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Nightingale Proud Jake G405-2

 Date of Birth 31st May 2007                                                                           Sire: Nightingale Defiance E264                                                                          Dam: Nightingale Pride Jeanie D237

 

 

 

His sire Nightingale Defiance (DAZ) now at Blelack has sons at Wedderlie, Rosemead and Saltway. Jakes pedigree is dominated by 2 Hogan daughters: on the sire side, Duchess R35 (to Jerusalem)  dam of Duchess U4, Dalmigavie (Mollington & Warrenho), Daill (Whitehall & Tofts) and Donnie (Whitfield).

On the dams side Pride of Pershore S44 whose dam Taf Pride 39S was bought from a syndicate formed for the World Forum where she was on display. Pride S44 is also the dam of Netherallen Peter Pershore and Nightingale Picasso (also to Blelack). A full brother to Peter Pershore from the same flush, Nightingale Poundman, has returned to Nightingale see him featured in Present Bulls.

The great Grace 3R is also on both sides of Jakes pedigree Jeanie D237s first calf by Nightingale Kruncher (Jona) was used on heifers in 2007, her second calf is Jake and in 2008, a heifer calf by Karlos have easily promoted her to Donor Cow status along with Pride S44, Duchess R35 and Duchess Z001.

Jakes son Nightingale Playfair was used on heifers and cows in 2011 then went to the Lana herd in Northern Ireland. Playfairs dam Precious Princess was Karlos daughter and calved at exactly 2 years. His 1st calf is out of an Elmark daughter and calved 5 days early.

 

About Us

Background and Beliefs

It is over 40 years since we imported the first females from Canada with the ambition to and the foresight that, to survive in the business as cattle breeders we would have to breed a type of animal that would come within striking distance of the continental type cattle. An animal suitable as a terminal sire was called for. It would be big, generation after generation (not just for one or two generations) with great length, cleanness and good wide muscled tops. Our aim was to be innovative and quality cattle breeders. A line breeding programme of pedigree Angus cattle is pursued, as only line breeding provides consistent ongoing prepotency – an outcross animal (hybrid vigor) makes for an outstanding animal in the present time but makes little contribution after the second generation.

The result is a wonderful trade in bulls with one customer buying 25 bulls, another has had fourteen bulls (and never been to Nightingale). Many more customers have had 2, 3 ,4, 5 & 6 bulls. The predominant reason why so many customers are happy with our bulls is that they are equal to or outperform other breeds. As cattle breeders we sell 20 to 30 bulls a year, mostly at 12-15 months into suckler, dairy and pedigree herds.

Natural Development – Our herd of pedigree Angus cattle has been bred from 23 different female bloodlines. Whether buying bulls or females in Canada, we conduct extensive research into their pedigrees and available statistical information to ensure that our purchases are not reliant or influenced by price or prizes. Herd management for our pedigree Angus cattle at Nightingale is non labour intensive and as simplistic as possible. The cattle need to develop naturally and the belief is that cattle must be good and good cattle must be functional. All our efforts are directed at breeding an efficient and profitable animal for the farmer and to develop a carcass that will produce the finest quality eating meat for the consumer. To this end we concentrate on depth of muscle on a large frame and structured soundness while maintaining fertility and calving ease. We aim at a type that has length, cleanness through the lower part of the body producing a higher ratio of red meat to waste. The females are feminine, upheaded beefy, structurally correct and with good udders. For 40 years Nightingale females calved at two years old and are fed only grass and silage.

Ultimately – Form Follows Function – The pedigree Angus cattle herd is now closed except for a particular female or bull that may be necessary. Our main aim and direction is to line breed to produce a pure animal that is dependable and predictable which will be easier to merchandise with evaluated facts and not anticipation. Today, much emphasis is placed on official records and we are proud of our achievements – without abandoning our beliefs.

Figures

GOOD FIGURES DO NOT ALWAYS MAKE A
GOOD ANIMAL BUT A GOOD ANIMAL WITH
GOOD FIGURES MAKES A TERRIFIC ANIMAL

In addition to the above, along with line breeding it is also vital to recognise and select bulls that will fuse, add to and strengthen the herd to produce progeny that consistently hit targets.

Performance at least cost is the future

On 3rd October 6 heifers weaned to average 422kg
Kristina K568 was 510kg
This is almost killing weight, straight off their mothers.
Good news for the commercial world which has always felt let down by the heifers.
Nightingale Dunbar K551 (see The Future)
Weaned at 200 days = 430kg EBV +52 SRI +66
300days = 635kg – official scan 137cm

We like to think that with our extensive and accurate recording for 40 years, including actual (not estimated) birth weights along with every cows gestation, our bulls performance in other herds increases their EBV’s rather than reducing them, something that happens quite often in the well known and not so well know UK herds.

Figures

GOOD FIGURES DO NOT ALWAYS MAKE A
GOOD ANIMAL BUT A GOOD ANIMAL WITH
GOOD FIGURES MAKES A TERRIFIC ANIMAL

In addition to the above, along with line breeding it is also vital to recognise and select bulls that will fuse, add to and strengthen the herd to produce progeny that consistently hit targets.

Performance at least cost is the future

On 3rd October 6 heifers weaned to average 422kg
Kristina K568 was 510kg
This is almost killing weight, straight off their mothers.
Good news for the commercial world which has always felt let down by the heifers.
Nightingale Dunbar K551 (see The Future)
Weaned at 200 days = 430kg EBV +52 SRI +66
300days = 635kg – official scan 137cm

We like to think that with our extensive and accurate recording for 40 years, including actual (not estimated) birth weights along with every cows gestation, our bulls performance in other herds increases their EBV’s rather than reducing them, something that happens quite often in the well known and not so well know UK herds.

 

Figures

GOOD FIGURES DO NOT ALWAYS MAKE A
GOOD ANIMAL BUT A GOOD ANIMAL WITH
GOOD FIGURES MAKES A TERRIFIC ANIMAL

In addition to the above, along with line breeding it is also vital to recognise and select bulls that will fuse, add to and strengthen the herd to produce progeny that consistently hit targets.

Figures

GOOD FIGURES DO NOT ALWAYS MAKE A
GOOD ANIMAL BUT A GOOD ANIMAL WITH
GOOD FIGURES MAKES A TERRIFIC ANIMAL

In addition to the above, along with line breeding it is also vital to recognise and select bulls that will fuse, add to and strengthen the herd to produce progeny that consistently hit targets.

Performance at least cost is the future

On 3rd October 6 heifers weaned to average 422kg
Kristina K568 was 510kg
This is almost killing weight, straight off their mothers.
Good news for the commercial world which has always felt let down by the heifers.
Nightingale Dunbar K551 (see The Future)
Weaned at 200 days = 430kg EBV +52 SRI +66
300days = 635kg – official scan 137cm

We like to think that with our extensive and accurate recording for 40 years, including actual (not estimated) birth weights along with every cows gestation, our bulls performance in other herds increases their EBV’s rather than reducing them, something that happens quite often in the well known and not so well know UK herds.

The Nightingale Angus herd is quite UNIQUE.

NO SHOWING & NO BULLS at SALES.
Show animals do not represent or reflect the type of animal we strive to breed and would be a distraction to our breeding policy. Fortunately for us, participating in bull sales has not been necessary, as we have built up a strong customer base supplying bulls that suit the current and future requirements of the pedigree and commercial breeders.

They receive no creep feed at grass. “Carcase” scanning for breedplan figures are done between 300-350days, thereafter a maintenance to grow diet only is fed. This regime would not prepare them for sales to the standard of fitness that is apparently required today, and would dramatically increase our costs. And furthermore allow  the possibility that physicality and fertility may be compromised for a time.

 

Nightingale Ploughman G376

Date of birth : 14th Feb 2007
s. Auldhouseburn Karlos D218
d. Nightingale Precious Princess  A051
gs. Ankonian Elixir

Bart is currently based at Nightingale and the first calves are showing very high figures thus far. Eye muscle and Growth are particular strengths, and one example heifer 528kg at 400 days.

Stirling Bull Sales

February 2014

“FOUR OF THE SIX CHAMPIONS”


SENIOR AND RESERVE OVERALL CHAMPION
by NIGHTINGALE EL PASO
Wedderlie Ebsolution M570 – 17,000gns


INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION
by NIGHTINGALE DUNBAR
Cardona Fergus M832 – 8500gns


RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION
by NIGHTINGALE PROUD JAKE
HallingtonEdition M362 – 17,000gns


JUNIOR AND OVERALL MALE CHAMPION
GRANDSON OF NIGHTINGALE DEFIANCE
Haymount Percursor M255 – 18,000gns
(proud Jake by Nightingale defiance)