Despite foot-and-mouth movement restrictions, Welsh pedigree Charolais breeder John Evans has secured a private deal selling his 20-month-old Charolais bull, Lowerffrydd Benhurr, for £15,000 to suckled calf producer, Andrew Powell, of Knighton, Powys.

Benhurr is within the breed’s top 1% with a Beef Value of CH35 and is by Doonally New and out of Lowerffrydd Penny, a Moyness Lincoln daughter and claimed to be the top breeding female in his six-cow herd.

He will eventually run among Andrew Powell’s 140-cow suckler herd, noted for producing strings of quality calves including two Smithfield champion heifers and countless prize-winning commercial cattle on the national and regional show circuit. “After a 20-year absence, we decided to reintroduce Charolais to the herd to improve calf growth rates, in particular the heifers,” he explains.

“We’d been searching for a bull for some time when we initially spotted Benhurr on the breed society’s stand at the Welsh Winter Fair. This bull has shape, style and cleanliness and he comes backed up with a very high Beef Value. We are confident that he will prove to be a good investment.”

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