Saturday, 6 February 2016

6th February 2016

A day to be remembered - Not only did our shearling ewe Naomi take the championship as mentioned yesterday, but our junior stock ram Rhaeadr Nock XXK 00879 (bought the previous year at Worcs. Premier sale for 4400gns from Myrfa Evans ) took the male championship & reserve overall to crown an exceptional day.
Pictured with me is eldest son Stephen & both our wives in the background.

Moving forward to our last show of the season at Kilnsey up above Skipton, at the end of August, what should happen but Naomi had scald & so was left at home.
This is one of the best one day shows in the north of England with fourteen different sheep breeds exhibited including some of the best North of England Mules seen.The show draws large crowds and competition is intense and it all takes place in the shadow of Kilnsey Cragg, a beautiful setting for any show. Crag races and harness racing are also a feature of this popular show. 

So here we are six weeks after the Great Yorkshire Show & Rhaeadr Nock takes the Interbreed Sheep Championship at Kilnsey (Here pictured with the Cragg in the background) where more often than not it is won by one of the hill breeds What an honour !

Friday, 5 February 2016

5th February 2016

Before we launch into the happenings of 2015 lets just have a quick recap of the events of 2014.
Spring lamb trade was good for those that weren`t needed as flock replacements or to sell as ram lambs; whereas cull ewes took a step back. Nevertheless going back to the maxim that we adopted when first breeding Charollais  -  If you produce a quality product it will always have a market  - we are always able to sell at the better end of the market.
Forage was again an issue and after missing our early slot of weather for silage making by two weeks due to the rain we finished up filling the clamp plus a large number of big bales, all very dry and smelling good, sadly lacking in feed value. This was helped to some extent by the fact that we made a smaller number of second cut haylage bales of first rate quality later in the season.

13ZVY 00661 Lowerye Neils Favourite
     Photo of Favourite taken at Ryedale Show 2014 exhibiting the shape that we bought him for.           His first lambs were on the ground in March 2015 - but more of him in our 2015 report.

Foulrice Naomi 13DG 03523

Having resisted an offer to sell Naomi (pictured above) in early spring of 2014 she went on to be Champion Charollais at the Great Yorkshire Show and Res. Champion Terminal Sire Breed. She then followed it up with Champion Charollais & Interbreed Champion at both Driffield & Ryedale Shows.Incidentally Naomi is a daughter of one of our other top rated stock tups Dalby Mount Aloe PE01524 & her dam a previous female champion at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Overdue Update

For those of you who have waited patiently for this site to come out of hibernation here we are 20th february 2014 & finally made it. Since my last post obviously lots has happened some good & some not so good. Our shearling ewe 11DG01238 was res.Ch. female at the Great Yorkshire Show 2012 & went on to win three further breed champions at Driffield,Ryedale & Kilnsey. We also won the Charollais Ripley trophy for group of three at the G.Y.S.
Added to this we won the Yorkshire & Cleveland area flock competition for 2012 & went on to win the North of England Regional flock competition, with our home bred stock ram Foulrice Lightening 11DG01588 (sired by Castellau Krypton as is our show gimmer) being Champion stock ram.
Our notable purchase of the year was Dalby Mount Aloe 12PE01524 at 2000gns from Charles & Helen Sercombe at Worcs Premier sale - a very correct well fleshed ram with figures to match,& contrary to some previous experience his index has risen with use, & now stands at 447, putting him as the seventh top recorded stock sire.The reason for noting this is that he is producing the progeny to match - see below.
For us the summer of 2012 was one of the wettest in recent years which washed everything out & resulted in some of the poorest silage made for years - copious quantity but abysmal quality (still had 50 bales left for this winter 2013/2014 which our cattle are very reluctantly eating). The year finished off with a good dose of SBV which took 25% of our lamb crop after a moderate scan as well.
However as they say every cloud has a silver lining with some of the evidence pictured below.

Foulrice Nuria 13DG03368

Nuria one of the best tup lambs that we have bred for some years caught the eye of Eddie Buckley & others at Worcs. Premier sale 2013 subsequently selling at 5200gns making him top priced ram lamb at the sale. In total three Dalby Mount Aloe sons averaged 3000gns - the other two selling to Arwel Owen for the Banwy flock & to Jamie Wilde for the Redhill flock. Also a strong Foulrice Lightening son sold to Messrs Meyrick for the Bould flock in the Cotswolds. 

 Rhaeadr Nock 13XXK00879

Rhaeadr Nock was the pick of Myrfa Evans pen at Worcs. Premier 2013 & this run of ram lambs came into the ring before our run so we finished up investing 4000gns in Nock before ours came into the ring, which also turned out to be the second top price of the sale. He has produced some good lambs so look out for them this season. His fleece has been removed & he continues to impress!
We also took a fancy to Neil Oughton`s ram lamb Lowerye Neil`s Favourite 13ZVY00661 for his tremendous fleshing,& though our lambs from him will be March born we feel that he will make a positive contribution to the Foulrice flock as with his fleece removed he is not dissimilar to Ash Charollais Filibuster. Look out for his progeny as well!
Our 2013 show season was reasonably successful with our now 2shear ewe 11DG01238 taking Champion & Interbreed Champion at Driffield show for the second year running & repeating this success at Ryedale show. At Kilnsey show she had to make do with res. ch. as Champion went to her half brother Foulrice Lightening 11DG01588 who went on to win res.interbreed champion.
Now we need to get busy with the camera & produce some more pictures to bring you all up to date. It`s mid February & everything is, in spite of being wet, very green I guess that there`s time for some hard weather yet !!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

June 2012 Update

Time has moved on rapidly  from the start of the year.March lambing was accompanied by fine warm weather. With much talk of drought the weather changed & nature began to redress the balance.

However,regardless of the weather,sheep are looking well & grass has grown in a way that we have not seen for the last two or three years.

   One last note from 2011 is a picture above from the Skipton Female Sale.Our 1st prize shearling ewe & reserve overall Champion DG0291 a Ballynoe House Isaac daughter,whose dam was sired by Ash Charollais Filibuster.

Moving forward into this year our stock ram Langstone K2 QU0067 (pictured above) is beginning to prove himself by siring some of our top performing lambs.K2 was purchased as a lamb at Builth 2 in 2010 for 1000gns from Nick & Mimi Hart.

Foulrice Lightening 11DG01588 our prize winning home bred ram lamb (son of Castellau Krypton) was used to serve 25 ewe lambs last October & has replicated himself remarkably well his best ram lamb a twin off a ewe lamb born on 9th March weighed in last week at 44kgs.

More to come this coming week as we prepare our shearling rams & ram lambs for Worcs. Premier on the 30th June

Tuesday, 3 January 2012


Since I last posted a whole lambing time has come and gone, so we now have lots of lambs on the ground. The weather has been very much kinder to us than it was a year ago with only one morning when a couple of taps needed thawing out.
Today I would like to show you photos of some of our stock rams that are being successfully used at Foulrice.
Edstaston Headmaster TG7014, purchased as a lamb at Worcs. Premier from Robert & Jeannette Gregory. At five years of age he is as correct as the day we bought him & he consistently sires some of our best shearling rams including our pen leader at Builth II 2011 sold to Ieuan & Evlin Lloyd for 2300gns.

Ballynoe House Isaac YCR 8029, purchased as a lamb from Ian Craig at Dungannon. As a shearling he stood second in a large class at the Royal Welsh Show. A very tight skinned ram, he sired the top price all breeds ram at Builth I 2010 sold for 2000gns to Paul & David Curran, plus another shearling ram at Worcs. 2011 sold to Herbie & Alan Kennedy at 2100gns. He was also sire of the first prize shearling ewe at the 2011 Skipton female sale.

Wernfawr Jim XEV 9061, purchased in 2009 at Builth I from Paul & David Curran where he was the pre-sale champion. A big powerful ram in excess of 150kgs he has not only been shown successfully finishing the 2011 season as champion stock ram in the Yorkshire area, but also sired our best ram lamb at Worcs. 2011 selling at 4200gns to Arwel Owen & Partners as well as producing the first prize ewe lamb at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Rainbow Komodo Dragon XPU 0079, purchased as a lamb at Worcs. Premier 2010 for 1400gns from Andrew & Jan Walton. A high indexed ram with excellent fleshing whose first crop of lambs produced a strong ram lamb at Worcs. 2011 selling at 1300gns to Colin Bowen for his Hendy flock.

More pictures & news will follow shortly as I update you on our flock management.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Yorkshire Charollais Flock Competition

Latest news from Foulrice Charollais is that we have enjoyed success in the Yorkshire area flock competition as follows:-
  • Large flock ewes 1st prize
  • Large flock ewe lambs 1st prize
  • Stock ram with progeny on the ground 1st prize  -  Wernfawr Jim, XEV 9061
  • Home bred ram lamb - 1st prize - Foulrice Lightening 11DG01588 - this is our top March born ram lamb being born & reared as a twin off a ewe lamb. At 22 weeks he weighed 73kgs & scanned with a 34.7mm eye muscle, coming in with an index of 355, putting him in the top 10%. He has a certain amount of style & a really good tight skin, consequently we have used him & he has served 25 ewe lambs.

All of this culminated in us being awarded Champion Flock with which we are highly delighted.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

2011 - Watch this Space


We've just moved our website so that we can easily update it!!!

We will be updating with what's happened recently and going forward with more photos and information.