?Back in April The Scottish Farmer published the Aberdeen-Angus Champions of The Decade giving readers the chance to vote for their chosen Champion from the last 10 years.
The votes are counted and the three Champions with the most votes were put forward to the Society’s selected judge Alasdair Houston, Gretnahouse.
Alasdair chose the 2015 Champion – SHADWELL BLACK BROUGHTON K485 from Messers F J Fraser & Son, Idvies.
Alasdair provided some reasons –
The final three animals forward for the Champion of the Decade are all fine animals. That said, I have no hesitation in awarding the accolade to the Senior Bull who is an outstanding specimen in any breed. He displays great presence, outlook, and character. Despite being in full show condition he is clean through the brisket, powerful and masculine without being coarse. He has a well-set shoulder, setting off a good spring of rib, a long level meaty top line and a balanced underline with good body volume for forage conversion without being wasteful. His tail head is well set into a round and well-muscled hind end and full flank. I like his strong flat bone and his stance on well angled and robust pastern and hock. The debate about optimum size is a perennial debate at shows in all breeds and this is undoubtedly a large frame size bull. As a show specimen he is hard to fault and is in my view a worthy winner.
During SHADWELL BLACK BROUGHTON K485 show outings for Idvies he gained –
?Male Champion, Overall Supreme & Interbreed Champion at the Kirriemuir Show 2014
?Male Champion, Overall Supreme Champion & Interbreed Champion at the Royal Highland Show 2015
?Male Champion & Overall Supreme at the Aberdeen Angus Summer National Show – Kelso 2015
Also voted Angus Breeder Champion of Europe
having gone onto breed the following –
?A Stirling October Bull Sale Senior & Reserve Overall Champion
?A Stirling February Bull Sale Reserve Senior Champion
?A Stirling May Bull Sales Supreme Champion
Along with many other prize winning stock, Broughton was a well admired bull during the World Angus Forum 2017 leaving some super maternal females.
(After each breeds has been judged, each Champion will then move on to the inter-breeds where, again, specially chosen judges will make the difficult choice of picking an overall winner of the beef, dairy, sheep and heavy horse sections.)
Thank you to The Scottish Farmer for organising a great competition which was enjoyed by many?