The British Charolais Cattle Society has announced Gilbert Crawford of Maghera, County Londonderry as its new president. His 70 cow Coolnaslee herd is well known in both the show and sale rings and is a member of the SAC Premium Cattle Health Scheme.
He says: “I’m delighted to be elected as president and look forward to promoting Charolais within Northern Ireland and beyond as the terminal sire leaving progeny with unsurpassable weight for age and excellent conformation, rewarding both suckled calf producers and finishers.”
Mr Crawford’s herd’s top price was achieved in 2004 at Perth when Coolnaslee Universe was secured by a bid of 17,000gns. Coolnaslee Diane is a particular success story of the herd winning a string of breed championships in 2010, ending in the coveted NISA/Ulster Bank Beef Heifer of the Year and supreme interbreed titles at Omagh, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Clogher and Enniskillen Shows.
Gilbert is proud of his judging career and has done the honours at the four Royals as well as Stirling. He also won the Harman Charolais Genetic Improvement Award in 2011 for the herd with the biggest herd SRI improvement in Northern Ireland.
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