British Charolais are to provide the foundation for the Charolais
herdbook to be established in Romania. The country’s inaugural
importation of Charolais cattle is to be made within the next few
days with a bull and heifer from Mike and Margaret Atkinson’s
Mowbraypark herd, based at Kirkby Malzeard, Ripon, North Yorkshire.
The pair will be followed shortly by a shipment of 100 heifers, sourced
from Charolais herds throughout Britain, to form the country’s
first pedigree herd.
Mike and Margaret Atkinson with Mowbraypark Acclaim
“The Romanians have identified the Charolais breed and its
superior performance potential and quiet temperament to improve their
native herd of cross bred suckler cattle, and our modern British
Charolais were preferred to establish the herdbook simply because
of their scale, muscling and length,” explains Mr Atkinson.
The deal was brokered with Romanian businessman, Michael Mirran
who owns a10 square mile farm located in Alba, by Northern Agriculture,
a genetics and consultancy company based in East Yorkshire and supported
by Yorkshire Forward, a joint Defra, MLC, EBLEX funded regional initiative.
Since then, a joint venture has been established between the two
parties to enhance Romania’s beef and sheep sector with UK
genetics and meat marketing consultancy.
Mr Mirran travelled to Yorkshire earlier this year on a Charolais
fact finding mission and was particularly impressed by Mowbraypark
Acclaim. “He is an easy fleshed, well muscled bull, and his
accompanying Estimated Breeding Value is within the breed’s
top 1% with a Beef Value of CH37,” Mr Atkinson explained.
The 18 month old youngster is by the couple’s senior herd
sire, Mowbraypark Paramount whose sons include the 24,000gns Mowbraypark
Torpedo and Mowbraypark Umpire at 17,000gns. On arrival to Romania,
plans are for Acclaim to stand and his semen to be distributed, via
a new European funded scheme to beef farmers, to enable help them
to start improving their commercial herds. Mr Mirran also chose to
take home as an example of the breed, the 18 month old heifer, Mowbraypark
Airhostess, the foundation for his 100 cow herd he plans to establish
within the next few months with British Charolais.
“As British Charolais breeders we are pleased to have the
opportunity to be involved in this new arrangement. It will provide
a real chance for Romanians to enhance their beef sector, initially
for home consumption, and eventually to develop export markets,” says
Mr Atkinson. “The new market is also providing a new opportunity
for British Charolais breeders whose stock is recorded and able to
meet with export requirements. However, I believe Romania is just
the tip of the iceberg. A vast market is opening up in Eastern Europe
and beyond for British Charolais genetics, both for live animals
The British Charolais Cattle Society’s David Benson adds: “We
are pleased to have the opportunity help Romania set up its herdbook.
We will be commencing discussions with the Romanian breeders at the
five day industry event, Indagra, staged at Bucharest next month
where the Mowbraypark stock are scheduled to be featured on the BCCS
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