Charollais breeders confident
Published 21/09/2010 | 05:00
At the height of the sheep breeding season, Charollais breeders are heading to the Ploughing with a renewed confidence in the sheep sector.
The general buoyancy has seen discerning lamb producers opt in greater numbers for the sire of easily fed, fast-growing, lean and well conformed lambs, according to Andrew Duncan of the Charollais Society.
"On hill ground where conditions mean sale of store lambs is key, these are keenly sought after by finishers," he said.
"This year in particular, when female replacement costs are high and increased numbers of high value ewe lambs are on hand, farmers are using Charollais rams to breed these in their first year."
The small head, wedge shape and light bone make for easier lambing, resulting in hardy lambs from the start, leaving unstressed mothers able to feed with minimal intervention from the farmer, he maintained.
Visitors to the Charollais stand will be in with a chance to win a fine premier sale-sourced hogget ram. Breeders will also be on hand to discuss with lamb producers the Charollais as terminal sire.
The range of stock on display will include commercial, crossbred lambs as well as pedigree animals.