June 19 and 20 found me in Sao Paulo, Brazil judging the Brazilian National Canchim and Charolais Shows. It was a real honor to sort through the high quality cattle and to experience cattle showing…Brazilian Style. The Charolais cattle were heavily influenced by French genetics, a little different look than what I am accustomed in Texas, but I had no trouble finding good ones. I was excited to learn that even a few CCR Schurshot 1107F7, EC No Doubt 2022 and LT Blugrass 4012 progeny were competing in the show.
The Canchim Show was really enjoyable for me. The Canchim breed was developed by the Brazilian Ag researchers by blending Charolais and Nelore to create a 5/8 3/8 composite breed to act as a Terminal breed in the particualary hot, humid production environments of Central and Northern Brazil. I was especially interested in learning more about Canchim because of the increased interest in Charbray genetics in our area.
After the show, the Brazilian Camchim Association played host to me for a 3 day excursion into the interior of Brazil where I was treated to herd visits at 3 ranches and the bull development station. The developement station is the location where the elite bull calves of the Canchim breed are subjected to a BIF standardized bull test and development program. After the bulls complete their test, they are then turned out to pasture and hardened up before being marketed through a group sale at the beginning of their breeding season.
I have often heard about the amazing agricultural production capabilities of Brazil however, I was unprepared for the sheer scale of production I witnessed. The vast stretches of pasture land, many cattle herds, big timber tracts and gigantic fields of corn and soybeans visible at every turn only emphasized how productive the soils and the farmers and ranchers of this amazing country are.
Visiting the ranches gave me the chance to view outstanding Canchim cattle, unique handling facilities, cattle marketing activities, sugar cane silage harvesting. An extra special treat for me was seeing the effect of several American Charolais Sires used heavily by Brazilian breeders to add genetic diversity to their breed. It was interesting to see CCR Schurshot 1107F7 ( of whom Rio Ranches has 3 outstanding daughters in our Donor Lineup), EC No Doubt 2022 (who sired several of our top fall calves) and LT Bluegrass 4012 being relied upon for the addition of performance and genetic diversity to the Canchim breed. I should also add that the genuine hospitality shown to me throughout my tripwas much appreciated.
I want to especially thank Luiz, Carlos Diaz Fernandes, owner of Itamarati, a leading performance herd in Brazil, for arranging the trip and giving me the opportunity to learn more about the Canchim breed. Additionally I want to thank Valentin Suchek a leader within the Brazilian Canchim Association for serving as my translator, Adriano Lopes of ILMA Agropecuaria and Maury Dorta de Souza Jr, one of the Canchim Association Fieldmen, heading the Assocation’s performance programs. The experiences and hospitality shared with me during my trip will always be appreciated.
Be sure to check out the photos and a few short stories I found unique while on my trip.