April 11, 2017 British Genetics Dominate the Irish Sale Trade
Buyers at this year’s Irish Charolais Cattle Society Premier show and sale in Elphin, on the 25 March were looking to purchase bulls with British linage giving high euro star indexes and good calving figures.
Leading the trade at €7,000 was the October 2015 born bull, Drumcullen Longshot. Exhibited by John Fleury from Killyon, Co. Offaly, this catchy bull is a son of the herd’s former stock bull, Vexour Granville. Imported from the UK from breeder Jan Boomaars, Woldingham, Surrey, in 2012 when he was just a year old, Granville has certainly left his mark on the Drumcullen herd, siring a number of high priced cattle in recent years. A second prize winner in the pre-sale show, Longshot sold with a five-star terminal index of €134 and a calving figure of 7.3% to Michael Phillips from County Sligo.
The pre-sale show was judged by Patsy Mc Cabe from the Blakestown herd in county Louth. He found his senior champion in the form of Sionhill Lazer exhibited by the Carey’s from Killucan, Co. Westmeath. One of the ringside favourites from the moment he entered the ring, Lazer is a November 2015 born son of British bred Balthayock Hamish from David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire. He went under the hammer with a five-star terminal index of €129 and a calving figure of just 6.4%. He was knocked down to James Johnston from Northern Ireland at €5,500.
The reserve senior male champion went to another British sired son this time out of Elgin Davinci bred by Roy Milne, Lhanbryde, Morayshire. Westmeath breeder Aidan Farrell was the exhibitor of Williamstown Lenny, a November 2015 born bull who stood top of the line in a strong second class of bulls, but failed to meet his reserve in the sales ring.
Taking home the junior champion of the show was the winner of the last class of bulls, Drummand Master. Just over 13 months old on sale day, this young bull was bred and exhibited by Michael Quigley from Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan. A son of the UK sire JHC Campbell and Sons’ 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax, Master exchanged hands at €4,800 to M and P Connolly from Roslea, Co. Fermanagh.
Getting back to the top sellers again, Michael Kavanagh from Brownshill, Co. Carlow was next in line with their first prize winner, Brownshill 14 Major. A pre-sale favourite having won the junior male champion at last year’s National Charolais Show, this January 2016 born son of the British 70,000gns Royal Welsh Show supreme champion Barnsford Ferny bred by Tom and Sheena Gatherer, won his class before selling for €5,800 to Thomas Whitehead, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny.
Hitting the €4,800 mark was Carrickbrack 96 Maximus exhibited by Noel Maxwell from Convoy, Co. Donegal. This January 2016 born son of the renowned easy calving UK sire Blelack Digger bred by Neil Massie, was one of the highest index bulls catalogued with a five-star terminal index of €153, a five star replacement index of €132 and a calving figure of just 6.5%. This bull’s pedigree is no stranger to success in the sales ring, with full brothers selling for numerous high prices in Ireland and Scotland. He was snapped up by County Mayo breeder Joe Mc Donnell from Louisburgh.
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 first choice of sire for almost 50% of Harper Adams University final year Foundation Degree students completing an assignment which required a detailed plan for a new suckler herd.
The Charolais bulls they selected had one thing in common, they were all within the breed’s top 20% for calving ease, according to Simon Marsh, Principal Lecturer and Beef Cattle Specialist.
The breed’s popularity has also surged in the last 12 months, he says. In 2016, 39.3% of students responding to a similar exercise chose Charolais.
“This year’s assignment confirmed that the beef farmers of the future are using EBVs and focusing on Charolais bulls with good calving ease,” says Mr Marsh.
HAU student choice of terminal sire 2017
The Harper Adams (4,000 word) assignment briefed students they had just accepted a job as farm manager on a lowland farm and the owner has instructed him/her to establish a suckler herd. They had to write a detailed plan for the herd including choice of breed of cow and bull, calving season, replacement policy, management of reproduction, feeding, grazing management, rearing system of the weaned calves and health plan.
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January 26, 2017 Farm Feature – Alan Meston, Chapelton
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 year, he finished 2600 bullocks and 200 heifers including 1400 head of Charolais.
Despite the volumes that go through the farm, Alan has the figures at his fingertips, quoting the 2016 averages as 224 kg weight gain in 168 days, with an average of 70 days grazing (allowing 1kg gain/day on grass). The aim is for cattle to gain 160kgs in 100 days on his finishing ration.
“Five to six years ago, it was all short term finishing and I would have had 8-900 cattle on the farm at any one time, kept for around 100 days to put on 140kgs.” says Mr Meston.
“With the change in system and now keeping a mix of growing and finishing cattle, the most I have put through in a 12 month period is 2800, keeping around 1200-1400 on the farm at any one time.
I graze 700-800, mainly Charolais because I think they do best at grass. You can get Charolais finishing at 16-20 months – this is where the breed has the big advantage. You want weight for age, nothing will beat them.”
Mr Meston purchased the farm from his late father back in 2002 and has pushed numbers since then, at one stage taking them from 500 up to 1400 over a two year period. A new steading with two sheds was built in 2009 and since then a further shed added and some have been extended. Two additional buildings are rented at a neighbouring farm.
Chapelton itself has 310 acres with a further 115 acres of rented seasonal grazing rented. A total of 260 acres of grass isare grazed and Alan realises the significant feeding value of grass, keeping it up to four years then reseeding.
“Buying growing cattle lets me spread my risk. It lets me better utilise the grass and make the best use of my intensive finishing.” he says.
Cattle are purchased from January to October with an average of 1200 on the farm at any one time, peaking at 1450. Alan purchases at Stirling, Thainstone, Huntly and on farm, particularly Charolais in larger batches. He also buys younger animals around 10-12 months, to grow them on grass then finish inside in July-August.
He starts buying for grass in March, looking for leaner cattle and those which will give the highest feed conversion – and that will make money.
“I’m not buying the top cattle at the ringside, I’m buying the second part, good commercial cattle.
The Charolais has great potential – some breeders take them too far, perhaps to get a bit more money for them but it leaves little for the finisher to gain. It’s better to sell them in leaner condition.”
“You also have to look at what it costs the breeder to get them heavier, if they are too well fed, they don’t do so well. They lose condition when they go to grass, they just melt.” he added
“I’m trying to be on top of the market and have a good idea of what happens and there is a cycle of around six months. I’m seeing gradual changes in the suckler market, seeing cattle being sold at lighter weights – the finisher needs to get their chance to do their bit.”
Cattle are regularly weighed on and off grass, on and off finishing rations and then prior to slaughter allowing Mr Meston to monitor growth alongside recording feed intakes.
Younger cattle up to a 15 month limit are put to grass, with the biggest animals on grass for six to eight weeks. They are rotated on the grass fields, with them moving closer to the finishing sheds as they get closer to weight.
All cattle are weighed on arrival and treated routinely for IBR, Blackleg, worms and fluke.
“The regime at Chapelton depends upon the age and size – it’s a very flexible system which works around the market.” he says Alan.
Cattle might only be on grass for a few weeks, moving to the starter ration for two weeks. Nutritional advice and inputs are provided by Harbro and David Mackenzie, Harbro is a regular visitor to Chapelton to advise on diet and performance.
Cattle will be grown at grass supplemented with Energyze Cattle or inside on a silage/wholecrop/draff mix before moving on to the finishing ration, transitioning over a 14 day period.
With the reduced weight limits, Mr Meston doesn’t want them going over 700kg and incurring penalties so at 500kg, they go on to the finishing ration.
The finishing ration includes barley, biscuit meal, draff, potle ale syrup, dark grains and potatoes and is supplemented with Harbro Grampian Finisher mineral with Yea-Sacc and Rumitech.
Alan says the Rumitech helps with weight gain, “It helps keep them leaner and in the better grades.”
Such is the volume of feed consumed that two loads of washed potatoes are used every week. Cattle always have fresh feed in front of them every day with any remaining feed from the previous day removed.
“We let the troughs go empty for an hour every day, it keeps the edge on their appetite and, it maximises intakes and weight gain
Charolais bullocks spent an average 168 days on farm. “I buy to get as much weight on as possible in as short a time.”
“You need to grow them to a certain level, and you need the frame on them to finish. They cost a bit more to buy but you will get them to the better end of the prices more quickly.”
All of the kill from Chapelton achieves R or U grades – over the year, 50-60% were U grades with 10p premium on a –U and 20p on a +U which was achieved by 5%.
Cattle are kept in straw-bedded pens of 90-100 head drawn over a three week period with 40 away for slaughter every week but in November, they dispatched had 120 per week for three weeks, nearly all Charolais at 16-20 months for the Christmas market.
“The weight limit at McIntosh Donald is capped at 420kgs for bullocks, with severe penalties for cattle over the limit so I keep them within specification
Charolais bullocks averaged 385kg for the year with heifers coming in at 345 kg average, I have very few which are overweight.”
Following in the footsteps of his father also a finisher, Mr Meston bought his first cattle at the age of 13 at Thainstone’s forerunners, Kittybrewster and Belmont marts in Aberdeen. He is helped at home by wife Lesley who looks after the accounts, son Stewart, aged 19 along with a part-time man who works two days a week.
Stewart is now learning the ropes. He has been buying cattle for the last 15 months, some for his father and some for himself.
There’s an air of calm at Chapelton, cattle are quiet and contented. It’s an efficient operation too, where the 1200-1400 head of cattle can be fed in two hours, leaving plenty time for cattle to be sorted.
“If they are poorer performers, I am pretty ruthless so they’ll go for kill: we are looking at them being on the finishing ration for 100 days but when they have been on it for 120 days, it is time for them to go.
Now that I am adding more growing cattle and buying them younger, I’m producing more kgs of beef on farm and, keeping the weight gain up for a longer period. Over the last four years, the average annual weight gain has increased 0.05kg/day year on year from 1.2 up to 1.4kg/day.
Mr Meston points out that “You can get a 20p premium with native breeds (Aberdeen Angus) but, you can get the same premium with good continental grades.
We are docked 5p/kg for 4H fat cover. Charolais definitely gives the weight, getting up close to maximum weight at the 4L stage which is what the slaughterhouse wants.
In essence, the Charolais gives the weight we want with the conformation that we want in the shortest time.”
November 14, 2016 Stars of the Future Show 2016
Charolais – Judge – Mr John Campbell
SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION Falleninch Lottie
RESERVE FEMALE Falleninch Lucy
SENIOR MALE CHAMPION Carwood Leo
RESERVE MALE Teiglum Legend
SENIOR CHAMPION Falleninch Lottie
RESERVE CHAMPION Falleninch Lucy
JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION Hallbankgate Marmony
RESERVE FEMALE Formakin Mimosa
JUNIOR MALE CHAMPION Lourie Marvelous
RESERVE MALE Ricnick Monsoon
JUNIOR CHAMPION Lourie Marvellous
RESERVE JUNIOR Hallbankate Marmony
YOUNG HANDLERS 1st Adam Macallan 2nd John Wight
PAIRS A Hornall Charolais A Hornall Charolais
CLASS 52 – BULLS BORN 4th JULY TO 22nd AUGUST 2015
1st C Wight Carwood Leo born 05/08/15 Sire: Ugie Goldcup Dam: Carwood Dot
2nd C Wight Carwood Lachlan Born 04/07/15 Sire: Ugie Goldcup Dam: Carwood Holly
3rd C Stuart Lettoch Logan Born 16/08/15 Sire: Killadeas Owane Dam: Ugie Giselda
4th R & C Rettie Retties Lorenzo Born 22/08/15 Sire: Aberdona Ignite Dam: Retties Gypsy
CLASS 53 – BULLS BORN 20th SEPTEMBER TO 26TH DECEMBER 2015
1st Clark Farms Teiglum Legend Born 20/09/15 Sire: Ugie Goldnuget Dam: Teiglum Angelina
2nd J Cant Panmure Logan Born 07/10/15 Sire: Thrunton Firecracker Dam: Panmure Fifi
3rd A Houston Gretnahouse Longbow Born 20/09/15 Sire: Wesley Equinox Dam: Gretnahouse Hugesse
4th J Cant Panmure Leota Born 07/11/15 Sire: Thrunton Firecracker Dam: Panmure Hilda
CLASS 54 – HEIFERS BORN 1ST JULY TO 2OTH SEPTEMBER 2015
1st A Hornall Falleninch Lottie Born 29/07/15 Sire: Dereskit Fernando Dam: Falleninch Etuile
2nd M Lyle Loganbar Lisa Born 01/07/15 Sire: Wesley Fixture Dam: Loganbar Gaiety
3rd M Lyle Loganbar Loulou Born 21/08/15 Sire: Loganbar Impair Dam: Loganbar Champagne
CLASS 55 – HEIFERS BORN 29th OCTOBER TO 23rd DECEMBER 2015
1st A Hornall Falleninch Lucy Born 23/12/15 Sire: Falleninch Imperator Dam: Falleninch Diva
2nd A Hornall Fallenich Lori Born 15/12/15 Sire: Falleninch Imperator Dam: Falleninch Empress
3rd J Irvine & Son Inverlochy Lulu Born 29/10/15 Sire: Blelack Giggsey Dam: Inverlochy Flutter
CLASS 56 – BULLS BORN 5th JANUARY 15th FEBRUARY 2016
1st R Aitken Lourie Marvellous Born 09/02/16 Sire: Lowerffrydd Benhurr Dam: Lourie Ideal
2nd R McCornick Ricnick Monsoon Born 05/01/16 Sire: Goldstar Echo Dam: Ashby Bella
3rd A Hornall Falleninch Murray Born 10/01/16 Sire: Dereskit Fernando Dam: Falleninch Fenetia
4th I Bell Hallbankgate MarvellousMarvin Born 20/01/16 Sire: Westcarse Friar Dam: Hallbankgate Isabel
CLASS 57 – BULLS BORN 5th MARCH TO 23rd MAY 2016
1st J & M McMillan Dunesk Magic Born 05/03/16 Sire: Balthayock Hamish Dam: Dunesk Glory
2nd C & E McCombie Auchincrieve Maximus Born 26/03/16 Sire: Olrig Highwayman Dam: Blelack Thelma
3rd A A & Wright Lagavaich Monty Born 04/04/16 Sire: Thrunton Gabriel Dam: Hindstones Gypsy
4th I Irvine & Son Ballindalloch Major Born 23/05/16 Sire: Blelack Giggsey Dam: Ballindalloch Enamour
CLASS 58 – HEIFERS BORN 1ST JANUARY TO 22ND JANUARY 2016
1st I Bell Hallbankgate Marmony Born 03/01/16 Sire: Edenhurst Hero Dam: Border Havana
2nd J Irvine & Son Ballindalloch Madonna Born 02/01/16 Sire: Blelack Giggsey Dam: Ballindalloch Cherie
3rd I Bell Hallbankgate Micicle Born 22/01/16 Sire: Westcarse Friar Dam: Hallbankgate Icicle
CLASS 59 – HEIFERS BORN 11th MARCH TO 23rd MAY 2016
1st McMurrich Formakin Mimosa Born 01/04/16 Sire: Lochend Apache Dam: Formakin Finch
2nd McMurrich Formakin Mermaid Born 04/04/16 Sire: Hercule Dam: Formakin Hoop
3rd C & E McCombie Auchincrieve Millie Born 26/03/16 Sire: Olrig Highwayman Dam: Elrick Fay
4th C & E McCombie Auchincrieve Matilda Born 11/03/16 Sire: Olrig Highwayman Dam: Auchincrieve Anna
November 11, 2016 Increased Demand for Charolais in Welshpool
More Charolais bulls were sold for a higher average price in Welshpool on Thursday 10th November than at the corresponding sale in the previous year. At the end of the day’s trading 36 bulls were sold to average £3856, an increase of £419 per head with 10 more sold.
Auctioneer Glandon Lewis commented that “Commercial producers underpinned the sale and were willing to pay between 4,000 and 6,000gns for the bull of their choice. This is a reflection of the commercial trade for Charolais bred cattle which are in demand by beef finishers who can exploit their efficient growth to meet the current market specification”.
Gerwyn Jones, Llanrwst, Conwy commanded the top prices of the day and the bidding peaked at 6,500gns for his March 2015-born bull Graiggoch Legend ET. TN Lightfoot, Callington, Cornwall was the purchaser of this class winner sired by the 70,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion Barnsford Ferny and out of Northumberland-bred dam Thrunton Starband going back to the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Mowbraypark Orlando.
Mr Jones was on winning form when he also secured the supreme championship with another of the same breeding, the 19 month old Graiggoch Lad ET who was snapped up by Ann Orr-Ewing, Swindon, Wiltshire for 6,000gns.
Minutes before Montgomery Larry, an April 2015-born lad was purchased for 5,500gns. A son of the 9,000gns Balmyle Harlequin, he was purchased by J Jones and Co, Bala, Gwynedd from breeder and exhibitor Roberts & Jones, Welshpool, Powys.
The same vendor had another in the money, Montgomery Lafant a Harlequin son whose dam Montgomery Hanna is sired by the 30,000gns Perth supreme champion Dingle Hofmeister. The February 2015-born Lafant who stood third in his class in the show caught the eye of TH Davies and Son who paid 4,500gns to take him home to Oswestry, Shropshire.
Next along at 5,400gns from Ben Harman, Chesham, Buckinghamshire was Chesham Laird an 18 month old son of the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax with a dam going back to homebred parents from this long established Charolais herd, he was knocked down to HE Havard, Brecon, Powys
Ben’s father Dan was also among the breeders securing the top prices. TE Jones, Pwllhelli, Gwynedd was the purchaser who paid 4,200gns for Silver Louisiana another 18 month old sired by Fairfax and winner of his class in the morning’s show.
The next highest price and commanding a 5,000gns bid from WRL Price and Co, Wells, Powys was Hendy Lothario, a May 2015-born son of the popular AI sire Blelack Digger from breeders JAW Rees, Llanidloes, Powys.
Three bulls sold for 4,800gns and the first was Maerdy Lusanne from Flintshire breeder and Vet Esmor Evans. The French-bred Maerdy Gouverneur is the sire of this 19 month old who goes home to work in Pontyberem, Dyfed for J and M Howells.
Matching the 4,800gns price tag was a class winner from Brian and Peter Heath, Hartfield, East Sussex, who have recently been recognised by AHDB Beef & Lamb as the Most Improved Herd of Charolais cattle in England for 2016. Sackville Lancelot, a May 2015-born son of Thrunton Fairfax and home-bred Sackville Delilah who goes back to the Irish-born Kincullen Ted ET caught the eye of Mr Jones, Brecon, Powys.
4,800gns was also the price paid for the blue ticket winner Brynffanigl Lee, a 16 month old son of Blelack Digger and the 17,000gns Alsnow Almighty-sired Brynffanigl Ella. Lee was consigned by RT and DM Roberts, Abergele, Clwyd and purchased by R Jones & Son, Brecon, Powys.
Just behind on 4,600gns was an entry from G Jones and Son, Bala, Gwynedd who was placed second in his class. Tynddol Leonardo a March 2015-born bull whose breeding includes the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie and the Shropshire-bred Doonally New daughter Trefonnen Gigi will travel on to Gwynedd with the Jones Brothers.
Another to bring 4,500gns when knocked down to PL Francis and Son, Church Stretton, Shropshire was Waldencourt Charolais’ reserve supreme champion from Newent, Gloucestershire. Waldencourt Legacy is a 16 month old son of Esperanto and his grandsire on the dam’s line is the 25,000gns Royal Highland junior champion and Perth supreme champion Goldies Unbeatable.
Following on at 4,400gns was Newroddige Lampard, an April 2015-born lad exhibited by JD Leavesley, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire and sired by the 10,000gns Welshpool supreme champion Esgob Ferrari and purchased by DT Richards, Maesteg, Mid Glamorgan.
Two bulls then achieved 4,000gns apiece. Foxacre Leander was the first, a 15 month old Wesley Forceful son who took the fancy of RP Morgan and Son, Knighton, Powys. Leander has previously been a class winner at both the Royal Three Counties and the Charolais National Show at the NEC Livestock Event for breeder Ann Orr-Ewing, Purton, Wiltshire.
Minutes later another secured the same price of 4,000gns this time coming from Gareth Jones, Bala, Gwynedd. Esgob Logo who stood second in his class is a full brother to Esgob Gold, a Royal Welsh Show junior champion and the 8,000gns Esgob Harry. DT Richards, Maesteg, Mid Glamorgan was the man behind the money on this 15 month old son of the 26,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Anside Excalibur.
Leading the bids for the females at a combined price of 4,000gns was an entry from Jeremy and Alla Price, Staunton-on Wye, the only cow and calf lot of the sale which was split to separate homes at 2,000gns a piece. Oakchurch Gem, a five year old daughter of Blelack Digger took the fancy of T Rich & Son, Mold, Flintshire and SJ Baker, Codsall, Staffordshire took home her nine month old bull calf Oakchurch Magic sired by the home-bred Oakchurch Igor.
Mr Rich showed his faith in the Charolais females as he also purchased the top priced and champion heifer from breeder Gareth Jones, Bala, Gwynedd. Esgob Joy an April 2014-born daughter of Blelack Digger and home-bred Esgob Gwenllian going back to the 18,000gns Thrunton Virginian sold for 2,700gns.
An added feature of the sale was a consignment of heifers from the Maerdy herd of Esmor Evans, Mold, Flintshire. His top priced at 2,300gns was Maerdy Insular by the prolific French show winner Arlequin who was purchased by DW Jones, Welshpool, Powys.
Just behind on 2,100gns and knocked down to J Rowsell, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, was the May 2014-born Vald’or-ra daughter Maerdy Jane.
Averages: 36 bulls £3,856, ten heifers £1,874, one cow and calf £4,200. Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Judge: Harvey Wood, Aldbrough, Hull
Gerwyn Jones – Graiggoch Lad ET – s. Barnsford Ferny
Reserve Supreme Champion
Waldencourt Charolais – Waldencourt Legacy – s. Esperanto
Class One – Bulls born on or between 10/01/2015 – 09/03/2015
1st – Gerwyn Jones – Graiggoch Legend ET – s. Barnsford Ferny
2nd – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Lopez – s. Maerdy Grenadier
3rd – Roberts & Jones – Montgomery Lafant – s. Balmyle Harlequin
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 10/03/2015 – 22/03/2015
1st – Highfields Park Farm – Edenhurst Lexicon – s. Ratoary Ferguson
2nd – John Howells – Gwenog Legend – s. Thrunton Classic
3rd – JD Leavesley – Newroddige Laird – s. Esgob Ferrari
Class Three – Bulls born on or between 25/03/2015 – 10/04/2015
1st – Gerwyn Jones – Graiggoch Lad ET – s. Barnsford Ferny
2nd – G Jones & Son – Tynddol Leonardo – s. Inverlochy Ferdie
3rd – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Loftus – s. Darkvador
Class Four – Bulls born on or between 11/04/2015 – 02/05/2015
1st – Dan Harman – Silver Louisiana – s. Thrunton Fairfax
2nd – Billy & Sarah Turner – Brampton Legoman – s. Brampton Hawiifiveo
3rd – Billy & Sarah Turner – Brampton Legendary – s. Brampton Hawiifiveo
Class Five – Bulls born on or between 03/05/2015 – 30/05/2015
1st – Brian & Peter Heath – Sackville Lancelot – s. Thrunton Fairfax
2nd – C & R Currell – Solo Lincoln – s. Blelack Formidable
3rd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Lightning – s. Barnsford Ferny
Class Six – Bulls born on or between 01/06/2015 – 09/07/2015
1st – Waldencourt Charolais – Waldencourt Legacy – s. Esperanto
2nd – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Llew – s. Maerdy Hearthrob
3rd – RT & DM Roberts – Brynffanigl Lee – s. Blelack Digger
Class Seven – Bulls born on or after 10/07/2015
1st – PJ Maher – Roscrea Lennox – s. Gretnahouse Hugo
2nd – Gareth Jones – Esgob Logo – s. Anside Excalibur
3rd – Ann Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Leander – s. Wesley Forceful
Class Eight – Females
1st – Gareth Jones – Esgob Joy – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – SM Corbett & Daughters – Teme Lotty – s. Waterfall Hero
November 4, 2016 Dungannon 4 November 2016
Class 1 – Bulls born on or between 17/02/2015 & 04/04/2015
1st – J Smyth – Bessiebell Luigi – s. Alwent Goldbar
2nd – O’Kane Bros – Ovill Leary ET – s. Dingle Hofmeister
3rd – E & A Morrison – Drummeer Lewis – s. Blelack Digger
Class 2 – Bulls born on or between 10/04/2015 & 08/05/2015
1st – Douglas Morrow – Ramrad Laurence – s. Allanfauld Hustler
2nd – David & Albert Connolly – Brigadoon Liberty – s. Royal Cheiftan
3rd – Clive Hoey – Rawbrooke Legend ET – s. Maerdy Dublin
Class 3 – Bulls born on or between 20/05/2015 & 08/06/2015
1st – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Lamarr – s. Goldstar Hugo2
2nd – S & A McKenna – Ballyoak Lazard – s. Newhouse Bigal
3rd – VG Cunningham – Cunnsallagh Leeroy – s. Indurain
Class 4 – Bulls born on or between 10/06/2015 & 23/06/2015
1st – Sean McGovern – Ratoary Logan – s. Ratoary Honkydory
2nd – Derek Hume – Culnagechan Luner – s. Whitecliffe Highlight
3rd – Robin & Agnes Todd – Cappagh Luke – s. Blelack Goldenboy
Class 5 – Bulls born on or between 25/06/2015 & 10/07/2015
1st – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Lyle – s. Goldstar Hugo2
2nd – James McBride – Moorlough Lager – s. Allanfauld Vagabond
3rd – Jeremy Paynter – Drumilly Legend – s. Goldies Eddy
Class 6 – Bulls born on or between 15/07/2015 & 09/09/2015
1st – Brian & William McAllister – Burnside Lightning – s. Goldies Carnival
2nd – Sean McGovern – Ratoary Lancer ET – s. Conval Frank
3rd – Brian & William McAllister – Burnside Lawman – s. Clyth Diplomat
Class 7 – Females born on or between 26/06/2014 & 04/11/2014
1st – James McBride – Moorlough Joanna – s. Liscally ETI
2nd – Stuart and David Bothwell – Killadeas Jacinta – s. Blackford Dynamite
3rd – Stuart and David Bothwell – Killadeas Joan – s. Blackford Dynamite
Class 8 – Females born on or between 30/01/2015 & 08/03/2015
1st – Kenneth Veitch – Drumlone Lulu – s. Elgin Davinci
2nd – Harold Stubbs & Alan Burleigh – Derryharney Lappy – s. Glenross Graham
3rd – Caldwell McAskie – Mountjoy Lark – s. Alwent Goldbar
Class 9 – Females born on or between 14/07/2015 & 30/08/2015
1st – Clive Hoey – Rawbrooke Lola – s. Maerdy Dublin
2nd – Stuart and David Bothwell – Killadeas Lana – s. Goldies Usher
3rd – Stuart and David Bothwell – Killadeas Lillian – s. Blackford Dynamite
Senior & Supreme Male Champion
J Smyth – Bessiebell Luigi – s. Alwent Goldbar
Reserve Senior & Supreme Male Champion
Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Lamarr – s. Goldstar Hugo2
Junior Male Champion
Sean McGovern – Ratoary Logan – s. Ratoary Honkydory
Reserve Junior Male Champion
Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Lyle – s. Goldstar Hugo2
Kenneth Veitch – Drumlone Lulu – s. Elgin Davinci
Reserve Female Champion
James McBride – Moorlough Joanna – s. Liscally ETI
October 25, 2016 Northern Ireland Charolais Club suckled calf competition results
Ballymena Charolais Suckled Calf Competition– judged by Alan Farlow
Champion: McAfee Bros, Bushmills
Reserve Champion: McAfee Bros, Bushmills
Male Calf born in 2016
1st Robert Workman, Kilwaughter 310kg £1000
2nd Arnold Douglas, Limavady 300kg £960
3rd O’Kane Bros, Carnlough 439kg £980
Female Calf born in 2016
1st McAfee Bros, Bushmills 360kg £1180
2nd McAfee Bros, Bushmills 280kg £1100
3rd Arnold Douglas, Limavady 240kg £880
Hilltown Charolais Suckled Calf Competition– judged by David Connolly
Champion: Martin McShane, Hilltown
Reserve Champion: Leo Fearon, Rostrevor
Male Calf born in 2016
1st Leo Fearon, Rostrevor 438kg £1100
2nd Henry Quinn, Kilkeel 444kg £1050
3rd Frank Reid, Ballynahinch 384kg £900
Female Calf born in 2016
1st Martin McShane, Hilltown 418kg £1100
2nd Leo Fearon, Rostrevor 376kg £910
3rd RW McCaw, Armagh 394kg £965
Swatragh Charolais Suckled Calf Competition– judged by Ian Rea
Champion: John Bradley, Maghera
Reserve Champion: Joseph Andrew Semple, Dungiven
Male Calf born in 2016
1st John Bradley, Maghera 432kg £950
2nd John Bradley, Maghera 476kg £980
3rd Dermot McCullagh, Swatragh 412kg £1000
Female Calf born in 2016
1st Joseph Andrew Semple, Dungiven 354kg £750
2nd Joseph Andrew Semple, Dungiven 328kg £730
3rd Joseph Andrew Semple, Dungiven 290kg £665
Draperstown Charolais Suckled Calf Competition– judged by Andrew Patterson
Champion: John Boyle, Draperstown
Reserve Champion: James McDowell, Moneymore
Male Calf born in 2016
1st John Boyle, Draperstown 370kg £1060
2nd James McDowell, Moneymore 340kg £900
3rd John Boyle, Draperstown 400kg £950
Female Calf born in 2016
1st Martin O’Kane, Dungiven 320kg £840
2nd Nigel Jordan, Moneymore 290kg £745
3rd James McDowell, Moneymore 290kg £690
Dungannon Charolais Suckled Calf Competition– judged by Philip Johnston
Champion: N & S Cochrane, Portadown
Reserve Champion: Ciaran Fox, Maghery
Male Calf born in 2016
1st N & S Cochrane, Portadown 390kg £900
2nd Collin Dunwoody, Caledon 340kg £960
3rd N & S Cochrane, Portadown 300kg £715
Female Calf born in 2016
1st Ciaran Fox, Portadown 295kg £820
2nd Peter Dobbs, Carrickmore 340kg £770
3rd A Donnelly, Sixmilecross 295kg £670
Armoy Charolais Suckled Calf Competition– judged by Cyril Millar
Champion: Sean McCambridge, Ballycastle
Reserve Champion: Gerard McCambridge, Ballyvoy
Male Calf born in 2016
1st Gerard McCambridge, Ballyvoy 390kg £1030
2nd Vincent McErlain, Armoy 340kg £915
3rd Aiden Hamilton, Ballycastle 405kg £1110
Female Calf born in 2016
1st Sean McCambridge, Ballycastle 420kg £1070
2nd Gerard McCambridge, Ballyvoy 340kg £900
3rd Gerard McCambridge, Ballyvoy 360kg £780
Plumbridge Charolais Suckled Calf Competition– judged by Richie Devine
Champion: Thomas McIlwaine, Plumbridge Reserve Champion: Brian McCullagh, Greencastle
Male Calf born in 2016
1st Thomas McIlwaine, Plumbridge 420kg £1210
2nd Brian McCullagh, Greencastle 340kg £900
3rd Brian McCullagh, Greencastle 350kg £1030
Female Calf born in 2016
1st Brian McCullagh, Greencastle 300kg £860
2nd Lawrence McLaughlin, Claudy 270kg £770
3rd Kieran Quinn, Strabane 280kg £810
UFM, Enniskillen Charolais Suckled Calf Competition– judged by Gordon Cutler
Champion: Sam Rankin, Castlederg
Reserve Champion: Alan Veitch, Lisbellaw
Male Calf born in 2016
1st Alan Veitch, Lisbellaw 396kg £1060
2nd Tom Park, Springfield 296kg £935
3rd D Henderson, Tamlaght 336kg £960
Female Calf born in 2016
1st Sam Rankin, Castlederg 397kg £920
2nd Tom Park, Springfield 382kg £1120
3rd D T Prentice, Garvary 432kg £1020
Camlough Charolais Suckled Calf Competition– judged by Eimear McGovern
Champion: B Casey Reserve Champion: T Treanor
Male Calf born in 2016
1st B Casey 410kg £930
2nd E Murchan 325kg £810
3rd P McParland 345kg £645
Female Calf born in 2016
1st T Treanor 350kg £825
2nd J Mullen 270kg £715
3rd J Mullen 260kg £635
Keady Charolais Suckled Calf Competition– judged by Richard Mackie
NI Charolais Club are indebted to Ulster Bank Ltd for sponsoring the shows along with the financial support of the British Charolais Society and the generosity of the Livestock Markets for hosting the NICC Suckled Calf Competitions.
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 of steers achieved the following performance.
Table 1: Darnford steer performance 2016
|Finished age (months)||Est DLG (kg)||Ave DDWG (kg)||KO%|
|Charolais cross steers ave||380.62||16.76||1.28||0.76||58|
Source: MacIntosh Donald
The following scatter graph demonstrates how the Darnford steers consistently achieved beyond target performance
The Darnford system: key features
Charolais has been the preferred terminal sire for over 25 years. Bulls are selected initially on visual appraisal for feet and mobility, and then from the breed’s top 10% and in particular for weight EBVs.
Damline, Salers. Heifer replacements are selected for size, feet, temperament and maternal qualities.
Split calving herd: a 12 week calving period is maintained in the spring calving herd, and over nine weeks in autumn, to help simplify management. Steers and heifers are separated at eight month weaning enabling a tailored nutrition programme which takes in to account their very different requirements. All animals are allowed to grow to achieve adequate frame size before being intensively finished.
All diets home mixed using the same basic ingredients – homegrown forage and cereals combined with cost effective bought in by-products. The key is formulating diets specific to age, weight and gender, consequently they offer flexibility to vary starch and protein levels at key stages of development. See Table 1. Herd nutritionist, Harbro’s David MacKenzie offers the following pointers.
- 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 early August. They are 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.
Table 1: Darnford herd diets
|DM %||ME/kg DM||CP%||FCR||Main diet components|
|Calf creep||86.00||12.50||18.7||3.5:1||Maxammon alkaline treated barley, distillers dark grains, sugar beet, minerals plus yeast and Rumitech|
|Yearling steer||47.00||12.70||15.8||9:1||TMR: grass silage, alkaline treated barley, distillers dark grains, sugar beet, minerals plus yeast and Rumitech|
|Finishing steer||65.00||13.00||13.5||9.2:1||TMR: limited forage, increased treated alkaline barley, distillers dark grains, sugar beet, minerals plus yeast and Rumitech|
|Finishing heifer||60.00||12.90||15.5||8.4:1||TMR: limited forage, treated alkaline barley, distillers dark grains, sugar beet, minerals plus yeast and Rumitech|
Measuring and monitoring
All cattle are weighed and benchmarked – at birth, at eight month weaning and thereafter at six weekly intervals until reaching target finishing weight.
Closed herd, member of the SRUC Premium Cattle Health Scheme, own herd health plan reviewed annually with the farm vet.
September 23, 2016 QR Codes
The Stirling Charolais catalogues have included QR codes so that a link to the BCCS on-line database can be accessed directly from smart phones to give extended pedigrees, performance information, breeder contacts etc.
To download the QR codes follow these instructions.
Download and install a QR code app on your smartphone if you don’t yet have one. Open your App Store, Market, Marketplace or App World application (for the iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry platforms, respectively).
Search for “QR code reader,” and then download and install a free app. The app should be named something to the effect of “QR Code Scanner” or “QR Scanner.” There are paid versions of these kinds of apps, but the free ones work just as well.
Open the QR barcode app on your smartphone, and choose “scan from camera” or “scan QR code” from the main menu. A new window should open with a square in the middle of it.
Center the QR code in the middle of the square that’s currently displayed by your QR barcode app. The app should automatically take a picture of the QR code for you when it has finished scanning the code. A new pop-up menu will appear, with the QR code information on it.
Click the link that was embedded in the QR code, this will direct you to the Society website.
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 I sell my calves at, it’s the Charolais crosses that make me the most money. They definitely achieve the best weight for age,” he says.
Mr MacCrae buys his bulls at Stirling, focusing on ease of calving and good weight gain, whilst making sure they look the part too.
David Rock, Knock O Ronald, Gargunnock
Stirlingshire-based David Rock has no qualms over the reliability of Charolais bulls, having bought just three in the 25 years since he started using the breed!
“The bulls I have bought have certainly lasted well for me, and with my system, selling suckled calves, I’d certainly say that Charolais are the best option,” says Mr Rock.
From his 45-strong suckler herd, he sells eight-month-old calves, with his lot of 22 January-born calves averaging £827 at UA on Monday (233p per kg).
“Considering the overall trade is well back on the year for stores, I’m only down 9p per kg compared to last year, so I’m happy with that.
“I buy stretchier type bulls and with those I’ve never had any calving difficulty – in fact, in all the time I’ve used Charolais bulls, I’ve very rarely had to calve a cow, and I’ve always managed to get a good trade for the suckled calves,” he adds.