The British Charolais Cattle Society


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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.

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On Saturday 11 November 2023, ten breeds consisting of more than 400 calves competed in the annual Stars of the Future showcase of pedigree livestock. The continental inter-breed contest was judged by Teresa Wilson, who selected AJR Farms’ Charolais bull, Newlogie Unique, as best junior continental. Unique was a son of the past Royal Highland Show champion, Marry Morwr, out of Newlogie Papillon, a daughter of the French sire Noble. The Charolais breed was also recognised in the senior inter-breed sections with the reserve senior title being awarded to Andrew Hornall’s Falleninch Tiziana, a Charolais heifer by the French import, Falleninch Memo, and out of a past winner at Stars of the Future, Falleninch Lottie.


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The annual English Winter Fair and National Pedigree Calf Show held at Staffordshire County Showground, took place on 18 & 19 November 2023. This prestigious event was kindly sponsored by Tithebarn Ltd, The Royal Smithfield Club, IAE and media partners The Farmer. The ten strong pedigree Charolais classes were skilfully judged by well-known pedigree breeder by Mr J Goldie, Annan, Dumfriesshire.

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Key Appointment for the British Charolais Cattle Society

Appointment of highly respected industry figure in newly created position for the next stage of the Charolais breed development

Bringing with her an in-depth knowledge of the pedigree cattle sector, Siân Sharp has been appointed Breed Liaison Officer, a brand-new role within the British Charolais Cattle Society (BCCS). In her newly created position Siân will become the face of the BCCS, working closely with the BCCS Council to initiate a strategy to take the Charolais breed to the next stage of its development, and liaising between the Society’s office, members, and key industry figures.

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Gretnahouse Tequila slams female breed record at Gretnahouse Dispersal – 18th November 2023

Gretnahouse Tequila at 50,000gns, slammed the female breed record price of 27,000gns held by Decrespigny Debutante since 1989 and set a new Charolais centre record at Carlisle. The atmosphere at the Gretnahouse herd dispersal sale held at Harrison and Hetherington at Carlisle on Saturday 18 November 2023 was electric, as a packed ringside watched this November-2022 born Lochend Nighthawk daughter out of homebred Gretnahouse Orangina claim the female breed record title, a fitting tribute to a life time’s work, dedication and breeding achievements of the late Alasdair Houston and his family Lucy, Tara and Rafe who concluded this Charolais journey in the same vein and passion in which it was started.

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Future Star Calf Show 10th November 2023

The NI Charolais Club would like to thank everyone who helped make Friday night’s Future Stars Calf Show at Swatragh Mart such a successful event.  Thank you to all the breeders who exhibited top quality calves and congratulations to all the winners! A massive thank you to the sponsors, without their support this event would not have been as successful.  Thank you to J Grennan & Sons Feeds, Eamon McCloskey Contracts Ltd, Garvagh Vet Clinic, McGuigan’s Garage Swatragh, McGuigan Brothers, Utilities, Civil Engineering & Building Contractor, NCCE Training and Information Centre, Swatragh Livestock Mart, Bull Bank, Elite Pedigree Genetics, K Genetics Ireland & UK and Bova AI. 

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