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British Charolais exported to France

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.

Maerdy Abraham

Maerdy Abraham

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 to come.”

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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