February 24, 2016 Charolais lead the way at Aberdeen Spring Show
Charolais took the top price, made the highest average and sold the most bulls at the Aberdeen and Northern Marts Thainstone Spectacular on Wednesday 24th February 2016.
Prices peaked at 6,500gns for the 16 month old red ticket winner Bonnykelly Jackpot, sired by Kersknowe Clansman and out of a homebred dam going back to Haymount Ulysses. He caught the eye of P and M Watson, Darnford, Duris, Kincardineshire and was bred and exhibited by Graeme Leggat, New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire.
Mr Leggat’s success came off the back of another top priced sale earlier on in the day in the form of Bonnykelly Jaguar. G and K Beverly purchased this 21 month old son of the 9,000gns New Deer show champion Newhouse Challanger for 5,000gns.
The most bids of the day went the way of the Aberdeenshire breeders John Wilson and sons who sold a cracking string of eight bulls averaging £4843 backed up by top prices of 6,000gns and 5,800gns. Six of the eight were sired by the 20,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Beechtree George and their grandsire Gretnahouse Archangel was the Royal show senior male champion.
The top priced bull at 6,000gns was the May 2014-born Kinclune Jackass who stayed local when he was snapped up by G Wilson and Sons of Fichlie. Close behind at 5,800gns and purchased by H and AG Laing, Lochhills, Morayshire was the 22 month old Kinclune Jackpot.
Next from the same vendor was another 22 month old, Kinclune Jagger who this time went home to Banchory, Kincardineshire with Kincraigie Farms for 5,200gns.
TE and M Walker, Banff, Aberdeenshire were next to purchase one of the Wilson’s lots. The May 2014-born Kinclune Joker was knocked down at 5,000gns.
Two more Beechtree George sons were sold by the Wilson’s at 3,800gns and 3,600gns respectively. The April 2014-born Kinclune Jollyman was purchased by M and I Steel, Banchory, Kincardineshire and JS Youngson, Cullerlie, Aberdeenshire took home the 19 month old Kinclune Jensen.
Mr Wilson sold his last pair, both 21 months old and this time sired by the 20,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Crownprince. Kinclune Jake was the first at 4,000gns who caught the eye of Peter Ferries, Lumphanan, Kincardineshire and JD Oliphant, Keiss, Caithness, purchased Kinclune Jericho at 3,500gns.
Auchnagatt breeder Michael Massie, also came up with the goods securing both the breed and Interbreed championships with his 21 month old Elrick Justice. Sired by the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless and out of the homebred Elrick Gertrude going back to the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin. The man behind the money on this one at 5,000gns was JJ Gordon, Wellheads, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Mr Massie continued his winning streak with Elrick Jagger who was crowned reserve champion. This time selling to H and J Riach, Crathes, Kincardineshire who paid 4,800gns for this April 2014-born bull also sired by Fearless.
Making 4,000gns was the March 2014-born class winner Auchincrieve Jelavic, a son of Alwent Goldbar and Auchincrieve Genevieve whose 2015 born calf was crowned Junior Champion of the Stars of the Future Show. Jelavic went home to Castletown, Caithness with AA Younger and was bred and exhibited by Charles McCombie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Finally another of Mr McCombies’s lots sold for 3,500gns. C and C Adam, Alford, Aberdeenshire bought the 21 month old Auchincrieve Jayzee who was also sired by Alwent Goldbar.
Averages: 18 bulls £4,358
Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts
Elrick Scoop the Charolais Championship at the Royal Northern Spring Show at Thainstone
MJ Massie – Elrick Justice – s. Thrunton Fearless
Reserve Breed Champion
MJ Massie – Elrick Jagger – s. Thrunton Fearless
Class One – Bulls born after 08/03/2014 and before 09/04/2014
1st – CM McCombie – Auchincrieve Jelvic – s. Alwent Goldbar
2nd – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Job – s. Blelack Giggsey
3rd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Jollyman – s. Beechtree George
4th – EA Mutch – Forglen Jester – s. Moyness Vivacious
Class Two – Bulls born on or after 09/04/2014 and before 06/05/2014
1st – MJ Massie – Elrick Jagger – s. Thrunton Fearless
2nd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Jackass – s. Beechtree George
3rd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Jagger – s. Beechtree George
4th – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Jackpot – s. Beechtree George
Class Three – Bulls born on or after 06/05/2014 and before 18/05/2014
1st – MJ Massie – Elrick Justice – s. Thrunton Fearless
2nd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Joker – s. Beechtree George
3rd – R Leggat – Bonnykelly Jaguar – s. Newhouse Challanger
4th – M Bruce & Partners – Logiestate Justootaellon – s. Goldies Golddust
Class Four – Bulls born on or after 18/05/2014
1st – R Leggat – Bonnykelly Jackpot – s. Kersknowe Clansman
2nd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Jensen – s. Beechtree George
3rd – NR Barclay – Harestone Jim – s. Burradon Garibaldi
4th – Robbie Anderson – Arthurhouse Jacksparrow – s. Thrunton Fairfax
February 16, 2016 Stirling Charolais sell to 26,000gns
Charolais bulls met a good trade in Stirling on Tuesday 16 February at the breed’s official spring sale. Bidding peaked at 26,000gns, 14 lots traded at five figure sums and 123 lots sold to average £5960.
Trade topper at 26,000gns was Goldies Jerry TI +65 SRI +61, an 18 month old by the homebred Goldies Formidable and out of a heifer going back to Blelack Blackberet. Bred and exhibited by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire, he was purchased by Messrs Boden and Davies, Mellor Cheshire.
Carrying on his success Mr Goldie sold a string of 12 bulls to an average of £9038 and his next highest priced was the reserve intermediate champion Goldies Jasper TI +60 SRI +58. This 19 month old was also sired by Formidable and went home to Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland with J Watson who paid 23,000gns.
From the same vendor was the August-2014 born Blelack Digger son Goldies Judge TI +76 SRI +71 at 9,000gns, this time selling to Ouston Farms, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
Mr Goldie sold two more top priced lots, both at an 8,000gns price tag. First to purchase was Colin Davidson, Sandwick, Orkney, who took home the May-2014 born class winner Goldies Jet TI +56 SRI +53 sired by the 12,000gns Goldies Elation. Then the 20 month old Goldies Gladiator son Goldies Jubilation TI +57 SRI +54 was purchased by T Leslie, Shapinsay, Orkney for the same price.
The class winner Elgin Jagger, a 16 month old by Blelack Blackberet caught the eye of W Milne, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire who paid 17,000gns to exhibitors Roy Milne and Sons, Elgin, Morayshire.
The Milne’s went on to secure 13,500gns for the July-2014 born Elgin Jaguar a son of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator, this time purchased by JD Lindsay, Kirriemuir, Angus.
Junior Champion Newhouse Jupitur was next to sell at 16,000gns. Bred and exhibited by RM Adam and Son, the 19 month old Jupitur who is sired by the 30,000gns Silver Joss was purchased by Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Londonderry.
Two lots shared a 14,000gns bid. The first was the supreme champion Barnsford Jubilant and the judge Ben Harman backed his decision by taking him home to Chesham, Buckinghamshire. This 20 month old from Tom and Sheena Gatherer, Inchinnan, Renfrewshire is sired by the homebred Barnsford Gorse, a full brother to the 70,000gns Barnsford Ferny who was the first Charolais that the Gatherer’s had sold from their small herd of only seven cows.
The day’s second 14,000gns call was made by J Wight and Sons, Midlock, Lanarkshire for Blelack Jerrylee, a 19 month old by the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite from Neil Massie and Sons, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, who went on to sell a further three bulls to an overall average of £7481.
At 13,500gns was the class winning Balthayock Jackpot TI +48 SRI +62. J and M MacDonald, and Dunbeath Farms Limited both of Dunbeath, Caithness shared the purchase of this August-2014 born bull sired by the Highland Show class winner Ugie Echo and exhibited by David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire.
The Walters sold a total of 13 entries for an average of £5832. Next best was another Echo son at 13,000gns, the 19 month old Balthayock Jonathan TI +62 SRI +68 was purchased by Peter and Sheelagh Donger, Towcester, Northants.
Two entries went for 12,000gns each. Elrick Jester, sired by the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless was the first. The May-2014 born Jester was jointly purchased by Jim Muirhead and JM Cant and Partners both from Arbroath, Angus, from exhibitor Michael Massie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire who sold two more to average £8155.
The reserve junior champion also secured 12,000gns. The 17 month old Harestone Jackson is sired by the 25,000gns Inverlochy Ferdie and his gsire was Highland show supreme champion and breed champion at the Royal show. Jackson caught the eye of JH Wilson, Newry, Co Down and was bred and exhibited by Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.
Mr Barclay went on to sell six more bulls at an average of £7650 including another Ferdie son, the 15 month old Harestone Jackass who was snapped up at 10,000gns by WJ Fraser and Sons, Ballindalloch, Banffshire.
A bid of 11,000gns secured the class winner Thrunton Jetstream for JH Anderson, Fortrose, Ross-shire. This June-2014 born Thrunton Gladiator son was bred and exhibited by JHC Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland, who also had a good day averaging nearly £6,000 a piece for six bulls.
The day’s final five figure bid went to LA Richardson and Sons, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh for their senior and reserve supreme champion Hillviewfarm Judge. J and G Smith, Stromness, Orkney secured this 21 month old son of the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Mowbraypark Orlando for 10,000gns.
Next at 8,500gns was the class winner, Clyth Jackthelad TI +63 SRI +60, a 16 month old Blelack Digger son from Ronnie Mackay, Lybster, Caithness selling to PM and PM Rhodes, Holme on Spalding Moor, Yorkshire.
A final call of 8,000gns was paid for the May-2014 born Dundas Jackpot who was knocked down to CG Graig Farms Limited, Gateside, Fife. This son of the 14,000gns Highland show class winner Ugie Goldcup was exhibited by Mrs JM Gilchrist, Biggar, Lanarkshire.
Females met a strong demand with 83% clearance and selling to 4,900gns for a mother and daughter pair from JA and MF McMillan, Brechin Angus. The 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman daughter Dunesk Diana, a class winner at the Highland show and breed champion at Angus, was sold with her 12 month old daughter Dunesk Lulu. Lulu was last year’s Stars of the Future reserve junior champion and is sired by the 12,000gns Highland show senior beef breeder champion Brampton Albert. The team behind the money on the pair was E Hamilton and Partners, Strathaven, Lanarkshire.
Two heifers sold for 4,000gns. The first was the class winning August-2014 born 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding daughter Derryharney Jane who was purchased from Harold Stubbs and Andrew Burleigh, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh by C Smeaton and Son, Kirkbuddo, Angus.
Then Hamish Goldie continued his success and secured the same amount for the 19 month old Goldies Jetty TI +71 SRI +68 by Goldies Formidable who was purchased by WG Johnson and Sons, Ripon, North Yorkshire.
Rounding off the sale at 3,600gns was the reserve female champion also exhibited by Mr Goldie. This time going across the water to Clones, Co Monagahan, Eire with Harte Peat Limited. The April-2014 born Goldies Joy TI +63 SRI +52 is a daughter of the 14,000gns Perth intermediate champion Killadeas Legend.
Averages: 123 bulls £5,960; 10 females £2,997.75
Auctioneers: United Auctions Ltd
Show Results 15 February
Judge: Ben Harman, Chesham, Buckinghamshire
T & S Gatherer – Barnsford Jubilant – s. Barnsford Gorse
Reserve Supreme Champion
LA Richardson & Sons – Hillviewfarm Judge – s. Mowbraypark Orlando
Senior Male Champion
LA Richardson & Sons – Hillviewfarm Judge – s. Mowbraypark Orlando
Reserve Senior Male Champion
DE Evans – Maerdy Jogger – s. Maerdy Dynamite
Intermediate Male Champion
T & S Gatherer – Barnsford Jubilant – s. Barnsford Gorse
Reserve Intermediate Male Champion
Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jasper – s. Goldies Formidable
Junior Male Champion
RM Adam & Son – Newhouse Jupitur – s. Silver Joss
Reserve Junior Male Champion
Neil R Barclay – Harestone Jackson – s. Inverlochy Ferdie
JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Inspire – s. Ugie Euros
Reserve Female Champion
Hamish Goldie – Goldies Joy – s. Killadeas Legend
Class One – Bulls born on or between 22 February & 5 April 2014
1st – A MacGregor[Allanfauld]Ltd – Allanfauld Johnboy – s. Woodpark Elgin
2nd – Adrian Ivory – Cardean Jupiter – s. Elgin Flagship
3rd – Robert Aitken – Lourie Jethro – s. Goldies Eddy
4th – James Jeffrey – Kersknowe Jock – s. Inverlochy Fencer
5th – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Jetsetter – s. Newhouse Bigal
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 6 & 17 April 2014
1st – James Jeffrey – Kersknowe Jester – s. Lagavaich Fernando
2nd – Will Short – Woodpark Jake – s. Corrie Alan
3rd – RA Milne – Elgin Jackman – s. Westcarse Houdini
4th – Alan R Lawson & Son – Alsnow Jason – s. Puntabrava Federico
5th – D Smith & Sons – Lawersbridge Jake – s. Lawersbridge Ferocious
Class Three – Bulls born on or between 18 & 30 April 2014
1st – John Wight & Sons – Midlock Jagger – s. Maerdy Domino
2nd – WS Oates – Ravensworth Jeronimo – s. Thrunton Florida
3rd – MJ Massie – Elrick Jupiter – s. Thrunton Fearless
4th – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Jasper – s. Thrunton Gladiator
5th – John Wylde – Martland Justabout – s. Skysea Fearless
Class Four – Bulls born on or between 1 & 8 May 2014
1st – LA Richardson & Sons – Hillviewfarm Judge – s. Mowbraypark Orlando
2nd – DE Evans – Maerdy Jogger – s. Maerdy Dynamite
3rd – A MacGregor[Allanfauld]Ltd – Allanfauld Jeronimo – s. Elgin Davinci
4th – John Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Jura – s. Maerdy Eryr
Class Five – Bulls born on or between 9 & 15 May 2014
1st – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jet – s. Goldies Elation ET
2nd – James Jeffrey – Kersknowe Jubilee – s. Inverlochy Fencer
3rd – Messrs Curry – Burradon Jackass – s. Puntabrava Federico
4th – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Jerry – s. Ugie Euros
5th – DFWH & NR Walter – Balthayock Jet – s. Ugie Echo
Class Six – Bulls born on or between 16 & 23 May 2014
1st – Neil R Barclay – Harestone Jackpot – s. Allanfauld Gambler
2nd – G McWilliam – Fotheringham Jaffa – s. Elgin Highroller
3rd – James Jeffrey – Kersknowe Jambo – s. Inverlochy Fencer
4th – Messrs Curry – Burradon Joker – s. Brampton Helium
5th – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jupiter – s. Goldies Unbeatable
Class Seven – Bulls born on or between 24 & 31 May 2014
1st – T & S Gatherer – Barnsford Jubilant – s. Barnsford Gorse
2nd – MJ Massie – Elrick Jester – s. Thrunton Fearless
3rd – NF Massie – Blelack Jethro – s. Goldies Dynamite
4th – R Irvine & FG Lawson – Ballindalloch Jasper – s. Maerdy Eryr
5th – MJ Massie – Elrick Jack – s. Thrunton Fearless
Class Eight – Bulls born on or between 1 & 7 June 2014
1st – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Jetstream – s. Thrunton Gladiator
2nd – Alan R Lawson & Son – Alsnow Jetstream – s. Puntabrava Federico
3rd – Jack Nicoll Farms Limited – Mornity Julius – s. Balthayock Upright
4th – NF Massie – Blelack Julius – s. Goldies Dynamite
5th – DFWH & NR Walter – Balthayock Jubilee – s. Swalesmoor Cracker
Class Nine – Bulls born on or between 8 & 17 June 2014
1st – Will Short – Woodpark Jasper – s. Deeside Gulliver
2nd – DFWH & NR Walter – Balthayock Joker – s. Maerdy Grenadier
3rd – John Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Jerome – s. Maerdy Eryr
4th – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jubilation – s. Goldies Gladiator
5th – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jackpot – s. Goldies Gladiator
Class Ten – Bulls born on or between 18 & 21 June 2014
1st – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Jester – s. Ugie Euros
2nd – WR Baillie & Co – Baillieston Justice – s. Burradon Galaxy
3rd – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Jockey – s. Allanfauld Vagabond
4th – JHC Campbell & Son – Thrunton Jefferson – s. Balmyle Dickler
5th – P & V McDonald – Glencoe Jacob – s. Clyth Diplomat
Class Eleven – Bulls born on or between 22 June & 3 July 2014
1st – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jasper – s. Goldies Formidable
2nd – RA Milne & Sons – Elgin Jaguar – s. Caylers Gladiator
3rd – NF Massie & Sons – Blelack Jerrylee – s. Goldies Dynamite
4th – DFWH & NR Walter – Balthayock Jonathan – s. Ugie Echo
5th – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jaguar – s. Goldies Gladiator
Class Twelve – Bulls born on or between 4 & 12 July 2014
1st – DE Evans – Maerdy Justthejob – s. Gamay
2nd – Jack Nicoll Farms Limited – Mornity Jubilee – s. Westcarse Houdini
3rd – Redhead & Watson – Tweeddale Jetstream – s. Woodpark Elgin
4th – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jagger – s. Goldies Banker
5th – DFWH & NR Walter – Balthayock Joel – s. Ugie Echo
Class Thirteen – Bulls born on or between 13 July & 3 August 2014
1st – RM Adam & Son – Newhouse Jupitur – s. Silver Joss
2nd – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jerry – Goldies Formidable
3rd – RM Adam & Son – Newhouse Jagerbomb – s. Balthayock Dante
4th – Mr & Mrs CJ Wight – Carwood Jagerbomb – s. Glenrock Eiger
5th – Alan R Lawson & Son – Alsnow Jervaulx – s. Puntabrava Ferderico
Class Fourteen – Bulls born on or between 5 & 15 August 2014
1st – DFWH & NR Walter – Balthayock Jackpot – s. Ugie Echo
2nd – RM Adam & Son – Newhouse Jimbob – s. Brampton Nacodar
3rd – Alan R Lawson & Son – Newhouse Jimbob ET – s. Puntabrava Federico
4th – Andrew Hornall – Falleninch Julius – s. Dereskit Fernando
5th – DM Lyle – s. Loganbar Jimmyjames – s. Wesley Fixture
Class Fifteen – Bulls born on or between 16 & 31 August 2014
1st – DE Evans – Maerdy Jumbuck – s. Maerdy Gouverneur
2nd – Neil R Barclay – Harestone Jasper – s. Thrunton Fearless
3rd – NF Massie & Sons – Blelack Jubilee – s. Glencoe Hagrid
4th – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Judge – s. Blelack Digger
5th – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Jackaroo – s. Burradon Garibaldi
Class Sixteen– Bulls born on or between 1 & 16 September 2014
1st – Neil R Barclay – Harestone Jackson – s. Inverlochy Ferdie
2nd – Neil R Barclay – Harestone Joe – s. Inverlochy Ferdie
3rd – Clive Hoey – Rawbrooke Judge – s. Thrunton Socrates
4th – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jogger – s. Gretnahouse Heman
5th – Jack Nicoll Farms Limited – Mornity Jumper – s. Westcarse Houdini
Class Seventeen – Bulls born on or between 17 September & 6 October 2014
1st – RA Milne & Sons – Elgin Jagger – s. Blelack Blackberet
2nd – Will Short – Woodpark Johnboy – s. Rumsden Fawkes
3rd – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Jedburgh – s. Thrunton Gladiator
4th – DE Evans – Maerdy Jocker – s. Maerdy Dynamite
5th – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jockey – s. Goldies Banker
Class Eighteen – Bulls born on or after 7 October 2014
1st – R MacKay – Clyth Jackthelad – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – Neil R Barclay – Harestone Jackass – s. Inverlochy Ferdie
3rd – Kenneth Veitch – Drumlone Jumbo – s. Hillviewfarm Perfect
4th – JD Leavesley – Newroddige Jetstream – s. Esgob Ferrari
5th – Sean McGovern – Ratoary Justrite – s. Lochend Apache
Class Nineteen – Heifers born on or between 13 June 2013 & 16 July 2014
1st – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Inspire – s. Ugie Euros
2nd – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Joy – s. Killadeas Legend
3rd – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Julia – s. Blelack Digger
4th – D Smith & Sons – Lawersbridge Irene – s. Smithston Elite
Class Twenty – Heifers born on or after 17 July 2014
1st – HC & AA Stubbs & Burleigh – Derryharney Jane – s. Derryharney Outstanding
2nd – JA & MF McMillan – Dunesk Lady – s. Balthayock Hamish
3rd – JA & MF McMillan – Dunesk Lulu – s. Brampton Albert
4th – HC & AA Stubbs & Burleigh – Derryharney Jewels – s. Grove Enterprise
From around the ringside
February 15, 2016 Harestone Charolais herd scoops top awards
Aberdeenshire cattle breeders, Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, have scooped the top accolades in the Scottish and Northern Charolais Cattle Breeders’ Club annual herd awards. Their 100 cow pedigree Harestone herd headed the large herds section and also led the cow with heifer calf at foot class, whilst stockman, Sean O’Brien won best stockman.
Judge, David Grant, commented: “I knew what type of cattle I’d be looking for – an even herd of good working cows with character and with calves at foot. These cows needed to be even fleshed, not too extreme and be well presented, and that’s exactly what I found at Harestone. This herd ticked all the boxes for me; it’s a herd for the future.”
Stuart Barclay commented: “We are delighted to win these awards which are testament to our stockman Sean O’Brien who also duly received an accolade for his professionalism. We established the herd 30 years ago having started to use Charolais over our commercial suckler herd which now totals 500 cows; since then it has continued to grow to meet demand, essentially for the commercial market place. We select for cattle that are long and clean, have good growth rates and good legs and subsequently we keep only the best cow families; we cull very hard. Herd sires which have left their mark include Ronsar, Harestone Tyrol, Inverlochy Ferdi and Thrunton Fearless.
He adds: “We are continuing to demonstrate what Charolais can actually achieve within our own suckler herd and deliver to market requirements. Until recently we have sold all our Charolais cross calves as 10 month olds in the store ring – steers averaging 475kg and heifers 445kgs, and they invariably found themselves in the day’s top 5% of prices. Recently we’ve taken the decision to start finishing them ourselves; we’re splitting the steers and heifers and starting to feed them harder from weaning at seven months. The first pens of steers and heifers are on target to finish within the target 400kgs deadweight and by 15 months.”
February 10, 2016 Charolais crosses – meeting the new weight specification
Genetics + nutrition + management to maximise the number of kilos per cow as quickly and efficiently as possible
Callum Keir, Cairncoullie, Kildrummy, Alford
500 acres including 150 acres spring barley
120 Simmental cross breeding females put to Charolais, split calving herd, all progeny finished
200 stores purchased annually and finished
200 ewes, all progeny finished
One part time employee,
Charolais has been the terminal sire at Cairncoullie for over 30 years, and without question will continue that role in future regardless of processors’ new weight limits. “We run a high input, high output unit, and our priority is to maximise the number of kilos per cow as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Callum Keir explains.
“Charolais with its unbeatable weight for age is vital to doing that job together with detailed management and accompanying nutrition which is resulting in our cattle already arriving within processors new specification.
Cairncoullie herd performance 2014/15
|Finished age (months)|
|Charolais cross steers ave||385||20 – 21|
|Charolais cross heifers ave||368||18 – 19|
“All Charolais cross steers and a portion of the heifers are sold deadweight, some butcher type heifers are traded liveweight at Thainstone mart where they frequently are found within the day’s top prices.”
Keys to Cairncoullie success
Genetics: “The selection process is initially based on kill sheet observations,” Callum explains. “For example, if a portion of same sired calves were failing to grade within the grid specification, then we would look for a new bull with in a bigger muscle area. We also go for longer type Charolais bulls and they must be reared on forage and fibre based diets. The latest additions were sourced from the Thurso herd.”
Nutrition: “Diets are all home mixed using the same basic ingredients – home-grown forage and cereals combined with cost effective bought in blends. The key is formulating diets specific to age, weight and gender, consequently they are easier to manage in groups and offer flexibility to vary starch and protein levels at key stages of development,” says Callum. “Harbro’s David MacKenzie manages the diets and calls in on a regular basis to monitor the farm’s data.” The diets feature the following
- Calves: low-starch creep feed to avoid early fat deposition.
- Yearlings: reasonably high protein diet, 15% to 17% CP, with limited starch, to encourage lean growth and frame development.
- Cattle are turned out for a limited three month grazing period and set stocked, followed by housing in late July and introduced to full finishing rations after they reach 500kg liveweight.
- Steers: low protein, high starch finisher.
- Heifers: higher protein, lower starch finisher.
- Both steer and heifer diets are formulated with limited forage and balanced with cereal and dark grains in order to achieve the correct fat cover and meat yield.
Cairncoullie herd diets
|DM %||ME/kg DM||CP%||FCR||Main diet components|
|Calf creep||86||13||17||3.5 : 1||Maxammon barley, Gramp Blend and Minerals, Yea-sacc, Rumitech|
|Yearling steer||48||12.6||15||9 : 1||TMR – pit silage, Maxammon barley, Gramp Blend and Minerals, Yea-sacc, Rumitech|
|Yearling heifer||42||12.5||15.5||8.8 : 1||As above|
|Finishing steer||86||12.9||13||8.5 : 1||TMR – straw, Maxammon barley, Propcorn barley, Gramp Blend and Minerals, Yea-sacc, Rumitech|
|Finishing heifer||86||12.8||15||8.4 : 1||As above|
Management: “We try to pay attention to detail at every turn and manage the herd by a health plan, testing and vaccinating for infections, ensuring cows energy requirements are met and by knowing their mineral status . They calve down fit not fat and are literally able to calve themselves which is really important since I’m totally responsible for all the stock work. We give the heifers the best chance possible by running them in a separate group until second calving.
“Grampian Super Suckler Minerals have been used for a number of years which have been balanced to make up for shortfalls in local trace element deficiencies which ensure we have productive cows and healthy new born calves that are able to reach their potential. We also feed Omega 25 at 150g per head which is a high fish oil product to ensure cows come into heat quicker.
“We target a tight calving pattern: the spring calving herd is achieving between 75% to 85% within the first six weeks and the entire portion within 11 weeks. Similarly, 80% of the autumn calving herd calve within the first six weeks.”
Callum is also focused on young bull management. “Charolais bulls are purchased at 14 to 16 months; in their first working year we introduce them to the same number of cows as age in months, for example 20 cows at 20 months of age. We find this regime helps to extend their working life to eight to nine years.”
He adds: “We’re continually looking at ways to improve herd efficiency. For example, shortening the grazing season and introducing the steers to ad lib barley three months earlier not only helped us to achieve target deadweight sooner, but resulted in freeing up more quality grass for lamb finishing and reducing fertiliser requirements.”
February 4, 2016 Welshpool Sale 4 February 2016
Welshpool Charolais peak at 5,000gns
Charolais bulls met a strong demand at Welshpool on Thursday 4 February topping at 5,000gns with 21 bulls selling at a clearance rate of 75% and an average of £3450.
Society Chief Executive David Benson commented, “Considering that the single farm payment has not yet been received by the majority of farmers, there was a ready demand for Charolais bulls with commercial beef producers once again putting their faith in the breed which is the most efficient terminal sire at meeting the optimum carcase specification. Cross-bred Charolais heifers can match and even outperform the steers of some breeds”.
Leading the bids was Beanhill Jamaica TI +58 SRI +57 from James and Belinda Kimber of Chippenham, Wiltshire. This 18 month old Blelack Digger son was purchased for 5,000gns by BA Williams, Anglesey, Gwynedd.
The Kimber’s also exhibited the reserve champion Beanhill Jack, who last year took the junior championship at the Three Counties Show. The June-2014 born Jack is sired by Alwent Goldbar and was bought for 4,800gns by Messrs Harding, Caersws, Powys.
From the same vendor was another Goldbar son, the 18 month old Beanhill Jupiter who was previously crowned reserve junior champion at the Three Counties Show and was purchased by Messrs Sargent and Waight, Pewsey, Wiltshire for 3,400gns.
Next selling for 4,000gns to JP Breeze and Son, Knighton, Powys was Moelfre Jace, a 17 month old son of the 16,000gns Royal Welsh reserve male champion Anside Foreman. He was exhibited by Kevin Thomas, Castlenewydd Emlyn, Carmarthenshire.
From the same vendor was the second prize winner Moelfre Jamil by Anside Foreman, who was purchased for 3,400gns by JL Jones and Partners, Knighton, Powys.
Knocked down at 3,800gns was the September-2014 born Dawson Jack TI +62 SRI +59 sired by Goldies Eddy and offered by Rachel Dawson, Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire who returned to Leicestershire with DN Cook.
The 14 month old Lindford Jacko TI +70 SRI +66 also took the eye of Mr Cook who purchased this Blelack Digger son for 3,000gns from Alan Platt, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Four bulls were sold for 3,500gns. The first was the 20 month old class winner Lindford Jamie by Cottage Devon and selling to JE and SI Morgan, Wells, Powys. Richard and Alison Tucker offered the next, Gower Juggler. This May-2014 born Alwent Goldbar son was snapped up by CJ Jones, Rhayader, Powys. Then the 19 month old Maerdy Julep by Maerdy Dynamite was purchased by A & B Lewis, Machynlleth, Powys from Esmor Evans, Mold, Flintshire.
Gareth Jones, Bala, Gwynedd exhibited the September-2014 born Blelack Digger son Esgob Jake TI +63 SRI +63 who was the last bull to sell for 3,500gns to A & JA Hopkins, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.
Next selling for 3,200gns to the Thomas brothers, Llanfylin, Powys, came the supreme champion the 16 month old Wissington Highflyer son Wissington Jason exhibited by John and Jenny Rix, Colchester, Essex.
Finally selling at 3,000gns was Fronheulog Jacob a 16 month old from Huw and Janice Evans and Rhian Varga, Macclesfield, Cheshire. The man behind the money on this Blelack Digger son was AE Gough, Knighton, Powys.
Averages: 21 bulls £3450.
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Judge: Medwyn Williams, Pistyll, Pwllheli
Class One – Bulls born on or between 28/02/2014 & 31/05/2014
1st – A Platt – Lindford Jamie – s. Cottage Devon
2nd – KJ Thomas – Moelfre Jamil – s. Anside Foreman
3rd – RJB & Am Tucker – Gower Juggler – s. Alwent Goldbar
4th – A Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Jude – s. Wesley Forceful
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 01/06/2014 & 18/07/2014
1st – RJ & BE Kimber – Beanhill Jack ET – s. Alwent Goldbar ET
2nd – DE Evans – Maerdy Julep – s. Maerdy Dynamite
3rd – RJ & BE Kimber – Beanhill Jupiter ET – s. Alwent Goldbar ET
4th – WJ Lewis & Son – Brestbaily Jackpot – s. Midas Furious
5th – KJ Thomas – Moelfre Jager – s. Anside Foreman
Class Three – Bulls born on or between 25/07/2014 & 02/09/2014
1st – W Owen – Deunawd Jabba – s. Kiltybane Highflyer
2nd – RJ & BE Kimber – Beanhill Jamaica – s. Blelack Digger
3rd – KJ Thomas – Moelfre Jace – s. Anside Foreman
4th – DE Evans – Maerdy Jerseydyder – s. Maerdy Grenadier
Class Four – Bulls born on or after 03/09/2014
1st – J Rix – Wissington Jason – s. Wissington Highflyer
2nd – RJ Butler – Carrigbeg Junior – s. Doonally Nicefor
3rd – Miss RE Dawson – Dawson Jack – s. Goldies Eddy
4th – HG & J Evans – Fronheulog Jacob – s. Blelack Digger
5th – GM Jones – Esgob Jake – s. Blelack Digger
Champion – J Rix – Wissington Jason – s. Wissington Highflyer
Reserve Champion – RJ & BE Kimber – Beanhill Jack ET – s. Alwent Goldbar ET