Charolais Youth Information

The 2017 Regional Stockjuding Qualifiers & National Final will take place as follows

Wales & Midlands
Held at Welshpool Livestock Sales, Buttington Cross, Welshpool, SY21 8SR
On Friday 28 April commencing at 4:30pm
Contact Ruth Corbett (Wales) at ruth.o@hotmail.co.uk or 07790 159782
Matthew & Catherine Reece (Midlands) at within-wales@hotmail.co.uk or 07549 167628

Northern Ireland
Held at 48 Drumbane Road, Maghera, Co Derry, BT46 5NR
by kind invitation of the McWilliams family
On Saturday 6 May commencing at 2pm
Contact Clodagh McGovern clodagh.mcgovern@donnellygroup.co.uk or 07598 573019

Yorkshire & North East
Held at Brampton Hall, Skelton on Ure, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AW
by kind invitation of Billy and Sarah Turner
On Sunday 14 May
Contact Steve Nesbitt (Yorkshire) at nesbitt@realemail.co.uk or 07979 593170

Scotland
Held at Nethercarse Farm, Kippen, Stirling, FK8 3JJ
by kind invitation of John Christie
On Sunday 21 May
Contact Karyn McArthur at Karyn.mcarthur@outlook.com or 07921 257254

Anglia, South Midlands, South East & South West
Held at The College Farm, Long Crendon, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP18 9AP
by kind invitation of: the Morris family
On Saturday 27 May commencing at 10:30am
Contact: Donna Knox (Anglia) at knox0af@btinternet.com or on 07762 705833
Karen MacLean (South East) at mortimersfarm@btinternet.com or on 07712 894968
Jane Haw (South West) at janehaw@f2s.com or 07789 118378

Borders
Held at Gretna House, Gretna Green, Dumfries-Shire, DG16 5HF
by kind invitation of the Houston family
On Sunday 4 June
Contact Judith Hunter (Borders) at hunter_aspatria@hotmail.com or 07974 518070
Steve Nesbitt (Yorkshire) at nesbitt@realemail.co.uk or 07979 593170

National Final
Held at Seawell Grounds, Foxley, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8HW
by kind invitation of the Donger family
On Saturday 1 July commencing at 10am
Contact Sue Stenner sue@charolais.co.uk or 02476 697222

Youth Development Contacts

National Coordinator and Administrator
Sue Stenner – sue@charolais.co.uk – Tel: 02476 697222 – Mob: 07891 119781

Anglia – Donna Knox – knox0af@btinternet.com – Mob: 07762 705833

Borders – Judith Hunter – hunter_aspatria@hotmail.com – Mob: 07967 969179

Scotland – Karyn McArthur – karyn.mcarthur@outlook.com – Mob: 07921 257254

Midlands – Matthew & Catherine Reece – within-wales@hotmail.co.uk or cat.r.reece@gmail.com – Mob: 07549 167628

Northern Ireland – Clodagh McGovern – clodagh.mcgovern@donnellygroup.co.uk – Mob: 07710 449877

South East – Karen MacLean – mortimersfarm@btinternet.com – Mob: 07712 894968

South West – Jane Haw – janehaw@f2s.com – Mob: 07789 118378

Wales – Ruth Corbett – ruth.o@hotmail.co.uk – Mob: 07790 159782

Yorkshire & North East – Steve Nesbitt – nesbitt@realemail.co.uk – Mob: 07979 593170

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Regional Qualifiers 2016


February 1, 2017 Northern Ireland Sweep the Board at the Charolais Youth National Stockjudging Final

Youth Final Group

52 finalists from throughout the UK came to the Livestock Event at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on Wednesday 6 July to compete in the Charolais Youth Stock Judging Final as part of the annual National Charolais Show.

Northern Ireland Region from left to right Back Row Kevin, Bartley, Eimear, Gary & Matthew Front Row Adam, Sarah, Jill, Erin & James

Northern Ireland Region from left to right Back Row Kevin, Bartley, Eimear, Gary & Matthew Front Row Adam, Sarah, Jill, Erin & James

The Northern Ireland region came out on top when they secured first place in each of the age groups as well as claiming the Fairway Trophy for the highest scoring team. They started with the senior 19 to 26 year old section where Kevin Reavey was the winner of the Gretnahouse Pepetual Trophy. Then along with his team-mate Eimear McGovern, they claimed the Fairway Perpetual Trophy for winning the pair’s competition with a total of 272 points. This is the second time that 20 year old Eimear has lifted the trophy having previous shared the honour with her sister in 2014.

A delighted Kevin who is currently studying for his property degree to qualify as a chartered surveyor also works at Hilltown Auctioneers two days a week as his goal is to become a livestock auctioneer. In addition he works on the family farm where his dad established their Charolais herd in 2010. He will be travelling to Moulins, France in November for the French National Final of the Charolais Show as part of his prize along with fellow competitor Edward Robinson, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire who was a close second him with 140 points.

Taking top spot in the intermediate 15 to 18 year old section and winning the Alwent Perpetual Trophy was the 18 year old Bartley Finnegan, Dungannon, Co Tyrone who had the top score of the day with 148 points. Runner up on 139 points was Andrew Adam from Scotland followed by George Hollinshead from the North Midlands who scored 138.

The junior eight to 14 year old section winner and taking home the Cockerington Perpetual trophy was 13 year old Erin Quigley, Macken, Co. Fermanagh with 137 points. Oliver Robinson, Towcester, Northamptonshire came a close second with a score of 134 and last year’s winner Hannah Knox from Colchester, Essex stood third with 132.

Master judge Arwel Owen said: “The competitors are a credit to their regions and I was impressed to see such a fantastic turnout. Charolais Youth has gone from strength to strength in the past few years as the Society invests more time and energy into the future of their young stock people and it is very pleasing to see such keen competitors coming from far and wide”.

Fairway Trophy Winners Kevin Reavey & Eimear McGovern

Fairway Trophy Winners Kevin Reavey & Eimear McGovern

Intermediate Section from left 2nd Andrew Adam, Winner Bratley Finnegan & 3rd George Hollishead

Intermediate Section from left 2nd Andrew Adam, Winner Bratley Finnegan & 3rd George Hollishead

Senior Section from left 3rd James Causey, Winner Kevin Reavey & 2nd Edward Robinson

Senior Section from left 3rd James Causey, Winner Kevin Reavey & 2nd Edward Robinson

Junior Section from left 2nd Oliver Robinson, Winner Erin Quigley & 3rd Ellie Knox

Junior Section from left 2nd Oliver Robinson, Winner Erin Quigley & 3rd Ellie Knox


June 7, 2016 Borders, Yorkshire and the North East Charolais Youth Regional Qualifier

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It was a beautiful day on Sunday 5th June at Middleton House Farm, Elwick, Hartlepool where the Blyth family kindly hosted the Charolais Youth regional qualifier for the Border, Yorkshire and North East regions.

Betty Graham had organised a coach for travellers from the Border area and when they arrived the master judge Danny Wyllie, Edingale, Staffordshire appraised the four classes of cattle and gave the competitors a brief idea of what he was looking for. Everyone headed down to the cattle where Neil Blyth had organised two handsome young bull classes at thirteen and fourteen months of age and also two elegant heifer classes. There was also a guess the weight competition for the combined weight of nine heifers.

A total of 12 competitors from both regions qualified for the Charolais Youth Final to be held at the National Charolais Show, NEC, Birmingham, on the 6thJuly. From the Border region winner Harry Stobart who scored 123 and runner up Robert Stott on 109 marks make up the junior team. The intermediate section was headed by Abbie Bowe with 154 points – the top score of the day – and with 138 marks Sarah Horsley came second. With a total of 144 points the senior winner was David Miller and runner up Jonathan Hird scored 106. For Yorkshire the National team consists the five highest scoring seniors and ten year old Kate Williams for the juniors who scored 124 points. Michael Dunbrek and Tiffany Wilcox were first and second for the seniors with 151 and 114 points respectively. Sophie Holt was close behind on 112, Anthony Howe scored 106 and on 104 marks was Grant Strickland. The open class was jointly won by B Vickers and R Strickland with 148 points and the guess the weight winners were Keith and Hazel.

While the scores were calculated we enjoyed a barbeque with beef from the Blyth family’s butchers shops. Middleton House farm supplies all of the beef and lamb for their two shops and they need to finish two/three cattle a week from their suckler herd in order to keep up with demand. The Blyth family joined the BCCS in 1994 and Neil has recently started showing with considerable success securing the Great Yorkshire show championship last year with Marwood Journal who went on to sell for 11,500gns at Stirling bulls sales in October and in May 2015 Marwood Intrepid was crowned the Carlisle Supreme Champion and sold for 7,800gns.

The Border club, the Yorkshire & North East club and the British Charolais Cattle Society would like to thank the Blyth family for their fabulous hospitality. The Society would also like to thank club secretary Betty Graham and youth co-ordinator Judith Hunter from the Border region and from the Yorkshire & North East club secretary Margaret Atkinson and youth co-ordinator Steven Nesbitt for all their hard work as well as master judge Danny Wyllie.

Border Senior winner David Miller

Border Senior winner David Miller

Border Intermediate winner Abbie Bowe

Border Intermediate winner Abbie Bowe

Border Intermediate runner up Sarah Horsley

Border Intermediate runner up Sarah Horsley

Border Junior Winner Harry Stobart & master judge Danny Wyllie

Border Junior Winner Harry Stobart & master judge Danny Wyllie

Border Junior runner up Robert Stott

Border Junior runner up Robert Stott

Yorkshire & NE Senior Winner Michael Dunbrek

Yorkshire & NE Senior Winner Michael Dunbrek

Yorkshire & NE Senior runner up Tiffany Wilcox

Yorkshire & NE Senior runner up Tiffany Wilcox

Yorkshire & NE Junior winner Kate Williams

Yorkshire & NE Junior winner Kate Williams

The Blyth Family; Roy, Kirsty, Matilda, Neil and Jean

The Blyth Family; Roy, Kirsty, Matilda, Neil and Jean

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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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