More than 60 Aberdeen-Angus breeders from the Continent will be
arriving in Perth later this week for the 6th European Aberdeen-Angus
The Forum is being hosted by the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society and
will be chaired by the Society’s president, Colin Davidson,
Skaill, Sandwick, Orkney. Visitors will be present from the Czech
Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Austria and the Irish Republic
as well as the UK.
Official delegates will be attending a technical meeting of the
European Aberdeen-Angus Secretariat in the Centenary Suite at McDiarmid
Park on Friday (February 1) followed by a Civic Reception in Perth
Concert Hall where they will be welcomed by the Provost of Perthshire,
(John Hulbert), who will officially open the Forum.
Speakers will include Philip Halhead, Norbreck Genetics Ltd, who
will be discussing export protocols, Nigel Otter of Merial Animal
Health, who will make a presentation on genetic marker technology,
and the Society’s immediate past-president, Nigel Hammill,
who will update delegates on the situation with bluetongue disease
in the UK.
A herd tour has been organised on Saturday with visits to the Netherton
herd of W and D McLaren at Blackford, Auchterarder, the Kincardine
Castle herd of Robert McNeil at Millhill, Auchterarder, and the Moncur
herd of G C Taylor (Farms) Ltd at Moncur, Inchture. The official
Forum dinner will be held in the Royal George Hotel on Saturday night.
Sunday is a free day, although most visitors are expected to visit
Perth Agricultural Centre to view the Aberdeen-Angus bulls, and on
Monday and Tuesday they will be attending the famous Perth bull sales
which have attracted an entry of 241 bulls and 63 females.
The show takes place on Monday, commencing at 8.30am, and the judge
is Aberdeen-Angus and Beef Shorthorn breeder, Donald Biggar, Chapelton,
Castle Douglas, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland. The sale of females
is scheduled for 3.00pm with the sale of bulls taking place on Tuesday
commencing at 11.00am.
Delegates will also be attending the Society’s annual dinner
and presentation of trophies in the Salutation Hotel on Monday night.
“This is the first time the Society has hosted the European
Forum and we are delighted to welcome such a large gathering of European
breeders,” said the Society’s chief executive, Ron McHattie.
“The Aberdeen-Angus breed is going from strength to strength
throughout Europe and the Forum provides the ideal opportunity for
breeders from different countries to share their experiences and
discuss subjects of mutual interest.”
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