The Fearn herd of Beef Shorthorns was founded in 1995 with stock from the Calrossie dispersal. The founding females were Calrossie Diva Ruth and Calrossie Maralle who came with heifer calf Calrossie Mussette at foot.
The herd is now based on two main female families, the Passion family and the Monique family, with the Passion family going back to Glenisla Fairy Clipper, a heifer purchased from Major Gibb’s herd, and the Monique family going back to Calrossie Musette.
Recent additions included eight cows purchased in New Zealand, which were bought from the dispersal of Bill and Judy Austen’s herd which was widely regarded as one of the best in New Zealand. These cows have subsequently been flushed, with the first calves now on the ground and showing great promise.
The aim of the herd is to breed functional, commercially relevant Beef Shorthorns, with the herd focussed on breeding bulls suited to breeding long-lived and milky suckler cows which are fit for purpose.
Bulls from the herd are sold both at home and at the breed society sale at Stirling, selling to a top of 11,000gns for Fearn Scotsman.
The Passion family is descended from Glenisla Fairy Clipper K33, an Uppermill Lister daughter which was purchased from Major Gibb. This line is one of the most dominant in the herd today, with Fearn Passion being the dam of noted sire Fearn Wyvis which sold for 8000gns at Perth.
Retained females from this line exude breed character and maternal ability, being easy calved, full of milk and stamping their progeny with correctness and style.
Current cows from this line include Fearn Passion X, a Fearn Talisman daughter and Fearn Passion Z563, a Dunsyre North Star daughter. A polled female line, the Passion family is well suited to producing naturally fleshed cattle which thrive on a high forage ration.
Bred from one of the herd’s foundation purchases, Calrossie Mussette, a Chapelton Fulcrum daughter, the Monique family carries great maternal strength, coupled with the ability to produce bulls which carry these maternal instincts through to their daughters.
The Monique family sits alongside the Passion family as being a leading line in the herd, producing a number of retained females including Fearn Petal B787 and Fearn Petal Delia D900.
Fearn Petal, dam of the 11,000gns Fearn Scotsman also comes from this family, marking it out as a great bull breeding line.
A number of influential stock sires have been used over the years and have left lasting legacies in the herd, including homebred bull Fearn Nightcap, without a doubt the most influential sire used to date. Nightcap, a son of Belmore Uptown, sired the 11,000gns Fearn Scotsman and left a strong female legacy.
Other sires which have left their mark through the years include Glenisla Tam, an Eionmore Mr Gus 80C son, and Australian bull Bundaleer Yankee Cruiser Y2. Yankee Cruiser’s son Fearn Bundaleer 762 was another noted bull in the herd and sired the 7500gns Fearn Dunrobin.
Meonhill Highland Captain
This son of Eionmore Highlander is out of Meonhill Blythesome, a Chapelton Winsome daughter and was bought for his strength and power combined with his excellent conformation and locomotion.
A stand out bull from day one his progeny have matched his promise, delivering easy fleshing characteristics coupled with growth and breed character in abundance.
Dakota of Upsall
Purchased in February 2012 for 10,000gns Dakota of Upsall is one of the best Shorthorn bulls to have worked at Fearn Farm. He carries great power and growth and has passed this on to his early progeny, leaving excellent females which will mature in tremendous cows.
Dakota is sired by Broughton Park Thunder and is out of a Watchman of Upsall-sired dam. A great combination of the best Shorthorn genetics in the world, his legacy will undoubtedly be long-lived in the Fearn herd.
A recent addition to the sire line-up in the Fearn herd, Podehole Fenman was bought for 10,000gns at Stirling in February 2014.
This Chapelton Clansman son is out of Podehole Phantasy Aurora, a Podehole Yeti daughter and was without a doubt a stand out bull at the sale. His breeding combines some of the strongest bloodlines in the breed and he will make an excellent cow breeder, coming with a milk figure of +11 and SRI of +21. We look forward to putting him to work on both Highlander and Dakota daughters in the near future.