The British Charolais Cattle Society

Supporting Europe’s No. 1 Beef Breed

New Carcase Traits from AHDB – New Breeding tools could help beef farmers boost profits

Five new Estimated Breeding Values (EBV’s) for traits that farmers are directly paid for, have been developed to help farmers improve profits by producing more beef animals that meet target specification. Read more…

Charolais Chairman Cleans up at Carlisle
Judge: David Thornley


Society Chairman Chris Curry had a great day at Carlisle on Friday 23 November when his bull not only secured the championship at the pre sale show but went on to sell for the days top price of 5,400gns. 11 of the days small but high quality offering of Charolais bulls sold, representing a 79% clearance rate and averaging £3,723. All of the Charolais females on offer found new homes with the female champion securing the highest price. Read more…

Norseman rides off with the top price
Judge: Emma Andrews

There was a strong commercial interest in Charolais bulls at Welshpool on Thursday 8 November at the breed’s official autumn sale. Bidding peaked at 7,000gns and 27 bulls sold to an average of £3,771, while the demand for Charolais females fuelled a 4,400gns top bid.

Topping the lots and securing a price of 7,000gns in a joint purchase from Society President Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow, and Wallace Brown, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, was the 14-month-old Maerdy Norseman from Flintshire Vet, Esmor Evans, who had also secured the top price of 40,000gns at Stirling bull sales last month. Norseman was awarded a red ticket at the pre-sale show and is sired by the 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior male champion Blelack Fabulous, while his dam Maerdy Jinny is a daughter of the easy calving and short gestation Blelack Digger. Read more…

 

 

Why Myostatin?
Knowing the myostatin status of your animals, will help you to select bulls with the most appropriate myostatin traits for your breeding program. This will lead to better calving ease and help with the ever-present trend to improve carcass confirmation and quality.

There are both advantages and disadvantages of breeding with animals carrying the myostatin gene, which is why it is imperative that you know the carrier status of your breeding animals.

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Forthcoming Sales & Events

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Aberdeen 27 February
Aberdeen & Northern Marts, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie AB5 9XZ
Tel: 01467 623700
Email: Jacqui.murray@anmgroup.co.uk Web:http://www.anmarts.co.uk/

Carlisle 11 May, 22 November
Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle, CA1 2RS
Tel: 01228 590490 Fax: 01228 640921
Email: info@borderway.com Web: https://harrisonandhetherington.co.uk/

Dungannon 15 March, 6 May, 1 November
Dungannon Farms Mart, 90 Granville, Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, N Ireland, BT70 1NJ
Tel: 02887 722727
Email: dungannon@auctionmarts.com Web: http://www.dfm-ni.co.uk/

Exeter April 2019
Exeter Livestock Market, The Matford Centre, Matford Park Road, Exter EX2 8FD
Tel: 01392 252261 email: megan.dennis@kivells.com

Stirling 18/19 February, 6 May, 21/22 October
United Auctions Ltd,Stirling Agricultural Centre, Stirling FK9 4RN
Tel: 01786 473055
Email: mowens-smith@uagroup.co.uk Web: https://www.uagroup.co.uk/

Swatragh 31 May

Welshpool 27 April, 7 November
Welshpool Livestock Sales, Buttington Cross, Buttington, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8SR
Tel: 01938 553438 Fax: 01938 554607
Email: abbey@welshpoolsmithfield.co.uk Web: http://www.welshpoolsmithfield.co.uk/

 

Charolais Youth

National Young Stars Northern Boys

This year’s Charolais team, The Northern Boys – Micheal Dumbreck, Tom Brown and Harry Stobart, who were kindly jointly sponsored by Blyth’s Butchers, arrived at Malvern Three Counties Showground mid-morning, after their long trip down from Yorkshire ready to start work. Read more…

 

Charolais Youth Year

There was an early start to the qualifiers this year, as the weekend after Easter saw the first of the regional qualifiers take place for the South East, Anglia and South West regions on Saturday 7 April at Mortimers Farm, Fair Oak, Hampshire, by kind invitation of the Piper and Maclean families. Read more…

 

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