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Scottish Breeder Lined Up to Judge Carlisle Charolais

Aberdeenshire-based Charolais breeder Graeme Massie is preparing to judge a line-up of 183 Charolais bulls and thirty three females at the breed society’s official show and sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 10 May, before they go under the hammer the following day, Saturday 11 May.

The sale includes a major reduction of the Hallgarth herd and consignments from the Baillieston, Gretnahouse, Seaville and Shraden Charolais herds.

Graeme Massie

Graeme Massie

Mr Massie commented: “My champion will demonstrate great length, correctness and the character that we expect from the breed.”

Graeme farms in partnership with his father Neil, who established the noted Blelack herd 30 years ago. Since then, the herd has grown to 90 pedigree cows on their 950 acre grass and arable unit near Aboyne which carries over 700 head of cattle. Among their numerous accolades, the Massies have secured three Perth supreme championships as well as the Royal Highland Show supreme award and they are no stranger to sale ring success where the herd is usually within the top eight herd averages at Stirling. Blelack Rustic commanded the Massie’s top price of 25,000gns with Blelack Forester at 22,000gns, whilst females have sold to 14,000gns. Blelack Digger TI +87, SRI +79, is one of the highest pointed and most prolific bulls in the herdbook with an exceptional calving ease EBV of +24.9 at 81% accuracy, within the top 1% for the breed.

“I believe the future of British Charolais looks good particularly since we continue to focus on improving calving ease whilst maintaining the breed characteristics of good conformation and unrivalled growth rates.”

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