The order book is full for Aberdeen-Angus cattle for export to the Continent
following a breed promotion by the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society at three major
cow and calfThe export push has been led by the Society’s president,
Nigel Hammill, and chief executive, Ron McHattie, who last month,
along with other breeders, manned breed promotional stands at Eurotier
in Hanover, Germany, Polagra in Poznan, Poland, and Indagra in
Potential buyers from Germany and Estonia will be present at the
Black Beauty Bonanza show at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, next
week, and a large party of German breeders have signalled their
intention of being present at the Perth bull sales in February.
Since the lifting of the export ban earlier this year, more than
200 Aberdeen-Angus cattle have been exported to Estonia, Germany,
Switzerland, Romania and France.
“This is just a start,” said Mr Hammill. “The
potential is massive and is largely being driven by demand for
Aberdeen-Angus cattle in Russia where a quality beef industry is
The Aberdeen-Angus stand at Eurotier, which featured two recently-imported
Scottish-bred cattle, the yearling heifer, Cardona Edwina, and
the young bull, Kincardine Castle Proud Jeff, kindly loaned by
German Angus president, Karl-Otto Lauk, attracted thousands of
visitors during the show’s week-long run.
“Two shows on a raised revolving stage in front of a four-minute
slide show allowed us to present the Aberdeen-Angus breed to advantage
to 100-strong audiences,” said Mr Hammill.
Enquiries have also been received for semen to improve the growing
number of Aberdeen-Angus herds in Germany and also for use in dairy
herds to produce bulls for slaughter.
“It is difficult to supply semen in this way as the infrastructure
for daily insemination does not exist as in the UK, but we will
pursue the opportunity in consultation with leading German breeders,” said
Demand from Germany is likely to be mostly for yearling heifers
as females must calve by 27 months of age to qualify for the breed
register although bulls are also required.
Other enquiries at Eurotier came from Turkey, Hungary, Romania,
Ukraine, Russia and Khazakstan.
Mr Hammill and Mr McHattie were accompanied to Eurotier by vice-president,
Colin Davidson, Skaill, Sandwick, Orkney, Hamish Sclater, Denhead
Farms, Dunlugas, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, Karl Hancock, Whitebottom
Farm, Compstall, Cheshire, and Northern Ireland breeders, Alwyn
Armour and Neville Forsythe.
“This was a very successful effort and well worth the trouble
that members took to prepare their displays,” said Mr Hammill.
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