Top Charolais line-up for MINSUPS final

Charolais Club Secretary Ann Orr with Harrison Boyd, Clogher Valley Show, Will Short, Charoial Club chairman, and Tmmy McKenna, of MINSUPS sponsors of the NI Championships to be held at Clogher Valley Show.

Charolais Club Secretary Ann Orr with Harrison Boyd, Clogher Valley Show, Will Short, Charoial Club chairman, and Tmmy McKenna, of MINSUPS sponsors of the NI Championships to be held at Clogher Valley Show.

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Fifty Charolais cattle have qualified for the final of the MINSUPS Championship.

The Northern Ireland Charolais Club launched the MINSUPS Charolais Championship (NI) at Balmoral show, with Apryl Biddle, managing director, travelling from head office to attend the show.

This is one of the most prestigious pedigree beef championships in Northern Ireland with a range of six qualifying classes at eight local shows for male and female Charolais cattle.

Charolais cattle awarded first and second place in the set age groups of males and females exhibited at provincial shows are selected as qualifiers for the MINSUPS Charolais Grand Final at Clogher Valley Show on Wednesday 29th July.

Cattle participating are males born after 1st April 2014 and females born after 1st January 2014.

The Charolais Club thank the management committees of the qualifying shows for their support and assistance in co-coordinating the championship.

Spectators and visitors from across the province and much further afield have the opportunity to view a wonderful line-up of the excellent quality Charolais cattle. The championship is firmly established in its 10th year creating great interest for visitors attending the popular Clogher Valley Show.

A spectacle like this gives not only the breeders but the butcher and the consumer something to watch, proving that the Charolais breed has a lot to offer, not least enhancing the pedigree lineage of herds but bringing a higher return at local and UK markets.

Suckler farmers who choose to use a good Charolais stock bull will produce faster growing commercial beef sought after by our local Northern Ireland butchers.

Charolais bred crosses are consistently commanding premium prices because of their more efficient growth and their ability to finish faster than other breeds and to heavier weights.

The Charolais Club thank MINSUPS managing director for attending Balmoral for the launch, the local representatives Tommy McKenna, Carol Mooney and John Steen, for assisting with the qualifiers at local shows.

A champion and a reserve champion will be chosen from each of the six qualifying classes resulting in a final line up for the cameras of six top quality Charolais champions and reserve champions.

Ms Apryl Biddle, anaging director, is travelling over from Winsford, Cheshire, to attend the Grand Final and the local MINSUPS representatives will be on their stand to give advice and display the MINSUPS product range to breeders.

For further details contact the NI Charolais Club chairman Will Short on 07968 085777 or secretary; Mrs Ann Orr, Women in Agriculture Ltd; Telephone; 028 6634 2996 or Email: annorr@btconnect.com.