The British Charolais Cattle Society

New/updated: Royal Welsh Show 18th-21st July 2022

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Welcome to the British Charolais Cattle Society. We are a registered charity with a not-for-profit, company limited by guarantee to serve the public by promoting and improving the Charolais breed.

Since 1962, we’ve been making the case for Charolais because no bull works harder for the farmer, the plate and the planet.

Charolais offers a bright future for British beef.  Charolais is the best breed for British farmers, because it’s more sustainable and profitable, due to its:

  • Continued improvement to calving ease
  • Unrivalled growth rates
  • Outstanding carcass quality
  • Killing out percentages

Charolais-sired sucked calves can be:

  • Sold as weanlings, commanding top prices and regularly topping markets up and down the country.
  • Stored through the winter and finished off the farm at 12-15 months on a forage and grain-based diet.
  • Brought through the winter on a maintenance diet and finished off with grass the following summer, depending on the farm’s system.

The Charolais breed is renowned for crossing into profit due to its outstanding attributes.

By collaborating with the cattle farming community, the British Charolais Cattle Society is driven to minimise costs and maximise the efficiency of British cattle farming.

Find out more about the Society here.

Our Heartfelt Condolences to the family of Billy Turner

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Billy Turner. He was a past president of the BCCS and an influential Charolais breeder with his Brampton herd. 

His funeral will take place at the Newby Hall Church of Christ the Consoler at 3.00 pm on Friday 12th August. 

The church is within Newby Hall park, Skelton on Ure, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 5AJ

Left to Right, Billy Turner, David Benson and Evie Allsop

Royal Welsh Show 18th-21st July 2022

Summer Paradise at the Royal Welsh Show

Judge: John Christie

After a 2-year hiatus, the Royal Welsh Show finally returned in full swing over the course of Monday 18th to Thursday 21st July. The scorching weather did not dissuade the exhibitors, who came prepared with plenty of fans and water to keep the cattle cool. A total of 15 Charolais animals went before the judge, John Christie of the Nethercarse herd in Stirling, in an excellent display of some truly impressive beasts.

Dooley Paradise, exhibited by C Boden – Overall Champion, Female Champion

Taking the sought-after title of Overall Champion was the day’s Female Champion DOOLEY PARADISE, exhibited by C Boden of Middlewich, Cheshire. Paradise was originally bred by D Thornley of Diseworth, Leicestershire, and comes from quite the successful lineage. Paradise was sired by the 70,000gns Barnsford Ferny, who won Supreme Champion at the Royal Welsh Show back in 2013. Her dam Harviestoun Harriet also boasts some prize-winning blood, being a daughter of former Carlisle Supreme Champion Burradon Talisman.

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Castlewellan Show 16th July 2022

Owenroe Marches to the Top at Castlewellan

Judge: Arwel Owen

As the Charolais World Congress began to draw to a close, delegates from over 15 different countries were invited to attend the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s National Show, hosted at the 53rd Annual Castlewellan Agricultural Show in Forest Park, Castlewellan on Saturday 16th July. Over 60 Charolais animals were shown, highlighting some of the best the breed has to offer. The Society would also like to extend thanks to the Bank of Ireland for very kindly agreeing to sponsor the event.

Brownhill Owenroe, exhibited by F & G Reid – Overall Champion, Senior Male Champion

The day’s Overall Champion and Senior Male Champion was 4-year-old BROWNHILL OWENROE, exhibited by the father-daughter team of Frankie and Grace Reid from Ballynahinch, Co. Down. Owenroe was bred by the Devine Brothers of Strabane, Co. Tyrone, and has an impressive lineage behind him. His sire is Rumsden Fawkes, who won the title of Supreme Charolais Champion at Balmoral in 2014, and his dam Brownhill Indigo is a daughter of former Perth Supreme Champion Goldies Unbeatable.

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Great Yorkshire Show 12th-14th July 2022

Olympian Takes the Gold at the Great Yorkshire Show

Judge: Steven Nesbitt

The long-awaited National Charolais Show finally returned to the Great Yorkshire Show over the course of Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th July 2022. The Show formed part of the hugely-anticipated Charolais World Congress, with delegates from all over the world in attendance to view the spectacular animals on display. It was a remarkably close competition of Charolais animals, all expertly judged by Mr Steven Nesbitt of the Alwent herd in Darlington, Co. Durham.

Seawell Olympian, exhibited by P M & S M Donger – Supreme Charolais Champion, Male Champion

Taking the prestigious title of Supreme Charolais Champion was 4-year-old SEAWELL OLYMPIAN, bred and exhibited by P M & S M Donger of Towcester, Northamptonshire. Olympian had also secured the title of Male Champion earlier in the event. This impressive bull was sired by Maerdy Jumbuck, and his dam Seawell Ima goes back to former Nottinghamshire Interbreed Champion Maerdy Flambeau.

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