Following in the footsteps of his grandmother the Queen Mother, HRH Prince Charles is the patron of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society. The Prince of Wales has a successful Aberdeen-Angus
herd at Highgrove and takes an active interest in the Castle of
Mey herd in Caithness which is now run by The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust.
The Aberdeen-Angus breed was developed in the early part of the 19th century from the polled and predominantly black cattle of North east Scotland known locally as “doddies” and “hummlies”.
The earliest families trace back to the middle of the eighteenth century but it was much later that the Herd Book (1862) and the Society (1879) were founded. The breed’s establishment was entirely due to the efforts of three very progressive lairds and farmers of that time.
Hugh Watson became tenant of Keillor Farm in Angus in 1808. He gathered stock widely and produced cattle of outstanding quality and character.
William McCombie took the farm of Tillyfour in Aberdeenshire in 1824 and founded a herd from predominantly Keillor bloodlines. His well documented close breeding produced outstanding cattle that he showed widely in England and France. The reputation of the Aberdeen-Angus breed was founded on the efforts of the McCombie family.
Sir George Macpherson-Grant returned to his inherited estate at Ballindalloch, on the River Spey, from Oxford in 1861 and took up the refining of the breed that was to be his life’s work for almost 50 years.
By line breeding and selection for type, these early pioneers established the foundation for what is arguably the greatest beef breed in the world.
In those early days Britain was regarded as the fount of Aberdeen-Angus genetics and leading world breeders came here to source stock. The export market has continued to favour the Aberdeen-Angus breed and now breeders look worldwide to source the very
2007 Record female price of 30,000gns paid for Netherton Missie A114
2006 Cardona Jewel Eric sells for 38,000gns
2005 Lorabar Rosham sells in Perth for the highest October price of 24,000gns
2005 Netherton Figo from W and D McLaren sells for 30,000gns in February at Perth - the first at that money for some 40 years
2004 Justin Eric X47 of Blelack wins the Royal Show interbreed for Shadwell Estates – a first for some 37 years.
2004 Blelack Black Bellringer Y391 wins the Balmoral Show interbreed for Bernard Mairs
2005 Record female price of 20,000gns paid for Netherton Fleur Y298
2000 Highest price bull in Perth for 35 years, Jeremy Eric of Bridgfoot sells for 28,000gns.
2000 Record female price of 16,000gns for Skaill Diana X16
1999 Carlhurlie Queto wins the Royal Highland Show interbreed for Rae Grieve.
1996 Netherton Estona O5 and Mushroom Friar Fergus win the Burke Trophy at the Royal Show.
1995 Record female price of 11,000gns for Edwina 4th of Monkwood
1993 HF Miss Tip Top 5X wins the Royal Highland Show interbreed for Fyfie.
1991 Early Sunset coalition 31 U wins the Royal Highland Show interbreed for Cambusbarron.
1990 Sunset Acres bang wins the Royal Highland Show interbreed for Humbie.
1963 Record price of 60,000gns for Lindertis Evulse from at Perth
1962 Record price of 33,000gns for Jumbos Eric of Candacraig.
1959 Record price of 25,000gns paid for Elevate of Eastfield from Tom Brewis at Perth
1952 Record price of 11,000gns (first five figure price) for Evaberg of Hampton Lucy at Perth.
1946 Record price of 7500gns for Erivin of Harviestoun at Perth.
1921 Record price of 3000gns for Black Idol at Perth.
1879 Polled Cattle Society (now The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society) formed.
1878 Aberdeen-Angus stand supreme against 1694 cattle of all breeds at Paris Universal Exhibition.
1867 Black Prince becomes the first Aberdeen-Angus steer to win the supreme championship at the Royal Smithfield Show.
1863 First show and sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls at Perth.