A half share in the January 2012-born Aberdeen Angus bull Hallington Picasso M348, of Messrs Alan and Steven Lawson, Newcastle, has been sold in a private five-figure deal to Whittaker and Co Farms, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, for use in their Haughton herd.
Picasso has been shown successfully this summer, culminating in a reserve male championship at the Northumberland County Show, the reserve native championship at Cumberland Show and a third place at the Royal Highland Show.
He is by the proven sire Netherallan Peter Pershore E052 and is out of the Hallington Knight F123 daughter Hallington Princess J218, one of the best breeding lines in the herd.
As well as his exceptional pedigree, Picasso carries a strong set of performance data, including a Terminal Index of +47, a Self Replacing Index of +60 and a milk figure of +21.
Commenting on the sale, Alan Lawson said: “We’ve had many favourable comments from breeders who have seen Picasso on the circuit and we’re delighted he’s been sold in to such a progressive herd as Haughton and we’d like to wish Peter Whittaker and Fraser Cormack, from the farm, the very best with him.”
Mr Cormack said: “When we first saw Picasso early this year, we saw all the traits and characteristics that we value so highly. Then when we later viewed him on farm and studied his performance figures, we knew he was the bull to take us to the next level. With the females that we have assembled or bred ourselves we knew he was the bull for us at Haughton Angus.”