News from Rawburn
JESTER ERIC - 2014 ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW INTERBREED CHAMPION
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.
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.
HIGH SELLING BULL JOINS RAWBURN
Linton Gilbertines Rocco M603
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.
JOY ERICA IS HIGH SELLER IN OCTOBER STIRLING
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
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
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)
FEMALES SHINE AT STIRLING
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
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
STEER DOES CLEAN SWEEP
Angus cross steer takes championship at St Boswell Christmas Cracker
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
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
FEMALES ROCK STIRLING
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.
Edith with stockman Logan Campbell & buyer Ben Marsden
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.”
13 000gns Rawburn Mary Princess
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.
9 000gns Rawburn Lazer
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
ERICA F526 CLAIMS HER SECOND MAJOR
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.
GENETICS DOMINATE FEMALES
Female Champion Gilbertines Black Bess
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.
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.
Female Champion was Haughton Laura L026. This daughter of Rawburn
Elysium was winner of the junior heifer class.
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.
GREEEAAAT! YORKSHIRE FOR RAWBURN ELYSIUM
Overall Champion Haughton Laura L035
What a day!!!
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.
top honours was Haughton Laura L035 from Whittaker Farms and close
behind her in the females was Belhaven Eye Catcher from John &
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.
Male Champion was Oakchurch Diplomat, who’s Dam, Oakchurch
Delia was the Royal Show winning daughter of Rawburn No Limits.
NO-LIMITS GRANDSON SPOILS THE CLEAN SWEEP
Temple Rose Leigh - Female Champion
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.
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.
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
of the cow class was the 3-year-old Rawburn lord Ross daughter from
Brailes Livestock, Evening Star J908.
LEGOLAS G850 SON IS THE DEAREST ABERDEEN-ANGUS THIS YEAR TO DATE
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.
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.
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.
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
bull is now at Spylaw semen collection unit before going to his
new home later in the year.
SONS DOMINATE STIRLING
17,000gns Eastfield Jacobite
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.
FEMALES SHINE AT STIRLING
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.
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 G671
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
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.
draft of 5 select Rawburn females averaged £6500
JOIN RAWBURN ET PROGRAMME
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.
DRAFT TOPS AT 12,000 GNS
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,
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
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
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.
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.
SON BREAKS RECORDS IN AUSTRIA
Mr Meat at 12 months old |
Meat with 10 year old Sarah
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.’
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.
bull will be retained as a herd sire at the Carinthia herd and will
be shown in Austria later this year.
EMBLEM SELLS TO BALLATHIE
RAWBURN EMBLEM K127 (13 months)
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,
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.”
SECURE SEMEN RIGHTS ON THE EDGE
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.
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.’
will be available for domestic and international markets by February