Jarleth Treacy and his wife Charlene from Claretuam, Tuam, Co. Galway received the 2016 RDS Charolais Champion of champions award for 2016.  Their small Charolais herd CLAREGAL was set up by Jarleth’s dad back in 1997 with the purchase of an Irish bred female Louisburgh Lucy who went on to breed a calf every year until 2004 when she was sold and she kept breeding for the new owner until 2009.

Today there are eight cows in the herd, all except one are home bred and it is an Autumn calving herd.

The heifer receiving the award is CLAREGAL JODI who won the Senior Female Calf Championship at the 2015 National Charolais Show. The highest award which a young female can receive in the Charolais world.   She was shown at numerous local shows during the summer months and received the championship rosette on many occasions. She attracted huge attention as part of the Society’s exhibition at the Ploughing Championships.  In addition, she has the top 5-star Maternal rating on the ICBF index.   She is by the top French bull “Major”.

Her dam Claregal Ellie, born December 2009 is by Gin & Tonic and has had a calf every year since 2012 between the months of September and October.    She is back in calf once again to Major.

Unfortunately, Jarleth’s dad also called Jarleth died unexpectly and to the great shock of many, a number of years ago.

Jarleth a very young man at the time took over and along with his wife Charlene has made a great success of the Claregal pedigree Charolais herd.

They welcomed their first baby into the world just before Christmas and he too is called Jarleth.

Matt Dempsy, RDS President presents the Charolais Champion of Champions trophy to Jarleth Treacy, Claretuam, Tuam, Co. Galway. Also in the pic is Jarleth’s wife Charlene and baby son with Tom Kirby, Chairman RDS Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee.