we contacted Rob and Denise, and we had a long look at him at Beef 09, Annabelle said.

“While we had negotiated for the $10,000 polled Newcombe’s Dawson at Beef 09, we then again inspected Bodman at home, and had a good look at his mother and other siblings before we decided to buy him.

“His dam and dam’s siblings are lovely cows,” Annabelle said.

And for the Newcombe family it was a lifetime dream as when Bodman was born, they set him on a three year preparation to be an exhibit at Beef 09 and he was prepared according.

They are delighted to have forged an alliance with respected cattle breeders such as Keith and Annabelle Wilson.

Supplied by Queensland Country Life

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