Commercial

September 9, 2021 A unique grazing agreement

A unique grazing agreement, that sees suckler cows facing helicopter landings, army tanks and firing ranges, has helped Wiltshire beef producer James Waight win the Beef Farmer of the Year…


September 9, 2021 Caylers Charolais – A pedigree update courtesy of Harbro

The Barker family has been involved with the Charolais breed for nearly 50 years when the Caylers herd was first registered with the breed society back in 1973. A family…


September 9, 2021 High performing upland sheep and cattle farm

Producing quality commercial livestock has long been the focus for the Gordon family from Huntly, Aberdeenshire, and is something they have strived to achieve each year. Katrina Macarthur reports. Since…


May 1, 2018 Charolais AHDB Live to Dead demonstration

On the 7th March we held our first L2D demonstration courtesy of AHDB and Dunbia Sawley, it was a practical and educational event which allowed members to handle live animals…


March 10, 2018 Modern Charolais meets market demands

With hard work, and a commitment to producing quality home grown meat, the Blyth family from Hartlepool has seen demand for their beef and lamb though their butcher’s shops grow…


February 9, 2018 Challenges ahead; time to think about your forward Beef strategy.

By David Mackenzie, Harbro The press is full of debate about the challenges facing not only the UK as a whole post-Brexit, but specifically the challenges which may arise for…


January 30, 2018 Polled for profit

It was a fine day last summer when we visited the JordanCastle herd of polled Charolais in Wellow, managed by Sydney Carr and his daughter Laura. Alongside their pure Charolais…


December 15, 2017 Oakchurch Farm herd wins AHDB Beef & Lamb Progressive Herd award for the Charolais cattle breed

The Oakchurch herd, owned by Jeremy Price from Herefordshire, has been recognised by AHDB Beef & Lamb as the most progressive herd of Charolais cattle based on the herd’s genetic…


July 18, 2017 Charolais bulls provide extra income for flying dairy herd

For more than 30 years Clifthayne Farm at Yarcombe, straddling the counties of Devon and Somerset on the edge of the Blackdown Hills, has been supporting a flying herd of…


March 15, 2017 Mains of Gallery

The Charolais is the breed of choice of the Gammie family and forms the backbone of its respected suckler and finishing business in Laurencekirk, south of Aberdeen. The Gammie family…


March 7, 2017 Future beef farmers = Charolais

6 March 2017 Future beef farmers = Charolais Future beef farmers are using EBVs and focusing on easy calving Charolais bulls, according to one leading university’s students. Charolais was the…


February 10, 2017 Charolais – King Of The Terminal Sires

The suckler system at Wester Rarichie featuring Stabilisers and Charolais was recently highlighted when hosting a workshop entitled ‘Profitable Breeding for the Future’ by SRUC. The event was held at…


January 26, 2017 Farm Feature – Alan Meston, Chapelton

Alan Meston, Chapelton, Stonehaven Spinning plates comes to mind when you visit at the finishing operation run by Alan Meston at Chapelton Farm, Stonehaven just south of Aberdeen where last…


December 21, 2016 Charolais crosses meeting market specifications at Gwythrian

Taking a strategic approach to nutrition and management  The Williams family has focused on exploiting Charolais cross efficiency for over 40 years. Taking a strategic approach to nutrition and management…


October 14, 2016 Meeting the new weight specifications

Meeting the new weight specifications  Charolais cross steers can be fast finished within the new weight specification according to the Watson family’s system at Darnford, Banchory, Aberdeenshire.   Their latest crop…


September 23, 2016 Charolais the choice for Suckler Calf Producers

Ian MacCrae, Point Farm, Tighnabruaich, Argyll Using Charolais bulls helps Ian MacCrae achieve the best possible price for the 11-13-month-old store calves he sells through the ring. “At the age…


April 14, 2016 Charolais is the Number One Choice

The Charolais is still the number one choice for the Aberdeenshire store ring and for over 20 years, John Gordon, Wellheads has been selling Charolais cross yearling stores at a…


April 4, 2016 Factory demands taking traditional beef breeds off commonages’

Demands for a certain type of product has had a dramatic impact on the herd profiles of suckler operations in hill farming areas, according to Fergal Monaghan. The specialist commonage…


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…


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  Factfile Callum Keir, Cairncoullie, Kildrummy, Alford 500 acres including 150 acres…


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