The British Charolais Cattle Society

Supporting Europe’s No. 1 Beef Breed

Star of Future Surpreme ChampionCharolais Supreme Champion at first Commercial Show of the Year

A Charolais heifer from the Veitch Family Lisbellaw County Fermanagh, took top honours at the Northern Ireland Star of the Future Commercial Show in Dungannon and went on to secure the top price of the day. Read more…

Lee of SimontorpBritish Genetics are a Winner at the Swedish Mila Show

The Swedish Mila exhibition was held on 16-18 February. This exhibition is a small local farm exhibition including national shows for both dairy and beef cattle. Around 60 heifers and bulls participated in the beef cattle show with entries from the Angus, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin and Simmental breeds. Read more…

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Senior Champion Gretnahouse Lord - 25,000gnsLord Leads the Charolais Trade at Stirling

Charolais bulls met a solid commercial trade in Stirling on Tuesday 21 February at the breed’s official spring sale. Bidding peaked at 25,000gns, nine lots traded at five figure sums and 111 lots sold to an average of £6121 – £161 up on the year with an 13% increase in clearance rate to 82%.

Society Chairman Andrew Hornall commented that there was “no shortage of commercial traders in the market for a Charolais bull today and no wonder with Charolais sired suckler calves topping the markets on weight for age. Everyone has tightened their budgets this year and want a breed that will deliver the weights that the supermarkets demand in the shortest time”. Click here to read more.

Charolais is the Best Beef

Butcher Anthony Kitson Compares the Carcasses of the Winter Show Champions.

Having purchased the champions from LiveScot, the English Winter Fair and the Royal Welsh Winter Fair and the champion steer from the East of England Smithfield Festival, it was the carcass of the Charolais sired LiveScot champion Honey Dime bred by Wilson Peters which was awarded top honours.

Bought at LiveScot for £4,900, the winning Charolais cross heifer Honey Dime killed out at 70.2% and graded E4L.

Check out the full story at the Scottish Farmer

Alan Meston - webFarm Feature – Alan Meston, Chapelton

Spinning plates comes to mind when you visit at the finishing operation run by Alan Meston at Chapelton Farm, Stonehaven just south of Aberdeen where last year, he finished 2600 bullocks and 200 heifers including 1400 head of Charolais.

Despite the volumes that go through the farm, Alan has the figures at his fingertips, quoting the 2016 averages as 224 kg weight gain in 168 days, with an average of 70 days grazing (allowing 1kg gain/day on grass).  The aim is for cattle to gain 160kgs in 100 days on his finishing ration. Read more…

Thomas MckelveyThe life cycle never stops at the McKelvey’s ever busy cattle farm

Behind the busy farm supplies operation in Ballynahinch,  McKelvey Bros runs one of the top finishing units in County Down.  Finishing 1000 bullocks and 300 heifers including 1000 head of Charolais last year. The cycle never stops says Thomas McKelvey.

“We graze 400-500, mainly Charolais because they do best at grass.  You can get Charolais finishing at 16-20 months, this is where the breed has the big advantage and passes other continental breeds.  We want weight for age, nothing will beat them”. Read more…

Meeting the new weight specifications

Forthcoming Sales

  •  March
    1st Aberdeen sale 33 Males 1 Female catalogue
    3rd Dungannon sale 57 males, 16 females catalogue

  • April
    12th Holsworthy sale
    29th Welshpool sale
  • May
    1st Stirling Sale
    1st Dungannon sale
    13th Carlisle sale
  • October
    23-24th Stirling sale
  • November
    3rd Dungannon sale
    9th Welshpool sale
    17th Carlisle sale
  • Calendar

Charolais Youth National Stockjudging Competition

13626643_10153563106015780_4971070634200018612_nNorthern Ireland Sweep the Board at the Charolais Youth National Stockjudging Final

52 finalists from throughout the UK came to the Livestock Event at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on Wednesday 6 July to compete in the Charolais Youth Stock Judging Final as part of the annual National Charolais Show. more …

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