A long-established herd, the McLaren family’s Northamptonshire-based Aynho herd has been one of the most prominent herds in England for many years and can trace its beginning’s back the current owner, Alex McLaren’s, grandfather who bought the first females in 1903.
Today the oldest families in the 50-cow herd can be traced back to the 1920s, with further lines added since to develop the strength of the herd as breed good sound cattle suited to both pedigree and commercial breeders. AI sires have also been used in this regard to continue developing the breadth of breeding within the herd and ensure it remains at the forefront of available genetics.
Current stock bulls in the herd are the homebred Aynho Pilgrim M792 and Wedderlie Ebbnflo M692, a bull purchased privately from the Wedderlie herd. Pilgrim is a grandson of the Australian sire Ardrossan Admiral A2.
Showing has been a core part of the herd’s promotion since 1983, with noted success with Aynho Rossiter Eric B125, a bull subsequently sold for 16,000gns to the Wedderlie and Idvies herds, and Aynho Duke. Bulls are largely sold from the farm, with only a select few entered for Society sales, while those not felt suitable for breeding are sold to a local finisher for marketing through their farm shop.
A former Society council member Alex McLaren has previously been chairman of the former Midland Shires Aberdeen-Angus Club, the focus for the herd going forward it to continue to breed sound, functional, commercially relevant cattle, with the herd run alongside 450 acres of arable crops.