Ervie L1 Herefords

Bull Customer Fact File (Jim McKenna Gass Farm Kirkcowan)


Name: Jim McKenna Year 1st Bull Bought:  2007
Farm: Gass Farm Kirkcowan Most Recent bull purchase :

Ervie Advance 111334

Ervie Spring Bull Sale 2013 £4000

Phone: 01671830267

Use of Ervie Hereford Sire:




Genetic  make-up of  cowherd:

Scotch Blue-grey

some AAX

Replacements source:


(Beef Herds)

Size of herd 


% Served by Hereford Sire


Other breeds of bull used:

Whitbred Shorthorn


Other farm enterprises:

Blackface & Mules

Suffolk terminal sire

Female offspring

Sold as bulling heifers or stores.

Male Offspring

Sold as stores - bullocks 2 year old


Jim and daughter Carol with some of their spring sale heifers walking away from the feed rings in the background.

Photo by Carol McKenna June 2014


Reasons for buying Hereford bull(s) from Ervie:

Ervie natural rearing policy.

Ervie herd health status.



How do you select your Hereford bull:

Length & clean shape with good backend.

Good walkers.

Have the calves from your Hereford bull met with your expectations: Yes

The Hereford breed has improved from what it was.

Bearing in mind that we select our own sires firstly on natural yearling growth, suggest traits important to you that we should consider when making our herd replacement selections.:

Hard feet and easy calving.


Are you familiar with the background to our Line One Hereford genetics:Yes

Do you agree that a Line-bred bull can maximise performance in a cross-breeding herd situation

Yes calves are definitely bigger and heavier at 2 years than in the past.

Have you anything to say as an endorsement for the bulls you’ve had from us?:

Easy calving

No problems