The inclusion of a special elite sale of Aberdeen-Angus females
will give South-west beef producers a unique opportunity of
sourcing top Aberdeen-Angus genetics at the breed’s annual
spring show and sale at Bristol Sales Centre on Monday, May
Willie McLaren inspects females for the Bristol Sale
The section will include 25 females from 12 leading herds,
plus three Grade A embryos from a top North American line.
Entries will be subject to on-farm inspection prior to the sale
by renowned Scottish breeder and former breed president, Willie
McLaren, Netherton, Blackford, Perthshire, to ensure females of
only the highest quality are consigned.
Perth-based vet, Jim Grant, who is the official vet for the famous
Perth bull sales, will also be present on the day to conduct a
pre-sale veterinary inspection of all animals entered for the sale,
including the elite section.
The show will be judged by another former breed president, Bob
Lane, owner of the Penguin herd at Windy Meadows Farm, Edgmond,
Newport, Shropshire, and the sale will be conducted by Harrison
and Hetherington Ltd, Carlisle.
“This will be a top selection of Aberdeen-Angus cows and
heifers which breeders would not normally be selling and is bound
to attract strong interest from South-west beef producers looking
to reap the benefits of the easy-keep advantages of Aberdeen-Angus
cattle and the premium prices available for A-A and A-A cross prime
cattle,” said Nigel Hammill, Pyegreave Farm, Coalpit Lane,
Langley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, the current president of the Aberdeen-Angus
“Meat wholesalers need to source increased supplies of Angus
cattle to meet the requirements of leading supermarkets, such as
Costco, Co-op, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose,
in response to soaring consumer demand for the quality Aberdeen-Angus
Mr Hammill said the introduction of an Aberdeen-Angus herd offered
a viable alternative for dairy farmers seeking to give up milk
production because of low returns.
“The Aberdeen-Angus cow is docile, naturally polled (hornless),
easily fed, easily calved and the ideal grazing animal,” said
Mr Hammill. “Heifers are easily sold for breeding and there
is strong demand at the quality end of the market for prime steers
In addition to the elite section, 14 females and 11 bulls have
been entered for the collective sale, plus drafts from the Lockerley,
Riversbrook, Trevarthian, Whitehall, Beeston and Seren herds.
Catalogues for the sale are available from Harrison and Hetherington
Ltd, Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle. CA1 2RS. Tel: 01228 590490.
Fax: 01228 640921. E-mail: email@example.com.
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