News 2017

Upcoming Cork/Kerry Charolais Club Meeting

Cork & Kerry Charolais Club Meeting – Thursday, October 19th, The Castle Hotel, Macroom @ 8 pm 
Speakers and topics will include:
  • Rosealish Goulding, Manager, NCBC – Charolais Sires available from NCBC
  • Pat Donnellan, ICBF – WHPR, The Maternal Gene Ireland Programme, BDGP etc
  • Nevan Mc Kiernan, Secretary, Charolais Society – Update from the Charolais Society

A draw will also take place for straws of some top AI Charolais bulls followed by Tea / Coffee

Everyone is welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you on the night…

Charolais Cross Heifer raises over €4,500 for Irish Cancer Society at Ploughing Championships

Charolais Cross Heifer who raised over €4,500 for the Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Charolais Cattle Society stand at this year’s Ploughing Championships attracted massive crowds throughout the three days. Two of the main attractions on the stand was the launch of the annual Charolais yearbook and the raffle for the well bred Commercial Charolais Heifer donated by the ICCS. The heifer was bred by Alan Wood from Crossmolina, Co. Mayo and is sired by the Dovea AI sire, KZM. She raised just over €4,500 for the Irish Cancer Society. The purchaser of the winning ticket was young Lisa Moloney from County Cork, who we wish the very best of luck with her new Charolais heifer.

National Charolais Show Champion, Sagesse Martha ET who was on display at the Ploughing

The pedigree cattle on the stand consisted of the Champions and prize winners from the National Charolais Show in Tullamore, including the Overall Champion, Sagesse Martha ET. Herds that represented the breed were, Goldstar, Sagesse, Sheehills, Knockmoyle, Crossane4, Ballydavis, Brocca, Drumcullen and Lisnagre. The commercial Charolais cattle on the stand came from two well known Charolais suckler farmers, Christy Comerford and Alan Wood. Two Charolais Cross heifers shown throughout the summer by Shane Giltinane and Owen O’ Neill where also on display. Both have picked up numerous red rosettes and championships throughout their showing career. Council members were active on the stand throughout the week, with President, Kevin Maguire and Secretary, Nevan Mc Kiernan present on the three days to meet with all those passing through. A big thank you must go to all those who exhibited cattle on the stand and assisted throughout the three days.

Charolais making remarkable Genetic Improvements according to latest ICBF evaluations

How do we measure progress, one of the answers definitely must be achieving our objectives. The recent evaluations released by ICBF show that the Charolais breed in Ireland are achieving rapid genetic improvements in their Replacement traits over the past number of years. The genetic trend graphs below also show that Charolais cattle in Ireland are driving ahead for traits such as ‘Carcass Weight’ and ‘Carcass Conformation’. To improve on Terminal traits, Replacement traits and at the same time produce easy calving cattle, is not such an easy task. It is for this reason that it is inspiring to see that the recent evaluations clearly show that the Charolais breed in Ireland is consistently improving on Calving Ease, Carcass Confirmation, Carcass Weight, Milk and Fertility, all at the same time.

Graph 1 – Genetic trends for the Terminal and Replacement Index in Pedigree Charolais Cattle

The genetic trend for the ‘Terminal Index’ in pedigree Charolais cattle in Graph 1 reflects the outstanding progress that Irish Charolais breeders have been making in breeding generations of Pedigree cattle that are far better for terminal traits than their predecessors. However, the remarkable improvements that must be noted from this graph is in the Replacement Index over recent years, in traits such as Milk and Fertility.

Graph 2 – Genetic trend for the Milk Index in Pedigree Charolais Cattle

As can be seen in Graph 2, the ‘Milk Index’ in pedigree Charolais cattle has been improving gradually over the past few years.

Graph 3 – Genetic trend for the Calving Interval Index in Pedigree Charolais Cattle

A lower figure is desired for ‘Calving Interval’, which according to Graph 3 indicates that fertility is consistently improving in the pedigree Charolais population.

Graph 4 – Genetic trend for Carcass Weight in Pedigree Charolais Cattle

Graph 5 – Genetic trend for Carcass Confirmation in Pedigree Charolais Cattle

Graphs 4 and 5 clearly highlight the rapid gains made by Charolais breeders in Ireland with regards Carcass Weight and Carcass Confirmation. However, the key item to note from these improvements is the fact that they are being achieved in conjunction with Calving Ease. The Charolais breed average for Calving Difficulty continues to come down, reducing from 7.55% in 2014 to 7.15% at which it currently stands.