News 2019

WORLD CHAROLAIS TECHNICAL CONGRESS FARM WALKS

As part of this year’s World Charolais Technical Congress, there will be two Farm walks open to all Charolais members. Both promise to be wonderful event’s.

Skidoo Charolais Herd – Monday the 5th August at 4 pm – Eircode A41fw54

The Skidoo Charolais herd needs no introduction, as it is one of the oldest and largest Charolais herds in Ireland. Established in 1966 by Omer Van Landeghem, Skidoo is located in Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin, a mere 10 minutes from Dublin Airport. In 1995 Skidoo farm and herd was purchased by local businessman and farmer, Pat McDonagh.

Sires like Shamrock Ambassador, Flambeau, Emperor, Uranus and Commander were many of the iconic bulls Skidoo introduced to Ireland. In the early year’s, Skidoo was always prominent in winning rosettes at the RDS with prominent sire lines, such as Skidoo Champion and Skidoo Pacha.

Today the herd consists of 100 pure bred registered Charolais cows, which are run in conjunction with 160 commercial cows. All pedigree cows are bred to AI, with 50% calving in the Autumn and 50% in the Spring. Skidoo Charolais were always renowned for milk, and as this is a large Pedigree herd, it is paramount that every cow is able to rear her own calf.

Farm Manager Donal Callery insists the breeding policy is simple, we breed what the market requires. At this time we are trying to breed Cattle that are easy calving, fertile, mature early, posses sound feet and legs, and at the same time, try to maintain milk within our females. If a cow is not achieving the above, she is culled.

Grassland management is key on this farm, as Skidoo have a long grazing season of 10 months. To make the most of this grazing season they have a paddock grazing system in place. Grass is grown in 3 weeks and grazed in 3 days. Donal admits farmers flock to the farm to purchase animals that are grass fed and not pushed with concentrate’s. Skidoo offers a bit of everything, it is as fine a farm as you are likely to see anywhere on the island and promises not to disappoint.

Farm Manager Donal Callery with a group of Norwegian Charolais breeders at Skidoo in 2015

Bostonia Charolais Herd – Saturday the 10th August at 12 pm – Eircode F26F5N2

Scurmore Pedigree’s was established in 2013, when Brendan and Gregory Feeney set up the Bostonia Pedigree Charolais herd. The 250 acre grass based farm comprises of 120 commercial cows, 20 pedigree cows and 30 embryo calves each year. The success of the herd began when Bostonia Indigo and Bostonia Invincible III were awarded Junior Champion and Reserve Senior Champion, respectively, at the Christmas Cracker in 2014.  This was followed by a number of successful show seasons throughout the Country for the herd, before Bostonia Joy was awarded the Senior Female Champion at the Christmas Cracker in 2016.

In 2018, the UK bred, Drumshane Mademoiselle was awarded the Overall Charolais Champion in Balmoral and Overall Charolais Champion at the National Charolais Show in Tullamore, an incredible achievement that few have conquered. She was accompanied all year by the outstanding Bessiebelles Millie. Both will be on display on Saturday the 10th August.

The herd’s aim is to breed females which are functional, efficient and fertile, while concentrating on easy calving and milk traits. Pedigree bulls are bred for domestic and international markets and must be functional, fruitful and have longevity. This is achieved by using top blood lines, through artificial insemination. Overlooking the beautiful western coastline, Scurmore is a picturesque farm on the dullest of days.

Bostonia Pedigree Charolais Herd

Job Vacancy with the Irish Charolais Cattle Society

Role: Office Administrator

Job Type: Contract / Maternity Cover

Duration: Maternity Leave (10-12 Month contract, may be extended slightly)

Salary: (DOE)

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-5.30pm

We are looking for a strong Administrator with excellent attention to detail to work in our very busy Office, which has a fast pace environment. This role has real variety.

The Role:

  • Undertake a number of key administration tasks in a timely manner.
  • Deal with daily telephone calls/queries.
  • Processing registrations.
  • Deal with all emails on a daily basis.
  • Produce reports and update the database.
  • Produce sales catalogues.
  • Process orders for customers.
  • General administration duties including typing, filing, reporting, posting, photocopying, scanning and other ad hoc duties as and when required.
  • Required to help accounts department when/if it may be necessary.
  • Any other relevant duties as may be required.

 

Requirements:

  • Must be highly organised with strong attention to detail essential and be self-motivated.
  • Strong administration background essential.
  • Must have excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under strict deadlines.
  • Excellent MS Office skills, proficient in Excel and Word.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be fluent in English, both written and oral.

 

Apply to: If you have the relevant experience/qualifications and wish to apply for this role, please forward your CV and Cover Letter to irishcharolaisjobs@gmail.com

Closing date for applications is 5 pm on Friday the 14th June.

Charolais International Youth Development Programme Qualifiers – Results

For the second year in a row, two young Irish Charolais enthusiasts will represent Ireland at the Charolais International YDP Conference in Canada. Once again, the costs of the two trips are covered by the Irish Charolais Cattle Society and Charolais International. The competition to decide who would represent Ireland was held last Saturday in Tullamore Mart, Co. Offaly, following the Society Show and Sale. The competition involved stock judging, guess the weight and a questionnaire on their knowledge of the Charolais Breed. Securing the first spot was young Sarah Armstrong from Cornafean in County Cavan.

Sarah Armstrong 

In second place and joining Sarah will be Cathal Gormley from Elphin in County Roscommon.

Cathal Gormley 

Both young participants are heavily involved in the Irish Charolais Youth Development Programme and were delighted to except their prize of a week long trip to Canada, where they will meet and integrate with young Charolais breeders from all over the World. As part of their trip they will visit some of Canada’s most famous tourist attractions, visit a number of pedigree and commercial Charolais herds, and of course take part in the Canadian Charolais Youth Conference. The Society would like to thank everyone who took part and congratulate the two winners on a tremendous achievement.