The Northern Ireland Beef Shorthorn Club annual herds visit this year, saw 20 members and friends head to Perthshire.
The first visit was to the 25,000 acre Blackford Farms and Highland Wagu. After viewing part of the highly acclaimed H.W. Shorthorn herd. Martine, then gave an in depth talk on her pet project producing the extremely valuable Wagu Beef, getting from £8000 upwards for one carcass.
The next stop was to the Coldrochie herd of Douglas McMillan, where everyone was much impressed with the quality of the cattle. After a fantastic spread of homemade goodies provided by Mrs Reid and no doubt helped by Charlie and Charley Louise, members headed to their overnight stop in the Premier Inn, Dumfries and straight to bed for most after an early start that morning.
Day two saw the group heading to Dolby farms navigated by John and Arthur, in front to view the Easmill herd managed by Scott and Pam – a small young herd with expanding plans in the pipeline – then on to John and Jill Redpath’s well known Knowehead herd where they saw the young stock bull Aberdona Greengrass purchased at the Carlisle May Sale 2015 for 4000gns.
It was then on to the 1000 acre Balgay farm managed by Michael and Jackie Riddle where cereal growing is a major part of the enterprise. The cattle enjoy the abundance of straw beds with the fym returned to the stubble ground. A major benefit claimed by Micheal after a fairly wet walk through the impressive Shorthorns and the new stock bull Caramba Hush the group returned to the yard to view the most up to date cattle handling facilities and extensive housing.
About three hours behind schedule the group arrived at Carey Coombes Dunsyre herd. The first field to visit contained 30 in calf and maiden heifers which were for sale privately and it was then on to a field of 90 cows and their spring born calves running in a 100 acres site, what a sight! The three stock Bulls had just been taken out a few days previous.
Thanks is extended to the host farmers for their wonderful hospitality and to Tom and Emmet for organising another successful trip.
The club annual herd visit this year is to Antrim Estate Glanarm on Saturday 10th September.
If you plan to attend please contact Fiona on 07983 500 160 to assist with catering numbers.