Friday update: 6th October 2017

Friday update: 6th October 2017


The winter seems to be upon us somewhat prematurely this year, with a particularly wet harvest making things a little trickier than normal, but the show must go on and we’ve been as busy as ever. Here is your weekly round-up of the activity from the last seven days within the Society.

Cheeklaw Herd feature:

The Cheeklaw Herd dispersal is just around the corner, taking place on 23rd October at the Stirling Bull Sales. In the lead up to the dispersal, we were speaking to Sian Sharp of the Cheeklaw Herd, a member of the family which owns the herd. Sian provided us with some great background to the Cheeklaw operation, with details of the performance of the years and an insight into their decision to disperse. Thanks to Sian for helping with a great article, if you missed it the first time you can read it at:

Youth Development Programme:

We brought you a full run-down of events at the YDP 2017 final which took place a couple a couple of weeks ago, including full details of the winners from each section and some commentary from the people that were there on the day, including programme co-ordinator Gayle Bersey, Society President Alex Sanger, stockjudging judge Marie Louise Ryan and senior winner Eoin Cummings. Click here to read the full piece:

We also announced the winners of the raffle prizes which took place to raise funds for the Youth Development Programme, which you can read at: – we’d like to extend our thanks to Society Senior Vice President Angela McGregor and J F Fraser and son who kindly donated the prizes for this year’s raffle. Our Youth Development Programme is an initiative that we value very highly for the opportunities it provides youngsters with to further themselves on a number of levels and have fun in the progress. If you’d be interested in contributing to the programme by donating any prizes to next year’s raffle, this would be massively appreciated by all involved – please feel free to get in touch with the Society office or with Gayle Bersey directly at [email protected].

Off the back of the weekend event and final for 2017, we received a lovely letter from the Richards family of Castle Kayle Farm in Hayle, which we wanted to share:

‘’Please pass on our thanks to the Society for another fantastic YDP final at Stirling last weekend.

We very much appreciate being part of the event and appreciate all that the Society does to encourage the children and knowledge that they gain.

There was a wonderful atmosphere all weekend and the children gained so much from each other’s company coming from all parts of the British Isles and Ireland.

The Youth Development Programme is a fantastic promotional tool for the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society and is the envy of all other breeds which they cannot match. It is special and unique. The uniforms were very eye-catching this year and they had a very positive reaction from members of the public staying in the hotel because they were sponsored by Marks & Spencer.

Once again, thank you for your kind hospitality and pass on our thanks to all those who worked so hard at the weekend and during the year to make it all possible, particularly Gayle.’’

We’d like to thank the Richards for their kind words, it was such a delight to receive such a positive letter hearing of their appreciation and enjoyment during what was a great weekend.

The Review: Winter 2017:

The booking of adverts for the next edition of the Aberdeen-Angus Review will be starting next week, with booking forms set to be delivered to members by email and post by Friday 13th October at the latest. This is the 100th Edition of the Aberdeen-Angus Review and advertising space will be in high demand, so make sure you move quickly to secure your spot, with all adverts sold on a first come, first served basis. Please keep an eye out for the booking form, and if you do not receive one for any reason, please get in touch with our marketing partners at Denvir directly via email to [email protected].

Show and Sale News:

The Carlisle Show and Sale took place in the Borders last weekend, with the Supreme Champion prize going to Tonley Eboue S253, sired by Tonley Essien N955 and out of Tonley Emily N987. For full results from all classes, visit:

We’d like to also remind you that the Cheeklaw Herd Dispersal will feature as part of the upcoming Stirling Bull Sales at United Auctions in Stirling. If you have any questions about the dispersal, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can view the full Cheeklaw Dispersal sales catalogue at:  

Other news:

The annual Connaught/Aberdeen-Angus Club herds competition took place across the water last week, which saw a strongly increased entry from last year’s competition, particularly in the small and medium herd sections. On the day, first place in the large herds section went to the Liss Herd of Jon McEnroe – click the link to read more and see the full results:

We got our first glimpse this week of what can be expected from the 2018 European Aberdeen-Angus Forum Secretariat which will be hosted by our great friends over in Estonia at the Animal Breeders Association of Estonia. They offered an invitation for all breeders and enthusiasts here in the UK and Ireland to attend the event, so please keep an eye out for more information on ticket sales. Click the link to view the preview video for what is set to be a great event in a wonderful setting:

From all of us here at the Society, we wish you a wonderful weekend!