Situated near Banchory, Neil and June Barclay’s
farming enterprise branches out from Harestone encompassing land as far afield
as Huntly to make up a unit of some 3,300 acres, one of the largest agricultural
The land comprises of 1800 acres mainly owned for the arable production of spring barley grown for malt, winter wheat for distilling and potatoes grown for seed. The “added value” factor is the key to improving returns in these tight times the industry is facing emphasises Neil.
The remaining 1500 acres combine rented grassland and hill grazing to sustain the acclaimed 1000 cow suckler herd which recently was runner up in the Scottish and Northern Charolais Breeders/Bank of Scotland suckler herd of the year 2002 awards thanks to the integrity and professionalism of Farm Manager Bill Johnston and his dedicated team of 9 men.
The first Charolais arrived at Harestone in the early 80’s and was a rare sight in Deeside at the time.
The business was a typical 300 acre mixed unit carrying a traditional suckler herd. The impact of the Charolais as first choice terminal sire allowed the business to expand and the pedigree herd alone now boasts 200 breeding females along with 1000 commercial – little wonder as the commercial herd requires up to 30 bulls at any one time.
With the increasing
Testament to the breeding regime at Harestone is reflected in the prices paid for the store cattle sold through Thainstone and Huntly Markets from November to April. The herd’s progeny are always within the top 5% of the day’s trade.
With all the activity on the farm you would
imagine Neil has his hands full – he also owns one of the largest John Deere
The Charolais remains a passion of Neil’s and
the herd resides at Wartle under the watchful eye of very experienced stockman
James Reid and his assistant
The top priced bull from the Harestone fold,
Harestone Unclesam sold for 20,000gns at the October
At the Royal Highland Show in 2004 a very
successful achievement was gained with Classy Cow “Harestone Rumba” which was
the champion of the beef interbred competition. Rumba was bred in
For more information on our Pedigree Stock - to purchase an outstanding Bull or enquire about our wide range of semen for sale please do not hesitate to contact Neil Barclay on 07836 717277 or Bill Johnston on 07836 665177.
Herd Sires at Harestone
Hermes Dam: Lambada
Charolais Breed & Interbreed Champion at Royal Highland Show 2004
Purchased for 14,000gns, Perth October 2002 between Inverlochy, Elgin and Harestone
Sire: Allanfauld Vagabond
Dam: Rumsden Olala
Sire: Harestone Rover Dam: Harestone Nanette
Bulls always available for work
Visitors welcome by appointment
Neil Barclay: 07836 717277
Bill Johnstone: 01330 844 687
Jim Reid: 01464 841367