Oakchurch bulls – private sales
Jeremy Price has announced the private sales of four young bulls – three Aberdeen-Angus and one Charolais – from his Oakchurch herds at Staunton-on-Wye, Hereford.
The Angus bulls are all AI sons of the Australian sire, Te Mania Berkley B1. Mr Price imported semen from this high performance bull, which has had 4400 progeny analysed in Australia and is in the the top 2% for calving ease, with a gestation period of -10 days, a Terminal Index of +44 and a Self Replacing Index of +58.
Heading to Genus, bought by the company’s beef sales manager, Arwel Owen, are the 16-month-old Oakchurch Duster M109, and the yearling bull Oakchurch Evor N123. Duster is out of the Rawburn Transformer daughter, Oakchurch Darling H080, and is a granddaughter of the herd’s foundation cow, Ballyheather Dolly. Evor, meanwhile, is out of the bought-in dam, Blelack Evora D988, which also bred the past Stirling champion, Blelack Earthquake K384.
“We are excited by the purchase of these two bulls at Genus. Their dams come from strong female lines, and their sire is a trait leader for gestation length and growth rates – we are already using a son of his, Te Mania Emperor, and have been really impressed with his calves on the ground,” explained Mr Owen.
The other Angus bull sold is Oakchurch Dynamic N114 (below), another Berkley son, which has sold to Essex-based breeders AL and D Irwin, for their Bonshaw herd. Born in January, 2013, he is out of Oakchurch Darlene E020, a Dalrene Cruz daughter which is a full sister to the Blelack stock bull, Oakchurch Dominator G035.
The Charolais bull, Oakchurch Igor (below), has sold privately to Neil and Graeme Massie’s 90-cow Blelack herd at Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. This 14-month-old is by the Prices’ privately-bought stock bull, Goldies Eddy (a grandson of Blelack Lucy), and out of the bought-in Goldies Uptowngirl, a Blelack Rustic daughter which the Massies describe as “one of the best cows in the breed”.
“Igor has a perfect balance of good figures and a strong pedigree – particularly his dam line. His full sister is one of the best cows in the Oakchurch herd,” said Graeme Massie, who will be putting his new purchase out to work at the end of June.