July 2014

July 29, 2014 Steven Nesbitt elected British Charolais Cattle Society chairman

North east cattle enthusiast, Steven Nesbitt, of Winston, Darlington has been elected chairman of the British Charolais Cattle Society’s Council of Management. He succeeds Alasdair Houston, of Gretna Green who stepping down after completing his two year term of office commented: “Commercial demand for modern British Charolais bulls leaving progeny with fast growth combined with ease of calving and accompanying premiums has undoubtedly continued to gain momentum.

Steve Nesbitt, Graham Robinson & Mervyn Parker

Steve Nesbitt, Graham Robinson & Mervyn Parker

“Determined to build on that momentum, the Society’s Council of Management has during the year brought in a range of measures that means that buyers of Charolais bulls can have even more confidence that they are buying the most robustly validated beef breed in the UK,” he said adding: “I believe we have achieved a lot in the last two years and have a clear vision and determination which will continue to take the breed forward.”

Steven Nesbitt has had an involvement breeding pedigree Charolais cattle on his family’s 200 acre mixed unit after establishing his Alwent herd 35 years ago. Since then it has consolidated to 20 breeding cows with an increasing poll influence, and it has produced a number of successful sires including Alwent Goldbar, Alwent Hercules, and the homozygous poll Alwent Hitman, all of which have been sold to global AI studs in the last 18 months. Earlier this year Alwent Hulk made 7,800gns in Stirling, the highest priced poll bull to be sold through the centre.

He said: “British Charolais has evolved over the past five decades to become the UK’s leading beef terminal sire and it’s a real honour to be elected to chair such a prominent society. Succeeding our outgoing chairman will be a hard act to follow however I am determined to keep the breed at the forefront by promoting its performance and subsequent financial benefits, far and wide throughout the cattle sector. Charolais is the best terminal sire suckler men could possibly use and my goal is to see an increase in market share in terms of crossbred calves born annually.

“Equally, I believe that breeders must continue the Charolais quest to select carefully using Breedplan data to improve calving ease and also milk, growth will then follow naturally. I would like society members to remain open minded and to look further afield for new genetics.”

He adds: “I am also keen to drive forward Charolais Youth, the society’s new club for under 26 year olds, they’re our future and our life blood. Membership has grown within its first year which was rounded off fittingly by securing the Young Show Stars Challenge at Beef Expo.”

Mervyn Parker has been elected society President after stepping down as society treasurer for 12 years. Together with his Chris, he established the Bassingbourn herd in 1977 on their 2,500 acre Cambridgeshire unit. The herd went on to achieve numerous successes both in the showring including at Perth, The Royal Show and Smithfield, as well as heading the league table for making the most genetic progress.

“We have enjoyed breeding pedigree Charolais cattle for more than 30 years and turning out cattle which have headed their lines and gone on to secure the silverware,” said Mervyn. “Charolais leaves progeny which produce target weight carcases in a shorter time than any other breed, consequently I firmly believe that these calves therefore will continue to remain in keen demand. I look forward to the breed’s continued success with careful selection of stock bulls.”

The society’s newly elected vice chairman is Andrew Hornall who runs the Falleninch herd based near Stirling; Graham Robinson of the Stockhill herd, Peterborough is the new treasurer and Chris Curry and Andrew Sellick have been elected to the Council of Management to represent Northern England.

 

 

 


July 21, 2014 Royal Welsh Show 2014

Royal Welsh Show 2014

SPONSORED BY ZOETIS UK LTD

Judge: Mr Wm McAllister, 92 Parkgate Road, Kells, Ballymena, Co Antrim BT42 3PG

The Champion and Reserve

From left to right: BCCS President Mervyn Park Zoetis  sponsor Ifor Jones, Kevin Thomas with the reserve supreme champion Moelfre Halo, Nairn Wyllie with the champion Charolais Gower Highness, judge William McAllister and the BCCS Chairman Steve Nesbitt

From left to right: BCCS President Mervyn Park Zoetis sponsor Ifor Jones, Kevin Thomas with the reserve supreme champion Moelfre Halo, Nairn Wyllie with the champion Charolais Sportsmans Highness, judge William McAllister and the BCCS Chairman Steve Nesbitt

Peter Howells with the male champion Gwenog Icarus, flanked by Ifor Jones and William McAllister

Peter Howells with the male champion Gwenog Icarus, flanked by Ifor Jones and William McAllister

Chris Williams with the reserve male champion Montgomery Ianto exhibited by Roberts & Jones

Chris Williams with the reserve male champion Montgomery Ianto exhibited by Roberts & Jones

The junior heifer inter-breed champion was Boden & Davies Sportsmans Infanta.  L to  r Nairn Wyllie, judge Rachel Wyllie and Charlie Boden

The junior heifer inter-breed champion was Boden & Davies Sportsmans Infanta. L to r Nairn Wyllie, judge Rachel Wyllie and Charlie Boden

The junior female champion l to r Mervyn Parker, Ifor Jones, Eve Corbett with Teme Iris (reserve heifer champion) Nairn Wyllie and the champion heifer Sportsmans Infanta and William McAllister

The junior female champion l to r Mervyn Parker, Ifor Jones, Eve Corbett with Teme Iris (reserve heifer champion) Nairn Wyllie and the champion heifer Sportsmans Infanta and William McAllister

Mr & Mrs Andrew White's Balbithan team won the best group of three Charolais owned and bred by exhibitor

Mr & Mrs Andrew White’s Balbithan team won the best group of three Charolais owned and bred by exhibitor

The Charolais team were the reserve champion in the "Group of Five" Interbreed Competition

The Charolais team were the reserve champion in the “Group of Five” Interbreed Competition

The Corbett bevy with their heifers Pedr Indigo and Teme Iris

The Corbett bevy with their heifers Pedr Indigo and Teme Iris

The Supreme Charolais and the Reserve Inter Breed Champion was Sportsmans Highness exhibited by Boden & Davies

The Supreme Charolais and the Reserve Inter Breed Champion was Sportsmans Highness exhibited by Boden & Davies

Sportsmans Infanta, the Junior Champion Charolais Female and the Inter Breed Junior Heifer Champion

Sportsmans Infanta, the Junior Champion Charolais Female and the Inter Breed Junior Heifer Champion

Surpreme & Female Champion – Sportsmans Highness ET – Boden & Davies Ltd
Reserve Supreme & Reserve Female Champion – Moelfre Halo – Mr K J Thomas

Moelfre Halo, the Reserve Supreme Champion Charolais

Moelfre Halo, the Reserve Supreme Champion Charolais

Male Champion – Gwenog Icarus – JS Howells
Reserve Male Champion – Montgomery Ianto – Roberts & Jones

Best Group of Three – Balbithan Mr & Mrs A White
Reserve Group of Three – Foxacre Mrs A Orr-Ewing 

Junior Champion – Gwenog Icarus
Reserve Junior Champion – Montgomery Ianto – Roberts & Jones

Junior Female Champion – Sportsmans Infanta ET – Boden & Davies Ltd
Reserve Junior Female – Teme Iris – Mrs S M Corbett & Daughters

Teme Iris the Reserve Junior Heifer Champion

Teme Iris the Reserve Junior Heifer Champion

Best Opposite Sex to the Champion – Gwenog Icarus JS Howells

Class 410 – Bull born on or between 1st January 2013 and 31st March 2013
1st Montgomery Ianto – Roberts & Jones
2nd Gower Itchy – RJB & AM Tucker
3rd Gower Inferno – RJB & AM Tucker
4th Brynffanigl Idris – RT & DM Roberts
5th Foxacre Initative – A Orr-Ewing

Class 411 – Bull born on or between 1st April 2013 and 30th June 2013
1st Gwenog Icarus – JS Howells
2nd Foxacre Ithaca – A Orr-Ewing
3rd Easthook Ivanhoe – H & J Patrick
4th Trannon Invincible – Mr J Williams
5th Lindford Incredabull – Mr A Platt

Class 415 – Cow in milk or in calf, born on or before 31st December 2010, must have progeny registered in the British Charolais Cattle Society Herd Book
1st Balbithan Faith – Mr & Mrs A White

Balbithan Faith

Balbithan Faith

Class 416 – Cow or Heifer in milk or in calf born in 2011
1st Charbron Goddess – Barons Cross Charolais Stud
2nd Twomacs Grace – JA & R James & R McMilland & McInnes
3rd Balbithan Gilly – Mr & Mrs A White

Charbron Goddess

Charbron Goddess

Class 417 – Heifer born on or between 1st January 2012 and 31st March 2012
1st Balbithan Hersieys – Mr & Mrs A White
2nd Charbron Honour – Barons Cross Charolais Stud
3rd Gower Horlicks – RJB & AM Tucker
4th Easthook Harper – H & J Patrick

Balbithan Hersieys

Balbithan Hersieys

Class 418 – Heifer born on or between 1st April 2012 and 31st December 2012
1st Sportsmans Highness ET – Boden & Davies LTd
2nd Moelfre Halo – Mr K J Thomas
3rd Skysea Harmony – Mrs C J Tucker
4th Minola Hunter ET – Mr RO Williams
5th Lindford Harriet – Mr A Platt

Class 419 – Heifer born on or between 1st January 2013 and 31st March 2013
1st Sportsmans Infanta ET – Boden & Davies Ltd
2nd Pedr Indigo – Mrs S M Corbett & Daughters
3rd Balbithan Iona – Mrs & Mrs A White
4th Foxacre Ianthe – Mr sA Orr-Ewing
5th Moelfre Ivy – Mr K J Thomas

Class 420 – Heifer born on or between 1st April 2013 and 30th June 2013
1st Teme Iris – Mrs S M Corbett & Daughters
2nd Trannon Iris – Mr J Williams
3rd Goldies Issadora – Mr A J Anthony
4th Charbron Investment – Barons Cross Charolais Stud
5th Lindford Isobel – Mr A Platt

Around the Ring

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July 15, 2014 CHAROLAIS TOP TABLE

At the Annual General Meeting and the subsequent Council of Management meeting the following office holders were elected:

President; Mervyn Parker
Chairman: Steven Nesbitt
Vice – Chairman Andrew Hornall
Treasurer: Graham Robinson

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Caption From left to right Steven Nesbitt, Graham Robinson amd Mervyn Parker. Inset Andrew Hornall