Borders share five-figure bull

Gretna House Blacksmith
Gretna House Blacksmith

WELL known Kelso breeders have bought a half share in an Aberdeen Angus bull for an undisclosed five-figure sum.

Purchasers Tom and Wendy Arnott of Haymount will share Gretnahouse Blacksmith (pictured) with breeder Alasdair Houston, Gretna House, Gretna Green.

Mr Houston said: “This bull has been one of those rare beasts that has been exceptional since the day he was born.

“Out of a two-year-old heifer, Blackbird J131, that I picked as my favourite when establishing the herd from Blelack, he has a great temperament and pedigree, with deep dam lines on both sides.”

Blelack Duke, the sire of Blacksmith, was imported from Canada as an embryo.

Mr Houston, who is retaining the animal as a stock sire, has shown Blacksmith twice, winning the championship at Dumfries and male champion at the Aberdeen Angus Winter National Show

Mr Houston, who has only recently moved into the breed, said: “He just gets better as he develops. I have been very lucky to breed one as good so soon.”

Mr Arnott stressed: “He is one of the best bulls I have seen in a lifetime of breeding Aberdeen Angus cattle, carrying many outstanding characteristics that I value highly. Together with his performance figures, he is a great prospect.”

Blacksmith’s first calves are due to be born this summer.