A pedigree Charolais cow and calf outfit is among the first live
exports to mainland Europe. Bred by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green,
the pair has been purchased by Irish breeders, Leo McInroe, County
Cavan and Richard O'Brien, County Galway.
Alasdair HoustonThe outfit comprises Moyness Mistletoe, a Maerdy Impeccable
daughter from the same dam line that bred the 15,000gns Moyness
Lincoln. She is full sister to the 9,000gns Moyness Magnum and
among the foundation cows purchased more than four years ago
to restock Mr Houston's Gretnahouse pedigree Charolais herd which
has since been restored to 40 breeding cows.
Mistletoe's two month old heifer, Gretnahouse Beatrice was by
Gretnahouse Ultimate CH32, a Dingle Hofmeister son and maternal
brother to the 10,500gns Gretnahouse Noel.
"The pair is accompanied by a tremendous cocktail of genetics,
and Beatrice is already demonstrating a great deal of potential," commented
Mr Houston. "Mistletoe comprises a base of very deep bloodlines,
while Beatrice's sire, Gretnahouse Ultimate has tremendous power,
scale, length and good fleshing ability."
He adds: "Lifting the export ban will introduce a welcome
demand and subsequent price at the top end of the market for
pedigree breeders who are able to offer physically good specimens,
cattle with length, good fleshing ability and easy calving, and
the correct health status."
British Charolais Cattle Society's David Benson adds: "This
export deal is just the tip of the iceberg. We have already received
enquiries from several European member states including the former
Eastern Bloc, and closer to home, Ireland which until the ban
was a major importer of British Charolais genetics. In the first
two months of 1989, 200 head of Charolais were exported to Ireland."
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