Ballinwing Aberdeen-Angus - for excellence in Angus genetics worldwide from Ireland
Ballinwing Aberdeen-Angus Herd, established in 1923, is the oldest pedigree cattle herd in the West of Ireland. The herd contains unique Aberdeen-Angus foundation family bloodlines - the Vine maternal line – dating back to the foundation of the breed in the early part of the nineteenth century.
The first animal to be registered under the Ballinwing prefix with the Aberdeen Angus herdbook was a calf born in 1923 to an Zara line female purchased at RDS, Dublin. For nearly a decade prior to that, AA bulls purchased at the RDS, had been used on a commercial herd at Ballinwing. In 1932 two Vine females from the Milford herd were purchased.
The Zara family no longer exist at Ballinwing but the present herd are all direct descendents of the Milford Vines. No other females were introduced to the herd (since 1932) only stock bulls from leading herds in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. In the 1950s –1960s bulls purchased Perth Bull Sales were used at Ballinwing, the most popular being Balson of Netherton. For the past ten years imported North American embryos have been used as stock bulls in the herd.
The Vine maternal line
The Ballinwing Herd is one of only a few worldwide where its breeding herd can be directly linked to the foundation of the Angus breed by McCombie at Tillyfour through Vine of Tillyfour.
Vine of Tillyfour 1167 was a daughter by Black Prince of Tillyfour 366 of Pride of Aberdeens full sister, Daisy of Tillyfour 1165. Vine’s fifth daughter , Vine 9th 3256, was sold in 1878 to Aboyne ( Scotland) and in 1881 to Haynes Park ( near London) for 115 guineas. Her progeny crossed to Ireland, and to the Milford Herd ( in County Carlow) and hence to Ballinwing .
Ballinwing – an ideal source of Angus genetics
The pedigree herd at Ballinwing has been commercially run and weight recorded since 1997 initially through Signet Beefbreeder and currently through Breedplan . The emphasis has been on the use of recorded bulls ( both AI and carefully selected stock bulls) as herd sires with strong breed characteristics.
Today’s pedigree herd consists of over 50 selected breeding females.
Breeding animals in the herd are Genestar tested for tenderness and other genetic markers.
The current stock bull at Ballinwing is the Vermilion Dateline 7078 sired Woodvale Mr Angus E163. His first two calves to be offered for Show and Sale were breed champions at Dungannon AA Society Sale in April and October 2008. AI Services had acquired another son of Mr Angus, Woodvale Total.
In 1988 heifers from Ballinwing were exported to Woodstone Angus in Texas These imports with others from Ireland have proved very successful for ’ Woodstone Read the full story at www.irishherd.com
In May 2007 , 19 heifers and one bull from Ballinwing were exported to Southern Italy to form the first Angus herd in this region. View them in their new location at: www.comind.info
Portugal and Azores
In 2008 bulls from Ballinwing were exported to Portugal and the Azores
In 2004 the owner of the 11,000 acre Grange Angus Stud in Australia , John Roberts made his first visit to Ireland . A consignment of 51 embryos , collected on farm by Cork based embryo transfer company, Genexcel Ireland Limited were exported. In June 2006, 25 calves from the cows at |Ballinwing were born to surrogate mothers at Grange Angus in Dungara Western Australia.
WAF Eric 353U dam Ballinwing Kitty 2nd is the only Irish bred calf at the WAF Embryo Program, July 2009.
James Mulvey, Ballinwing House, Leitrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. Tel. 071 9620723 or 087 2560621