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.
We returned to the Stirling Bull Sales in October 2020, this time with our own bulls to sell. We were over the moon when we took the second highest price on the day of 9000gns for Foxhill Dominator V185 while at 6400gns was Foxhill Dictator V186.
Then in February 2021 we had two bulls in Stirling, our first was Foxhill Domino V197 selling for 6000gns. This one is a full brother to our 9000gns Foxhill dominator V185 so he’s by Gretnahouse Blacksmith L500 and out of the 13,000gns Weeton Diamond Mist M351. Next up selling at 5000gns was the same way bred Foxhill Duncan V198.
Later the same year we added a number of additional females to the herd from the Bleclack dispersal, the first of which was Blelack Princess Carina U902. Sired by ONeills Black Bardolier (AI) (IMP), a bull noted for producing daughters with powerful performance traits. Her dam Blelack Princess Carina R508 is a true bull breeder, with three sons currently working in pedigree herds including Blelack Prince Colorado who sold for a high five figure sum in a private deal to Harestone.
Princess Carina U902 sold having been served by the 14,000gns bull Kilmaluag Eriskay and joined us at Foxhill for 32,000gns. We also purchased her May 2021-born daughter, Blelack Princess Carina X125, sired by Eriskay at 30,000gns. With all that breeding behind her, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this exciting calf.
The Princess Caroline family has been at the forefront for Blelack for some years, so we were delighted to secure Blelack Princess Caroline T867. By Weeton Evolution R447 whose progeny have achieved multiple top prices and show ring successes, we secured her for 28,000gns. She also proved herself by producing Blelack Prince Cartier who won the 2021 supreme championship at Stirling and later sold for 24,000gns, her heifer calf at foot sold for 16,000gns.
Again, looking ahead with young females we purchased a stand-out yearling heifer Blelack Evora W014. This January born yearling is a daughter of Eriskay. Her dam Blelack Evora T854 was considered one of the best cows in the herd by the Massie family and we purchased her for 16,000gns.