Kalinka Charolais was established in around 1980, with the purchase of females from Mr Jim Whalen, of Pine Grove Charolais, Pylong, Victoria. He was one of the first Charolais Breeders in Australia. These females were by Apollon, Clovis, Aga Khan, Carabinier, Cadet Roussel, Excaliber and others.
An early bull purchase was Glenfields Honkey Tonk (by Pinegrove Doogara), Junior and Grand Champion Charolais Bull at Melbourne Royal Show. Honkey Tonk left some wonderful females and over the years females and bulls have been purchased from leading studs to compliment our bloodlines. We have enjoyed considerable show success and bred several Melbourne Royal Show champions over the last 20 years, culminating in the breeding of Kalinka Warren, who was awarded the All Breeds Champion Bull at Melbourne Royal Show in 2003. Warren is still in use and is by Airlie Quagmire, purchased at Sydney Royal Show some years ago. Warren has tremendous Genestar figures; Marbling 5, Tenderness 5, Feed Efficiency 7. Warren sired the 2007 Melbourne Royal Grand Champion Bull Kalinka Arizona, a magnificent Red Factor Polled Bull.
We also run a herd of Red Angus and Charolais cross Commercial females and have enjoyed much success in carcass competitions.
Our pure Charolais female Commercial and Stud Herd numbers around 100 breeders. We use artificial insemination and have an ongoing embryo programme using the very best genetics.
Our cattle are extremely quiet and easy to handle. Their finishing ability is a priority , so softness is essential. We are MN3 and Breedplan members and always have females and bulls for sale.