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Aberdeen Angus Semen Exported to Sweden

A substantial consignment of semen from the Scottish-bred Aberdeen Angus stock bull, Wedderlie Net Profit E916, has been exported to the Yxskaftkalens pedigree herd based in Sweden.

Pedigree Aberdeen Angus breeders, Alwyn Armour, Dromara, and Neville and Ivan Forsythe, Moneymore, pictured with Swedish Aberdeen Angus enthusiasts Graham Kent and Bettan Andersson.

Pedigree Aberdeen Angus breeders

The export deal has been announced following a recent visit from Swedish herd owners, Bettan Andersson and Graham Kent. They founded the 80-cow Yxskaftkalens herd in 1995, and also run an EU-approved distribution centre marketing imported semen and embryos.

“We came across Wedderlie Net Profit in the 2008 Aberdeen Angus Review, and we have been following his progress ever since,” explained Bettan Andersson. It is difficult to buy semen from stock bulls in the United Kingdom, as many of them are not eligible for export.”

“Wedderlie Net Profit’s Breedplan figures have been improving, and he has some great progeny coming through. We decided to make the two-day trip to Northern Ireland to see the bull’s progeny in the Woodvale and Coltrim herds.”

The six-year-old Wedderlie Net Profit is owned jointly by pedigree Aberdeen Angus breeders, Neville and Ivan Forsythe, Coltrim herd, Moneymore, County Londonderry, and Alwyn and Carol Armour, Woodvale herd, Dromara, County Down.

He was sired by the Woodlawn Stockyard 208 son, Aynho Rossiter Eric B125 –a third prize winner at Perth in February in 2004, where he was purchased by the Campbell family from Berwickshire for their Wedderlie herd, in partnership with Alastair Frazer of the Idvies herd, By Forfar, Angus, for 16,000gns. – second highest price of the sale.

Originally Wedderlie Net Profit was retained for use on heifers at Wedderlie, but caught the eye of former Kerry Gold managing director, Jerry Henchy, who offered a substantial five-figure sum to acquire the bull for his Friarstown herd in County Limerick.

Alwyn Armour explained: “I came across the bull after buying an in-calf heifer at Wedderlie. She produced an impressive heifer calf by Wedderlie Net Profit E916. I thought a lot of this calf, and I decided to find out more about the sire. I eventually traced the bull to Jerry Henchy’s herd where he had bred successfully, leaving many eye-catching progeny. I was thrilled that we got first refusal on the bull when Jerry was ready to sell him.”

Wedderlie Net Profit E916 was bred from Wedderlie Netfast A182, one of the top cows in the Wedderlie herd, and comes from the same family that produced Wedderlie Netmark – a bull purchased at Perth in February 2003 for 25,000gns by John Elliott of the Rawburn herd in Kelso, Roxburghshire.

Neville Forsythe has been breeding Aberdeen Angus cattle for over 50 years, and he added:” Wedderlie Net Profit is one of the best Aberdeen Angus bulls I have ever seen. Not only is he pleasing to the eye, but he boasts a tremendous pedigree, coupled with excellent Breedplan figures.”

Wedderlie Net Profit was the sire of the 16,000gns February 2009 supreme Perth champion, Ellin Evermore G354.

He added: “Net Profit is breeding well. We were delighted to see a Wedderlie Net Profit son lifting the Perth championship last spring. The event attracts the cream of livestock from throughout the UK, and it is satisfying to see that our senior stock bull can produce a Perth champion. It was the breed’s last sale in Perth and turned out to be an extra special trip for us.”

Wedderlie Net Profit E916 has a terminal sire index of +32, a self replacing index of +47, and is +15 for milk. Semen is priced at £10 per straw, and pedigree registrations will carry a royalty fee of £35.25 plus VAT.

For further information contact Neville Forsythe on tel: 028 8674 8417, mobile: 07872 936629, or Alwyn Armour on tel: 028 9753 3286, mobile: 07748 796818.

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