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How this Hereford herd pioneered a forerunner to the AI service

The Scotts’ Laois herd would be leased State-owned bulls that were made available to other breeders

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At the forefront: Francis, Mary and Tim Scott with four year old Hereford bull Balleen Revenue on the farm at Rathdowney, Co Laois. Photos: Alf Harvey

At the forefront: Francis, Mary and Tim Scott with four year old Hereford bull Balleen Revenue on the farm at Rathdowney, Co Laois. Photos: Alf Harvey

A new-born Hereford calf with cow

A new-born Hereford calf with cow

JP Scott with stock bull Harry

JP Scott with stock bull Harry

Hereford heifers on the Scott farm

Hereford heifers on the Scott farm

A calf of a few days old

A calf of a few days old

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At the forefront: Francis, Mary and Tim Scott with four year old Hereford bull Balleen Revenue on the farm at Rathdowney, Co Laois. Photos: Alf Harvey

Francis Scott reckons Hereford “is in our DNA at this stage”, and that’s nearly an understatement, given his family’s role in the development of the breed over the last nine decades.

Most notably, more than half a century ago, the Scotts’ farm at Rathdowney, Co Laois was a forerunner to the AI service for Hereford breeders, who travelled from all over the country to mate their pedigree cows with a State-owned bull on the farm.


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