December 2014

December 5, 2014 Smithfield Winter Festival Results

Smithfield Winter Festival Results

Commercial Classes

Heifer Sired by a Purebred Charolais Bull

1st – S Betts & L McKay – Emerald Angel – 586kg 2nd – MacPherson & Currie – Penny Arcade – 592kg 3rd – Dermot Small – Cotton Candy – 618kg

Steer Sired by a Purebred Charolais Bull

1st – Afron & Jones – Pepperello – 686kg 2nd – Iain Lammie – Bo Duke – 562kg

 

Charolais Pedigree Classes

Class 96 – Bull calf born on or between 1st September and 31st December 2013

1st – D & J Wyllie – Newroddige Innovation – Esgob Ferrari 2nd – Brailes Livestock – Brailes Icecube ET – Corrie Alan 3rd – R & C Rettie – Retties Itunes – Blelack Digger

Class 97 – Bull Calf born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2014

1st – E Harrison & Son – Lakenheath Jason – Lakenheath Delboy 2nd – E Harrison & Sons – Lakenheath Jake – Lakenheath Delboy 3rd – J Rix – Wissington Jeeves – Thrunton Galaxy

Class 98 – Bull Calf born on or after 1st April 2014

1st – Darren Knox – Heatherden Jeeves – Rumsden Fawkes 2nd – J Rix – Wissington Jasper – Thrunton Galaxy 3rd – Darren Knox – Heatherden Jensen – Goldstar Echo

Class 99 – Heifer Calf born on or between 1st September and 31st December 2013

1st – Hackleton Farms Ltd – Hackleton Indira ET – Elgin Davinci 2nd – Brailes Livestock – Brailes Iceberg – Corrie Alan

Class 100 – Heifer Calf born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2014

1st – J Rix – Wissington Jessica – Goldies Eddy 2nd – Darren Knox – Drumshane Jadore – Culford Hector 3rd – D & J Wyllie – Newroddige Jody – Balmyle Bollinger

Class 101 – Heifer Calf born on or after 1st April 2014

1st – J Rix – Wissington Julia – Thrunton Galaxy

Class 102 – Pair of Calves, owned and bred by exhibitor

1st – J Rix Wissington Charolais

Charolais Calf Championship

Champion – D & J Wyllie – Newroddige Innovation – Esgob Ferrari Reserve Champion – Hackleton Farms Ltd – Hackleton Indira ET – Elgin Davinci

Junior Championship (calves born in 2014)

Champion – J Rix – Wissington Jessica – Goldies Eddy Reserve Champion – Darren Knox – Drumshane Jadore – Culford Hector

 

Interbreed Classes

Pedigree Calf Interbreed Championship

Champion – D & J Wyllie – Newroddige Innovation


December 5, 2014 Farming on a large scale in the North-east of Scotland, Philip Simmers has found that using Charolais bulls across his suckler herd, suits his grass-based system perfectly.

Farming on a large scale in the North-east of Scotland, Philip Simmers has found that using Charolais bulls across his suckler herd, suits his forage-based system perfectly. “Our calves are doing 1.6kg to 2kg per day on a silage-based diet – that is what Charolais are capable of,” he says.

Philip Simmers with his sons Andrew and Reece

Philip Simmers with his sons Andrew and Reece

 

In 2014, nine to 13 month old bullock calves weighing an average 448kg sold through Thainstone Mart store sales to level out at £1,180 whilst the heifers, averaging 418kg made £1,060.

“The Charolais calves are doing so well, that we’re currently making plans to finish them ourselves. We think we would only need to keep them for a few more months, and be finishing them at 16 to17 months,” explains Philip.

In partnership with his brother Simon, the Simmers – engineers by trade – run an extensive farming business across Aberdeenshire and Morayshire. Backmuir Trading Ltd comprises 2,500 acres of cereals and a large suckler herd, with the beef operation based at Backmuir Farm, Keith.

Having tried various beef breeds over the years, they now predominately use Charolais bulls – of which they need 50 at any one time.

“With the Charolais calves, you get weight at a young age, and on the silage-based diet that we are feeding, there’s no way we would get the same return with any other breed,” explained Philip, who first began investing in land in the 1980s.

The Backmuir team now consists of two tractor men, five stockmen, plus Philip and his family and Simon and his family. The beef system includes Sim-Luings, pure Luings, Limousins and Simmentals, plus the cross cows – all of which are run separately, for management purposes. The whole herd calves in the spring, with the Charolais calves all brought back to be wintered at Backmuir, from where they’re then sold as stores at between nine and 13 months old through Thainstone Mart.

“We keep the calves in batches, so we know which calves are off of which bulls, and all of our cattle are electronically tagged, so that we can keep track of them at any time. The calves are all born between March and April and weaned by the beginning of November. They don’t receive any creep feed, just grass and milk from their mothers, then they go on to a silage-based diet with home-grown cereals,” said Philip.

Another change underway is the gradual switch to an entire Sim-Luing suckler herd. With the demand increasing for this hardy female, the Backmuir team is now running pure Luings with Simmental bulls, to breed its own replacements.

 “We hope to eventually have all Sim-Luing cows, on a grass based system and going to the Charolais bull. They are big, strong cows, which calve really easily and keep their condition well, and put to the Charolais, they produce a very consistent, strong batch of calves.”

Philip is also particular about his choice of bulls, and because he needs so many at a time, if he sees one that suits him, he generally buys it. “What I look for in a bull is the same as what I want to see in the calves – shape, length and good on their feet. I often buy breeders’ type bulls to put on the suckler herd, because I’ve found that it’s worth paying extra to get the right type. That’s a really important part of our beef system, and it makes a huge difference to the calves,” he adds. Having now used Charolais bulls for around 30 years, Philip is confident that the breed has continued to improve, and finds he’s never short of choice at bull sales.

 

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December 5, 2014 Charolais Dominate in the Aberdeen & Northern Marts Christmas Classic

Ashleigh Marshall with her Overall Rising Star Champion

Ashleigh Marshall with her Overall Rising Star Champion

Anna Robertson, Lower Inchcorsie, Rothiemay secured the overall Pedigree Bull Championship with her 21-month Charolais Inchcorsie Iceman which sold for the top price of 7,000gns to Leys Estate, Leys Castle, Inverness, it was sired by Barbican Lancer. The top price out-with champions was claimed by 22-month Charolais Craigieford Invincible from M. Bruce & Partners Ltd, Mains of Logie, Ellon which sold for 5,000gns to C. Addison & Sons of Chapelpark, Methlick.

In the Rising Star competition Ashleigh Marshall secured the Overall Rising Star Champion with her Charolais cross Heifer. The heifer was bred by W. D Stephen of Meikle Geddes, Nairn and purchased at the September Spectacular event at Thainstone and sired by Oldstone Egbert. The Young Farmers’ Champion was Mark Robertson of Easter Fodderletter, Tomintoul with a Charolais cross bred heifer bred by Ian Stewart, Reisgill, Lybster, Caithness.

Report and Picture courtesy of Aberdeen & Northern Marts.

 


December 1, 2014 Royal Welsh Winter Fair 2014

Show Results

Charolais Heifer Section

1st – Mr BE Williams – April – 656kg
2nd -SI & LJ Evans – Little Chicken – 700kg
3rd – Mr John R Owen – Rhiana – 604kg

Charolais Steer Section

1st  – Mr Berwyn Hughes & Mr Geriant Jones – Goldenballs – 656kg
2nd – SI & LJ Evans – Noddy – 640kg
3rd – R & L Roberts – Top Notch – 650kg


December 1, 2014 Charolais crosses reign supreme at LiveScot

Supreme Champion Candy Floss

Supreme Champion Candy Floss

Charolais sired cattle dominated the winning lines and secured the silverware at LiveScot, the Scottish National Fat Stock Club’s new winter event staged at Lawrie and Symington’s Lanark Agricultural Centre on Saturday November 29 2014.

The champion of champions title went to the supreme heifer, Candy Floss, a 12 month old Charolais cross by Billingley Siralex and tipping the scales at 604kg. She later went on to lead the trade at £3,000 to Chris Pennie, Llandyssil, Montgomery.

Candy Floss was bred and exhibited by Dermot and Gareth Small, Kilkeel, County Down who for 20 years have been making the trip over the water to Scottish club’s annual event before finally securing the silverware on Saturday. “Dreams have come true; we’re on cloud nine,” said Dermot.

Reserve Supreme Champion - Golden Charm

Reserve Supreme Champion – Golden Charm

The reserve overall and steer championships went to Golden Charm, a year old Carradale Neptune son and weighing in at 626kg. Bred by David Henderson, Auchenrivoch, Banton, Charm was bought by Sheena Kennedy, Overton, Ayr in Caledonian Marts in September and turned out by son, Sean. Charm later sold for £1,900, to butcher H Cairns, Uddingston, Glasgow.

Show Results

Class 5 – Steer sired by a Charolais
1st – Golden Charm – Sean Kennedy
2nd – Mibbes Aye Mibbes Naw – R & R Reid & Ferguson
3rd – “Bo” Duke – Iain Lammie

Class 8a – Heifer sired by a Charolais
1st – Emerald Angel – S & L Bett & McKay
2nd – Penny Arcade – MacPherson & Currie
3rd – Silver Duchess – J & J Graham

Class 8b – Heifer sired by a Charolais
1st – Candy Floss – Dermot Small
2nd – Cotton Candy – Dermot Small
3rd – Golden Promise – Hyslop & Richardson

Overall Cattle Awards

C1 – Supreme Championship
Champion – Candy Floss – Dermot Small
Reserve Champion – Golden Charm – Sean Kennedy

C5 – Champion Heifer
Champion – Candy Floss – Dermot Small

C6 – Champion Steer
Champion – Golden Charm – Sean Kennedy

Commercial Calf Competition

Class 16B – Heifer born on or after 1st January 2014
3rd – Thistle Dhu (Charolais X) D.O.B. 02/04/2014 – R Marshall (Bred by WD Stephen)

Class 17B – Steer born on or after 1st January 2014
3rd – Krakatoa (Charolais X) D.O.B. 03/04/2014 – James Orr (Bred by RC Woodburn & Son)

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