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 U.K. 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 U.K. bloodlines in the herd.
Cavans Yankee and Glenisla
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. The first herd in Austria was established in Spring 2011 using four Chapelton heifers. We have also exported animals to Germany. Chapelton Envoy was sold alongside two heifers in 2012 to a customer who has since returned for three more Chapelton Shorthorn bulls.
We have tested the calving ease of our females by calving them at two years of age for twenty years. Chapelton Shorthorn bulls are working commercially both locally and further afield and we 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. This data can be accessed through the Beef Shorthorn Society website database or through links on the sales pages of our website.