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Chair honour for Chris Curry.

A NORTHUMBERLAND breeder has been appointed as the new chairman of The British Charolais Cattle Society.

Chris Curry who farms at Low Burradon, near Thropton, Northumberland, was elected to the role at the society's recent AGM at The Royal Highland Show.

Mr Curry, who has been breeding Charolais cattle since 1989, said: "It is a fantastic honour to head up this great society for the next two years.

"The industry as whole is facing massive challenges in the face of Brexit with huge uncertainty around farm support but I have confidence that the Charolais breed is the one that will always do the business when margins are under pressure.

"A Charolais will outperform other breeds in any system and breeders have made great strides in recent years to provide the bulls that beef producers are wanting. The calving ease EBV for the breed has improved by 0.8% since 2007 when we introduced the Breedplan genetic evaluation system whilst performance has also continued to improve with 200 day and 400 day growth rates up by 4.0kgs and 8.0kgs respectively."

Mr Curry bred the famous Burradon Talisman which was the champion at Carlisle in 2003 and sold to the Campbell family at Thrunton for 15,000gns.

The herd's best sale was at Stirling in February 2013 when three sons of Gwenog Banjo all sold to pedigree herds for an average of 20,000gns.

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 8, 2017
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