We recently welcomed Redhill Priddy to Fearn, he’s a Beef Shorthorn bull calf and was bred by Brenda Wear who lives in Somerset near the village of Priddy and hence the bulls name.
To be fair to the young fella its been quite an experience for him, separated from his mum at eight months of age before being transported 573 miles north to us but he’s settling in really well. He will spend the next couple of months in our isolation area which is something we always do as part of our health plan when bringing new animals into our herd. This area has a view over the cattle shed and farmyard and catches the winter sun so its not a bad place to spend his early days on the farm.
Seeing as he’s such a handsome young man Jimmy our bull guru will halter train him just in case we need to show him or collect semen from him when he’s older and one of the benefits of that process is that he will become even quieter than he already is.
We have sometimes been asked what do you look for when buying a new bull, we look at many things including health status, estimated breeding values, structure and correctness and of course breeding, who are his parents and will he breed like them?
In this case it was all about the breeding, Priddy has an outstanding pedigree with proven genetics on both sides, his mum has two famous grandfathers in Tofts Romany and Sutherland Bundaberg and his dad is Bemore Fuel Injected V12 and Australian bull born in the year 2000 which had semen sent to the UK.
I first saw progeny from V12 when I visited the Glenisla herd owned by the Gibb family near Glenisla and amongst others saw a tremendous red son named Glenisla Vagabond running with highland cows.
In hindsight I maybe should have tried to buy him but bought semen from his father instead and inseminated a few cows with Fearn Abraham, sold for 5500gns and Fearn Nesta A being the resulting progeny.
Nesta A bred Fearn Elmer possibly the best bull we have bred to date so as you can imagine we are very excited that Priddy has arrived and look forward to sending him out to work next summer. We will of course keep you updated and share photos and information about him as he grows up.