Gwynedd Charolais breeder the most progressive



Gwynedd Charolais breeder, Gareth Jones has received HCC’s new award for the most progressive Welsh Charolais herd on performance. His 30 cow Esgob herd based at Cwmtirmynach, Bala, demonstrated the most improved Terminal Index, up 38%, of all Charolais breedplan recorded herds in Wales.


HCC’s, Demi Hughes who presented the award said “the Esgob herd had made significant achievements in the terminal performance through careful bull selection on EBV’s and good type.”


The herd has moved up seven TI points to an average TI 25.4 across the herd.  And contributing to the success was Thrunton Virginian, Which Mr Jones secured in Perth two years ago  for 18,000gns as the herds new sire.



Virginian has great shape and character and is consitnet in quality confirmation and ease of calving, said Mr Jones. “His first crop of calves are extremely consistent in conformation and are all within the breed’s top 10% on Terminal Index.


Thrunton Virginian’s success was also reflected in the show ring at the Royal Welsh, lifting the Charolais male and supreme breed champion with Esgob Campbell, a 16-month old Virginain son, who went on to secure the junior interbreed male award.