In October 2018, Stirling Agricultural Centre played host to the dispersal of the Schivas herd of Aberdeen-Angus as part of the annual Stirling Bull Sales, with around 100 adult cattle and 70 calves forward due to a change in family policy which led to the dispersal. The sale of the herd based at Schivas Estates in Ythanbank in Ellon was a great success with a top price reached of 18,000gns, one of three five-figure sums achieved for Schivas on the day.
The top price of 18,000gns was paid by J&L Doyle of Cookstown in Northern Ireland for the April 2016-born in-calf heifer Schivas Morning Princess S430 out of Schivas Morning Princess M083 by Water End Jackpot Eric. This one ran with Schivas Edge N135 from 7th April 2018 to 2nd July 2018, PD’d 18th September and three month in-calf at the time of sale.
Next best for Schivas at 16,000gns was the five-year-old cow Schivas Miss Betty N149 by Schivas Evolution Tommy out of Schivas Betty G529. With her bull calf Schivas Methlick Boy by Gretnahouse Exocet at foot, Miss Betty went to Brailes Livestock of Upper Brailes in Oxfordshire.
Three-year-old cow Schivas Jane Erica R431, by Hallington Powerline, with her heifer calf by Schivas Edge sold for 12,000gns at the next best. They sold to Renton & Readen Partners from Windmill Way at West Ramparts Business Park.
The Schivas dispersal also included 8,500gns for the five-year-old cow Schivas Lady N122 by Blelack Evril out of Logie Lady, with her bull calf at foot by Netherton Kentucky. Lady was run with Weeton Ronan P420 from 15th May 2018 to 20th August 2018 and went to Philip Hallhead of Norbreck Genetics.
Selling for 7,500gns was the March 2016-born in-calf heifer Schivas Lady S398 by Netherton Kentucky out of Ettrick Miss Bee. Lady went to Renton & Readen Partners from Windmill Way at West Ramparts Business Park with their second high-priced purchase of the event.
J&L Doyle were back in again when they paid 6,000gns for the six-year-old cow Schivas Morning Princess M083 with her heifer calf by Netherton Kentucky. Morning Princess is by Cardona Rito and out of Schivas Morning Princess F462 and ran with Netherton Kentucky from 15th May 2018 to 5th July 2018 then with Schivas Edge from 6th July 2018 to 15th August 2018.
With the roots of this herd dating back to 2001 when it was first established, the Schivas herd was well respected in the industry with some great accolades collected over the years. All at the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society would like to wish all the best to farm manager Doug Shand and all at Schivas for their future post-dispersal.