REPEAT buyers were in attendance at the 10th annual Violet Hills Charolais bull sale at Rydal last Thursday where a $10,000 top price was reached. Overall 29 of the 36 bulls offered were sold by auction to achieve an 81 per cent clearance and an average of $6086. Long time clients Bryden and Maria Perry, from Rothsay in the Bylong Valley, purchased the $10,000 sale topper Violet Hills Plantagenet. Brought forward in the selling order, the 20-month-old was a red-factor, polled son of home-bred sire Violet Hills Jolly Joker, who also sired the 2019 top-priced bull that sold for $11,000. Out of Violet Hills Gabrielle, he weighed 700 kilograms and measured nine millimetres and 6mm in the rump and rib fats, 122 square centimetres in the eye muscle area (EMA) and 4.7pc intramuscular fat (IMF). The Jenkins family said he was a bull with a magnificent temperament, and figures that sat him top 5pc of the breed for calving ease, top 10pc for fats and top 1pc for domestic index. His grand-dam on both sides was by Pouriwai Sonny S378 who was imported semen from New Zealand by the Violet Hills stud some time ago. Three bulls hit the second top-price of $9000, including Violet Hills Penrith purchased by return buyers Clare Charolais, Theodore, Qld, who secured the 2019 high-selling bull. Others were Violet Hills Perseus bought by Debbie and Phillip Hammond of Mitchell Valley Produce, Bairnsdale, Vic, and Violet Hills Pinadri bought by the TM. and HL. Inders, Rockwell, Merriwa. Another returnee Andrew Wallings, Wallings Pastoral Company, Cassilis, bought three bulls and Deddick Springs, Bomballa bought three for a $5000 average. Hosting one of the first physical auctions in a while, buyers were in attendance but action also came from Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and NSW via AuctionsPlus. Audrey Scott of Stanley, Tasmania, was one online buyer who bought two for a $7750 average. Violet Hills co-principal Daryl Jenkins said "after many years developing a type of Charolais that is suitable for the Australian grass fed market we are very pleased that we are meeting the needs of the commercial producer." Two bulls were passed in for $13,000 after not meeting their reserves and will be retained by Violet Hills. The sale was conducted by Elders Bathurst with auctioneer Brian Kennedy, Elders Stud Stock. "The draft was a very even line of bulls that presented well for buyers," said Elders agent Andrew Bickford.