21 January 2000

Aberdeen-Angus on the comeback trail at Perth

By Jeremy Hunt

A RECORD entry of pedigree bulls, the biggest parade of Aberdeen-Angus sires for 20 years and a break with the traditional sale programme mark the forthcoming bull sale week in Perth (Feb 6 – Feb 10).

The main change in sale arrangements centres on the bumper entry of 218 Aberdeen-Angus bulls. These will now be shown on Monday and sold on Tuesday.

"We havent had as many Aberdeen-Angus bulls for 20 years and when you consider that we were only cataloguing around 50 bulls 10 years ago it just shows how popular the breed is becoming.

"Finishers have been earning a premium for Aberdeen-Angus steers through the breeds marketing schemes and theres a lot of interest coming from suckler herd owners who want to run a closed herd and favour the Angus," said United Auctions auctioneer David Leggat.

Despite such a large overall entry of bulls – and the sale now has official status from Belgian Blue and Blonde dAquitaine breed societies – Mr Leggat says he believes the stronger market for commercial beef cattle should bring its influence to bear on the Perth trade.

"Im encouraged by the increasing stability of the beef market and we saw a rise, albeit a slight one, in the value of store cattle last autumn.

"To have this number of bulls in one centre not only provides beef producers with a vast selection of sires but the sheer volume on offer means that buyers are guaranteed value. To get good value you need numbers."

A feature of Perth week will be a large selection of females being offered from leading herds in several breeds. Again, Aberdeen-Angus females are at a record level with 91 catalogued and including drafts from Mosston Muir, Linburn and an interesting consignment of BLUP recorded females from John Elliotts Rawburn herd.

Among continental breed female sales the 75 head from the dispersal of Barclay Forrests Whitemire Simmental herd are expected to draw a big crowd. &#42