The Charollais flock was established in 2006 mainly due to the breed’s ability to produce early finishing quality carcass lambs off grass with great length, easy fleshing and fantastic eating quality.
Early foundation females were purchased from the Foulrice, Wraycastle, Lowerye and Southam flocks where we looked to purchase correct, well muscled and fleshed, clean long females from strong family lines.
Although we haven’t shown the Charollais at a high level, we have had some success on the summer show circuit and in the sale ring. In 2007, we sold Foxhillfarm Gemini XWY6013, a ram lamb at the Premier Worcester sale to Messrs Lionel Organ for 3200gns. In the same year we took the reserve championship at Devon County Show with an aged ewe YLK4015.
In 2009 we sold Foxhill Jake XWY9005 for 2000gns at the Worcester Premier Sale to Herbert Kennedy’s Parkgate flock. In the same year we took the top price at the NSA Multibreed Exeter sale of the top price of the day of 750gns for XWY7003.
In October 2009 at the dispersal sale of the Southam flock of Messers Lionel Organ we purchased two females from his top bloodlines for 1100gns and 1600gns. We also purchased his famous stock ram Carthorpe Grand Duke YVY 6032 for 4050gns mainly for his sheer size and power.
2010 saw our first success in the show ring at the Worcester Premier Sale where we won the January ram lamb class and sold to a top of 1000gns to the Skelton Whin flock. In the same year we also sold a ram lamb to the Millhouse flock for 850gns.
2011 saw a greater push towards showing and the three ewe lambs exhibited at Devon County Show didn’t disappoint, coming first to third in their class with the class winner XWY110032 going on to take the reserve female and reserve overall title.
The following year we took showing more seriously at Devon County Show where we won the aged ewe class with XWY9022 and stood third with the ewe lamb and shearling. Our aged ewe then went onto win the female and breed championship, before going forward with our aged ram Bachymbyd Kracker YMH0062 and the ewe to take the top honours in the interbreed pair championship. In the same year we took the breed championship and interbreed at Bath and West with a homebred ewe XWY9022, while Three Counties Show saw us win the aged ewe class and take the female and reserve breed championship.
The flock currently runs at 50 pedigree females with both tups and females being offered for sale at both Society Sales and off farm. The current stock tups used in the flock are Bachymbyd Kracker YMH0062 and Carthorpe Grand Duke YVY 6032 and we are also using semen from Crogham Hannibal.