December 6, 2013 Charolais secure supreme Smithfield titles
Bang Tidy, an 18 month old Charolais cross heifer scooped the supreme Smithfield championship in Peterborough, on Thursday 5 December. Exhibited by Drew Hyslop and his partner, Katie Davidson of Haugh of Urr, Castle Douglas, Bang Tidy was ‘as close to perfect as you’re ever going to get in a show ring’ according to judge, Archie MacGregor.
“This heifer has everything – a great carcass, length, loin, a lot of breed character and outstanding presence all on a fantastic set of legs. She was presented to the highest standard and is every inch a true Smithfield champion,” he said
Bang Tidy was knocked down sold the following day for £8,000gns to Robert and William Woodward, Bowood Yorkshire Lamb, on behalf of Harrods.
Sired by Glenrock Eiger and tipping the scales at 602kg, she was purchased in a private deal earlier this year from Hugh and Lynne Dunlop, Ochiltree, Ayrshire who had already bred three supreme Smithfield winners. Bang Tidy was no stranger to the ring having stood second place in the Charolais sired class at Agri-Expo, and at the Scottish Winter Fair she headed the heavy weight heifer class.
Mischievous, another Dunlop bred Charolais cross heifer by Glenrock Eiger was among the winnings heading the light weight Charolais heifer class before going all the way to the overall junior championship. Exhibited by Katreen Millar and Craig Malone, Port of Menteith, Stirling, she was secured for £2,800 in Cally Marts and on Thursday weighed in at 568kg.
December 4, 2013 Charolais feature strongly at Allams 90th Christmas Show & sale
Well over 1,000 attended the recent Fatstock show in the Kings Hall Complex Balmoral Belfast. This multi breed extravaganza or Christmas Special is the highlight in the calendar for all the breeders who want to see stock displayed at their very best. Offering 27 classes for beef breeds and a prize fund of £9,000 along with twelve silver cups for the breed champions and the coveted Allams cup for the Supreme Champion in Show. Animals are prepared for months in order to have them reach their potential just in time for the show. The judges this year were John Currie Kilmarnock Scotland and the Housewife’s Choice competition was judged by butcher and beef farmer well known Tom McMaster.
For Northern Ireland charolais we had success with Alan Veitch Drumlone Lisbellaw exhibiting in the Calf Spectacular sponsored by Norbrooke; winning his class and going on to take the Calf Spectacular Championship across all the breeds with a calf that has been out on the local show circuit this summer. Sired by a charolais and bred from a BB x Lim cow this seven month calf is a very classy young animal with lots of potential selling at £2,300
Beating off very stiff opposition was Declan & Fergal McKenna Clogher who won the Reserve Supreme Championship with a Baby Charolais Calf called Pip who had taken the Charolais Championship earlier in the day. Pip is sired by Fury Action out of a Limousin dam weighing 600 kgs and selling to Omagh meats for £2,300 Alan Farlow Garvagh won the reserve Championship in the Charolais section with a 690 kgs animal which sold to McKee’s Maghera for £2,150
Next highlight in NI Charolais Calendar is the Export show & sale in Dungannon on Friday 7th March
December 2, 2013 South East Charolais Calf Show
The South Eastern Charolais Association held their annual calf show at Ardingly on the 21 November. This event runs alongside the South Eastern Prime Stock Winter Fayre, The quality of the livestock attending the event seems to improve year on year with exhibitors travelling from many counties across the South. The continued support from our many sponsors ensured a very attractive prize fund.
Class 1 —1st Mortimers Icandy 2nd Waterman Isabella
Sponsored by The Southern Farmer – The voice of farming in the South of England
Class 2—1st Wissington Imogen 2nd Wissington Indigo 3rd Wissington Isobel
Sponsored by Ben Harman—Chesham & Silver Charolais, Chesham, Bucks.
Class 3—1st Mortimers Icemaiden 2nd Mortimers Heidi 3rd Waterman Inspiration
Sponsored by Anglo Beef Processors, ABP Group Guildford
Class 4 1st Sackville Highness 2nd Mortimers Hocus Pocus
Sponsored by Mortimers Farm Ltd, Fair Oak, Hampshire.
Class 5—1st Wissington Impish 2nd Mortimers Illiad
Sponsored by Gerald Shearing (Livestock Supplies)
Class 6 1st Mortimers Icarus 2nd Waterman Impeccable 3rd Mortimers Infinity 4th Waterman Invincible 5th Wissington Inferno
Sponsored by Anglo Beef Processors, ABP Group Guildford
Class 7 1st Mortimers Hadrian 2nd Mortimers Icatcher
Sponsored by Peter Foulger, Farleycopse Charolais Herd. Sussex
Class 8 1st Vexour Hampshire exhibited by Highfields Park Farm
Sponsored by BA & PT Heath, Sackville Charolais. Sussex
Class 9 1st Mortimers Pair 2ndWissington Charolais
Sponsored by Westpoint Veterinary Group—Westpoint Farm Vets/Sevenoaks Kent
Class 10— Young Handler—1st Mathew Ranson 2nd Donald Maclean
Sponsored by Chris & Elaine Yeoman. Kent
Champion Heifer Calf—Mortimers Icemaiden Reserve—Mortimers Heidi
Sponsored by Vexour Charolais, Kent
Champion Bull Calf—Mortimers Hadrian Reserve Wissington Impish
Sponsored by Countrywide Farmers
Junior Champion—Sackville Highness Reserve—Mortimers Hocus Pocus
Sponsored by The Livestock Partnership
Calf Champion—Mortimers Icemaiden Reserve Mortimers Heidi
Sponsored by Stock 1st Livestock Services
Supreme Champion—Mortimers Icemaiden Reserve—Mortimers Hadrian
Sponsored by Starnes & Gatward, Sussex
The Larkin Trophy kindly donated by Patrick & Patricia Larkin was won by Mortimers Icemaiden