The British Charolais Cattle Society

New/updated: Royal Highland Show 23rd-26th June 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.

Royal Highland Show 23rd-26th June 2022

Morwr Reigns Supreme at the Royal Highland Show

Judge: Chris Curry

After a two-year break, the Royal Highland Show made its highly-anticipated return over the course of Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th June. Judged by Chris Curry of the Burradon herd, the event saw a tremendous showing of Charolais cattle vie for the Championship in an extraordinarily close competition.

Maerdy Morwr, exhibited by AJR Farms – Overall Interbreed Champion, Overall Charolais Champion, Male Champion

The star of the show was 6-year-old MAERDY MORWR, who earned the prestigious titles of Overall Interbreed Champion, Overall Charolais Champion, and Male Champion. Morwr is a veteran of the showground, adding these titles to his expansive collection of Championships from 2021, which include Overall Champion & Interbreed Pairs Champion at the Scottish Showcase and Supreme Champion & Supreme Interbreed Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show. This Maerdy Dynamite son was bred by D E Evans of Mold, Flintshire, and was purchased by exhibitors AJR Farms of Ellon, Aberdeenshire in 2018.

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Carlisle Sale 13th-14th May 2022

Redrum Races to the Top at Carlisle

Judge: Jeremy Price
Junior Judge: Rory Milne

As the Spring sale season draws to a close, British Charolais once again returned to Carlisle for their annual Spring Show & Sale held by Harrison & Hetherington over the course of 13th-14th May 2022. The pre-sale show saw a wide range of superb animals on display, judged by Jeremy Price of the Oakchurch herd in Herefordshire and his junior judge Rory Milne from Morayshire. The sale began in earnest on the 14th May, with a total of 62 bulls and 5 heifers being sold. Bulls sold to an average price of £6487.98 with an 81% clearance, whilst females averaged £1743.

Elgin Redrum, Junior & Reserve Overall Champion, sold for 18,000gns

The top price of the day, at 18,000gns, went to the Junior and Reserve Overall Champion ELGIN REDRUM from the herd of R A Milne in Elgin, Morayshire. Redrum was sired by the ever-popular 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini, and his dam is Elgin JessieJ, a homebred daughter of former Royal Highland Show Reserve Champion Elgin Highroller. This exceptional 16-month-old will be journeying over to Hawick, Roxburghshire, where he will be introduced to the herd of winning bidder J Hepburn & Co.

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Balmoral Show 11th-14th May 2022

Judge: Andrew Hornall

British Charolais once again returned to the Balmoral Show, Northern Ireland’s largest and most highly-anticipated agricultural event. The event was held over the course of Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 May 2022, and included a multitude of exceptional Charolais animals, judged by Andrew Hornall of the Falleninch herd in Stirling.

Bessiebell Nana, exhibited by J Smyth – Supreme Charolais Champion and Interbreed Champion of Champions

BESSIEBELL NANA was the talk of the event, securing the titles of Supreme Charolais Champion and the Interbreed Beef Champion of Champions. This exceptional 4-year-old was exhibited by breeder J Smyth of Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone, along with her beautiful twin calves. This wasn’t Nana’s first taste of success at Balmoral – she had also previously achieved the title of Reserve Supreme Champion in 2019. Nana comes from a high-achieving bloodline, with her sire Derryharney Jumbo winning Reserve Intermediate Champion at Stirling in 2015, and her dam Aghyoule Finoula (a Doonally New daughter) securing Reserve Overall Champion at Dungannon in 2012. The Interbreed judge, Michael Durno from Aberdeenshire, stated Nana was a “reasonably easy winner” and “she is a great example of the Charolais breed and rearing two calves as well, she’s working hard and doing a good job”

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