The Haymount herd was founded in 1932 by the late John L Arnott, with judicious purchases from the Georgina, Erica Pride and Witch families.
Careful herd selection over the past 85 years has created a depth of breeding which have entered into herds all over the world.
Descendants of those cattle can be seen in every breeding continent.
The Arnotts farm 850 acres of mixed arable and grass, working on a rotational basis for soil structure, pasture quality and fertility in soil, and Tom and his brother run the family farming partnership in the borders of Scotland.
They have exported bulls in the 50’s and 60’s from Perth Bull Sales to several of the major beef producing continents.
A mixed farming enterprise, alongside his commercial herd he has over 100 Aberdeen-Angus cows and a flock of Texel sheep with the rams being sold at the well-known Kelso Ram Sales.
Tom is the immediate past president of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle society. He is currently a director of the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland and has just stepped down as Chief Cattle Steward for the beef section. He is also past chairman of the Border Union Agricultural Society and Kelso branch of the NFU.
Tom’s breeding philosophy is to use what appeals to them and is commercially attractive. The cattle must be easy fleshing and have breed character. The sires that are currently being used are Blelack Black Buster, Blelack Prince Camelot, Haymount Walarlo, Haymount Wavoro, Haymount Wavesmith and Gretna House Blacksmith.
One of the family’s most notable successes is having the supreme champion at Stirling February Bull Sales 2014 with Haymount Precursor who went on to be sold for 18000 guineas.
John Arnotts determination to lay down foundations for the commercial farmers with an efficient beef breeding animal in the 1930s, has ensured that stock farmers of the 21st century, can be confident of success with Haymount bloodlines. And with Tom’s future plans of handing over the reins to his sons – the 5th generation at Haymount this herd is in safe hands for years to come.