Semen Store

In 2016 the Shetland Cattle Herd Book Society, in collaboration with Scawfell Genetics, Cumbria, launched its semen store and semen bank.

Semen is currently available from seven registered Shetland bulls. Details about each bull are listed below.

Semen is available for domestic use at £10 per straw + VAT. Please order semen through semenstoreschbs@aol.co.uk. Enquiries can also be made about semen for export. The Semen Store is held by Scawfell Genetics in Cumbria who have sole distributorship in the UK of a new design of small dry shipping tank. SCHBS Semen Store can ship semen direct to any address in the UK, including islands, within 24 hours. Shipping charges for breeders wishing to purchase semen from the store are as below. Prices are inclusive of packing, delivery and return of the tank. Breeders should note, too, that Scawfell Genetics carries a wide range of semen from other breeds, native and commercial. For information about other breeds see www.scawfellgenetics.com.

  

To check whether a bull is suitable for the chosen cows a mating projection between the bull and an individual cow can be done under the Pedigree Search tab on the Home Page. The Breeding Compatibility check will give the COI (Coefficients of Inbreeding) of the calf resulting from that mating. Usually a breeder would be looking for a low COI in the calf as this shows that the parents do not share too many ancestors and the calf has a spread of genetics. However, there are times when a high COI is acceptable, for example when line-breeding. If you are in doubt or would like advice please email semenstoreschbs@aol.co.uk.

When looking at the bull photos, take note of the age of the bull. Shetland bulls can still be growing at seven years old so keep in mind that the younger bulls in the semen bank have not reached maturity, though sexual maturity is achieved early.

All of the bulls are either still alive, or were until recently, so information about them is readily available. Please email the semen store if interested in knowing more about them. 

Pedigree Certificates are kindly provided by the Shetland Cattle Breeders Association.

Bulls Available

St Trinians Agamemnon

12/4/2011 - 16/2/2017

Straws are available for export and for domestic use.

Agamemnon was a mainly black bull with symmetrical curved horns. He was of medium frame and of a neat, compact appearance with a good head. He was born in Scotland. He is from the Glebe bull line.

The bull in the adjacent pen in the photos is Trondra Arrow, also in the Semen Store.

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St Trinians Agamemnon
St Trinians Agamemnon
St Trinians Agamemnon
St Trinians Agamemnon

North House Victor

4/7/2013 - 13/1/2017

Straws are available for domestic use only.

Victor was a black and white bull. His semen is in the highest category for fertility. His first calves were born in 2017. He was a square, medium-sized bull, with curved horns. He was docile and easily managed. He was born in Shetland. He is from the Glebe bull line.

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North House Victor
North House Victor
North House Victor
North House Victor

Hengae Fearsome

16/10/2005 - 11/11/2008

Straws are available for export and for domestic use.

Fearsome was a mainly black bull of medium size with curved horns and black feet. He was born in England. The semen collection was funded by RBST and carried out in 2008. He is from the Knocknagael bull line.

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Hengae Fearsome
Hengae Fearsome

Renwick Renoir

21/6/2014 -

Straws are available for domestic use and for export.

Renoir is dark grey, mottled with white. He has black feet and curved white horns. He will be a large bull when adult. He is upright with a straight, square frame, good length and good head. He is an exceptionally placid and easy-going bull. His first crop of calves were born in 2017. He was born in Scotland. He is from the Glebe bull line.

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Renwick Renoir
Renwick Renoir
Renwick Renoir
Renwick Renoir

North House Frosty

21/3/2013 - 24/8/2016

Straws are available for domestic use only.

Frosty was a 50-50 grey and white bull. He was of medium size, with curved horns. His first calves were born in 2016. He was born in Shetland. He is from the Glebe bull line.

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Trondra Arrow

19/4/2009 -

Straws are available for domestic use only.

Arrow is a mature black and white bull. He is a strong, big-barrelled bull of medium height with a good head. He has a particularly placid temperament. He was born in Shetland. He is from the Knocknagael bull line.

Photos were taken, clockwise, at 7 y.o., 2 y.o, 4 y.o. and 3 y.o.

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Trondra Arrow
Trondra Arrow
Trondra Arrow
Trondra Arrow

Randolph Fergus

20/1/2007 - 15/5/2013

Straws are available for EU and for domestic use.

Fergus was a black and white bull. He was medium-sized with black feet. He had an excellent temperament. He was born in England. The semen collection was funded by RBST and carried out in 2013. He is from the Knocknagael bull line.

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Randolph Fergus
Randolph Fergus
Randolph Fergus
Randolph Fergus

Boquhapple Kelvingrove

24/9/2009 - 17/7/2017

* Straws from this bull have been withdrawn from sale until further notice. 

Kelvingrove was a dark red with black around his head and neck. He was unusual in that there were no red animals in his recorded ancestry. He was a large straight bull with a very placid temperament. He was born in Scotland. He was from the Knocknagael bull line.

 

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Boquhapple Kelvingrove
Boquhapple Kelvingrove
Boquhapple Kelvingrove
Boquhapple Kelvingrove

Ocraquoy Haldor

31/3/2014 -

* Straws from this bull have been withdrawn from sale until further notice. 

Haldor is a dun bull. His first crop of calves was born in 2016. He stands straight and square on a good frame, with a good head. He has a relaxed and laid-back temperament. He was born in Shetland. He is from the Glebe bull line.

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Ocraquoy Haldor
Ocraquoy Haldor
Ocraquoy Haldor
Ocraquoy Haldor

St Trinians Balou

14/3/2007 -

* Straws from this bull have been withdrawn from sale until further notice. 

Balou is an unusual black brindle with fine black stripes over a red background. He is a large, tall, heavy bull with straight back and good length. He has been dehorned but his progeny have small, neatly-curved horns. He is an exceptionally quiet and easily-managed bull. He was born in England. He is from the Araclett bull line.

 

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St Trinians Balou
St Trinians Balou
St Trinians Balou
St Trinians Balou

Collafirth Viking

29/3/2010 - 24/8/2016

* Straws from this bull have been withdrawn from sale until further notice. 

Viking was silver grey with black feet. He was a stocky, heavy bull, not tall. He had a placid, laid-back temperament. He was born in Shetland. His dam lived to almost 22 and had 16 calves so there is longevity in his genetics. He is from the Glebe bull line.

He was 2.5 y.o. and 4 y.o. at the time of the photos. 

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Collafirth Viking
Collafirth Viking
Collafirth Viking
Collafirth Viking