26 April 2019

Over the past two weeks we have seen the UK experience a mini heatwave as temperatures soared to 26 degrees in some parts of the UK. The last 14 days also seen one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time with Tiger Woods winning The Masters and receiving the green jacket for the first time since 2005!

Sporting aside, it has been very busy here at the Society, take a look at what’s been happening in and around the Society over the last fortnight!

News Roundup

The Aberdeen-Angus breed provided the overall sale topper at the multi-breed bull sales at Kilkenny, outselling all other major beef breeds, including all of the continental breeds from a total combined entry of well over 200 beef pedigree bulls. The sale leader came from Frank & Margaret McKiernan, Drumcrow, Corlismore, Co Cavan who sold their December 2017 born bull, Drumcrow Pilbara for €3800

The Gigginstown House annual production sale of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus bulls and heifers saw the average bull price improved from €2350 in 2018 to €2650 this year at a 92% clearance rate. The heifers fared even better with a 100% clearance in the sales ring, selling to an average price of just under €2600 (down from €2800 last year), with a good and sustained demand for females of all ages. The sale topper, across bulls and heifers, was the December 2017 born Gigginstown Lord Incaid T724.

Dungannon Show and Sale received strong demand for pedigree Aberdeen-Angus bulls with a top price of 4,500gns, and a complete clearance. 10 lots changed hands to average £3,370 per head – an increase of £523 on last year’s sale. Claiming the male championship and the day’s top bid of 4,500gns was the January 2018 Cloghogmill Eric U546 brought out by the father and son team of Adrian and Graeme Parke from Strabane.

The annual production sale for the Lisduff Aberdeen-Angus herd saw 39 Aberdeen-Angus bulls catalogued for sale. Overall, the yearling 2018 born bulls failed to attract any significant interest in the sales ring which led to a disappointing 45% clearance overall with bulls selling to an average price of €2650.For the third year in succession, a red Aberdeen-Angus topped the Lisduff offering of bulls, this time in the form of the 17 month old, Lisduff Red Mist T572 who sold for €3500.

The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society is very pleased that after a tremendous working partnership over the last 5 years with Sainsbury’s and the Castle of Mey Trust, we have brought the history and heritage of the long relationship that Sainsbury’s has with the Angus breed, back to their stores through the Kinermony herd – for more information then check out the full news post on the website!

On Sunday 5th May, there will be a Multibreed Youth Event taking place which is open to all from the Aberdeen-Angus, Charolais and Limousin Cattle Societies. Head to our news section of our website for more information!

We look forward to sharing with you all our brand new mobile responsive website which should be available for you all to see very soon – keep an eye out this weekend!

Keep an eye out on our social channels over the coming weeks as we look forward to sharing our latest competition where there will be some great prizes up for grabs – we hope you can all get involved!

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.

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News and notices from the CEO

Notes and actions from Laura Stewart

News and Notices from the Pedigree Cattle Services Team

News and Notices from Angela Cumming in the Finance Department

News and Notices from the Registrations Department

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