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t of family farm autumn and it is hard to source cows that are good enough, so when we have a good cow we will give her every chance. “It is also difficult to find the right bull of any breed now. I think the focus has gone too much on EBVs. We still like to choose our bulls through bloodlines and appearance, they have to have width and good top lines.”

Limousin bull In the late 1990s a Limousin bull called Cowtham Justice, costing 2,000gns, did very well in the herd and many of the cows can be traced back to it. It was also the sire of Unique, a heifer which was champion at Thainstone Spring Show and sold to Allan McGregor, Glenfarg. It went on to win the Royal Highland Show and was reserve at the Scottish Winter Fair in 2000. Recently, Powerhouse Harlequin and Calogale Irresistible have been successful sires in the herd,

Farm facts n 113ha (280 acres) owned n 324ha (800 acres) tenanted n Including 30ha (75 acres) spring barley, 2ha (five acres) turnips and 324ha (800 acres) rotational and permanent grass n All Less Favoured Area rising from 76m (250ft) to 305m (1,000ft) above sea level n 170 suckler cows n 700 ewes

with calves selling to £9,000, £7,800, £6,050 and £6,000 in the last 18 months. The British Blue bull Bringlee Volkawagen has also left some great females in the herd and has had calves sell to a top of £3,500. The Limousin Whinfellpark Iago joined the herd last year and the first calves are on the ground now and looking promising.

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