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Easter Tulloch in 1876, and is still in the herd, with her heifer calf Chloe. Fred's 5th Darling 2363, of the Ballindalloch Sybil family, was bought at the Mulben dispersion in 1876, and is now represented by Fred's Fancy 4384 and Sybil's Darling 3rd. Sybil's Darling 4050, out of Fred's 5th Darling, was sold to Mr Wilken, Waterside, for £100, and her daughter went to the Ontario Experimental Farm, Kora 3582, descended from the Campfield herd ; Lark of Tillychetly 3790, descended from Old Grannie 1, with her heifer calf; Kate of Campfield 2.177, with two granddaughters; Inky 4381, from the Johnston herd; Rene 4607, of the Kinnaird Rebecca family from Easter Tulloch; Dnieper 4609, of the Rothiemay Georgina family from Cortachy; Keepsake 6th, out of Keepsake 3559; Lamina, out of Lizzie of Fyvie 2nd 4683, of the Fyvie Flower family,–are the other females in the herd, representing, as will be observed, some valued strains of blood. The stock-bulls used have been Ballot of Wellhouse 634, bred by Mr Anderson, Wellhouse; Etonian 1658, bred at Ballindalloch, out of that very fine Erica cow Eva 984, and after the Erica bull Elcho 595; and Standard 1829, bred by Lord Tweedmouth, after the Charmer bull Chamberlain 1570, and out of Rosebud 3rd 3339 of the Drumin Rose family. Etonian was first-prize yearling, and second in the two-year-old and aged classes, at the shows of the Royal Northern Society. The females are never fed for showing, but are kept in good breeding condition. Mr Argo has been very fortunate as regards the bulls used in his herd, and Standard, the present stock-sire, promises to turn out the best he has had. At the last Aberdeen sale Mr Argo received an average of about £41 for his bull calves.
Mr George Reid of Little Clinterty, son of Mr Reid, Baads, commenced a herd at Smiddyhill, Tarland, in 1872, O
by the purchase of a cow named Livy 2nd from Mr Bowie, Mains of Kelly, and the bull Prince Albert 2nd 745, by Sir William 705, dam Kate of Baads 1947, from Mr Reid, Baads. Several other fine animals were added, but pleuropneumonia broke out, and they nearly all succumbed to it. After coming to Clinterty in 1876, Mr Reid determined to make a fresh start, but again he was cleared out by pleuro in 1878. The present is therefore the third herd begun by Mr Reid. The bull Duke of Edinburgh 979 had been added from Baads, and the chief purchases since have been —Waterside Queen 2nd, of the Kinnaird Fanny family, bought at Mr Wilken's sale in 1878; Hope 3895, of the Drumin Lucy family, and Flossy 5027, of the Westertown Victoria family, at Mr Robertson's sale at Burnside in 1880; Craigellachie 3882, by Warrior 1291, at Lord Airlie's sale; Bella of Baads 4375, Spott of Baads 4378, and Clara of Baads 5025, from Baads. In February 1881, Black Prince of Greystone 1850 was bought from Mr Reid, Greystone. He was a most promising bull, and a first-rate stock getter, but unfortunately he died of splenic apoplexy in July of the same year. In October 1881, Lord Chancellor 1782, after Sir Maurice 1319, and out of Crocus 2nd 3765, of the Balwyllo Isabella family, was acquired at the Rothiemay sale, and is coming on well. The number in the herd at present is thirteen, representing chiefly the Lucys of Drumin, the Westertown Victorias, and the Livies of Mains of Kelly, &c. The only animal sold from the herd was Prince Albert 2nd, who went to Mr Gordon, Tullochallum. He gained a number of prizes, including first at the Royal Northern, and second at the Highland Society. Duke of Edinburgh was a prize-winner at Tarland.
The farm of Collithie is a somewhat celebrated place in the annals of polled cattle. The present tenant, Mr James Bruce, has in his possession an oil-painting of the cows Jenny Lind 27, and Old Jenny Lind 34, the former the first-prize yearling at the Highland Society's show in 1847. These animals were bred by Mr J. Pirie, Collithie, and were very much admired by the late Mr M.Combie, who purchased Jenny Lind at a high price, and she became one of the matrons of the Tilly four herd. Mr Bruce started a herd of polled cattle in 1875, when he purchased eight heifers, bred by Mr Morrison, Knockiemill, Turriff. We need not enumerate them, as seven of them were sold shortly afterwards. The animal retained was Fairy Queen 3063, after Elector 2nd 734, and descended from the old stock at Mains of Hatton. This cow has proved remarkably useful. The other purchases were as follows: Pearl 3103, bred by Mr Scott of Easter Tulloch, after Prince of Wales 2nd 3941; Sybil 2nd 1141, bred by Mr Shaw, Bogfern, and descended from Jane of Bogfern 540, bred at Keillor; Charlotte of Bogfern 1257, bred by Mr Shaw ; Lucy of Morlich 2086, bred by Mr Cran, Morlich; Elizabeth 2083, bred by Mr Cran, of the Windsor branch of the Queen tribe; Queen Mary 4th 921, bred by Mr Paterson, of the Mulben Mayflower family; Ida 8th 2594, bred at Drumin, of the Portlethen Ida family; and Julia of Shevado 3029, bred by Mr Dingwall Fordyce, of the Portlethen Julia family. These cows were all purchased in 1876. In 1877, Fashion 982, of the Ballindalloch Lady Fanny family, was bought from Mr Bruce, Burnside, Fochabers, and Princess Dagmar 2nd 3021, of the Matilda branch of the Queen tribe, from Mr Hannay, Gavenwood. The sires used have been : Harry 3rd 661, bred at Bogfern, and descended from the Keillor herd; Hero of Mulben 861, bred by Mr Paterson, of the Mulben Mayflower family; Khedive of Ballindalloch 1153, bred by Sir George Macpherson Grant, of the Pride family, and after the Erica bull Elchies 563; Keillor 2nd, after Keillor 1370, and out of Kate 3rd of Easter Tulloch 3562; and Lord Dundreary 1495, bred at Tilly four, of the Kinnaird Rebecca family. The herd numbers about thirty females, representing the families we have mentioned. In 1877, a heifer, Rosebud, was sold to Mr Henry Haynes, Drayton Basset, Tamworth ; in 1878, Queen of Fernyflatt 2nd 2424, and Alicia 3980, were sold to Mr Anderson, Boghead of Cobairdy; in 1878, four cows and four heifers were sold to Mr Brown, Linkwood; in 1880, Ida 9th 3670, Julia of Collithie 3671, and Vine 4507, were sold to Mr Mackenzie of Portmore, at £33 each ; in 1881, Lulu 4526, Pauline 3672, Princess Dagmar 5th 4526, and Fair Lady 4525, were sold to Mr Wilken, Waterside, at about £40 each, for exportation to the Hon. J. H. Pope, Canada; in 1881, Mr Wilken bought Pearl of Springbank, dam Pearl 3013, for Mr J. F. Foote, New Jersey, and Fair Flower 4726 for Hon. J. H. Pope; Princess Dagmar 6th 4827, sold to Mr Wilken a short time previously, also going to Hon. J. H. Pope. As to the longevity of the breed, Mr Bruce mentions that two years ago an old cow died at Collithie that in her seventeenth year produced twin calves for the fifth time in succession. The cow was kept solely for rearing calves, and they always did well, with the exception of those of the last year, when she was thoroughly exhausted. Latterly, however, the calves were more difficult to bring up and worse to feed.
Mr Stephen, Conglass, informs us that the Aberdeenshire breed of cattle has been on that farm beyond his recollection. Upwards of forty years ago his father had several of them, yellow as well as black, and some with horns, but he always bred from a polled bull, and the horns gradually disappeared. The late Mr James Walker, Wester Fintray; Mr Morrison, Balhaggardy; Mr James Collie, Middleton of Fintray; and Mr Stephen's father, were the principal prize-winners at the local shows at that time. Mr Stephen bought a bull from Mr. M'Combie of Tilly four in 1849, and he had bulls from him frequently afterwards. He purchased the bull Malcolm of Bodiechell 269, who gained the second prize in the class of aged bulls at the Highland Society's show in 1858. Malcolm was an animal of excellent quality and great substance, and was the sire of the ox bred by Mr Stephen which gained the Challenge Cup at the Royal Northern show in 1864, when three years old. Malcolm 2nd, got by Malcolm and from the Missie family at Conglass, was the best bull for getting first-class stock Mr Stephen ever bred. He was the sire of two oxen, one of which gained the second prize, when four years old, at Birmingham, and first at Smithfield in 1868; the other ox, in 1869, gained the first prizes both at Birmingham and London, being also awarded at Birmingham the first prize as the best ox in the Scotch classes, as well as the extra prize offered by Mr Ratcliffe. These oxen fetched 80 and 75 guineas respectively, and each carcass weighed 16 cwt. Mr Stephen unfortunately sent Malcolm 2nd to the butcher before he knew his value. Heifers got by him also turned out first-class animals. At Christmas in 1871 Mr Stephen again exhibited at Birmingham an ox four years old, whose dam was by Malcolm 2nd, and he also gained the first prize. He caught foot-and-mouth disease at Birmingham, and did not stand up well at London; so Mr Stephen had to be content with a second prize there. The show-yard success of the Conglass cattle at Christmas closed for several years; the cows slipped calf, and the bulk of the animals were disposed of to the butcher. The line of the Missie family was, however, preserved, and was represented at the Smithfield Club show last year. The polled ox with which Mr. M'Combie of Tilly four gained the first prize at Poissy in 1862, and the following year at Smithfield, was bred at Conglass, and was, Mr Stephen informs us, heavier than the renowned ox Black Prince.