The Aberdeenshire farmer who bred the animal which turned the model for the lifestyle-sizing bronze sculpture of the Aberdeen-Angus bull which stands on the outskirts of Alford has died.

Sandy Fordyce and Sandy Fordyce (snr) of Bridgefoot whose death was announced this week.
Sandy Fordyce and Sandy Fordyce (snr) of Bridgefoot whose loss of life was declared this week.

Right up until his retirement a couple years ago, Sandy Fordyce (91) farmed at Bridgefoot, Kemnay, with his son, also Sandy, and strike the headlines at the Perth bull gross sales in February, 2000, when, with the Aberdeen-Angus breed in ascent, his bull, Jeremy Eric of Bridgefoot, marketed for 28,000gns which was the best price paid out for an Aberdeen-Angus for 35 a long time since the submit-war heyday of the breed in the early 1960s.

Considerably to the disappointment of the family, the bull failed to make the prize checklist at the exhibit on the working day just before the sale, inspite of owning gained the bull calf championship at the Black Elegance Bonanza exhibit at Thainstone two months previously.

But the English decide, the late Norman Thomas from Oxford, did not amount the bull which he felt, even though completely shaped, lacked the dimension breeders had been seeking for in the modern Aberdeen-Angus.

But many other leading breeders experienced other ideas and soon after a keen bidding dual concerning the Galloway spouse and children of meat processors, Scotbeef, who personal the Cardona herd at Doune, Perthshire, and the Fraser loved ones, owners of the Idvies herd at Forfar, Alistair Fraser emerged as the successful bidder with a bid which shocked the packed ringside.

The bull, whose pedigree boasted some of the ideal bloodlines in the breed, proved a highly effective sire at Idvies, and became a single of the most widely utilised bulls in the British isles and Eire, and certainly more than the world, by semen product sales.

The Alford Bull
The Alford Bull

He was selected as the ideal specimen of the Aberdeen-Angus breed for the sculpture which was conceived by regional businessman, Robbie Gordon, and the neighborhood of Alford, with help from the North East Aberdeen-Angus Club, to commemorate William McCombie of Tillyfour, Alford, who was one particular of the wonderful founders of the Aberdeen-Angus breed in the early 1800s.

The sculptor for the bull was Fife-centered David Annand, the son of a previous banker in Alford, and the sculpture was unveiled in 2001 by the Prince of Wales, who has an Aberdeen-Angus herd at Highgrove, in the existence of the Queen Mom who, as it turned out, was earning her last public appearance in Scotland before her demise.

The Queen Mom was an enthusiastic breeder of Aberdeen-Angus at Castle of Mey and patron of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society for 64 decades.

Mr Fordyce and his late brother, Stephen, ended up for a lot of years renowned finishers of top-top quality Aberdeen-Angus cattle for the professional industry, ending all-around 600 cattle a year, all of which went to the Portlethen meat plant when it was operated by William Donald.

Sandy was a regular winner at fatstock exhibits and had the exclusive difference of profitable the championship at the Aberdeen Fatstock Show at Kittybrewster four yrs in succession in the 1960s, after which he skipped a 12 months to show at the Scottish Countrywide Fatstock Clearly show at Perth, where by he received the award for the ideal pen of 4 cattle, before returning to Kittybrewster to just take the championship for an additional a few several years in a row.

The pedigree herd was started in 1995 when Mr Fordyce and his son, Sandy, went to the Perth sales with the intention of acquiring a Limousin bull for crossing but ended up so amazed with an Aberdeen-Angus bull, Ernest 3rd of Ladywell, that they purchased him instead and later on extra pure-bred ladies to begin the pedigree herd.

Mr Fordyce, who had retired to Inverurie, is survived by his wife, Ena, and sons Sandy and Neil, daughter, Gail, and four grandchildren.

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