The British Charolais Cattle Society

Supporting Europe’s No. 1 Beef Breed


Congratulations to the winner of class five of the show (FEMALE, born on or between 01/01/2018 – 30/06/2018)

The red rosette goes to Charlotte Boden, Stanthorn, Cheshire, for her June 2018-born heifer Bostockgreen Opal (lot 24). She is sired by the popular and easy calving Davally Illusion and bred out of the Royal Welsh show class winner Shraden Highlight, who goes back to the Shropshire & West Mids show champion Shraden Osram.

2nd – (Lot 14) Caylers Charolais – Caylers Orchid – s. Rosanna Jupiter
3rd – (Lot 11) Jeremy Paynter – Drumilly Overjoyed – s. Invictus

Thank you to all of the competitors and everyone who has voted. View all of the results here

Vote here for Class Six – FEMALE, born on or before 31/12/2017
Voting open from 04/08/2020 – 08/08/2020

Usually getting ready for shows at this time of year, or have always wanted to take part but couldn’t get away from home?
Why not take part in the Great Charolais Summer Show?
Find out how to enter……


We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in the wake of the office shutdown due to COVID-19. We know that it has been more difficult to contact us by phone, but we hope that we have been able to deal with any enquiries that you have had in a timely fashion.

Discussions on when and how to re-open the Society office safely are taking place weekly, but as we as yet do not have a date when this will take place, we have taken the further step of securing dedicated telephone numbers for each member of staff. Please contact the relevant staff member directly with your enquiries:

• Peter Phythian, Chief Executive – Tel: 07949 262293 Email:
• Rusmi Parekh, Office Manager: for sale entries and herd book enquiries – Tel: 07377 119224 Email:
• Sue Stenner, Communications Manager: for social media, website, competition entries, Charolais Youth, DNA typing & sales enquiries – Tel: 07958 210243 Email:
• Rebecca Fraser: for accounts enquiries, ET registrations, inspections & memberships – Tel: 07377 119307 Email:
• Fiona Warner: for registrations, transfers, newsletters & website enquiries – Tel: 07377 119345 Email:
• Mandy Mooney: for DNA enquiries – Tel: 07377 119312 Email:
• Julie Holmes: for Breedplan enquiries – Tel: 07377 119233 Email:

Read the full July Member Update 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


This weekend the Scottish Farmer announced the winner of its Champions of the Decade competition, which has been running for the last few weeks on their website with over 9,000 votes registered throughout the competition. The public voting whittled down the entries to a short lead of three and then the judges Society Chairman Ben Harman and Society President Michael Atkinson had the final agonising task of deciding the ultimate Charolais champion.

They said “After looking at the final three we chose the winner who showed all the attributes of a great Charolais female. She has great depth while retaining clean lines and manages to carry plenty of power, while retaining her femininity. In the picture she is standing beautifully, shows great angles through the pasterns and upward and already hints at being a great milker. She looks good across the plates and the tail head, leaving us to think she will have all the attributes to become a productive breeding cow.” Read more…



Due to the lockdown and the restrictions in place during the Covid-19 pandemic, United Auctions’ Stirling bull sales in May were conducted via direct marketing rather than a live sale held at Stirling Agricultural Centre. The bulls were marketed via an online catalogue backed up by contact from the United Auctions sales team who liaised with prospective buyers.

Charolais bids peaked at 7,200gns and 17 bulls found new homes to average £5,406.47, the highest average of all the breeds represented.

Leading the Charolais bids at 7,200gns was Harestone Oblivion from the Barclay family’s Harestone herd at Banchory, Aberdeenshire. This outstanding bull is by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox, is out of Harestone Mo, a homebred daughter of the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie, and has been fully parentage verified. The 18 month-old Oblivion, who has one copy of the F94L myostatin gene, features in the top 10% of the breed for 200 day weight gain and his TI of +53 and SRI of +51 rank him in the top 15% and top 20% respectively. He goes on to work in Tarland, Aboyne, for A Smith. Read more…


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


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):

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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