A Champion of Champions Charolais dispersal sale

Edenhurst Cattle with Peter Vasey.
Edenhurst Cattle with Peter Vasey.

The complete dispersal by Harrison and Hetherington of one of the UK’s leading Charolais herds, Edenhurst is being hailed as one of the foremost Charolais sales for many years.

One of the major strengths of Peter and Vanessa Vasey’s Edenhurst herd from Holme House, Wetheral in Carlisle, is the fantastic female lines, and, as such the sale is expected to create both UK and international interest.

It will take place at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Auction Mart on Saturday 3rd October 2015.

Being offered for sale are in the region of 150 head of cattle with some of the finest bloodlines in the country and all with a high health status. This includes bulls, cows with calves at foot, in-calf cows, heifers and calves.

Commenting, Scott Donaldson sales director for Harrison and Hetherington, said: “Edenhurst is a renowned Charolais herd which has achieved numerous successes and it has been very prominent at both Carlisle and Stirling Society Charolais Bull sales. Without a doubt this is a highly anticipated sale of prestigious cattle and we are delighted to have the privilege and opportunity to support Peter and Vanessa.”

This herd has enjoyed great success at many interbreed championships at both county and local shows including shows and sales. Accolades achieved at Perth Bull Sales have included Supreme Champion and three Junior Championships also. Peter has bred Supreme Champion at the Scottish National Show and Reserve Supreme Champion at RHAS International Convention. Closer to home championships have been awarded for Christmas Cracker and May sale, as well as Champion Female at Borderway Carlisle.

The final and only showing this year was on their doorstep at the Cumberland Show, where current stock bull, Sandleford Harrison was awarded Breed Champion, Interbreed Champion and Champion of Champions.

Having had an Angus herd previously Peter and Vanessa, have been involved with pedigree cattle for the past fifty years. They started using Charolais bulls in the early 1970s. Their first pedigree females were purchased a few years later, gradually increasing to between 50 and 60.

On announcing details of the sale Peter a former Chairman and President of The British Charolais Cattle Society said: “This very difficult life changing decision required much heart searching before finally deciding to disperse our entire Charolais herd. We have had tremendous support over the years and it has been an absolute pleasure to have been involved with The society. ”

Charolais was the first of the European Continental beef breeds to be imported into the United Kingdom, with the first Charolais bulls being imported into artificial insemination centres in 1961.

Chief executive, David Benson of The British Charolais Cattle Society gives further some background: “Edenhurst is a long established herd and without a doubt the cattle are some of the finest bloodlines currently available in the UK. We anticipate that there will be a high demand from both established and aspiring Charolais breeders.”

Harrison & Hetherington are the appointed auctioneers for all major beef, dairy and sheep breed societies throughout the UK. The farmstock business is well known and respected by pedigree/commercial farmers nationwide and in specialist fields worldwide. Borderway is the UK’s largest and leading livestock sale centre, handling 800,000 head of cattle and sheep annually and providing a service to sellers/buyers from all geographic locations, including Europe.

The full catalogue is available to download from the Harrison and Hetherington website www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk.