Rosedale is a family run business and has the largest Polled Charolais herd in Australia. Having commenced in 1970 Rosedale is one of Australia’s foundation Charolais studs and is the longest running Stud in NSW today.
The Millner family’s long term values are evident throughout the quality of our breeding herd as well as the strong relationships we have forged with other members of the cattle industry over the years. We are proud to be associated with the cattle industry and it is safe to say we are in it for the long haul.
We have been very aware of changing industry demands and trends and we feel our cattle have evolved in good time and represent modern charolais bulls that are right for today’s markets and conditions. We were one of the first Charolais breeders to register for breedplan and we performance record all of our progeny every year. This assists both “us” as stud breeders’ as well as our valued clients in making informed breeding decisions. We believe our cattle are a perfect “fit” for most commercial producers looking to maximize returns by using Charolais for cross breeding. Rosedale cattle are well respected in the wider marketplace and proven to perform on both grain and grass scenarios’.
Today we sell over 150 bulls a year both privately and through our two Annual sales. We offer Pure Charolais Bulls as well as Charolais Composite bulls comprising Charolais/Angus and Charolais/Shorthorn.
In 1970 Robert and Patricia Millner along with their 16 year old son Michael established the Rosedale Charolais Stud. At that time Charolais were very new to Australia and without a doubt they certainly had their work cut out for themselves. Along with the other foundation breeders it was a mission to convince Australian Cattlemen of the importance of Charolais to the beef Industry. It was also equally important to “iron out” a few of the early issues that came along with the older style charolais from Europe.
By Grading up from Shorthorn cows both Rob and Michael had success in leading from the front in various carcass competitions around the country. A highlight from the past would have to be a winning entry in a field of over 500 in the 1975 Meat Board competition held at Homebush Bay Abbotoirs. Today we still enter steer trials and competitions in order to prove our genetics under commercial conditions.
In the 1990’s the decision was made to focus on a polled Charolais type that could finish faster with a view that those cattle were much more “user friendly” for the commercial cattleman. North American genetics were utilised to slowly but surely upgrade the Rosedale herd with care being taken to ensure other desirable traits held by the herd were not lost in the process. Now a days 90% of our breeding herd “the engine room of the stud” are polled and 100% of our cows contain polled bloodlines.
The Rosedale Charolais Herd is based at “Rosedale” about 5km from Blayney in Central West NSW.
The bulk of our Commercial herd and Irrigated Cropping/Haymaking activities take place at Dubbo on Properties “Murrumbidgerie” and “Guerie Homestead”, located on Old Dubbo Rd 15 km from Dubbo.
Each year we challenge ourselves by entering leading Carcass trials and steer competitions across the Eastern seaboard of Australia as a way of benchmarking our commercial operation and our Rosedale bloodlines against other leading producers. Although it is nice to be rewarded with success in such competitions the feedback we gain from participating in such events is invaluable to us as seedstock producers’.