July 2013

July 29, 2013 2014 Annual Subscription Increase

2014 ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

At the recent BCCS AGM held on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at the NEC, the following proposal was agreed unanimously:

“Ordinary Resolution proposed by the Council of Management:

That the annual subscription is raised to £50 plus VAT per member paying by direct debit and £55 plus VAT per member for those paying by standing order or cheque to take effect from 1 January 2014”.

Members not yet on direct debit will receive a form in the post shortly for completion if required.

 

 


July 23, 2013 Charolais delivers performance related premiums while continuing to step up genetic progress

Re-elected breed society chairman, Alasdair Houston

Alasdair Houston Society Chairman

Alasdair Houston Society Chairman

Charolais breeders are providing sires leaving premiums for commercial producers worth over £130 a head over other breeds. Momentum is gathering, as modern British Charolais genetics are being recognised for higher performance combined with greatly improved calving ease, according to the breed society’s Alasdair Houston.

“Charolais has been consistently leaving commercial cattle with superior weight for age since their introduction more than 50 years ago, an advantage that has been most recently confirmed by large scale data from McIntosh Donald,” Mr Houston told the breed society’s annual meeting where he was re-elected chairman.

“The processor’s recent data accounting for almost one million head across all breeds, recorded Charolais crosses finishing at an average 22 days earlier and 14kg heavier than the remainder. Those Charolais performance benefits are estimated to be worth more than £130 a head based on the current 410p/kg average market price (R4L) and 350p/day costs. At 40 calves a year per bull, that adds up.

“And remember that Charolais is not only delivering performance but also top quality taste and tenderness,” he said. “Steaks from Charolais cross cattle took the top four places at the Royal Highland Show’s Tesco/McIntosh Donald best Scotch Steak competition. No breed has the monopoly on eating quality.”

Mr Houston who owns the 70 cow Gretnahouse herd at Gretna Green as part of his 1,200 acre mixed farming operation reported that Charolais breeders were continuing to work hard to respond to commercial farmers’ demands by improving ease of calving whilst simultaneously maintaining the breed’s first place in the terminal sire performance league table.

“Modern British Charolais genetic trends over recent years have been making year on year improvements in eye muscle area and growth EBVs, confirmed by Breedplan data. Very importantly, the calving ease direct EBV is also making real progress, a trend that breeders are determined to continue in future.”

Ralph Needham has been elected society president. A former chairman who joined the British Charolais Cattle Society in 1968 farms a mixed farming enterprise of 1,400 acres with his son Alistair near Louth, East Lincolnshire which carry their closed herd of 200 pedigree poll Charolais.

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Ralph Needham Charolais President

“Since starting to breed Charolais cattle I have witnessed how breeders have developed British Charolais to its present position as the UK’s highest performance beef breed. The superior qualities of weight and conformation, confirmed by Breedplan data, make the breed an irresistible choice for commercial beef producers,” he said adding: “During my year of office, I hope to meet society members in all parts of the UK and do my very best to promote the breed to those commercial producers who still might not be fully aware of the Charolais weight for age advantage.”

The society’s newly elected council of management members are James Kimber, Chippenham (representing Southern England); Sean McGovern, Clogher (NI); Roy Milne, Elgin (Scotland); Gareth Roberts, Welshpool (Wales).


July 23, 2013 Royal Welsh 2013

Charolais dominates Royal Welsh beef awards

 

Princes Charles congratulated "King Charles" on winning the Fitzhugh Trophy with Barnsford Ferny and Coolnaslee Gigi

Princes Charles congratulated “King Charlie” on winning the Fitzhugh Trophy with Barnsford Ferny and Coolnaslee Gigi

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Charolais triumphed at the Royal Welsh 2013 by taking the top two interbreed beef awards. Three year old Barnsford Ferny kicked off the week in fitting style by securing the individual supreme award while two days later he teamed up with the heifer, Coolnaslee Gigi, to be awarded the champion interbreed pairs.

Earlier on in the Charolais ring, Ferny had won the best male and supreme breed honours while Gigi was placed best female. Both entries were exhibited by Charlie Boden, Stockport and turned out by Nairn Wyllie and Gerwyn Jones.

The much admired Barnsford Ferny was making his debut in the summer show ring after he was sold to Boden and Davies at the October 2011 Stirling sale for a then breed record price of 70,000 gns. Sired by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger and out of the Elrick Uranium sired Alwent Broom he was the first bull ever to be bred and sold by Tom and Sheena Gatherer, Inchinnan, Glasgow.

Ferny was tapped out of the interbreed line up by judge, Richard Hassell, saying he was the best Charolais bull he has seen during his judging career.

Team mate. Coolnaslee Gigi was a two year old year old in calf heifer secured for 4,400gns earlier this year in Dungannon by Mr Boden to join his 50 cow herd. Sired by Mr Boden’s Sportsmans Columbo which he sold in Perth for 55,000gns to Gigi’s breeder, Gilbert Crawford, Maghera.

Charolais breeders’ success at the show didn’t stop there. Ferny and Gigi teamed up with Mr Boden’s Sportsmans Hiccup, Kevin Thomas’ Moelfre Georgina and Mike Brown’s Charbron Goddess to be placed in reserve for the best team of five.

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Interbreed Champion & Supreme Champion Barnsford Ferny from Boden & Davies Ltd

Barnsford Ferny with his owners mum Joan, Charlie and Rosie after winning the individual interbreed

Barnsford Ferny with his owners mum Joan, Charlie and Rosie after winning the individual interbreed

 

 

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The Fitzhugh tophy winners Barnsford Ferny and Coolnaslee Gigi

 

Gerwyn Jones received the Fitzhugh rosettes from HRH Princes Charles the Prince of Wales

Gerwyn Jones received the Fitzhugh rosettes from HRH Princes Charles the Prince of Wales

The Charolais Group were reserve in the "Nat West Group of Five"

The Charolais Group were reserve in the “Nat West Group of Five”

The Charolais group on parade

The Charolais group on parade

 

The Charolais trophy winners: Back row BCCS President Ralph Needham, Welsh Charolais Chairman, Griff Morris Front row, Peter Howells, Charlie Boden and Mike Brown

The Charolais trophy winners:
Back row BCCS President Ralph Needham, Welsh Charolais Chairman, Griff Morris
Front row, Peter Howells, Charlie Boden and Mike Brown

 

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Barnsford Ferny

 

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Charbron Heredity

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Sportsmans Highness

 

The Male and Female Champion Ferny and Gigi

The Male and Female Champion Ferny and Gigi

 

The BCCS President Ralph Needham and the judge Peter Donger congratulated Nairn Wyllie on winning the supreme charolais championship

The BCCS President Ralph Needham and the judge Peter Donger congratulated Nairn Wyllie on winning the supreme charolais championship

Peter Donger awarded Barnsford Ferny the male and supreme championship with Charbron Heredity ultimately placed reserve supreme

Peter Donger awarded Barnsford Ferny the male and supreme championship with Charbron Heredity ultimately placed reserve supreme

Mike Brown is presented with the junior bull awards won by Charbron Heredity

Mike Brown is presented with the junior bull awards won by Charbron Heredity

The judge Peter Donger assessing a young bull class

The judge Peter Donger assessing a young bull class

 

 

 

 

From around the ringside at the Royal Welsh Show – Photos courtesy of Dan Miller, Robert Smith Photography

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Results

Champion
1st Barnsford Ferny – Boden & Davies Ltd
2nd Charbron Heredity – Mr & Mrs M S Brown

Best Male
1st Barnsford Ferny – Boden & Davies Ltd
2nd Charbron Heredity – Mr & Mrs M S Brown

Best Junior Bull in classes 425-426
1st Charbron Heredity – Mr  & Mrs M S Brown
2nd Pedr Hermit – P L Howells

Best Junior bull in Wales
1st Pedr Hermit – PL Howells

Best Junior Female in class 434-435
1st Sportsmans Highness – Boden & Davies Ltd
2nd Charbron Honour – Mr & Mrs M S Brown

Best Female
1st Coolnaslee Gigi – Boden & Davies Ltd
2nd Culford Cherish – Mr & Mrs J McMillan & McInnes

Herdperson of the best Charolais
Charbron Heredity – Mrs & Mrs M S  Brown

Best opposite sex to the champion
Coolnaslee Gigi – Boden & Davies Ltd

 

Class 423 Bull born on or before 31 December 2010
1st Barnsford Ferny – Boden & Davies Ltd

Class 425 Bull born on or between 1 January 2012 and 31 March 2012
1st Hendy Hoodwink – Mr J A W Rees
2nd Waterfall Hero – SM Corbett & Daughters
3rd Shamleys Harvey – Barrington Robinson Jnr
4th Cliftonpark Hadiran – Barrington Robinson Jnr

Class 426 Bull born on or between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2012
1st Charbron Heredity – Mr & Mrs M S Brown
2nd Pedr Hermit – PL Howells
3rd Temeside Heros – Mr P Burgess
4th Moelfre Henry – Mr K J Thomas

Class 430 Cow in milk or in calf, born on or before 31 December 2009
1st Culford Cherish – Mr & Mrs R McMillan & McInnes
2nd Moelfre Alwyna – Mr B L Williams

Class 432 Heifer, born on or between 1 January 2011 and 31 March 2011
1st Coolnaslee Gigi – Boden & Davies Ltd
2nd Oakchurch Gigi – J & A Price

Class 433 Heifer born on or between 1 April 2011 and 31 December 2011
1st Moelfre Georgina – Mr K J Thomas
2nd Charbron Goddess – Mr & Mrs M S Brown
3rd Romer Glory – Miss E M Lee
4th Wesley Gymnast – Miss E M Lee

Class 434 Heifer born on or between 1 January 2012 and 31 March 2012
1st Charbron Honour – Mr & Mrs M S Brown
2nd Castellmawr Helen – Mr A & M Williams
3rd Gwastod Halo – Mr B L Williams
4th Trannon Helena – J Williams

Class 435 Heifer born on or between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2012
1st Sportsmans Highness – Boden & Davies Ltd
2nd Goldies Hornbeam – Mr A Mould
3rd Ffynnon Helen – Mr V Griffiths

 

 

 


July 19, 2013 VACCINE FOR SCHMALLENBERG NOW AVAILABLE

A vaccine to control the impact of the Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in cattle and sheep is now available.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has granted MSD Animal Health a provisional market authorisation for its Bovilis® SBV vaccine as a safe and efficacious product for the control of SBV. Non-pregnant, healthy female cattle can be vaccinated intra-muscularly from two months of age. The primary vaccination course requires two 2ml doses to be given approximately four weeks apart. Non-pregnant, healthy ewes can be vaccinated sub-cutaneously from four months of age. Sheep only need a single 2ml dose.

Onset of immunity is from three weeks after the second vaccination in cattle and the single vaccination in sheep.

The UK ruminant livestock has widely welcomed the licensing of the vaccine and we anticipate product supplies being available in June in 100ml and 20ml vial sizes. This should allow most sheep producers the opportunity to vaccinate ewes before being put to the ram later in the year. Any non-pregnant female cattle over two months of age can also be vaccinated.

If you would like to discuss how vaccination could help you control the impact of the emerging Schmallenberg disease on your unit, please contact your veterinary surgeon.

Bovilis SBV Schmallenberg vaccine

 


July 15, 2013 Great Yorkshire Show 2013

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July 11, 2013 Bull calf finishing results by individual sire from the 2011 calf crop at Hopping Farm

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Simon Marsh, Senior Lecturer – Beef Cattle Specialist, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB

Farmers Weekly/Harper Adams Beef Focus farmer Simon Frost at Hopping Farm in the Derbyshire dales manages a herd 130 Spring calving Limousin x Holstein-Friesian cows that are put to high index Charolais bulls. Simon focusses on using bulls which are easy calving with below average birth weights and have high growth rates and eye muscle area EBVs. These types of bulls are termed ‘curve benders’ and can be found in all breeds.

Simon’s calves are weaned in October and intensively finished on a 16% CP home mix and ad lib big bale silage. The home mix which consists of rolled barley, oats, hipro soya, linseed and minerals is initially fed at 1.5kg per day. By 4 weeks the home mix is increased to 4kg, with 6kg by 6 weeks then 8kg by week 8 and remains at this level through to slaughter. On arrival the calves are offered top quality 1st cut grass silage but by week 8 is replaced by mature 2nd cut silage with higher fibre to complement the high home mix feed rate.

The following is an analysis of the performance of bull calves born in 2011 sired by 3 different bulls used in the herd in 2010.

Table 1. Bull calf performance by sire at Hopping Farm.

Sire

Altra

Clifford

Duke

Calf birth wt (kg)

44.2

48.4

46.5

Calving Ease1   (1-5)

1.4

2.2

1.5

Weaning wt (kg)

331

336

345

Weaning age (days)

207

198

203

DLWG (birth – wean)

1.41

1.47

1.50

Slaughter wt (kg)

766

782

760

Carcase weight (kg)

458

467

455

Conformation score2   (1-5)

4.44

4.33

4.22

Fat score2   (1-7)

3.50

3.37

3.33

Slaughter age (months)

14.5 (442 days)

14.5 (442 days)

14.1 (430 days)

DLWG birth – slaughter   (kg)

1.64

1.67

1.67

DCG from birth3   (kg)

0.99

1.00

1.01

1 Calving Ease Score 1 = unassisted to 5 = caesarian

2 EUROP carcase classification: Conformation: P=1 and E=5, Fat class: 1=1 and 5H=7

3 The daily carcase gain calculation deducts 24kg for the calf birth carcase weight

Shown in table 2 are the EBVs and Terminal Indexes for Littlebovey Altra, Balthayock Clifford and Swalesmoor Duke compared the breed average for 2011 born bull calves.
 

Table 2. Charolais sire EBVs and Terminal Indexes at Hopping Farm compared to the breed average.

EBVs

Altra

Clifford

Duke

Charolais Breed Avg

Calving Ease Direct (%)

+2.0

-4.5

+2.5

-1.1

Birth wt (kg)

+2.4

+3.5

+2.5

+2.7

200 day wt (kg)

+30

+35

+33

+25

400 day wt (kg)

+45

+53

+51

+42

600 day wt (kg)

+51

+65

+61

+48

Eye Muscle Area (sq cm)

N/A

+5.8

+5.6

+3.0

Fat Depth (mm)

N/A

-1.0

-0.5

-0.4

Retail Beef Yield (%)

N/A

+3.0

+2.3

+1.0

Terminal Index

+48

+56

+57

+31

TI percentile band

Top 10%

Top 1%

Top 1%

N/A

 Comments:

  • The calving ease scores and birth weight results mirror the EBVs for the bulls with Clifford who has a negative Calving Ease Direct and heaviest Birth Weight EBVs resulting in the highest incidence of calving difficulty and the heaviest calf birth weights.
  • The carcase weights also mirror the bulls EBVs with Clifford who has the highest 400 day weight EBV recording the heaviest carcase weight. This will also be influenced by Clifford having the lowest Fat Depth EBV allowing his bull calves to achieve heavier carcasses at similar/lower fat scores to the other two bulls.
  • Daily carcase gains of 0.99-1.01kg were recorded by the calves from birth to slaughter for the three bulls.
  • The bull calves from Altra recorded the highest overall carcase conformation score with 44% E and 56% U grades. Unfortunately there is not an EBV for Eye Muscle Area and Fat Depth for Altra. Pedigree breeders must be encouraged to scan cattle to identify bulls whose progeny will grade well, especially heifers that can be taken to heavier weights without getting ‘over fat’ on intensive systems. Progeny from bulls that have a positive (or low negative) Fat Depth EBV will finish easier off forage based diets.
  • The main herd sires in 2013 include Maerdy Grubby, Vexour Freddy and Balthayock Elector which have superior EBVs than the bulls used in 2010-11 and so ‘hopes are high’ for further improvement in performance and a target daily carcase gain of 1.02kg from birth to slaughter.
  • When Clifford was purchased his Calving Ease Direct EBV was +0.5 with a Birth Weight of +3.1kg. With increased accuracy these have changed to -4.5 and + 3.5kg respectively. Simon Frost would agree with these new (worse) figures as most of Clifford’s calves need to be assisted at birth. Clifford is therefore not a true ‘curve bender’ bull and will not be used on many cows this year. He will be a ‘back-up’ in case of any problems with any of the main stock bulls. It always pays if possible to have a ‘bull in reserve’ in case of bull fertility or health problems. The last thing you want to do is to find a replacement bull in an emergency of unknown health and breeding quality.
  • This evaluation confirms again that EBVs work – have faith in them!

July 5, 2013 YOUNG CHAROLAIS BREEDERS OUT IN FORCE AT STOCK JUDGING FINAL

Fifty two finalists from nine UK regions battled it out at the British Charolais Young Breeders’ Stock Judging Competition sponsored by Weatherbys, hosted as part of the inaugural National Charolais Show at the Livestock Event, NEC, Birmingham, on Thursday 4 July.

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Winning the senior 19 to 26 year old section and the prize of an international trip was Gerard McShane, Strabane, County Tyrone, with 148 points out of 150. Twenty two year old Gerard, whose plans for the future are to carry on working with the family’s 10 cow pedigree Altnaderog Charolais herd with an additional 40 commercial cows, said: “I competed in stock judging for the first time at the finals last year so I’m really pleased with this result and look forward to helping my family breed even better show cattle in the future.”

Winner of the special 18 to 21 year old class, requiring the top six competitors to give their reasons to master judge Alasdair Houston in the hope of winning the prize of a trip to the Agribition Show in Canada, was 20 year old Karyn McArthur, Balfron Station, Glasgow. She has just completed her final exams to become a veterinary nurse and helps out on the family farm where Charolais bulls are used over the 80 cow suckler herd. Karyn, who has won a previous stock judging title with Young Farmers as a junior, commented: “I feel very lucky to have won such an amazing prize and I can’t wait for my trip to Canada in November!”

In the intermediate 15 to18 year old section, the top spot was secured with 148 points by 15 year old Stephen Taylor, Bannockburn, Stirling, who has tasted victory at national stock judging events previously. Stephen, who helps his father working for the Falleninch herd, said: “It’s great to win for the Scottish region. I’ve got a year left at school before I go on to agricultural college and would like to work with cattle in the future, so this win has given me a great boost.” Stephen also made up half of the highest place pair, winning the historic Fairway Trophy with Andrew Morton, Carronbridge, Denny.

George Hollinshead, Crewe, Cheshire, sealed first place in the junior 8 to 14 year old section with 143 points. The 14 year old was delighted with his win: “Apart from a go locally earlier this year, this is the first time I’ve done something like this, so I’m really surprised. We have six pedigree Charolais and 50 commercial cows at home and I’m definitely hoping to go on to college then work on the family farm in the future.”

Master judge Alasdair Houston said: “It was great to see so many stock judging youngsters and future breeders in the ring and to hear the fantastic reasons that many of them gave for their placings.”

Katreen Millar, National Charolais Youth coordinator, was thrilled with the turnout: “I really want to congratulate everyone that took part, it was a fantastic finale to the first year of the National Charolais Youth programme and we’re looking forward to planning the next few events for our young breeders.” 

British Charolais Young Breeders’ Stock Judging Competition results

Placing

Region

Name

Points

Junior
1

Midlands

George Hollinshead

143

2

Scotland

Andrew Adam

139

3

South East

Donald Maclean

137

Intermediate
1

Scotland

Stephen Taylor

148

2

Yorkshire & North   East

Chris Walker

142 (ahead on reasons)

3

Scotland

William Moir

142

Senior
1

Northern Ireland

Gerard McShane

148

2

Scotland

Karyn McArthur

145 (ahead on reasons)

3

Border

Cameron Harrison

145

Team
1

Scotland

Andrew Morton and Stephen Taylor

286

2

Midlands

George Hollinshead and Joe Platt

285

3=

Northern Ireland

Gerard McShane and Kevin Reavy

284

3=

Scotland

Suzie Dunn and Karyn   McArthur

284

 

 

Fairway Trophy winners from Scotland, Andrew Morton & Stephen Taylor with Alasdair Houston, John Flynn & Rebecca from sponsors Weatherbys and Society President Ralph Needham

Fairway Trophy winners from Scotland, Andrew Morton & Stephen Taylor with Alasdair Houston, John Flynn & Rebecca from sponsors Weatherbys and Society President Ralph Needham

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Winner of the trip to Agribition Show in Canada is Karyn McArthur

 

The Senior Section 19 -26 winner from Northern Ireland Gerard McShane

The Senior Section 19 -26 winner from Northern Ireland Gerard McShane

 

 

Intermediate Section 15 -18 winner Stephen Taylor from Scotland

Intermediate Section 15 -18 winner Stephen Taylor from Scotland

Winner of the 8 -14 Junior section - George Hollinshead from the Midlands

Winner of the 8 -14 Junior section – George Hollinshead from the Midlands

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July 5, 2013 The National Charolais Youth Stockjudging Final 2013

The National Charolais Youth Stockjudging Final, sponsored by Weatherbys and held at the Livestock Event today was a great success. Fifty competitors turned out to compete from all over the country and judge the three classes of superb Charolais cattle kindly supplied by the National Shows Charolais exhibitors.

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The Senior section was won by Gerard McShane, Northern Ireland, who topped the class with a very impressive score of 148. Second in the class with 145 points, was Karyn McArthur of Scotland, who shone with her reason giving which slightly edged her against third placed Cameron Harrison of the Border region who also scored highly with 145 points.

Stephen Taylor of Scotland headed the Intermediate class with an excellent score of 148. Second place in this class was also decided by reason giving, with Chris Walker taking second and William Moir placing third, both of whom scored of 142 points.

The Junior Section in which their were competitors as young as 8, was won by George Hollinshead of the Midlands with 143 points, an awesome score for the Junior class. Second was Andrew Adam from Scotland with just four points less at 139 and Donald Maclean from the South East with 137.The Fairway Trophy awarded for the best pair was won by Andrew Morton and Stephen Taylor from Scotland with a very impressive joint score of 286. Second from the Midlands was Joe Platt & George Hollinshead with 285 points and joint third were Gerard McShane and Kevin Reavy from Northern Ireland and Karyn McArthur and Suzie Dunn from Scotland with 284 points. As you can see the competition was extremely close.

The Special 18-21 class in which the top six competitors were asked to give reasons was won by Karyn McArthur from Scotland who will travel to Canada in November to visit the Agribition Show.

Well done to all of this years competitors. The scores were very impressive across the board and it was great to see so many enthusiastic young breeders from across. The Society thanks must go to the Sponsors of the competition Weatherbys DNA laboratory, Master judge Alasdair Houston and Steward Steven Nesbitt. Special thanks goes to Katreen Millar the National Charolais Youth coordinator for all her hard work this year and all of the regional coordinators and host farmers without whom the regional qualifiers would not have taken place.

Fairway Trophy winners from Scotland, Andrew Morton & Stephen Taylor with Alasdair Houston, John Flynn & Rebecca from sponsors Weatherbys and Society President Ralph Needham

Fairway Trophy winners from Scotland, Andrew Morton & Stephen Taylor with Alasdair Houston, John Flynn & Rebecca from sponsors Weatherbys and Society President Ralph Needham

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Winner of the trip to Agribition Show in Canada is Karyn McArthur

 

The Senior Section 19 -26 winner from Northern Ireland Gerard McShane

The Senior Section 19 -26 winner from Northern Ireland Gerard McShane

 

 

Intermediate Section 15 -18 winner Stephen Taylor from Scotland

Intermediate Section 15 -18 winner Stephen Taylor from Scotland

Winner of the 8 -14 Junior section - George Hollinshead from the Midlands

Winner of the 8 -14 Junior section – George Hollinshead from the Midlands

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July 1, 2013 National Charolais Show 2013

 

Inaugural National Charolais Show a great success


The first National Charolais Show attracted an attendance of 63 head of cattle at the Livestock Event at the NEC, Birmingham, with Rumsden Gamble TI +41, SRI +42, taking the overall supreme champion title. The show, principally sponsored by Weatherbys and Melton Mowbray Market, included classes exclusively for Breedplan recorded bulls and females born between 1 January 2011 and 31 October 2012.

Two year old heifer Rumsden Gamble, sired by Coley Hamish and out of Rumsden Dice, was tapped out as female and overall supreme champion by judge David Murray, Forfar, Angus, who commented: “This heifer was truly outstanding with great length, stretch and power. She also carried herself really well in the ring and is very feminine – a real cow-maker.”

Gamble, exhibited by Rob Tremayne and Michelle Hanson, Helston, Cornwall, and bred by Rupert Taylor Ltd, Saxstead, Suffolk, had previously taken reserve female breed champion at Devon County Show and female breed champion at Royal Cornwall Show. Rob said: “We were always hopeful for success here but this was never expected. It’s a fantastic day for us and we’re looking forward to the future ahead, both at the local shows later this summer and to the cow that we hope she will become.”

Standing reserve overall to Gamble was male champion Culford Hector TI +27, SRI +31, from Darren and Donna Knox, March, Cambridgeshire. Sired by Holstead Cracker and out of Culford Cherry, this 14 month old was bought as a calf at foot having been bred by C N Flack, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Judge David Murray said: “He’s a great young bull with an exceptional future ahead – a real good example of the modern British Charolais with great locomotion, topline and clean throughout.”

Darren and Donna were delighted with their win: “We’re over the moon having come here with absolutely no expectations; Hector has done well at shows locally – taking junior male interbreed, reserve breed, and junior continental champion titles at Royal Norfolk Show last week – so to be placed at an event with such a high quality turnout of cattle would have been enough.”

British Charolais Cattle Society chairman Alasdair Houston said: “We’ve had a fantastic day at the inaugural National Charolais Show at the NEC, with entries from throughout England and Wales putting on a fine display of young cattle. The event can and will go from strength to strength and we hope to attract even more entries next year.”

Female and overall-supreme champion Rumsden Gamble from R Tremayne and M Hanson

Female and overall-supreme champion Rumsden Gamble from R Tremayne and M Hanson

Male & Reserve Overall Champion Culford Hector from D & D Knox

Male & Reserve Overall Champion Culford Hector from D & D Knox

 

Reserve Male Champion and Class 9 winner Charbron Harvest from Barons Cross Charolais

Class 9 winner Charbron Harvest from Barons Cross Charolais

Reserve Female Champion Balbithan Gipsophila from Mr & Mrs A White

Reserve Female Champion Balbithan Gipsophila from Mr & Mrs A White

 

Class 2 winner Mortimers Genie from Mortimers Farms

Class 2 winner Mortimers Genie from Mortimers Farms

 

Winner of class 3 Balbithan Hersieys from Mr & Mrs A White

Winner of class 3 Balbithan Hersieys from Mr & Mrs A White

 

Shamleys Honey, won class 4 for NM Robinson jnr

Shamleys Honey, won class 4 for BM Robinson jnr

 

Class 5 winner Marne Gucci from R Tremayne & M Hanson

Class 5 winner Marne Gucci from R Tremayne & M Hanson

 

Mr & Mrs A White Balbithan Hanibal won class 6

Mr & Mrs A White Balbithan Hanibal won class 6

 

Class 8 first winner Charbron Heredity from Barons Cross Charolais

Reserve Male Champion and class 8 winner Charbron Heredity from Barons Cross Charolais

Class sponsors

  • Galloway & Macleod
  • Harrison & Hetherington
  • James Green Farm Machinery
  • Kivells
  • Natural Stockcare
  • Rugby Farmers Market
  • United Auctions Ltd
  • Welshpool Livestock Sales

Exhibitors

  • Balbithan, Mr & Mrs A White, Compact Farm, Worth Matravers, Dorset BH19 3LE
  • Beanhill, R J & N E Kimber, Beanhill Farm, Christian Malford, Chippenham, Wilts SB15 4BS
  • Cargriff, G G Morris, Mwche Farm, Llanstephan, Nr Carmethen, SA33 5HH
  • Charbron, Barons Cross Charolais, (Mr & Mrs Brown), Netherlye Farm, Aymestrey, Herefordshire HR6 9TA
  • Cliftonpark, JM Robinson (Mrs), Rochford Park, Nr Tenbury Wells, Worcs WR15 8SP
  • Coningsby, R L Archer, Coningsby Farm, Fifield, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 2PF
  • Dawson, RE Dawson, Charolais Barn, School Lane, Newton Burgoland, Leics LE67 2SL
  • Dingle, R E & IR Taylor, Veryan Dingle, Colestock Corner, Cowden, Kent TN8 7EA
  • Dooley, D Thornley, 30a Main Street, Hartshorne, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 7ES
  • Drumshane, D H Knox, West Fen Bungalow, Whitemoor Road, March, Cambs PE15 0AF
  • Marne, R Tremayne, Higher Marne Farm, Gweek, Helson, Cornwall TR12 7AF
  • Montgomery, Roberts & Jones, Parc, Llangadfan, Welshpool, Powys SY21 0PJ
  • Mortimers, Mortimers Farm, Mortimers Lane, Fair Oak, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 7EA
  • Oakchurch, J & A Price, Oakchurch Farm, Staunton on Wye, Herefordshire HR4 7NE
  • Romer, E Lee, Craigllwyn Craigllwyn, Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 9BH
  • Roundshill, J C Bostock & Son, Roundshill Farm, Rouncil Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1NN
  • Sackville, BA & PT Heath, Culvers Farm Bungalow, Culvers Farm, Hartfield, E Sussex TN7 4DH
  • Seawell, PM & SM Donger, Seawell Grounds, Foxley, Towcester, Northants NN12 8HW
  • Shamleys,BM Robinson Jnr, Rochford Park, Nr Tenbury Wells, Worcs WR15 8SP
  • Silver, DA Harman, Grove Farm, Grove Lane, Chesham, Bucks HP5 3QN
  • Temeside, P Burgess, 2 Lodge Farm Cottages, Upper Rochford, Tenbury Wells, Worcs WR15 8SP
  • Twomacs, McMillan & McInnes, Beech Farm, Setch Road, Black Broughend, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE32 1SL
  • Waldencourt, D H Hinds, Walden Court, Pool Hill, Newent, GLos GL18 1LL
  • Wissington, J Rix, Wissington Grove Farm, Nayland, Colchester, Essex CO6 4NF
  • Woodline, HR Wood, Anchorage, Aldbrough, Hull, E Yorks HU11 4RZ

Classes:

Supreme Champion – Rumsden Gamble

The Champion Presentation

The Champion Presentation

Male Champion – Culford Hectar
Reserve Male Champion – Charbron Heredity

The Male Presentation

The Male Presentation

Female Champion – Rumsden Gamble
Reserve Female Champion – Balbithan Gipsophilia

The Female Presentation

The Female Presentation

Best Pair – Mortimers
Reserve Best Pair – Barons Cross Charolais

The Pairs Presentation

The Pairs Presentation

Class 1: Female born on or between 1 Jan 2011 and 1 May 2011
1st Rumsden Gamble – Mr R Tremayne
2nd Balbithan Gipsophila – Mr & Mrs A White
3rd Wissington Geranium – Mrs J Rix
4th Mortimers Gorgeous – Messrs Mortimers Farm

Class 1 - Rumsden Gamble

Class 1 – Rumsden Gamble

Class 2:  Female born on or between 5 May 2011 and 18 Jan 2012
1st Mortimers Genie – Messrs Mortimers Farm
2nd Twomacs Grace – McMillan & McInnes
3rd Mortimers Gracious – Messrs Mortimers Farms
4th Romer Glory – Miss E Lee

Class 2 Mortimers Genie

Class 2 Mortimers Genie

Class 3: Female born on or between 2 Feb 2012 and 27 May 2012
1st
Balbithan Hersieys – Mr & Mrs A White
2nd Wissington Happy – Mrs J Rix
3rd Charbron Honour – Barons Cross Charolais
4th Shamleys Hera – BM Robinson Jr

Class 3 Balbithan Hersieys

Class 3 Balbithan Hersieys

Class 4: Female born on or between 2 Jul 2012 and 19 Sep 2012
1st Shamleys Honey – BM Robinson Jnr
2nd Cargriff Harmony – Mr G G Morris
3rd Roundshill Hormer ET JS Bostock & Son
4th Cargriff Holly – Mr G G Morris

Class 4 Shamleys Honey

Class 4 Shamleys Honey

Class 5: Bull born on or between 1 Jan 2011 and 31 Dec 2011
Marne Gucci – Mr R Tremayne

Class 5 Marne Gucci

Class 5

Class 6: Bull born on or between 14 Jan 2012 and 6 Mar 2012
1st Balbithan Hanibal – Mr & Mrs A White
2nd Drumshane Hugoboss – Mr D H Knox
3rd Woodline Humber – Mr H R Wood
4th Balmyle Harlequin – Roberts & Jones

Class 6 Balbithan Hanibal

Class 6 Balbithan Hanibal

Class 7: Bull born on or between 10 Mar 2012 and 7 Apr 2012
1st Culford Hector – Mr D H Knox
2nd Silver Hadrian – Mr D A Harman
3rd Seawell Harvey – PM & S M Donger
4th Waldencourt Huntsman – DH Hinds & Son

Class 7 Culford Hector

Class 7 Culford Hector

Class 8: Bull born on or between 8 Apr 2012 and 7 Jun 2012
1st Charbron Heredity – Barons Cross Charolais
2nd Sacvkille Hercules – BA & P T Heath
3rd Temeside Heros – Mr P Burgess
4th Seawell Holmes – PM & SM Donger

Class 8 Charbron Heredity

Class 8 Charbron Heredity

Class 9: Bull born on or between 4 Jul 2012 and 24 Oct 2012
1st
Charbron Harvest – Barons Cross Charolais Stud
2nd Twomacs Hitman – McMillan & McInnes
3rd Roundshill Hexcellent ET – JC Bostock & Son
4th Coningsby Hancock – Mrs R L Archer

Class 9 Charbron Harvest

Class 9 Charbron Harvest

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