BEN Marsden of Marsdens Farms Ltd, Penistone, Near Sheffield, has purchased 17 in-calf cows privately from the Elliot family’s Rawburn herd, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, for his Liley herd, which was established in 2010.
These females join his current herd base of 35 cows with the aim of expanding up to 100 and 150 pedigree cows. Having previously bred pigs, Mr Marsden ceased with pig production in October last year and established an Aberdeen-Angus herd with the aim of breeding and showing top end pedigree stock.
Due in the spring this year, the females – aged between three years and nine years old - are from top lines in the herd including Ebony, Lady Ruth, Miss Essence, Duchess and Windsor.
Included in the group are two females that have bred sires which have been retained for use by the Rawburn herd – Rawburn Evergreen C201 who is the dam of Rawburn Eli L281 and Rawburn Eleanor E482 who is the dam of Rawburn Elmer J921.
Alongside those are four females which have bred sons who have been sold for £9000 or more.
Mr Marsden is no stranger to Rawburn genetics as he purchased the top price female, Rawburn Edith K180, from the Stirling female offering in October at 24,000gns along with a number of other top priced females and embryos at the past couple of major Angus female sales.
Cows are in calf to top bulls including Rawburn Elysium F547, Rawburn Double Oseven J985, Lockerley Legolas G850 and Oakchurch Field Marshall K143.
Speaking about the sale, Mr Marsden said: “Buying from the Rawburn herd was an obvious choice for me as their cattle consistently breed well and have excellent figures to match with most of the cows being in the top 1% for terminal and maternal traits. These additional cattle will help form my foundation and nucleus herd and complement the other Rawburn genetics we already have.”
Adding to that, John Elliot Jnr commented: “We are delighted that Mr Marsden has chosen Rawburn genetics to develop the Liley herd. Due to prior research of the pedigrees and performance figures, he came to Rawburn with a clear idea of which cows and female lines he wanted for his breeding programme.”