PRINCE Charles was at Ballindalloch on Saturday to mark the 40th anniversary of the North East Aberdeen-Angus Club and the 150th anniversary of the first volume of the Aberdeen-Angus Herd Book.
The Duke of Rothesay is patron of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society and was at the castle to view the Ballindalloch herd, which was founded in 1860.
The North East Scotland Aberdeen-Angus Club’s aim has been to make Aberdeen-Angus breeders aware of the roots of the breed. In 1970, the Aberdeen-Angus Society’s office moved from Aberdeen to Perth and now the bull sales have moved from Perth to Stirling.
Many of the current generation of breeders are unaware that the breed was founded in the North-East of Scotland and some overseas societies have dropped Aberdeen from the breed name. The club has been trying its best to keep Aberdeen in Aberdeen-Angus and spread the message about the breed’s rich heritage.
The kilted Duke spent about an hour at Ballindalloch, where he was hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Clare Russell. See this week’s ‘Northern Scot’ for a full report on the visit and more pictures.