Heifers head for Estonia

AN Angus farmer has formed an unlikely link with the world of professional Sumo wrestling - in Estonia (writes Mark Dowie).

Kaido Hoovelson, who wrestles under the name of Baruto, is currently the word’s number two Sumo wrestler and recently bought 35 Aberdeen-Angus yearling heifers from the Rosemount herd of Alex and Wendy Sanger at Prettycur Farm, near Hillside.

The heifers will form the foundation of a new Aberdeen-Angus heard on Mr Hoovelson’s farm in Estonia and will be shipped out shortly.

A group of 10 heifers and a bull have also been bought by Meelis and Piret Marmor of Aberdeen Top Genetics, whose 90-cow Marmorland herd firmly established as the leading Aberdeen-Angus herd in Estonia.

Mr Marmor, who advised Mr Hoovelson on starting his herd, said: “Kaido is a farm boy at heart and has opted for Aberdeen-Angus after considering several other breeds.”

Although the breed is now the most popular in Estonia and there is a flourishing export trade with other Eastern European countries including Romania and Latvia, the move into dealing with Aberdeen-Angus is a first for Mr Hoovelson.

Mr and Mrs Sanger’s 200-cow Rosemount herd was last year named Bank of Scotland Aberdeen-Angus Suckler Herd of the Year and breeding stock has been sold to Estonia on three previous occasions.

The herd is run on strictly commercial lines selling finished cattle under the Glenbervie Aberdeen-Angus beef brand in conjunction with Glenbervie Home Farm, Drumlthie, the farming operation of bakery ingredient manufacturers, Macphie of Glenbervie.

Weighing in at 188kg (29.6 stone) Mr Hoovelson (27) is based in Japan and attained his world ranking of ozeki two years ago. He now has his sights set on the coveted yokozuna classification in his next tournament. Only one other sumu wrestler is currently in that category.