Established by the late James Milne the Elgin Herd of pedigree Charolais was formed in 1976 with the purchase of Espley Melody. The herd now stands at 50 breeding females, many retaining the original bloodlines with few female purchases over the years. Our aim has been to breed cattle with conformation, length and growth in that order as this is what the market requires and is evidant at every store cattle sale in the country.
Our bloodlines from past stock bulls include Tattenhall Impeccable, MMB Apollon, Goldies Picador, Maerdy Director, Blanerne Fearless, Shamleys Hero, Derrygiff Mills, Allanfauld Vagabond, to the present French influence with Major and Padirac. One of our best ever females arrived inside her mother from Perth, a Tullygarley Bermuda daughter by the name of Elgin Frances. She was with us for 11 years and left us with 11 calves including 3 sets of twins. 3 of her daughters are still going strong today but her legacy was stamped throughout the herd by her homebred son, Elgin Impala. A powerhouse of a bull, in his prime he tipped the scales at well over 1500kgs. Frances was a fantastic milker and this is evidant in the current herd.
CURRENT STOCK BULLS
1st in his class Perth Versace was purchased in partnership with Inverlochy for his size, female line and figures at the time of CH38. His sire Major has also bred many champions
Versace as he stands today approaching 3 1/2 years
A selection of Versace's January born calves, his heifer calves show particular promise
Uruguy was purchased privately in France in partnership with Harestone herd where he stood 1st in his class at 10 months old. He is very correct with excellent conformation. His sire Padirac (Maerdy) has already proven himself with sons selling to 30,000gns and daughters lifting royal championships.
Tyrol was purchased from France in a four way split with Harestone, Allanfauld, Corrie and ourselves. A seasoned campaigner on the show circuit he's collected many championships and he caught our eyes at an early age. After patient negogiation he finally arrived in Scotland late 2006. Tyrol is a 'British' type Charolais with clean lines, length and correct legs/locomotion which is sadly lacking in many of the modern French Bred Charolais. He has superb power and when in condition tips the scales at 1400kgs plus. The females he sired in France were in a class of their own and we are looking forward to his first calves which are due in December 2007. Tyrol semen will be available shortly.
Rumsden Samurai has bred some superb females for us and is sadly no longer here. They are good milkers with plenty of size and have excellent temperaments, the Vagabond blood flows down to the next generation providing plenty of style and comformation
Elgin Vienna by Samurai had a tremendous show season in 2006 including 1st prize at the Highland Show and representing the Charolais in the group of 4 interbreed team, Charolais champion and reserve overall at Nairn show, Overall Champion at both Keith and Grantown shows against stiff competition
Another Samurai daughter breeding well with her first heifer calf by Mortimers Rosalier showing great potential and a tremendous Gower Versace bull calf just weaned, Elgin Ceaser, one to watch out for!
Tootsie, (Prospect) is one of our top females in the herd, she debueted at the Winter Fair 204 where she was Reserve pure-bred Charolais champion and went on to take 2nd in her class at the highland show 2005. Her first heifer is due to calf in December 2007, her first son "Bonnie Prince Charlie" is going to Perth in November 2007 and this years bull calf 'Champion' speaks for itself
We were very fortunate to get the use of Inverlochy Resolve for a few months winter retreat from his illustrious show career and he left some good females with tremendous size as Unis demonstrates pictured here as a heifer
Pictured here at 10 months old Anna is by Harestone Saffran, one of the first French bulls to arrive at Harestone. Her first calf is a heifer by Samurai and is showing potential
Along side the pedigree herd we also run a suckler herd helping to promote our bulls breeding potential as we only use homebred bulls for crossing with the exception of heifers going to a limousin for their 1st calving and Belguim Blue X Dairy cows to get replacements. Elgin Texas (Prospect) has bred many top show calves including 'The Little Minx' which sold for �3,500 at the September spectacular 06, 'Side Show Bob' junior steer champion Smithfield 04 and the champion charolais bullock and best bred by exhibitor Christmas Classic Thainstone 06. Before Texas, Elgin Olympic bred the 2002 steer and reserve overall at Smithfield, 'Treble Chance'. Olympic also sired the mother of this years star, 'Mighty White' due to appear at the Winter Fair 2007
Three cross calves sired by Elgin Texas
Semen available from Rumsden Samurai at �25/straw plus vat (no royalties)
Semen will soon be available from Harestone Tyrol
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