Charollais Times April 2019

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Welsh Mountain Ewes with Charollais Cross Lambs Champions Charollais cross lambs at Spring Lamb Show & Sales APRIL 2019 ISSUE  Inspection at Sales  Breeders News  Get ready for Worcester  New Gilets  Show Survey Results  Regional News  New Members




Inspection at Sales


Breeders News


Get ready for Worcester




Shows Information


AGM Notice


Chairman’s Report


Annual Report & Financial Statements


Regional News


New Members


INSPECTION AT SOCIETY SALES Council have agreed to change the arrangements for inspection at our official sales. Everyone agreed that as a breed we have (especially our Chief Inspector, Robert Gregory) done a tremendous job over the years and have achieved a breed with a high level of correctness. It was therefore considered appropriate to remove that high level of inspection at all our sales. Most venues are supplying the commercial prime lamb producer with sires for his lambs and good fleshing, shape and power are the traits they are looking for. Inspection in its current form will continue at the Worcester Premier Sale and Dungannon Premier Sale. At NSA sales their inspectors will carry out the check to their standards. At all our Society Sales there will be a representative from the Society who will check the identification of animals forward and report back on any problems, but will not necessarily carry out a full inspection. The name of the Society representative will be printed in the Sale Catalogue. Regions may implement an inspection, if they so wish. There will be an inspection at all female sales and pregnancy scanning will take place for the in-lamb ewes sales. We will keep monitoring the standard of sheep at all our sales and if we feel there is a need to re-instate full inspection, then Council will discuss and take a view on this. We hope that this alteration will encourage a few more vendors to our sales; we are still looking for quality, commercial tups that are correct in teeth and testicles but you may have stock that are great carcase animals but with small faults in feet and locomotion.

Charollais Times is published by the British Charollais Sheep Society.

Editors : Carroll Barber Jonathan Barber For more information on any of the subjects covered in this edition, please call the office or visit our website at Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy neither the Charollais Society nor the authors can accept liability for errors and omissions. BCSS Youngmans Road, Wymondham, Norfolk. NR18 0RR

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Signet Launch New Website - at The web link attached allows you to : • Search for individual animals • Search on the basis of a set of EBVs • Search for breeders Some functions are yet to be completed, but it is fast and efficient for searching performance data on the breed.

BREEDERS HEADING NEWS REGIONAL ELECTIONS Elections were due in two regions this year. In the Central England region, the current Chairman has been returned unopposed for a further 3 year term of office. This is Cecil Thomas.

NEW GILETS We now have in stock fleece gilets for immediate delivery. These are made by Jack Pyke, 300 g thermal fleece with Nubuk piping. Two lower zipped pockets, full length double puller zip.

Sizes and Colours in Stock GENTS Navy Medium 36”-38” Large 38” - 40” Navy In the North of England Region Navy X-large 42” - 44” there was one nomination for the LADIES post and we are pleased to Navy Medium Size 10-12 announce that Mr David Norman Navy Large Size 12-14 from Cumbria will take on the post Roselle Medium Size 10-12 from the National AGM. Roselle Large Size 12-14

NATIONAL CHAIRMAN We are delighted that Mr Arwyn Thomas has been selected by the Trustees, and has agreed to take on a second term of two years as our National Chairman.

They have the Charollais Logo embroidered on the left hand breast side together with the words ‘CHAROLLAIS SHEEP’ We can print your Flock Name on for an additional £5.00 PRICE

WEB ADVERTISING We offer members the opportunity to advertise their rams, ewes, semen for sale on our website. The charge for this service for a 6 week period is £18 (+VAT) for those who have advertised in the Year Book and £36 (+VAT) for all other members. Included with this service is a FREE posting on Facebook of your advert. This also gets tweeted on Twitter.

SELL MY LIVESTOCK An alternative way to sell your Charollais stock. Sell My Livestock has 47,000 farmers signed in and last year many Charollais flocks were successful finding buyers for their animals. You can log on via the Charollais website and for just £3.50 have a special Charollais advert. Do get some good images of your animals before posting.

£32.00 plus P&P

This is the last edition of Charollais Times that will automatically be sent in the post to all members. The next edition will be circulated electronically by email. We will print a number of copies for shows, sales, NSA Events and new members. Also existing members may request to be sent a printed copy. If you do not have access to email or would prefer a printed copy, please contact the office and ask to be put on the mailing list. This measure is to save postage costs (which are always increasing) and allow us the opportunity to produce more frequent publications, without increasing costs.


BREEDERS INFORMATION HEADING Whilst Agrobiogen now has full certification and approval for their tests to be used for export, the UK has not accepted this as yet. We have made a request to the necessary authorities and await Remember ALL your entries for their response. So for the time Worcester Sale must have an individual genotype result. Please being all animals exported from get your potential entries sampled the UK mainland to EU countries will require tests carried out by in good time - BEFORE THE SRUC and their vet. Scrapie CLOSING DATE. Monitored Flocks are not required to supply a test result for export.

SCRAPIE TESTING GET READY FOR The Society offers a service to WORCESTER members to process scrapie tests. PREMIER SALE Members should contact the office to request sample collectors - one collector is needed for each sheep you wish to test. We will then send you all the details you need to take the sample and dispatch it to the laboratory. Sampling is by taking a small piece of ear tissue with the collector and pliers. The costs will be :-

Sample collectors £1.70 (+VAT) each Genotyping test 1 - 10 samples £13 each 11 - 50 samples £12 each 51 - 99 samples £11 each 100+ samples - £10 each (+VAT) Hire of applicator £4 (+VAT) for 2 weeks Purchase of applicator £30 (+VAT) Handling Charge £5 (+ VAT) The handling charge will be chargeable on all batches of samples sent to Agrobiogen, so in order to assist breeders to obtain a discounted rate, BCSS will collect samples here and send in one batch, typically on the last Wednesday of each month. However during busier times, we will send two batches per month - please contact the office to find the next posting date to Germany. Breeders should allow at least 2 weeks from sampling for their results. Results are supplied to the Society as well as the breeder, so we can enter these details on the sheep database.


We are pleased to say that the situation in Northern Ireland is different, where their authorities have approved Agrobiogen.

The sale of shearling ewes will take place on the Saturday morning before the main sale. Entries will be restricted to 2 per flock, shearling ewes only.

FOR THE WORCESTER PREMIER SALE WE ONLY REQUIRE FLOCKS TO PROVIDE A RESULT FROM AGROBIOGEN. If you have any further queries, then please contact the office.



The 2019 edition of the Members Handbook has been circulated to all members. Please do read it all the information you need on sale dates, closing dates, ballots and registration is included. There is also a full list of members at the back with their phone numbers and email addresses.

The Council has looked in detail at the charges for registration and the time periods for each rate. After much discussion and examination of numbers and the income involved, we have agreed to leave the system as it is. We will review this again at our November meeting.


The fee for birth notification was introduced for the year 2000. The £2 fee represented a substantial reduction from the old system and was brought in so that flocks did just that - Notified the Society of the birth of ALL their lambs within a two month period from birth.

The Scrapie Monitoring Scheme was set up to help export trade. Flocks within the scheme have to adhere to certain conditions and renew their membership on an annual basis. One of the stipulations of the scheme is that these flocks may only add sheep into their flocks that are either from another Scrapie Monitored Flock or animals that have been tested ARR/ARR. The test for these incoming animals must have been completed by a veterinary surgeon and the analysis carried out by either SRUC or APHA laboratories.


We challenge you to name one item in your business that has not increased in price in 20 years! Council feel that the £2 fee is good value for the service that it brings to your animals. Registered stock have a higher sale value than non-registered animals, particularly stock rams and breeding females. We recommend that all flocks keep their animals registered with us, maintain their value and

BREEDERS INFORMATION HEADING support the Society in its work on your behalf. We are investing heavily in extra promotion through social media and commercial trial work. This is all to help the market for Charollais, which benefits all members.

NO CHANGES TO REGISTRATION FEES OR DATES Birth Notification fee has not changed for 20 years!


Closing Date for the Worcester Premier Sale is Friday 24th May  No Late Entries.  Entries on BCSS forms or via Grassroots  Genotype Results at time of entry.

Card Payment If you would like to pay by card then just call the office and we will take the details over the phone. There is no charge for credit cards.



We have been looking into our current website and working on how this could better service members. Many of you now access all your information via mobile phones or tablets so one main challenge is to make it more accessible and friendly for that medium. At the moment we are updating the existing site, so please bear with us as items move about to a more logical flow. At the same time a new site is under construction.

The Society sends out over 100 Champion Rosettes each year to local shows. These are awarded to the Best Exhibit of Charollais at these events. We will also continue with our metal plaques for the Champion at the following shows :

Worcester Premier Sale Dungannon Premier Sale YEAR BOOK The 2019 Edition of our Year Book Balmoral Show Royal Highland Show will be back from the printers the first week of May. One copy is Royal Three Counties Show sent out to all fully paid up Royal Cornwall Show members of the Society. Great Yorkshire Show Royal Welsh Show We welcome members taking Builth Wells II Ram Sale additional copies to give out at shows, on-farm to their commercial customers, drop in their local market or any other outlet that you think interested farmers will be there. Lets use this excellent publication to promote our breed.

Direct Debit If you wish to pay all your invoices from the Society by Direct Debit payment, then please contact us for the relevant form.

Good luck to all exhibitors.

Ebank To pay by ebanking, please put your Flock Reference letters as the reference on the payment, so we can allocate it correctly. The bank details are : Sort Code : 20-99-08 Account No : 30196851 Cheque We would ask members to pay by other ways if at all possible. To cut down on our bank charges we have elected for the electronic option from our bank. This means each cheque we pay in is charged for. For this reason we will only accept payment by cheque for amounts of £30 and over. Also there will be an additional charge of £1.50 / cheque to cover the cost from our bank.


HEADING SHOW INFORMATION SHOW SURVEY We wanted to know your thoughts on showing and put together a survey. Thank you to all who took the time to complete it - it has given us some ideas to encourage breeders out into the showring. We asked the questions based on 2018. How many shows did you attend? Most flocks competed at a similar number of shows in 2018 as in previous years, (57%). What type of shows did you attend? A small 8% only went to 3 to 4 day shows, 50% only went to one-day shows and 42% went to both. If you stopped attending shows, what was the reason? Not surprisingly time was the major reason that stopped flocks going to shows, followed by movement and isolation issues (which is a big problem in Wales) and equally expense, no classes for the breed, quality of judges and quality of my sheep. What would encourage you to exhibit at shows? The top two responses to this question were Classes for Untrimmed animals and More potential commercial visitors to shows. Council certainly took this on board and when possible will ask for untrimmed classes to be added to show schedules. What do you think the benefits of exhibiting your flock are? Over half of respondents take their sheep to shows to promote their breeding stock to potential commercial customers. After that it is to promote them to pedigree buyers. So if you want to expand your customer base then attending shows is the right place to do this. A good idea is to let your commercial customers know you will be at a show. Interbreed Classes We then posed some more general questions on the overall benefit to the breed of classes at our shows. There was strong agreement that our success in Interbreed Classes was of benefit to our promotion. There was some mixed reaction to the benefits of showing to our commercial success. In the comments section of the survey, quite a number stated that ‘show sheep were often in too fit a condition and did not demonstrate good, natural fleshing qualities which are so important to our breed.’ This is an issue we take very seriously and do urge and explain to our panel judges to be aware of over-fit animals and mark them down. There was also concern over ewes that had not suckled lambs and again this is a point we remind our judges on. A good suggestion was made for adding classes for Charollais cross lambs at shows. These could be 6 - CHAROLLAIS TIMES APRIL 2019

easier and more attractive for newer breeders to support and have the added advantage of promoting the product from our Charollais rams. We hope many breeders will enjoy participating at shows this year. If you require help with selection and preparation of your sheep, then your regional chairmen and experienced breeders are always willing to lend a hand. Trimming demonstration / training sessions are on offer around the country. There will be one held in Derbyshire on the 18th May.

Joint Trimming Day Charollais & Beltex SATURDAY 18th MAY 2019 10-30am start followed by a BBQ lunch

Kind invitation of Matt Prince HIGHFIELD HOUSE FARM, DARLEY ROAD, STONEDGE, CHESTERFIELD, S45 0LW Demonstration and training by Geoff & Carol Watson.

Come, Watch, Listen, Learn, Practise & ENJOY!!



8th MAY 2019 CALL BY

Tel : Carol 07778 253665 or Geoff 07798 653185

EVENTS HEADING 2019 MAJOR SHOWS 2019 Balmoral Show – 15th - 18th May Judge : Mr David Mawhinney, show classes on Wednesday 15th May at 1.00 pm. Refreshments after the classes.

Royal Cornwall Show – 6th - 8th June Judge : Mr Will Price show classes will be held on Thursday 6th June at 11.00 am. This is the feature show for the South-West this year.

Three Counties Show - 14th - 16th June Judge : Mr Alan Thomas, show classes on Friday 14th June at 9.00 am. Reception on the breed stand after judging.

BRITISH CHAROLLAIS SHEEP SOCIETY LTD Limited by Guarantee 1341920 A Registered Charity 282757

NOTICE is hereby given that the 41st Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny on Friday 26th April at 16.00. 1.

To read the Notice convening the meeting.


To receive apologies for absence.


To approve the Minutes of the 40th Annual General Meeting.


To receive the report of the Chairman


* To receive and, if approved, to adopt the Unaudited Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December 2018


To confirm the appointment of new Directors and Trustees of the Company.


To re-appoint Messrs Argents as Independent Examiners for the ensuing year and to authorise the Council of Management to fix their remuneration.


To transact any other ordinary business of the Society.

Royal Highland Show – 20th - 23rd June Judge : Mr Robert Paterson Jnr, show classes will be held on Thursday 20th June at 9.00 am. Refreshments outside the NSA Marquee after judging.

Great Yorkshire Show - 9th - 11th July Judge : Mr Bruce Ingram, show classes will be held on Tuesday 9th July at 9.00 am. Cheese and Wine after the judging.

Royal Welsh Show – 22nd - 25th July Judge : Mr Geoff Probert show classes will be held on Tuesday 23rd July at 9.00 am. Reception on the Charollais Stand in the NSA building after the judging.

By Order of the Council of Management

CARROLL BARBER For all show dates, closing dates and contact details check out the Show Planner in your Members Handbook.

SOCIAL MEDIA Social media will continue to play an important role in the promotion of our breed this year. Emma will continue with #FlockFriday and #MarketMonday If you would like to appear on the Facebook page and promote your flock then contact Emma for details.

Company Secretary

 An abbreviated version of the year end figures are on page 9. If you would like a full set of the Report of the Trustees and the Unaudited Financial Statements then please contact the office to forward an electronic version. Full printed sets will be available at the AGM.

Keep news of prices for Charollais in the markets coming in and also if you have some super grade sheets from the abattoir we would love to share them as well. And as we approach the sales, lets see what your pen will have to offer. Keep sharing and liking our posts CHAROLLAIS TIMES APRIL 2019 - 7

CHAIRMAN’S HEADING REPORT 2018 - ARWYN THOMAS In response to this problem we have taken the initiative in setting up a 3 year marketing project on Welsh Mountain ewes. This sector has massive capacity to absorb commercial tups and if successful will benefit our breeders nationally. I am confident that this is a superb cross and early feedback has been extremely positive with lambs thriving in harsh environments that would challenge any breed.

My 2 years as National Chairman has flown and it seems like yesterday that Elaine was chasing me for last year’s report. Last year posed many challenges starting with the Beast from the East moving on to the driest summer in memory. This coupled with the continuing political uncertainty made it a very challenging year for all sectors of the agricultural industry.

I am grateful for the support of my fellow council members and appreciative of the role of Emma in pushing this 3 year project forward. Early benefits will be promotion benefits that will be showcased at this year’s NSA events in May.

also thanks to all you breeders for making this a great gathering. Presentation of sheep at shows gets better ever year with great success at all the Royal and County shows with judges finding favour with our breed at Interbreed level. I also had the pleasure of judging the South West flock competition last year and appreciated the hospitality and also the quality of stock presented with many being new breeders who impressed me with their enthusiasm for the breed. Their presentation night had more silver than the Barcelona Trophy room.

Finally I thank James Clanachan and his Scottish members for a Society sales kicked off with our fine AGM last year with great Worcester Premier and it was hospitality. I look forward to pleasing to see high averages and networking with Edward Buckley clearance rates under the watchful and our friends in Southern eye of Clive Roads who has always Ireland with the AGM being held been professional in running this in Kilkenny over the Easter holiday A quality product always comes sale for many years and deserves period this year. I promise I will through and I am convinced that our thanks. What pleases me are not mention the grand slam! we will be highly competitive if we the First-Time breeders who continue to broadcast our attend this sale and achieve message emphasising our breed clearance for 4 figure prices. This strengths in easy lambing and does not happen with other fantastic live weight gain. societies!

Arwyn Thomas

Breeders have also worked hard to improve the hardiness over recent years but we have struggled to back this with our message to our commercial buyers.

Congratulations to Dewi Evans who under difficult circumstances achieved the top price with Ffrwd Top Notch at 22,000 gns. A worthy reward for someone who works hard for the breed but

REPORT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF F&GP COMMITTEE - CHARLES SERCOMBE The Society made a loss last year. There are three main reasons for this position; 18 months ago the board agreed to invest some of the Society’s reserves in breed development. The appointment of the Breed Development Officer and costs associated with the Welsh Hill Sheep Project have come to £19,148. This figure can be viewed as an exceptional cost. Also there was a reduction in registration fees of £14,945, which was mostly due to breeders taking the higher prices for lambs early in the year. These factors have resulted in a trading loss of £23,755. The valuation of our investment portfolio has dropped by £21,513, at the same time as showing a return of £8,117 from dividend income. The final figure is a loss of £45,268. Your Trustees remain confident that our business plan is robust and our budgeting especially for costs is very accurate. Moving forward we have tried to save money where possible but overall stick with the plan to invest in the breed development role. I would encourage every member of the Society to support the services we offer because it is vital that we all contribute to the success of the Society. If you would like to discuss any matter of the accounts, please do contact me.


ANNUAL REPORT & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS HEADING 2018 INCOME AND ENDOWMENTS Donations and legacies Donations, sponsorship & gift aid Other trading activities Sale of promotional items

2018 £

2017 £





Investment income Interest and dividends received on investments Deposit account interest

8,700 297

6,959 31

Charitable Activities Registration fees Commission on sales Sale entry fees Year book and other publications Subscriptions Genotyping income

66,718 14,758 22,218 16,372 28,576 28,576

81,663 17,959 23,054 18,846 30,343 22,339

Total income



Raising donations and legacies Advertising and promotional expenses



Charitable Activities Show expenses Regional expenses Sale costs Yearbook, newsletter & other pubs Genotyping expenses

11,161 2,217 20,159 12,031 17,926

11,912 1,257 15,933 11,219 18,819

Sub Total



Other Costs Postage and telephone Printing and stationery Subscriptions Office and storage accommodation Motor and travelling Hotel and meal charges Office expenses Meeting expenses Other sundry expenses

10,546 2,564 1,415 7,600 6,230 6,238 6,219 7,243 134

11,007 2,734 1,297 7,600 7,301 5,929 5,135 8,715 300

Sub total



Support Costs Management and administration Accountants fees Bank and Card Charges Depreciation of tangible fixed assets Loss/(gain) on sale of tangible fixed assets Sub total

58,614 2,039 1,160 3,512 (3,500) 61,825

62,000 2,134 905 2,190 67,229

Total resources expended Surplus (deficit) for the year Realised recognised gains/(losses) on fixed investments

207,517 (23,755) (21,513)

194,386 11,969 15,744






HEADING NEWS REGIONAL NORTH OF ENGLAND Auction of Promises Josie Towers and Kelly Gill organised a charity promise auction through Vale O ‘ Lune Young Farmers to raise money in aid of Cancer Care Lancaster & Rosemere Cancer Foundation, in memory of their best friend Victoria Wigglesworth who sadly lost her battle to cancer aged 27 on 1st September 2018. She was a close friend to many members of the club. Ian Atkinson, auctioneer from North West Auctions, sold off 83 promises that were kindly donated by members and supporters of the club, promises included 2 in-lamb Charollais ewes, a date with a young farmer and Wynnstay Premier Energy buckets. On the night we raised £7,340.00, which has been split between the two cancer charities.

be a BBQ and a chance to look at sheep from the Crogham and Cavick Flocks plus a walk round Shaun Simmons’s Flock (TBC) Next will be the first Regional Show at Rutland County on Sunday 2nd June. They have added some new classes for us and entries have to be in by 13th May. We are also holding a picnic after the classes with all exhibitors bringing a savoury and sweet dish to share. We are hoping to encourage members who have not shown before to come along and join in. The next social event is the BBQ after the show classes at Lincoln Show. This is a relaxed informal event giving everybody the chance to have a drink and enjoy a BBQ. If you are at Lincoln Show come and join us. Ask any of the exhibitors where we are holding the BBQ. Finally in August we have the Region’s BBQ hosted by Jamie and Sue Wild and the Redhill Charollais. We are hoping that the local Texel and Suffolk breeders will join us for this event. We have organised a trimming demonstration; all welcome - see Page 6 for details.

North Sheep - June 5th June We look forward to seeing you all on the stand at North Sheep, which will be manned by Jonathan Barber. Members are very welcome to help on the stand for a hour or so. WET WET WET! After such a wonderful start to the year, lambing has been great managing to get ewes and lambs out straight away. Have we ever had such an incredible start to the year? Now of course it’s pay back time, waterlogged fields, trees The East of England Region have down, you name it we have it all. several events planned over the summer months and we hope to In late February we held a have a good level of support at meeting presented by Sam Boon them. from Signet, the main idea of the meeting was to update members The first event is the Region’s on the recent changes that Signet AGM which is to be hosted by have made and how they reach Jonathan and Carroll Barber at the final figures. The meeting was the Society offices in Norfolk. held at The Bellmans Cross, This is to be held on Monday 6th May. As well as the AGM there will Shatterford. Where we had a beautiful meal! 10 - CHAROLLAIS TIMES APRIL 2019



Brettles Lambs On the same evening we were invited to view the lambs at the home of the Brettles flock. Many thanks to Mark & Margie for all of their help in organising the Will Price evening.

WELSH REGION Llongyfarchiadau ! Its not just the pitter patter of tiny hooves at the Welsh region this year! We would all like to wish a big “Llongyfarchiadau” to Carwyn & Angharad Evans, Brynmelyn Flock on the birth of Ynyr John Gareth in February. He will be helping Carwyn with the showing in no time! Huge Congratulations to Emyr & Steph of Bronwydd Flock in Pembrokeshire on the arrival of the lovely Eleri Laura. So very excited to be able to meet her soon around the show and sales. Best Wishes Regional best wishes go out to David Curran after a period of being unwell. Hoping you find strength everyday and will soon be back to doing all the things you love. Speedy Recovery. AGM and Flock Visit Flock Visit and AGM are to take at Gethin Davies’ Moelfryn Flock on Sunday 14th April at 11am. Meeting and lunch to follow. Please advise Sioned of your attendance by the 7th April. Shows We have several shows within our region ranging from one day to three day extravaganzas! Shows are always looking for more entries and it will help ensure the survival of dedicated Charollais

REGIONAL NEWS classes. A Trimming day / demo is in the works and we will update you as the date becomes available – keep your eyes peeled on Facebook. Some show classes are eligible for show points with a Cup being awarded at the Regional AGM. North, Mid and South Wales have their own points accumulation and is a perfect window for your livestock and a great way to get to know each other. Here is a reminder of the eligible shows within our region – NORTH - Anglesey, Flint & Denbigh, Cerrigydrudion, Eglwysbach & RWAS MID - Aberystwyth, Talybont, Llanfaircaereinion & RWAS SOUTH - Monmouth, Pembroke, Brecon, Cothi Bridge & RWAS

SOUTH WEST REGION Thankfully this winter has been a kind one in the South West with much higher than average temperatures and longer spells of dry weather. Early lambing flocks have reported excellent lamb growth and vigour and thankfully the exceptionally hot summer did not seem to effect lambing percentages too heavily. We hope the later lambing flocks have similar results.

Looking towards the spring and summer months, on Saturday 20th April we will be having our AGM at Patrick and Bridget Tully’s Bincombe Flock, Bridgwater. Robert Gregory will also be in attendance carrying out a judges panel workshop.

NSA The NSA Welsh Sheep Event is in North Wales this year, with the event being held at the majestic Glynllifon Estate, in Caernarfon on Tuesday 21st May.

They run a 600 closed commercial Lleyn flock alongside a 40 purebred continental flock. These are crossed with various High Index Terminal Sires (including Charollais) to produce replacement rams and butchers lambs, off a grass and forage based system. Come and enjoy the day and get involved in everything, from the seminars to parking, the farm walks and the competitions. We’ll see you there. Sioned Pritchard

I just want to thank Mike & Melanie on behalf of everyone in attendance for a fantastic event and I truly believe that everyone will now go away and impart this knowledge into their own flocks. Watch-out for the red spray can!!!!

Unfortunately, our annual skittles match was postponed due to the Suffolk Society having the majority of its members lambing in February. Let us hope that it will return next year.

Please don’t forget to tag the region in your photos so we can share in your celebrations!

Coleg Meirion Dwyfor-Glynllifon is a 400 acre College Farm with 300 acres of woodland and consists of 200 crossbred dairy cows, 50 suckler beef herd (Stabilisers and Welsh Black) that have been outwintered on kale since 2014.

demonstrate how Charollais sired lambs are excelling against other breeds with the use of multiple sectioned carcases.

On Sunday 24th February, a large group of members from the East of England, North of England and the South West Region gathered at Stillman’s Abattoir, Taunton by kind Invitation of Mike & Melanie Alford. Mike explained to members the importance of Charollais as a terminal sire and that conformation is the key to Charollais providing excellent market leading prime lambs. Mike’s knowledge was indisputable, and I truly believe everyone learnt how important a good wide top-line is and that we must not, as a breed, lose this quality. After multiple questions and members being able to handle live lambs and use the Carcase Classification system (EUROP 1,2,3,4,5) to grade them, Mike used this system to

Devon County Show is 16 – 18 May, Royal Bath and West Show is 29 May – 01 June and Royal Cornwall Show is 06 – 08 June. Royal Cornwall Show will be our feature show in the South West this year so it would be nice to see as many of you in attendance as possible under the watchful eye of judge, Will Price. We also have a new showing time of 11:00 and a plaque for the Overall Breed Champion. NSA Sheep South West is Tuesday 18th June at Southcott, Burrington, Umberleigh by kind permission of Bryan and Liz Griffiths. Jonathan Barber will be joined by Emma Mellen (Promotions Officer) with a selection of sheep from the Welsh Hill Farm Ram Project to try and promote Charollais as the Terminal Sire and it would nice to see members in attendance supporting the breed. Amelia Watts



REGIONAL NEW MEMBERS REPORTS We are pleased to welcome the following new members to the Society. We hope that it will not be too long before you have the opportunity to meet other members at a Society event. Please do contact the Society’s office or your Regional Chairman if there is any aspect of breeding Charollais that you would like to discuss. For some members this may be their first experience with pedigree sheep, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. The Charollais Society prides itself on the friendly attitude of it’s members and a lack of elitism; so, however small or large your flock, please take an active part. If we all work together the Charollais breed will continue it’s rise in popularity amongst lamb producers.

SCOTLAND REGION 2 VFU Messrs N, R & S Henderson Whitehouse Farm Cottage, Touch, Stirling FK8 3AD VFY Messrs W & C Stewart Cala An-Cala, Gills, Wick, Caithness KW1 4YB

VFP Chiltern Miss Emily K South Manor Farm, Fencott, Chidlington, Oxford OX5 2RP VFW Eynon Mr J J Dale Huntley Court, Preston On Wye, Hereford NR2 9JT

VGA Mr Simon Turkington Ivy Bank WALES REGION 6 Satchells Farm, Lilliesleaf, Melrose TD6 9JU Mr James Amphlett Tawelfa, Pytingwyn Farm, Brecon Powys VGC Anbro Mr Tom Quinn LD3 9TS Elmbank Farm, 9 Hume Hall Holdings, Duns TD10 6UW Bryn Eglwys VFX R & K Williams Dyffrynglyncul, Twywn, Gwynedd LL36 NORTH OF ENGLAND 9HS REGION 3 VFL Alpha Miss Evie Peel Ghyll Seed Farm, Knotts Lane, Tosside, S. W. ENGLAND REGION 7 Skipton, N. Yorkshire BD23 4SJ VFM Coombe Mr M Hayman Charollais & Miss A Dart VFR Greyrigg Mr Caleb Todhunter Higher Coombe Farm Partnership, Higher Greyrigg House, Thornby, Wigton Coombe Farm, Bradninch, Exeter EX5 4NA CA7 0HG NORTHERN IRELAND REGION 8 EAST OF ENGLAND Mr Ryan Gormley REGION 4 VFS Lisbunny VFK Vexour Mr Jan Boomaars 48 Lisbunny Road, Claudy, Derry BT47 4JF Heathdown, The Ridge, Woldingham, Surrey CR3 7AL Iskeymeadow VFV Mr R Powell 197 Keady Road, Armagh, Co. Armagh Alder Carr VFT Mr A M J Blackwell BT60 3AG The Park, Yeaveley, Derbyshire DE6 2DT Owenskerry VGD Mrs L & Mr B Cowan Messrs C & H Hayward Westwood VFZ 17 Owenskerry Lane, Fivemiletown, Co. Westwood Farm, Ollerton Road, Tuxford, Tyrone BT75 0SP Newark NG22 0PF Brickhouse YGB Mr Tony Boddy Myevac, 21 Brickhouses, Chisworth, Derbyshire SK13 5RU CENTRAL ENGLAND REGION 5 VFJ Blount Mr Sam Clark September Cottage, Stert Road, Kingston Blount, Chinnor, Oxfordshire OX39 4SA 12 - CHAROLLAIS TIMES APRIL 2019

OVERSEAS REGION 9 Dutch Mr J Diepeveen Krommeweg 17, Elspeet, 8075AZ, Netherlands