The British Charolais Cattle Society

Supporting Europe’s No. 1 Beef Breed

Exeter Charolais top at 3,600gns

A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 3,600gns at the South West Charolais Association’s annual sale at Exeter on Friday 12th April, where the five bulls sold averaged £3,297.00.

Leading the bids at 3,600gns was an entry from 27 year-old Amy Wylde and her 24 year-old sister Hannah Wylde from Woolavington, Somerset. The girls who have been involved in the Charolais world since they were little with their fathers Marland herd, have only been selling their own bred cattle since last year and this is their first sale in the South West. Their bull Lewyd Onslow was the youngest forward at just 14 months old. Sired by Solo Llanhilleth and out of Martland Honey who goes back to Martland Felix, he was purchased by Barry Clarke, Exeter, Devon. 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.

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…

 

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

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/
93 Bulls & 7 Females, 2 with calves at foot
26 April – 1.30pm Inspections
27 April – 8.30am Show, 12.00noon Sale

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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/

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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/

Saturday 4 May from 3pm Inspection of Charolais bulls
Sunday 5 May 10.30am Show of Charolais bulls
Monday 6 May 10.30am Sale of Charolais bulls (49)View the catalogue

Carlisle 11 May 2019
Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle, CA1 2RS
Tel: 01228 406230 Fax: 01228 640921
Email: info@borderway.com Web: https://harrisonandhetherington.co.uk/

Thursday 9 May             Arrival of Stock                11am – 6pm
Friday 10 May                 Arrival of Stock                7am – 9am
                                           Inspection of Stock         9am – 12 noon
                                           Judging                             1pm
Saturday 11 May            Sale                                   11am

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Swatragh 31 May 2019
Swatragh Livestock Market Tel: 02879 401246

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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 406230 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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