February 2014: Ballathie Angus bulls sell to 9000gns at Stirling

The Ballathie Angus bulls sold well at Stirling with a top price of 9000gns for Ballathie Emblem M702. This March 2012-born Rawburn Emblem K127 son is out of the Blelack Justin Eric A283 daughter Ballathie Evora D319. He was purchased by Messrs Luxton and partners, North Alfordon, Oakhampton, Devon.

Then Ballathie Master Byron M763 sold for 5500gns to G W Fullarton and son, Cockburn, Duns, Berwickshire. He is also by Emblem and out of Ballathie Belle E503, a Blelack Evolution A327 daughter.

Many thanks to both buyers and we hope your purchasers go on to breed well for you.

Ballathie Hizzy

Ballathie Emblem K127

Ballathie Hizzy



February 2013: Ballathie herd named best genetically improved Charolais herd in Scotland

The Ballathie Charolais herd has been recognised for making the greatest genetic progress in Scotland during the last 12 months with the Harman Charolais Genetic Improvement Award 2013.

Herd progress was measured by the greatest improvement in the Self Replacing Index (SRI) for the calves born in 2011, and recorded over the 2011/2012 recording years. All Breedplan recording society members with a minimum recorded 10 calves were eligible to enter. During the 12 months, our 30-cow herd SRI has increased from an average SRI +34.5 to SRI +45.8.

We are delighted to take this award for Scotland and see the herd at a stage where it is on the road to success. We attribute that success to having bought in high figured bulls from a proven herd and also having reviewed our females and culled the poorer breeders.

The presentation was made at this month’s Charolais sale in Stirling where Ballathie also sold two bulls in to commercial herds. The first of which, selling at 3800gns was the ET-bred Ballathie Goliath, a Jumper son, out of the Hidalgo daughter Merville. This fully French-bred bull carries a TSI of +41. Next up selling for 3000gns was his full ET-bred brother Ballathie Giggsy.

Ballathie Hizzy

 John Milligan of Ballathie Estate (centre) pictured with Ben Harman and Charolais Society President Gilbert Crawford



February 2013: Ballathie secure new female Angus genetics

New female Angus genetics were sourced this month from the Society’s official sale in Stirling in the form of the March 2011-born ET-bred Belhaven Russian L326 from John and Teena Gilmour for 3400gns.

By the Hoff Limited Edition son Rawburn Enigma G653, she is out of the Vermillion Payweight J847 daughter Belhaven Ruisseau H062 who was a successful show heifer and is a daughter of Prairielaine 8116 Rosebud. She carries a TSI of +39 and a SRI of +46, along with a milk figure of +14.



December 2012: Ballathie Kira M717 wins Royal Highland Winter Fair Aberdeen Angus Calf Show

Ending the Ballathie show season on a high at the Royal Highland Winter Fair was our March-born heifer calf Ballathie Kira M717, who won the Aberdeen-Angus Calf Show at the event. By the privately purchased herd sire Rawburn Emblem K127, she is out of the TLA Northern Samurai daughter Ballathie Kim D302 who goes back to Kim of Fordafourie.

Also at the event, we stood first with Ballathie Brando M724, a March-born bull calf again by Emblem. This one is out of the Blelack Evolution A327 daughter Ballathie Brunette E475.

Ballathie Hizzy

Ballathie Kira M717



November 2012: Ballathie Hizzy takes junior female championship at Stars of the Future Calf Show

Our team of four winter show calves were out in force at Forfar Mart’s Stars of the Future Calf Show and brought home two firsts, a second and a fourth as well as a junior female championship.

Leading the way in the Charolais for us was Ballathie Hizzy, a March-born daughter of Balmyle Eclipse out of the Solitude Attaboy daughter Balmyle Dizzy. She won her heifer class and then went on to take the junior female championship under judge Alasdair Houston. In the bull class we took a first with Ballathie Hernandez, another March-born calf, this time by herd sire Balthayock Empire out of the Moyness Ambition daughter Ballathie Doris.

In the Aberdeen-Angus classes, which were judged by Hamish Sclater, we stood second with Ballathie Brando M724, a son of our herd sire Rawburn Emblem K127 out of the Blelack Evolution A327 daughter Ballathie Brunette E475, while standing fourth in her heifer class was Ballathie Kira M717. Again by Emblem, she is out of Ballathie Kim D302, a TLA Northern Samurai daughter.

Ballathie Hizzy

Ballathie Hizzy

Ballathie Hernandez

Ballathie Hernandez



Rawburn Elmo sold to new foundation herd in Aberdeenshire

We’re pleased to announce the sale of our current senior herd sire Rawburn Elmo G640 to George Marshall, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, where he will be herd sire for his recently established pedigree Aberdeen-Angus herd. Elmo, who is a son of Rawburn Lord Ross C216 and out of Rawburn Ella B180, has been a successful herd sire for us producing some great cattle, so we’d like to wish Mr Marshall the very best with him.

Also sold this month privately is the yearling bull Ballathie Longbow K369 to Andrew Duncan, Dumfires. This one is an April 2010-son of the previously mentioned Rawburn Elmo G640 and is out of the Aberann DMM Decision 26H daughter Ballathie Lady A106. Again, we’d like to wish Mr Duncan the best with his purchase.

Luddenmore Mr. Edition

Rawburn Elmo G640



Ballathie commercials in strong demand at Stirling

The Ballathie commercial herd had an exceptional day at United Auction’s Stirling Market on Wednesday 7 March, selling 46 Charolais cross calves to average 1069.57 (241p/kg). The calves all 10 months old were in strong demand from an eager ringside, with the herd also collecting the prize for the best pen of four and second in the individual bullock competition. The best pen of Charolais heifers from Ballathie sold at 284p/kg.



Ballathie sell two Charolais bulls to Messrs Savage

We’re pleased to announce the sale of two 2010-born Charolais bulls to The Firm of H Savage, Sheffield. First to sell on Mr Savage’s recent visit to Ballathie was the June 2010-born Ballathie Figo, a son of Edenhurst Cognac out of the Maerdy Oxo daughter Ballathie Stacey. He sold with a calving figure of +9, TSI of +44 and SRI of +38. Joining him is Piatroon Figaro, who was originally purchased privately as a calf at the foot of his mother Piatroon Venus, a Burradon Talisman. Figaro is by Edenhurst Pioneer and has a TSI and SRI of +41. We’d like to wish Mr Savage the very best with his purchases and look forward to hearing how their progeny perform.



Ballathie Stirling sales top at 5000gns

Leading our offering at Stirling this month was the April 2010 ET-bred Ballathie Elano K391. By BJ’s Enforcer 808, he is out of the MVRB Vision daughter Royal Estone Anne 23J and has a TSI of +41, a SRI of +48 and a milk figure of +10. He sold at 5000gns to Messrs Robert Mitchie and Sons, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

Next was another April 2010-born bull, this time Ballathie Beckham K360, who is a son of our senior stock bull Rawburn Elmo G640. He is out of the Blelack Evolution daughter Ballathie Brunette and sold with a TSI of +36, SRI of +41 and a milk figure of +12 to W McMillan, Co Down, Northern Ireland for 3500gns. At 2600gns was Ballathie Esteban K33,a March 2010-born son of Elmo again, this time out of the Blelack Justin Eric A283 daughter Ballathie Evora D319. He sold to Barron Farms, Preston.

Many thanks to all three buyers and we hope your purchasers go on to breed well for you.



Two bulls and a heifer sold privately to Yorkshire

We’re delighted to announce the private sale of two yearling bulls and one heifer to Peter Turnbull and family, Coxwold, York, Yorkshire. Peter has just purchased Ballathie Dida K423 and Ballathie Eric K385, both of which are sons of our senior herd sire Rawburn Elmo G640. Along with that purchase is the 2011-born Ballathie Evita L546, again by Elmo, she is out of the Netherton Billy Boy daughter Fyvie Evening Star Z238. We wish Peter all the best with his new arrivals.



Semen now available from Luddenmore Mr Edition J041

We are pleased to announce that semen is now available for sale from our herd sire Luddenmore Mr Edition J041.

Purchased privately in early 2011 Mr Edition is an exciting prospect at Ballathie. On his only outing for us to the Royal Highland Show in 2011 he stood overall junior champion, male champion and overall reserve breed champion. He has a TI of +31 and a SRI of +42.

To order semen please contact Jim Woodward. Tel: 07545 787311 or email


Luddenmore Mr. Edition

Luddenmore Mr Edition J041



Open stockjudging at Ballathie

The Perthshire District of JAC's Open Stockjudging will be held at Ballathie Estate this Sunday (22nd) from 2pm onwards. It’s 5 entry which includes refreshments. Please come along and support this event, we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.



Ballathie bulls for sale

Ballathie currently has a number of well grown, naturally fleshed, correct and good figured bulls for sale off the farm and for Stirling In February 2012.

Included in the offering are some excellent sons of our stock bull Rawburn Elmo G640, such as Ballathie Colonel K386 who is full brother to the February 2011 reserve overall and junior champion Ballathie Consort.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to arrange a private viewing ahead of the Stirling sale.


Ballathie Colonel K386



Calf Show success for Ballathie at Forfar and Winter Fair

The Ballathie Angus calves were out in force this back end and took prizes at the Stars of the Future calf show at Forfar Mart and at the Royal Highland Winter Fair. Taking second at Forfar was the Charolais bull calf Ballathie Grenadier by the herd’s stock bull Balthayock Darcy out of the Gretnahouse Ultimate daughter Moyness Champagne, while at the Winter Fair in the Aberdeen-Angus calf show, Ballathie Commander L535, who is a son of Rawburn Elmo G640 out of Ballathie Caroline F674, making him a full brother to the February 2011 reserve Stirling champion Ballathie Consort, came second in the baby bull class.



Ballathie is runner up in the Scottish Charolais Club competition

We were delighted to find out at Stirling in October that we had been given the runner up award in this year’s small herd’s section of the Central and North East Scotland club herd competition.

This year’s competition was judged by Colin Campbell of the Thrunton herd, Northumberland, back in the summer. This is a huge success for Ballathie as the Charolais herd is still in its infancy so we look forward to growing it and having more Charolais cattle out at summer shows and sales.


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