The British Charolais Cattle Society

Supporting Europe’s No. 1 Beef Breed

Charolais is the Number One Choice

Many factors have to be thought about when choosing a new stock bull.  It is essential to consider the farming system, breeding females in the herd and the end product for the market place.  The Charolais breed is the No 1 choice for top breeders, given their prolific growth rate and returns that top the market place week on week.

Charolais has been the No 1 choice for over 20 years at the farm of James and Shane Rice from Collin in County Armagh.   With 100 commercial cows, they have been selling their Charolais cross weanlings for a premium. With a reputation for well framed stores, there is high demand and a ready market for their quality stock.  Calves are born in the spring are sold at the October Weanling sales in Markethill. With pens of steers and heifers securing top prices and realising up to £130+ ahead of other breeds. Read more…

Napoleon takes charge at the Dungannon Charolais sale

There was a good trade for the Charolais at Dungannon on Friday 15 March at the Northern Ireland club official spring sale sponsored by Danske Bank. Bidding peaked at 8,000gns and 33 lots sold to an average of £3,379, £94 up on last year’s sale. Read more…

Nico joins Coolnaslee herd for £14,000

The May 2017-born Charolais bull, Carwood Nico, bred by the Wight family at Carwood, Biggar, has been sold in a private deal to Jonathan Crawford of the Coolnaslee herd, in Northern Ireland, for £14,000. Read more…

Increased demand for Charolais at Aberdeen

Strong commercial interest saw an increased demand for Charolais bulls at the Royal Northern Agricultural Society Spring Show on Wednesday 27 February. Bidding peaked at 9,500gns which was the highest price of the day across all breeds and 16 lots sold to an average of £4,463 with five more sold than last year and a clearance rate increase of 8% to 73%. Read more…

Charolais lead the Spring trade

Thrunton Nugget

Charolais sold the most bulls, had the highest average and best clearance rate of the spring round of the Stirling bull sales. There were 121 bulls sold representing an 83.5% clearance, with bull sales topping at 13,000gns and averaging £6,063. The heifer prices peaked at 5,800gns, while the dispersal of the Alsnow herd saw prices of up to 8,500gns for cows and calves. 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.

Read more…

Forthcoming Sales & Events

Exeter 12 April 2019
Exeter Livestock Market, The Matford Centre, Matford Park Road, Exter EX2 8FD
Tel: 01392 252261 email: megan.dennis@kivells.com
Inspections 9am Show 12 noon Sale 1pm
16 Bulls & 8 Females
View the sale catalogue

Welshpool 27 April 2019
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/

Dungannon 6 May 2019
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/

Stirling 6 May 2019
United Auctions Ltd,Stirling Agricultural Centre, Stirling FK9 4RN
Tel: 01786 473055
Email: mowens-smith@uagroup.co.uk Web: https://www.uagroup.co.uk/

Carlisle 11 May 2019
Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle, CA1 2RS
Tel: 01228 590490 Fax: 01228 640921
Email: info@borderway.com Web: https://harrisonandhetherington.co.uk/

Swatragh 31 May 2019

Stirling 21/22 October 2019
United Auctions Ltd,Stirling Agricultural Centre, Stirling FK9 4RN
Tel: 01786 473055
Email: mowens-smith@uagroup.co.uk Web: https://www.uagroup.co.uk/

Dungannon 1 November 2019
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/

Welshpool 7 November 2019
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/

Carlisle 22 November 2019
Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle, CA1 2RS
Tel: 01228 590490 Fax: 01228 640921
Email: info@borderway.com Web: https://harrisonandhetherington.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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