July 2015

July 24, 2015 Charolais breeders in the vanguard using modern selection tools

Charolais breeders’ decision to exploit the latest genetic selection and performance recording tools is helping to provide beef producers with added confidence and maintain the breed in the vanguard, according to the society’s chairman Steven Nesbitt.

Cyril Millar was elected the British Charolais Cattle Society President at the Annual General Meeting.  Adding his congratulations is the BCCS Chairman Steven Nesbitt

Cyril Millar was elected the British Charolais Cattle Society President at the Annual General Meeting. Adding his congratulations is the BCCS Chairman Steven Nesbitt

“Charolais breeders are listening to their customers – suckler producers, and are actively using Breedplan performance recording data to carefully select the next generation resulting in Charolais being the sole breed among the other major beef breeds that has bucked the trend and is demonstrating an improvement in both calving ease direct and growth rate,” Mr Nesbitt told the society’s annual meeting.

“Introducing Completeness of Performance has also been welcomed by breeders. The star rating system which identifies and rates the quality and quantity of performance information recorded with Breedplan is in turn helping them to underpin EBV accuracy and reward them for their recording efforts. The system is also encouraging more breeders to record more comprehensively.

“Furthermore, our Council of Management’s decision for the biennial Stirling sales to offer only Breedplan fully recorded entries has been fully vindicated; Charolais consistently trades the highest number of bulls and for the highest average price. Charolais was the sole breed at the 2015 February sales to witness a yearly increase in the average bull price and gross over £1m.

“Added to that is the society’s rigorous data checking procedure to ensure accurate recording. During the last 12 months, 154 herds were checked, whilst calf registration is now compulsory within 27 days of birth, after which stringent penalties are introduced, procedures to give bull buyers more confidence.”

He added: “Genetic progress is both cumulative and permanent. I believe we have achieved a lot in the last 12 months and have a clear vision and determination which will continue to take the breed forward.”

  • The British Charolais Cattle Society has re-elected Steven Nesbitt as chairman; the two new Council of Management members are David Connolly and Colin Wight, and the president, Cyril Millar.

Cyril Millar comments: “I believe Charolais has a very sound future. We now have a beef terminal sire that is suited to both the current marketplace and UK production systems. Charolais leaves progeny which are generally easier calved and with that unbeatable weight for age, values that have led to resurgence in the bull trade in 2014/15.”

Mr Millar, who farms in partnership with his son Martin, established the family’s Glenleary herd based at Coleraine, County Londonderry in 1971 with animals from NI’s second importation; the herd grew to 100 cows, one of the province’s largest with highlights including the interbreed champion at the Royal Show and five consecutive interbreed wins at the RUAS Balmoral. The Glenleary herd was tragically taken out with brucellosis 10 years ago, however since then it has been re-established and is building back to 10 breeding cows carefully selected initially on their Breedplan data as well as confirmation. “We have ambitions for this herd to be very select,” he says.

During the 1980s, Mr Millar was twice elected society chairman spanning a four year period during which he steered the development of its Stoneleigh headquarters. He has also chaired the NI Club on several occasions. “Being elected president is a once in a life time opportunity and I’m looking forward to the next 12 months both representing and promoting the breed throughout the UK and beyond.”

Colin Wight, who manages the 40 pedigree cow Carwood herd together with a 200 cow suckler herd and 1,100 ewes at Biggar, Lanark says: “I’m looking forward to helping promote the Charolais breed and keep it at the forefront. Working at the commercial face, I know from experience what the market wants and how Charolais cross bulls and heifers perform in terms of consistent superior performance over other crosses which in turn is reflected in the enterprise’s profitability.”

Growth rates, return and profitability are the three values which have long established Charolais as the NI beef breed leader, according to David Connolly, owner of the Ballynahinch based 90 strong Brigadoon herd which he runs with his father, Albert. “I’m looking forward to joining Council and bringing to the table new, fresh and upcoming ways of thinking on how we can promote Charolais, using my skills – both to commercial producers and for consumers.”

David Connolly joined the BCCS Council of Management to represent Northern Ireland

David Connolly joined the BCCS Council of Management to represent Northern Ireland

Colin Wight a newly elected Council member for Scotland

Colin Wight a newly elected Council member for Scotland

 


July 22, 2015 Council of Management 2015/16

Cyril Millar was elected the British Charolais Cattle Society President at the Annual General Meeting.  Adding his congratulations is the BCCS Chairman Steven Nesbitt

Cyril Millar was elected the British Charolais Cattle Society President at the Annual General Meeting. Adding his congratulations is the BCCS Chairman Steven Nesbitt

David Connolly joined the BCCS Council of Management to represent Northern Ireland

David Connolly joined the BCCS Council of Management to represent Northern Ireland

Colin Wight a newly elected Council member for Scotland

Colin Wight a newly elected Council member for Scotland

 

President (ex Officio)
Mr C M Millar
, Neptune House, Glenleary, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, N Ireland BT51 3QY Tel: 02870 342919

Chairman

Mr S J Nesbitt, Alwent Hall, Winston, Darlington, Co Durham DL2 3QH Tel: 07979 593170 nesbitt@realemail.co.uk

Vice Chairman
Mr A B Hornall, Falleninch Farm, Stirling, Stirlingshire FK8 3AB Tel: 01786 473674/07860 516835 email@ andrew@falleninchcharolais.com

Treasurer
Mr G C Robinson, Stockhill Lodge, Elton, Peterborough, Cambs PE8 6SJ Tel: 07860 765338 gcrobinson1961@gmail.com

Northern England
 Mr C Curry, Low Burradon, Thropton, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 7HG Tel: 01669 630266/07917 731531 chris@ccurry4.wanadoo.co.uk
Mr A Sellick, 17 Rensherds Place, High Legh, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6NG Tel: 07876 306310 andrew_sellick@yahoo.co.uk

Northern Ireland
Mr D Connolly, Brigadoon, 25 Creevyargon Road, Ballynahinch, Co Down, N Ireland BT24 8YG Tel: 07920 599422 brigadoondave@hotmail.com
Mr S McGovern, 59 Fintona Road, Clogher, Co Tyrone, N Ireland BT76 0UT  Tel: 028 855 48230/07968 623494

Wales
Mr W G Roberts, Parc, Llangadfan, Welshpool, Powys SY21 0PJ Tel: 01938 820210/07717 571940garethparc@aol.com
Mr KJ Thomas Llechwedd, Capel Iwan, Castlenewydd Emlyn, Carmarthenshire SA38 9NW Tel:01559 371589/07974 653002 email: wendy@kevinthomas.org.uk

Southern England
Mr R J Kimber Beanhill Farm, Christian Malford, Chippenham, Wilts SN15 4BS Tel: 01249 720672/07778 307969  jameskimber80@gmail.com
Mr Wm F Palmer, Trenestral Farm, Ruan Highlanes, Truro, Cornwall TR2 5CX Tel: 01872 501259enquiries@trenestralfarm.co.uk
Mr G C Robinson, Stockhill Lodge, Elton, Peterborough, Cambs PE8 6SJ Tel: 07860 765338 gcrobinson1961@gmail.com

Scotland
Mr A B Hornall, Falleninch Farm, Stirling, Stirlingshire FK8 3AB Tel: 01786 473674/07860 516835 email@ andrew@falleninchcharolais.com
Mr R A Milne, Kennies Hillock, Lhanbryde, Elgin, Morayshire IV30 3LJ Tel: 01343 842655/07974 971242jamesmin@btconnect.com
Mr C J Wight, Carwood Farm, Biggar, Lanarkshire ML12 6LX Tel: 01899 220564 c.wight@carwoodfarm.com

National
Mr J McGrath, Drumconnis, Dromore, Omagh, Co Tyrone, N Ireland BT78 3AE Tel: 028 8289 8692/07771 987669 johnmcgrath2@yahoo.co.uk
Mr J W Millar, Lochend Farm, Port of Menteith, Stirling FK8 3JZ Tel: 01877 385235/07719 524595 email:lochendcharolais@hotmail.com
Mr R A Owen, Tynewydd, Garthbeibio, Foel, Welshpool , Powys SY21 ONR Tel: 01938 820214/07971 118547 email: arwel.owen@genusplc.com


July 20, 2015 Royal Welsh Show results 2015

Judge: Mr Colin J Wight, Carwood Farm, Biggar, Lanarkshire ML12 6LX

THE CHAMPIONS L to r: Kevin Thomas, BCCS President Cyril Millar, Jim Wale with the champion Charolais Gretnahouse Fannabel, Medwyn Williams with the male champion and reserve supreme champion Castellmawr Jacpot and the judge Cyril Millar

THE CHAMPIONS L to r: Kevin Thomas, BCCS President Cyril Millar, Jim Wale with the champion Charolais Gretnahouse Fannabel, Medwyn Williams with the male champion and reserve supreme champion Castellmawr Jacpot and the judge Cyril Millar

THE FEMALE CHAMPIONS Gretnahouse Fannabel is joined by the reserve champion Sportsmans Infanta shown by Nairn Wyllie.  On the left is the Animax sponsor Iwan Davies

THE FEMALE CHAMPIONS Gretnahouse Fannabel is joined by the reserve champion Sportsmans Infanta shown by Nairn Wyllie. On the left is the Animax sponsor Iwan Davies

THE MALE CHAMPION BCCS President Cyril Millar congratulated Medwyn Williams on his male championship win with Castellmawr Jacpot.  In the reserve male place was Wil Owen and Deunawd Jeff

THE MALE CHAMPION BCCS President Cyril Millar congratulated Medwyn Williams on his male championship win with Castellmawr Jacpot. In the reserve male place was Wil Owen and Deunawd Jeff

The MOELFRE team owned by Kevin Thomas won the prize for the best group of three

The MOELFRE team owned by Kevin Thomas won the prize for the best group of three

The junior heifer champions were Anthony Mould’s Moulais Jamelia and Mrs SM Corbett & Daughters Teme Jello shown by Grace Corbett.

The junior heifer champions were Anthony Mould’s Moulais Jamelia and Mrs SM Corbett & Daughters Teme Jello shown by Grace Corbett.

Anthony Mould won two red tickets with Goldies Issadora and Moulais Jamelia

Anthony Mould won two red tickets with Goldies Issadora and Moulais Jamelia

Melitta Corbett and her daughters Grace, Eva and Ruth with their heifers Teme Jello and Pedr Indigo

Melitta Corbett and her daughters Grace, Eva and Ruth with their heifers Teme Jello and Pedr Indigo

Gretnahouse Fannabel (Mr KJ Thomas) Supreme Champion and Female Champion

Gretnahouse Fannabel (Mr KJ Thomas) Supreme Champion and Female Champion

Supreme & Female Champion
Gretnahouse Fannabel – Mr KJ Thomas

Castellmawr Jacpot (Mr A & M Williams The Reserve Supreme, Male and junior male champion

Castellmawr Jacpot (Mr A & M Williams) The Reserve Supreme, Male and junior male champion

Reserve Supreme. Male and Junior Male Champion
Castellmawr Jackpot – Mr A & M Williams

 

Deunawd Jeff (Mr W Owen) Reserve Male and Reserve Junior Male Champion

Deunawd Jeff (Mr W Owen) Reserve Male and Reserve Junior Male Champion

Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Junior Champion
Deunawd Jeff – Mr W Owen

Sportsmans Infanta ET (Boden & Davies Ltd) Reserve Female Champion

Sportsmans Infanta ET (Boden & Davies Ltd) Reserve Female Champion

Reserve Female Champion
Sportsmans Infanta ET – Boden & Davies Ltd

Moulais Jemelia (Mr A Mould) Junior Female Champion

Moulais Jamelia (Mr A Mould) Junior Female Champion

Junior Female Champion
Moulais Jamelia – Mr A Mould

Teme Jello (Mrs S M Corbett & Daughters) Reserve Junior Female Champion

Teme Jello (Mrs S M Corbett & Daughters) Reserve Junior Female Champion

Reserve Junior Female Champion
Teme Jello – Mrs S M  Corbett & Daughters

Best Group
Moelfre – Mr KJ Thomas

Reserve Group
Ffynnon – Mr V Griffiths

 

Moelfre Iesu first prize in his class

Moelfre Iesu (Mr KJ Thomas) first prize in his class

Class 416 Bull born in 2013
1st Moelfre Iesu – KJ Thomas
2nd Gwarcwm Ifan – D Huw Jones

Class 417 Bull born on or between 1 Jan 2014 and 31 Mar 2014
1st Brynffanigl Jude – Mr R T Roberts
2nd Greenyards Johndonald – PJ & AC Allman
3rd Waldencourt Jack – Waldencourt Charolais

Class 418 Bull born on or between 1 Apr 2014 and 31 Jul 2014
1st Castellmawr Jacpot – Mr A & M Williams
2nd Deunawd Jeff – Mr W Owen

Class 422 Cow in milk or in calf, born on or before 31 Dec 2011.  Must have progeny registered in the British Charolais Cattle Society Herd Book
1st Gretnahouse Fannabel – Mr KJ Thomas

Gwastod Halo (Mr BL Williams) 1st prize in her class

Gwastod Halo (Mr BL Williams) 1st prize in her class

Class 423 Cow or heifer in milk, or in calf born in 2012
1st Gwastod Halo – Mr BL Williams
2nd Woodline Holly – Mr H R Wood
3rd Minola Hunter ET – Mr R O Williams

Class 424 Heifer born on or between 1 Jan 2013 and 31 Mar 2013
1st Sportsmans Infanta ET – Boden & Davies Ltd
2nd Pedr Indigo – Mrs SM Corbett & Daughters
3rd Moelfre Isobella – Mr KJ Thomas

Goldies Issadora (Mr A Mould) first prize in her class

Goldies Issadora (Mr A Mould) first prize in her class

Class 425 Heifer born on or between 1 Apr 2013 and 31 Dec 2013
1st Goldies Issadora – Mr A Mould
2nd Sportsmans Insatiable – Boden & Davies
3rd Castellmawr Jade – Mr A & M Williams

Class 426 Heifer born on or between 1 Jan 2014 and 31 Mar 2014
1st Moulais Jamelia – Mr A Mould
2nd Cargriff Jolly – Mr G G Morris
3rd Moelfre Jenny – Mr K J Thomas

Class 427 Heifer born on or between 1 Apr 2014 and 31 Jul 2014
1st Teme Jello – Mrs S M  Corbett & Daughters
2nd Rogans Jojo – Mr J Wainwright
3rd Moelfre Jess – Mr KJ Thomas

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July 13, 2015 Record entry of Young Charolais breeders at stock judging final

A record 57 finalists from 10 UK regions battled it out at the British Charolais Young Breeders’ Stock Judging Competition sponsored by Weatherbys, hosted as part of the annual National Charolais Show at the Livestock Event, NEC, Birmingham, on Thursday 9 July.

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Joint winners of the Gretnahouse Perpetual Trophy for the senior 19 to 26 year old section and the prize of a trip to the Paris International Agricultural Show were Abbie Anderson, Arbitlot, Angus with 142 points out of 150, and Eimear McGovern, Clogher, Co Tyrone.

Abbie Anderson, Arbitlot, Angus, and Eimear McGovern, Clogher, Co Tyrone were the joint winners of the 19 to 26 year old senior section notching up 142 points out of 150. Both girls won a prize trip to the Paris International Agricultural Show. Faced with a tie breaker for the overall award, it was Abbie who won on verbal reasonings and secured the Gretnahouse Perpetual Trophy.

Twenty year old Abbie, a student at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Science, Edinburgh, with the aim of becoming a large animal vet, said: “I’ve competed in stock judging before, both at the Royal Highland Show with my local young farmers’ team and at the regional qualifier, but this is the first time that I’ve won anything like this. I was very surprised by the win – I’m really looking forward to the Paris trip and furthering my knowledge to continue the development of my mum’s Panmure herd.”

Joint winner, 19 year old Eimear, is no stranger to the competition having won the Fairway Perpetual Trophy with her sister, Caoimhe, last year. A student of Agriculture and Rural Studies at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, Co Antrim, with a view to working in the farming sector, Eimear said: “I really enjoy taking part in stock judging competitions, both at home and across the water; I am very interested in the Charolais breed and it’s great to meet like-minded individuals. To win the prize trip to Paris is so exciting and I look forward to further increasing my knowledge of the breed.”

The junior eight to 14 year old section was won by 12 year old Ellie Knox, Nayland, Suffolk, on 146 points, who along with her 11 year old sister Hannah, took the Fairway Perpetual Trophy for the winning pair with a total of 286 points. Ellie said: “Apart from the regional qualifier a few weeks ago, this was the first time that either of us had tried stock judging; we really enjoyed it and were so pleased to win.” The girls’ mother, Donna, said: “Ellie and Hannah definitely want to work in agriculture in the future, so this win is a great confidence boost.”

Taking top spot in the intermediate 15 to18 year old section and winning the Alwent Perpetual Trophy was 18 year old Laura Wight, Biggar, Lanarkshire, with 144 points.

Master judge Danny Wyllie said: “I was very impressed with the turnout of competitors – I expected half the amount and it’s great to see the young ones so keen. It’s a fantastic competition and all credit to the British Charolais Cattle Society for organising it and investing in the development of their future breeders and stock people. There was a tie for top place in the senior section and the reasons given gave me huge confidence in our future breeders.” 

Ronan Murphy CEO of Weatherbys and the judge Danny Wyllie presented Ellie Knox and Hannah Knox with the Fairway Trophy for the junior section

Ronan Murphy CEO of Weatherbys and the judge Danny Wyllie presented Ellie Knox and Hannah Knox with the Fairway Trophy for the Fairway Competition and Ellie with the Cockerington Trophy for the junior section

Hannah and Ellie Knox winners of the Fairway Trophy

Hannah and Ellie Knox winners of the Fairway Trophy

Ronan Murphy and Danny Wyllie congratulated Abbie Anderson on winning the Gretnahouse Trophy and a trip to Paris Show

Ronan Murphy and Danny Wyllie congratulated Abbie Anderson on winning the Gretnahouse Trophy and a trip to Paris Show

Laura Wight (Scotland) won the Alwent Trophy in the intermediate section

Laura Wight (Scotland) won the Alwent Trophy in the intermediate section

Ellie Knox won the Cockerington Trophy in the junior section

Ellie Knox (Anglia) won the Cockerington Trophy in the junior section

British Charolais Young Breeders’ Stock Judging Competition results

Placing Region Name Points
Junior
1 Anglia Ellie Knox 146
2 Borders Isla Soutter 142
3 Anglia Hannah Knox 140
Intermediate
1 South Scotland Laura Wight 144
2 Midlands George Hollinshead 142
3 Northern Ireland Matthew Mitchell 140
Senior
1 Scotland North Abbie Anderson 142 (1st on reasons)
2 Northern Ireland Eimear McGovern 142
3 Anglia Edward Robinson 138
Pairs
1 Anglia Ellie and Hannah Knox 286
2 Scotland North Ellis Mutch and Abbie Anderson 276
3 Anglia Edward Robinson and Jenny Davies 274

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July 10, 2015 National Charolais Show 8/9th July 2015

Thank you to all  sponsors of the National Charolais Show Main Sponsors – Weatherbys, Melton Mowbray Market Class sponsors – Caltech, Cogent, Farmers Guardian, Field Farm Tours, Galloway & McLeod, Genus, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Kivells, Lodders, Rugby Farmers Mart Ltd, Rumenco, United Auctions Ltd, Welshpool Livestock Sales

Male Champion Mr W Owen – Deunawd Jeff – s. Allanfauld Chieftain Reserve Male Champion Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Juggernaut – s. Goldies Eddy

Female Champion Mr & Mrs A White – Balbithan Iona – s. Chunal Dougie Reserve Female Champion Hackleton Farms Ltd – Hackleton Indira ET – s. Elgin Davinci

Supreme Champion Mr & Mrs A White – Balbithan Iona – s. Chunal Dougie Reserve Supreme Champion Mr W Owen – Deunawd Jeff – s. Allanfauld Chieftain

Pairs 1st – Hackleton Farms 2nd – R Tremayne

Left to right: BCCS Chairman Steve Nesbitt, Teresa Wilson, Wil Owen with the champion bull Deunawd Jeff, judge Brian McAllister, Natasha Beech, Jane Haw with the supreme champion Balbithan Iona, Julie brooks and Melton Mowbray Market Sponsor Tom Greenaw

Left to right: BCCS Chairman Steve Nesbitt, Teresa Wilson, Wil Owen with the champion bull Deunawd Jeff, judge Brian McAllister, Natasha Beech, Jane Haw with the supreme champion Balbithan Iona, Julie Brooks and Melton Mowbray Market Sponsor Tom Greenow

Balbithan Iona the Supreme and Female Champion

Balbithan Iona the Supreme and Female Champion

 

Tom Greenow congratulated Jane Haw and her championship success with Balbithan Iona

Tom Greenow congratulated Jane Haw and her championship success with Balbithan Iona

Hackleton Indira the reserve female champion

Hackleton Indira the reserve female champion

Deunawd Jeff the male and reserve supreme champion

Deunawd Jeff the male and reserve supreme champion

Sportsmans Juggernaut the reserve male champion

Sportsmans Juggernaut the reserve male champion

Tom Wrench from Rugby Farmers Market presented the first prize award for the best pair owned and bred by exhibitor to Hackleton Farms. Neil Brown presented Hackleton Indira and his daughter Jax is at the halter with Hackleton Idris

Tom Wrench from Rugby Farmers Market presented the first prize award for the best pair owned and bred by exhibitor to Hackleton Farms. Neil Brown presented Hackleton Indira and his daughter Jax is at the halter with Hackleton Idris

Female Born on or between 01.01.2013 & 31.03.2013 1st – Mr & Mrs A White – Balbithan Iona – s. Chunal Dougie 2nd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Infanta ET – s. Barnsford Ferny 3rd – Mrs A Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Inathe – s. Wesley Forceful

Class 1 – Scott Donaldson from Harrison & Hetherington Ltd congratulated Jane Haw and Balbithan Iona

Class 1 – Scott Donaldson from Harrison & Hetherington Ltd congratulated Jane Haw and Balbithan Iona

Female Born on or between 01.04.2013 & 31.08.2013 1st – Newroddige Charolais – Newroddige Inchantress – s. Esgob Ferarri 2nd – Anthony J Mould – Goldies Issadora – s. Goldies Formidable 3rd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Alsnow Isla – s. Goldies Eddy

Class 2 – Gareth Scott from Cogent sponsored a class won by Newroddige Inchantress shown by Danny Wyllie

Class 2 – Gareth Scott from Cogent sponsored a class won by Newroddige Inchantress shown by Danny Wyllie

Female Born on or between 01.09.2013 & 31.12.2013 1st – Hackleton Farms Ltd – Hackleton Indira ET – s. Elgin Davinci 2nd – Mr R Tremayne – Marne Insignia – s. Rumsden Fawkes 3rd – Mortimers Farm Ltd – Mortimers Innocence – s. Seawell Offshore

Class 3 – Jocelyn Orr from Genus presented the prizes to Neil Brown and Hackleton Indira

Class 3 – Jocelyn Orr from Genus presented the prizes to Neil Brown and Hackleton Indira

Female Born on or between 01.01.2014 & 31.01.2014 1st – Mr R Tremayne – Marne Jojo – s. Lochend Apache 2nd – Mrs J Rix – Wissington Jessica – s. Goldies Eddy 3rd – Anthony J Mould – Moulais Jamelia – s. Lochend Apache

Class 4 – Frankie Baines from Field Farm Tours congratulated Michelle Hanson on her success with Marne Jojo

Class 4 – Frankie Baines from Field Farm Tours congratulated Michelle Hanson on her success with Marne Jojo

 

Female Born on or between 01.02.2014 & 30.04.2014 1st – Newroddige Charolais – Newroddige Jody – s. Balmyle Bollinger 2nd – Mr DH Knox – Drumshane Jadore – s. Culford Hector 3rd – Mrs J Rix – Wissington Jemma – s. Thrunton Galaxy

Class 5 – Kivells auctioneer Mark Davies presented Roma Wyllie with a red ticket on winning a class with Newroddige Jody

Class 5 – Kivells auctioneer Mark Davies presented Roma Wyllie with a red ticket on winning a class with Newroddige Jody

Female Born on or between 01.05.2014 & 22.07.2014 1st – BA & PT Heath – Sackville Joiedevie ET – s. Major 2nd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Jessiej – s. Barnsford Ferny 3rd – JC Bostock & Son – Roundhill June – s, Wroxall Groundwork

Class 6 – Chris Parker stood in to represent Caltech in a class won by Peter Heath and Sackville Joiedevie

Class 6 – Chris Parker stood in to represent Caltech in a class won by Peter Heath and Sackville Joiedevie

Female Born on or between 23.07.2014 & 31.10.2014 1st – Mr D Noton – Ashby Jameelia – s. Burradon Talisman 2nd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Blelack Jewel – s. Caylers Hustler 3rd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Joanna – s. Barnsford Ferny

Class 7 – Galloway and Macleod sponsored a class won by David Noton and Ashby Jameelia. Claire Clapp presented the prizes

Class 7 – Galloway and Macleod sponsored a class won by David Noton and Ashby Jameelia. Claire Clapp presented the prizes

Male born between 01.06.2013 & 31.12.2013 1st – Mr & Mrs A White – Balbithan Inklerberry s. Wesley Furnish 2nd – Hackleton Farms Ltd – Hackleton Idris ET – s. Elgin Davinci

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Class 8 – Richard Evans from Welshpool Livestock Sales awarded Julie Brooks first prize with Balbithan Inklerberry

Male born between 01.01.2014 & 31.03.2014 1st – BA & PT Heath – Sackville Joey – s. Blelack Digger 2nd – Mrs A Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Juniper – s. Wesley Forceful 3rd – Mr HR Wood – Woodline Jimmymac – s. Woodline Humber

 

Class 9 – Angela Price represented Lodders and presented Peter Heath with the red card won by Sackville Joey

Class 9 – Angela Price represented Lodders and presented Peter Heath with the red card won by Sackville Joey

Male born between 01.04.2014 & 30.04.2014 1st – Mr W Owen – Deunawd Jeff – s. Allanfauld Chieftain 2nd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Juggernaut – s. Goldies Eddy 3rd – Mr PW Greed – Louis Jarrow – s. Thrunton Fitzroy

Class 10 – Wil Owen and Deunward Jeff received their award from David Leggat the United Auctions Chairman

Class 10 – Wil Owen and Deunward Jeff received their award from David Leggat the United Auctions Chairman

Male born between 01.05.2014 & 31.05.2014 1st – Mr D Thornley – Dooley Jemphasis – s. Guthrie Ferndando 2nd – Mr DR & Mrs B Stacey – Polgoda Jimmy – s. Balbithan Eria 3rd – Mr RJ Butler – Carrigbeg Jp – s. Cliftonpark Newstar

Class 11 – Steve Nesbitt presented Alistair Smith with the Rumenco award won by Dooley Jemphasis

Class 11 – Steve Nesbitt presented Alistair Smith with the Rumenco award won by Dooley Jemphasis

Male born between 01.08.2014 & 31.10.2014 1st – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Jaguar – s. Barnsford Ferny 2nd – Mr AG Houston – Gretnahouse Jacko – s. Wesley Equinox 3rd – Mr RJ Butler – Carribeg Junior – s. Doonally Nicefor

Class 13 – Louise Hartley presented the Farmers Guardian class award to Nairn Wyllie and Sportsmans Jaguar

Class 13 – Louise Hartley presented the Farmers Guardian class award to Nairn Wyllie and Sportsmans Jaguar

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July 1, 2015 Charolais Youth Weekend

Youth Weekend PictureThe Charolais Society is pleased to announce our inaugural Youth Weekend, which will take place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on Friday 7th – Sunday 9th August 2015.

Everyone will be welcome to attend, as it will incorporate demonstrations, workshops and talks on nutrition, showmanship, animal husbandry and more, which will be held alongside the cattle presentation competition, stockjudging competition and social evenings.

Charolais Youth co-ordinator, Sue Stenner commented: “We are pleased to host our first ever Charolais Youth weekend which is open to all young people who would like to know more about best management practice as well as honing their showing skills, and also have a great social time.”

Bookings close on Friday 31st July 2015. Booking Form

Competition Information
Cattle Presentation Competition – Saturday
Open to teams of two, competitors aged between 15 and 26 (born on or between 9/08/1988 and 8/08/2000).

Teams will be allowed three hours to wash, dry, clip and groom an animal ready for showing.
Animals will be inspected by the Judges prior to the preparation and they will observe throughout the preparation time, where they will be assessing team work and preparation skills and may ask questions of the team members. Once the time has elapsed, competitors will parade their animal, demonstrating their show-ring and presentation skills.

Competitors will not be allowed outside assistance other than given by the competition stewards at their discretion.
Competitors will be expected to dress in shirt, tie and white coat when presenting their cattle in the show ring.
All competitors must follow the instructions of the judges and stewards, and their decisions will be final.

Competitors will provide their own animals which must be Charolais steers or heifers under 20 months of age and suitably trained to cope with the public environment and handling. The cattle do not have to be the property of team members, but must be under the sole responsibility of the team for the duration of the competition. They must not be trimmed prior to the event but may arrive in a cleaned-up state.

Competitors must also provide feed and equipment and straw (all electrical equipment should have been inspected for safety prior to the event), a power source will be available.

A maximum of 500 points may be awarded and will be made up of the following:
Cattle preparation 150
Cattle presentation 150
Parading and ring etiquette 100

Stock judging Competition – Sunday
Open to all – Age Categories:
Junior: aged 8 to 14 (born on or between 10/08/2000 and 09/08/2007)
Intermediate: aged 15 to 18 (born on or between 10/08/1996 and 09/08/2000)
Senior: aged 19 to 26 (born on or between 10/08/1988 and 09/08/1996)
Open class: anyone outside the afore mentioned age groups

Each Entrant will be required to judge two or three classes of 4 animals. The classes will probably be as follows: Yearling Bulls, Maiden Heifers and Senior Heifers.

Reasons will be given by all intermediate and senior competitors.

The Master Judge will judge the cattle at the same time as the competitors. Any competitor who approaches them or attempts to compromise his results in any way will be disqualified from the competition.

At the end of the time allowed for judging each class (approx. 10-15 minutes), all competitors must hand in their cards immediately to the organiser.

Competitors are requested to co-operate fully with the organiser who is responsible for the smooth running of the event and to refrain from discussion of the animals at any time during the judging and between classes.

Whilst in the ring, competitors must approach the cattle, full instructions will be given on the day.

External coaching of competitors during the competition will result in the competitor being disqualified from the competition.
No talking between competitors while or between the classes being judged, any competitor doing so will be disqualified from the competition.

Please complete your judging card clearly; making sure that it has your name and age. Use the appropriate card for each class, colour coordinated to the animal identification letters.

No dress code

Competitors will be awarded a maximum of 50 points per class and a maximum of 50 points for reasons.

Costs
The full weekend price includes a camping pitch for up to four people for two nights, all meals & cattle housing.
1 Person Camping £60.00
2 People Camping (sharing a pitch) £85.00
3 People Camping (sharing a pitch) £110.00
4 People Camping (sharing a pitch) £135.00

One night (either Friday or Saturday night), includes camping, cattle housing and camping pitch for up to four people.
1 Person Camping £35.00
2 People Camping (sharing a pitch) £50.00
3 People Camping (sharing a pitch) £65.00
4 People Camping (sharing a pitch) £80.00

Hotel accommodation is also available at the nearby Ramada Hotel
The full weekend price includes a hotel room for two nights (max two per room), all meals (breakfast at the hotel, and other meals at the event) & cattle housing (transport costs to and from the hotel are not included).
1 Person in Hotel £125.00
2 People in Hotel £150.00
3 People in Hotel (2 Rooms) £275.00
4 People in Hotel (2 Rooms) £300.00

One night (either Friday or Saturday night), includes hotel room (max two per room), all meals (breakfast at the hotel, and other meals at the event) & cattle housing (transport costs to and from the hotel are not included).
1 Person in Hotel £65.00
2 People in Hotel £80.00
3 People in Hotel (2 Rooms) £145.00
4 People in Hotel (2 Rooms) £160.00

Alternatively just come for the day (price per person)
Option 1 Saturday (Lunch & Evening Meal) £10.00
Option 2 Saturday Lunch £4.00
Option 3 Saturday Evening Meal £6.00
Option 4 Sunday Only (Lunch Only) £4.00

Getting to and from Stoneleigh Park (travel costs are not included with your booking)
If you are traveling by car the postcode for the sat nav is CV8 2RG.
The nearest airport is Birmingham International (approximate taxi cost each way £40.00).
There are two nearby train stations at Coventry and Leamington (approximate taxi cost each way £20.00).

Approximate Itinerary
Friday
Arrival at Stoneleigh Park (through the main entrance) from 3pm
7pm Evening Meal

Saturday
8am Cattle preparation
9am Breakfast
10am Cattle preparation
12pm Cattle parade
1pm Lunch
2pm Demonstrations and presentations
6:30pm Evening Meal
7:30pm Prize presentations and talks from the Judges
8:30pm Quiz

Sunday
9am Breakfast
10am Stock judging competition
12:30pm Lunch & Presentations
2pm Depart

Rugby Farmers Mart has kindly agreed to the use of the market facilities for animal housing, animal preparation & showing.

Menu
Friday
Evening – Pork Batches with stuffing and apple sauce, Salad, Pasta Salad, Potato Salad, Coleslaw. Gateaux. Drinks.

Saturday
Breakfast – Pastries, Toast, Cereal, Fruit, Yogurt, Tea/Coffee and Fruit Juice.
Lunch – Sandwiches, Crisps, Snacks, Fruit, Cake & Soft Drinks and Tea and Coffee.
Evening BBQ – Sausage & Burger Batches, Salad, Pasta Salad, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Gateaux, Soft Drinks and Tea and Coffee.
Snacks and hot & cold drinks will available throughout the day.

Sunday
Breakfast – Pastries, Toast, Cereal, Fruit, Yogurt, Tea/Coffee and Fruit Juice.
Lunch – Sandwiches, Crisps, Snacks, Fruit, Cake & Soft Drinks and Tea and Coffee.
Snacks and hot & cold drinks will available throughout the day.

Please note that due to licensing laws alcohol cannot be provided by the Society, and there will be a zero tolerance policy regarding underage drinking.


July 1, 2015 Charolais Team at the National Young Show Stars Competition 2015

Charolais Team Will Tucker, Anwen Jones & Donald Maclean achieve 4th place at the National Young Show Stars Competition

Charolais Team Will Tucker, Anwen Jones & Donald Maclean achieve 4th place at the National Young Show Stars Competition

StandThe Charolais team did the Society proud by being placed fourth in the inaugural National Young Show Stars Competition which was held at the Three Counties Showground on 1 and 2 April.

The team comprised Will Tucker of Horton, Swansea, Anwen Jones from Pencader, Carmarthenshire and Donald Maclean of Eastleigh Hampshire.

The competitors and cattle arrived on the Wednesday afternoon and the first order of business was for them to build and arrange the stand with materials that they had prepared in advance, this included a thank you to the sponsors, fun quiz, a beautiful flower display and some delicious cupcakes.

WorkingOnce the stand was prepared and the cattle settled it was time for the stock judging competition. Anwen and the other reason givers had first opportunity to view the cattle which were to be judged in a slightly different way from conventional competition. There were six cattle and the competitors had to discard two and place only the best four. Will and Donald had a chance to see the cattle close up along with the other competitors whilst Anwen gave her reasons. When all the scores had been handed in and the reasons had been heard the judge Hertfordshire-based Bridget Borlase of the Sacombe Simmental herd explained how and why she had placed the cattle. The teams returned to check their cattle before the evening’s entertainment commenced which included a hog roast and disco.

First thing Thursday morning the Charolais team got to work preparing the two heifers which were kindly supplied by Mortimers Farms Ltd. Their clipping and presentation techniques were judged by Stockport-based Nairn Wyllie, stockman for Boden and Davies Charolais and Limousin Sportsmans herd and Robert Clarke, stock manager for Shadwell Estate’s Aberdeen-Angus herd, Suffolk. The team scored top marks in this section of the competition.

In the Ring 2After being allowed four hours to prepare their cattle there was a short break for lunch before they began their final preparations for the show ring. Anwen and Donald led the heifers and Will was interviewed. The Charolais team scored highly for their parading, ring etiquette and oral presentation skills which were also judged by Bridget Borlase.

Four groups were judged in the ring before all twenty teams were called back with their cattle for the final presentation. The Charolais team were placed fourth with a score of 844 out of a possible 1000 which was an impressive result when considering they were only 29 points short of the competition winners.

The Society would like to thank Will, Anwen and Donald for all their efforts and the impeccable way that they represented the Society at the competition, Mortimers Farms Ltd for providing two excellent heifers and Charlie Maclean for accompanying the cattle and supporting the team. We are already planning for next year’s competition.

Team


July 1, 2015 Regional Qualifier Days 2015 – South West

The regional qualifiers began on Saturday 11th April with a trip to Afflington Manor Farm at Corfe Castle for the South West Region, by kind invitation of Andrew & Beth White and regional co-ordinator Jane Haw and her team. Congratulations to the winners who will go forward to the National Final at the NEC’s Livestock Event on 9th July.

Viv Field Intermediate Runner Up

Viv Field Intermediate Runner Up

Tom Mitchell Junior Runner Up

Tom Mitchell Junior Runner Up

Nikki Stacey Junior Winner

Nikki Stacey Junior Winner

Jane Haw & Brian Nancekivell

Jake Smith Intermediate Winner

Jake Smith Intermediate Winner

Ben Barbour Senior Winner

Ben Barbour Senior Winner

Heifers Group Bulls 2 Bulls 1

Barn


July 1, 2015 Regional Qualifier Days 2015 – South East

Saturday 18 April saw the South East regional qualifier held at Vexour Farm, Chiddingstone, Kent by kind invitation of Jan Boomaars (pictured below presenting the prizes). Congratulations to the competitors going forward to the National Final at the NEC’s Livestock Event on 9th July.

Senior runner up Naomi Jones

Senior runner up Naomi Jones

Senior Winner Ruth Perry

Senior Winner Ruth Perry

Junior runner up Otto Taylor

Junior runner up Otto Taylor

Junior Winner Kiera

Junior Winner Kiera

Intermediate runner up Josh Piplett

Intermediate runner up Josh Piplett

Intermediate Winner Matthew Ranson

Intermediate Winner Matthew Ranson

Adult Winner Reg Taylor

Adult Winner Reg Taylor

Heifers Group Cow & Calf Cow & Calf 2 Bull Class


July 1, 2015 Regional Qualifier Days 2015 – Scotland

May is a busy month for regional qualifiers, beginning with the first of the Scottish days being held on the 17th at Lochend Farm, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire by kind invitation of Iain and Rhona Millar. The day was very well organised by regional co-ordinator Karyn McArthur, with talks by Charles Marwood of the Clyde Veterinary Group on bull health and fertility; Stuart Rankin of Falleninch Butchers on cuts of meat and Society Vice Chairman Andrew Hornall on VIA. Congratulations to the winners of the Stockjudging competition – which was judged by John Christie – who went forward to the National Final at the NEC’s Livestock Event on 9th July.

Intermediate Team One – Julie and Laura Wight
Intermediate Team Two – John Graham and Stephen Taylor
Senior Team – Lyndsay Wight and Daniel Hyslop

View Vet Talk Judge John Christie Heifer Class Two Heifer Class One Group Family Calves Bull Class Two Bull Class Three Bull Class One Andrew Hornall

4th Intermediate Stephen Taylor

4th Intermediate Stephen Taylor

3rd Intermediate Laura Wight

3rd Intermediate Laura Wight

Senior Winner Daniel Hyslop

Senior Winner Daniel Hyslop

Intermediate Winner John Graham

Intermediate Winner John Graham

Senior Runner Up Lynsday Wight

Senior Runner Up Lynsday Wight

Intermediate Runner Up Julie Wight

Intermediate Runner Up Julie Wight


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