16 March 2001

Charolais bulls in promotion scheme

TWO Charolais bulls, one that sold for 7000gns at last Octobers Perth sale and a son of the 16,000gns cow Mowbraypark Gigi, are the two latest sires to be selected for the Meat and Livestock Commissions young bull promotion scheme.

Both bulls have a beef value in the top 1% of the breed. Harviestoun Panorama has a beef value of 38. His 400-day weight rating is +80kg and he has a muscle score 1.3 points above average.

Panorama, bred by Lucy Poett of Dollar, Clackmananshire, is in the breeds top 10% on calving value. He is by Harviestoun Marseille (beef value 38).

Robert Robinson, chairman of the National Beef Association, bought Panorama last October to use in his 1000-strong suckler herd.

The second bull is Mortimers Pierre bred by Hants-based Mortimers Farm. He has a beef value of 35 and is in the top 1% on carcass and growth traits. His 400-day weight rating is +88kg and he has a muscle score 1.1 points above average.

Semen from each bull will be collected as soon as the foot and mouth restrictions are lifted. Five straws of semen from each bull will be available free of charge to a minimum of 20 pedigree herds. Eligible herds must be a member of Signets Beefbreeder scheme. &#42