Strathisla Farms

Great sales and a new bull on the block from October Bull Sales

The highlight of the October Stirling Bull Sales was certainly being asked to judge the Simmental entry and I was delighted to be able to purchase the overall champion, Ranfurly Jackpot, from the Hazelton family. This Team Celtic son caught my eye for his style, locomotion and great carcass characteristics and later purchased him for 14,000gns. We’re particularly excited to see how he knits with Grafter daughters.

Blelack Colonel

In the sale ring our top priced Simmental was Strathisla Jack, a Dirnanean Grafter son which sold for 8200gns to repeat buyer M Cruikshank, Old Meldrum. We also sold Strathisla Jethro for 4200gns to yet another repeat buyer, this time Gartincaber Farms, Drymen, while at 4000gns Strathisla Justice was knocked down to the Scottish Government Bull Stud.

Meanwhile, our sole Charolias entry, Cardean Otton, a son of Maerdy Henley, sold for 5000gns to T Millar and Son, Ringford, who have bought Simmental bulls from us before.

We’d like to wish all the buyers of our bulls the very best of luck and thank them for their repeat custom.



Strathisla Simmental females in demand at Stirling 

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we offered daughters of our highly successful stock bull Islavale Donald at the recent Stirling sale. We had tremendous interest in the heifers both at the sale and prior to that on farm and we'd like to wish all the buyers the very best with their purchases. 

Leading the way for us at 6800gns was Strathisla Honesty's Twiggy, which sold to Harte Peate Ltd, Ireland. This April 2016-born heifer is out of the Dressage Victorious daughter, Strathisla Dove's Twiggy.

Blelack Colonel

Next up was Strathisla Hawthorn's Harriet, selling for 6000gns. This one is out of a home bred Omorga Samson daughter and found a new home with G McCammond, for the Maghereagh herd, Northern Ireland. 

Blelack Colonel

Next at 5800gns was Strathisla Humble's Harriet, out of a Celtic Starbuck daughter. This one heads down to Cornwall for the Sowenna herd of the Hawkey family. 

Then making the journey from Stirling to Aberdeenshire with Gary Patterson for his Aultmore herd was Strathisla Hope's Veronica. This one is out of a Dressage Victorious daughter.      

Three females then headed to Messrs Hindmarsh, Northumberland, who have bought from us in the past. 

Charolais trade

Blelack Colonel

Our one and only Charolais bull entered at the sale, Cardean MacBeth, sold for 6000gns. This one is by Lochend Hickory and is out of the Blelack Colonel daughter, Cardean Honeysuckle. He sold to repeat customer, J Fisher, Stranraer.  

Strathisla Simmental bulls in hot demand in Stirling 

Blelack Colonel

Islavale Donald sons were in hot demand at Stirling in October where trade topped at 11,000gns for our pen of bulls. Sale leader was Strathisla Hagrid, out of the Omorga Samson daughter, Strathisla Branble's Twiggy. With a TSI of +91 and a SRI of +94, he sold to John Jeffrey for his Kiersknowe herd. 

Blelack Colonel

Next best, selling at 8500gns was Strathisla Harvest, another Donald son, this time out of the Dellfield Brigadier daughter, Strathisla Echo's Twiggy. Buyer here was M Cruikshank.

Blelack Colonel

Then at 7500gns was Strathisla Havana, another Donald out of the Celtic Starbuck daughter, Strathisla Beatrice's Mira. This one was knocked down to the Glenturk herd. Then wrapping proceedings up for us at 6500gns was Strathisla Hornblower, selling for 6500gns to High Brunton's Crudie herd. This one is again by Donald and out of Strathisla Cupid's Mira. 

In the show ring, we celebrated various high places, as well as champion group of three for Donald sons. Islavabe Donald has certainly made his mark on the herd, providing to knit well with various daughters of past stock bulls. 

Blelack Colonel

We look forward to offering nine of our best Donald daughters for sale in Stirling in February. We've already had considerable interest in these heifers, they will be forward at Stirling only and are what we would normally retain as female replacements. Viewing is welcome at home.





February 2017: New stock bull joins Strathisla Simmentals

The recent February bull sales saw a new stock sire join the Strathisla herd in the form of Dirnanean Grafter who was bought for 20,000gns. Bred by the McGowan family and offered for sale by Neil Shand, Grafter is by Ranfurly Confederate and out of Dirnanean Polarine A8, a Starline Nelson daughter. He offers some exciting bloodlines for the Strathisla herd and we look forward to putting him to work in due course.

Blelack Colonel

On the other side of the equation the Strathisla herd took the reserve female championship at the sale with Strathisla Fennel’s Veronica, a Dellfield Brigadier daughter out of Strathisla Tess’s Veronica, a Corskie Pascal daughter. She later sold for 3400gns to Hindmarsh Partners, Hexham.

Blelack Colonel





June 2015: Simmentals and Charolais bring home the red tickets from the Highland Show

The Strathisla and Cardean show teams came home from this year’s Highland Show with two first placed heifers, which we’re incredibly pleased about. 

In the Simmental team winning her class was Strathisla Foxy’s Mira, an April 2014-born daughter of our stock bull Dellfield Brigadier out of the Dressogue Victorious daughter Strathisla Bessie’s Mira. 

Blelack Colonel

Then in the Charolais classes, Cardean Jealous won her class and then went on to stand reserve junior female champion. Born April again, this one is by our senior stock sire Elgin Flagship and is out of the Blelack Colonel daughter Cardean Gucci.

Blelack Colonel





May 2015: Victorious son sells for 3800gns in Stirling 

Selling at Stirling in May for 3800gns was Strathisla Elite, a Dressogue Victorious son out of Strathisla Amy’s Haka, an Omorga Samson daughter. This one was knocked down to  R Phaup, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire. 





February 2015: First Flagship son sells in Stirling 

The first Flagship son was offered in Stirling this month in the form of Cardean Iceman. Out of the Maerdy Othellow daughter Cardean Dixiechick, he sold for 3500gns to MacIvor, Janetstown, Thurso and also took a first place in his class. 





2014: Highland Show second place for Goldies Champion daughter 

The Highland Show this year saw us take  a second place with our Charolais heifer Cardean Hannah. This Goldies Champion daughter is out of Cardean Crystal, a Pedr Thumper daughter. 





2014: October Stirling trade tops at 6000gns for Cardean Charolais bulls 

Trade for Cardean bulls in October this year saw a top price of 6000gns for Cardean Irnbru, a Bleleack Colonel son out of the Thumper daughter, Cardean Velvet. Buyer here was J Fisher, Meikle, Stranraer who bought his full brother two years ago for 7000gns. 

Next best at 5500gns was the Blelack Digger son, Cardean Iceburg who is out of Cardean Fuchsia, a Blelack Colonel daughter. This one was knocked down to J Strain, Stranraer. 

Our last to go at 2500gns was Cardean Isis. By Pennal Dazzller, this one is out of Cardean Foxylady, another Blelack Colonel daughter. Buyer here was Messrs Rowlands, Llwyn Ifan Farm, Swansea. 

Then in our Simmental offering, our best was  Strathisla Ensign. This one is out of Strathisla Beyonce’s Twiggy, a Celtic Starbuck daughter and sold for 4800gns to W Walton, Otterburn, Northumberland.

Next up was Strathisla Embassy, one of the first of the sons to be offered for sale by Dellfield Brigadier. This one is out of Strathisla Bonnie’s Geraldine, a Dressogue Victorious son and traded for 4500gns to Lochty Farms, Peat Inn, Fife. 

Then at 3000gns was Strathisla Endeavour, another by Brigadier and this time out of the Victorious daughter, Strathisla Bessie’s Mira. This one went to W McHarg, Craibstone, Ayrshire. 





Popes Barclay doing the business at Strathisla

The Cogent team called in to Strathisla in the early spring to see how our  Popes Barclay sons were getting on and were particularly impressed with  this lad, Strathisla Ensign.

Blelack Colonel

This March 2013-born bull is out of the Celtic Starbuck daughter Strathisla  Beyonce’s Twiggy and carries a TPI of +75 and a SRI of +86. He will  likely be in our selling team later in the year.





Successful Stirling Bull Sales for Strathisla Farms

This month’s Stirling Bull Sales saw the Cardean Charolais herd on good form taking a first prize with Cardean Haggis, a May 2012-born son of senior herd sire Blelack Colonel out of the Erriff Savo daughter Anneskeagh Virtue. He carries a TSI of +47 and a SRI of +41. He heads to David Smith, Castle Douglas.

Blelack Colonel

Of our Simmental offering, Strathisla Daredevil sold for 4800gns. This September 2012-born son of senior herd sire Dressogue Victorious is out of the Blackford Lionheart daughter Strathisla Shona’s Veronica and has a TSI and SRI of +89. He sold to J McIntosh. Next up and selling for 3500gns was Strathisla Disraeli, another September 2012-born bull, this time by Celtic Starbuck and out of the Samark Superman daughter Strathisla Bambi’s Harriet. This one sold to Rob Wainwright. We’d like to wish all buyers the very best with their purchases.

We’re also pleased to announce the arrival of two new herd sires. Firstly having scooped the reserve senior championship, Islavale Donald from Stewart Stronach was purchased for 14,000gns. This is a Curaheen Bandit son out of the Glenturk Premier daughter Islavale Teresa. He was purchased for his outcross bloodlines and strength in the dam line. He also carries a milk figure of +6 and a TSI of +83 and Sri of +93.

Blelack Colonel

Then purchased to go on Blelack Colonel daughters was the reserve senior Charolais champion Lochend Hickory from Iain Millar. This May 2012-born bull is a son of Mortimers Echo and is out of the Garner Editor daughter Lochend Uptowngirl, a dam line which has been responsible for breeding Lochend Rasper and Lochend Apache. He also carries a TSI of +55 and is positive for calving.

Blelack Colonel





Repeat custom for Strathisla Simmentals

We’re pleased to announce the private sale of the March 2012-born Strathisla Diplomat, a Celtic Starbuck son out of Strathisla Amy’s Haka, an Omorga Samson daughter to repeat buyer G and A Henderson, Mauchline, Ayrshire. We’d like to wish the Henderson family all the best with Diplomat and look forward to hearing how his progeny perform in the future.





Strong start to show season for Strathisla Farms

It’s been a great start to the show season for our Charolais and Simmental herds this year as we took success at both Angus and Alyth Shows this summer ahead of our main show outing to the Highland this week.

Doing us proud at Angus Show was the April 2011-born Strathisla Chrissie’s Geraldine, an Omorga Samson daughter out of the Blackford Lionheart daughter Strathisla Geraldine 10th. She won her class and then went on to be reserve female champion. She also went one better at Alyth Show by winning her class, taking reserve female and reserve overall in the breed championship. Geraldine will be offered for sale at Stirling in October.

Flying the flag for our Charolais show team was the September 2011-born Cardean Gulliver, a son of our stock bull Blelack Colonel and out of one of our imported females Anneskeagh Amethyst. This one took a first at Alyth Show before clinching the reserve male championship. Then at Angus Show, the April 2012-born Goldies Champion daughter Cardean Hannah won her class. This one is out of the Pedr Thumper daughter Cardean Crystal.





Dressogue Victorious daughter scoops reserve female championship at Stirling

Having stood second in her class, the September 2010-born Strathisla Buttercup’s Mira went one stage further to secure the reserve overall female championship at Stirling this month.

By our senior herd sire Dressogue Victorious, she is out of the Agardsley Clinton daughter Strathisla Mira 46th and then went on to sell for 3000gns to pedigree breeders Messrs Lloyd, West Wales.





Wishing our buyers from Stirling all the best with their purchases

Leading the way for us in Stirling with the Simmental offering was Strathisla Caledonian, a June 2011-born son of our senior herd sire Dressogue Victorious, which sold for 4200gns. Out of the Agardsley Clinton daughter Strathisla Haka 38th, he sold with a SRI of +73 to Grove Farms, Irongray, Dumfries.

Next best for us selling for 3000gns was Strathisla Crackerjack, a September 2011-born Omorga Samson son out of the Corskie Pascal sired Strathisla Trudy’s Geraldine. Buyers here were Messrs A and C Barr, Lanark. Meanwhile, selling for 2600gns was Strathisla Cromwell, another son of Victorious, this time out of the Darsham Haddon daughter Darsham Rainbow. He sold with a TSI of +74 and a SRI of +78.

In the Charolais section of the sale wour September 2011-born Cardean Gangster, sold for 3200gns. By our senior herd sire Blelack Colonel, he is out of the Pedr Thumper daughter Cardean Apple who is a daughter of Brinkton Pamela. With a TSI of +50 and a SRI of +47, he sold to Matthew Hamilton, West Calder, West Lothian.





Private Simmental and Charolais bull sales remain strong

We’re pleased to announce a good end to 2012 with a couple of private sales of Simmental bulls and a Charolais bull off the farm. Repeat buyer George Fleming, Aberbothrie, has bought Strathisla Confidential, a June 2011-born Dressogue Victorious son out of the Corskie Pascal daughter Strathisla Tulip’s Mira, while Messrs Lang, Cortachy Home Farm, has purchased Strathisla Van Damme, a five year old Corskie Pascal son out of Agardsley Clinton daughter Strathisla Jasmine 10th. This one has previously been running as a stock sire in our commercial herd.

Purchasing Cardean Duracell, a May 2008-born Solitude Attaboy son out of the Doonally Olmeto daughter Cardean Usherette, was Messrs Pattullo, Kirriemuir. Again this is a proven sire that has been running in our commercial herd.

We’d like to wish all three purchasers the very best with their new bulls and look forward to hearing how their progeny perform for them.





Cardean Guardsman takes intermediate championship at Stirling and sells for 9000gns

We were absolutely delighted with the performance of our two Charolais bulls in Stirling this week and kicking off proceedings for us was the April 2011-born ET-bred son of Oldstone Egbery out of the Maerdy Othello daughter and the best breeding female in the herd Cardean Snowdrop. He won his intermediate class and then went on to be placed intermediate champion under judge Michel Baudot, France. With a TSI of +31 and a SRI of +42, he then went on to sell for 9000gns to Greystoke Castle Estate, Penrith, Cumbria.

Blelack Colonel

Next up for us was the fifth prize Cardean Goshawk. This one is an April 2011-born son of the senior herd sire Blelack colonel out of the Pedr Thumper daughter Cardean Velvet. He carries a positive index for calving ease, as well as a TSI of +44 and a SRI of +42 and sold to Messrs Fisher for 7000gns.

Blelack Colonel

Of our Simmentals, the best was the April 2011-born Strathisla Coldstream, a son of past herd sire Omorga Samson out of the Glenturk Rolex daughter Strathisla Wonderous’ Veronica. He sold with a positive calving ease of +2 and a SRI of +99 for 4500gns to Messrs Gibb, Glasgow. We’d like to wish all our buyers the very best with their new purchases and look forward to hearing how their progeny perform.





Summer show success for Strathisla Farms

The Strathisla Farms show team has performed well this summer with both Charolais and Simmental cattle out in force at Alyth and the Royal Highland Shows. Our first outing this summer was at Alyth Show where our Charolais bull Cardean Guardsman, an Oldstone Egbert son out of the Maerdy Othellow daughter Cardean Snowdrop took the male and overall breed championship. He also stood fourth in an incredibly competitive yearling bull class at the Royal Highland Show which was the venue for this year’s World Congress. Also at Alyth, Cardean Gracious, an April 2011-born Goldies Champion daughter won her class and took the female and reserve overall championship.

At the Highland, our Simmental heifer Strathisla Chrissie’s Geraldine, an April 2011-born Omorga Samson daughter out of the Blackford Lionheart-sired Strathisla Geraldine 10th, stood fourth in a strong April-born yearling heifer class.





New Simmental sire joins Strathisla line up

We’re pleased to announce the arrival of new Simmental sire Dellfield Brigadier, an October 2010-born son of Stralongford Trojan, who was purchased having stood second at the February Perth Bull Sales in Stirling for 10,000gns.

Bred by Brian Grant, Inverness, he is out of the Sterling Maharaja daughter Dellfield Selina, he has a good set of 200-600 day figures, coupled with a TSI and SRI of +82. We were particularly taken with this bull’s natural fleshing ability, length and carcass attributes. We look forward to seeing how his progeny perform as a junior herd sire to compliment daughters of Dressogue Victorious.

Blelack Colonel





Cardean Charolais sell to a top of 8500gns in Stirling

Setting a new herd record for the Cardean Charolais herd we were delighted to sell our second prize October 2010-born junior bull Cardean Firecracker in Stirling this month.

Blelack Colonel

By our senior herd sire Blelack Colonel, who was reserve male champion and part of the reserve interbreed pairs and team at the 2011 Royal Highland Show, he is out of the Anneskeagh Uranus daughter Anneskeagh Amethyst, a female bought as an outcross bloodline from Ireland. He sold with a positive calving value and a TSI of +46 and SRI of +40 to commercial producer Wayne Brown, Powys, Wales.





Strathisla Simmentals selling well in Stirling

Simmental bulls sold to a top of 6500gns in Stirling this month at the Perth Bull Sales. Our sale leader was the September 2010-born Strathisla Braveheart who is a son of our senior bull, the 14,000gns Dressogue Victorious out of the Blackford Lionheart daughter Strathisla Veronica 8th and has a TI of +79 and SRI of +83. He sold for 6500gns to Messrs G M Swanson, Caithness.

Two bulls then sold at 4200gns, the first of which was Strathisla Bollinger, a son of Irish sire Celtic Starbuck out of the Omorga Samson daughter Strathisla Winnie’s Haka. He was knocked down to Messrs J Baird, Castle Douglas, while at the same money Strathisla Branson, another September 2010-born bull this time by Victorious out of another Blackford Lionheart daughter sold to W T Hendry and Son, Bannockburn.

Then selling for 3000gns was Strathisla Baron, another son of Victorious out of a Lionheart daughter from the successful Haka family. He sold to Messrs T Laing and Sons, Pitlochie while at 2600gns Strathisla Blackadder, another Victorious son from the Mira family, went to A Connolly, Moffat, Dumfriesshire.

We also sold a heifer, Strathisla Blondie’s Haka, a first prize daughter of Omorga Samson out of the Agardsley Clinton daughter Strathisla Haka 22nd, for 2800gns to Messrs G Wealleans and Son, Greenlaw.





Elgin Flagship’s figures soar in latest proof run

Following the latest proof run of Breedplan figures, we’re delighted that our new Charolais stock sire Elgin Flagship, purchased privately at November’s Stars of the Future Calf Show at Forfar from the Milne family, has gone up in Eye Muscle and also TSI and SRI. His new Eye Muscle figure is +6.0 and he has a TSI of +71 and SRI of +74.

Flagship was purchased to compliment Blelack Colonel daughters in the herd and with his combined correct stature, natural muscling and now fantastic performance figures, we are looking forward to his progeny.





Charolais bull Elgin Flagship purchased in £15,000 private deal for Strathisla Farms

We’re delighted to announce the arrival of new Charolais stock sire Elgin Flagship, purchased privately for £15,000 from Messrs R A Milne, Elgin, Morayshire, for our 60-cow Cardean herd.

By the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger, this September 2010-born bull is out of the Harestone Tyrol daughter Elgin Darling and has a BCCS Terminal Index of +52 and a BCSS Self Replacing Index of +53, coupled with strong 200, 400 and 600-day weights. Flagship was bought at this month’s Stars of the Future Calf Show at Forfar Mart.

We first saw Flagship on farm as a weaned calf and have followed his progress with keen interest since then. He has been purchased to go on daughters of Blelack Colonel, a bull who is working tremendously well in the herd. Flagship’s muscular shape and great carcass attributes will work well on the large, deep framed cattle Colonel has produced in the herd.

Flagship’s pedigree will also compliment the herd. His grand-dam, Strowan Sapphire, is a prolific breeder and regularly produces top quality calves, of which her last, by Bollinger, sold for 8500gns. Flagship will now head to Kelso for semen collection.

Elgin Flagship

Elgin Flagship





November 2011 - Success for Omorga Samson daughters at Forfar calf show

Strathisla Farms had a successful outing with some of next year’s hopefuls at the recent Stars of the Future calf show held at Forfar mart where Strathisla Candy's Haka, by Omorga Samson, stood second in her class, while Strathisla Chrissie's Geraldine, again by Samson, stood third in the same very strong class. Chrissie's full sisters have all been previously shown with Strathisla Willow's Geraldine standing first at the Royal Highland Show in 2010 and Strathisla Bubble's Geraldine standing second at the Highland 2011. The plan is for both these heifers to go to the Highland next year.





October 2011 - Strathisla Angelina’s Haka takes female championship at Stirling

Standing top of the female line up at Stirling this month for us was the April 2009-born Strathisla Angelina’s Haka, a daughter of our herd sire Omorga Samson. Haka is out of the Blackford Lionheart Strathisla Haka 42nd, a family renowned in the herd for being consistent breeders of quality females. She has been shown successfully this year and sold for the top female price of 4500gns with a positive calving value, a TSI of +29 and a SRI of +36 to R and C Simmers, Clola, Peterhead.

Our one Simmental bull, Strathisla Bond, a March 2010-born son of Omorga Samson, out of the Blackford Lionheart daughter Strathisla Haka 45th, sold for 3200gns to W T Hendry and Son, Bannockburn, Stirling. Our stockman Colin Fordyce’s bull Blair Bollinger, again by Samson and this time out of the Agardsley Clinton daughter Blair Lucy, sold for 4200gns to John Mitchell and Co, Duns, Berwickshire.

Blelack Colonel

Strathisla Angelina’s Haka





October 2011 - Blelack Colonel sons average £6000 in Stirling

The first sons to be offered for sale in Stirling by our senior herd sire and Royal Highland Show reserve male champion Blelack Colonel averaged £6000 in Stirling this month. The first to sell was Cardean Forestgump, an April 2010-born bull out of the POedr Thumper daughter Cardean Acorn who is a daughter of Balmyle Shadow. With a TSI of +35 and a SRI of +34, he sold for 6500gns. Our second was the May 2010-born Cardean Forthefuture who is out of an imported female from Ireland, Anneskeagh Virtue, who is by Erriff Savo. He has a TSI of +51 and a SRI of +44 and sold for 5200gns.





September 2011 - Balmyle Belinda arrives at Strathisla Farms

Having been rather taken with Balmyle Belinda when we viewed the herd, we are pleased to have purchased her at the recent Balmyle reduction sale in Stirling for 5000gns. This April 2006-born cow comes from the best family line at Balmyle being the Balmyle Plum family which has sold many bulls topping at 7500gns. Balmyle Plumb has been retained as have several of the off spring from Plumb. Belinda's first calf sold to Greig Farms and the second calf, a heifer, sold for 3800gns at the sale. By Maerdy Othello, a proven sire that has worked very well here and with a tremendous heifer calf by Pennal Dazzller at foot, she is in calf to Balmyle Eclipse. Belinda has tremendous milk figures and eye muscle area with good overall figures. No doubt this family unit will fit in well with the Cardean herd and hopefully prove an exciting prospect in the future.

Blelack Colonel





June 2011 - Blelack Colonel takes reserve male championship at Royal Highland Show

It was a successful outing to this year’s Royal Highland Show particularly for our senior Charolais bull Blelack Colonel who won his class then went on to be placed reserve male champion. Colonel was bought in Stirling February 2009 for 12,000gns and is by Thrunton Socrates out of Blelack Summer. Success at the show continued for him as he was part of the reserve interbreed group and reserve interbreed pairs.

Of the Simmentals at the show, we stood second with Strathisla Bubble’s Geraldine, an April 2010-born daughter of Omorga Samson out of Strathisla Geraldine 10th, while in the two year old heifer class Strathisla Angelina’s Haka, another daughter of Samson, stood third. Earlier in the year, she won her class at Alyth Show and will now be entered for sale in Stirling in October.

Blelack Colonel

Blelack Colonel





February 2011 - Cardean Everest sells in Stirling for 5500gns

Our only Charolais entry from the Cardean herd to be offered at Stirling this month, was Cardean Everest, a June 2009-born bull who stood first in his class. By Balmyle Statesman, a Dingle Hofmeister son, he is out of the Killadeas Legend daughter Cardean Amber, who is out of Cardean Sapphire. He sold for 5500gns to A and K Rhind and Son, Kinloss, Morayshire, with a milk figure of +10, TSI of +29 and a SRI of +38.

At the same sale we also sold Strathisla Ace 09, a September 2009-born son of Seepa Tee Jay out of the Corskie Pascal daughter Strathisla Twinkle’s Hannah 2nd. He was knocked down at 2600gns to W and W Dawson and Sons, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.





December 2010 - Strathisla Farms take centre stage in Asda's Christmas advert

In December this year, the farm was taken over by a film crew and directors as Asda staged the filming for their Christmas "Special beef" range on the farm, which featured the family enjoying a roast beef dinner and the star of the show, our Charolais stock bull Blelack Colonel, who fortunately for the film crew was on the best of behaviour!

The advert was aired over Christmas on prime time slots and saw sales of the special beef range go through the supermarket's stores. For those of you who missed it take a look here.





November 2010 - Strathisla takes junior Simmental female at Forfar Stars of the Future

The inaugural Forfar Mart’s Stars of the Future Calf Show was a huge  success this year, with young Strathisla Simmental females doing  particularly well. Our show highlight was taking the junior Simmental  female championship with Strathisla Bubbles Gerladine, an April  2010-born heifer by our senior stock bull Omorga Samson out of  Strathisla Geraldine 10th. We also took a first prize with  Strathisla Bramble’s Twiggy, a March born ET heifer calf by Samson again out of Strathisla Twiggy 2nd.

Strathisla Bubble's Geraldine
Strathisla Bramble's Twiggy

Strathisla Bubbles Geraldine

Strathisla Bramble’s Twiggy




October 2010 - Cardean Charolais herd  introduces new bloodlines

The recent Gelston Castle Farms  dispersal at Stirling this month was too good an opportunity to miss in order to  acquire some new bloodlines for the Cardean Charolais herd. Our first purchase  at 7000gns was Kelton Candie, a March 2007-born daughter of Uggie Upperhand out  of the Tillbrook Pluto daughter Kelton Velvet. She has a SRI of +35 and a TI of  +33 combined with a positive calving index and sold with her February born bull  calf at foot, Kelton Freeman, by Thrunton Aramis. We later managed to secure the  March 2009-born heifer Kelton Elegant, a daughter of Thrunton Aramis out of yet  another Tillbrook Pluto daughter Kelton Velvet. She was purchased for 4000gns  and has a SRI of +39 and a TI of +28. Both females will make great additions to  the herd.

Kelton Candie
Kelton Elegant

Kelton Candie

Kelton Elegant

Also at the Stirling sales, our  string of Simmental and Charolais bulls topped at 5000gns for the May 2009-born  Simmental bull Strathisla Arkle. By our senior herd sire Omorga Samson, Arkle is  out of the Agardsley Clinton daughter Strathisla Jasmine 12th. He  sold with a SRI of +35, a TI of +27 and positive calving figures to A Nicolson,  Dunplhail, By Forres. Prior to that we sold Swallowhill Augustus, another son of  Samson, this time out of the Blackford Lionheart daughter Strathisla Serena’s  Geraldine, for 3000gns to G B Gillon and Son, Forfar, Angus. Our one Charolais  bull to sell was Cardean Economist, a son of Roundhill Ohoh out of the Oldstone  Egbert daughter Cardean Vixen. He was knocked down at 2500gns to B Alexander,  Culloden, Inverness.




June 2010 - Strathisla and Cardean herds on top form at Alyth Show

The first show of the season at Alyth is always an interesting one as the juniors in the team get a practice run for the first time. This year, we had one of our best shows as we took champion spot in the Simmental classes with Strathisla Willow’s Geraldine, a March 2008-born daughter of our senior herd site Omorga Samson out of Strathisla Geraldine 10th. We also took the reserve female and reserve overall championship with Strathisla Angelina’s Haka, another Samson daughter, this time out of Strathisla Haka 42nd.

In the male classes we took the male championship with our yearling bull Swallowhill Augustus, a March 2009-born son of Omorga Samson out of our past show cow Strathisla Serena’s Gerladine.

In the Charolais classes we took the male championship and reserve overall championship with our new stock sire Blelack Colonel, a July 2007-born son of Thrunton Socrates out of Blelack Summer. Our March 2009-born yearling heifer Cardean Eclipse, by Solitude Attaboy also won her class, while our yearling bull Cardean Economist, by Roundhill Ohoh, stood second in his class.

Strathisla Willow's Geraldine

Strathisla Willow’s Geraldine





June 2010 - Strathisla Farms take a first place at the Royal Highland Show

A similar show team to Alyth was out in force at this year’s Royal Highland Show which saw incredibly tough competition in both the Simmental and Charolais classes. In the Simmental section, we took a first place with Strathisla Willow’s Geraldine, our March 2008-born daughter of Omorga Samson, while our yearling heifer Strathisla Angelina’s Haka stood third in a very strong yearling heifer class. Our yearling bull, Swallowhill Augustus, again by Samson, stood fourth in his class.

Strathisla Willow's Geraldine

Strathisla Willow’s Geraldine

In the Charolais rings, we stood second with Cardean Economist, our yearling bull by Roundhill Ohoh, while our yearling heifer Cardean Eclipse took a fourth place and our two year old heifer Cardean Desire stood sixth.

Both the yearling Charolais and Simmental bulls will be forward for sale in October at Stirling.





April 2010 - Calves now on the ground by our new stock bulls

Having purchased the Simmental bull Dressogue Victorious and the Charolais Blelack Colonel as new sock sires, we are incredibly pleased with the calves that are now on the ground by these bulls. All calvings have gone well so both bulls have proved to be easy calving sires across a range of cows and heifers in the herd.

We hope many of these early stars will continue to grow well and form part of the 2011 show team.

Dressogue Victorious calves
Cardean Foxglove

April 2010 born heifers Strathisla Bopeep’s Haka and Strathisla Beau’s Mira, both by Dressogue Victorious

Blelack Colonel daughter Cardean Foxglove, born 15th April 2010





April 2010 - All set for summer shows

This year sees both Charolais and Simmental cattle coming out on the show circuit from Strathisla Farms and will include young males and females from both breeds. Alongside the three heifers pictured we also have an exceptional son of our Simmental stock sire Omorga Samson. This young bull will then be forward for sale at Stirling in October this year.

Cardean Desire
Cardean Eclipse

Cardean Desire – born 06.10.08 by Solitude Attaboy out of Cardean Ulrika (by Maerdy Othello)

Cardean Eclipse – born 21.03.09 by Solitude Attaboy out of Cardean Snowdrop (by Maerdy Othello)

Strathisla Willow's Geraldine


Strathisla Willow’s Geraldine born 29.03.08 by Omorga Samson out of Strathisla Geraldine 10th (by Blackford Lionheart)






February 2010 – British Blue bull joins Strathisla Farms commercial sire line up

In a change of direction for the commercial herd, Strathisla Farms have purchased a British Blue bull from this month’s Society sale in Carlisle. Bought to run on the 120 head of predominantly Simmental and Charolais cross cows, Woodview Dan will likely produce some great bulls for finishing as well as quality females for sale as replacement females. Bred by Andrew Craig and bought for 4000gns, Dan is by Ballygrange Alex, a popular show winning bull owned by Danny Wyllie and out of the Dafydd D’Ochain sired daughter Woodview Trixie.

Woodview Dan

Woodview Dan





October 2009: Stirling team of Simmental and Charolais bulls don’t disappoint.

Strathisla Simmentals and Cardean Charolais were certainly out in force for the first ever October Perth Bull sales to be held at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

After a solid performance in the show ring under Simmental judge Jimmy Wood and Charolais judge Esmar Evans, our highlight in the sale ring was certainly the Simmental bulls.

This sale saw the first sons forward from the joint record priced Omorga Samson and our best was our youngest bull Strathisla Waverly, this June 2008 bull is out of the Blackford Lionheart daughter and constant breeder Strathisla Twiggy 8th. With a self replacing index of +34 and a terminal index of +28, this one heads to Black Hall Farms, Aberdeen for 6500gns.

Our next best was Strathilsa Westminister, an April 2008-born son of Stratisla Mira 51st, who is yet another daughter of Blackford Lionheart, a bull who has bred incredibly good correct, milky females for us. With a self replacing index of +32 and this one sold for 4500gns to Mark Little Farms, Caithness.

Just before that we sold Strathisla Whistler, a bull that caused a fair deal of reaction in the pens due to his excessive depth of back end sold for 5,800gns. Yet another Samson son, this one is out of the Agardsley Clinton daughter Strhisla Jasmine 10th. Again in the top 20% for figures, he sold to Balglass, Lennox Town, Ayrshire

Our last bull was Strathilsa Wanderer, another Samson son out of the Strathisla Julius daughter Strathilsa Twiggy 5th. This one has a milk figure of +9 and is above average for terminal index and self replacing index. He sold for 2200gns to Mr Henderson, Ayrshire.

Including these and the Samson sons sold privately off the farm, we have sold seven sons to average £4700. We have yet another exceedingly good cop of Samson sons and daughters and will have bulls forward for next October. Heifers are now for sale off Samson and pictures will be following shortly.

Of the Charolais bulls forward, our best was the third prize Cardean Disraeli, a son of Gretnahouse Ultimate out of the Moyness salitire daughter Moyness Asset. With a self replacing index of +34 and a positive calving ease of 2.9, this one heads to Mr Patterson, Gauld Farms, Kinross.

Our next highest was our youngest bull the fourth prize Cardean Dealornodeal. This one is one of the first bulls to be offered publically for sale from Cardean off the 32,000gns Solitude Attaboy, a bull owned in a three way partnership with Bill Bruce’s Balmyle herd and Bob and Drew Adams’ Newhouse herd.

Out of the Killadeas Legend daughter Cardean Amber, this one sold for 3200gns to the Aleina herd of E+A Donald and Sons, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.

Our last was another Attaboy son, Cardean Digital. Out of the judicious daughter Anneskeagh Selina, this one sold for 1900gns to Mr Campbell, Stirling

Strathisla Waverly

Strathisla Waverly

Strathisla Westminster

Strathisla Whistler

Cardean Disraeli

Strathisla Whistler

Cardean Disraeli

Cardean Dealornodeal


Cardean Dealornodeal






June 2009: Strathisla Simmentals success at Royal Highland Show

Daughters of our senior stock bull Omorga Samson held their own at The Royal Highland Show in incredibly tough classes. We took a second prize in the first heifer class, with Strathisla Wednesday’s Haka, an April born yearling out of Strathisla Haka 42nd

In the next class we stood third with Strathisla Willow’s Geraldine. Again by Samson, this March yearling is out of Strathisla Geraldine.

Although no red tickets were collected, we were incredibly impressed with the performance of these two heifers and had many positive comments from other pedigree Simmental breeders.  





June 2009 - Farmer of the Year turns Chef for the day

Following on from BBC1 Masterchef winner Mat Follas’ visit to Strathisla Farms in May, Adrian Ivory was fortunate enough to swap his wellies for the chef jacket, as he joined Mat at his new restaurant in Dorset for opening week.

Adrian spent two days with Mat at The Wild Garlic in Beaminster, near Bridport in the run up to opening night, where he got the chance to share a typical working day with Mat, which included catching up with buyers and suppliers, some foraging for elderflowers and sea kale and what it takes to get a restaurant ready for opening night.

Adrian got the chance to meet Mat’s new fish suppliers, Samways, along with a guided tour (dressed in rather fetching white hats and overalls) round the fish plant, while getting to grips with lobsters, crabs and many types of fish.

The beautiful weather was ideal to also partake in a trip to the beach, where Mat shared his passion for foraging ideas and ways of enhancing flavours of your food with some plants that usually wouldn’t enter your mind to cook with. “Sea kale is a perfect addition to a salad, its leaves are tasty and the buds of the flower really pack a punch to a salad dish,” explained Mat.

One of the many subjects Mat touched on when spending time at Strathisla Farms, was his encouragement of Adrian to pursue a niche market, so a trip to a 80-cow Water Buffalo farm where Mat buys his meat from was an ideal opportunity for Adrian to see firsthand what diversification can do.

Time spent in the restaurant itself, was a little more rushed and it’s easy to see the pressures Mat is under during this week of frantic preparation. “There are huge parallels to be made with chefs and farmers, both of which have massive decisions to make. But the big difference is the speed in which a chef’s decision has to be made and implemented. Mat can make a change to his business that can equally be changed again in a day, week or month’s time – many decisions made in farming have a far longer life span and can be potentially make a decision more risky.”

Overall, the time spent with Mat, both in Scotland and in Dorset has been a valuable experience for Adrian and one that will continue, as Mat has plans to visit Scotland again with his family, and likewise Adrian plans to bring Katie to Mat’s restaurant.

Adrian would like to thank Farmers Weekly for organising such an insightful visit off the back of winning the Farmer of the Year title last year. For more on the visit read Farmer’s Weekly September 4 issue.





June 2009  - First show outing a great success for Simmental and Charolais team

Our first show outing of the year was a great success this year and bodes well for a good Highland Show – fingers crossed!

We took the reserve overall Simmental championship with Strathisla Willow’s Geraldine, a March 2008 daughter of Omorga Samson out of the Blackford Lionheart daughter Strathisla Geraldine.

We also took the Charolais male championship with the February 2008 born son of Gretnahouse Ultimate, Cardean Disraeli. This one is out of Moyness Asset. Both classes were judged by Andrew Reid. 





June 2009 - Samson sons sell privately to a top of £6000

We’re pleased to announce the sale of four Omorga Samson sons to a top price of £6000. We’re particularly pleased with these sales, as the bulls have all found fantastic homes with commercial breeders from Orkney to Angus.

We have four sons left which will be going to Stirling in October for the main Society sale. These include:

    * Strathisla Westminister
    * Strathisla Waverley
    * Strathisla Wanderer
    * Strathisla Whistler





May 2009 - Masterchef winner turns farmer for the day

BBC 1 Masterchef winner Mat Follas swapped the professional kitchen and restaurant for the farmyard last week when he visited Strathisla Farms.

The trip was arranged as a result of Adrian winning the Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year award back in November last year. “Having the chance to host a celebrity status chef on your farm is a chance in a lifetime,” said Adrian, who is now planning a return leg of the visit to Mat’s restaurant in Devon. 

Sharing detailed conversations on business management, cost analysis and profit and loss accounts, Mat commented as to how impressed he was with Adrian’s business skills. “To operate any business profitably your cost management has to be perfect - that much is clearly evident with Adrian’s enterprise.”

Mat was however surprised to learn from Adrian the amount of farmers that don’t get to grips with their costs and in fact don’t know their costs of production.” I have a job to understand the “lifestyle” choice from farmers rather than a desire to run a profitable business without subsidies. You see it sometimes in the restaurant trade, but those businesses not managing their costs don’t last long.”

After a detailed farm tour round Strathisla, Mat aided Adrian in his quest to prove that bull beef tastes just as good if not better than steer beef by cooking a sample of steaks from his own cattle. A tasting panel made up of friends, family, workforce and Mat were all unanimous in that 21 day matured bull beef from one of Adrian’s young Continental x bulls had far greater taste and tenderness than 21 day steer beef.

“It’s an area that I believe strongly in and have challenged processors and supermarkets over in the past. For my system, finishing young bulls at 13 months old is far more profitable - £200 a head in fact according to the recent batch of animals slaughtered through ABP Perth – than finishing steers at an older age. The fact this came out in a taste test with a chef has pleased me greatly,” added Adrian.

Describing the beef, Mat explained than on visual appearance both the 21 day matured beef had a far greater look, colour and texture, but it was the eating quality that excelled with the bull beef. Cooked simply on a barbeque with salt and pepper, the 21-day matured bull beef tasted far better, was tender and had a nicer texture with a good level of marbling than the other meats. Overall in the taste test, which included a number of Adrian’s friends, family and workforce, beef from a 5-day matured steer scored the lowest. 

“I’ve never had an issue with not choosing bull beef over steer or even heifer beef, but I understood there were preconceptions with the quality of bull beef. However, on the day, the 21-day bull beef was a clear winner for me.”

The tables then turned and Mat received a master class from the Strathisla stockmen Colin Fordyce and Alistair Borthwick on how to train pedigree show cattle for the show ring, an image Mr Follas hopes to have up in his new restaurant The Wild Garlic, which opens in the middle of June in Beaminster, Dorset.

Plans are well underway for Adrian to visit Mat and his new restaurant in June during opening week, where it will be Adrian under pressure as he helps prepare a service. He will also be visiting some of mat’s suppliers including a Water Buffalo producer.  





April 2009: Sons of Omorga Samson selling well off farm

Strathisla Farms are pleased to announce the sale of two 12 month old sons of the 22,000gns Omorga Samson. Having bought this bull back in February 2007 in Perth, we have been nothing but pleased with his offspring.

The first of these private sales was Strathisla Wolf, out of Strathisla Haka 22nd with a milk figure of +7. This bull sells to Alistair Hopkinson, Lindertis.

The other, Strathisla Willy Wonka, is out of Strathisla Twiggy 6th, with a milk figure of +9. He heads to Kellyfield, Arbroath with Jim Millar.

We now have an incredibly strong team of five Samson bulls left for sale which are entered for Stirling in October.

Pictures of these bulls will be available during the summer.