The export boom in Aberdeen-Angus cattle following the lifting
of export restrictions earlier this year is continuing with the
shipment this week of 21 heifers and two bulls from five Scottish
herds to Switzerland.
The shipment has been arranged by Mrs Sheila Eggleston of Eggs-Port,
Hexham, Northumberland, who has exported a number of consignments
of Aberdeen-Angus semen to Switzerland in recent years to meet
the requirements of Switzerland’s growing quality beef market.
“Aberdeen-Angus is the most numerous breed in the Swiss
Beef Cattle Herdbook with more than 3000 cows and plans are in
hand to develop the Aberdeen-Angus beef brand in retail shops and
restaurants,” said Mrs Eggleston.
One of the Swiss buyers, Daniel Niklaus, of Linderhof Angus, sees
a bright future for the Aberdeen-Angus breed in Switzerland.
“The creation of an Aberdeen-Angus beef label is an important
milestone in the history of Swiss Angus breeding and will have
a positive effect on the demand for Aberdeen-Angus genetics,” said
“We are introducing gene marker tests to determine meat
tenderness and marbling which will enable breeders to improve the
eating quality of beef for the first time in the history of Swiss
beef cattle breeding.”
The shipment includes two high performance yearling bulls, Galawater
Bold Knight E924 (EBV +30), by Jet Eric U103 of Newcairnie, from
Jim Logan, Pirntaton, Fountainhall, Galashiels, Selkirkshire, and
Balmachie Euan E010 (EBV +21), by the 11,000gns Idvies stock bull,
Eastfield Eddie B080, from John Lascelles, Balmachie, Carnoustie,
Nine heifers by the 16,000gns Aynho Rossiter Eric B125, Eastfield
Eddie B080 and the 28,000gns Jeremy Eric of Bridgefoot have been
consigned by F J Fraser and Son, Newton of Idvies, Forfar, Angus;
eight heifers by Blelack Lord Hildalgo A234, Tofts Dynamic A177
and Lockerley King Pascall B159, from Playfair Farms, Morebattle
Tofts, Kelso, Roxburghshire; and four heifers by Wedderlie Elliot
Z082, Kincardine Castle Patriarch Y227 and Dalrene Cruz 11F from
Millhill Farms Ltd, Kincardine Castle, Auchterarder, Perthshire.
Four of the heifers from Kincardine Castle are in calf to Netherton
Figo C244, supreme champion at Perth in February, 2005, when purchased
jointly by the Kincardine Castle and Coul herds for the top price
The shipment has been completed with a Simmental bull, Dirnanean
Spencer, by Starline Nelson, from Finlay McGowan, Incheoch Farms,
Since the lifting of the export ban, Aberdeen-Angus cattle have
been exported to Estonia, Romania, Germany and the Republic of
Ireland with a further consignment of 50 due to be shipped to Estonia
later this month.
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