Leading Irish Aberdeen-Angus breeder, Albert de Cogan, owner of the renowned Mogeely herd at Killamuckey, Co Cork, has been confirmed as the judge of the Scotia Homes Black Beauty Bonanza show of Aberdeen-Angus yearlings and calves at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, on Saturday, January 19.

The pioneering annual show, launched by the North East Aberdeen-Angus Club in 1998 and now replicated by Aberdeen-Angus clubs throughout the UK and Ireland, had to be postponed from its usual November date because of livestock movement restrictions.

“We are delighted that Mr de Cogan has accepted our invitation to judge the Black Beauty,” said North East club chairman, Charles McCombie. “He is recognised as one of the leading breeders in Ireland and his Mogeely herd has an enviable show record stretching back over many years.”

Mr de Cogan this year won the coveted All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus championship at Bantry Show for the second year running with his stock bull, Glendara Walnut, and also the reserve championship with a yearling heifer, Portauns Black Beatrice.Mr de Cogan has been a leading buyer of Aberdeen-Angus females at sales in the UK over the past year, paying the top price of 6800gns for the reserve champion at Perth in February and the second top price of 6000gns for the yearling heifer champion and also paying the top price of 12,000gns for a heifer at the “Best of Blacks in the Borders” sale at St Boswells in November.

Mr de Cogan is currently president of the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association and serves on the Council of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society. He is a widely experienced judge having twice officiated at the breed’s main show and sale in Ireland at Carrick on Shannon. Last year, he also judged the North Ireland Aberdeen-Angus Club’s annual herd competition.