Aberdeenshire-based Charolais breeder Graeme Massie is preparing to judge a line-up of 183 Charolais bulls and thirty three females at the breed society’s official show and sale on Saturday 11 May.
A Charolais bull that was hotly tipped to lead the bidding at the Stirling Bull Sales next month (February 2013) has been snapped up by Cogent Breeding prior to the sale.
Charolais met a solid commercial trade peaking at 7,500gns and smashing centre pedigree cattle records with an average £4,013 for 63 lots sold at the breed society’s autumn fixture at Welshpool on Thursday 8 November.
Charolais met a solid demand selling to a top of 4,600gns when W B Gubbin and Son, Launceston, Cornwall, dispersed their Penhole herd at Exeter Livestock Centre on Friday 28 September.
Charolais females met a strong demand selling to a top of 9,000gns when the Ugie herd, owned by Jimmy Wilson, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, went under the hammer at Stirling on Saturday 8 September.
Charolais met a ready demand selling to a top of 6,700gns at Carlisle on Friday 24 August when entries from three Charolais herds came under the hammer.
James and Alec Cowan of Llandysul, Ceredigion, were commended for their attention to management, health status, genetics and marketing along with the performance of their Charolais cross calves.
Young Charolais enthusiasts from all parts of the UK travelled to the Royal Highland Show where the breed society held its young stock judging finals on Friday 22 June.
Charolais met a ready demand and a level trade selling to a top of 4,900gns at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s official May show and sale at Dungannon on Monday 28 May, with 31 out of the 35 bulls forward sold to an average of £2,818.
Charolais bulls went to 4,000gns twice with an overall average of £3,027.50 at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s official April show and sale at Ballymena on Friday 20 April.
Polled cattle could be the future of the Charolais breed according to Steve Nesbitt whose family’s Alwent herd goes back more than three decades.