Pictures: Well-known Charolais herd to be dispersed


Skidoo Charolais to be dispersed due to “a planned change in farming system”

Pictures: Well-known Charolais herd to be dispersed

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Skidoo Charolais to be dispersed due to “a planned change in farming system”

One of Ireland’s largest, oldest and most iconic Charolais herds will be dispersed on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 due to “a planned change in farming system”.

Over 100 lots will go under the hammer including spring-calving cows with calves at foot, autumn-calving cows, in-calve heifers, maiden and weanling heifers.

Laying the foundations

Skidoo Charolais herd – which is located in Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin - was established in 1966 by Omer Van Landeghem. In 1995, Skidoo farm and herd was purchased by local businessman and farmer Pat McDonagh.

The herd introduced lines including Shamrock Ambassador, Flambeau, Emperor, Uranus and Commander to Ireland.

In the early years, the Dublin-based herd experienced immense success, winning rosettes at the RDS, with prominent sire lines, such as Skidoo Champion and Skidoo Pacha.

The herd consists of 100 pedigree registered Charolais cows, which are run in conjunction with 160 commercial cows. All pedigree cows are AI-bred - 50% of which calve in the spring, while the rest are autumn-calving females.

Desirable traits

Farm manager Donal Callery is quick to point out that "as this is a large pedigree herd, it’s always paramount that every cow is able to rear her own calf”.

The breeding policy has always been to breed what the market requires. At this time, Donal explains that for them, this is "easy calving, good fertility, early maturing, good feet and legs, yet maintaining milk within our females".

It must be noted that the policy is simple regarding breeding females "If a cow is not achieving the above, they are culled."

More information

The full sale will take place on the farm in Skidoo (Eircode: A41FW54) on Saturday, September 14th at 12.30 pm with 122 lots catalogued for the sale.

Image source: Skidoo Pedigree Charolais \ Facebook - Credit: Tricia Kennedy

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