The Galcantray herd of Aberdeen-Angus Cattle and Clydesdale Horses is situated just outside Cawdor in the north east of Scotland.
Owner David Walker currently has 140 breeding cows which are all home bred replacements. He uses the best of bulls both naturally and AI. 460 acres of all grassland is grazed by both the cattle and 30 Clydesdale horses.
The herd was established in 1980 from Kinnermoney and then bloodlines from Netherton, Murdochcairnie, Eastfield, Carlhurlie and Wedderlie were brought in with Canadian and New Zealand embryos also being used.
The general breeding philosophy here is to run very commercially with any poor breeders being culled. David has made the choice of calving his heifers at three years old.
There is a great selection of current sires used including Blelack Jupiter Eric L707, Blelack Bluey P348, Rawburn Destroyer P004, Wedderlie Principal P089 and Gretna House Blackrod.
Over the years Galcantray has had a number of successes in the show and sale ring but most notably Royal Show champion 2000, Royal Highland Show reserve in the late 90’s. Galcantray Preditor sold for 18,000 gns at Perth Bull sales in 1997 which was the highest priced bull for 30 years within the breed.
The Galcantray progeny are generally sold through United Auctions, Stirling and the store cattle go to Thainstone in Aberdeen.
In the past David has been Highland Area Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Club chairman and was vice-president of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle society but had to resign due to personal reasons.
Out with the cattle enterprise the Clydesdales and carriage are available to hire for fetes, weddings and funerals.
One exciting announcement David is making, is a new cattleman, Duncan McLaren will be starting at Galcantray at the end of July.