May 22, 2017 2017 Regional Quaifiers
Wales & North Midlands
Regional qualifiers for the National Stockjudging competition began on the 28th April with the Welsh and North Midland regional qualifier which this year was held at Welshpool Livestock Market on the evening preceding the society sale.
The stockjudging was scheduled for after the inspections and there was a nice turnout with competitors travelling from all over Wales and the Midlands. Regional secretary and youth coordinator Ruth Corbett had arranged for the stockjudging to be held in the show ring and the Welshpool market team were really accommodating staying on late so we could host the event. Steward Arwel Owen organised two lovely bull classes for judging and master judge Gareth Roberts must have made a good job of selecting his order as there were some great scores.
After the judging new Society CEO Peter Phythian gave a talk to crowd and the presentations were made to the winners and runners up in each age category followed by a catch-up in the bar! Congratulations to Emma Morgan-Page, Ross Isaac, Cara Smith, Joe Powell, Thomas Corbett and Grace Corbett who go forward to the National competition to represent the Welsh region and Oliver Robinson, George Hollinshead, Aimee Varga, Leah Emery, Huw Roberts and Rosie Boden who represented the Midlands.
Just two weeks later it was the turn of the Northern Ireland region to host their qualifier. The McWilliams family were the hosts who went to town with the hospitality providing a hearty stew dinner and sandwiches and cakes to boot at their lovely home in Maghera, Co Derry. Robert McWilliams established their Charolais herd in 2003 and is now home to 12 breeding females. The herd has been successful at shows and society sales and his proudest Charolais moments include winning the senior and reserve male championship at Carlisle May 2012 with Stranagone Farren who went on to sell for 9,500gns and being crowned supreme Charolais champion at last year’s Balmoral Show with Stranagone Jones, who was male champion the previous year.
The cattle looked great in the sunshine and three classes were prepared for the competitors to judge. The day also featured presentations on health and safety in partnership with IOSH and the benefit of using EBVs with Gavin Hill of SAC. Congratulations to all the competitors who qualified to go forward to the National competition at Seawell grounds in July: Kevin Reavey, James Causey, Caoimhe McGovern, Eimear McGovern, Pearse McWilliams, Matthew Mitchell, David Rea & James Rea.
Yorkshire & North East
The Yorkshire & North East area was the next to hold their qualifier, which was held at the renowned Brampton herd of Billy and Sarah Turner in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Brampton is one of the longest established Charolais herds in the country being started back in 1972 and has gone from strength to strength with accolades including being awarded the Raymond Ogden Perpetual Trophy on its first outing in 1982, numerous Supreme Championships at the Perth bull sales and the Royal Show and most recently Brampton Legoman was crowned junior champion at last year’s Great Yorkshire Show. The Turners have also exported Charolais cattle all worldwide including consignments to Brazil, South Africa and Eire.
Stockman Antony and Michael had prepared three handsome classes of cattle and the Master Judge Steven Nesbit made his choices before the competitors took their turn. Club secretary Margaret Atkinson arranged the scoring and the presentations were made at Billy and daughter Sarah’s home in the village, where we were treated to a pork batch supper with plenty of cakes for afters. Making their way to the final on behalf of the region were Anthony Howe, Michael Dumbreck, Stuart Brown and Charlie, Sophie and Rebecca Hitchen.
The Scottish regional Charolais Youth day was held on Sunday the 21st of May at Nethercarse Farm, Stirling by Kind permission of the Christie family at their Westcarse herd. The event kicked off a little later than planned due to road closures as the Stirling Marathon was taking place! We started off with the judging where we had four excellent classes and the master judge was John Macgregor, Allanfauld. Before the judging started John gave us a demonstration on a Charolais cow to allow everyone to know what he was looking for and then the youngsters had to give reasons on a class to demonstrate why they had placed as they had.
After judging there was plenty food to go around with burgers and sausages on the BBQ kindly donated by Andrew Hornall, Falleninch Farm Butchers and lots of lovely sweet treats baked by Diane Christie, what an excellent host Diane is! While the reasons were ongoing Eleanor Legg, Forth Valley Vets gave a talk on buying a bull and why to choose Charolais which was followed by a showmanship demonstration by Robbie McNeil, after which the results of the judging were announced. Kirsty Morton won the senior section followed by James Graham, the intermediate section was won by Lyndsay Nelson followed by Jane Lindsay and winning the Juniors was Kerr Brooke followed by Anders Brown all of whom head off to the finals in July. Congratulations to all the finalists and good luck at Seawell Grounds.
The Westcarse herd of 30 pedigree Charolais cows calve in the Spring and Autumn ready to supply the sales at Stirling in February and October and Carlisle in May. The family who are members of the High Health herd scheme also have a flock of 60 pedigree Suffolk’s and 20 Texel sheep. Sale highlights include Christmas Cracker Champion & Reserve awards at Carlisle and the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini who was sold at Carlisle in May 2013. Former President of the Suffolk Sheep Society John who will also join the Charolais Society Council in July is hoping for success at this year’s Highland Show where he will be showing Charolais cattle for the second time – the first being twenty-five years ago!
Anglia, South East & South West
On the final weekend in May it was the turn of the Anglia and Southern regions to hold their qualifier which took place in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire as part of the Dorcas open day. We had a fantastic day and the Morris family made us feel very welcome with their excellent hospitality.
The day began with homemade cakes and hot drinks while Master Judge Rachel Wyllie explained what she would be looking for, then we headed over to the shed where the cattle were arranged to be judged while George and his stockmen moved them around the pens so that the competitors could get a good look at them. Once the judging had finished we headed back to the College Farm Lodge and were treated to lunch before presenting the prizes. Afterwards we were joined by more visitors for the open day which kicked off with James Dickson of ABP giving a talk on cattle grading before we loaded onto the trailers for a tour of the farm. What a treat it was to see so many Charolais out in the fields, especially the calves which were in abundance. After the tour we were shown the handing system before a hot drink and another cake to see us on our way home.
The Morris family’s Dorcas herd – which was founded in 1992 – consists of 300 pedigree Charolais cows run along strictly commercial lines giving the foundation of a simple and profitable farming business. 25 years of breeding has resulted in a very specific type of Dorcas cow – extremely milky, docile, easy calving, with great longevity yet heavy enough to still command a decent cull price at the end. The family also manage a flock of 1,200 Lleyn sheep and their 400 acre holding includes 60 acres of arable land, which is used to grow either maize or barley.
The farm is also home to The College Farm which offers schools and groups the opportunity to experience outdoor learning based around farming where visitors can meet the animals and learn more about the field to fork story. In 2013 the College Farm was awarded the Countryside Award in recognition of their promotion of rural education and preservation of the countryside, and in 2015 they won the BAYER/FACE School Partnership Award for their strong links with the local Primary School.
Congratulations to all those who qualified to go forward to the National final – For Anglia: Ellie & Hannah Knox, Annabelle Howell, Esme Harrison, Maddie Clarke and Albert Woollard. South East: Donald Maclean, Naomi Jones and Kiera Mason. South West: Amy Wylde and Ben Trim.
The final qualifier of the year took place on the first Sunday in June for the Border region and was kindly hosted by the Houston family at the Gretnahouse herd in Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire. The fine weather saw a great turn-out and there were plenty of entries to both the young breeders and open competitions which included the stockjudging, a guess the weight competition and raffle.
The Gretnahouse herd of Charolais cattle was established in 1967 and has been highly successful at sales and shows throughout the country over the years. Gretnahouse bulls who are always featured amongst the top prices of any Charolais sales they attend have twice sold to a top price of 25,000gns, most recently at the Stirling sale in February with Gretnahouse Lord. The herd has also bred champions at the Perth and Carlisle sales including a Christmas Cracker champion and show successes include the interbreed championship at the Dumfries Show with Gretnahouse Emerald and the male championship at the Royal Show with Gretnahouse Archangel who has gone on to become a very successful AI sire.
The stockjudging took place on farm where Alasdair and Lucy Houston greeted us all with a drink and there were four handsome classes of cattle to be judged. Once all of the competitor’s cards were submitted Master judge Hamish Goldie talked us through his reasons which must have been agreeable to most with such high scores being achieved. Then we headed over to the Gretna Hall Hotel where the Houston’s laid on a delicious lunch and the prizes were presented. Congratulations to the six competitors who qualified for a place at the final in July: Thomas Goldie & Giles Raine for the juniors, Robbie Brooke & Robert Stott for the Intermediates and Jonathan Hird & Grant Strickland represented the senior section.
May 12, 2017 Carlisle Charolais Clear 82%
Charolais bulls met a ready trade with strong commercial interest bolstering bull averages to £5158.13, an increase on last year of £151 with five more sold. Bidding peaked at 12,000gns, 28 lots traded at 5,000gns and above, 72 bulls sold with the clearance rate also up on the year by 14% to 82%, at Carlisle on Saturday 13 May.
New Society CEO Peter Phythian commented “This is the fourth consecutive Charolais sale where both the averages and clearance rates have increased, driven by the success of Charolais sired suckler calves who are topping the markets on weight for age”.
The trade topper was the supreme, male and junior champion McCaldrick McIntoish from breeders Sean and Martina O’Kane, Dunloy, Co Antrim. The 15-month-old McIntoish is the very first calf to be bred by the O’Kane family and is sired by the 16,000gns Royal Welsh reserve champion male, Anside Foreman and out of the Irish-born Aghafad Hope. He was purchased for 12,000gns by Highfields Park Farm, Hartfield, East Sussex.
Next and selling for 11,000gns to Perthshire based breeders David and Nick Walter, was the October-2015 born yellow ticket winner Gretnahouse Lunar from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, who went on to sell a total of three to an average of £7,700. His sire is the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and his dam is polled Gretnahouse Hazel who goes back to the Swedish Nynas Viril Av.
Following on at 10,000gns was another yellow ticket winner, the 18-month-old Caylers Lincoln whose breeding includes sire Balthayock Hamish and homebred dam Caylers Hostess who goes back to Thrunton Dominator. Lincoln was snapped up by RH Thompson and Son, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, from breeders and exhibitors Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire.
Another entry from Caylers Charolais was next in the trade stakes at 9,000gns. Caylers Limerick an October-2015 born lad, also sired by Balthayock Hamish and out of the homebred dam Caylers Iona, a daughter of Goldies Eddy, sold in a two-way split to WK and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire and Michael Massie, Auchnagatt, Aberdeenshire.
Also hitting the 9,000gns price tag was the first of three top priced bulls from the Dumfries-shire home of Hamish Goldie, who sold a total of six averaging £6,877.50. All three were November-2015 born and the first to sell was Goldies Lawson, who had been awarded the intermediate and reserve overall male championships in the previous day’s show. Goldies Formidable is the sire of this one and the dam is Goldies Violin who has bred bulls to 26,000gns and who goes back to Thrunton Trademark. Pre-sale judge Jane Haw showed the courage of her conviction when she purchased Lawson on behalf of breeders Mr and Mrs Andrew White, Worth Matravers, Dorset.
The very next lot was the first of two to sell for 8,000gns for Mr Goldie, this time selling to Ouston Farms Ltd, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Goldies Limelight is a son of herd sire and homebred Goldies Formidable, whose previous sons have sold to 26,000gns and 23,000gns and dam Goldies Collette who goes back to Goldies Vicechancellor.
Mr Goldie’s next lot Goldies Landlord by the 15,000gns Grentahouse Heman and out of the 12,000gns Goldies Elation sired Goldies Hazel, also made 8,000gns when he was knocked down to AH Fisher, Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Another 8,000gns lot was the 18-month-old Elgin London, who had placed second in his class at the pre-sale show. London who was bred and exhibited by Robert Milne, Elgin, Morayshire, is a son of the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and Elgin Honey who is sired by the 10,000gns Thrunton Alpha. Rachel Dawson, Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire was the purchaser.
The final bull to make 8,000gns was an entry from Wyn and Diane Rees, Llangurig, Powys, and stays local as he caught the eye of GL Davies, Brecon, Powys. The class winning and February-2016 born Hendy Messi, is out of the Tullygarley Rollerball daughter Hendy Chanel and is sired by the 19,000gns Doune and Dunblane Show champion Corrie Alan.
Mr and Mrs Andrew White, who had purchased the reserve male champion earlier in the day were the next to make a sale with Balbithan Mercedes, a 15-month-old who has already been shown successfully being awarded male champion of the Royal Berkshire Show and reserve male champion at the Royal Cornwall. He is sired by popular AI bull Goldies Eddy and his dam the 12,000gns Newhouse Benson daughter Balbithan Faith, who is no stranger to the show ring herself boasting Royal Cornwall show reserve supreme and female champion among her many show accolades, was purchased in a 7,500gns deal by G Jones, Llanrwst, Conwy.
Four bulls sold for the next highest price of 7,000gns, the first being purchased by John Weir, Stow, Selkirkshire. Glenrock Lazerus, an October-2015 born class winner, sired by the proven high performing short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and out of the £15,000 Lowerffrydd Benhurr sired Glenrock Harriett, was bred and exhibited by Stephen Illingworth, Eaglesfield, Dumfries-shire.
Two more sold at 7,000gns and both were from breeders John and Sandra Middleton, Upper Creevagh, Co Derry. The first was Hollywell Lewis, who was a red ticket winner at the Northern Ireland Pedigree Calf Fair last November and who is a full brother to the intermediate champion from last year’s sale here. Gelston Castle Farms, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, liked the look of this 18-month-old son of the Highland Show reserve beef breeder bull Elgin Davinci.
The Middleton family’s next lot and matching the 7,000gns price tag, was the pre-sale show reserve junior champion and one of the youngest lots of the sale at just 13-month-old. Hollywell Montana who is sired by 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Unbeatable and is out of the Stirlingshire-bred 10,000gns Mortimers Echo daughter Westcarse Honey, heads on to work in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire for A and T Wilson.
Also selling for 7,000gns was Tweeddale Marcus, a January-2016 born blue ticket winner who caught the eye of Stan Abel and Co, Llanidloes, Powys. Marcus is by the well-known AI sire Blelack Blackberet, while the dam is Goldies Gleam, a cow by the 14,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Goldies Banker, and was the first of five to sell for Jonathan Watson and Co, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland.
Mr Watson’s next lot was the yellow ticket winner Tweeddale Lothario, a 17-month-old 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin son, who was purchased by RA Davies, St Asaph, Denbighshire, for 6,500gns.
Caylers Charolais who sold five in total to average £7,455, matched the 6,500gns selling price, this time with Caylers Lysander who had been tapped out first in his class at pre-sale show 24 hours earlier. The December-2015 born Lysander sired by the 10,000gns Thrunton Goldeneye, found a new home in Westray, Orkney with T and M Seatter.
There was a strong and steady demand for females with the section peaking at 7,000gns. Seven cows and calves averaged £3,570 and the nine heifers sold cashed in to an average £3,190. John and Sandra Middleton’s reserve supreme and female champion Hollywell Latin lead the female section. Latin who heads back to Ireland with H and H Heron of Newtonards, County Down, is 20-month-old daughter of Thrunton Fairfax and Balmoral Show reserve junior champion Hollywell Harmony.
Just behind at 6,800gns and selling to TP Atkinson, Ulverston, Cumbria, was the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister daughter and October-2014 born Glenrock Jewel, along with her nine-month-old daughter Glenrock Melanie sired by Goldies Eddy. The pair were bred and exhibited by Stephen Illingworth, Eaglesfield, Dumfries-shire.
Just two lots earlier Mr Illingsworth had sold another mother and daughter pair, the May-2012 born Lowerffrydd Benhurr daughter Glenrock Harriet and her five-month-old heifer calf Glenrock Marriet who is also sired by Goldies Eddy, sold in a 4,300gns deal to A and JJ Forrest, Biggar, Lanarkshire.
Mr Illingsworth was in the money again a little later this time with the June-2011 born Glenrock Glamour, who was sold together with her six-month-old daughter Glenrock Mercedes who is sired by Blelack Digger. Glamour who is another daughter of Lowerffrydd Benhurr caught the eye of ER Pigs, Rotherham, Yorkshire, who paid 4,000gns for the pair.
Matching the 4,000gns price tag was reserve female champion Alsnow Louise from Alan Lawson, Hallington, Tyne and Wear. GM Roberts, Gaerwen, Gwynedd, was the last man in on this 22-month-old 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico daughter, whose dam Alsnow Harmony who goes back to Blelack Digger.
An added feature of the sale was a draft from the Thrunton herd of JHC Campbell and Sons of Alnwick, Northumberland, where 21 cows were sold with calves at foot. The top priced at 4,000gns was the first lot of the section, mother and daughter pair Thrunton Goddess and Thrunton Majesty. Goddess is a December-2011 born daughter of the 26,000gns Stirling senior champion Balmyle Dickler and dam Thrunton Adalaide herself sired by the 15,000gns supreme Carlisle champion Burradon Talisman. Her 10-month-old daughter Majesty is sired by the 26,000gns Maerdy Hearthrob and the pair head up to Canonbie, Dumfriesshire with Tom Story.
Next to sell for John and Ed Campbell was a mother and twin calf outfit, this time selling for 3,200gns and travelling back to Northumberland with purchaser J Charlton of Dudley. Thrunton Dewdrop is the July-2008 born dam who is sired by the aforementioned Burradon Talisman and her two ten-month-old daughters Thrunton Missdaisy and Missmarple are sired by the home-bred Thrunton Gladiator.
Selling at the same price of 3,200gns was another Thrunton pair. The February-2010 born, 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal daughter Thrunton Fallon and her seven-month-old heifer calf Thrunton Maradona by Balmyle Dickler were purchased by A and JJ Forrest, Biggar, Lanarkshire.
Averages: 72 Bulls £5158.13; seven cow and calves £3,570; nine heifers £3,190.83; 21 Thrunton cows and calves £2,467; two Thrunton Heifers, £1,811. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Friday 12 May 2017
Judge: Jane Haw, Throop, Dorset
Class One – Bull, born on between 27/02/2015 & 13/05/2015
1st – Ian & Dorothy Goldie – Solwayfirth Lincoln – s. Clyth Diplomat
2nd – Mark & Jane Hayhurst – Whitecliffe Locomotion – s. Whitecliffe Highlight
3rd – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Luigi – s. Balmyle Dickler
Class Two – Bull, born on between 14/05/2015 & 30/06/2015
1st – J Wardlaw & Son – Haughhead Legacy – s. Anside Foreman
2nd – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Lex – s. Burradon Garibaldi
3rd – E Smith & Son – Southwillow Lance – s. Burradon Garibaldi
Class Three – Bull, born on between 01/07/2015 & 05/09/2015
1st – T Bell & Son – Hallbankgate Larry – s. Moelfre Ambassador
2nd – David & Carol Noton – Ashby Liam – s. Burradon Talisman
3rd – J Hepburn & Co – Northhouse Leo – s. Elgin Highlander
Class Four – Bull, born on between 06/09/2015 & 15/10/2015
1st – Hackleton Farms Ltd – Hackleton Lawman – s. Thrunton Doubletop
2nd – JD Leavesley – Tutbury Lawyer – s. Alwent Goldbar
3rd – Alasdair Houston – Gretnahouse Lunar – s. Wesley Equinox
Class Five – Bull, born on between 16/10/2015 & 31/10/2015
1st – Mr S Illingworth – Glenrock Lazerus – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – Roy Milne & Sons – Elgin London – s. Westcarse Houdini
3rd – T & GW Roberts – Plasbela Lydiate – s. Newhouse Bigal
Class Six – Bull, born on between 01/11/2015 & 13/11/2015
1st – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lawson – s. Goldies Formidable
2nd – Roy Milne & Sons – Elgin Lachlan – s. Caylers Gladiator
3rd – Caylers Charolais – Caylers Lincoln – s. Balthayock Hamish
Class Seven – Bull, born on between 14/11/2015 & 08/12/2015
1st – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Ludicris – s. Goldstar Hugo2
2nd – Mr S Illingworth – Glenrock Lorenzo – s. Goldies Eddy
3rd – Jonathan Watson & Co – Tweeddale Lothario – s. Woodpark Elgin
Class Eight – Bull, born on between 09/12/2015 & 31/12/2015
1st – Caylers Charolais – Caylers Lysander – s. Thrunton Goldeneye
2nd – Hamish Goldie – Goldie Legend – s. Gretnahouse Heman
3rd – A & V Brown & Sons – Ellerton Lotario – s. Barnsford Ferny
Class Nine – Bull, born on between 01/01/2016 & 10/01/2016
1st – A McCornick & Co – Ricnick Monsoon – s. Goldstar Echo
2nd – Jonathan Watson & Co – Tweeddale Marcus – s. Blelack Blackberet
3rd – Messrs Curry – Burradon Medallionman – s. Puntabrava Federico
Class Ten – Bull, born on between 11/01/2016 & 31/01/2016
1st – PJ O’Kane – Mccaldrick Mcintoish – s. Anside Foreman
2nd – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Mayfair – s. Burradon Goldenball
3rd – Jonathan Watson & Co – Tweeddale Mervin – s. Goldies Decider
Class Eleven – Bull, born on between 01/02/2016 & 28/02/2016
1st – JAW Rees & Son – Hendy Messi – s. Corrie Alan
2nd – Jonathan Watson & Co – Tweeddale Munster – s. Blelack Blackberet
3rd – Wissington Charolais – Wissington Major – s. Thrunton Galaxy
Class Twelve – Bull, born on after 01/03/2016
1st – John & Sandra Middleton – Hollywell Montana – s. Goldies Unbeatable
2nd – JAW Rees & Son – Hendy Majestic – s. Tullygarley Rollerball
3rd – Caylers Charolais – Caylers Maguire – s. Rosanna Jupiter
Class Thirteen – Female, served and/or suckling
1st – D Smith & Sons – Redheughs Florence – s. Glencoe Vision
Class Fourteen – Female, born on or between 24/03/2015 – 31/08/2015
1st – John & Sandra Middleton – Hollywell Latin – s. Thrunton Fairfax
2nd – Alan R Lawson & Son – Alsnow Louise – s. Puntabrava Federico
3rd – Mortimers Farms Ltd – Mortimers Lovely – s. Mortimers Hurricane
Class Fifteen – Female, born on or after 01/09/2015
1st – Jan Boomaars – Vexour Lapwing – s. Thrunton Glencoe
2nd – Mortimers Farms Ltd – Mortimers Magical – s. Mortimers Hurricane
3rd – Jan Boomaars – Vexour Lioness – s. Newhouse Emperor
Supreme, Male & Junior Male Champion
PJ O’Kane – Mccaldrick Mcintoish – s. Anside Foreman
Reserve Supreme & Female Champion
John & Sandra Middleton – Hollywell Latin – s. Thrunton Fairfax
Reserve Female Champion
Alan R Lawson & Son – Alsnow Louise – s. Puntabrava Federico
Reserve Male Champion & Intermediate Male Champion
Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lawson – s. Goldies Formidable
Reserve Intermediate Male Champion
Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Ludicris – s. Goldstar Hugo2
Senior Male Champion
Hackleton Farms Ltd – Hackleton Lawman – s. Thrunton Doubletop
Reserve Senior Male Champion
JD Leavesley – Tutbury Lawyer – s. Alwent Goldbar
Reserve Junior Male Champion
John & Sandra Middleton – Hollywell Montana – s. Goldies Unbeatable
Best Bull from Yorkshire or Lancashire
A & V Brown & Sons – Ellerton Lotario – s. Barnsford Ferny
May 11, 2017 Photographic Competition
The Society are pleased to announce our photographic competition.
There are two categories – Summer Charolais and Funny Farm.
For the Summer Charolais section, please submit pictures of your Charolais cattle out enjoying the sunshine and for the Funny Farm section please submit amusing photos at your discretion!
The winners of each section will receive a Charolais Jacket and entries close on Monday 5th June.
Please submit your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware that if you submit a picture, suitable pictures will be used for promotion of the breed and for caption competitions etc. And the winning pictures will be published here, on twitter, the website and the September newsletter.
May 11, 2017 DORCAS CHAROLAIS – OPEN DAY SATURDAY 27TH MAY 2017
On Saturday 27 May, the Dorcas herd, in association with the British Charolais Cattle Society, hosted an open day which gave us a chance to to see how the Charolais breed can be used as the foundation of a profitable commercial beef enterprise. We had a fantastic day and the Morris family made us feel very welcome with their excellent hospitality. The Open Day began at 1pm when we were treated to lunch before a presentation by James Dickson of ABP on cattle grading. Then we loaded onto the trailers for a tour of the farm and what a treat it was to see so many Charolais out in the fields, especially the calves which were in abundance. After the tour we were shown the handing system before a hot drink and a cake to see us on our way home.
Read on to find out more about the Morris family and the Dorcas herd.
For the Morris family who farm near Thame, Oxfordshire, a closed herd of 300 pedigree Charolais cows run along strictly commercial lines is the foundation of a simple and profitable farming business.
The Dorcas Charolais herd was founded in 1992 by purchasing cows at dispersal and reduction sales. There followed a period of rigorous culling and selection which has been key to the herd’s success. Heifers calve at two years of age and only females that calve easily, have good temperament and produce plenty of milk are retained. Dorcas females also demonstrate longevity and good fertility.
George Morris does his own A.I. on the best cows within the herd, resulting in all bulls being homebred. They are selected for their maternal strengths from herds that John Morris has visited during visits with the World Charolais Congress. Bulls bred in Sweden, America and Canada are currently being used.
Calving ease is of paramount importance. As John says, “Once a Charolais calf gets up, you know that nothing can beat it for growth rates and weight, but if you lose it calving then all that goes out the window.”
Achieving high growth rates is also important and the Dorcas herd demonstrates that it is possible to use easy calving bulls and still achieve the high growth rates that the Charolais breed is noted for. Primestock is sold deadweight through Thame Farmers Auction Mart. The vast majority of the fat bulls grade at U and kill out at 60% or above at 15 months of age. Heifers are finished at around 24 months of age. Some young heifers and bulls are sold privately.
The feeding system is kept very simple. During the winter months, the cows are fed ad-lib straw with a ration being fed every second day. This comprises a mix of rolled barley, crushed beet pulp and Trafford Gold. The same mix is fed to the finishing bulls on an ad-lib basis.
Calving used to occur year-round but this has been altered over the past year to concentrate the calving period between mid-April and August, with plans to shorten it further in the next couple of years. This change has been made to further simplify the management of the herd and to avoid calving when the flock of 1200 Lleyn sheep are lambing. Both the Charolais cattle and the sheep are run on an easy-care system with a very low labour input. In addition to family labour there is just one full-time and one part-time member of staff. The sheep lamb outdoors during March and April and all lambs are finished without concentrates at 40 kilos.
In 2016, the Dorcas herd won the South Eastern Charolais herd competition. The judge John Wylde commented that he was “Very impressed with the consistency of such a large number of females all feeding their calves well. Every group of calves seen were of high quality with good working stock bulls in each group. The weaned bulls and females were again impressive. Some of the bulls in the killing pens would have turned heads in many shows and sales. Altogether making this herd complete.”
May 10, 2017 Balmoral Show
Class 587 – Cow, born before 01/01/2014, in milk or in calf
1st – S & R Thompson – Altnaveigh Eclipse ET – s. Maerdy Impeccable
2nd – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Ganet – s. Sportsmans Columbo
Class 590 – Heifer, born on or between 01/07/2015 & 31/12/2015
1st – Will Short – Woodpark Lottie – s. Deeside Gulliver
2nd – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Lucybella – s. Goldstar Hugo
3rd – Jon Regan – Liscally Liscally 2 – s. Liscally Eti
Class 591 – Heifer, born on or after 01/01/2016
1st – SJ Smyth – Bessiebell Millie – s. Newhouse Bigal
2nd – Gilbert Crawford
3rd – SJ Smyth – Bessiebell Maisie – s. Newhouse Bigal
Class 592 – Bull, born on or before 01/01/2016
1st – Brendan & Grey Feeney – Gretnahouse Lord – s. Balthayock Gladiator
2nd – O’Kane Brothers – Ovill Lancelot ET – s. Dingle Hofmeister
Class 594 – bull, born on or after 01/04/2016
1st – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Marlow – s. Goldstar Hugo
2nd – Damien O’Mullan – Glenbuck Mint – s. Major
2rd – Alan Shiels – Barkhill Magic – s. Davilly Illusion
Supreme & Female Champion
Will Short – Woodpark Lottie – s. Deeside Gulliver
Reserve Supreme & Male Champion
Brendan & Grey Feeney – Gretnahouse Lord – s. Balthayock Gladiator
Reserve Female Champion
SJ Smyth – Bessiebell Millie – s. Newhouse Bigal
Reserve Male Champion
Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Marlow – s. Goldstar Hugo
SJ Smyth – Bessiebell Millie – s. Newhouse Bigal
Reserve Junior Champion
Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Marlow – s. Goldstar Hugo
May 1, 2017 Dungannon purchasers Marvel at the Charolais
Charolais bulls met with a ready trade in Dungannon on Monday 1 May, topping at 5,200gns with a clearance rate of 93%, up 17% on the year for 2 more sold. Following the recent Charolais sales trend averages were also up by £360 to £3,182.
Topping the lots and securing a price of 5,200gns from S Quigg, Garvagh, Co Derry was the pre-sale show reserve male champion, an entry from John McGrath, Dromore, Co Tyrone. The 14-month old Drumconnis Marvel is a son of the 28,000gns Stirling supreme champion Elgin Glenlivet and Scottish born dam Loganbar Hemisphere.
Next in the trade stakes was the November 2015-born Coolnaslee Largolf whose breeding includes the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend and maternal grandsire the 55,000gns Balmoral interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo. Largolf who commanded a 4,900gns bid from Norman Johnston, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh had been awarded a yellow ticket earlier in the day for breeder Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry.
Mr Crawford went on to secure the reserve supreme and male championships with his 15-month old entry Coolnaslee Master who is no stranger to the show ring having secured the Pedigree Calf Fair reserve junior championship back in November. The 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal is the sire here and the home-bred dam again goes back to Columbo. Stephen McGuinness, Greysteel, Co Derry were the purchasers at 4,600gns.
Just a few lots earlier Glenbuck Lawyer had secured a 4,700gns bid from Seamus McMullan, Bellaghy, Co Derry. Lawyer a December-2015 born entry sired by Blelack Digger had been awarded a red rosette in the show for Robin O’Mullan, Rasharkin, Co Antrim.
Another class winner this time from breeder Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh realised the next highest bid of 4,000gns and the man with his hand in the air as the hammer went down on this one was Eric J Connor, Maghera, Co Derry. The 18-month old Drumlone Lindsman is a son of the French AI sire Plexus and the homebred Drumlone Hilary.
The next top priced at 3,800gns and purchased by HP Nugent, Toomebridge, Co Antrim was the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax son Royaldowns Legend, a December-2015 born entry from Mervyn McKeown, Downpatrick, Co Down.
Next and selling for a price tag of 3,300gns, J, MN and SP Bradley, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone offered their 15-month old Slievemore Mugsy. The 18,000gns Perth intermediate champion Fury Action sired this lad who was snapped up by Seamus McMullan, Bellaghy, Co Derry.
Just two lots later Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Crummy, Co Fermanagh sold their Minsups reserve junior bull champion Derryharney Major. The January-2016 born Major who is sired by Allanfauld Vagabond and out of Derryharney Dancer who goes back to the 13,000gns Perth junior champion Simpsons Gregg, caught the eye of Andrew Millar, Antrim, when he was placed second in his class at the pre-sale show.
Another blue ticket winner this time exhibited by Jeremy Paynter, Hockley, Co Armagh, was the first of three to secure a price of 3,100gns. The 16,000gns Royal Welsh Show reserve male champion Anside Foreman son and 16-month old Drumilly Landrover was purchased by R Hylands, Limavady, Co Derry.
Matching the 3,100gns price tag was the February-2016 born Kiltybane Misterlucky sired by Doonally Nicefor and out of the home-bred Kiltybane Icity. Desmond Rafferty, Carrickmore, Co Tyrone bought this one from breeders and exhibitors Seamus & Aiden Bellew, Cullyhanna, Co Down.
The third lot to sell for 3,100gns was a 14-month old entry from William and Margaret Nelson, Rosslea, Co Fermanagh. The 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal sired Drumacritten Mark journeys on to work at Randalstown, Co Antrim with Brian Smyth.
The female lots were topped by an entry from Harold Stubbs and grandson Alan Burleigh of Crummy, Co Fermanagh who earlier in the day were awarded the supreme and female championship for their 15-month old Doonally New daughter Derryharney Moonlight who was snapped up by H and H Heron, Newtownards, Co Down for 3,300gns.
The Heron family were in a buying mood and went on to purchase the reserve female champion Killadeas Lottie, an August-2015 born lass sired by easy calving Blelack Digger from breeders and exhibitors Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, Co Fermagh.
Averages 26 bulls £3,182.31, 4 heifers £2,139.38 Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart Sponsor: Moore Concrete
Dungannon Monday 1 May 2017
Judge: Aaron Quigley
Class One – Bulls born on or between 09/06/2015 – 11/10/2015
1st – Kenneth Veitch – Dumlone Lindsman – s. Plexus
2nd – John Erskine – Dartonhall Lampard – s. Corrie Alan
3rd – William Causey – Toberlane Lance – s. Alwent Goldbar
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 03/11/2015 – 27/11/2015
1st – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Lager – s. Sandelford Harrison
2nd – Sean McCaughey – Fymore Leader – s. Éclair
3rd – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Largolf – s. Maerdy Fiend
Class Three – Bulls born on or between 03/12/2015 – 29/12/2015
1st – Robin O’Mullan – Glenbuck Lawyer ET – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – Jeremy Paynter – Drumilly Landrover ET – s. Anside Foreman
3rd – Vincent Cunningham – Cunnsallagh Liam – s. Fleetwood
Class Four – Bulls born on or between 04/01/2016 – 07/02/2016
1st – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Master – s. Newhouse Bigal
2nd – Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh – Derryharney Major – s. Allanfauld Vagabond
3rd – James McBride – Moorlough Max – s. Liscally Eti ET
Class Five – Bulls born on or after 10/02/2016
1st – John McGrath – Drumconnis Marvel – s. Elgin Glenlivet
2nd – Neville Hicks – Riverview Magnum – s. Lisnagre Elite ET
3rd – Mrs A O’Kane – Kilgort Max – s. Rumsden Fawkes
Class Six – Females born on or between 08/03/2015 – 10/08/2015
1st – Stuart and David Bothwell – Killadeas Lottie – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – William Whyte – Innishrush Lollypop – s. Doonally New
3rd – Owen Kerrigan and Jacqueline Conn – Altnacree Lyla – s. Goldies Formidable
Class Seven – Females born on or between 29/11/2015 – 12/02/2016
1st – Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh – Derryharney Moonlight – s. Doonally New
2nd – William Causey – Toberlane Margaret – s. Alwent Goldbar ET
3rd – Michael, Seamus and K Loughran – Utree Missi – s. Allanfauld Aviator
Female & Supreme Champion
Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh – Derryharney Moonlight – s. Doonally New
Male & Reserve Supreme Champion
Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Master – s. Newhouse Bigal
Reserve Male Champion
John McGrath – Drumconnis Marvel – s. Elgin Glenlivet
Reserve Female Champion
Stuart and David Bothwell – Killadeas Lottie – s. Blelack Digger