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Sydney RAS Steer and Carcase Competition 2024

4th April 2024
It has been a pleasure to be once again associated with the Scots All Saints College at Bathurst by supplying their cattle team with 3 purebred Charolais steers to prepare for the Sydney RAS Steer and Carcase competition. The preparation was supervised by head teacher, Libby Dawes. We were very ple ... read more

Violet Hills 13th Annual Sale Report

4th May 2023
Charolais studs dominated the buying at the Violet Hills Annual bull sale, with about 15 per cent (6 bulls) of the line-up going to established seed-stock operations. The on-property sale at Rydal sold 37 of 39 bulls that were offered to a top of $24,000 and a $8986 average. One bull was also sold ... read more

How Things Have Changed

16th February 2023
It is interesting to reflect on the changes in the beef cattle industry in temperate Australia, over the last 50 odd years. Back in the 60's and 70's Herefords was the dominant breed. Store sales would be dominated with pen after pen of "baldy" steers and heifers. Other breeds were a rarity. When s ... read more

Violet Hills 12th Annual Sale Report

5th May 2022
At our Annual On Property sale we sold 42 bulls at auction for an average of $8380. Top price was $17000.00 for Violet Hills Reyd (P) who was purchased by a regular client from Marrurundi Mr. Wayne Parkins. Bulls went to Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales ... read more

Violet Hills 11th Annual Sale Report

20th May 2021
A strong demand for the easy calving, early maturing bulls led to a 100% clearance of the 43bulls on offer. The bulls went to 5 states with a top price of $15,500.00 with a sale average of $8312.00.Top priced bull was purchased by Kilkenny Charolais, Taroom Qld, who purchased a total of3 bulls for ... read more

Violet Hills 10th Annual Sale Report

7th May 2020
The sale was conducted by Elders Bathurst branch in conjunction with Elders stud stock department with Brian Kennedy acting as auctioneer. Buyers attended from NSW  with other buyers operating via phone and auctions plus from Qld, Vic and Tas as well as NSW. Overall 29 bulls from the 36 offer ... read more

Grand Champion junior carcase award to Sophie Inder

22nd April 2020
At the recent Colin Say & Co Beef Extravaganza a young lady, Sophie Inder, (Rockwell Charolais) achieved some excellent results with her unled Charolais X Angus steer. The steer was awarded Champion unled steer and went on to win Grand Champion junior carcase, with a score of 91.6, and Reserve G ... read more

IMPACT of COVID-19 on Violet Hills

23rd March 2020
At the moment we are all well at Violet Hills and preparations are going ahead for our 10th Annual On Property Sale to be held on Thursday 7th May. We are waiting on clarity regarding restrictions on travel for prospective interstate buyers. Remote buying facilities via Auctions Plus and phone con ... read more

2019 On Farm Sale Report

8th June 2019
Violet Hills Charolais sale tops at $11,000 to QldAn online buyer from Queensland has secured the $11,000 top priced bull today at the 9th annual on-property Violet Hills Charolais sale, Rydal. Alan Goodland from Clare Charolais, Theodore, Qld, was the lucky buyer that snapped up the leading bull o ... read more

Southern Sale Discontinued

22nd November 2018
It is regretted that our Southern Sale (Yea, Victoria) has been discontinued. Our total annual draft of bulls will now be presented at our on farm sale, May 2nd, 2019.   ... read more

8th On Farm Sale Report

7th June 2018
A total of 38 bulls were presented for sale with 30 selling for an average of $5116.00 and a top price of $9500.00. The top priced bull was Violet Hills Marcello (P) who was purchased by the Inder family. Marcello was by Violet Hills Jolly Joker (P) and scanned 8mm for rump fat, 6mm for rib fat, 143 ... read more

Australian National Field Days Steer and Carcase Competition 2017/18 Results

3rd April 2018
Australian National Field Days (Orange) Steer and Carcase  Violet Hills entered two teams of purebred Charolais steers in the Australian National Field Days Steer and Carcase competition 2017-2018. We had two different sire groups. Both teams were from the bottom end of the pure bred calves ou ... read more

Lot 3 - Violet Hills Magnificent (P) VHV M167E

3rd April 2018
Lot 3 Violet Hills Charolais annual sale on 3rd May 2018. Violet Hills Magnificent is an outstanding, high performing, polled Charolais bull whose sire, Violet Hills Jolly Joker (P), who is the number 1 indexing bull (2013) on the Charolais breed plan. He is a bull who would improve the performance ... read more

2017 Australian National Field Days Steer and Carcase Competition

22nd May 2017
Photo is of Daryl receiving the 1st place award, from Bruce McKay, former NSW Agriculture (Orange) Beef Cattle Officer, for the team that won the “Calculated Yield of Saleable Meat”. We have won this award at the last 3 competitions with teams of pure bred Charolais steers. ... read more

2017 On Farm Sale Report

5th May 2017
The Violet Hills on property sale was conducted on the 4th of May 2017. A total 32 of the 35 bulls offered sold for an average of $5906.25. The top price of $13000.00 was paid for Lot 6 Violet Hills Louden (P) (VHVL20E). He was purchased by Mackaway Pastoral Co., Walcha. Buyers operated from Tasm ... read more

2017 Yea Bull Sale Results

1st March 2017
At auction sold 14 for an average of $5286.00 with a top of $7000.00 three times (Lots 1,2 and 4). Overall 18 sold for an average of $5083.00. Lot 1 , Violet Hills Lloyd (VHVL305E)(P) who was purchased by Greg and Jeanette McGrath, St. Clair Charolais. Lot 2, Violet Hills Laibrook (VHVL91E)(P) who ... read more

Pakenham Sale Results

9th January 2017
Congratulations to Sebastian Iannello from Garfield, who sold 7 to 8 month old calves with the tops weighing 435kg and selling for 353.5 c/kg to come back at $1538.16. Overall the 17 mix sex calves averaged 399.8kg and came back at an average of $1396.54 The calves were out of Angus X Fresian and ... read more

Report on the Violet Hills Charolais bull sale

9th May 2016
At our on property sale on the 5th May 32 bulls sold for an average of $5314.00 with a top price of $9000.00. The top priced bull was Lot 8, Violet Hills Kalangadoo who was purchased by Rogers and Summerell of Bega for the production of grass fed trade cattle. 21 Charolais/Red Angus composite heif ... read more

2016 Yea Bull Sale Results

29th February 2016
2016 Violet Hills Charolais 2nd Southern Sale, Yea 24th February 2016. Violet Hills had a complete clearance at our 2nd Southern Bull Sale held at Yea livestock selling centre. The 32 bulls averaged $4890.00 with a top price of $8000.00 being paid for Violet Hills Kidman(P) by Greg and Jeanette Mc ... read more

Australian National Field Day Steer and Carcase Trial

30th July 2015
Violet Hills entered two teams, by two individual bulls, of purebred steers in the 2014/15 trial. Both teams were out of heifers and were not suitable to be kept as bulls. In other words, they were the bottom of the crop! After 100 days on grass they were inducted into Gundamain feedlot for a furth ... read more