Low Arvie Open Day
Open Day at
Corsock, Castle Douglas
By kind permission
of Mike and June Taylor
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
Low Arvie is an upland farm of about 120 acres. It lies in
beautiful rolling countryside within a mosaic of farming and
"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
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
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
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
Highland Cow & Whitebred Shorthorn cross calf
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.