Perthshire farmer wins top award for Charolais breeding – Farmers Weekly


A Perthshire farmer has been recognised for his distinctive contribution to Charolais cattle breeding.

Major David Walter, of Balthayock Farms, was awarded this yr’s prestigious Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) Sir William Young Award on the Royal Highland Show on Thursday (23 June).

The award recognises his excellent contribution to livestock breeding and commemorates the service to Scottish agriculture by the late Sir William Young.  

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First venturing into the breed within the late Sixties, Major Walter then served on the Charolais Council, turning into chairman in 1984 and president 10 years later.  

The introduction of Breedplan into his herd let him put science forward of fiction and rise to the very top of the Charolais-breeding world, whereas serving to him give attention to the underside line.

Major Walter has usually topped the Stirling bull gross sales, and one among his crowning achievements got here when he offered 9 bulls averaging greater than £15,000 every in 2018.  

He has all the time been an amazing supporter of agricultural exhibits, profitable many championships all through the nation and exhibiting on the Royal Highland Show since 1972, when he offered the Balthayock Trophy.  

To mark his fiftieth yr within the breed in 2019, he stormed to first place within the Individual Interbreed Beef title on the Royal Highland Show.  

‘Great honour’

Major Walter stated it was a “nice honour and really humbling” to win the award.

“The Charolais journey has been an exquisite expertise and I’ve met some incredible individuals over time by the Charolais household. This award actually is sort of one thing.” 

Major Walter can also be an amazing supporter of at this time’s youth, holding many inventory judging occasions, farm excursions and welcoming worldwide delegates from all around the world.  

He continues to champion youth growth, internet hosting the National Charolais Youth Finals this yr – even donating an embryo egg from one among his top cows as a prize.

RHASS chairman Bill Gray stated: “For greater than half a century, the identify of Major Walter of the Balthayock Herd has been synonymous with pedigree Charolais cattle.   

“He has contributed a lot to the breed and sector at massive over his years of laborious work, so it’s solely proper that he be acknowledged on this approach.”

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