Bi-Weekly Update: 14th February 2020

Bi-Weekly Update: 14th February 2020


Happy Valentine’s Day to all those lovers out there! 


With storm Dennis on his way storm Ciara certainly hasn’t blown away our high spirits with our top price of 25,000gns at our first bull sales of 2020 at Stirling! It has been a busy last 14 days within the society, take a look to see what has been happening.

News Roundup

Stirling Bull Sales:

2020’s show and sale season kicked off at United Auctions in Stirling on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd February in what was a strong event for the breed to get the new decade underway. Monday’s sale saw 82 bulls sold to a top price of 25,000gns, matching the top call from the same event in 2019. Average was down £67 from last year at £5,820, with a clearance rate on the day of 60%.

The top selling bull at 25,000gns was Gordon Barney U334 from the Trustees of the Gordon Brooke Estate. Barney is out of Rawburn Joe Eric and by Linton Gilbertines Brandy, who is described as one of the best females in the herd. Barney was 1st in class at Sunday’s show which was judged expertly by Jim Ford and was sold to Messrs Fraser of the Idvies Herd of Aberdeen-Angus in Forfar, Angus.

Next best on Monday’s sale was WD Allen’s Stouphill Marcus Prince U251, a Duncanziemere Jigsaw son out of Stouphill Marsala Pearl. Marcus Prince was 2nd in class to sale-topper Gordon Barney in what was a strong class on the day and is headed to Northern Ireland-based breeder K McOscar of Cookstown in Co Tyrone for a sum of 17,000gns.

Another 5-figure sum was realised for JR Galloway’s Cardona Jewel Eric U054, an April 2018-born bull by Nightingale Dunbar and from the excellent Jewel Erica line which has strong maternal rates and makes up approximately 40% of the Cardona Herd. Jewel Eric was also first in class on Sunday’s show and went to G&W Henderson of Culrain Mains in Sutherland for 13,000gns.

11,000gns was reached for Blelack Prince Charlie U931 of NF Massie & Sons, described by the breeder as a lump of a calf with excellent pedigree. Prince Charlie is by Tonley Jester Eric and out of Blelack Princess Carina, a two-year-old Hallington Principal heifer. 2nd in class on Sunday’s show, this one was sold to M&S Wilson of Newbank in Dumfriesshire. Neil Wattie’s 2nd in class bull Tonley Kasper U512 also sold for 11,000gns, split three-ways between Northumberland-based JHC Campbell & Sons, S&S Medley from North Yorkshire and Alan Lawson & Son from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Kasper is a Tonley Jester Eric first son out of Tonley Kay Pride.

Two followed at 9,000gns on Monday’s sale, the first being NF Massie & Sons’ 3rd-in-class bull Blelack Prince Cooper U938, by Tonley Jester Eric and out of Blelack Princess Carina. From the same family as the 11,000gns Blelack Prince Charlie, this one also has the Carcase Bull RHS Champion Blelack Egotist K531 in his pedigree and is on his way to C&E McCombie of Auchincrieve in Aberdeenshire. At the same money was Sunday’s junior champion HW Black Barberesco U459 of the Highland Wagyu Herd based in Stirlingshire. Barberesco is by HW Fabulous and out of Balhaldie Black Beryl, and after catching the eye of judge Jim Ford in the showring on Sunday, was purchased by Seafield Pedigrees Ltd in Redditch.

Overall Champion on the day was McCornick Pathfinder U465 from Martin McCornick. Pathfinder is out of Halbeath Pam L458 (ET) and by Skaill Dino P099, Pathfinder won Yearling Male Champion & Reserve Male Champion at the AA Winter National at Agri Expo 2019. Skaill Dino P099 also sired McCornick Keira U451 – Overall Champion at the Royal Highland Show 2019. McCornick Pathfinder sold for 7500gns to Mr T A & Mrs P Johnson.

In the female section of the sale, 15 females sold to an average of £2,307 with a top price of 3,100gns. The top price was paid for the female champion Tonley Eyrie U520, by Tonley Emperor and out of namesake Tonley Eyrie R179.

For the full results, prices and pictures please head over to our shows and sales section on the website.

The Danish Angus Aberdeen Association Invites you to a seminar, the general assembly, the 50th anniversary and herd visits.

Friday, March 20, 2020, at 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. at Axelborg.
Celebration dinner at 7.00 p.m. and overnight stay at Hotel Scandic Sluseholmen in Copenhagen.
Saturday, March 21, 2020, departure from the hotel at 8.30 a.m. for Møn and Falster to visit two herds.

For all the information for this please click here 

The first of the Spring bull sales for 2020 in the Republic of Ireland took place at Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim over the weekend. The sale attracted a large entry of 78 Aberdeen-Angus bulls, with Aberdeen-Angus heifers also included at the February sale for the first time this year too. The sale also coincided with the arrival of Storm Ciara but the inclement weather conditions didn’t seem to deter customers with a clearance rate of just over 60% recorded in the sales ring, which was on par with last year and up from 50% in 2018.

The sale leader, Drumcarbin Richie, exhibited by Shane McKiernan, Lacken Lower, Ballinagh, Cavan, Co Cavan sold for €4000. This November 2018 born bull carried a 5 star index for both terminal and replacement traits and was awarded the reserve Aberdeen-Angus championship in the pre-sale show. This one is sired by Netherton Americano M703 and is out of a homebred dam who is sired by Drumcarbin Black Magic N180.

Michael Kiernan, Augharan, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim claimed the second highest price of the day, selling his September 2018 born bull, Gallaway Richard for €3300 whilst the oldest bull in the sale, the 24 month old Lecarrow Rocky from Patrick Murphy, Puntabeg, Charlestown, Claremorris, Co Mayo sold for €3000.
The day’s supreme Aberdeen-Angus championship was awarded by show judge, Albert DeCogan of the Mogeely Aberdeen-Angus herd in Co Cork to Pat & Finbarr Cahill, Shankill Lower, Cavan, Co Cavan with Shankill Manix U163. This 5 star terminal index bull was born in November 2018 and failed to reach his reserve in the sales ring and was unsold.

Dungannon Show & Sale

Male Champion leads Dungannon Aberdeen-Angus entry at 5,200gns. There was a buoyant trade for quality Aberdeen Angus bulls at the society’s Dungannon show and sale. Prices soared to a top of 5,200gns, and following an 80% clearance auctioneer Trevor Wylie reported that 12 lots changed hands to average £3,167 – an increase of £122 on this time last year.

Hitting the headlines in both the show and sale rings was the June 2018 Richhill Rusty U164 TSI+34 SRI+40 bred by Robin Lamb and sons from Richhill. Sired by the herd’s 6,500gns stock bull Keirsbeath Kingsland R537, he is out of the home-bred SAV Brave 8320 daughter Richhill Rosanna N403 – one of 40 cows in the County Armagh herd. This much-admired bull caught the eye of judge Barry Smith from the 25-cow Lawsons Ford Herd at Cootehill, County Cavan, to take the male championship ribbons. “This bull really caught my eye. He has superb ring presence, a great Angus head, tremendous breed character and conformation, and correct feet and legs. Attracting a top bid of 5,200gns he sold to James Thompson, Culmore, County Londonderry.

Second highest price of the day 3,700gns, was paid to Nigel, Gail, Sarah and Sam Matchett from Portadown, for the fifth placed Birches Lord Harrison U614 TSI+34 SRI+46. Born in May 2018, he was sired by stock bull Cheeklaw Emlyn P480 – All Ireland Champion in 2017, and is bred from the successful show cow Mogeely Lady Hilda H967. Ranked in the breed’s top 20% for eye muscle area +4.9, this one was snapped up by Michael O’Brien from Poyntzpass.

Two lots came under the hammer at 3,200gns. First to sell was the third placed Old Glenort Eric U344 TSI+31 SRI+39 bred by James Porter, Gill Hall Estate, Dromore, County Down. A son of herd sire Carlhurlie Gentilex S124, his dam is the Moss Quebec K027 daughter Old Glenort Ella S471. Buyer was A Wilson from Armagh. Francis McConvey from Ardglass, County Down, paid out 3,200gns to secure the June 2018 Kiltariff Dorian U111 exhibited by Kenneth Bready from Rathfriland. Sired by the home-bred Netherton Americano M703 son Kiltariff Deacon S875, he is bred from Kiltariff Demelza S842. This second prize winner boasts high ranking Breedplan figures TSI+50, SRI+58, milk +13, and eye muscle area +7.2.

Following close behind at 3,100gns was the second prize winning Coltrim Edmundo U003 TSI+29 SRI+46 bred by Neville and Ivan Forsythe, Moneymore. Born in October 2018, he was sired by Wedderlie Ergo M574, and is out of the Oakchurch Duster M109 daughter Coltrim Evana S605. Ranked in the top 10% for calving ease +3.7, he sold to dairy farmers Andrew and Liz Addison, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn.

Judge Barry Smith awarded reserve male championship to the May 2018 Sess Eagle U923 TSI+26 SRI+36 bred by Margaret Buchanan from Augher. Sired by Bunlahy John G, his dam is the Netherton Mr Brazilian E377 daughter Sess Elf P856.

Claiming the female championship was the June 2018 Relaghan Noel daughter Home Farm Lady Helena U286 bred by Fintan Keown, Belleek. Taking the reserve award was the July 2018 Balmachie Lord Jock R198 daughter Island Farm Esmeralda U445 bred by Kevin McOscar, Cookstown.

A draft entry of females from David Whan’s Slievecroob Herd at Dromara, peaked at 1,400gns, realised by the April 2018 Glen Cowie Evie U472. She was sired by Blelack Evolution R454, and is bred from Balgay Egyptian Queen P285. Buyers were Messrs Rea from Aughnalcoy. For the full results, prices and pictures please head over to our shows and sales section on the website.


The RHET Silent Auction is now open and lots can be viewed online and bids made.
This is a chance to purchase some of the bygone genetics of the Aberdeen Angus Breed. Newhouse Edwin Elector #184282 was bred by R M Adam & Son in 1964 (Sire: Newhouse Edwin Ericson by Newhouse Jewlian Eric and Dam: Newhouse Edwina Eleanor by Ervin of Harviestoun).

In 1967 to Angus Review reported that Edwin Elector was “purchased privately in January 1966 by The Kinermony Herd, for a high figured sum, highly thought of by Mr Adam and has been much admired by all who have seen him.”
T&Cs: Semen is stored at Genus Towcester.

Not suitable for export.

Contact Kay Adam (07932 159 454) to arrange release and shipment.
Shipping within the UK will be provided free of charge by Genus UK.

The RHET Silent Auction is now open and lots can be viewed online and bids made.
The online auction will be open to everyone for bidding until 4pm on 21st February 2020. The leading bid on each lot at that time will be carried over to the auction at the event that evening where the bidding will conclude and will only be available at the venue.

If you are unable to attend the fundraising gala but wish to bid on an item, you can still give yourself the best chance of winning by placing a proxy (maximum) bid on this page. We then will carry your bid over to the main auction on the evening of the event and continue bidding for you up to your maximum. You will be contacted after the fundraising gala if your bid has been successful.

If you are not attending the Gala but wish to bid on one of our Live Auction Items featured on this page, then please lodge your maximum bid by emailing [email protected] and we will bid up to this amount on your behalf on the night.


102nd Aberdeen-Angus Review: FOR NON-MEMBERS: Should you wish a hard copy posted out please send in a cheque for £7.50 to cover postage + packing costs. Mark “REVIEW” as a reference on the back of the cheque and don’t forget to include your postal address.

To keep up with all other news from the Society as well as all the latest updates from shows, sales and other events, just head over to the appropriate sections on our website:

Latest News & Features
Shows & Sales News

News & Notices for the CEO

• At the time of writing the last report we were heading into the bull sale weekend and what a weekend it was action packed and busy from arriving to departure!
• Inspection went well with only two being taken out for weight for age and everything passing the vet. Comment from the vet was there was a lot of fluid on joints and some advice given at the crush to breeders on that.
• Sunday saw the show and congratulations to the McCornick family and the Allen Family for coming tops on that.
• We then shot through to have a pre-AGM council meeting followed by the AGM which saw the presidential team elected and new president Alan Cheney installed followed by the post AGM council where we welcomed our new members to council.
• Presentation evening followed that to round off the day and my congratulations to all trophy and competition winners for 2019/2020.
• A very special thanks to all the staff at Pedigree House for pulling everything together to make it all happen it’s a massive undertaking and without their input as a team it just would not work!
• Sale on Monday saw a top of £25k with a slight drop on the average price of £67.00 on last year but the pleasing things that taking the post ring sales into account there are more Aberdeen-Angus Bulls on farms that there was last year.
• Another encouraging sign was there were a lot of buyers who the auctioneers did not know so that means new people coming into the fold.
• The Northern Ireland review supplement has gone to print after our omission and that will be in the post to all shortly, please keep it with your review for 2019 and we hope that this goes some way to putting the wrong done right!
• I attended a QMS seminar on “meat the market” interesting information as well as a live and dead grading experience backed up a lot of the theories that I am working on for marketing this year.
• We are in a position where we can rebuild the work streams in the office, and we held one to one meeting with all the staff along with our HR provision to build a sustainable plan going forward.
• I have been in Ireland this week with a pretty packed agenda, Dungannon Bull sale first up and congratulations to Robin Lamb for taking top price and the champion sash. A good sale following the last one with Aberdeen-Angus in demand in the north.
• After this myself incoming president had a meeting to form committees for council for the year taking each of the council members looking at strengths and their own interests and spreading the workload to best effect.
• Wednesday saw two CAAB meetings in Northern Ireland with progress made on both.
• Travelled to Mohill in the Republic then to meet up with Mack Crow and Katherine Bradshaw just to complete the review of the administration workloads and future plans in the Republic.
• Next fortnight sees some valuable office time along with the QMS Red Meat Conference and the Borders Club AGM, a Denvir Marketing meeting and the Highland Club AGM to mention just a few of the things going on in my world!
• Brief report this week as the clock is against me but hopefully gives you all a flavour of what’s going on at the moment.

News & Notices from the Office Manager Laura Stewart

• Following the recent AGM, we welcome new Council members Duncan Morrison (previously co-opted to Council for Scotland North), Ian Watson (Scotland South), Daniel Whiteford (England and Wales North), Robert Whitcombe and Chris Wilkinson (England and Wales South). Our new President is Alan Cheney, Senior Vice President David Ismail and Junior Vice President Angus Stovold. Please have a look at the new Council list on the website to see the changes in the Presidential team and to find your local Council representatives.

• The next Council meeting will be held on 12th March – any member wishing to raise any points with Council should do so through their local Council representative in advance of the meeting.

News & Notices from Angela Cumming in Accounts

    A kindly reminder that membership for 2020 is due to be paid, if not already done so. You can pay by either cheque, internet banking or credit card. Please don’t forget to quote your membership number when making payments.
    In order to try and save on postage costs we would like to send our invoices by email. If you have not already done so, can you please provide us with your details? INVOICES BY EMAIL

News & Notices from the Registrations Department

• It is vital to contact the Registration department with tag numbers of animals going to spring sales, Newark, Worcester, Carlisle etc to enable testing of DNA/MYO.
• Occasionally the lab asks for a repeat sample, so we cannot guarantee a result back in time.
• As previously mentioned, please ensure all cows being flushed for embryos, must have a sire verified DNA on file, otherwise the resulting calves will not be registered.

News & Notices from the Pedigree Cattle Services Department
• Please remember to contact your accredited scanners as soon as possible to guarantee your scanning this coming spring. This is coming up to a busy time of year for the scanners and booking them in advance is vital.

Accredited Scanners contact details:

Jim Barber – 07973307687
Gordon Clark – 07850885468
Linda McKendrick – 07803064452
William Tait – 07833968417
Willie Wilson – 07740611545

• It’s that time of year again when bulls are a hot topic and needing purchased for the ladies. Too make sure your making the correct decision when it comes to selecting your bull – Please click here

News & Notices from YDP
World Forum Youth Competition 2021:
The Selection Committee met for the first time at Stirling Bull Sales to discuss the process going forward. To clarify young people, need to have ideally been to a YDP Workshop in the last 3 years and must attend a workshop in 2020. Closing date for applications is 1st March 2020, to send in your CV and covering letters explaining why you wish to be considered. If you are thinking of applying, you might want to put the weekend of 23rd May into your diary as this will be the selection weekend. We very much look forward to receiving your applications soon. Full details on website.
Senior Conference February 2020
We have a great selection of young folk signed up for the Senior Conference to be based in Banbury, 17 young people from all areas of the UK and Ireland will be attending to visit the Dunbia Processing Plant, Melview Herd and Glympton Herd along with a multitude of presentations and speakers.
We have received a lot of new registration forms to attend workshops in 2020, so please send your forms if you have not done so already. It’s looking like a very positive year and our topic at each workshop will be the Administration of Medicines, from local vets.

Shows, sales & events:

• Wednesday 26th February – Royal Northern Spring Show – Thainstone Agriculture Centre, Inverurie.
• Saturday 21st March – Newark English Premier Show & Sale – Newark Livestock Market
• Saturday 4th April – Worcester Spring Show & Sale – Worcester Livestock Market

From us all at the Society we hope you have a great weekend!

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