Aberdeen-An­gus still breed for

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FARMING -

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

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