There is good news for the Aberdeen-Angus breed ahead of next week’s Stirling sale, with a batch of heifers heading to Estonia in the latest export deal for the breed.
The latest consignment, which totals 46 head includes 35 heifers which have been bought by one of the world’s leading professional sumo wrestlers is the latest recruit to the ranks of Aberdeen-Angus breeders.
Estonian, Kaido Hoovelson – who wrestles under the name of Baruto and is currently the number two sumo wrestler in the world – has purchased 35 yearling heifers as the foundation stock for an Aberdeen-Angus herd on his farm in Estonia.
The heifers have been purchased from the Rosemount herd of Alex and Wendy Sanger at Prettycur, Montrose, Angus, and are due to be shipped to Estonia later this month.
Alongside this group are a batch of 10 heifers and a bull which are heading to established Estonian Aberdeen-Angus breeders Meelis and Piret Marmor of Aberdeen Top Genetics, whose 90-cow Marmorland herd, built up over the past six years on Scottish bloodlines, is now firmly established as the leading Aberdeen-Angus herd in Estonia.
“Kaido is a farm boy at heart and has opted for Aberdeen-Angus after considering several other breeds,” said Mr Marmor, who is advising Mr Hoovelson on his new venture. “The Aberdeen-Angus breed is the most popular breed in Estonia with strong local demand as well as a thriving export trade to countries such as Romania, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Latvia.”
Mr Marmor has sold 15 bulls for breeding over the past year and another to Mr Hoovelson for his new herd. There is also a strong demand from Turkey for weaned Aberdeen-Angus bull calves for finishing as bull beef.Read more