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Cogent to Market Royal Welsh Champion Charolais Bull

A Charolais bull that has been described as ‘a spectacle of an animal’ and that took this year’s Royal Welsh Show by storm, is now being marketed by Cogent as part of the Signature Beef range.

The bull is Barnsford Ferny, and his victory in both the breed and interbreed championship at the Royal Welsh this summer, was a clear endorsement of his sheer physical presence and power, combined with his correctness.

Barnsford Ferny

Barnsford Ferny

“It’s not often you get the two things together,” says Cogent’s beef specialist, Boomer Birch. “But this bull not only catches the attention through his sheer physical scale, but he carries his weight superbly, bringing everything together in a truly correct package that epitomises the character of the Charolais breed.

“It is no surprise that on his first ever outing into the show ring, he swept the board with the prizes,” he says.

Ferny has also hit the headlines in the sale ring, having been purchased by his current owners, Boden and Davies Ltd from Stockport, at the October 2011 Stirling sales, for 70,000 guineas. This is the second highest price ever paid for a Charolais bull, and exceeds the sale price of his sire, Balmyle Bollinger at 30,000gns.

“His first calves are already on the ground, and they too are showing all the characteristics of Ferny himself, and more,” says Mr Birch.

His offspring’s performance is also reflected in Ferny’s Estimated Breeding Value (EBV), which puts him in the breed’s top 10 per cent for the all-important 400 day weight. This index is independently described as ‘the best single estimate of an animal’s genetic merit for yearling weight’.

His daughters too are expected to make outstanding suckler cows, as reflected in the high ‘self replacing index’ of this good looking bull.

“We are delighted to have such high calibre bloodlines to add to the Cogent Signature Beef portfolio,” concludes Mr Birch. “This gives the widest possible cross-section of pedigree and commercial producers the chance of breeding some truly outstanding beef animals.”


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