Charolais Youth

June 7, 2016 North East & Central Scotland Charolais Youth Regional Qualifier

Fraser McEwan, James Adam, Mark Ogg, Lois Scott, Abbie Anderson, Eoin Cumming, Andrew Adam & Edward Scott web

Competitors: Fraser McEwan, James Adam, Mark Ogg, Lois Scott, Abbie Anderson, Eoin Cumming, Andrew Adam & Edward Scott

The Charolais Youth stockjudging qualifier for the North East & Central Region was held on Sunday 29th May at the Balthayock herd, Perth by kind permission of Major David Walter.

The competitors judged four classes of cattle and master judge Robert McNee, Finlarg, Dundee chose his preferred order. The senior winner was Abbie Anderson who was last year’s National winner and the runner up was Eoin Cumming, unfortunately the pair cannot make it to this year’s final so the region’s contingent will be made up from the intermediate section. Heading up the 15 to 18 year olds was Andrew Adam, with Mark Ogg as runner up, Fraser McEwan standing in third and in fourth place Lois Scott. James Adam and Edward Scott complete the team and will head down to the final at the National Charolais Show, NEC, Birmingham on the 6thJuly.

Major Walter’s Balthayock herd was founded in 1969 and has grown to over ninety pedigree Charolais cows and in calf heifers and 150 commercial cross bred suckler cows. Over the years the herd has gained many accolades and the bulls are regularly sold at the renowned Stirling bull sales. At the 2015 October sale the Walter’s were awarded the junior and reserve supreme championship and realised the top price of 50,000gns for the 17 month old Balthayock Justice who is sired by the homebred Balthayock Ferdinand. Justice whose performance figures place him in the top 1% of the breed is typical of the Balthayock cattle who are renowned for their impressive performance figures.

The North East & Central Scotland Charolais club would like to thank the Walter family and their staff for their excellent hospitality. The British Charolais Cattle Society would like to thank Tracey & Davie Nicoll along with regional co-ordinator Carlene Mackay for their hard work in organising the cattle, stockjudging & BBQ for everyone. The society and club would also like to thank the master judge Robert McNee.


June 7, 2016 South West Charolais Youth Regional Qualifier

Balbithan Iona & Calf
It was a cracking day on Saturday 28 May for the South West Charolais Youth qualifier held at Compact Farm, Worth Matravers, Dorset by kind invitation of Andrew and Beth White and hosted by regional co-ordinator Jane Haw.

The Balbithan herd was established in 1988 and has gone from strength to strength with their animals becoming regular fixtures at many shows across the South West. Just last year the herd can boast breed championship awards at the National, Royal Berkshire, Devon County, Rutland County and Bath and West Shows as well as being awarded the female championship at the Royal Cornwall and the Reserve Supreme championship at the Newbury Show. In 2002 Balbithan Nadia was the Interbreed Champion at the Royal Show and their highest priced bull Balbithan Vespasian sold for 26,000gns at Perth in February of the same year and has gone on to produce over 100 progeny in the joint purchasers herds alone. Most of the bulls are sold from the farm gate and the White family has 30 Charolais cows calving in the spring as well as a 150 strong suckler herd from which they finish their Charolais sired store cattle.

The afternoon began with a talk from the master judge Graham Fishlock who explained the type of Charolais he would be looking for and the attributes of one of the Balbithan cow and calf outfits and then the competitors had a chance to look over the three classes and make their choices. While the scoring took place there was a very informative presentation on embryo transplantation by vet Andre Northey from Synergy Farm Health before Jane took us on a tour of the Charolais cattle. We were treated to a lovely feast including homemade cakes before the presentations.

The winners and runners up of each of the three age groups go forward to the Charolais Youth stockjudging final at the Livestock Event, NEC on the 6th July. The highest score of the day came from junior section winner Emily Mitchell with an impressive 142 points and runner up Nikki Stacey was close behind. In the Intermediate section sisters Georgia and Caitlin Dyer scored 137 and 128 points respectively and the senior section was headed up by Amy Wylde on 126 marks and George Nancekivell with a score of 121.

The South West club and the British Charolais Cattle Society would like to thank the White family for their excellent hospitability, regional co-ordinator Jane Haw for organising the day, Vet Andre Northey and master judge Graham Fishlock.

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May 26, 2016 Anglia & South East Charolais Youth Regional Qualifier 22 May

John, Sacha & Jenny Rix

John, Sacha & Jenny Rix

Darren Knox with Fiona Temple and Master Judge Bob Temple

Darren Knox with Fiona Temple and Master Judge Bob Temple

We were lucky to have lovely weather for the stockjudging qualifier at Wissington Grove Farm, where John, Jenny and Sacha Rix had kindly agreed to host this year’s regional qualifier. The day began at 11am with refreshments while stockman Darren Knox organised the cattle, some of which had been out at the Hadley show the day before where Wissington Jocasta had secured the supreme beef championship. There was a great turnout with visitors coming from as far away as Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.

The stockjudging got underway and Darren had organised two smartly turned out classes of heifers and a handsome bull class to be judged. Master judge Bob Temple, Saxtead, Suffolk made his choices and then the competitors were free to judge. Mr Temple must have done a good job as the scores were very high with the Senior Anglia winner Edward Robinson making the full 150 marks and his sister Alice took the runner up spot with 127 points. The senior champion for the South East was Angus Maclean who scored 132, his brother Donald won the area’s intermediate section with 137 points and their younger sister Jenny was runner up in the junior section, second to Milos Taylor who scored 135. Esme Harrison was the Anglia intermediate champion with 123 points but the juniors showed the older competitors how to do it with 12 year old Ellie Knox and 14 year old Annabelle Howell both being awarded an impressive 146 points. In total nine competitors made up from both areas will go forward to the Charolais Youth National stockjudging competition at the Livestock Event, NEC on the 6th July.

out in the fieldWhen the visitors had filled up on the BBQ and ice-cream and the presentations were concluded we headed out on the trailers for a tour of the cattle. The Wissington herd currently has nearly 170 registered Charolais cattle and they are spread out over the surrounding countryside. With spring and autumn calving seasons we had a chance to view both cows and heifers with young calves and in calf heifers and walk about with these very friendly and quiet cattle. New stock bull Maerdy Jogger who was purchased last month at Welshpool was out with the ladies and has already been hard at work.

The Society would like to thank the Rix family for their excellent hospitability, Darren and Donna Knox who organised the cattle and the day, Karen Maclean the South East coordinator for organising competitors to come up for the day and Bob Temple for being the master judge.

Anglia Senior Winner Edward Robinson

Anglia Senior Winner Edward Robinson

Anglia Senior Runner Up Alice Robinson

Anglia Senior Runner Up Alice Robinson

Anglia Intermediate winner Esme Harrison

Anglia Intermediate winner Esme Harrison

Anglia Junior Winner Ellie Knox

Anglia Junior Winner Ellie Knox

Anglia Junior Runner Up Annabelle Howell

Anglia Junior Runner Up Annabelle Howell

South East Junior Winner Milos Taylor

South East Junior Winner Milos Taylor

Senior Winner Angus Maclean, Intermediate Winner Donald Maclean & Junior Runner Up Jenny Maclean all from the South West Area

Senior Winner Angus Maclean, Intermediate Winner Donald Maclean & Junior Runner Up Jenny Maclean all from the South East Area

 

Maerdy Jogger in his working clothes

Maerdy Jogger in his working clothes

Wissington Cow Judging the cattle Judge Bob Temple checking out the young heifer class Classes Calves

 

 


May 26, 2016 Charolais Youth Central Scotland Qualifier 22 May

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This year’s Central and South Scotland Charolais Youth Qualifier was held on Sunday 22 May at Mid Cambushinnie Farm, Dunblane by kind permission of the Lyle Family.

The Lyle family established their Charolais Loganbar herd in 1988. Murray is a past Society Chairman and has also been awarded the esteemed Presidency of Charolais International. The Loganbar herd were host farmers at the 2012 World congress and have over 100 registered Charolais cattle. Murray and Fiona sell most of their bulls from the farm gate, their most successful AI sire Loganbar Herdsman has gone on to produce over 240 progeny and their highest priced bull Loganbar Goran was knocked down at 11,500gns at the Spring 2013 Stirling bull sales. They can count the Supreme Championships at both the Scottish National Show and Royal Show amongst their many show successes.

Judge Andrew Hornall makes his selection

Judge Andrew Hornall makes his selection

The judge for the day was Andrew Hornall (Falleninch) who capably placed 4 classes of Charolais cattle and took reasons on the young bull class.

There was a good turnout on the day with many new young competitors. The day started with the judging and then the reasons. As the reasons took place Local Vet Ian Rodgers from Forth Valley Vets, Stirling, gave a presentation exploring lameness in cattle.

Iain Millar gives a cattle presentation demonstration

Iain Millar gives a cattle presentation demonstration

This was followed by a demonstration on cattle dressing and showmanship by Iain Millar (Lochend). As the talks were ongoing there was a BBQ with the meat kindly donated from Falleninch Farm Butchers.

3 teams go forward to the Charolais Youth National Final at the Livestock Event, Birmingham on the 6th July. James Hamilton won the intermediate section and the runner up was John Graham. In the senior section Euan Orr came top closely followed by John Graham and coming in third and fourth were Andrew Morton and Andrew Miller. Unfortunately Andrew cannot make it to the NEC so next placed Kirsty Morton will come in his stead.

Thanks must go to the Lyle family, Falleninch Farm Butchers, Forth Valley Vets, Andrew Hornall and Iain Millar. Thank you to everyone who came along and made the day a success and to everyone who helped out behind the scenes! We hope to see you all again next year and Good luck to everyone in Birmingham in July!

Report by Karyn McArtur – Charolais Youth Central Scotland Regional Coordinator

How to present your heifer

How to present your heifer

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May 26, 2016 Northern Ireland Regional Qualifier 21st May

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RainbowThe day’s rain abated and a rainbow marked the beginning of a lovely clear evening at the Northern Ireland stockjudging qualifier and open evening kindly hosted by Will and Eleanor Short at Woodpark Farm, Omagh, Co Tyrone and sponsored by MSD Bovipast RSP. Visitors arrived from all over Northern Ireland and there were over 30 young people competing for a place at the Charolais Youth National Final at the Livestock Event, NEC on the 6th July.

Vet Wendy Korte

Vet Wendy Korte

While the Charolais Youth competitors got down to the business of judging, Wendy Korte from Strule Veterinary Services kicked off the evening for the other visitors with a talk on fertility and calf health, which she repeated for the youngsters after they had finished judging and a halter making workshop.

Will and Eleanor laid on a lovely Barbeque and then the eagerly awaited competition results were announced. Ten competitors will head over the water to the final. The senior section was won by Adam Johnston with 126 points and in joint second place with scores of 114 were James Causey and Kevin Reavey, also going through with 111 points was Eimear Mc Govern. The Intermediate team will be made up of winners Bartley Finnegan and Gary McCammond who both scored 132, Matthew Mitchell with 129 marks and on 126 points Sarah Johnston. Two juniors will go forward, Erin Quigley won the section with 123 points and Jill Balfour scored 117 marks. The open section was headed by Murray Loughan who had the top score of the day with 141 points. Will had also organised a guess the weight of the cow competition which was won by Mrs Balfour.

Mr Short first established his herd in 1973 and today has just over 130 Charolais cattle calving throughout the year. The Short’s have just returned from their first foray into showing at the Balmoral show where their heifer Woodpark Jessiej was placed a very respectable second in her class. Will has had many bulls go on to make stock bulls, selling from the farm gate and through Society sales. His top priced bulls include Woodpark Flashman who sold for 16,000gns at Stirling in February 2012, Woodpark Bishop at 13,000gns in 2008 and Woodpark Elgin sold for 11,000gns in 2011 and has gone on to produce more than 120 progeny for the Allanfauld and Barrance herds.

The British Charolais Cattle Society would like to thank the Short family for their excellent hospitability and organisation, Clodagh McGovern the Northern Ireland Charolais Youth coordinator for organising the competition, sponsors MSD Animal Health, Vet Wendy Korte and Ben Sinnamon and Alan Morrison for their master judging.

Host Will Short with the Junior Team Erin Quigley & Jill Balfour and David Connolly

Host Will Short with the Junior Team Erin Quigley & Jill Balfour and David Connolly

Intermediate Teams Bartley Finnegan, Gary McCammond, Matthew Mitchell & Sarah Johnston with Will Short & David Connolly

Intermediate Teams Bartley Finnegan, Gary McCammond, Matthew Mitchell & Sarah Johnston with Will Short & David Connolly

Senior Teams Adam Johnston, James Causey, Kevin Reavey & Eimear Mc Govern with Will Short and David Connolly

Senior Teams Adam Johnston, James Causey, Kevin Reavey & Eimear Mc Govern with Will Short and David Connolly

Master Judges Ben & Alan contemplate their scores

Master Judges Ben & Alan contemplate their scores

The Northern Ireland Team

The Northern Ireland Team

Magaret McCune & Maggie McQuiston on the scoring

Magaret McCune & Maggie McQuiston on the scoring


April 6, 2016 National Young Stars Competition 2016

The Charismatic Charolais team – Abbie Anderson, Alan Burleigh and Donald Maclean – arrived on Wednesday 23rd March and wasted no time in getting their stand ready and their cattle (kindly supplied by Mortimers farm) settled. Each team was given a standard area in which to house the cattle and in addition a three by one meter display area to be used to promote themselves, their cattle, breed and sponsors using materials that they had prepared in advance.

Pic 1 - Stand

The Charismatic Charolais Stand

Pic 2 - Cattle

Mortimers Lovely and Ladyluck settled in

After setting up their stalls the competitors were welcomed by the event host Neil Lloyd and announcer Clive Davies. They then began the stockjudging competition which is unique in the fact that there are six cattle in the pen. The three competitors each had to nominate the two that least fit the desired criteria which was potential, then place the remaining four in the traditional way. After the time was up Abbie was called to give reasons on the animals that she had picked, and disregarded and the boys filled out a questionnaire for the Skill-a-thon section. Once the stockjudging task was out of the way the team fed and watered their cattle and had a look round then we headed off to the hotel for the evening.

Pic 3 - Donald Stockjudging

Donald considers the cattle

Pic 4 - Alan and Abbie Stockjudging

Abbie and Alan get in on the stockjudging

We were up bright and early on Thursday morning and arrived at the show ground at half past seven. After checking and feeding the cattle the team fitted in a quick breakfast before getting themselves ready for the main part of the competition – preparing the cattle for the show ring which began at eight thirty and ran until twelve. This is the time that Abbie, Alan and Donald along with all of the other beef teams spent washing and clipping the heifers. At noon there was an hour’s break for lunch and then the teams had one last hour to finish preparing the cattle, they used this for soaping and combing and the finished result was great. During all of this time the judges were moving through the lines and judging the competitors on their clipping and presentation including on how tidy they were, health and safety, their competence in working with the stock and knowledge. The Charolais team excelled in this area being third overall in the section with 268 points from a possible 275.

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Alan, Donald and Abbie hard at work preparing the cattle

The ringcraft section came next and the team had to keep their cattle ready during the delay in proceedings and also put on their shirts, ties and white coats. I think you’ll agree that they look very smart!

 

Donald, Abbie and Alan looking smart ready for the ring

Pic 7 - Alan Interview

Alan under heavy questioning from Clive Davies

The two eleven month old heifers – Mortimers Lovely and Ladyluck behaved faultlessly under the teams supervision and their time in the ring was soon over. They took the cattle back to the stall and settled down to watch the other two groups of 6 cattle through the ring.

Pic 8 - In the Ring

The team take the cattle around the ring

Pic 9 - Judge with Cattle

The judge Fraser Cormack considers the cattle

Our team were placed sixth overall with an impressive total score of 832/1000 and topped both the Scrutineer and Skill-a-thon sections, came second in the Ringcraft section, third on Clipping and Presentation and fourth in the Interview.

By the time we left we had a bit of an epic journey back to the airport which left Abbie ten minutes to board by the time we got there! Luckily she and Alan made it home on time.

We are extremely proud of Donald, Alan and Abbie who were a credit to the Society. We had lots of lovely comments at the show on their presentation of the cattle and how well they did in the ring as well as admiration for the Mortimers animals and would like to thank Abbie, Alan and Donald; Karen and Charlie Maclean and Ken and Charlie Piper from Mortimers Farm.


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 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

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