Britain's most expensive Angus bull smashes 50-year price record
A two-year-old Aberdeen-Angus bull has been sold to an American buyer for what is believed to be a UK record price of 75,000gns.
The existing record price at public auction has stood for almost 50 years since 1963 when Lindertis Evulse was sold at the Perth sales for 60,000gns.
This week’s sale of Balmachie Black Bear H050 by John Lascelles, Carnoustie, Angus, marks a new milestone for the Aberdeen-Angus breed and a re-opening of the export market to the USA which was a leading destination for Aberdeen-Angus bulls in the 1950s and 1960s.
“This is a major breakthrough for Aberdeen-Angus in the UK and we are delighted to have achieved this sale,” said John Lascelles, who has paraded the bull to championship success at three top shows over the past year.
“The buyer first saw the bull at the Royal Highland Show last June and has been relentlessly trying to buy him ever since. I am pleased that we have been able to retain the UK semen rights so the influence of this outstanding young bull will not be lost to the UK.”
Black Bear, a son of one of the leading sires in the breed, Rawburn Lord Ross C126 and out of a Blelack-bred cow by Blelack Lord Hornblower A243, has been in the championship line-up every time he has been shown, winning the reserve supreme championship at the Scottish National Calf Show as a 10-month-old calf in 2008, the junior and reserve supreme championship at the Royal Highland Show last June and culminating in the supreme championship at the National Calf Show at Carlisle last October.
Buyers, husband and wife, Jackie and Kelly Grisson of 8G Angus near Dallas, Texas, have leading herds of both Angus and Brangus (Brahman x Angus) and have built up a strong export trade in semen to Brazil and Venezuela.
Mrs Grisson saw the bull at the Highland Show and returned for the Calf Show in October determined to buy him.
The bull will remain at Balmachie for showing at the Highland in June before being sent to UK Sire Services in Devon for semen collection. He will then be shipped to the USA and Mr Lascelles has been asked to show him at the Houston Show.
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