Aberdeen Angus bull© Tim Scrivener

The World Angus Forum kicks off this week (16 June) and will run until Sunday 2 July.

The event includes national tours, herd visits and an array of great social events in Scotland, England and Ireland, along with the official World Angus Forum programme in Edinburgh.

Delegates will travel to the UK from all over the world to celebrate the Aberdeen-Angus breed in its original home, and it’s not too late to join them.

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Attendees can go to as many or as few events as they like.

On 27 June, delegates will visit the renowned Rawburn herd as part of the Scottish leg of the forum. The herd, own by John Elliot and family, is now widely recognised as the highest-performing Aberdeen-Angus herd in the UK.

It has the eight highest terminal index females in the UK. Maternal traits are no less impressive, with the herd boasting eight of the top 10 cows in the UK for self-replacing index.

The efficiency and quality of the Rawburn operation is further highlighted by the fact that in 2016, the Rawburn herd bred seven of the top 10 male calves for terminal index, and six of the top 10 for self-replacing index. No other herd bred more than one.

If you haven’t already registered, you can do so online at the World Angus Forum website.. Alternatively you can phone Conference Partners on 0044 131 306 012.

Tour information

England tour (16-20 June)

  • Visit to the Rosemead Aberdeen-Angus Herd: 16 June
  • Royal Three Counties Show with the National show of Aberdeen-Angus cattle: 17 June
  • Visit to the award-winning Daylesford Organics farm: 18 June
  • Visit to the Tofts Aberdeen-Angus herd: 20 June

Ireland tour (24-26 June)

  1. All-Ireland Championships at Newry Showground: 24 June
  2. Visit to the Silent Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty: 25 June
  3. Visit to the Gigginstown Aberdeen-Angus herd at Gigginstown Stud Farm: 25 June
  4. Tour of the Guinness storehouse. Visit Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction: 26 June

Scotland tour (27 June-2 July)

  • Visit the Rawburn Aberdeen-Angus herd, the UK’s highest-performing herd: 27 June
  • Highland Club exhibition at Dingwall Mart: 27 June
  • Visit to Tillyfour herd, home of the late William McCombie, one of the founding breeders: 30 June
  • Visit to Glamis Castle for the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to Hugh Watson, one of the founding breeders: 1 July
  • Finale of the World Angus Forum youth competition at Netherton Farm, and a tour of the Netherton and Highland Wagyu Angus herds: 2 July
  • World Angus Forum programme (Edinburgh, 21-26 June)
  • Royal Highland Show, with more than150 Aberdeen-Angus cattle: 22-24 June
  • Visit to Mosshall Farm to see a rare collection of Red Angus cattle: 24 June
  • The gala dinner at the National Museum of Scotland: 26 June