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The Whitebred Shorthorn Association

Secretary
Jane Wilson
Gibshiel, Tarset, Hexham
Northumberland NE48 1RR
Tel: 01434 240 435
whitebredshorthorn@gmail.com

Low Arvie Open Day

Open Day at

Low Arvie, Corsock, Castle Douglas

By kind permission of Mike and June Taylor

Thursday 6th September 2018

The Whitebred Shorthorn Association are organising a farm walk at Low Arvie, Corsock, Castle Douglas, on 6th September 2018 by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Mike and June Taylor.

The Taylors moved their farming operation from the island of Arran to Corsock in September 2017. They wanted to be nearer family and were finding island life difficult due to a reliance on a very busy ferry service. Their livestock comprise of Highland, Highland x Whitebred Shorthorns and pedigree Whitebred Shorthorn cows and followers.

Despite the Taylor’s having only been at Low Arvie for 9 months at the time of writing this, it is impressive how much has been achieved in improvements to the house, steading and land.

Low Arvie

Low Arvie

Low Arvie is an upland farm of about 120 acres. It lies in beautiful rolling countryside within a mosaic of farming and forestry. The "Glentyne" Whitebred Shorthorn herd comprises of 10 heifers and young cows bought at the Association official sales over the last 2 to 3 years. Many of them were champions and class prize winners. These include animals from Blackburn, Hottbank and Corrie. The herd has recently been expanded with the purchase of 7 in-calf cows and heifers from the dispersal of the Forestry Commission herd at Loch Katrine. (see below) This addition includes bloodlines going back to Blackburn, Barlaes, Parton and Longley bloodlines.

April 2018 born calves in the foreground

April 2018 born calves in the foreground

By September, most of the 17 females will have calves at foot so there will be plenty to see and discuss. The calves are sired by Northwood George, Blackburn Grafter and Parton Mastercard. There will be three 18 month old bulls by the Carlisle Junior Champion Northwood George to view as well as the Highland Fold and crossbred cows and calves.

The day will commence with a look round the cattle followed by a late lunch (catering will be provided) and an opportunity for discussion on the way forward for the breed. We hope for a really good turnout of Whitebred Shorthorn Association members. Please try and make the effort. There will be some advertising of the day in the national farming press so there will undoubtedly be potential new customers present.

Young bulls taking sun shelter

Young bulls taking sun shelter

More details on how to get to Low Arvie and the itinerary for the day will be provided shortly. We look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Loch Katrine Whitebred herd dispersed

Due to a restructuring of Forestry Commission Scotland and reduction in field staff the Katrine Whitebred Shorthorn herd was dispersed in Spring 2018. 9 in-calf females, 4 bulls and 7 heifers were sold. Fortunately the female stock have all gone to Association members where their progeny will be registered. Most of the cows can be seen at Low Arvie at the Farm Walk.

Blackburn Holly & Grafter

Blackburn Holly & Grafter

Highland Cow & Whitebred Shorthorn cross calf

Highland Cow & Whitebred Shorthorn cross calf

The Loch Katrine grazing project was a wonderful advert for the use of the Whitebred Shorthorn. The project was an extensive grazing project where Highland cows were used for conservation grazing. The cows were wintered and calved outdoors and the Whitebred Shorthorn proved to be the ideal sire being docile, easy of calving and hardy. The offspring grew quickly and found ready markets with the bulling heifers topping the market at the Oban breeding cattle sales on one occasion. In recent years the females were all sold privately as bulling heifers. The steers sold privately to a finishing unit in Aberdeenshire.

 


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