is now well upon us and unlike most of Scotland we have missed much
of the rain. Most of the cattle are still outside. The heifers and
first calf females are currently on the stubble fields getting ad-lib
silage and 1.5 Kgs of Mineralised barley and the adult cows are
being strip grazed on forage kale.
calves have weaned off well with weights similar to that of last
year. No particular sire group stands out from the others at this
stage with some good weights being achieved by offspring of all
of the bulls. For consistency the calves from Lockerly Legolas are
impressive, the bull looks to be clicking well with the Transformer
daughters. The calves by Double Oseven are in a growth stage at
the moment but will certainly feature at the top by 400 days.
best calves from the embryo programme have all come as females for
the second year in a row. No embryo bull calf is standing out as
a possible new herdsire. Amongst the females are some real stars,
most notably, a daughter of Cottage Creek Tyra by CCL Dateline and
a daughter of Argwen Barbara by Prairielane Ideal. We are expecting
big things from the embryos in 2012 with the first arrival of calves
from our US donor Hoff Blackbird and more from CCL Dateline; a bull
we feel will have a major impact in the herd.
the unfortunate end of the Best of the Blacks sale in 2010 we returned
to selling our sale offering of heifers at the October Stirling
bull sale. Topping at 12,000gns and with 10 averaging 5150gns, we
were delighted. Private sales have also been brisk with 27 females
selling to start a new herd in the Grampian area and the continued
development of a new Lancashire herd.
has been a great year for the Rawburn herd and Rawburn genetics
with numerous highlights for both our customers and ourselves. We
hope that this year is just as successful and invite you to come
and visit the herd in 2012.