Bull calves led the way in a small but select show of Aberdeen-Angus at the National Aberdeen-Angus Calf Show held as part of the Royal Highland Winter Fair at Ingliston, Edinburgh on Wednesday 25th November 2009.
Duncanziemere Jaguar J306
The show was organised by the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society with Pfizer Animal Genetics – the genetics arm of the Pfizer animal health group – as main sponsor.
Winner of the Ardgarth Trophy and top prize of £1000 for the supreme champion was the bull calf champion, Duncanziemere Jaguar J306, a 10 month old son of Aln Governor, from father and son, Alistair and Brian Clark, Duncanziemere, Lugar, Cumnock, Ayrshire.
The calf comes from one of the most successful breeding lines in the 50-strong Duncanziemere herd, being out of the cow, Duncanziemere Jody D147, supreme champion at the Royal Highland Show in 2006 as a two year old heifer and breed and reserve inter-breed champion at Ayr Show in the same year.
Her full brother, Duncanziemere Judge C104, was also a Highland Show champion – in 2004 – and went on to lift the supreme and intermediate championship at the autumn show and sale at Perth where he sold for 7000gns to the Auldhouseburn herd.
The Clark family have been regular exhibitors at the national show since it started and won the reserve male championship at the inaugural show in 2005.
Eastfield Four Stroke J003
Following all the way through was the first prize junior bull calf, the seven month old, Eastfield Four Stroke J003, which took the reserve supreme and reserve male championships for Ewan Brewis, Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso, Roxburghshire. This son of the 6000gns Halbeath King Kong B036 is out of the G D A Universe 726G daughter, Eastfield Fawn A042.
Destined to be “always the bridesmaid, never the bride”, Messrs John F Lascelles, Balmachie, Carnoustie, Angus – exhibitors of the reserve supreme champion for the past two years – were again in close contention but had to be content with the female championship on this occasion with their eight month old heifer calf, Balmachie Ellen Erica J062, by former Netherton stock bull, The Moss Florian B248.
The calf was following in the footsteps of her dam, Balmachie Ellen Erica G033, a class winner and a member of the winning pair and group of three at the show in 2007. Her winning calf was born on the day of her second birthday.
The family partnership of W and D McLaren – led by current breed president, William McLaren, Netherton, Blackford, Perthshire – came close to repeating their female championship success of 2006 when they stood reserve for the top heifer award with their 11 month old red calf, Netherton Red Essence H483.
This calf carries red genetics from Canada on both sides of her pedigree, being sired by Red DMM Traction 98R and out of the former All-Canadian champion female, Red Stern Essencce 42G, who first won the Canadian title as a two year old heifer and again as a 10 year old cow.
The award for the best pair of calves went to Hamish and Margaret Sclater, Denhead Farms, Dunlugas, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, while the inter-club award for the best group of three was won by the South West of Scotland Club.
In addition to Pfizer, the class sponsors were Scotbeef Ltd, Bridge of Allan, Stirling; David Walker, Galcantray Aberdeen-Angus herd, Cawdor, Nairn; Country Refreshments, Lanark; Nordic Star Ltd; Paragon ET, Hexham, Northumberland; Ballathie Aberdeen-Angus herd, Ballathie Estate, Perth; J Gilmour and Co Ltd, Meat Wholesalers, Macmerry, East Lothian; and Russell Taylor, Moncur Aberdeen-Angus herd, Inchture, Perthshire.
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