Fearn Godfather by the gentle giant Dakota of Upsall, was used briefly before we sold him as a two year old for 10,000gns in Stirling 2015.
In hindsight maybe we shouldn’t have sold him, we did swither at the time but bills need paid and off he went, when Coldrochie decided to sell we went to view him pre-sale and thought that buying him back was worth considering.
We bought him back at their dispersal and are delighted with his progeny, they are very easy fleshing stylish cattle which are easily calved and quick to their feet, he is a trait leader for 5 individual traits and is amongst the highest bulls in the breed on all three indexes.
His 2019 crop of calves, 7 bulls averaged £7,693 whilst, 6 heifers averaged £3,400, they sold to new homes all over the UK and Ireland.
To view his full pedigree and up to date EBVs click here.
Semen is available from Fearn Godfather at £40 per straw, with a minimum order of 3 straws. For more information or to order semen please email email@example.com
Other semen available for sale include:
Fearn Elmer priced at £30 per straw, to view his pedigree click here.
Podehole Fenman priced at £25 per straw, to view his pedigree click here.
Lambing is certainly looming large at Fearn, our stud (those we breed our rams from) ewes are due on April 1st and with our crossbred ewes hot on their heels on 18th April its going to be a busy month.
Our team which is a mixture of full time staff members, family and seasonal staff are ready and looking forward to the challenge of lambing both inside and out at Fearn and Scotsburn where we contract farm for R W Durham and partners.
Over the past few years our system has evolved from one which relied heavily on bought in concentrate feeding to one which has grass and forage at its main driver. We still use some hard feed for those ewes lambed inside but that’s now part of a ration mixed in our tub feeder which basically mixes various ingredients including silage, wheat dark grains and home grown oats and barley.
We also use a little liquid feed for triplets and quads and we find that our ewes are more settled they don’t have to rush to feed twice a day as they used to and eat little and often to satisfy their appetites.
In an ideal world we would lamb everything outside at grass but being able to take higher value ewes and those carrying multiples inside makes sense, predators and a bitter east wind can make lambing a real challenge at Fearn.
Over the past twenty years we have taken steps to improve shelter around the farm and we now have a network of hedges providing much needed shelter and wildlife corridors for a wide variety of species some of which we see on a regular basis on our daily rounds.
For anyone passing the farm on a regular basis at lambing time they will see the numbers of new born lambs increasing on a daily basis and often these lambs are fresh which means just born.
Sometimes we get concerned phone calls from members of the general public that our sheep are lambing in the field, this is quite natural, our team tour the fields regularly during daylight hours and assist where necessary.
Ideally ewes will get on with things themselves and lambs will get up and suckle quickly without assistance, watching this happen gives us immense satisfaction its one of the highlights of our job during the spring.