Aberdeen-Angus still breed for
The modern Aberdeen-Angus can compete on performance with any of the Continental breeds, and the premium for finished cattle makes them more profitable, according to leading finisher Ian Emslie, Little Barras, Laurencekirk.
Mr Emslie has stuck by the AberdeenAngus through good times and bad for 50 years and now with his wife, Margaret, and son John finishes 2,350 head a year – mostly heifers – to Scotbeef, Bridge of Allan for Marks and Spencer.
The cattle earn a premium of 30-35p a kg deadweight but this can sometimes be as high as 40p.
He will be in his usual place at the ringside at Thainstone Centre on Tuesday when Aberdeen and Northern Marts hope to have 600-700 AberdeenAngus on offer at their annual autumn show and sale of native breeds store cattle. “We finish mostly heifers and the Aberdeen-Angus heifer of today is a different proposition to the AberdeenAngus