February 15, 2016 Harestone Charolais herd scoops top awards
Aberdeenshire cattle breeders, Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, have scooped the top accolades in the Scottish and Northern Charolais Cattle Breeders’ Club annual herd awards. Their 100 cow pedigree Harestone herd headed the large herds section and also led the cow with heifer calf at foot class, whilst stockman, Sean O’Brien won best stockman.
Judge, David Grant, commented: “I knew what type of cattle I’d be looking for – an even herd of good working cows with character and with calves at foot. These cows needed to be even fleshed, not too extreme and be well presented, and that’s exactly what I found at Harestone. This herd ticked all the boxes for me; it’s a herd for the future.”
Stuart Barclay commented: “We are delighted to win these awards which are testament to our stockman Sean O’Brien who also duly received an accolade for his professionalism. We established the herd 30 years ago having started to use Charolais over our commercial suckler herd which now totals 500 cows; since then it has continued to grow to meet demand, essentially for the commercial market place. We select for cattle that are long and clean, have good growth rates and good legs and subsequently we keep only the best cow families; we cull very hard. Herd sires which have left their mark include Ronsar, Harestone Tyrol, Inverlochy Ferdi and Thrunton Fearless.
He adds: “We are continuing to demonstrate what Charolais can actually achieve within our own suckler herd and deliver to market requirements. Until recently we have sold all our Charolais cross calves as 10 month olds in the store ring – steers averaging 475kg and heifers 445kgs, and they invariably found themselves in the day’s top 5% of prices. Recently we’ve taken the decision to start finishing them ourselves; we’re splitting the steers and heifers and starting to feed them harder from weaning at seven months. The first pens of steers and heifers are on target to finish within the target 400kgs deadweight and by 15 months.”
November 26, 2015 Charolais features in top Scottish beef herds
Congratulations to the Watson family on winning the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.
Peter Watson and his sons, Adam and David who farm 1,350 acres at Darnford, Banchory use Charolais as the terminal sire over their 426 cow Salers cross suckler herd and steers and heifers finish to an average 380kg within 20 months.
Iain Malcolm, Wester Coilechat, Callander was one of the two runners up. Farming 2,700 upland acres, the cattle enterprise includes 190 spring calving Shorthorn cross cows with the majority put to the Charolais. The enterprise is underpinned by a deferred grazing system whereby cattle are wintered on the high hill.
Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead who presented the award at Agriscot said: “Family farms like Darnford are the backbone of our livestock industry. This year’s winner and the other finalists should be commended for their commitment to building sustainable and viable farming businesses which auger well for the future of the beef industry in Scotland.” Peter Watson commented: “We are very much a family-run business and it is great that a commercial enterprise like ours has been recognised in this way. The farm is very much a team effort with the family, sons David and Adam and their wives, Aynsley and Lynne as well as neighbouring farmers, Linda Stewart, Allan Melvin and Grant Milne who are all involved. We have been steadily increasing our herd numbers in recent years and we are confident about the future of our enterprise and in beef production in Scotland and plan to continue to increase our herd size.”
The Agriscot QMS organised award aims to showcase excellence in the production of cattle in Scotland and raise the profile of the dedication and stock management skills behind the production of Scotch Beef. The judges, Robert Neill and Douglas Bell based their decisions on evidence of a high standard of technical and financial performance, uptake of new ideas to improve efficiency and profitability, a high level of health and welfare and a keen eye on the market for the end product. They also looked to gauge the passion and enthusiasm of the farmer, and family and staff where relevant, to efficiently produce high quality animals.
November 9, 2015 Welsh bred Charolais – Maerdy heifer production sale
Maerdy genetics from one of the principal Welsh Charolais herds are predicted to be in high demand when the entire portion of two/ three year old heifers come under the hammer at Carlisle on Friday 20 November. The production sale will comprise 64 heifers.
The Maerdy herd, owned and bred by Esmor Evans of Mold, Flintshire, now runs at 160 cows after being established in 1974. Esmor said: “We chose to develop a herd of Charolais as its was and still is the dominant beef breed – offering the best growth rates for age and a carcass to suit commercial purposes.”
The sale offers breeders an unrivalled opportunity to add leading dam lines to their herds, as Esmor explained: “As our main cattleman has left us, we’ve made the decision to reduce the number of breeding females and having a complete and genuine sale of all two to three year old heifers seemed the most honest way to go about it. We have been very selective over the years and would happily breed from any of the heifers on offer. They have not been pushed due to the short notice of the sale but will be all the better for that for the prospective buyers.”
Maerdy is well known across the UK with an outstanding pedigree in both the show and sale rings. “For me the highlight has to be setting a new breed record price of 56,000gns for Maerdy Director in 1989 at Perth bull sales, a record that stood for over 20 years. That was a huge amount of money at the time and I was very proud to maintain that record for so long.” Maerdy genetics continue to be in demand with the 17 month old Maerdy Jerusalem TI+73 SRI +72 realising 28,000gns at last month’s Stirling bull sales. Esmor continued: “In the show ring we’ve been lucky enough to win interbreeds at the Royal Show and Royal Welsh Show, as well as many other breed and interbreed titles nationwide including nine Perth and Stirling champions starting with Maerdy Victorious in 1985.”
November 5, 2015 Welshpool Sale 5th November 2015
Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Juggernaut – s. Goldie Eddy
Reserve Supreme Champion
GM Jones – Esgob Jeep – s. Anside Excalibur
JS Howells – Gwenog Icing – s. Thrunton Classic
Reserve Female Champion
A & M Williams – Castellmawr Imogen – s. Lisnagre Elite ET
Class One – Bulls Born on or between 14/12/2013 & 28/02/2014
1st – GM Jones – Esgob Jeep – s. Anside Excalibur
2nd – JAW Rees – Hendy Jeffrey – s. Blelack Digger
3rd – BA & PT Heath – Sackville Julius – s. Blelack Digger
4th – SJ Goddard – Maynestone Ironman ET – s. Derryharney Outstanding
5th – NP Jones – Waterman Jones – s. Farleycopse Gareth
Class Two – Bulls Born on or between 01/03/2014 & 17/04/2014
1st – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Juggernaut – s. Goldie Eddy
2nd – Mrs A Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Juniper – s. Wesley Forceful
3rd – Roberts & Jones – Montgomery Jonathan – s. Elgin Fergal
4th – PC Weston – Finnwest Jezz – s. Brailes Asteroid
5th – IN Hollinshead – Allostock Jacob – s. Goldie Eddy
Class Three – Bulls Born on or between 18/04/2014 & 06/05/2014
1st – GG Morris – Cargriff Jupline – s. Alwent Goldbar ET
2nd – PW Greed – Louis Jarrow – s. Thrunton Fitzroy
3rd – A & M Williams – Castellmawr Jack – s. Goldstar Gentleman
4th – Mr & Mrs A White – Balbithan Jackfrost – s. Loganbar Goran
5th – RJB & AM Tucker – Gower Juggler – s. Alwent Goldbar ET
Class Four – Bulls Born on or between 07/05/2014 & 31/05/2014
1st – David Thornley – Dooley Jemphasis – s. Guthrie Fernando
2nd – PJ Maher – Roscrea Jonah – s. Farleycopse Turbo
3rd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Justice – s. Blelack Digger
4th – F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Jefferson – s. Blelack Digger
Class Five – Bulls Born on or between 01/06/2014 & 07/07/2014
1st – David Thornley – Dooley Jake – s. Guthrie Fernando
2nd – DE Evans – Maerdy Julep – s. Maerdy Dynamite
3rd – WF Palmer & Son – Trenestrall Jiggy – s. Trenestrall Frank
4th – SM Corbett & Daughters – Teme Jive ET – s. Kilcullen Ted ET
Class Six – Bulls Born on or after 08/07/2014
1st – EH Pennie & Son – Sarkley Jinsky – s. Lisnagre Elite ET
2nd – DE Evans – Maerdy Junior – s. Maerdy Gouverneur
3rd – Roberts & Jones – Montgomery Jeancvd – s. Balmyle Harlequin
4th – IN Hollinshead – Moelfre Jackpot – s. Anside Foreman
5th – IN Hollinshead – Allostock Joey – s. Alwent Goldbar ET
Class Seven – Heifers
1st – JS Howells – Gwenog Icing – s. Thrunton Classic
2nd – A & M Williams – Castellmawr Imogen – s. Lisnagre Elite ET
Midas, one of Shropshire’s leading Charolais herd’s is expected to attract demand from breeders traveling from throughout the UK when it comes under the hammer in Welshpool on Thursday 5 November. The dispersal will add to over 70 bulls also for sale that day.
The Midas herd which comprises 25 cattle owned and bred by father and son team, Roger and Drew Coppinger, of Edstaston, Shropshire will feature strong maternal lines including dams of the 10,500gns Midas Furious TI +45, SRI +49, and the 6,000gns Midas Geronimo TI +45, SRI +45.
Drew explained: “Our policy has always been to offer some of our best females for sale and over the last few years we have been very ruthless; all of the cattle we are selling we would keep to breed from ourselves in a different situation. There will be a few cows and calves and a good selection of maiden heifers – everything is on the market.”
The Coppingers have bred Charolais cattle for over 20 years and have had great success in both the sale and showring. Drew said: “We have always favoured Charolais cattle for their sheer power and size with our biggest achievement being winning the senior championship in Perth in 1996. We have also been lucky enough to win the Carlisle Christmas cracker female championship twice, as well as first prizes at the Royal Welsh and many breed championships locally.”
He continued: “We have always used Welshpool market for our bulls as we have a good following there and we have had plenty of repeat buyers in the past from commercial suckler men looking for bulls to add the weight for age advantage to their cattle.”
September 17, 2015 CHAROLAIS GENETICS ARE FIT FOR PURPOSE IN MODERN BEEF PRODUCTION
Charolais bred cattle are fit for purpose to meet the current deadweight slaughter specifications. They have the ability for efficient growth from birth to slaughter. The suckled calf producer (primary producer) must have a profitable enterprise to survive.
The way forward is to select the type of Charolais bull to suit particular suckler cows and the environment.
Below is an extract from an explanation from ABRI of the use of indexes and estimated breeding values when making selection decisions “Bull buyers need to look beyond the number and consider the underlying information used to create the index and how the Index and EBVs should be used.
Indexes are based on information about the market and production systems as they are perceived at the time. If any of the underlying assumptions change significantly, then the index may need to be re-evaluated. It appears that the market signals have changed from “the heavier the carcase, the more money you received” to better defined live-wt/carcase-wt guidelines. + The BCCS terminal index is aimed at 18-22 months of age finishing for steers and heifers to a nominated carcase wt. The carcase weights used are within current market optimum specifications. So the Indexes are still valid in that respect. We are currently reviewing indexes as the carcase price grids have changed as well as the costs of production. While these changes will make the index values higher, the correlation of the new index to the old index will be very high so animals will probably not re-rank much, if at all.
So the great thing about having the EBVs and Indexes, is that producers have the information to immediately start making changes to meet the new market specifications. The message we need to give producers is that EBVs and Indexes can be used to “optimise” animal production to market specifications – rather than “maximise” EBVs and Indexes. EBVs and Indexes help describe the underlying genetic potential of the animals. On-farm management and market signals will decide how animals will be fed, when they will be sold, etc. High carcase weight animals will get to optimum market specification weight earlier than low carcase weight animals. This is a positive, not a negative when viewed from an on-farm management perspective.
Breeding animals to target market specifications (weight, fat, etc) will enable animals to reach market specs earlier and presumably reduce costs of production, hence increase profit. The realised value of this will probably depend on when animals meet market specs – prior to or after expensive feeding. That is, if you reduce the amount of expensive feeding to get animals to market specs and do it earlier, then profit will improve. This may also allow you to run more animals on the same amount of country.
Because of different production systems, on-farm management, feed quantity and quality, etc, we cannot put a phenotype against an EBV or an Index (ie it is not possible to say a specific Index value gives the optimal carcase). Rather, the Index and EBVs will allow you to breed animals that genetically fit the market. On-farm management is then required to ensure the animals are bred and managed appropriately and then sold at optimum market specs and price. EBVs and Indexes were never meant to replace on-farm management expertise.
These types of considerations allow a re-focus on production systems, animal types and selection decisions. For example, mating times can be optimised to maximise the use of low cost feed to get animals to market specs as cheaply as possible. Conversely, you can look at mating times to market animals when price is usually higher and potentially do it with younger animals (and less feeding).
That is, use the Index and EBVs to maximise profit rather than carcase weight or size of sirloin. Use your on-farm management skills to maximise the profit you can realise from these genetically superior animals”.
September 14, 2015 Balmoral venue for inaugural calf
The Balmoral Showgrounds in Belfast is set to stage a multi-breed beef calf show and industry forum on Saturday 14th November.
Billed as the first of its kind in Ireland, the one-day show will be known as Pedigree Calf Fair @ Beef NI Expo 2015, and is organised in partnership with the Livestock and Meat Commission and the National Beef Association.
The schedule features classes for ten beef breeds, both native and continental, and also includes showmanship classes for handlers 12 to 25-years-old. Judging will commence at 10.00am, and with two showrings operational throughout the day, and separate judges for each breed, the event will reach a climax with a parade of champions at approximately 4.00pm.
Prize money in each class includes: 1st £100, 2nd £75, 3rd £50, 4th £30, 5th £20, 6th £10.
The event has attracted sponsorship from Tesco, Crystalyx, Isuzu, HVS, and Bovipast RSP, and will give pedigree breeders from throughout the province an opportunity to showcase their high-calibre beef calves.
Throughout the day, a number of seminars will be on offer to consider the way forward for the beef industry. The theme for Beef Expo 2015 is ‘Beef Strategy 2020’, and inputs are expected from all sectors of the industry.
Organisers are encouraging visitors to come along and get involved. This is a chance for farmers to engage and view the latest products and technology within the beef sector.
Commenting on behalf of the 20-strong stakeholder organising committee, chairman David Connolly said:”We are delighted to have this opportunity to bring together the very best that Northern Ireland has to offer, and promote the beef industry. We are delighted with the positive response from sponsors, and have already filled 60% of the trade space available available”.
The Charolais section includes six classes for calves born on or after 1st September 2014, and will be judged by Scotsman Archie MacGregor from the Allanfauld Herd, based at Kilsyth near Glasgow.
Schedules, entry forms and trade exhibitor information is available to download from the website: www.pcf-beef-expo.co.uk . Entry forms are also available from your local breed club secretary.
Entries close on Saturday 17th October. Completed entry forms must be accompanied by the relevant fee, £15 per animal, and sent to event secretary Ann Orr, 47 Cloghtogle Road, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh BT94 5EJ.
For further information contact chairman David Connolly on 07920 599422 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 4, 2015 Minsups Northern Ireland
July 20, 2015 Royal Welsh Show results 2015
Judge: Mr Colin J Wight, Carwood Farm, Biggar, Lanarkshire ML12 6LX
Supreme & Female Champion
Gretnahouse Fannabel – Mr KJ Thomas
Reserve Supreme. Male and Junior Male Champion
Castellmawr Jackpot – Mr A & M Williams
Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Junior Champion
Deunawd Jeff – Mr W Owen
Reserve Female Champion
Sportsmans Infanta ET – Boden & Davies Ltd
Junior Female Champion
Moulais Jamelia – Mr A Mould
Reserve Junior Female Champion
Teme Jello – Mrs S M Corbett & Daughters
Moelfre – Mr KJ Thomas
Ffynnon – Mr V Griffiths
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
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
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
May 26, 2015 Charolais bulls in high demand at Dungannon
There was a brisk trade for Charolais bulls at Dungannon on the 25th May when 19 bulls sold to an average of £3023 and a top price of 5,600gns with a clearance rate of 86%.
The top price of 5,600gns went to Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry for his supreme and male champion Coolnaslee Jenson. This 16 month old son of the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend and out of a homebred dam going back to the 14,000gns Allanfauld Superscot was purchased by James Richardson, Annaghmore, Co Armagh.
From the same vendor was another Maerdy Fiend son, the 15 month old Coolnaslee Josh who had claimed the junior male championship earlier in the day. He sold to RD Armstrong, Lisburn, Co Antrim for 4,000gns.
Next, selling to R Pedlow from Lurgan, Co Armagh for 3,700gns came the reserve junior male champion, 13 month old 16,000gns Blackford Dynamite son Killadeas Jonny, exhibited by Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, Co Fermanagh.
The same purchaser also bought the 17 month old reserve supreme champion Innisrush Igor TI +44 SRI +39 for 3,400gns. Exhibited by William Whyte of Portglenone, Co Antrim Igor is sired by Lochend Apache and out of a homebred dam going back to Doonally New.
Cappagh James sold for 3,500gns to Aiden Hughes, Dungannon, Co Tyrone. This 13 month old Blelack Dynamite son came from Robin and Agnes Todd, Corbet, Co Down.
Next being purchased for 2,900gns by James McDowell, Magherfelt, Co Derry was the 19 month old class winner Corryglass Iceberg TI +52 SRI +46 sired by Blelack Digger and exhibited by Brian Phair, Letterbreen, Co Fermanagh.
Two bulls were purchased for 2,800gns. Liam Johnston, Tempo, Co Fermanagh was the first with Mountain Jack. This 16 month old Lisbawn Valour son went to Gregory Birney, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh. Then a 15 month old Goldies Eddy son Solitude Justthejob TI +51 SRI +44, from John and William McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down sold to JHS Fraser, Belfast, Co Antrim for the same price.
A bid of 2,700gns secured Dartonhall Imperial for William McMaster, Carvagh, Co Derry. Bred and exhibited by John Erskine, Killylea, Co Armagh, Imperial is a 17 month old by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman.
Next up at 2,600gns from Patrick Grue, Kilturk, Co Fermanagh was Knoxwell Jack, a 16 month old son of the 10,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Bonjovi, he was purchased by B Allison, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone.
Three bulls sold for 2,500gns each. First up was the 16 month old Toberlane Invincible from William Causey, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, sired by the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat, he was knocked down sold to RW Gourley, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.
Next purchased at the same price by Paula Cullen, Coleisland, Co Tyrone was Kiltybane Jake. This 16 month old son of the 19,000gns Corrie Alan was bred and exhibited by Seamus Bellew, Cullyhanna, Co Down.
The final call of 2,500gns was made by Andrew Bailie, Newry, Co Down for Coolnaslee Jupiter from Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry. A 15 month old, Jupiter is by the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite.
The female trade was led at 2,800gns by the class winner Moorlough Impulse, a 22 month old by Corrie Alan and out of a homebred dam going back to the 18,000gns Fury Action, she was sold in calf. Bred and exhibited by James McBride, Strabane, Co Tyrone she sold to A O’Kane, Ballykelly, Co Londonderry.
Finally at 2,300gns was Dartonhall Isla from John Erskine, Killylea, Co Armagh and purchased by William Harron, Crumlin, Co Antrim. This 18 month old is sired by Dartonhall Golddigger.
Averages: 19 bulls £3,023, two females £2677.50
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart
Charolais Showing Class Results
Class 1 – Bulls born 14/07/13 -08/10/13
1st: Corryglass Iceberg owned By Brian Phair
Class 2 – Bulls born 10/10/13 – 31/12/13
1st: Innishrush Igor ET owned by W Whyte
2nd: Dartonhall Imperial owned by John Erskine
3rd: Toberlane Invincible owned by W Causey
Class 3 – Bulls born 12/01/14 – 30/01/14
1st: Coolnaslee Jenson owned by G J Crawford
2nd: Mountain Jack owned by Liam Johnston
3rd: Coolnaslee Jupiter owned by G J Crawford
Class 4 – Bulls born 01/02/14 – 20/02/14
1st: Coolnaslee Josh owned by G J Crawford
2nd: Derrygiff Jester owned by K S Brady
3rd: Solitude Justthejob ET owned by J & W McMordie
Class 5 – Bulls born 08/03/14 – 01/05/14
1st: Killadeas Jonny owned by S & D Bothwell
2nd: Cappagh James owned by R & Mrs A Todd
3rd: Drumconnis Juno owned by John McGrath
Class 6 – Females born 03/03/13 – 14/11/14
1st: Moorlough Impulse owned by James McBride
2nd: Dartonhall Isla owned by John Erskine
3rd: Silverbridge Isbel owned by WJJ Brown
Class 7 – Females born 26/01/14 – 23/07/14
1st: Tonnaghmore Jasmine owned by H & K Crawford
2nd: Tonnaghmore Juliet owned by H & K Crawford
3rd: Tonnaghmore Julia owned by H & K Crawford
Female Champion: Tonnaghmore Jasmine owned by H & K Crawford
Res. Female Champion: Tonnaghmore Juliet owned by H & K Crawford
Senior Male Champion: Coolnaslee Jenson owned by G J Crawford
Res. Senior Male Champion: Innishrush Igor ET owned by W Whyte
Junior Male Champion: Coolnaslee Josh owned by G J Crawford
Res. Junior Male Champion: Killadeas Jonny owned by S & D Bothwell
Male Champion: Coolnaslee Jenson owned by G J Crawford
Res. Male Champion Innishrush Igor ET owned by W Whyte
Supreme Champion in Show: Coolnaslee Jenson owned by G J Crawford receives the Elmpark Cup
Res. Supreme Champion: Innishrush Igor ET owned by W Whyte
We are indebted to our sponsor Moore Concrete Ballymena representative Jeff Haslett for giving up his time to attend the show and sale. We would like to thank the staff at Dungannon Mart for their assistance with this sale. To our judge Paul Kingham Cullaville herd for judging the classes and championships and to all who supported us at the sale.