It’s no secret that Michael has a huge passion for the Aberdeen-Angus breed and ever since his grandfather sold off the Staplegrove herd he’s wished to get back in to the breed, so in October 2015 the breed made their return to Foxhillfarm when we bought a brace of foundation females.
But, while there have been a number of opportunities to buy Aberdeen-Angus in the last few years, we have been waiting to find a proven cow to start the herd with. In selecting our foundation females we were looking for correct, natural fleshing cattle without heavy fat briskets and we found this in Weeton Diamond Mist M351 and purchased her for 13,000gns at John Loftus’ Weston total herd sale in Stirling in 2015.
As well as Diamond Mist we also liked her bull calf and full sister, the bull calf Weeton Diamond Mine P444 sold to the Deveron herd of the Sclater family, but we were lucky enough to secure her full sister, the 2013-born Weeton Diamond Mist N383 for 7000gns.
Both females are sired by GH Coverboy Eric 110R and out of Big Sky Diamond Mist 350, an Aberan DMM Decision 26H daughter.
Diamond Mist N383’s first calf, Foxhill Decision S088, stood second in his class at Devon County Show in 2017 and then went on to sell at Carlisle in September that year for 2700gns.
To date we have since flushed both females to Gretnahouse Blacksmith L500 and Rawburn Blackhawk L261 and are now in calf to Rawburn Elysium F547.