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Royal Welsh Report Royal Welsh Report: Rawburn No-Limits Grandson Spoils The Clean Sweep
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Two New ET Donors
Rawburn draft tops at 12,000gns
Transformer Son Breaks Records in Austria
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Rawburn Edge Cogent Secure Semen Rights on the Edge
Hoff Blackbird Hoff Blackbird 5218 Joins Rawburn ET Program

by Jonathan Long

A young Aberdeen-Angus bull carrying some of the highest performance figures in the breed has sold privately for £20,000.

Elliot Rugged P920, from John Elliot Jnr’s Elliot herd, is a breed leader for both Terminal Sire Index (TSI) and Self Replacing Index (SRI) carrying the highest figures of any calf born in the UK in 2014 and has sold to Abington Farms, Great Abington, Cambridgeshire.

Sired by Rawburn Dublin, the highest TSI and SRI rated bull in the UK Aberdeen-Angus herdbook, Rugged carries a TSI of +62 and an SRI of +76, with an eye muscle area of +8.6, well inside the top 1% of the breed.

Rugged’s dam is Elliot Rosebud E020, a Vermilion Payweight J847 daughter which is maternal sister to the £32,500 Rawburn Rommel.

Commenting on behalf of Abington Farms Simon Chaplin said he was extremely pleased to have acquired Elliot Rugged. “He is a correct bull with a strong top line and exceptional growth and frame. I have never seen a bull of this dimension at one year old from any breed. The bull weighed 770kg at one year old and at a continued growth rate of 2kg a day that could lead to a 400day weight in the region of 840kg which is just extraordinary.

“I have visited Rawburn a number of times and I have always been struck by the exceptional quality of their stock. To get such a correct bull, with such extreme growth potential and with Rawburn heritage is hugely exciting for us.”

John Elliot Jnr said Rugged had been a standout since birth and like his sire, is a real performance superstar. “His dam is one of the best cows in the herd and from our high performance Prairielane Rosebud line. We are delighted that he has gone to a herd with great ambition. We have retained a half share in the semen rights to Rugged and look forward to seeing his progeny in the years to come.”

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Glympton Glespin Photograph
Overall Champion Glympton Glespin

Rawburn genetics secured 3 of the 4 major prizes at the 2014 Royal Welsh Show under Judge Wanda Hobbs. She described her champion and reserve exhibits as incredibly correct beasts and great representations of the breed.

Leading the way was Glympton Farms with the senior bull Glympton Glespin K470. This March 2010-born son of Rawburn Rock Solid F544 is out of Glympton Georgina F234, herself a Cardona Edrom B189 daughter. He was champion at the Aberdeen-Angus National Show last year and was interbreed champion at The Three Counties last year as well.

Commenting on her champion Wanda said: "The bull is a great bull, good on the move and very correct."

Taking the reserve male championship was Judith and Andrew Denning and family with Temple El Nino N547, a Rawburn Lord Ross C216 son out of Mosston Muir Eline, while reserve female championship tickets went to Glympton Farms, this time with Glympton Rowena, a January 2012-born Rock Solid daughter.

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Rawburn Jester Eric Intergreed Chapion at Royal Highland Show 2014

What a Royal Highland Show it was for Rawburn genetics securing the Male and Female Championship and Rawburn Jester Eric J034 being crowned 2014 Interbreed Champion.

Having come through as the winner of the senior bull class then male championship, Alistair and Brian Clark’s April 2009-born bull Rawburn Jester Eric J034 clinched the overall championship honours at this year’s Royal Highland Show under judge Albert De Cogan of the Mogeely herd, co Cork.

By The Moss Beautiful Man D410, he’s out of Rawburn Joy Erica C213, a Ranui Impact daughter, he was purchased privately from Lockerley Hall Farms on a farm visit. He was shown fresh from a breed championship win at Ayr Show and will now return home to run as senior herd sire in the 58-cow Duncanziemere herd.

Commenting on his champion, Albert said: “My champion today is a tremendous bull with superb locomotion.”

Standing reserve to him having won the female championship was last year’s reserve female champion Haughton Laura L026. This April 2011-born Rawburn Elysium F547 daughter is out of Lockerley Laura D444 and was on her first and only outing this summer having had a strong show career as a yearling and two year old heifer. Shown with her January Hallington Evo calf at foot, she is one of 25 breeding females owned by Whittaker and Co Farms.

Clinching the reserve female and junior championship was last week’s reserve champion from the National Show, Retties Lady Ruth N228 from Donald Rankin. Again by Elysium – making this three out of four in the championship group for Rawburn genetics - she’s out of Wall Lady Ruth E397 and was bought privately by Donald from Richard and Carol Rettie off the back of a phenomenal show career last winter as a calf.

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Linton Gilbertines Rocco M603

Rawburn herd has secured Linton Gilbertines Rocco M603 for the top price at Stirling Bull Sales for £12,600. Rocco who is an ET-bred Netherallan Peter Pershore son out of a Riverbend Powerline 0050 daughter Elliot Rosebud E009. Rocco boasts some exceptional performance figures with a Terminal Index of 44 and Self Replacing Index of 56. For a bull of such growth and power his calving ease figure of 0.6 is also very impressive.

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The offering of Angus females at Stirling peaked at 26,000gns for Rawburn Joy Erica F560 from the Elliot family. Described as Johnny Elliot as THE best female to have ever been offered from the Rawburn home, this March 2006-born Rawburn Extra Edition D285 daughter out of the Ranui Impact daughter Rawburn Joy Erica C213. She carries some of the best figures in the book carrying a TSI of +50 and a SRI of +66 and was knocked down to Gordon Brookes for his Linton Gilbertines herd.

Rawburn Joy Erica F560
Rawburn Joy Erica F560

At 8000gns was another from the Elliot family, the March 2011-born Rawburn Ellen Erica L270, a Rawburn Elmer J921 daughter out of the Rawburn Randolph F555 daughter Rawburn Ellen Erica J926. This one sold to Adrian Johnson for his Yearsley herd.
Then at 7500gns was Lakewood Stud selling Lakewood Mossy Princess L124, Born April 2011 this Rawburn Evolution G691 daughter is out of an Elgar of the Moss daughter Lakewood Mossy Princess D015. She was knocked down to Joel Richardson, Northern Ireland.

Rawburn Ellen Erica L270
Rawburn Ellen Erica L270

Of the embryos on offer, Messrs O’Hara paid 600gns a piece for four grade A Nichols Next Step x Hoff Blackbird 594 5218 eggs, while Highland Wagyu paid the same price for five Red Ter-Ron Reload x Red Ter-Ron Dusty 98J eggs, both on offer from John Elliot.

(Aberdeen Angus Society)

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Leading the Aberdeen-Angus female trade was the first of John Elliot’s Rawburn draft at 16,000gns. This is Rawburn Ellen Erica (lot 19), a Da Es Ro Twister daughter out of Cudlobe Ellen Erica 46D, a Cudlobe Chester daughter. She sold with a TSI of +36 and an SRI of +46. She sold to Marsden Farms, Sheffield.

16,000gns Rawburn Ellen Erica
16,000gns Rawburn Ellen Erica

Selling at 8000gns was Rawburn Mist Princess (lot 20), a Rawburn Randolph daughter out of Rawburn Miss Princess, a Rawburn Transformer daughter, she went with a TSI of +44 and an SRI of +55 and in-calf to Peter Pershore. This one sold to Gordon Brooke.

8,000gns Rawburn Miss Princess
8,000gns Rawburn Miss Princess

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Angus cross steer takes championship at St Boswell Christmas Cracker event

John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso completed a hat trick of awards at John Swan St Boswells’ inaugural Christmas Cracker Show and Sale of Cattle and Sheep, by taking the steer, overall native and suprme championship with his Aberdeen Angus cross steer Brawburn.

John Elliot's Angus cross steer Brawburn
John Elliot's Angus cross steer Brawburn

Bred by Messrs Ross, Wester Middleton, Gorebridge, this one was champion at the St Boswells Native breed calf sale in September and took the native steer section at both the Royal Highland Winter Fair and the East of England Smithfield Festival before selling yesterday for the top price of £5.20kg (£3068) to leading East Lothian Butcher, John Anderson, North Berwick

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Rawburn Edith K180 set trade alive at Stirling, taking the top price of the day at 24,000gns (£25,200) and setting a new breed record for a heifer sold at public auction.

Photo of Edith with stockman Logan Campbell & buyer Ben Marsden
Edith with stockman Logan Campbell & buyer Ben Marsden

Rawburn Edith K180, a daughter of Rawburn Randolph out of Rawburn Edith C270, a Rawburn Transformer daughter sold with a TSI of +52 and an SRI of +63 to Ben Marsden of the Liley herd. In an interview after the sale Mr Marsden told reporters “I saw Edith at Rawburn last summer and new how terrific she was. It never crossed my mind that she would not be coming home with me today.”

Photo of 13 000gns Rawburn Mary Princess
13 000gns Rawburn Mary Princess

Trading at 13,000gns was Rawburn Mary Princess. This Rawburn Enigma daughter is out of Huxton Mary Princess C130, a Rawburn El Cid daughter. This one was knocked down to Messrs Richardson, Portadown. Mary Princess carries on the great form of the Enigma daughters with the highest priced heifer at the last Stirling sales having been bred by this sire.

Photo of 9 000gns Rawburn Lazer
9 000gns Rawburn Lazer

Third highest from Rawburn, a Rawburn El Chester daughter, Rawburn Lazer K143, then sold at 9000gns. She is out of Rawburn Lady Rose, a Rawburn Lord Hi-spade daughter. She sold to Angus Hodge, Norfolk to join up with 12,000gns Rawburn Ella and 11,500gns Rawburn Ella purchased at the previous Stirling sales.
The Rawburn select female offering averaged £12,836

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Photo of Rawburn Julie Erica F526
Overall Champion Rawburn Julie Erica with judge Tom Arnott

Judge Tom Arnott tapped out Bruces Hill Cattle Company’s senior cow Rawburn Julie Erica F526 as his Overall Champion.
Born March 2006, she is a Rawburn Lord Ross daughter out of Rawburn Julie Erica Z026 and was purchased for 14,000gns from the Best of the Blacks sale. She’s continuing a good run of form, as she was Overall Champion at the Royal Welsh Show last year.

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Photo of Gilbertine’s Black Bess
Female Champion Gilbertines Black Bess

Females sired by Rawburn bulls had an amazing day at the Highland Show, winning 4 of the 6 female classes and securing both the Champion and Reserve Female Champion titles.

Female Champion was Gilbertines Black Bess. Sired by Rawburn Ravovo and out of 10,000gns Rawburn Black Cherry. Look out for this lady when she sells at Stirling in October.

Reserve Female Champion was Haughton Laura L026. This daughter of Rawburn Elysium was winner of the junior heifer class.

Winner of the senior heifer class was Rawburn Rosebud Willabar L240 and winner of the Junior cow class was Braile Livestock’s Evening Star J908 sired by Rawburn lord Ross.

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Haughton Laura L035
Overall Champion Haughton Laura L035

What a day!!!

Judge Gayle Bersey battled the wet weather and stuck to a type when she awarded Overall Champion and reserve Female Champion to daughters of Rawburn Elysium.

Securing top honours was Haughton Laura L035 from Whittaker Farms and close behind her in the females was Belhaven Eye Catcher from John & Teena Gilmour.

Daughters of Rawburn bulls won all female classes, with Gordon Brooke’s Gilbertines Black Bess (Rawburn Ravovo) winning the senior heifer class and Jamie Rettie’s Chathill Eveline (Rawburn Designer Edition) winning the cow class.

The Male Champion was Oakchurch Diplomat, who’s Dam, Oakchurch Delia was the Royal Show winning daughter of Rawburn No Limits.

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Temple Rose Leigh - Female Champion
Temple Rose Leigh - Female Champion

With only one class in the Aberdeen Angus section not being won by a Rawburn Sired animal, the Royal Welsh was happy hunting for customers of Rawburn genetics.

Spoiling the party was the Grandson of Rawburn No Limits, Oakchurch Diplomat. In the reserve spot was the prolific show winner and yearling daughter of Rawburn El Torro, Temple Rosie Leigh L507 from the Denning family.

Winning the senior heifer and senior young bull classes was NJ & B Pittams with Dark Lane Jewel K396 and Dark Lane Jem L416, both Sired by Rawburn Element.

Winner of the cow class was the 3-year-old Rawburn lord Ross daughter from Brailes Livestock, Evening Star J908.

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Rawburn Black Hawk

A son of the 24,000gns sire Lockerley Legolas G850 has become the most expensive Aberdeen-Angus bull to be sold in the UK this year and is believed to be the dearest Aberdeen-Angus ever sold in the UK under 12 months of age in recent years.

The young bull, Rawburn Black Hawk L261, has sold to the Yorkshire-based Linton Gilbertines herd of Gordon Brooke for £40,000 in a private sale, with a half share of the bull’s semen rights retained by Rawburn.

Black Hawk L261 is the first son of Lockerley Legolas to sell from the Rawburn herd. His dam Rawburn Blackbird G729 is a Granddaughter of Rawburn Transformer and her maternal sister sold for 12,000gns prior to becoming Angus Champion at the Balmoral show.

Black Hawk L261 is in the Top 1% for all growth traits and records a Top 1% Terminal Index of 45 and Top 1% Self Replacing Index of 56

The bull is now at Spylaw semen collection unit before going to his new home later in the year.

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Eastfield Jacobite
17,000gns Eastfield Jacobite

Rawburn genetics were in demand at the recent February Stirling bull sales. For the third year in a row a Rawburn bred sire had the highest averaging sire group at the February bull sales. Following in the footsteps of Rawburn Elysium and Rawburn Rommel it was the breeding of the Eastfield herdsire Rawburn Rochester to set the trade alight. The Eastfield herd were dominant in the Showring with Eastfield Jacobite crowned Champion and later selling for 17,000gns (£17,850). The 4 sons of Rawburn Rochester sold to gross 55,000gns (£57,750). A great achievement from the Eastfield team.

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As in the October sale Rawburn genetics dominated the high selling females. Rawburn Ebony J509 topped the sale at 11,500gns. This Rawburn Enigma daughter is out of Rawburn Ebony G647, a Transformer daughter with a TSI of +34 and an SRI of +47. She sold to Angus Hodge, Norfolk.

Rawburn Ebony
11,500gns Rawburn Ebony

Next was Rawburn Rosebud G671 selling at 5500gns to Des Donegan. This one is by KMK Alliance and out of Willabar Rosebud 250G, a Willabar Jimbo daughter.

Rawburn Rosebud
Rawburn Rosebud G671

Next best at 5200gns was Rawburn Lady Hispade. This one by Transformer is out of Rawburn Lady His-Spade, a G D A R Traveler daughter. Again selling to Angus Hodge, Norfolk.

Rawburn Duchess Kent

Making 5000gns was Rawburn Duchess Kent F612. This Transformer daughter is out of Huxton Duchess of Kent, an Earl of Templand daughter. She went to previous buyer Des Donegan to start his exciting new herd in the Rep. Ireland.

The draft of 5 select Rawburn females averaged £6500

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Two embryo sisters have been purchased by Rawburn to join the ET programme. Both cows are daughters of the great Canadian female MVF Felicia 47J and by the top maternal sire Vermilion Dateline 7078.

ML Felicia Dateline was first seen when Johnny Elliot was judging in Denmark and after she was Grand Champion and Interbreed Champion, negotiations were made to buy her and bring her to Scotland. She was imported earlier this year with a fantastic heifer calf at foot.

The second female, The Moss Felicia G739 was purchased at Stirling in October in a reduction from the Moss herd. A product of their international embryo programme, Felicia was their high selling female at 7500gns.

For interest, we weighed both cows on arrival at Rawburn and at six years old ML Felicia Dateline weighed 1110Kgs and at 4 years old The Moss Felicia weighed 1040Kgs. Both cows have raised fantastic heifer calves this year for both Rawburn and the Moss. Both are sure to make great foundation females, kick-starting this exciting new female line at Rawburn.

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Leading the draft offering from Messrs John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains was Rawburn Ella J996 (lot 116). This April 2009-born heifer is by Rawburn Enigma G653 and is out of the Rawburn Lord Ross C216 daughter Rawburn Ella F515. She sold due in calf to Rawburn Elmer J921 for 12,000gns to Hugh and Irene Hodge, Nethergate, Nowich, Norfolk.

Rawburn Ella
Rawburn Ella

Next highest from this home was Rawburn Julie Erica J954 (lot 113), a March 2009-born daughter of Rawburn Enigma G653. Out of a Rawburn Lord Ross C216 daughter, she sold in calf to Elmer again at 9500gns to C Richardson, Portadown, Northern Ireland.

Rawburn Julie Erica
Rawburn Julie Erica

At 6500gns, Gordon Brookes of the Linton Gilbertines herd, North Yorkshire, secured Rawburn Joyful Erica J920 (lot 110), a Lord Ross daughter out of the Cudlobe Millennium 12M daughter Rawburn Joyful Erica G652.

Rawburn Joyful Erica
Rawburn Joyful Erica

Then at 4000gns Ben Marsden of Marsden Farms, Liley Angus, near Sheffield, bought the first of the Rawburn cattle, Rawburn Equality J909 (lot 109). Born March 2009, this one is another Lord Ross daughter this time out of a Rawburn Transformer dam. He also paid 3500gns for Rawburn Estelline J000 (lot 118). This one is a daughter of The Moss Beautiful Man D410 out of a dam by Elgar of the Moss.

Marsden Farms also purchased the March 2009-born Elliot Tilda J968 (lot 114) from John Elliot Jnr for 3500gns. This one is again by Lord Ross and is out of a Young Dale Real Deal daughter, as well as purchasing the next lot, Rawburn Ebony J987 (lot 115) from John Elliot Snr. This April 2009-born heifer is byRawburn Jock G670 and is out of a daughter of Rawburn Transformer. This one sold at 3000gns.

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Carinthia Mr Meat at 12 months old

Mr Meat with 10 year old Sarah

An embryo sold to Oliver Behringer, Winklern, Austria has recorded the heaviest weight ever in Austria for an Angus bull at 365-days. A son of Rawburn Transformer and out of Rawburn Ebony D288, Carinthia Mr Meat recorded a 365 day weight of 649Kgs. Mr Behringer explains ‘ This is a remarkable weight considering he had been mating cows for 6 weeks prior to the day he was weighed on a ration of only grass for this period.’

Cattle in Austria are independently assessed and scored out of 9 for selected traits. Mr Meat scored a staggering 8 for phenotype, 9 for Frame and 9 for muscle. Oliver says ‘ if there was a score for temprement he would also be a 9’ as can been seen in the photo of Mr Meat with his 10 year old daughter Sarah.

The bull will be retained as a herd sire at the Carinthia herd and will be shown in Austria later this year.

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Rawburn Emblem
RAWBURN EMBLEM K127 (13 months)

The Rawburn herd is pleased to announce the private sale of Rawburn Emblem K127 for £30,000 to Ballathie Estates, Kinclaven, Perth.

Emblem is by Rawburn Enigma, himself a son of Hoff Limited Edition out of Rawburn’s North American Donor cow Royal Eston Annie. Enigma was used for two years in the Rawburn herd before being sold last year to the Carruthers herd, Lockerbie.

His Dam Rawburn Ellen Erica E405 is one of the top cows at Rawburn and is an embryo daughter of the US Sire TC Freedom 104 out of Rawburn’s Canadian donor Cudlobe Ellen Erica 46D. Ellen Erica E405 is a maternal sister to the dam of Rawburn Edge that sold for £20,000 to the Eastfield herd last year.

This particular dam line is proving to breed consistently well, with Ellen Erica’s previous two bull calves both being used in pedigree herds in England; Rawburn El Chester is at the Oak Moor herd, Haxby, York and Rawburn End Point is at the Cragg herd, Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Along with a strong pedigree, Emblem’s figures don’t disappoint either, with a Terminal Index of 46 (Top 1%) and a Self Replacing Index of 65 (Top 1%). His milk figure is +19 (Top 1%) and he recorded an actual 400-Day Weight of 872kg.

Speaking about the sale John Elliot Jnr said: “Emblem is truly an exceptional individual. It is rare to breed a bull with good calving figures that also has such unbelievable growth and muscle. Emblem has all of the attributes to become one of the very best sires in the breed.”

Ballathie herd manager Jim Woodward also commented: “Rawburn Emblem epitomizes everything we are trying to achieve at Ballathie with our Angus breeding programme. Emblem stood out in Rawburn’s pen of young bulls when we visited in May to select a new herd sire. His power and appearance caught our eye immediately and combined with excellent breeding on both sides of his pedigree we could not look past him.”

Chrissie Lawrence

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Rawburn Edge

Cogent have secured the semen rights for Rawburn Edge, the top Terminal Index bull in the UK. The bull who sold to the Brewis family at Eastfield, Kelso for £20 000 in May 2010, records a staggering Terminal Index of 55 and a Self Replacing Index of 66.

The semen will be for sale exclusively through Cogent and will be priced at £12.50 per straw with a £75 royalty fee. Cogent beef specialist Boomer Birch says ‘After seeing the bull and reviewing his performance figures we knew that we had to secure Rawburn Edge for our 2011 Cogent beef catalogue. Our pricing strategy for Edge allows great value for money to both our commercial and pedigree customers and gives access to the best Aberdeen Angus genetics at a very competitive price.’

Semen will be available for domestic and international markets by February 2011.

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