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HISTORY OF INKSTACK
...The Story so Far...
The breeding programme focussed on calving ease, milk and shape. We calve the cows outdoors in the very North of Scotland in January through April. The cows are outwintered about 1 mile from the farm steading so it is vital that cows calve themselves and that calves get up and sook after calving. We calve our heifers at 2 years old, in the firm belief that commercial cattle should be able to calve down as 2 year olds to maintain profitability. Therefore the pedigrees must be able to do the same. They also need to be able to milk well to rear a good calf and maintain body condition to get back in calf within 3 months. It does not seem to be a problem for the Angus heifers.
This focus on milk and calving has shown through in the Self Replacing Index values since we started recording. We have three cows by Royal Added Value and would have liked more. They are not large but have good, tight udders, small teets and leave exceptionally shaped calves. Other bulls that have left good cows: RawburnTransformer, Wedderlie Netmark, Ranui Impact .
Homebred bulls have been kept by TLA Northern Samurai, Royal Added Value, Rawburn Transformer and Ranui W Impact. Our previous stock bull, Inkstack Fusilier was an interesting blend of Impact, Transformer and Added Value, with good figures across the board, kept to put size in the females while retaining the milking ability, calving ease and shape we?ve been focussing on. Unfortunatey he had to be culled due to injury and ws replaced with our current stock bull Inkstack Premier K387