Buyers from Germany, Austria, Romania and Switzerland snapped up the leading lots at the first-ever sale of imported UK-bred Aberdeen-Angus at Wertingen, Bavaria.
Samuel Widmer (Geschäftsführer ANGUS Group), Nancy Taylor, John Coultrip, Charlotte Holdsworth,
Sheila Eggleston (Eggs-Port Limited), Robert Playfair-Hannay, Mrs Marion Tilson, Russell Taylor (Vice-President,
Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society), James Playfair-Hannay, Bernhard Delle (Geschäftsführer ANGUS Group), Duff Burrell,
John Tilson, Ron McHattie (Chief Executive, Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society), Eddie Gillanders.
All 94 yearling heifers from six UK herds were sold to average 2238 euro (£1880) with a top of 5900 euro (£4956) for one of 16 heifers bred by J and J Campbell, Wedderlie, Gordon, Berwickshire.
The heifer, Wedderlie Ebsolvere L366, an April, 2011-born daughter of the home-bred Wedderlie Nereside H581 and out of the HF Dreamstreet 21F daughter, Wedderlie Ebsolve. She had a terminal sire index of +31 and a self-replacing index of +46.
The buyer was local breeder, Franz Kosmar, who also paid the second top price of 4800 euro (£4032) for another year-old heifer, Wedderlie Blackseven L373, by Nightingale Paso J489, and out of Wedderlie Blacktwoseven F321, by Aynho Rossiter Eric B125. This one had a terminal sire index of +39 and a self replacing index of +52.
The third top price of 4200 euro (£3528) was also for one from the same herd, Wedderlie Ecaspa L306, by Lorabar Jasper Eric E170 and out of another Rossiter Eric daughter, Wedderlie Ecossaise E921. Buyer was AI station, Bayern Genetik.
The heifers were shipped to Germany in mid-March and came straight out of quarantine for the sale.
“This was a very encouraging start to what we hope will become an annual sale and gave breeders in Germany and adjoining countries a unique opportunity of sourcing directly from leading British herds,” said Mrs Sheila Eggleston of Hexham-based pedigree cattle, semen and embryo company, Eggs-Port Ltd, who arranged the shipment on behalf of the German importers.
Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society chief executive, Ron McHattie, was delighted with the interest in the sale.
“Buyers travelled considerable distances to attend the sale and it augurs well for the future of the breed in mainland Europe,” said Mr McHattie. “There is tremendous interest in Aberdeen-Angus cattle on the Continent because of the breed’s easy keep advantages and a growing demand for quality beef in many Eastern European countries.”
Bavarian breeder, Bernhard Delle, who was instrumental in organising the sale and heads up a group of breeders promoting the Aberdeen-Angus breed in Germany, said demand had been stronger than expected.
“We had a good ringside of buyers and the success of the sale demonstrates the huge potential for the Aberdeen-Angus breed in many parts of Europe,” said Mr Delle.
The Bavarian group is marketing hindquarter cuts of branded Aberdeen-Angus to leading butchers, hotels and restaurants with forequarters going to McDonalds for burger production.
Mrs Eggleston said she would shortly be looking for a large consignment of weaned Aberdeen-Angus heifer calves for shipment to Romania in the autumn.
Three heifers from Alan R Lawson and Son, South Farm, Hallington, Newcastle upon Tyne sold to 3000 euro (£2520), nine from Playfair Farms, Morebattle Tofts, Kelso, Roxburghshire, to 2000 euro (£1680), two from D Brenninkmeijer, Field Place, Compton, Guildford, Surrey, to 2100 euro (£1764), six from P C Stovold and Son, Lydling Farm, Shackleford, Godalming, Surrey, to 2200 euro (£1848), 10 from John Coultrip, Wingfield Farm, Stalisfield, Faversham, Kent, to 2300 euro (£1932), and 48 from Dinar Estate Management Ltd, Fordel, Glenfarg, Perth, to 2700 euro (£2268).
A 12-strong delegation from the UK, headed by breed vice-president, Russell Taylor, Moncur, Inchture, Perthshire, attended the sale.
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