The Kilmaluag herd was founded with females from Cardona, Mosston Muir, and Retties.
Although we are new to the breed, we have enjoyed great success so far – thanks in no small part to Richard and Carol at Retties’ Livery who prepare our cattle for showing who have been great advisors and friends from the beginning.
Our friend of many years, Tom Adam has also been a wonderful source of knowledge and support and joins Donald at almost every show on the calendar; Tom’s wife Margo and Dinah sometimes go along for the galavant too! Without the help of lifelong friends and neigbours Donald and Ally MacLeod, it wouldn’t be possible to ever leave the croft – they ably step in to look after the stock any time we’re away.
Our main aim is to produce easy fleshing cattle with good mobility and breed character. Here are some of our award-winners and personal favourites.
Kilmaluag Lady Isobelle
By Retties JFK, out of Mosston Muir Lady Isobelle, she has been shown successfully in 2019 with her heifer calf at foot by Waterend Payton. She was Reserve Female at the Royal Highland Show, Female Champion and Reserve Overall at Great Yorkshire, and Reserve Aberdeen Angus Champion and part of the winning Interbreed Group of Three (exhibitor bred) at the Royal Welsh Show.
Weeton Princess Chartreuse R467
Another by JFK, she was purchased as a six-month-old calf from R & D Loftus Farms. She was Champion at the Aberdeen Angus National Winter Show, 2016.
One of several bulls bred from Mosston Muir Lady Etta K245, he was purchased in October 18 by Graeme Massie for his Blelack Herd. He was Overall Champion at the 2018 Summer National Show held at Westmorland.
Kilmaluag Etta S187
Again by JFK, she is a full sister to Eriskay.
Retties Lady Ruth N228
Purchased as a young heifer from Richard & Carol Rettie she has matured into a tremendous cow – we will probably never have one like her again, but we will keep trying! She has been a winner from when she was a calf, culminating in being Champion at all the shows she was entered for in 2016 – these include the Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire, Black Isle, Grantown and Perth. She is a great breeder too and we look forward to having her offspring at Kilmaluag.
Retties JFK M195
He was purchased privately in October 2013 and certainly left his mark at Kilmaluag, until his unfortunate death. We will however, continue to use his semen when flushing some cows, in the future. His progeny include the 2019 Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Champion, Shadwell Evolution T003.
Retties Euromillions R307
A son of JFK, he was bought to continue doing what we had planned for JFK. He is a well-natured animal, as you can see, and we are delighted with his offspring and the first of these to be shown is the undernoted Kilmaluag Lady Iris T220.
Kilmaluag Lady Iris T220
Born in November 2017, out of Mosston Muir Lady Iris K259, she was Reserve Junior and Reserve Female at the 2019 R.H.S, and Reserve Female at the Black Isle Show. At the 2019 Great Yorkshire Show she was Female Champion and Reserve Overall. She was Reserve Female and part of the Interbreed Group of Three (exhibitor bred) at our first visit to the Royal Welsh Show, 2019.
Water End Payton N108
He was sired by Blelack Evergreat H003, whose Dam was The Great Evora Z491. We were fortunate enough to get some heifers in calf to him before we bought him and are looking forward to seeing these on the ground in the near future. His bloodlines will hopefully work well with those we have here and our story will, with a bit of luck, continue for a while yet.
Members of Biobest Herd Care
BVD accredited and vaccinated
Johne’s Level 1
We would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in learning more about our herd or visiting Kilmaluag.