Friday 5 February 2016

Spring / Summer 2014

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.