Walter Biggar returned from judging Chicago International Show in the 1930s to establish Chapelton Beef Shorthorns with his son, James. The herd is now managed by Donald who has blended UK bloodlines with the finest North American genetics. Tofts Romany and Fearn Rhuaridh (Uppermill x Fingask x Calrossie) feature prominently in the traditional pedigrees.
North American sires such as CF Varsity and Butterfield Able Seaman have produced stock bulls Typhoon, Wildfire and Welcome. All three have combined well with the UK bloodlines in the herd.
Cavans Yankee and Glenisla Banqo continue the program of improvement which was developed by the purchase of Stonehills X Factor. We presently have around 75 cows, a number we hope to increase. Amongst the first group of females by Banqo offered for sale was Chapelton Honeysuckle, who sold for a record 13,000 gns at Stirling in October 2012.
Other notable successes include Zodiac, Ambassador, Braveheart and Duke, all sons of Chapelton Typhoon and all February Perth Champions. Covenanter sold privately to Meonhill for £16,000 in 2010 and Chapelton Dauphin broke the previous record which had stood for 65 years by selling for 15,000 gns at Stirling in 2012.
In recent years we have also seen the export market re-emerge. Peter Schuhmacher founded the first herd in Austria by purchasing a group of four Chapelton females in Spring 2011. Other exports included Chapelton Envoy who was sold alongside two heifers to Finn Johannsen’s herd near Leck, Germany.
We have tested the calving ease of our females by calving them at two years of age for twenty years, and now have many Shorthorn bulls working commercially both locally and further afield and regularly have bulls available that are ready to work. There are also a considerable number of Chapelton bulls working in pedigree herds across the UK.
We performance record all of our Shorthorns on the Breedplan system. The Beef Shorthorn Society website database or through the links on the sales pages of our website provide access to this information.