Scottish Aberdeen-Angus herd secures show winning Northern Irish genetics

Donald Rankin alongside Graeme Parke at the halter of Coolermoney Rochell N375 and Adrian Parke.
Donald Rankin alongside Graeme Parke at the halter of Coolermoney Rochell N375 and Adrian Parke.

Strabane-based father and son pedigree Aberdeen-Angus breeders, Adrian and Graeme Parke, have announced the private sale of their successful show heifer, Coolermoney Rochell N375, for a substantial five-figure sum to Scottish breeder Donald Rankin, Isle of Sky, for his Kilmaluag herd.

Born July 2013, Rochell is home bred on both sides being by the former successful show bull Coolermoney Rolf L187 and out of Coolermoney Raven 117, just one of eight breeding females in the herd.

She has been shown successfully since her first outing on the NI Club Calf Show in 2013 and has since picked up three breed championships at regional level, the reserve junior championship at the coveted Balmoral Show and a first prize at the All Ireland Championships. Then in the winter season she secured the reserve champion pairs title at the Winter National Show, the senior championship at the Stars of the Future Calf Show.

Commenting on the purchase, Donald, who has bought selectively since the herd was established in 2012, said: “I first became aware of this heifer following the coverage of Balmoral Show via the Society’s website and I’ve kept an eye on her progress at shows throughout the summer. She’s an exceptional heifer with great bone structure, locomotion, depth of body and fleshing attributes. She also has the all important breed character I look for in Angus females.”

She will join other privately purchased females including lines from the successful Retties Lady Ruth family, bred by Carol and Richard Rettie who turn out cattle at shows and sales for the Kilmaluag herd.

Breeder Adrian Parke added: “It was a tough decision to let Rochell go, as she is without doubt the best female we have ever bred, but selling to such a keen and already successful breeder such as Donald will hopefully give our herd great exposure and we look forward to hearing and hopefully seeing how her progeny perform in the future.”