A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DUNSYRE HERD OF BEEF SHORTHORNS
The herd was originally established as the Loch Awe herd in 1984 at Torran farm in Argyll. The original stock consisted of a number of Northern Dairy Shorthorns and some foundation stock bought from the famous Balmyle herd. The first stock bull was a Mandalong Super Elephant son bred at Uppermill.
The herd moved to Lanarkshire in 1989 when 20 further cows were bought from Balmyle. No females have been introduced to the herd in the last twenty-seven years.
Notable sires that we have used include the following.
Uppermill Rio. A white polled son of Balmyle Warpath.
Banner Instant Royal. Imported from Canada by Uppermill.
Glenisla Jacobite. A son of Diamond Xerxes out of an Egmont Exuberant daughter. A real herd builder.
Sutherland Bundaberg ET. Semen imported from the USA from David Ragsdale. Out of an Australian cow, Marellan Irish Isobel 38th, this homozygous polled bull has been an outstanding success breeding quite exceptional females
Groveland Puccini. Previously jointly owned with the Tofts herd.
Balmyle Zephyr. Previously used by Sandy Scarth on Orkney we brought him to Weston in 1992.
Uppermill Morse, Oldglenort Ury Motivator . Bought from James Porter together in 2008.
Aylward Luscious 2nd was Perth Champion in 2006 and we aquired him in 2008. A very easy-fleshing and easy-doing bull.
Langalbuinoch Barney was Stirling Champion in October 2010. Having previously admired him at the Highland Show we were delighted to be able to purchase this massive gentle giant. He brought real power to the herd.
Redhill Ferny was first seen as a calf alongside his dam, Redhill Bundaberg's Crocus. He has reinforced the traditional attributes of the breed to great effect.
Glenisla Guardsman II was purchased in October 2015. A son of Broughton Park Thunder he has already proved his quality with his first crop of heifers showing growth stretch and uniformity. Guardsman's performance figures are exceptional. A trait leader for 200 day growth he is in the top 10% of the breed for Calving Ease Direct and Calving ease Daughters, 200 day weight, 400 day weight, Milk, Carcase weight, Eye muscle area and Self replacing index.
We have always had a policy of using home bred bulls to reinforce the most successful bloodlines on the farm. These have included .Loch Awe Lovat. Loch Awe Prince of Darkness. Dunsyre North Star. Dunsyre Troubadour. Dunsyre Sutherland. Dunsyre Storm. Dunsyre Wrangler. Dunsyre Wolfstone. Dunsyre Yorkie, Dunsyre Asterix, Dunsyre Dreadnaught and Dunsyre Hamlet.
Asterix was an oustanding son of Dunsyre Wolfstone(P) who combined very easy calving, heavy milking ability and great muscularity. His grand-dam Loch Awe Primrose 2nd was one of our most successful breeding cows ever and was still going strong at 18 years of age. Wolfstone’s sire was Sutherland Bundaberg P ET. who’s semen we imported in 1998. Bundaberg proved to be a real herd-builder and his exceptionally balanced EBV’s have proved a real influence in the Dunsyre herd.