The Netherton herd of Messrs W and D McLaren, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, have won this year’s Walker’s Aberdeen-Angus Show Herd of the Year title, kindly sponsored by Walker’s Shortbread.
William Mclaren Jnr, taken at this year’s
National Aberdeen-Angus Show, Westmorland
The winning herd gathered the most points having competed exhibitor-bred cattle at specific qualifying shows across England, Wales and Scotland and will receive a trophy and £500 in prize money. This year’s qualifying show were the Royal Highland, Royal Welsh, Great Yorkshire, Westmorland, Newbury, East of England, Devon County, Perth, Banchory and Fife.
No strangers to winning ways, the McLaren family made a welcome return to the show circuit in 2010 having had a break away from showing for eight years. This year’s team, which has seen William Jnr, Karen and Seoniad McLaren lead out most of the cattle, have been on winning form at some seven major shows in Scotland and England. Their titles have culminated in the junior female, reserve female, reserve junior and exhibitor bred champion at this year’s Royal Highland Show and the female, junior and reserve champion at this year’s National Show held at Westmorland with Netherton France K550, who along with the majority of Netherton’s top winning cattle is sired by Netherton Big Edition H460.
Founded in 1924 by the grandfather and great grandfather of the present owners, the aim at Netherton has always been to breed good commercial bulls, says William McLaren Snr, who received the William Young Award at the Royal Highland Show this year for outstanding contribution for livestock breeding.
“This is the ninth time we have won the Walker’s show herd of the year competition and on the other four times we have taken part we were runner up.”
The herd, which now comprises 40 cows and 40 recipient females, has sold cattle in to all corners of the UK and Ireland and has sold semen and embryos to many countries worldwide.
Taking second place in the Walker’s Show Herd competition was Gordon Brooke, Malton, North Yorkshire, whose Linton Gilbertines herd which was established in 2007 has seen some fantastic success in the show ring over the last couple of years namely with the homebred heifer Linton Gilbertines Ella J177.
Taking third place was the Shadwell herd of Thetford, Norfolk-based Shadwell Estate Company. Under the new leadership of senior stockman Robert Clarke, the Shadwell herd has had a great year on the circuit featuring in the champion and reserve positions at many shows this year.
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