Historically the Shorthorn is one of the most famous breeds of cattle in the world, being said to be the foundation of over 40 breeds worldwide.
Old Teeswater cattle, famed for their milk and fleshier Holderness cattle were blended to become the Durham and these further developed into the Shorthorn. In the 18th Century breeders began to select different traits with the Bates strains concentrating on milk and the Booth family from Yorkshire going for fleshiness. In the 19th Century, Amos Cruickshank in Aberdeenshire continued to develop the beef qualities which became known as the 'Scotch Shorthorn' which we base our herd on today.
The breed has went through many changes over the years with some mixed results but today offers the commercial farmer a profitable suckler cow for the 21st century and the housewife a taste of meat once forgotten.
Shorthorns have been part of life here at Trainview for many generations of the Orr family and in 2014 they returned with the purchase of Ballyvaddy Princess F791 and Ballyvaddy Heathermaid G811 from Tom and Kate Madden. Further females have since been added.
Ballyvaddy Princess F791
Sire: Byron of Ballyvaddy
Dam: Ballyvaddy Princess A720
Our first foundation female, she exhibits tremendous growth and character. She has seen success in the show ring too, 1st Junior heifer at NI calf Show 2012, Reserve Champion Ballymena Show 2013, Champion Ballymena show 2014 and in her first outing for Trainview Breed Champion at Clogher Valley Show.
Ballyvaddy Heathermaid G811
Sire: Chapelton Yardley
Dam: Chapelton Heathermaid 613
Purchased as a weanling she has a suberb pedigree which she exhibits in great growth and frame. Her pedigree is full of Perth champions with both parents champions at Perth in 2006 with a full sister champion in 2012. We hope this trend will continue!
Flossie 7th and 9th two spring 2012 born heifers by Gregors Braveheart
Glenbrae Floss F1
Sire: Redhill Blackadder
Dam: Glenbrae Floss B3
From James Nelsons Glenbrae herd, the Floss family is the backbone of his herd going back to Chapelton. Her sire Redhill Blackadder is a cross of top Scottish and North American genetics going back to the well known show cow Lovely Lim.
Uppermill Rothes Momo
Sire: Podehole Yeoman
Dam: Rothes Marge
A red and white cow from the famous Queen of Rothes line of Uppermill. She goes back to Rothes Marge Highland Show Champion 2002 and Chapelton Nimrod Highland Show Champion 2003.
Nonpareil X492 of Upsall
Sire: Wallace of Upsall
Dam: Nonpareil Wendy of Upsall
Purchased from Martyn Moore of Wenmar Shorthorns where she has left 7 calves and is in calf to Podehole Beefeater. Bred at the long established Upsall herd she is large cow with a tremendous frame, good breed character and temperment. Her breeding includes Uppermill Recto who most notibly left a great show of females at the Gleygloy herd and sold bulls up to 9000 gns.
Aylward Blythesome 26th
Sire: Tarrrant Waverly
Dam: Aylward Blythesome 10th
A promising young cow in calf to Podehole Beefeater. Her grandsire Chapelton Waverly was a Perth champion and the Blythesome family goes back to the long established Uppermill herd.
Barnaigh Lovely Exquiste 3rd
Sire: Tornado of Skaillhouse
Dam: Glengloy Lovely Exquiste
Purchased at the Barnaigh reduction sale at Stirling Bull sales in October 2014. We where drawn to her great length and width across her top and on closer inspection of her immediate pedigree discovered 1 Interbreed Champion, 2 Reserve Interbreed Champions and 7 former Breed Champions at The Royal Highland Show in her pedigree, including Chapelton Nimrod, Tofts Romany, Banner Instant Royal, Newfield Colonel, Balmyle Warpath, Lovely Linda and Pennan Wyvis
The Uppermill Lovelys have started off many herds with females most notibly Chris Marler of Wavendon, David McCloud of Glengloy and Major Gibb at Glenisla. The first Lovely at Uppermill can be traced back to the mid 1950's to Glassel Lovely 5th.
Lovely stock bulls have also made an impact in herds across the country. Loch Alsh was Interbreed Champion at the Royal Show for Craigie and have also headed up herds such as Glenisla, Wenmar, Trunley, Fingask, Colnvalley, Glenariff and Glenbrae.