BALLINALARE FARM NIKITA ‘DOUBLES UP’ AND RETAINS HER RUAS BALMORAL SHOW CHAMPIONSHIP!

BALLINALARE FARM NIKITA ‘DOUBLES UP’ AND RETAINS HER RUAS BALMORAL SHOW CHAMPIONSHIP!

  • Lisglass Prince takes Overall Simmental Reserve
  • Ballinalare Farm Nikita places Reserve in Individual Interbreed
  • Ballinalare & Lisglass take Reserve in the Interbreed Pairs
  • Simmental Team Wins Interbreed Stockjudging

Roll on twelve months and the now 27-month-old heifer Ballinalare Farm Nikita from Mr J & Mr A Wilson, Newry, Co Down, came back to defend her title and win the 2024 RUAS Balmoral Show on the opening day at Balmoral Park, Sprucefield, Lisburn.

Ballinalare Farm Nikita Supreme Champion

Played out in the sunshine with a hint of a breeze, a small but quality show of Simmentals held the crowd and in front of the judge for the day in the shape pf BSCS President Norman Robson of the noted Kilbride Farm Herd at Doagh, Ballyclare.  A prolific show year in 2023 had seen this young heifer lift the Balmoral Show title along with the top award at the NI National Simmental Show later in the summer. These award also saw her crowned NI Simmental Female of the Year. Having now defended her Balmoral Show title some aim is being taken at the ‘double-double’ of retaining the National Show title which is due to be competed for at the Randox Antrim Show at the end of July.

Ballinalare Farm Nikita is sired by the 14,000gns Saltire Impressive who was also the sire of the 2022 RUAS Balmoral Show Champion.  She is out of Ballinalare Farm Ilyssa whose Granddam is a full sister of the noted Ballinalare Farm Nightrider.  Commenting on his Champion, who was of course also the Female Champion, Norman Robson said:  “A terrific animal, Ballinalare Farm Nikita is a young heifer with immense power.  Her shear scale, size and quality would make her hard to beat on any day and she is a worthy Champion.”

BSCS President & judge for the day, Norman Robson

Father and son team Joe and Alan Wilson have been long term supporters of the RUAS Balmoral Show.  Multiple titles have been highlighted by a hat trick of wins between 2004-2006 for the homebred Ballinalare Farm Money Penny, and now Nikita defending her title.  A delighted Joe Wilson speaking after the show said:  “Over the year she has grown on , and matured.  She’s got size and power but kept her femininity and is full of style.  The herd is having an export sale on 7th September at Rathfriland with around 25 head for sale including full embryo siblings to today’s Champion and also to the 28,000gns Banhill Farm Masterpiece.  We’ll have some ‘contemplation’ time now regarding entries for that sale!”  Flushed in January, Ballinalare Farm Nikita was AI’d two months ago to Omorga Murray.

With the quality of Ballinalare Farm Nikita there was a measured anticipation heading to the Interbreeds and this striking heifer didn’t disappoint when lifting the Overall Reserve in the Individual Interbreed in front of the judge, Stewart Stronach, of the Islavale Simmental herd at Berryleys Farm, Keith Banffshire.  Not quite finished there, Ballinalare Farm Nikita then teamed up with the Male Champion, Junior Champion, and Overall Reserve, Lisglass Prince, to win the Overall Reserve in the Interbreed Continental Pairs.

Lisglass Prince Reserve Supreme, Male & Junior Champion

Shown by JL & CJ Weatherup, Irish Hill, Ballyclare, Co Antrim, the March 2023 born Lisglass Prince is by Omorga Jaguar 18, and is out of Lisglass Lulu, a daughter of the aforementioned Saltire Impressive 17. Of his Reserve Champion Norman Robson said: “Lisglass Prince is a very smart, correct, and modern young bull with a good future ahead of him. He is the ideal example of the style of Simmental bull we should be producing for the commercial farmer.  I think he’s a bull we will definitely be hearing more from throughout the year.”  The Weatherups are themselves multi title winners at Balmoral Show and were again delighted with their breed and Interbreed successes over the show.  Commenting, Chris Weatherup said: “Lisglass Prince just caught your eye from being a young calf and we think he just has a lot of style and length, with a tremendous backend.  He’s tentatively aimed at the October Sale in Stirling.”  Omorga Jaguar 18 was purchased as a ten-month-old calf and he was also the sire of Lisglass Panther, the Male Champion at the recent Swatragh Club Sale.

Dermody Princess Reserve Female Champion

The Weatherups also had the Reserve Female Champion in the shape of Dermody Princess.  Bred by Mr N Jagoe, this September 2002 heifer is another by Saltire Impressive and is out of Dermody Kandy, a Glebedale Tyson daughter.  Speaking of his Reserve Female the judge said:  “There was not a lot between the Overall and Reserve.  This is just a very sweet and feminine heifer and a good example of the types we are looking for in the Simmental breed.”

Seaview Patriot Reserve Male Champion

Lifting the Reserve Male Championship was the August 2022 born bull Seaview Patriot, owned and exhibited by Esther O’Neill, Navan Fort Road, Armagh, and bred by Messrs G&A O’Leary.  This bull is a son of Woodhall Ferrari 14, and is out of the Kilbride Farm Newry daughter Littlerock Dervela Annie.

Ranfurly Weikel 52nd Reserve Junior Champion

Ranfurly progeny were again in the ‘limelight’ when Ranfurly Weikel 52nd P18 23 from David and Jonny Hazelton, Cohannon House, Dungannon, won the Reserve Junior Championship, and Junior Female title.  June 2023 born, this stylish young heifer, got by AI, is by the 16,000gns Ranfurly Limelight L11 20, and is out of Ranfurly Weikel 18th H2 EX 90, a Raceview King daughter.  Further Ranfurly Limelight L11 20 progeny will feature in a sale of 20 breeding females, including 14 or 15 heifers, which will be held alongside the Ballinalare Farm herd offering, on September 7th at Rathfriland.

Winning Interbreed Stockjudging team

There was more Simmental success when the high-powered combine team of Andrew Clarke (Breaghey); Ryan Gilmour (Gillview); Jonny Hazelton (Ranfurly); and Chris Weatherup (Lisglass), combined to win the Interbreed Stockjudging title.  Sponsored by Dunbia, and judged by Meurig James, the competition saw teams of four persons placing classes of beef cattle (no age limits).  There were four classes each consisting of four cattle, with cattle provided on a rotation basis and featuring this year the Charolais, Simmental, Limousin and British Blonde breeds.   Well done Team Simmental!

Overall Championship

Female Championship

Male Championship

Junior Championship

Balmoral 2024 Simmental Results

Heifer born on or after 1st Jan 2022 and on or before 30th June 2022
1st          J & A Wilson                   146       Ballinalare Farm Nikita
2nd         Noel Kilpatrick              147       Ballymoney Nancy

Heifer born on or after 1st July 2022 and on or before 31st Dec 2022
1st          JL & CL Weatherup     149       Dermody Princess
2nd         J N Glasgow                   148       Bridgewater Farm Evie 5th
3rd          J N Glasgow                   150       Raceview PCH Vivkim ET

HEIFER, born on or after 1st January 2023.
1st          WD & JD Hazelton       155       Ranfurly Weikel 52nd P18 23
2nd         Andrew Clarke              152       Breaghey Class P477
3rd          JL & CL Weatherup     153       Lisglass Primrose
4th          Andrew Clarke              154       Breaghey Vida P504

Bull, born on or before 31st December 2022
1st          Mr Shane O’Neill            156        Seaview Patriot

 Bull, born on or after 1st January 2023
1st          JL & CL Weatherup     159       Lisglass Prince
2nd         WD & JD Hazelton       163       Ranfurly Principal P12
3rd          N & N Abraham            158       Corholland Peter
4th          N & N Abraham            164       Corholland Phoenix

Pair of animals, bona fide the property of one exhibitor and entered in the classes for which they are eligible
1st          JL & CL Weatherup
2nd         J N Glasgow

Supreme Champion
Ballinalare Farm Nikita           J & A Wilson

Reserve Supreme Champion
Lisglass Prince                            JL & CL Weatherup

Junior Champion
Lisglass Prince                            JL & CL Weatherup

Reserve Junior Champion
Ranfurly Weikel 52nd P18 23 WD & JD Hazelton

Female Champion
Ballinalare Farm Nikita           J & A Wilson

Reserve Female Champion
Dermody Princess                         JL & CL Weatherup

Male Champion
Lisglass Prince                            JL & CL Weatherup

Reserve Male Champion
Seaview Patriot                              Shane O’Neill

BOSAHAN NANSLOE 22 WINS SIMMENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERBREED RESERVE CONTINENTAL AT 2024 DEVON COUNTY SHOW

BOSAHAN NANSLOE 22 WINS SIMMENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERBREED RESERVE CONTINENTAL AT 2024 DEVON COUNTY SHOW

  • Tregnether Proper Job wins Junior Interbreed
  •  Tregnether win Interbreed Team of Three
  •  Bosahan & Tregnether third in Interbreed Pairs

The Simmental breed was very much to the fore at the Devon County Show held on 16th-18th May and where they won the Reserve Individual Interbreed Continental, the Junior Interbreed Championship, the Interbreed Team of Three, and placed third in the Interbreed Pairs.

Bosahan Nansloe 22, Overall Supreme Simmental Champion, and Reserve Interbreed Continental Champion, 2024 Devon County Show.

It’s a big well done to John, Bridget and Daniel Olds, Bosahan Farm, Falmouth, Cornwall who won the Overall Simmental Championship, Male Championship, and the Interbreed Reserve Continental award, with their October 2022 born bull Bosahan Nansloe 22. Judging the Simmental classes was well-known Simmental breeder David Sapsed, High Heath Farm, Hitchin, Herts.

Bosahan Nansloe October 22 is by the herd sire Kinclaven Infusion (P), and is out of Bosahan Impish Miss Natalie VG 87, a Skerrington Armada daughter. Through the show Bosahan Nansloe 2, who carried strong calving ease figures, was sold to the Halstock Herd of AAM Farms Ltd, Daisy Farm, Yeovil, Somerset.

🎖 Picking up the Female Championship and the Overall Reserve Supreme was the two-year-old heifer Tregnether Nellie from Stephanie Hooper, Castle View, St Columb Major, Cornwall. Nellie is by the homebred sire Tregnether Jackpot 18 (TF), and is out of Liskerret Blossom 12th, a Chyanhal Cornishman 11 daughter. Later in the show Bosahan Nansloe 22 and Tregnether Nellie teamed up to place third in the Interbreed Pairs.

Tregnether Proper Job 23, Interbreed Junior Champion, and Reserve Male Simmental Champion, 2024 Devon County Show.

It was a super show for the Tregnether herd who also picked up the Interbreed Junior Championship with their March 2023 born Tregnether Proper Job who had previously placed Reserve Male Champion in the Simmental section. Tregnether Proper Job is also by Tregnether Jackpot 18 (TF), and is out of Treverbyn Inca, a Bosahan Dixon 12 daughter. Capping a great couple of days the Tregnether herd also won the Interbreed Team of Three with Tregnether Proper Job 23, Tregnether Polly (first prize in the Simmental 2023 heifer class) and Tregnether Pixie, with all three being sired by Tregnether Jackpot 18 (TF).

In what was a quality show for the Simmental breed, Mr & Mrs JM Grose & Son won the Simmental calf class with their August 2023 born bull Trewarnevas Poldark. This calf, +11 for Maternal (Milk) is by Killiworgie Kaylup 19, and is out of Bosahan Keira Emma Star, a Heathbrow Freddie Star 14 daughter.

Well done to all in what was a ‘proper job’ for the Simmental breed!

PART TWO OF THREE: SIMMENTALS TOPPING COMMERCIAL SALES AT 34 LIVESTOCK MARKETS AROUND THE UK!

PART TWO OF THREE: SIMMENTALS TOPPING COMMERCIAL SALES AT 34 LIVESTOCK MARKETS AROUND THE UK!

SALISBURY; RUGBY; THAINSTONE; FROME; EXETER; HALLWORTHY; THIRSK; BENTHAM; PRESTON; SEDGEMOOR; HOLMFIRTH; CARLISLE; LOCKERBIE; BALLYMENA; LANARK; CASTLE DOUGLAS; HUNTLY; LUDLOW; CROOKLANDS; ST BOSWELL; GISBURN; MELTON MOWBRAY; DUNGANNON; DINGWALL; TRURO; AYR; SHREWSBURY; DUMFRIES; QUOYBRAE; DARLINGTON; WHITLAND; MARKET DRAYTON; SKIPTON; AND MONMOUTHSHIRE

Hard-working Simmental sired cattle continuing to do the business in store, prime, breeding, and calf sales around the UK. Where they are not Simmental sired, many other sale top prices are out of Simmental females! Simmental genetics continuing to add value, flexibility, efficiency, and profitability for commercial producers. ‼️
See here the second of three parts covering Simmental sale toppers through April (12th to 18th):

On 18th April, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 81 Prime Cattle at Thainstone. 30 to 36 Month – Bullocks sold to 254p per kg and £1993.90 gross for a 785kg Simmental Cross from Mains of Corsegight, New Deer.

In a sale of store cattle at NWAs Jct 36 Crooklands Livestock Auction on 18th April, a keen ringside of local and travelled buyers ensured a strong trade was achieved. A pair of Simmental bullocks from LA&M Lambert, Lupton topped at £1760 with others from the same home to £1680.

Harrison and Hetherington held their fortnightly sale of Store and Grazing Cattle at St Boswells on 18th April. Top pence per kilo went to Messrs Buchanan, South Common with a grazing Simmental.x Bullock at 350p per kg.

In a sale of rearing calves at Gisburn on 18th April, a ‘roaring trade’ for the 168 calves was led by a Simmental X Bull at £525 from J H Wood.

In a sale of cull cows at Melton Mowbray on 17th April, top grossing cow saw Andersons (South Wootton) selling Simmental x with weight to £1614.98.

At Dungannon Farmers Mart on 17th April, heifer prices reached a height of £2040 for a 775kg Sim (263.00) presented by G Black.

Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd on 17th April, at Dingwall, sold 1,101 store cattle and 63 OTM cattle. Heifers (538) averaged 293.2p per kg and sold to 459.4p per kg for a pen of 468kg Simmentals from Blackford Farm, Croy and £2,350 gross for a 580kg Simmental also from Blackford Farm.

On 17th April at Truro Livestock Market, and a sale of store cattle, one year old heifers were topped by Simmental x to £1105 for Messrs A M & V R Pascoe of Helston.

In a sale of rearing calves and weanlings on 16th April at Brockholes Arms Auction Mart, the trade peaked at £410 for a 6 week old Simmental bull from T E & P Eckersley who sold two others to £395 and heifers to £370.

In a sale of UTM finished cattle on 16th April at Salisbury Livestock Market, top return of £2147.92 went to a massive Simmental x steer from Jim and Joanna Bracey who also sold lighter steers of the same breed to 279.5p.

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 127 Calves and Stirks at their weekly sale on 16th April at Ayr. A large show of 127 Calves and Stirks saw the top price being £550 for Simm heifer calves from Kaimhill Farming.

In a sale of barren cows at Shrewsbury on 16th April, trade topped at £1,410 for a 4yr old Simental cow from R & J Hill, Broomcroft Farm.

C&D Auction Marts held their fortnightly sale of OTM and Prime Cattle in Dumfries on Monday 15th April 2024. A strong trade prevailed with buyers activity seeking OTM’S of all classes, many more could be sold to advantage. Beef Cows sold to 248 p/kg for a Simm from Millhill and £1720. On the same day C & D Auction Marts held their fortnightly sale of store cattle, and also Dumfries & Galloway Young Farmers rally show and sale. 80 Organic Status cattle sold readily with Simm bullocks selling to the top price of £1620, £1600, and £1580 from L Petrucci, Outer Blair.

At Hallworthy TB store cattle sale on 15th April, top spot went to the House Family of St Issey, their best a single framey Simmental Steer with plenty of depth and fleshing to £1850, next a trio of Simmentals again well fleshed and super rounds to £1830, next a super dunn coloured single at £1820. Their best heifers (Simmental), a single with again good depth and fleshing to £1650, their next trio topping out at £1495 and £1440.

At Frome’s sale of store cattle on 15th April, forward Simmental steers from the Hares Partnership topped at £1520.

At Quoybrae on 15th April, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 519 store cattle. Store Heifers (171) sold to £1,760 gross for a 703kg Simmental Cross from Kiess Mains, Keiss.
Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly sale of cast cattle store and breeding stock on 15th April 2024. Forward were 375 cattle. Store Cattle – in the bulls, a bumper show largely thanks to sixty down from Aberdeenshire and the prolific Stephen Allardyce, East Town, Tarland; the trade looked excellent and topped at £1610 for a lovely Simmental yearling from the Aberdonian.

At Frome’s sale of store cattle 0n 12th April, tremendous bidding from the large company of buyers ringside forced the trade to an outstanding £1780 for quality reared 25mo Simmental steers from Fred Butcher & family of Devizes. Their younger Simmental steers equally well presented and sold from £1600 to £1680 (23mo). Fred Butcher & family took top honours again with their Simmental heifers which sold from £1500 to £1525 (all 24mo). Other good Simmental bullers sold well to £1220 from Gary Hemmens of Heywood.

At Thainstone on 12th April, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 1,118 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Bulls sold to 337.1p per kg for a 356kg Simmental Cross from Roadside farm, Skene.

At Exeter’s sale of 450 store cattle on 12th April, some tremendous steers forward topped at a £1830 given for a standout pair of Simmentals (20m) from Alan Brazier of Poltimore closely followed by a trio of equally smart Simmental bullocks (24m) from Aylesbeare’s Cyril Emmett which went on to make £1820 apiece.

PART ONE OF THREE: SIMMENTALS TOPPING COMMERCIAL SALES AT 34 LIVESTOCK MARKETS AROUND THE UK!

PART ONE OF THREE: SIMMENTALS TOPPING COMMERCIAL SALES AT 34 LIVESTOCK MARKETS AROUND THE UK!

SALISBURY; RUGBY; THAINSTONE; FROME; EXETER; HALLWORTHY; THIRSK; BENTHAM; PRESTON; SEDGEMOOR; HOLMFIRTH; CARLISLE; LOCKERBIE; BALLYMENA; LANARK; CASTLE DOUGLAS; HUNTLY; LUDLOW; CROOKLANDS; ST BOSWELL; GISBURN; MELTON MOWBRAY; DUNGANNON; DINGWALL; TRURO; AYR; SHREWSBURY; DUMFRIES; QUOYBRAE; DARLINGTON; WHITLAND; MARKET DRAYTON; SKIPTON; AND MONMOUTHSHIRE
Hard-working Simmental sired cattle continuing to do the business in store, prime, breeding, and calf sales around the UK. Where they are not Simmental sired, many other sale top prices are out of Simmental females! Simmental genetics continuing to add value, flexibility, efficiency, and profitability for commercial producers.
See here the first of three parts covering Simmental sale toppers, and starting with April 1st – 11th:
At Hallworthy on 11th April, breeding cattle were led by a two-year-old Simmental Bull from the Grose Family of Manaccan sell to £2000, and away to work on a Dairy farm.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts at Thainstone on 11th April sold 151 cows and bulls. Beef Feeding Cows (77) averaged £1297.59 and sold to £1770 for a 726kg Simmental from Dundurcas Farm, Rothes.
At Dungannon Farmers Mart on 10th April, suckled cows and calves sold to £1660 for a Simm Cow with a Char Bull Calf at foot presented by a Dungannon Producer.
On 10th April United Auctions sold 1916 store cattle & young bulls at Stirling. Young Bulls (47) averaged 263.23p to 299.30p per kg for a 294kg SIMX from South Glen.
Frome’s sale of UTM heifers on 10th April was topped by Simmental x heifers from Padfield & Partners at 254p/kg.
Skipton’s store sale on 10th April saw the heifer section topped at £1700 by Simmentals from CA Foster.
At a sale at Monmouthshire Market on 10th April, an eight year old Simm cow & her BBX heifer calf (7m) from Halomark Ltd, Cwmbran sold for £1880.
At a sale of store cattle at Market Drayton on 10th April, yarding cattle ‘continue to sell like hot cakes’. Simmental from The Brighouse Family, Morley Green, topped the steers at £1580.
At Ayr on 9th April, Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 95 Calves and Stirks at their weekly sale. The offering of stirks forward sold to £890 for a Simmental Cross Heifer off Messrs Mullin, Greenhead and with bullocks topping at £820 for a Simmental Cross off the same.
Decent numbers of prime and cull cattle at Exeter on 8th April, saw finished steers from Dan Tooze of Broadsands head the heavyweight steer section with a well fed 638kg Simmental reaching 268ppk and £1706. Prime heifers (all heavyweights) were topped at 260ppk for a Simmental from Douglas Horton and Family up from Kingsbridge which returned £1515.
In a sale of store cattle at Brockholes Arms Auction Mart on 9th April, top spot in the steer section went to J & A Heap & Son with Simx to £1,480.
In a sale of 320 store cattle at Ballymena on 9th April, bullocks sold to £1800 for a 640kg Simm from Barry Arthurs, Kircubbin.
Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly sale of cast cattle, store and breeding stock on Monday 8th April 2024. Forward were 325. A nice show of young bulls saw the top six sell over £1500. Three super 10-month-old Simmentals from E Parsons, Newstead Farm vied for the top price when making £1580, and £1560 x 2.
At Huntly on 6th April, United Auctions sold 1639 cattle at their Show & Sale. OTMS sold to average 191.8p per kg selling to £1900 for SimX from Moyes Farm, Glassel.
In a sale of store cattle at Gisburn on 6th April, 83 feeding bulls through the ring saw a strong trade right through. Topping the trade at £1600 was Bev Lancaster & Family with a homebred Simental x.
On 4th April at Whitland Mart, and a sale of suckler cows, in calvers, and bulls, in-calf heifers & cows sold to £1,800×3 (Sim) from Colledge, Llanfallteg, also, £1,750 (Sim) & £1,700×4 (Sim), £1,550 (Sim), £1,520×3 (Sim).
At Hallworthy on 4th April and a sale of Stirks and Weaned Calves at the ‘Cornish Stirk Centre’, the re was a ‘phenomenal trade.’ A J Hart of St Austell sold two remarkable Simmental Steers which made £910 (only 5 months old!), with a single steer to £870 (5m).
In a sale of prime cattle on 3rd April at Frome, UTM heifers were led by a well finished R grade Simmental heifer at 257p/kg and £1949 from LJ Curry.
In a sale at Holsworthy on 3rd April, finished cattle were topped at 228p for a light weight 508kg Simmental heifer from Mr WM Bridgman, Jacobstow realising £1158.
At Ayr on 2nd April, Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 102 Calves and Stirks. The top price calf was £640 for a Simmental Cross Heifer off Kaimhill Farming.
At H&H’s Borderway Primestock Sale at Carlisle on 1st April, Simmentals sold to £2594.48 for 887kgs from Messrs Dyet, East Merkland, Strathaven to feature in the top prices. The same home also sold 819kgs to £2305,49.
C & D Auction Marts held their fortnightly sale of 619 Store Cattle in Dumfries on Monday 1st April 2024, along with the spring sale of organics. 187 Organic Cattle created plenty of interest, a good ringside of buyers actively sought cattle which comprised of mainly yearlings. Organic Heifers per head were topped by a Simm at £1510 from Marshill.
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SIMMENTAL HEIFERS WITH CALVES AT FOOT IN BIG DEMAND AT THAINSTONE AND TOP AT £4300

SIMMENTAL HEIFERS WITH CALVES AT FOOT IN BIG DEMAND AT THAINSTONE AND TOP AT £4300

Heifer with Bull Calf (101) sell to £4300 for a Simmental Cross with Limousin Cross calf from Towiemore, Keith.
77 Towiemore heifers average £3551, up by +£26 on the year

Typical entries to the sale from Towiemore

Cow with Bull Calf sell to £3000 for a Simmental with a Simmental Calf from Wellhouse Farm, Beauly.
At Thainstone yesterday, Wednesday 8th May, ANM Group Ltd sold 222 head of adult breeding cattle. Simmental females again dominated the catalogue and an increasing demand from new and existing customers, across Scotland, north and south, ensured a big trade and increased averages. A big number of Simmental females sold in excess of £4000 and over the £3500 mark.
A big shout out goes to all of the Simmental vendors, and including again the Smith family at Towiemore Livestock Towiemore Farm, Keith, Banffshire who sold 77 heifers with calves at foot, nearly all Simmental, to average an incredible £3551, up by +£26 on a strong trade last year! Across the sale “a great show of well-bred strong heifers with calves” averaged £3497 up £52 on the year.

Typical entries to the sale from Towiemore

Leading Simmental Prices
Heifer with Bull Calf: SimX – Towiemore £4150, £4000, £3950, £3700 Pitgersie £4100, £3700, Wester Bleaton £4050, £4000, £3950 (X2), £3900, £3850; Sim – Towiemore £4150, £4050 (X2), £4000 (X2), £3950, Wester Bleaton £3850, £3700, £3400, Well House Simmentals £3850, £3500, £3400 (X2), Pitgersie £3750;
Heifer with Heifer Calf: SimX – Pitgersie £4200, Towiemore £4050 (X3), £3950, £3800, £3750,Wester Bleaton £3950 (X2), £3900, £3750 (X2), £3700 (X2), Pitgersie £3400 (X2), £3350 (X3), The Bungalow £3200; Sim – Towiemore £4050, £3850, £3700, £3600, Wellhouse £4050, £4000, £3750, £3700 Wester Bleaton £3850, £3550, £3400 (X2)
Cow with Heifer Calf: Sim – Well House Simmentals £2450, £2400.
This latest sale followed on from the previous week at Thainstone where, in a further sale of adult breeding cattle, Simmental heifers with calves at foot sold to £3,950, with others at £3,850, three at £3,750, and many at £3500 and over.
Commercial producers continue to recognise the tremendous job Simmental females make of their calves. Making long lasting cows, they are full of milk, cross with any breed, produce easy fleshing quality calves that go on to weigh well, and are suited to all geographies and farms around the UK.