Friday update: 2nd March 2018

2 March 2018

In a week where the weather has caused torment up and down the country, we hope all are well, staying warm and are getting on top of thawing the water pipes! The staff have managed to plough through the snow most days to get into the office, but today has been challenging with only a few making it into Pedigree House. Here is the weekly round-up of activity from the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society.

YDP – Senior Conference

A number of our Youth Development Programme participants made their way to Ireland last weekend for their 2018 Senior Conference, an event which is much anticipated year-on-year. Newly appointed CEO of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society, Barrie Turner and recently elected President of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society, Angela McGregor were both in attendance for the event and congratulated the Youth Development Programme on an excellent weekend and complimented all of the youngsters involved. The event featured some very educational, interesting and practical farm visits, along with the Conference itself which took place at the Central Hotel, Tullamore with an exceptional line-up of distinguished speakers from a variety of agricultural disciplines. There was also plenty of time to relax and socialise, with a chance to take in a good bit of Six Nations Rugby too! We must thank our long-term sponsor, Dawn Meats, with particular thanks to Sarah Haire who was instrumental in the organisation of the weekend alongside programme co-ordinator Gayle Bersey whose efforts, as always, are greatly appreciated. Thanks to all involved in a great weekend, which you can read a full report about at:

Regional Club AGMs

This week, we brought you a couple of pieces of news about regional club AGMs which are scheduled over the coming weeks. Firstly, the Borders Aberdeen-Angus Club AGM that was scheduled for Wednesday evening (28th Feb) was postponed due to the weather and is now rescheduled for this coming Wednesday the 7th March at the same time and venue: Cross Keys Hotel, 36-37 The Square, Kelso TD5 7H, arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

The PENWAC Club AGM scheduled for Sunday 4th March has also been postponed, and rescheduled for Sunday 25th March. The event will remain at Best Western Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club at 11am, followed by a three course lunch at 1pm. To attend the meal, please contact Mary Hamnett on 07817083995. 

The South East England Club AGM will also be taking place in the coming weeks, scheduled for 18th March at 12 noon at Cross Farm, Shackleford. This year marks a landmark for the South East England Club, as their 40th anniversary since forming back in the late 70s. As a celebration, a lunch will be held after the AGM at 1.15pm with Society Chief Executive Barrie Turner in attendance. The lunch is £20 per person, and should you wish to attend, please contact Mike Spooner on 01491 628637 before 7th March.

Aberdeen Spring Show and Sale

We brought you the news from the 2018 Aberdeen Spring Show and Sale, where the top price at the sale was £5,200 for the day's champion Tonley Kane S320. For a full round-up of events, head to:

Other news:

Yesterday we informed you of a great opportunity for a keen stockman to work on a 100+ cow herd of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus near the Perth area. The position is part time, with accommodation available. For information and who to contact, visit:

We’ll be sure to keep all updated about upcoming events should any news come in regarding need to reschedule/postpone as a result of the weather. In the meantime, keep warm and safe and have a lovely weekend!