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First Charolais Sexed Semen Available

The first Charolais sexed semen is now available. The two bulls on offer, Blelack Digger and Clyth Diplomat have both been selected for their overall potential performance, as well as their maternal traits.

Clyth Diplomat
photo by MacGregor Photography

Clyth Diplomat

Blelack Digger, a Balthayock Adonis son and out of a Galcantry bred cow by Blelack Montgomery, is within the breed’s top 1% with a Terminal Index (TI) +56 and Self Replacing Index (SRI) +64. In addition, he has a Calving Ease Direct EBV of +6.8 and he is one of the breed society’s top promising young bulls. Digger was purchased in a private deal by Jeremy Price, Staunton-on-Wye, Hereford and runs with his Oakchurch herd of 18 breeding females. “This bull has the ultimate combination: great length, scale and good hind quarters, plus the accompanying good data,” he says.

Clyth Diplomat TI +25, SRI +33, is by Oldstone Egbert and out of a Beauchamp Foreman sired cow who is noted for consistently breeding bulls demonstrating Charolais character. Diplomat secured the junior championship in Stirling, October 2009 and sold for 16,000gns to Brian McAllister, to join his 20 cow Burnside herd based at Kells, Ballymena. He comments: “Diplomat has length, scale and style, he is demonstrating great growth and temperament and he hails from a noted damline that is showing real consistent breeding.”

“We are pleased to make available for the first time sexed semen,” says British Charolais Cattle Society’s David Benson. “These two bulls will provide a great opportunity for pedigree breeders to use on best breeding lines to ensure guaranteed continuity of the proven bloodlines and perpetuate the herd for future generations.”

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