Charolais Youth Information

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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August 23, 2018 National Young Stars Northern Boys

This year’s Charolais team, The Northern Boys – Micheal Dumbreck, Tom Brown and Harry Stobart, who were kindly jointly sponsored by Blyth’s Butchers, arrived at Malvern Three Counties Showground mid-morning, after their long trip down from Yorkshire ready to start work.

The oldest member of the team, 25 year old Michael is cattle stockman for the renowned Brampton herd in Skelton on Ure, Ripon, North Yorkshire, where he has been based for the past six years looking after Billy Turner’s 80 head Charolais herd. Under his watch the herd has enjoyed renewed success in the show ring and has produced the Yorkshire show junior champion Brampton Legoman and Brampton Nutella, a class winner at this year’s National. He has also established a small Saler herd of his own and in his spare time is a member of his local clay shooting team and also a part of small game shooting syndicate. His favourite part of the day though, is coming home to his partner Tiffany and their two children, Evie aged nine and six month old Freddie, who starting crawling while his Dad was on the way home from the competition. Prior to coming to Brampton, he worked on a fattening unit while studying at Askham Bryan College to qualify for his National Diploma in Agriculture. Speaking about his experience at the competition he said “it was a great learning curve, I wasn’t sure what to expect but the organisers, stewards and judges made us feel very welcome and at ease. At the social and throughout the days we had a chance to meet and mix with the other competitors from all the different disciplines; dairy, sheep, pigs and butchery and we’ve made loads of new friends”.

Tom who is 19 has been involved with Charolais cattle since the day he could walk, helping his father with their Ellerton Charolais herd and gradually taking on more of the responsibility for showing.  Andrew has been breeding their small herd for 35 years producing bulls selling up to 22,000gns and having a number of prize winning cattle including Ellerton Nessie who topped her class at the National Show this year. Tom is currently training to be a qualified butcher at A. Laverack & Son and his interest in butchery has developed because he has a keen interest in rearing and selling livestock, always striving to improve the value of meat produced on a carcase. He is also an active member of his local Young Farmers Club and particularly enjoys stock judging across all livestock species, which has taken him to Northern area level and different parts of the country including the Isle of Man. This year Tom competed at no less than three regional qualifiers, placing first in each and was 3rd in his age group at the National final in July.

The youngest member of the team was Harry Stobart, who was just two days shy of his 17th Birthday at the start of show. Another who has grown up in the Charolais world, Harry from just outside Carlisle, Cumbria, is an experienced showman for both his Dad and Grandad’s Scalehouses and Scotby herds as well as helping out other herds such as the Blyth’s Marwood herd at shows and sales. Harry’s entry at the Yorkshire show this year – Scotby Nightstar – secured a blue ticket in her class and his half-brother was sold at the Society’s Carlisle Spring sale for 5,000gns to Graystoke Castle Farms. He is completing his apprenticeship at Newton Rigg Collage and while on summer leave is working at St Miller Hill Farm, Gilsland, tending the cross Texel ewes and suckler cross cows. He also works on a dairy farm at the weekend.

The teams promotional stand

The first order of the day was to assemble the show stand as part of the competition is to design a stand and marketing materials to promote the team, the breed, the cattle and the promotional theme, which this year was “the future of British farming”. The lads put a lot of work into designing the banners, write ups and leaflets before the competition and the finished version looked great. Tom came up with the idea of displaying meat and doing a spot of cooking and the Blyth family of Marwood stepped up to provide the team with the Charolais beef for their display. There were quite a few offers to purchase the joints after the show but thankfully the boys managed to keep hold of it and as a result they all had a nice joint for their Sunday dinner!

The next task was to settle the cattle in which were once again kindly provided by Mortimers Farms, who have bought cattle to the event for us for the past four years and travelled all the way from Hampshire. Charlie and Karen Maclean, whose sons Angus, Charlie and Donald won the competition last year, bought two lovely quiet heifers across, the April 2017-born Mortimers Nononsence and May 2017-born Mortimers Nimbus, who are both sired by the Royal Bath and West show class winner Mortimers Hurricane.

It was during the cattle prep that Harry was injured, and we had to make a trip to the local A&E for them to sew up his finger. Meanwhile Michael and Tom finished up the display and proceeded with the stockjudging and quiz with Tom giving reasons for the team. The day finished with a BBQ and social and luckily Harry made it back just in time for a medicinal drink before bed.

The second day of the competition was taken up with preparing the cattle for the show and despite his injury Harry helped as much as he could. We had a change of plan so that he would taking the interview later in the day as he wanted to do his bit towards the team score. 3pm soon came around and the lads, looking very dapper in their shirt and waistcoat combo, lead their cattle into the ring during which time Harry was interviewed over the mike.

With the competition complete it was time for the presentations and we are proud to announce that the team came a respectable forth. In a change to the usual format, this year the organisers decided that it would not necessarily be the winning team that went forward to represent them in Canada, but instead they selected three of the individual competitors from the qualifying age group of 18-24 – which meant sadly Harry did not qualify. Michael and Tom however were chosen for the all-expenses paid trip of a lifetime and will leave for Canada to represent the National Show Stars and Charolais in November.

The team selected to go to Canada – Ellie from team Black as Night, Tom, Canadian host Karen Mansfield and Michael

Well done and thanks to Michael, Tom and Harry who were exemplary representatives of the Society and thanks to sponsors Blyth’s Butchers, Hartlepool for the meat display and Mortimers Farms for providing the heifers.


August 23, 2018 Charolais Youth Year

South East, Anglia & South West Regional Qualifier


There was an early start to the qualifiers this year, as the weekend after Easter saw the first of the regional qualifiers take place for the South East, Anglia and South West regions on Saturday 7 April at Mortimers Farm, Fair Oak, Hampshire, by kind invitation of the Piper and Maclean families.

Mortimers Farm which established their Charolais pedigree herd in 1983 with the purchase of seven pedigree Charolais females from the Monymusk herd, is well known throughout the show circuit as Charlie and the boys take their show team all over the country. They have achieved considerable success in all age groups at National and County Shows including Overall Supreme Championship at the Royal Highland, South of England and The Royal Bath & West – to name just a few, and bred the last ever Royal Show Champion Mortimers Urovision.

In the sale ring the herd has had seven Perth sale female champions, five of whom were sired by homebred Mortimers Josh and their current record high priced, was the sale of Mortimers Echo for 10,000gns at Stirling in February 2011.

Quality is favoured over quantity and the Mortimers’ breeding objective has been to produce quality females and bulls for pedigree herds and the commercial farmer – focusing on ease of calving, conformation, temperament, milk and growth rates. A high health and welfare policy is paramount, and the herd is a member of the SRUC Premium Cattle Health Scheme and accredited for BVD, IBR and Johnes.

After the club AGM, the stockjudging began with three classes to be judged, young heifers, cows and bulls. After which we tucked into the fine spread laid on by regional co-ordinator and host Karen Maclean, which included some very welcome warming soup. Lunch and the presentations were hosted in the beautiful period barn and when everyone had eaten their fill there was a chance to have a go at halter making with Graham Fishlock before a cattle dressing demonstration by experienced showmen Darren Knox of the Drumshane herd and host Charlie Maclean.

Before the presentation of prizes, the master judge 23-year-old Ruth Perry gave us a demonstration on how to give reasons and the young competitors had a chance to ask her questions about her choices, and her experiences in previous stockjudging competitions. It was refreshing to have such a young master judge and the high scores achieved by the competitors proved that she knew her stuff.

Congratulations to all of the regional high scorers who went forward to the National final on the 21st July. For the South East region, Angus Maclean and Kirstie Torrance will represent the seniors with scores of 142 & 132 respectively. Donald Maclean and Matthew Ranson who scored 134 & 106 will go forward at the intermediate team and Holly Archer and Kiera Mason go forward for the juniors with scores of 141 and 138. For Anglia, team A are Naomi Jones and Ellie Knox who scored 127 & 125, team B – Toby Ranson and Hannah Knox – 102 & 123 and team C – Charlie Knox scoring 123 and William Heath. And finally, the South West will be represented by James Wareham, George Wareham, Emily Mitchell, Ben Trim, Tom Mitchell and Ali Wareham who scored 113, 102, 136, 134, 130 & 112 respectively.

Wales & North Midlands

Regional qualifiers for the Welsh and Midlands regions were next, and this year was again held at Welshpool Livestock Market on the evening preceding the April society sale.

The stockjudging was scheduled for after the inspections and there was a small turnout with competitors travelling from Wales, the Midlands and even one from Yorkshire! The market had kindly agreed to us using the show ring and as usual the Welshpool market team were really accommodating, with the caterers staying on late so we could host the presentations in the canteen. The exhibitors were as always, ready and willing to help and between them organised two bull good classes for judging and Society Vice Chairman Ben Harman kindly stepped in as master judge.

After the judging, while the scoring was taking place, Society CEO Peter Phythian gave a presentation to competitors and exhibitors on cattle classification and market requirements, which was followed by a talk and a question and answer session on the Society’s new DNA policy.

Congratulations to Aimee Varga, Tom Brown, George Hollinshead, Imogen Roe, Cara Smith and Luke Allen-Pugh, who all qualified for a place at the National final.

Borders

The Border region qualifier was held with kind permission and sponsorship of Harrison & Hetherington at Borderway Mart, on the eve of the Spring Carlisle sale, on the first of what we hope to be an annual event held jointly with the British Blonde Society.

The evening kicked off at 7pm with the stockjudging of two classes of Charolais and a class of Blonde cattle, thanks must go to the exhibitors who even after a long day, kindly and happily bought their cattle out into the ring for the competitors to view. The master judge James Crichton explained what he was looking for to youngsters and locals who had turned out to take part. Betty Graham, Paul Stobart and the club organised a raffle, guess the weight competition and bar in aid of Hospice at Home and the local Air Ambulance, which ended up with healthy donations at the end of the evening.

While the scoring was taking place, the caterers laid on a hot beef roll and chips for all the attendees before Andrew Stott performed clipping demonstrations on both a Charolais and a Blonde heifer and the Society staff gave presentations similar to the ones at Welshpool before the winners were announced.

Well done to Euan Cunningham and Paul Gardner who qualified for the senior team and both scored 171 points, Harry Stobart and Ellie Stamper who qualified for the intermediate team with scores of 190 and 179 points respectively, and Jack Little scoring 152 and Cara Mitchell scoring 133 qualifying them for the junior team, for the National final in July.

Yorkshire & North East

The Yorkshire & North East area was the next to hold their qualifier, which was held for the second year running in Skelton on Ure, North Yorkshire, at Billy Turner’s Brampton herd. Brampton is one of the longest established Charolais herds in the country being started back in 1972 and has gone from strength to strength, with accolades including being awarded the Raymond Ogden Perpetual Trophy on its first outing in 1982, numerous Supreme Championships at the Perth bull sales and the Royal Show and most recently Brampton Nutella headed his class at this year’s National show. The Turners have also exported Charolais cattle all worldwide including consignments to Brazil, South Africa and Eire.

Stockman Michael and Antony had prepared three handsome classes of cattle and the Master Judge Harvey Wood made his choices before the competitors took their turn. Club secretary Margaret Atkinson arranged the scoring and the presentations were made at Billy and daughter Sarah’s home in the village, where we were treated to a pork batch supper with plenty of cakes for pud.

Qualifying for the final were seniors Jordan Tipping who scored 118 and Joe Speak with 115 points, intermediates Charlie Hitchen with 114 points and Sam Watson scoring 108 points and juniors Sophie and Rebecca Hitchen who scored 212 and 105 respectively.

Scotland

May bank holiday weekend saw the Scottish and Northern club qualifier hosted at Firhills Farm in Arbroath, Angus by kind invitation of Jim Muirhead. The family had pulled out all of the stops to make it a great day, with a fantastic show of cattle and a fabulous spread.

The Firhills herd was established in 1971 when Jim’s father Dave joined the Society to grade up his commercial herd using Charolais semen as at the time graded up Charolais bulls were selling for around £1,000 per head. Jim bought his first pedigree Charolais – Kingsmuir Teresa – in 1989, and later followed this with the purchase of Stirling Mia when John Hornall sold his herd prior Andrew taking over.

Jim’s daughter Alison who helps manage the herd is an active member of the Scottish and Northern club and has previously served as club secretary, while Jim is a seasoned show judge, with his last major appointment judging the beef interbreed pairs at the Highland Show in 2016. The herd current consists 30 breeding cows, nine in-calf heifers and nine bulling heifers, with four bulls going up to Stirling in October. Looking to the future Jim would like to increase his cow count to 40 now that he has reached a stage where he can more selectively breed for type. The 380 acre holding also boasts a healthy arable enterprise producing potatoes, sprouts, peas, barley and wheat.

The herds show highlights include attaining female and reserve supreme champion at the Highland show last year with the home-bred Firhills lady and in 2013 they were awarded the male and reserve supreme champion with the stock bull they share with Major Walter – Maerdy Grenadier, who is still producing for the herd, alongside their other stock bulls shared with the Panmure and Glenericht herds.

On the beautiful bank holiday Sunday, after Master judge Matthew Milne had made his choices, the day began with the stock judging and Jim, Alison and family had organised four classes of penned cattle for the competitors to look over. After which we were treated to burger and hotdogs from the BBQ and a massive choice of cakes and luscious strawberries from the farm next door, while regional co-ordinator Karyn McArthur organised reason giving and John Graham stepped in to score.

Prior to the afternoons presentations where Edward Scott, Claire McIldowie, Lois Scott, Rory Milne and Millie MacKenzie qualified to go forward to the final, we were treated to clipping and dressing demonstration by Allen Drysdale, a talk on managing females to maximise nutrition by Dr Alistair Crozier, director of Parkside Vets, Dundee, and a talk on nutrition by David MacKenzie from Harbro.

Northern Ireland

It was a great day for the Northern Ireland Charolais Youth regional qualifier which was hosted by kind permission of Swatragh Mart as an added feature of the sale on Friday 1st June.

The qualifier took place throughout the evening with nearly 40 competitors aged between eight and 26, taking part to try to secure one of the 10 regional places on offer at the final at Seawell Grounds, Northamptonshire on the 21st July.

The competitors were asked to judge three classes of cattle, two classes of heifers which were kindly supplied by Robert McWilliams and Douglas Morrow, and a class of bulls kindly provided by Jonathan Crawford. The sale judge Gary Henderson was the master judge for the competition and judging from the scores of the competitors did a good job on his placings.

Top placed in the senior section was James Rea with an impressive 147 points, while the section’s runner up was Eimear McGovern who scored 145. The intermediate winner Mark Reid was also the evenings top scorer who placed the whole bunch correctly achieving maximum points of 150. The intermediate runner up with 130 points was Ryan Doyle. The junior winner Conor Phair is just eight years old and must already what he’s looking for as he scored 148 points, just behind on 143 was the junior runner-up Andrew Hamel. Joining the winners at the final will be next highest placed competitors Kevin Reavey and Alan Burleigh who both scored 145 points, Andrew Dunn on 140 and Bartley Finnegan who scored 139. Thanks to CIP Insurance Brokers Ltd who supported the event by giving travel bursaries to the young people enabling them to compete in the UK finals.

Open Day & Charolais Youth National Final

Charolais members and their families from the Midlands made the most of a sunny day by visiting former President, Pete Donger’s, Seawell Farm near Towcester in Northampton in the height of the drought in July.

Although the grass was yellow, and little re-growth looked likely, visitors commented on how well the cattle looked as they boarded a farm trailer and toured the farm.

It was a full day and the visitors were split into three groups which alternated activities to make the most of the mornings programme. While one group set out with host Peter to tour his impressive holding, a second listened to Barbara Webster of Pedigree Cattle Services explain the benefits of EBV’s, while the third group were given a talk on DNA and genomics by Paul Flynn of Weatherbys.

Lunch was served to the visitors while the Charolais Youth finalists got on with the task of making their selections in the four classes of cattle head stockman Andrew and his team had selected for the stock judging classes. After which while the senior and intermediate competitors gave their reasons to the other judges, the juniors were talked through how to assess a heifer by Master Judge Steven Nesbitt of the Alwent herd. As a new element to the final they then filled out a basic assessment on another heifer, giving them a chance to start to learn about reason giving and animal assessments.

The afternoon was just as full with a clipping and dressing demonstration from Richard Davies, a talk on Nutrition by Christopher Barclay and David MacKenzie from Harbro and demonstration by Denis Dreux from Intouch, Keenan. The visitors also had a chance to chat with Szymon Nowaczek from Caisley Tags, one of the sponsors who came down for the day.

The afternoon climaxed with the presentations of the awards for the stockjudging final and it was great to see youngsters from all over the UK with such enthusiasm for the Charolais breed. The Senior section winner and runner up and also joint winners of the Pairs Fairway Trophy, who will be visiting the French National Charolais show in Poitiers in September were Kevin Reavey, 25 of the Jerretspass Charolais herd, and Alan Drysdale, 23 of Derryharney Charolais both from Ireland with impressive scores of 238 & 216 points respectively. Both Kevin and Alan are keen Charolais Youth participants and Kevin was selected to become the first Clogher show shadow judge, while Alan has represented the Society as part of the Young Show Stars team in 2016.

The Intermediate section was headed by 17 year old Scottish competitor Edward Scott with 219 points and 16 year old South West representative Emily Mitchell’s score of 204 secured her the runner up position.

The Scottish and Ireland regions were also the homes of the top placing juniors. The highest placed and delighted junior winner with a score of 232 points, was 13 year old Rory Milne who had travelled down to the competition with his grandad and new Society President Archie Macgregor. While second placed junior Andrew Hamil, a 14 year old from Dunmurry, Belfast scored 220. Joining Rory in second place in the team competition was 14 year old Millie MacKenzie, also from Scotland contributing 212 points to their overall total of 444.

More about Seawell….

Peter farms a total of 1700 acres and grows 1200 acres of cereals.  He retains the barley on-farm for feed, sells the rape to a local chicken farm on a private contract, grows oats for seed and splits the wheat acreage with half going for milling and the other half also going to the local chicken farm.

He keeps just over 400 acres in grass, with 60 to 80 acres of maize for silage, and splits the grass into two-year leys for silage and five-year leys for grazing with some permanent pasture.

“I’ve had Charolais cattle since the 70’s, but it was in 1983 that I started to take the breed really seriously and made the decision to use the Charolais as my terminal sire,” he says.  “I’ve always been a weight man – weight of the animal at slaughter – that’s where the money is, and there’s no doubt this is where the breed wins time and time again.”

Pete runs 130 pedigree Charolais cows in single suckler herds, keeping between 15 and 20 animals and their calves in each group.  He also has around 200 Salers in suckler herds as well, and with youngstock and growing bulls has more than 1000 animals on-farm at any one time.

“The Salers have good maternal traits, they are also easy-calving when put to Charolais bulls, give lots of milk and bring longevity into the dairy cross.  We never have to touch them at calving.”

He has quickly gained a reputation for having some top bulls for sale privately, and says this side of the farm business is growing every year.  Those not sold privately go to auction at Newark, or are sold to the trade for meat.

“The Charolais will grow to 750kgs in no time at all, that’s my aim, and they’re great converters, doing well on our grass and maize rations.  I look for a good topline, good feet, legs and movement and enough of a backend.”

Most of his Charolais sales are to the beef boys, and he says some customers will come along and buy 12 to 15 bulls at a time.  “Bull sales is where the real value of the job is, so I have to get this part of the job right,” he says.  “Selection is key and watching how each animal grows and develops to understand its traits and value.”

With Salers he says the value is in the female, with a lot of producers wanting Saler females so they can put a Charolais bull on for extra weight gain.  In the past 12 months in particular, since dairy farmers have seen that the more modern Charolais bull results in an easy-calving cross, he’s seen more interest from milk producers across the country, something supported by the higher bull prices reflected this spring.

He has five current stock bulls.  One of his favourites is Maurdo Flambeau, now nine years-old, who passes on great size into his females with fast growth rates.  Then there’s Ballsaec Maestron, the youngest bull at two years, Ballsaec Jonathon and Mardi Jimbucca both three-year olds, and Hi Flyer at Seven.

With his pedigree cows Pete tries to keep the average herd age around six, yet says if they stay fit he will keep breeding from them.

Seawell Farm is a true family business, and Pete was keen to tell his guests of the important role his wife, Sheelagh, plays in running the operation.  “I couldn’t do this without her,” he says.  She looks after the huge and growing mound of paperwork, from cattle passports to bills.  One of the most frustrating parts of the job is how the administration element of the job increases every year.

Praise for the British Charolais Cattle Society came from Barbara Webster of Pedigree Cattle Services in Perth, one of several speakers on the day.  She said the Society was the most active in completing herd inspections, and stressed how important this was.

“If I had a single message it would be for farmers to weigh all cattle.  And that means weighing the poorer animals too.  We need highs and lows to see where the breed is going.  A lot of breeders will only weigh the stock going to the sales, and this will mask the figures we all come to rely on,” she says.

Barbara also pointed out that figures were only part of the story – that they ignore traits such as mobility and jaws, and that 30% come from genetics and 70% from environment.

“The British Charolais Cattle Society is one of the most progressive,” she told visitors.  “Be honest with yourselves, be aware of herd weaknesses, have a breeding objective and chose bulls that rectify issues or weaknesses.  Make good use of herd reports and graphs.

“I’ve seen calving ease improve dramatically, fat cover improve and marbling, making this an ideal butchers’ animal.   But always remember, the bull is only half the story, he is only putting half his DNA into the offspring.”

The Society would like to thank the Donger family, Andrew and the team for hosting this incredible day. Special thanks to also our sponsors Weatherbys, Harbro, Keenan Feeders, Dungannon Mart, Welshpool Livestock Sales, Caisley Tags, Newark Livestock Market, Rugby Farmers Mart, Country Refreshments, Field Farm Tours and United Auctions. And to everyone who was involved with the organising of the event and helping out on the day – without all of you it would not have been possible – Master Judge Steven Nesbitt and Commercial Judge Mike Atkinson. Stewards Ben Harman, Chris Curry and David Benson. Speakers Barbara Webster, Paul Flynn, Richard Davies, Christopher Barclay, David MacKenzie and Denis Dreux. Scorers Margaret Atkinson and Donna Knox and welcoming committee Rhian and Amy Varga.


April 13, 2018 2018 Charolais Youth

South East, Anglia & South West Regional Qualifier


There was an early start to the qualifiers this year, as the weekend after Easter saw the first of the regional qualifiers take place for the South East, Anglia and South West regions on Saturday 7 April at Mortimers Farm, Fair Oak, Hampshire, by kind invitation of the Piper and Maclean families.

Mortimers Farm which established their Charolais pedigree herd in 1983 with the purchase of seven pedigree Charolais females from the Monymusk herd, is well known throughout the show circuit as Charlie and the boys take their show team all over the country. They have achieved considerable success in all age groups at National and County Shows including Overall Supreme Championship at the Royal Highland, South of England and The Royal Bath & West – to name just a few, and bred the last ever Royal Show Champion Mortimers Urovision.

In the sale ring the herd has had seven Perth sale female champions, five of whom were sired by homebred Mortimers Josh and their current record high priced, was the sale of Mortimers Echo for 10,000gns at Stirling in February 2011.

Quality is favoured over quantity and the Mortimers’ breeding objective has been to produce quality females and bulls for pedigree herds and the commercial farmer – focusing on ease of calving, conformation, temperament, milk and growth rates. A high health and welfare policy is paramount, and the herd is a member of the SRUC Premium Cattle Health Scheme and accredited for BVD, IBR and Johnes.

After the club AGM the stockjudging began with three classes to be judged, young heifers, cows and bulls, after which we tucked into the fine spread laid on by regional co-ordinator and host Karen Maclean, which included some very welcome warming soup. Lunch and the presentations were hosted in the beautiful period barn and when everyone had eaten their fill there was a chance to have a go at halter making with Graham Fishlock before a cattle dressing demonstration by experienced showmen Darren Knox of the Drumshane herd and host Charlie Maclean.

Before the presentation of prizes, the master judge 23-year-old Ruth Perry gave us a demonstration on how to give reasons and the young competitors had a chance to ask her questions about her choices and her experiences in previous stockjudging competitions. It was refreshing to have such a young master judge and the high scores achieved by the competitors proved that she knew her stuff.

Congratulations to all of the regional high scorers who go forward to the National final on the 21st July. For the South East region, Angus Maclean and Kirstie Torrance will represent the seniors with scores of 142 & 132 respectively. Donald Maclean and Matthew Ranson who scored 134 & 106 will go forward at the intermediate team and Holly Archer and Kiera Mason go forward for the juniors with scores of 141 and 138. For Anglia, team a are Naomi Jones and Ellie Knox who scored 127 & 125, team b – Toby Ranson and Hannah Knox – 102 & 123 and team c – Charlie Knox scoring 123 and William Heath. And finally, the South West will be represented by James Wareham, George Wareham, Emily Mitchell, Ben Trim, Tom Mitchell and Ali Wareham who scored 113, 102, 136, 134, 130 & 112 respectively.

South East Senior Winner Angus Maclean & Runner-up Kirstie Torrance with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean

South East Intermediate Winner Donald Maclean & Runner-up Matthew Ranson with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean

South East Junior Winner Holly Archer & Runner-up Kiera Mason with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean

Anglia Team Ellie, Hannah & Charlie Knox with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean

 

 

South West Intermediate Winner Emily Mitchell with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean

South West Junior Winner Ben Trim & Runner up Tom Mitchell with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean

Wales & North Midlands

Regional qualifiers for the Welsh and Midlands regions were next and this year was again held at Welshpool Livestock Market on the evening preceding the April society sale.

The stockjudging was scheduled for after the inspections and there was a small turnout with competitors travelling from Wales, the Midlands and even one from Yorkshire! The market had kindly agreed to us using the show ring and as usual the Welshpool market team were really accommodating, with the caterers staying on late so we could host the presentations in the canteen. The exhibitors were as always, ready and willing to help and between them organised two bull good classes for judging and Society Vice Chairman Ben Harman kindly stepped in as master judge.

After the judging, while the scoring was taking place, Society CEO Peter Phythian gave a presentation to competitors and exhibitors on cattle classification and market requirements, which was followed by a talk and a question and answer session on the Society’s new DNA policy.

Congratulations to all of the competitors going forward to the National competition.

Junior Winner Luke Allen-Pugh

Intermediate Winner & Runner-up – Tom Brown

Regional Qualifier Dates

Border
At Borderway Mart, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2RS on Friday 11 May, commencing at 7pm. Joint stockjudging with the British Blonde Society.

Yorkshire & North East
At Brampton Hall, Skelton on Ure, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AW, by kind invitation of Billy & Sarah Turner, on Sunday 20 May, commencing at 2pm.

Scotland
At Firhills Farm, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 4RJ, by kind invitation of Jim & Alison Muirhead, on Sunday 27 May, commencing at 12 noon.

Northern Ireland
At Swatragh Mart, 46 Garvagh Rd, Swatragh, Maghera, BT46 5QE, on Friday 1 June, commencing at 5pm.

National Final & Open day

Kindly hosted by the Donger family at Seawell Grounds, Foxley, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8HW on Saturday 21 July 2018.

The event will begin at 9am with trailer tours of the cattle and holding, a presentation by Weatherbys on genetic DNA testing and a presentation of the value of using EBV’s for beef production. This will be followed by the Youth stockjudging final and open stockjudging at 12 noon. Lunch will be provided at 1pm, after which there will be presentations by Harbro and Keenan Feeders and a cattle dressing demonstration before the presentation of prizes at 4pm.

If you are travelling from Scotland or Northern Ireland, you may wish to consider flying into Birmingham Airport or getting the train to Birmingham International station. The Society will provide coaches on the day for return travel to and from the train station, which is just a 5-minute free monorail trip from the airport. The coaches will leave the airport at 7:30am and return at approximately 6:30pm. The fee for return travel will depend on the uptake but will be approximately £10 per head.

There are 150 open places for up for grabs, on a first come, first served basis, so if you would like to attend please could you let us know as places must be booked by Friday 1 June 2018.


August 24, 2017 The Maclean’s Clean up at the National Young Stars Competition

Brothers in Farms Young Show Stars Beef Winners 2017

Brothers in Farms Young Show Stars Beef Winners 2017

Event Organiser Neil Lloyd with the winning Brothers in Farms team

Event Organiser Neil Lloyd with the winning Brothers in Farms team

The Charolais ‘Brothers in Farms’ team consisting Angus, Charlie and Donald Maclean were crowned the beef champions and awarded overall best promotional stand at the National Young Stars competition at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 August.

The event features seven different disciplines which include dressing a display area for which competitors must prepare materials in advance and this year the organisers introduced a theme for each section. The beef teams were asked to demonstrate why beef is more than just a Sunday roast and to promote their breed, the wider beef industry and convince the general public why beef cattle are a vital part of the Great British countryside.

Brothers in Farms promotional stand

Brothers in Farms promotional stand

Our boys embraced the challenge and came up with a comprehensive range of display materials featuring recipe leaflet, a video and a poster campaign to demonstrate how the quick finishing Charolais makes less of an impact of the environment and as it is more efficient is more sustainable for the future. Angus commented that “I have been brought up with Charolais and have always admired the breed for their power, docility, growth and strength.  I see the Charolais Breed re-gaining its place in the beef sector in the future due to the demand to feed the nation. The breeds ability for growth and consistency at the abattoir will surely meet the demand required by the industry and more importantly the consumer”.

On arrival, the lads first job was to settle the cattle then assemble the display which also featured a guess the weight competition, lots of giveaways and information about themselves and their cattle.

The oldest of the brothers at 22 is Angus Maclean who currently works as a stock manager for a pedigree herd in Gilford and his duties include embryo transfer work, semen collection and preparing animals for export. Angus previously worked as stockman on the Isle of Wight after finishing his Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture at Sparsholt College.

Second brother Charlie is 21 and after studying for his A Levels, left home to join Stamford Park Farm in Oxford on an Agricultural Apprenticeship, attending Sparsholt college on a day release basis. For the past year he has been working in Cambridgeshire as stockman for a pedigree herd which involves daily pedigree stock work which runs alongside a very successful seed business and renewable energy initiatives.

Youngest brother, 18-year-old Donald studied Engineering at college, gaining a distinction and is now starting his second-year apprenticeship as a welder/fabricator with an agricultural engineering company local to the family home in Eastleigh, Hampshire, where day to day he can be found working on forage harvesters, mending gates or 30ft up in the air on a 4-million-pound aggregate site.

All three brothers have been brought up with Charolais cattle as Dad Charlie manages the Mortimers Herd who kindly provided the cattle for the competition – Mortimers Lambada and Lovely. The herd was established in 1983 and have regularly exhibited having had considerable success in all age groups at National and County Shows including Overall Supreme Championship at the Royal Highland, The Royal, South of England and The Royal Bath & West – to name just a few. Mortimers have achieved seven female champions at the Perth sales, five of whom were sired by homebred Mortimers Josh. Mortimers Urovision was Breed Champion at the last ever Royal Show in 2009 and her dam Mortimers Mirage and grand dam Mortimers Image were both show champions in their day.

Quality is favoured over quantity and the Mortimers’ breeding objective has been to produce quality females and bulls for pedigree herds and the commercial farmer – focusing on ease of calving, conformation, temperament, milk and growth rates. A high health and welfare policy is paramount and the herd is a member of the Premium Cattle Health Scheme, accredited BVD, IBR and Johnes and the farm is in a low risk 4 yearly TB Parish.

Competitor WelcomeAfter setting up their stalls the competitors were welcomed by the event host Neil Lloyd and announcer Clive Davies, before the stockjudging competition began which is unique in the fact that there are six cattle in the class. Beef StockjudgingThe three competitors each had to nominate the two that least fit the desired criteria which was breeding females for a commercial market, then place the remaining four in the traditional way.

The team put their heads together to answer the Skiil-a-thon questions

The team put their heads together to answer the Skiil-a-thon questions

After the time was up the competitors were given a questionnaire to complete for the Skill-a-thon section of the competition while Charlie waited to be called to give his reasons.

After all the various stockjudging competitions had finished there was a BBQ and entertainment where the team joined in with the tug of war.

Angus, Charlie and Donald prepare the cattle

Angus, Charlie and Donald prepare the cattle

The team were up bright and early on Wednesday and after checking and feeding the cattle enjoyed a full English before they began the days first discipline which was to prepare the cattle for the show ring. The beef teams spent the morning washing and clipping their cattle and after a break for lunch finished soaping and combing to a fine finish. During this time the judges were moving through the lines and judging the competitors on their handling and preparation skills.

The team leads the cattle in the show ring

The team leads the cattle in the show ring

Once the cattle were ready it was time to exhibit them in the showring where Donald and Charlie led the cattle and Angus was called upon to answer questions on the breed and beef industry in general. The two heifers behaved impeccably under the team’s supervision and after all the competitors had been through the ring the teams relaxed and waited for the presentations of prizes.

The Butchery, Pig, Sheep and Dairy sections were all announced and then came time for the Beef results. We were delighted that the Brothers in Farms Charolais team were announced as overall beef champions with a total score of 866.5 out of 1000 and not only that, were awarded the prize for best promotional stand in show having only dropped one point in the presentation and promotional section. Congratulations to the beef section runners-up Team Canada and the Super Simmies and Limousin Leaders who placed third and fourth respectively.

The Society are extremely proud of Angus, Charlie and Donald who topped not only the promotional discipline but the ringcraft and stockjudging sections too and placed third in the interview. Thanks, must also go to their supportive mum and dad Karen and Charlie Maclean, to the event organisers and Ken and Charlie Piper from Mortimers Farm for providing the cattle.

Young Show Stars Competitors

Young Show Stars Competitors


July 13, 2017 Wales competitors head home with the silverware from the Charolais Youth National Final

GroupWith the demise of the Livestock Event at the NEC this year’s Charolais Youth stock judging national final was hosted the Society President Peter Donger and his family on Saturday 1 July.

Peter and his wife Sheelagh along with their family run the Seawell herd near Towcester, Northamptonshire and have been breeding Charolais for almost 40 years, registering 100 Charolais calves per year as well as using carefully selected Charolais bulls on a portion of their 250 strong Salers suckler herd. The farm covers 1,750 acres apart from the cattle produces wheat, barley, rape, peas and grass.

The Donger family were excellent hosts and not only did they provide a wonderful venue and four top class pens of cattle to be judged, but kept us well fed and watered with a fabulous roast beef dinner and plenty of liquid refreshment! The day also featured a talk by sponsor Harbro’s Christopher Barclay and Joanna Bailey from joint sponsor NSF was there to help present the prizes.

Junior Winners Ross Isaac & Ellie Knox

Junior Winners Ross Isaac & Ellie Knox

Master judge and former Society Chairman Andrew Hornall was delighted with the standard of cattle to be judged and as he welcomed the 42 finalists and their families congratulated them on qualifying at the regional competitions which were hosted across the country throughout May and June. “It is fantastic to see such an enthusiastic group of young people from all over the UK and not just from within the Charolais breed. As part of the Charolais Youth programme we welcome anyone aged eight to 26, with an interest in beef farming to come along to our regional qualifiers where you will have the chance not only to qualify for the nationals, but to learn more about stock handling, show preparation, health, nutrition, using EBV’s and how to select the best cattle for profit in today’s competitive beef industry.”

Fairway Trophy Winners with Master Judge Andrew Hornall, Joanna Bailey from sponsors NSF and Christopher Barclay from sponsors Harbro

Fairway Trophy Winners Emma Morgan-Page & Ross Isaac with Master Judge Andrew Hornall, Joanna Bailey from sponsors NSF and Christopher Barclay from sponsors Harbro

This year it was the Welsh region that came out on top when they secured the junior and senior titles as well as claiming first and second places in the team competition. For only the second time the Fairway trophy for the pairs championship was lifted by a junior team comprising 14 year olds Emma Morgan-Page from Church Stoke, Powys, and Ross Isaac, Meifod, Powys, who was also awarded the Cockerington Perpetual trophy for the Junior championship. The pair managed a combined score of 367 points from judging the four classes of Charolais cattle. The junior runner-up with a tally of 183, just six points shy of the winning score was the 14 year old Ellie Knox from Anglia. Ellie is no stranger to the competition and in partnership with sister Hannah claimed the Fairway Trophy in 2015 when she was just 12.

Intermediate Winners Matthew Mitchell & Jane Lindsay

Intermediate Winners Matthew Mitchell & Jane Lindsay

Taking top spot in the intermediate 15 to 18 year old section and winning the Alwent Perpetual Trophy with 189 points was the 15 year old Jane Lindsay who had travelled down from Bathgate, Scotland for the event. Matthew Mitchell, a 17 year old from Cookstown, Co Tyrone was the runner up with a score of 181.

Senior Winners Joe Powell & Kirsty Morton

Senior Winners Joe Powell & Kirsty Morton

The competitors in the senior 19 to 26 year old section were required to give reasons in addition to judging the cattle which meant 250 points were up for grabs. Coming out on top with a score of 224 and claiming the Gretnahouse Pepetual Trophy was the 22 year old Joe Powell, in addition, Joe placed second in the pairs competition scoring a total of 350 points with his 15 year old team mate Cara Smith who also hails from Powys.

A delighted Joe who is currently spending a month in America has just finished his degree at Harper Adams University and on his return to the UK will be joining Welshpool Livestock Sales as a junior auctioneer. He also breeds his own Pedigree Charollais sheep and helps out on his parent’s dairy farm.

The second placed competitor in the senior section who also scored 224 but just missed out on reasons was another competitor from the Scottish region. Kirsty Morton, a 22 year old from Denny will join Joe on a trip to the Irish Ploughing Match in September as part of their prize.

British Charolais Young Breeders’ Stock Judging Competition results

Placing

Region

Name

Points

Junior

1

Wales

Ross Isaac

189

2

Anglia

Ellie Knox

183

Intermediate

1

Scotland

Jane Lindsay

189

2

Northern Ireland

Matthew Mitchell

181

Senior

1

Wales

Joe Powell

224 (on reasons)

2

Scotland

Kirsty Morton

224

Pairs

1

Wales

Emma Morgan-Page & Ross Isaac

367

2

Wales

Cara Smith & Joe Powell

350


May 22, 2017 2017 Regional Quaifiers

Welsh Regional Stockjudging - webWales & North Midlands
Regional qualifiers for the National Stockjudging competition began on the 28th April with the Welsh and North Midland regional qualifier which this year was held at Welshpool Livestock Market on the evening preceding the society sale.

The stockjudging was scheduled for after the inspections and there was a nice turnout with competitors travelling from all over Wales and the Midlands. Regional secretary and youth coordinator Ruth Corbett had arranged for the stockjudging to be held in the show ring and the Welshpool market team were really accommodating staying on late so we could host the event. Steward Arwel Owen organised two lovely bull classes for judging and master judge Gareth Roberts must have made a good job of selecting his order as there were some great scores.

After the judging new Society CEO Peter Phythian gave a talk to crowd and the presentations were made to the winners and runners up in each age category followed by a catch-up in the bar! Congratulations to Emma Morgan-Page, Ross Isaac, Cara Smith, Joe Powell, Thomas Corbett and Grace Corbett who go forward to the National competition to represent the Welsh region and Oliver Robinson, George Hollinshead, Aimee Varga, Leah Emery, Huw Roberts and Rosie Boden who represented the Midlands.

Welsh Competitors - web

McWilliams Family - webNorthern Ireland
Just two weeks later it was the turn of the Northern Ireland region to host their qualifier. The McWilliams family were the hosts who went to town with the hospitality providing a hearty stew dinner and sandwiches and cakes to boot at their lovely home in Maghera, Co McWilliams Animals - webDerry. Robert McWilliams established their Charolais herd in 2003 and is now home to 12 breeding females. The herd has been successful at shows and society sales and his proudest Charolais moments include winning the senior and reserve male championship at Carlisle May 2012 with Stranagone Farren who went on to sell for 9,500gns and being crowned supreme Charolais champion at last year’s Balmoral Show with Stranagone Jones, who was male champion the previous year.

NI Day - webThe cattle looked great in the sunshine and three classes were prepared for the competitors to judge. The day also featured presentations on health and safety in partnership with IOSH and the benefit of using EBVs with Gavin Hill of SAC. NI Winners - webCongratulations to all the competitors who qualified to go forward to the National competition at Seawell grounds in July: Kevin Reavey, James Causey, Caoimhe McGovern, Eimear McGovern, Pearse McWilliams, Matthew Mitchell, David Rea & James Rea.

 

Yorkshire Stockjudging - webYorkshire & North East
The Yorkshire & North East area was the next to hold their qualifier, which was held at the renowned Brampton herd of Billy and Sarah Turner in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Brampton is one of the longest established Charolais herds in the country being started back in 1972 and has gone from strength to strength with accolades including being awarded the Raymond Ogden Perpetual Trophy on its first outing in 1982, numerous Supreme Championships at the Perth bull sales and the Royal Show and most recently Brampton Legoman was crowned junior champion at last year’s Great Yorkshire Show. The Turners have also exported Charolais cattle all worldwide including consignments to Brazil, South Africa and Eire.

Stockman Antony and Michael had prepared three handsome classes of cattle and the Master Judge Steven Nesbit made his choices before the competitors took their turn. Club secretary Margaret Atkinson arranged the scoring and the presentations were made at Billy and daughter Sarah’s home in the village, where we were treated to a pork batch supper with plenty of cakes for afters. Making their way to the final on behalf of the region were Anthony Howe, Michael Dumbreck, Stuart Brown and Charlie, Sophie and Rebecca Hitchen.

Yorkshire Winners - web

Group webScotland
The Scottish regional Charolais Youth day was held on Sunday the 21st of May at Nethercarse Farm, Stirling by Kind permission of the Christie family at their Westcarse herd. The event kicked off a little later than planned due to road closures as the Stirling Marathon was taking place! We started off with the judging where we had four excellent classes and the master judge was John Macgregor, Allanfauld. Before the judging started John gave us a demonstration on a Charolais cow to allow everyone to know what he was looking for and then the youngsters had to give reasons on a class to demonstrate why they had placed as they had.

Scotland day webAfter judging there was plenty food to go around with burgers and sausages on the BBQ kindly donated by Andrew Hornall, Falleninch Farm Butchers and lots of lovely sweet treats baked by Diane Christie, what an excellent host Diane is!  While the reasons were ongoing Eleanor Legg, Forth Valley Vets gave a talk on buying a bull and why to choose Charolais which was followed by a showmanship demonstration by Robbie McNeil, after which the results of the judging were announced. Kirsty Morton won the senior section followed by James Graham, the intermediate section was won by Lyndsay Nelson followed by Jane Lindsay and winning the Juniors was Kerr Brooke followed by Anders Brown all of whom head off to the finals in July. Congratulations to all the finalists and good luck at Seawell Grounds.

The Westcarse herd of 30 pedigree Charolais cows calve in the Spring and Autumn ready to supply the sales at Stirling in February and October and Carlisle in May. The family who are members of the High Health herd scheme also have a flock of 60 pedigree Suffolk’s and 20 Texel sheep. Sale highlights include Christmas Cracker Champion & Reserve awards at Carlisle and the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini who was sold at Carlisle in May 2013. Former President of the Suffolk Sheep Society John who will also join the Charolais Society Council in July is hoping for success at this year’s Highland Show where he will be showing Charolais cattle for the second time – the first being twenty-five years ago!
Scotland Winners web

The Morris Family

The Morris Family

Anglia, South East & South West
On the final weekend in May it was the turn of the Anglia and Southern regions to hold their qualifier which took place in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire as part of the Dorcas open day. We had a fantastic day and the Morris family made us feel very welcome with their excellent hospitality.

The day began with homemade cakes and hot drinks while Master Judge Rachel Wyllie explained what she would be looking for, then we headed over to the shed where the cattle were arranged to be judged while George and his stockmen moved them around the pens so that the competitors could get a good look at them. Once the judging had finished we headed back to the College Farm Lodge and were treated to lunch before presenting the prizes. Afterwards we were joined by more visitors for the open day which kicked off with James Dickson of ABP giving a talk on cattle grading before we loaded onto the trailers for a tour of the farm. What a treat it was to see so many Charolais out in the fields, especially the calves which were in abundance. After the tour we were shown the handing system before a hot drink and another cake to see us on our way home.

StockjudgingThe Morris family’s Dorcas herd – which was founded in 1992 – consists of 300 pedigree Charolais cows run along strictly commercial lines giving the foundation of a simple and profitable farming business. 25 years of breeding has resulted in a very specific type of Dorcas cow – extremely milky, docile, easy calving, with great longevity yet heavy enough to still command a decent cull price at the end. The family also manage a flock of 1,200 Lleyn sheep and their 400 acre holding includes 60 acres of arable land, which is used to grow either maize or barley.

The farm is also home to The College Farm which offers schools and groups the opportunity to experience outdoor learning based around farming where visitors can meet the animals and learn more about the field to fork story. In 2013 the College Farm was awarded the Countryside Award in recognition of their promotion of rural education and preservation of the countryside, and in 2015 they won the BAYER/FACE School Partnership Award for their strong links with the local Primary School.

Congratulations to all those who qualified to go forward to the National final – For Anglia: Ellie & Hannah Knox, Annabelle Howell, Esme Harrison, Maddie Clarke and Albert Woollard. South East: Donald Maclean, Naomi Jones and Kiera Mason. South West: Amy Wylde and Ben Trim.

Anglia, South East & South West Regional Winners

Border Competitors - webBorders
The final qualifier of the year took place on the first Sunday in June for the Border region and was kindly hosted by the Houston family at the Gretnahouse herd in Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire. The fine weather saw a great turn-out and there were plenty of entries to both the young breeders and open competitions which included the stockjudging, a guess the weight competition and raffle.

The Gretnahouse herd of Charolais cattle was established in 1967 and has been highly successful at sales and shows throughout the country over the years. Gretnahouse bulls who are always featured amongst the top prices of any Charolais sales they attend have twice sold to a top price of 25,000gns, most recently at the Stirling sale in February with Gretnahouse Lord.  The herd has also bred champions at the Perth and Carlisle sales including a Christmas Cracker champion and show successes include the interbreed championship at the Dumfries Show with Gretnahouse Emerald and the male championship at the Royal Show with Gretnahouse Archangel who has gone on to become a very successful AI sire.

The stockjudging took place on farm where Alasdair and Lucy Houston greeted us all with a drink and there were four handsome classes of cattle to be judged. Once all of the competitor’s cards were submitted Master judge Hamish Goldie talked us through his reasons which must have been agreeable to most with such high scores being achieved. Then we headed over to the Gretna Hall Hotel where the Houston’s laid on a delicious lunch and the prizes were presented. Congratulations to the six competitors who qualified for a place at the final in July: Thomas Goldie & Giles Raine for the juniors, Robbie Brooke & Robert Stott for the Intermediates and Jonathan Hird & Grant Strickland represented the senior section.

Border Stockjudging - web