French Charolais Herd Book president Michel Baudot is to judge a line-up of 165 Charolais bulls at the breed society’s official show and sale at Stirling on Tuesday 24 October before they go under the hammer the next day alongside 29 females.
“I will be looking for a bull offering the complete package. He must have excellent locomotion and muscling with a strong topline and rear that the Charolais is known for,” said Michel. “Conformation is also essential for a functional stock bull and to maintain ease of calving; bulls with extreme shoulders and heavily boned will not be favoured.”
Michel is a third generation farmer and with three associates runs a herd of 200 pedigree Charolais cows. Selling around 60 bulls in France annually and producing females for the export market, Michel commented: “Our objectives for the herd are for each cow to rear one calf per year with as little assistance and additional food dependence as possible.” Michel’s Charolais herd is consistently ranked within the top 10 of herds shown nationally and regionally in France and he is no stranger to judging at home as well as internationally in Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Canada.
“It was a pleasure to be part of the World Charolais Congress this year visiting the North of England and Scotland. I was extremely impressed with the quality of cattle we saw, particularly at the Royal Highland Show.
“In France and in the UK, as terminal sire breeders we need to continue to select bulls that will balance ease of calving with the high meat yield our breed is known for. I believe that British Charolais is continuing to do its job as the dominant terminal sire, leaving calves with unsurpassed weight for age and an increased killing-out percentage.”
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