Aberdeen Angus fills up export order

The order book is full for Aberdeen Angus cattle for export to the Continent, following a breed promotion by the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society at three major European shows.

The export push has been led by the society's president, Nigel Hammill, and chief executive, Ron McHattie, who, along with other breeders, manned breed promotional stands at the three shows last month: Eurotier in Hanover, Germany; Polagra in Poznan, Poland; and Indagra in Bucharest, Romania.

The good news is that a large party of German breeders has also signalled its intention to be present at the Perth bull sales in February.

Since the lifting of the export ban earlier this year, more than 200 Aberdeen Angus cattle have been exported to Estonia, Germany, Switzerland, Romania and France.

"This is just a start," said Hammill. "The potential is massive and is largely being driven by demand for Aberdeen Angus cattle in Russia, where a quality beef

industry is developing fast."

The Aberdeen Angus stand at Eurotier attracted thousands of visitors during the show's week-long run. The stand featured two recently-imported Scottish-bred cattle: the yearling heifer, Cardona Edwina, and the young bull,

Kincardine Castle Proud Jeff, kindly loaned by German Angus president Karl-Otto Lauk.

"Two shows, which were held on a raised revolving stage in front of a four-minute slide show, allowed us to present the Aber-deen Angus breed to advantage in front of 100-strong audiences," said Hammill.