A North East farmer has been elected chairman of the British Charolais Cattle Society’s Council of Management.
Steven Nesbitt, of Winston, Darlington, succeeds Alasdair Houston, of Gretna Green, who is stepping down after completing his two-year term of office.
Mr Nesbitt has been involved in breeding pedigree Charolais cattle on his family’s 200-acre mixed unit since establishing his Alwent herd 35 years ago.
The herd has since consolidated to 20 breeding cows with an increasing poll influence, and has produced a number of successful sires, including Alwent Goldbar, Alwent Hercules, and the homozygous poll Alwent Hitman, all of which have been sold to global AI studs in the last 18 months.
Earlier this year, Alwent Hulk made 7,800gns in Stirling, the highest priced poll bull to be sold through the centre.
Nesbitt said: “British Charolais has evolved over the past five decades to become the UK’s leading beef terminal sire and it’s a real honour to be elected to chair such a prominent society.
“Succeeding our outgoing chairman will be a hard act to follow; however, I am determined to keep the breed at the forefront by promoting its performance and subsequent financial benefits, far and wide throughout the cattle sector.
“Charolais is the best terminal sire suckler men could possibly use and my goal is to see an increase in market share in terms of crossbred calves born annually.
“Equally, I believe that breeders must continue the Charolais quest to select carefully using Breedplan data to improve calving ease and also milk. Growth will then follow naturally.
“I would like society members to remain open minded and to look further afield for new genetics.”