The British Charolais Cattle Society

Supporting Europe’s No. 1 Beef Breed

Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2019 and notice of the 58th Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 18 June 2020 at 1pm via zoom, see attachment below

58th AGM Notice Charolais Society

Inaugural Charolais Online Auction Tops at £10,000

With the ban on pedigree breeding sales in the livestock markets due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Harrison and Hetherington developed their online marketing to include timed auctions, so that the pedigree breeders had a legitimate outlet at which to sell their bulls.

The Charolais sale which was due to take place at Borderway mart in the 9 May was converted into the new online timed auction format, which started on Friday 8 and concluded on Tuesday 12 May. Where a total of 19 Charolais bulls found new homes to average £5,021 and bidding peaked at £10,000 while eight lots traded at five thousand pounds and above. Read the full report here


The British Charolais Cattle Society have launched a new service to help our breeders market and sell their stock due to the cancellation of Spring pedigree sales in the light of the Covid-19 outbreak.

We have grouped animals into sale catalogues according to the sale that they are entered into and each animal in the catalogue has their details, as well as the full contact details of their vendor, including their health status information, along with a link to the full pedigree and performance info. This means that if you are interested in purchasing an animal you can contact the owner directly.

Please contact the Sue Stenner at the Society, preferably with pictures or video of your animal if you would like to enter them into the private sales catalogue @ or if you would like more information please call 07891 119781.

Could you please also let us know if you sell your animal as we would like to keep the catalogue as up to date as possible.

Could you also please check that you have given your permission to show your details online – you can check this by visiting here and entering your details. If the database displays an error, you must return a GDPR form to us by email if you wish us to post details of how prospective purchasers can get in touch. Please find the GDPR form here


Great news, Breedplan scanners – Jim Barber, Linda McKendrick and William Tait are all back out on the road this week and Willie Wilson will be back next week.

At the moment they will just be scanning fairly local (within a couple of hour’s drive) as there is no accommodation available. Hopefully they will catch up with the backlog fairly soon.

Please contact them if you need scanning done so they can schedule you in.

If you are not able to schedule scanning, to have at least growth EBVs in place, can breeders please weigh their cattle before turn out. As scan data can be accepted up to 30 months of age hopefully the scanners can catch up with the backlog later in the year if the situation allows.

We are up to date with weights at the moment but with communications being a bit hampered if you would like your weights to be included in the next ABRI run (1st June) please send them in with plenty of time available before the close off date.

Email is a must on this so please send to Barbara directly:


With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and current restrictions of selling breeding animals, we would like to update you on the latest news regarding sales:

In most cases animals’ DNA tests have been completed but not all animals have been DNA verified yet. Please make sure that you are aware if your animal’s DNA test has been completed and at it is least sire verified. If they have not please ensure that you notify the purchaser that the result is pending. The Society will not transfer animals into breeding herds until the DNA test has been completed.

Society Transfers

The Society will, in cases where animals are sold through the auctioneer, not charge a private transfer fee. If you sell your animal without using the auctioneer, the Society transfer fee of £20.00 + VAT will be applicable, as is usual in the case of private sales into pedigree herds.

Health Declarations
In order for us to produce an electronic catalogue it is vital that we receive your Health Declaration form. If you have not returned it, please do so urgently and by email rather than post.

If animals are not sold at the auction centre, they cannot be covered under the usual NBA warranties. H&H have arranged for animals to be sold under the Livestock Auctioneers Association conditions of sale which can be viewed here

For the other sales you can sell your animals under a private NBA warranty. If you are a member of the NBA this service is free, and if you are not private warranties can be purchased for £20 + VAT per animal, alternatively you can join the NBA for a flat fee of £75.00. Warranty forms must be obtained prior to the sale taking place and signed by both parties at the time of sale. In addition to this warranty, we would recommend arranging insurance cover for your animal.

For more information and for the terms of private sale warranties please click here
Please contact the NBA on 01434 601005 or at to get your warranty forms or to enquire about joining. More information on memberships can be found here

If you are happy to sell without an warranty you must be prepared to stand by your animal including any consequential loss that the purchaser may claim. In addition, we would recommend arranging insurance to cover any potential losses.

Most of the early summer shows have either been cancelled or postposed due to the Corona Virus outbreak. Please find the latest information on shows here

We hope you are keeping safe and well as this crisis continues. If you have any issues, or enquiries please contact us on the following email addresses or telephone numbers:

General enquiries: Tel – 02476 697222 Email:
Peter Phythian Chief Executive: Tel – 07949 262293 Email:
Sue Stenner Communications Manager (social media, website, Charolais Youth, DNA typing & Sales enquiries): Tel – 07891 119781 Email:
Rusmi Parekh Office Manager (sale entries and Herd Book enquiries): Email:
Rebecca Fraser (Accounts, ET registrations, inspections memberships & accounts enquiries):
Fiona Warner (registrations, transfers, newsletters & website enquiries):
Mandy Mooney (DNA):

The Charolais Team


Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, the subsequent UK Government restrictions and the cancellation of the Highland show, we have made alternative arrangements for the Society Annual General Meeting.

The meeting will now take place at 1.00pm on Thursday 18 June 2020 and members will be able to view and take part online via Zoom, which has been agreed with the Charities commission.
In case of any change to the current restrictions which limit public gatherings to two people, we will keep the situation under review and recommend that you should continue to monitor the Society’s website for updates. In the event that our AGM arrangements change, the Society will also issue a further communication.

The Charolais Team

Commercial demand drives price increase at Dungannon

The market was packed to the rafters for the Charolais sale at Dungannon on Friday 6 March, where bidding peaked at 6,200gns and 33 bulls sold to average £3,465.00 up £86.00 on last year. The sale saw 85% of the bulls forward finding new homes, an increase of 19% from 2019, most of which were purchased by the commercial market.

The day’s top seller at 6,200gns was the pre-show junior champion who also went on the receive the reserve supreme and reserve male championship accolades. Bred and exhibited by Sean McGovern, Clogher, Co Tyrone, Ratoary Ourboy is a 16 month-old by the Royal Welsh show reserve junior champion Montgomery Ianto, and his dam Clooncullane Chloe goes back to the French-bred Mozart. He was purchased by R Pedlow, Lurgan, Co Armagh. Read the full report…

Aberdeen Charolais average up on the year

Charolais trade was led by a strong commercial interest at the Aberdeen and Northern Marts multibreed Spring show on Wednesday 26 February, where Charolais averages climbed by £481.25 from last year to £4,943.75 for the 12 bulls sold and bidding peaked at 6,800gns.

The supreme and breed champion was the top selling Charolais of the day, at 6,800gns. Bonnykelly Officer, a 20 month-old bull by the 10,000gns Carlisle reserve intermediate champion Gretnahouse Ivory, exhibited by Robert Leggat, New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, was snapped up by PAK Junor, Dores, Inverness-shire. His dam Bonnykelly Fern is sired by the 9,000gns New Deer show champion Newhouse Challanger. Read more…

Charolais remain king at Stirling

Charolais once again sold the highest number of bulls as well as producing the biggest average of all breeds sold at the Spring round of the Stirling bull sales. They also matched the top price of 25,000gns not once but twice, sold a total of 117 with 15 bulls to five figures and a strong commercial interest saw 74 sell for 5,000gns and above. The breed’s average of £6,633.85 was up £571.18 up on the year while the clearance rate was 79% at the sale on Tuesday 18 February. Read more…



We need your help please

Since we have changed our DNA testing to SNP testing, we have had to re-test a lot of the old bulls that were previously tested on MS.

Unfortunately, lots of the samples that were on hold were not suitable to be re-tested and therefore there are still lots of bull which don’t have a SNP profile.

This is a problem because it means that we have to test their progeny on both the old and new technologies (SNP & MS) if we need to sire verify them.

Therefore we are appealing to you our members to help us out.

Please could you have a look in your semen storage to see if you can spare us a straw or two.

Please visit Semen Samples Required for DNA Testing to look at the list of samples we require.

If you can donate a straw of semen for one or more bulls on the list, we would be very grateful. Please contact us at the office to let us know.


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.

Read more…

Forthcoming Sales & Events 


To view all upcoming sale catalogues as they are published click here

Aberdeen 26 February Auctioneers: Aberdeen & Northern Marts Ltd Tel: 01467 623700

Carlisle 9 May, 22 October Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Tel: 01228 406230

Dungannon 6 March,29 May,6 November Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart Tel: 028 8772 2727

Exeter 24 April Auctioneers: Exeter Livestock Market Tel: 01392 252261

Stirling  4 May, 19/20 October Auctioneers: United Auctions Ltd Tel: 01786 473055

Welshpool 18 April CANCELLED, 12 November Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales Ltd Tel: 01938 553438


For all sales and show dates please click on the calendar below

Charolais Youth

2020 Regional Qualifier Dates

Charolais Youth Year

This year’s regional qualifiers began with the Welsh & Midlands qualifier, which was once again held at Welshpool livestock market with the help of Welshpool livestock sales, on the night proceeding the April Charolais sale.

The market, which was redeveloped and opened on its new and existing site in 2009, is capable of holding in excess of 1200 cattle and 15,000 sheep, and holds weekly sales of prime sheep and cattle as well as fortnightly sales of dairy and store cattle, selling in excess of 500,000 sheep and 10,000 cattle annually. In addition to the livestock market, WSL also offer other specialist services, including land valuations and surveys, farm and livestock sales and a range of grant and government subsidy services. Read more…

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