Maerdy Abraham, a two year old Charolais bull was
exported to France this week, the first British Charolais to
return to the breed’s native country for more than 20 years.
Furthermore, he was the first ever Welsh bred Charolais to be
shipped to mainland Europe.
Bred by Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold, Abraham
is among the first crop of calves by Maerdy Padriac whose sons
had so far sold to 5,800gns. His dam was a Maerdy Grimaldi daughter,
and his granddam was by the 56,000gns Maerdy Director.
Abraham was purchased in a private deal by Jean Louis Rlotte,
one of France’s leading breeders based at Angely, after
visiting the 250 cow Maerdy herd last year.
“Mr Rlotte was impressed by this bull’s fusion of
genetics,” says Mr Evans. “He demonstrates great
skeletal structure, combining power with scale, he is clean through
the belly and a great deal more streamlined than French bred
Charolais. In fact he represents all the characteristics of a
modern British Charolais delivering the type of calves that will
finish the most efficiently and meet marketplace demands. We
are optimistic this will be the first of many more similar deals
British Charolais Cattle Society’s David Benson comments: “This
is one of the most momentous export occasions for the breed and
demonstrates just how much British Charolais breeders have progressed
to produce a bull that is in demand by the French.” He
adds: “While some may regard this deal as coals to Newcastle,
the fact is British Charolais breeders have selected their genetics
carefully to produce a type of terminal sire suited to the international
market place by paying more attention to correctness and ease
of calving without sacrificing the breed’s superior growth
rates and conformation.”
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