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Cattle Breeding.


Within the past few years some Irish breeders have been mating Kerry cows with polled Aberdeen-Angus bulls, and j so far the results of the experiments have been highly successful. Evidence of this was furnished at a recent sale at Printonan, Berwickshire, when a dozen two-year-old Kerry and polled AberdeenAngus crosses were sold at an average of just over £20 per head. These animals were bred-by the Earl of Longton, out of Kerry cows, and got by Aberdeen-Angus bulls. They were calved in April and May, 1888, and were thus about two years old when sold. In September, 1888, the late Mr Rutherford, Printonan, bought them from Mr James Robertson, of La Mancha, County Dublin, and during their first winter in Scotland they were kept out in the field upon turnip-tops and what pastures they could pick up. In the following summer they had no extra food on the pastures, but during the late autumn, winter, and spring were liberally stall-fed. They were almost black in color, all hornless except one, were fairly well shaped, and exhibited the best features of beef cattle. It is believed that these are amongst the first animals of this cross ever sold in Scotland. What the butchers thought of them is indicated by the prices paid—£l9 10s to £20 ss.

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Cattle Breeding., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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Cattle Breeding. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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