November 27, 2013 Charolais dominated the Winter Fair carcase competition
Charolais secured the supreme championship and picked up a fistful of red tickets at Premier Meat Exhibition’s carcase awards staged at Scotbeef on Saturday 23 November and organised by the Scottish National Fat Stock Club.
The winning carcase was a Charolais cross heifer from Wilson Peters, Crieff. She weighed in at 384kg, graded U +4L and killed out at 63.5%.
The popular Young Livestock Producers (YLP) classes were cleaned up by Charolais cross entries. The overall champion was a Charolais cross steer from Isla King, Crossrigg, Hutton with an entry kiling out at 415.8kg, U +3 and 65.2%.
The YLP entry awarded the Premio Speciale Italiani prize for the carcase best suited to the Italian market went to James Young, Girvan Mains with his Charolais cross heifer killing out at 360.9kg, U +3 and 63.8%
Heading one of the heifer classes was a Charolais cross killing out at 402kg, –U 4L and 62.1 KO% from James Hunter, Luckenburn.
Earlier in the week the cattle had been judged in the ring at Caledonian Marts, Stirling. John Thompson, Smallburn, Longhorsley headed a heifer class with a Charolais cross which went on to kill out at 389.2kg, U+3 and 65.1%, whilst the best beef bred prime cow award went to a Charolais cross from Emslie Partners, Little Barras, Laurencekirk. She killed out at 531kg, E3 and 62.8%.
November 20, 2013 Charolais is King on McConnell Suckler Farm in Clogher Valley
Sean McGovern Charolais club committee member visited the farm of Paul McConnell & family situated on an elevated site overlooking the Clogher Valley, the uplands provide good grazing in summer for dry cows and heifers; they have an intensive farming system taking four cuts of silage this season. The McConnell farm is over 200 acres, carrying between 250 – 300 Limousin x cows. Paul is joined by his son Ryan who left school to work in the family business; Ryan has a great interest and is very enthusiastic about the future of the industry with world demand for beef increasing. All calves are reared to 9 – 10 months old and sold locally as weanlings, they use Charolais primarily because at point of sale the Charolais calf weighs and pays that extra. They usually keeps 6-7 bulls with the herd having bought another Charolais bull at a club sale in Dungannon recently; using Limousin bulls on heifers and Charolais bulls on cows. Why Charolais? They use the Charolais breed on 90% of the herd for early growth and power.
The cows calve all year round and are wintered in an extensive range of up to date slatted houses with bedded areas for calves with creep access. Nutrition is monitored and a high energy creep feed offered to enhance growth. This combination of good sized Limousin cross cows with a Charolais bull is providing the McConnell’s with good growth and conformation, well-muscled calves that the customer is eager to purchase.
When asked about how he buys a Charolais bull, Paul said, ‘He will look for a bull with width depth and good shape’ to produce well balanced and growthy calves. It is also important to have strong cows to produce calves with good birth weights and to have as many unassisted births as possible to help reduce the herd management. When they go to the sales the Charolais cross weanlings gives much better returns so they recommend that commercial breeders should seriously consider using Charolais bulls that produce calves with good growth & maximum weight gain. At the end of the day, processors reap the benefits when finishing Charolais cross cattle as they finish up to three weeks earlier than other continental crosses.
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November 19, 2013 Charolais reigns supreme at Stars of the Future
Charolais reigned supreme at Stars of the Future in Stirling on 16 November by taking the top two Continental interbreed slots; Glenericht Hilary secured the supreme senior award and Falleninch Isabella the junior title.
Interbreed judge Arwel Owen, Welshpool described the pair as ‘a testament of good genetics’. “Despite being a Charolais breeder, I could not get past the correctness of these two heifers,” he said. Hilary has a tremendous powerful front end and had her sire’s presence and character, while Isabella was the most correct and sweetest heifer I have seen for a very, very long time. She had width combined with true breed character. I am sure we will see these animals again in future.”
The 15 month old Glenericht Hilary was bred and exhibited by Allen and Peter Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perth. Sired by the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat and out of Mornity Bonnie going back to Balnuith Universe, she was no newcomer to the ring having stood in reserve slot at Perth and Kirriemuir earlier this season. On Saturday after heading her class she took the senior Charolais breed title before going all the way to the top of the Continental senior section.
Standing below Hilary in reserve senior female place was Glenlivet Hooray, a 15 month old heifer from Mike Durno, Ballindalloch, Banffshire. Sired by the 12,000gns Thrunton Explosive, she was out of Kelton Bonnie, an Ugie Upperhand daughter.
The senior Charolais male title went to Inverlochy Hamish from father and son team, John and Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch. A 13 month old by Maerdy Eryr, he was out of a homebred dam going back to their Inverlochy Resolve. Beaten in to reserve senior male place was Retties Haribo from Richard and Carol Rettie, Forestmill, Alloa. A 15 month old, he was by the 10,000gns, Chunal Dougie and out of Redheughs Anthem.
Falleninch Isabella, took the junior Charolais breed championship before leading the interbreed Continental junior section. Bred and exhibited by Andrew Hornall, Stirling, this 10 month old was by Dereskit Fernando and out of the homebred Falleninch Daniella, a Gower Armani daughter.
Standing below Isabella in overall reserve breed place was Loganbar Improver, the junior male champion from Murray Lyle, Midcambushinnie, Dunblane. A nine month old, he was by Harviestoun Festival and out of Harviestoun Foxylady by Ravensworth Unwin.
Murray Lyle also took the reserve junior Charolais female title with Loganbar Isacc, an eight month old Wesley Fixture daughter and out of Loganbar Elysee. The reserve junior Charolais male award went to the six month old Stranagone Ilikeyou from Robert McWilliams, Maghera, Derry. A Dereskit Fernando son, he was out of Falleninch Fanna by Prime Colombo.
Class 46: Bulls born 3rd August to 28th August 2012
1, Richard and Carol Rettie’s Retties Haribro, by Chunal Dougie
2, C Wight’s Carwood Hotspur, by Kelton Trident
3, R McAskie’s Strathisla Harley, by Goldies Banker
Class 47: Heifers born 19th July to 30th August 2012
1, Allen and Peter Drysdale’s Glenericht Hilary, by Clyth Diplomat
2, Michael Durno’s Glenlivet Hooray, by Thrunton Explosive
3, J Wight’s Midlock Hope, by Kelton Trident
Class 48: Bulls born 12th September to 24th November 2012
1, John and Raymond Irvine’s Inverlochy Hamish, by Maerdy Eryr
2, John and Raymond Irvine’s Ballindalloch Hagar, by Maerdy Eryr
3, Allen and Peter Drysdale’s Glenericht Hollywood, by Balnuith Valour
Class 49: Heifers born 28th September to 19th November 2012
1, John and Raymond Irvine’s Ballindalloch Hilda, by Lochend Apache
2, John and Raymond Irvine’s Ballindalloch Hester, by Balmyle Bollinger
3, Michael Durno’s Glenlivet Hopeful, by Thrunton Explosive
Class 50: Bulls born 3rd February to 5th May 2013
1, Murray Lyle’s Loganbar Improver, by Harviestoun Festival
2, R McWilliam’s Stranagone Ilikeyou, by Dereskit Fernando
3, Ballathie Estate’s Ballathie Iniesta, by Balthayock Empire
Class 51: Heifers born 14th January to 10th March 2013
1, Andrew Hornall’s Falleninch Isbella by Dereskit Fernando
2, Murray Lyle’s Loganbar Isacc, by Wesley Fixture
3, Ballathie Estate’s Ballathie Imogen, by Balthayock Empire
Class 52: Heifers born 24th March to 15th May
1, Richard and Carol Rettie’s Retties Image, by Chunal Dougie
2, C Wight’s Dundas Indigo, by Elgin Davinci
3, Strathisla Farms’ Cardean Innocent, by Blelack Colonel
November 19, 2013 Carlisle Charolais bulls peak at 7,000gns
Charolais were in demand with bulls leading the trade at 7,000gns while females peaked at 4,600gns on Friday 22 November at the breed society’s official show and sale in Carlisle.
Topping the sale at 7,000gns from the Campbell family, Thrunton Alnwick was Thrunton Highclass TI +54, SRI +45, a 20 month old by the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal and out of Thrunton Bombshell, a Burradon Talisman daughter. He was awarded reserve overall male champion before selling to JH Strawhorn and Son, Lockerbie.
Next in the ring at 6,000gns was the overall male champion from Jean Atkinson, Malton. Bassett Hallmark was a 20 month old by the 10,000gns Harestone Domino and out of Bassett Doodle. The winning bid came from PR Sawyer and Son, York.
A second 6,000gns call was made, this time by from Messrs Evans and Corfield, Ludlow for the first prize Eoinrua Harty, a 19 month old from A Ewing, Annan. He was a Burradon Talisman son and out of Ratoary Amarillo.
Jim and Carol Warnock, Biggar sold Dreva Hasslehoff TI +34, SRI +32, a 20 month old for 5,400gns. Sired by Lochend Apache and out of Dreva Diane, he was purchased by AC Austin, Dumfries.
Next at 4,000gns was the first prize Crookdake Haribo TI +38, SRI +28 from DA and SM Miller, Wigton. An 18 month old, he was by the 10,000gns Mullaghbane Ulliot, out of Mullaghbane Vicky and sold to Andrew Lloyd, Hainford, Norfolk.
Sharing a 4,000gns bid was the 17 month old Maerdy Handyman TI +50 SRI +45 from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans to G Sordy and Sons, Alnwick. Sired by Kelton Trident, he was out of Maerdy Epil.
Two female entries shared the leading 4,600gns bid. First in the ring was Gretnahouse Geigg TI +67 SRI +63 from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green. This in calf two year old was by Blelack Digger, out of a homebred dam and sold to J Preece and Sons, Cheltenham.
Seaville Gina TI+45, SRI +38, a 21 month old in calf heifer from RE and KM Jackson, Wigton sold for 4,600gns to A McCornick, Dumfries. A Newhouse Bigal daughter, she was out of the homebred Seaville Abbie.
The overall Cracker female champion was Midas Heather from Roger Coppinger, Wem selling for 3,900gns to the judge Arwel Owen, Foel, Welshpool. This 17 month old was by Oldstone Egbert and out of Burnaston Racheal.
Averages 18 bulls £4,007.50; 5 cows and calves £3,255; 5 heifers £3,906
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington
November 5, 2013 Dungannon Charolais females peak at 6,100gns, bulls to 4,700gns
Charolais met a solid demand with the top 6,100gns bid going to a heifer while bulls peaked at 4,700gns in Dungannon on Friday 1 November at the breed’s NI Club show and sale.
“The day’s trends echo the fact that Charolais remains the top terminal beef sire in NI, as commercial men continue to witness the higher values and faster growth of Charolais cross cattle than any other breed, combined with modern British Charolais improved calving genetics. Premiums achieved at this autumn’s sales of store and suckled calves reflect just that,” commented the society’s David Benson.
Sale leader at 6,100gns was Corrick Honey TI +26, SRI +25, a 19 month old heifer by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of a Coolnaslee bred dam. Bred and exhibited by Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, Tyrone, she was awarded the overall supreme and champion female titles before selling to Robin and Agnes Todd, Banbridge, Co Down.
Heading the bulls at 4,700gns was the junior male champion, Parkview Hustler from Stephen Heenan, Downpatrick, Down to an auctioneers client. An 18 month old by the 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo, he was out of a homebred dam going back to Doonally New.
Next at 4,300gns was the reserve male champion, Coolnaslee Harper from Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Down to M Armstrong, Coleraine, Derry. A 21 month old Sportsmans Columbo son, and out of an Allanfauld Superscot sired homebred dam, he was full brother to the Royal Welsh female champion, Coolnaslee Gigi.
A bid of 4,000gns secured the 19 month old Bushmills Harley for Eric Lindsay, Strabane, Tyrone. Bred and exhibited by Victor Chestnutt, Bushmills, Antrim, he was by Lissadoair Eden, out of a homebred dam and earlier in the day was awarded the male championship. The same vendor offered Bushmills Houdini, another 19 month old Eden son and out of a homebred dam for 3,400gns to WE Burrows, Ballynahinch.
Three entries shared a 3,800gns bid. First to go was Altnaveigh Hawkwing, a 19 month old from S and R Thompson, Newry, County Down to John McBride, Plumbridge, Tyrone. Sired by Thrunton Voldemort, he was out of a homebred dam by the 25,000gns Maerdy Impeccable. Another 19 month old from the Thompsons, this time Altnaveigh Harbour by Bova Sylvain made 2,900gns to J Kelly, Downpatrick,Co Down.
Rossavalley Hill, the next entry in the ring sold for 3,800gns to Owen McDevitt, Limavady, Derry. Bred and exhibited by P Quigley, Enniskillen, Fermanagh, the first prize Hill was an 18 month old by Sportsmans Columbo and out of a Devenish bred dam.
The final 3,8000gns call was made by Edward Martin, Downpatrick, Co Down for Ballyoak Hercules TI +24, SRI +29, a first prize 15 month old Burradon Talisman son, and out of a Killadeas dam from S and A McKenna, Clogher, Tyrone.
John Erskine, Killylea, Armagh offered his highest entry at 3,500gns to Noel Rutherford, Hillsborough, Co Down. The 18 month old Dartonhall Harvey was by Corrie Alan and out of a homebred dam by the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable.
The day’s second 3,500gns call was made by Cyril Brown, Newtownbutler, Fermanagh for Corcreevy Hamlet, a 16 month old by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger and out of a Balmyle bred dam from Desmond Orr, Fivemiletown, Tyrone.
A bid of 3,200gns secured Innisrush Harry from J Whyte and Sons, Portglenone, Antrim to James MacArthur, Limavady. A 21 month old, he was by the 22,000gns Balthayock Diplomat and out of a Balmyle bred dam going back to Dingle Hofmeister.
Kilgort Hercules, a 16 month old by Tonaghmore Augusto and out of a Toberlane bred dam from A O’Kane, Ballykelly, Derry made 3,200gns to Adrian Richardson, Lisnaskea, Fermanagh.
Two lots shared a 3000gns bid. The 18 month old Kilbridefarm Stuart sired Ramrad Henry from RDA Morrow, Coleraine, Derry sold to O Cairns, Ballygawley, Tyrone. The second 3,000gns bid came from Will Gordon, Portglenone for Fymore Hercules, a 17 month old by Goldies Champion and out of a homebred dam from Sean McCaughey, Augher, Tyrone.
Kenny Veitch, Lisbellaw, Fermanagh offered the 19 month old Oldstone Egbert sired Drumlone Highflyer TI +21, SRI +26 at 2,900gns to David Clarke, Maguiresbridge, Fermanagh.
In the female section, Mr Veitch’s 20 month old heifer, Drumlone Helga TI +31, SRI +29 attracted the second highest call of 3,300gns from C and V Boyd, Drumquin, Tyrone. An Anneskeagh Sandman daughter and out of a Thrunton bred dam, earlier in the day she secured the reserve female title.
Last in the catalogue but not least was Palace Helena, a 15 month old maiden from Malachy Connolly, Ballynahinch, Down at 3,200gns to FG McGarrigle, Belleek, Fermanagh. A Doon Ultimate daughter, she was out of a homebred dam by Fury Action.
Two year old twin heifers by Sportsmans Columbo and out of a homebred Moorlough dam going back to Derryharney Outstanding were in the money for James McBride, Strabane, Tyrone. First to go was Moorlough Grace TI +25, SRI +27 at 2,700gns to Niall Daly, Omagh, Tyrone followed by Moorlough Gorgie TI +29, SRI +32 at 2,500gns to Owen Kerrigan, Donemana, Tyrone.
A second 2,500gns call was made by Andrew Hillan, Broughshane, Antrim for Lisnadill Hettie, a 17 month old Thrunton Unstopable daughter and out of a homebred dam from George King, Lisnadill, Armagh.
Averages: 30 bulls £3,143; 10 females £2,851
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart