Andrew Hornall will be presented with the challenge of judging the
85 Charolais bulls at the breed society's show Borderway Mart, Carlisle
on Friday 25 November prior to them coming under the hammer the following
day. In addition, he will do the honours among 38 pedigree Charolais
females entered for the annual Christmas Cracker event. The event
includes a further 130 cattle including drafts from Charbron, Gretnahouse,
Maerdy and Thrunton, and the dispersal of the Bishopton herd.
Andrew comments: "I'll be looking for well fleshed, balanced
bulls to suit the commercial man with that something extra to make
a champion with additional length, stretch and style." As far
as the females are concerned, his criteria will include 'good withers
and topline, a wide pelvis and not too much muscle, combined with
that essential fleshing and feminine nature'.
Andrew grew up with Charolais on his family's 200 acre Falleninch
Farm, Stirling. His grandfather secured some of the earliest Charolais
imports more than 30 years ago to establish his noted Stirling herd.
Andrew has gone on to develop his own Falleninch herd in the late
1990s with selected genetics from the Stirling herd prior to its
dispersal. Since then, he has built Falleninch's numbers to 23 head.
"Charolais was introduced to the UK to improve weight for age,
and within the last four decades, breeders have done a lot of selective
breeding; we now have easy calving bulls that are backed up by data
and, Charolais is still at the forefront to do exactly the same job," Andrew
explains. "In fact since we no longer work under the constraints
of the old payment regime, Charolais is really coming in to its own
by demonstrating it is able to leave a modern perfect product. Charolais
cross calves have just enough bone, plenty of length and height,
and they can finish more quickly to target weight than any other
Continental cross, particularly the heifers."
At Falleninch, Andrew is focused on breeding bulls for the commercial
farmer that are suited to today's modern beef industry, those which
leave easy fleshing Charolais calves finishing from 14 months. "They
must have length, height, width, correctness and a bit of style," he
says. "Furthermore, in view of the fact our selected females
have such tremendous depth of breeding, we are keeping our eye on
breeding Charolais for the pedigree market."
He adds: "A couple of years ago we introduced some natural
fleshing to the herd with Mortimers Tebay." Tebay is by Doonally
Olmeto and out of the celebrated Burke trophy winner, Mowbraypark
Gigi, and full brother to the 10,000gns Newroddige Venture who earlier
this year claimed the Royal junior breed and interbreed championships,
and the M&S Beefbreeder interbreed award.
While the Stirling herd amassed numerous awards during its lengthy
career, including the Burke trophy, Andrew's own success so far,
has extended to the Royal Highland ring where his Falleninch Sophie
secured the supreme interbreed and junior interbreed awards in 2003.
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