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Isauld Angus Herd Purchases High Index Rawburn Bull

Ranald Pottinger of the Isauld herd of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus cattle, Reay, Caithness, Scotland, has just purchased one of the highest indexed bulls in the breed, Rawburn El Torro in a private sale for an undisclosed five figure sum.

Rawburn El Torro

Rawburn El Torro

Purchased from the Rawburn herd of Messrs John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, El Torro was the highest weight gaining bull in the 2008 calf crop and was used for two years in the Rawburn herd. He is the highest Terminal Index (+59) and Self Replacing Index (+79) proven sire in the UK herd book and is the sire of the highest Terminal Index bull ever recorded in the UK to date, Rawburn Dublin who has a TI of +67 and a SRI of +81. His maternal brother Rawburn Edge sold to the Eastfield herd in 2010 for £20, 000.

By the renowned high performance Rawburn Transformer, a sire who has more registered offspring than any other bull ever in the UK, he is out of Rawburn Ellen Erica D298, a daughter of the Rawburn owned Canadian embryo donor Cudlobe Ellen Erica 46D and maternal sister of the dam of Rawburn Emblem K127 that sold to Ballathie this year for £30,000.

Speaking about the sale, Ranald Pottinger said; “We’re delighted to have been able to purchase El Torro. He's an incredibly powerful bull with great size and width. He has tremendous shape and muscle for a bull that is so correct. Figures wise, he's one of the top proven sires in the breed for both Terminal and Self Replacing index. His pedigree is also one that will no doubt compliment the breeding programme at Isauld. After seeing his fantastic offspring at Rawburn we were sure this bull would have a great impact in our herd.”

John Elliot Jnr added: “It was not without a great deal of consideration that we decided to release El Torro from the Rawburn herd. His impact at Rawburn over the past two years has been outstanding, but due to the concentration of his sire’s genetics within our herd, we are very limited to what we can breed him with. El Torro has the potential to become even better than his sire.”

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