Charolais features in top Scottish beef herds
Peter Watson and his sons, Adam and David who farm 1,350 acres at Darnford, Banchory use Charolais as the terminal sire over their 426 cow Salers cross suckler herd and steers and heifers finish to an average 380kg within 20 months.
Iain Malcolm, Wester Coilechat, Callander was one of the two runners up. Farming 2,700 upland acres, the cattle enterprise includes 190 spring calving Shorthorn cross cows with the majority put to the Charolais. The enterprise is underpinned by a deferred grazing system whereby cattle are wintered on the high hill. more …
Managing Charolais crosses to meet the new abattoir spec
Are the new abattoir specifications threating the use of Continental beef sires? The Watson family, of Darnford, Banchory, winners of the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year 2015 have proved that a planned management and nutrition strategy results in their Charolais cross steers and heifers adequately finished and averaging 380kg deadweight within 20 months more ….
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