A son of the 24,000gns sire Lockerley Legolas G850 has become the most expensive Aberdeen-Angus bull to the 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.
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 his breeders. His sire, Legolas, was purchased in Perth, February 2009, for 24,000gns by the Rawburn and Idvies herds.
Black Hawk comes from two of the best performing lines in the breed, being a son of Legolas, a bull in the top 1% of the breed for 400-day growth rate and the top 10% for 200 and 600-day growth rates, and out of Rawburn Blackbird G729, a granddaughter of the noted sire Rawburn Transformer, which is in the top 10% for 200, 400 and 600-day growth rates.
Commenting on his purchase Mr Brooke said he had been keen to secure Black Hawk for his fast establishing herd as he offered an exceptional combination of top genetics and performance and is from easy calving lines which should transmit well to his progeny.
“From the outset we’ve been determined to establish a high genetic merit herd and Black Hawk will complement our foundation female purchases well. He brings proven bloodlines, combined with excellent breed character and exceptional fleshing. He is, in short, everything you could want in a modern Aberdeen-Angus bull.”
Breeder John Elliot jnr said he had been reluctant to sell Black Hawk so young, but having seen the quality of females Mr Brooke had founded his herd on he was excited to see what the young bull could achieve.
“The combination of this stylish young bull and exceptional, proven maternal lines at Linton Gilbertines should produce some very exciting prospects for the future of the breed. Cogent Breeding is currently collecting semen and we hope to have semen available for the UK and worldwide markets in the near future,” he added.