Pedigree Simmental Show and Sale at Bristol Sale Centre

by | May 12, 2007


Shellthorn Dispersal leads the way at Bristol

An outstanding show of cattle at the British Simmental Society sale, which included the Dispersal of the Shellthorn Herd on behalf of Andy & Dianne Grossey, attracted a packed sale ring at the Bristol Sales Centre on Saturday 12th May 2007.

The sale, run by the South West Simmental club in conjunction with McCartneys and Stags auctioneers, has become an important sale for the breed, with buyers coming from all over the UK. “The increase in closed herds for health reasons and the need for easy to handle and manage cattle has ensured an increased demand for the Simmental” said Fiona Sloan the Society’s Breed Development Manager.

The eagerly awaited Dispersal of the Shellthorn Herd, from Lower Sea Farm, Sea, Ilminster, Somerset, did not disappoint the expectant crowd, when the string off outstanding females entered the ring following a parade of the well known base cow Heywood Hannadante 28th. Red Hannah, as she is known at home, is now retired and will see her days out at Lower Sea with the Grossey Family.

Shellthorn Hannadante 6th

Highlight of the sale however was a Sterling Flint daughter, Shellthorn Hannadante 6th when a keen bidding war including two telephone bidders, saw her finally knocked down for 8,000gns to Messrs L.J. & A.J. Curry, Lowerdown Farm, West Lane, Felton, Somerset, to join their well known Winford Herd. A stylish young cow born in 2003, she already has an impressive show career behind her and sold with her heifer calf Hannadante 19th, a daughter of Quanrose Kellog. She had been immediately preceded by Shellthorn Hannadante 5th another Kellog daughter also with an outstanding heifer calf at foot, Hannadante 17th, this time by Starline Pompous from the Blackford Hawk line. Again from an outstanding show line, both she and her calf will no doubt bring further success to her new owner, Mr. Webster, Whittakers Barn Farm, Cracoe, Skipton, who paid 3,600gns for the privilege.

Two lots made 2,400gns. Firstly to David Watkins, Stormer Hall, Craven Arms, Shrops when he purchased yet another Kellog daughter, Shellthorne Katie 6th, with her outstanding bull calf Shellthorn Victorious at foot. Another Pompous calf with outstanding conformation, he looks like a great prospect for the future for his new owner.

Gerald and Morag Smith travelled from Drumsleed in Scotland to purchase Shellthorn Hannadante 9th also for 2,400gns. Yet another of the Kellog progeny this very smart heifer was sold in calf to stock sire Shellthorn Reflex who was later to sell for 2,000gns to Mr. Matthews, Woolcombe Farm, Sandy Way, South Molton, Devon.
Reflex had been chosen as a junior Stock sire for the proven cows in the herd and showed outstanding conformation and style.

The senior stock bull from Shellthorn, Starline Pompous, whose progeny had been on display throughout the sale sold to Mr. Swirling, Upper Bottom House Farm, Bottomhousefarm Lane, Chalfont, St Giles,for 3,500gns. His lines go back to Scottish Neff, Blackford Trident, Hockenhull Marvel, Gretna House Supersonic and Starline Decision.

Cliftonswood Beauty 4th

Keen interest in the female section saw 42 of the 47 lots forward find new homes. Heading the section was Cliftonswood Beauty 4th from Mr. H. J. Brown, Cliftonswood Farm, Clifton-On-Teme, Worcs., who had taken the Overall Female Championship earlier in the day, judged by Colin Hutchings, Brompton Regis, Dulverton, Somerset. This stylish 2004 born daughter of Brinkton Brilliant was sold with her first heifer calf at foot, Cliftonswood Beauty 9th by Salisbury Challenger and in calf again to Camus Frontier. She was purchased for 3,100gns by Mrs D. Madeley, Little Whitfield Farm, Glewstone, Ross-On-Wye.

Wishful Sunbeam

Following the judges recommendation, the Reserve Champion Female, Wishful Sunbeam from David & Christine Mills , Wishful Farm, Ruggin Road, West Buckland, Wellington, Somerset, sold to the second top price of 2,500gns when she was purchased by Pencarrow Farms, Camelford, Cornwall. This March 2005 daughter of Brinkton Bonzo had been shown successfully as a yearling in 2006 gaining 8 first prizes in her first year.

Joey Peter’s, 3rd Prize Brooklyn Bluebelle’s Lydia, from his Treetops Herd at Durley Hall Farm, Durley, Southampton, bred by Lynda Burditt, and sired by Woodhall Dynamite was sold for 1,800gns, when she changed hands to Mr. G. Doyle, Higher Fisherton Farm, Atherington, Umberleigh, Devon. She was sold in calf to Glenturk Rolex, who was purchased at Perth in 2005 for £17,000.

Oakhill Meierisli 15th, who stood second in her class earlier, gave the Oakhill Herd of Mrs. S. Wakefield, Oakhill House, Moons Hill, Frenshamm, Surrey, their top female price of the day when she sold to Mr. D. Marklove, Hansells Farm, Purton for 1600gns. Meierisli 15th, sired by Oakhill Moka was sold with her Popes Laird sired bull calf at foot, Oakhill Troy.

Tilbrook Turpin

The trade for bulls was selective with quality bulls selling well. The January 2006 born Tilbrook Turpin from Peter Burgess, Tilbrook Farm, Lower Boddington, Daventry, Northants, was Reserve Male Champion in the pre sale show and sold to Andrew & Yvonne Leedham, Gunby Lea Farm, Netherseal, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, for 3,100gns to join their Grangewood Herd. Turpin is a son of Starline Klassik and out of Swallowhill Jessica by Brinkton Sovreign.

Messrs A. & C. Bennett, Brookside View, Hodge Lane, Birch Cross, Uttoxeter, saw their 20 month old, Fole Nashville sired Abbotsbrook Scorpio, change hands for the second top price of 2,600gns. He sold to Mr. C. H. Thomas, Pengelly, St Wemm, Bodmin. Fortress Socrates from Mr. E.T. Greenow’s herd at Dinedor Cross Farm, Hereford, sold to Mr. R. Fairburn, Newcott, Middle Road, Wildmoor, Bromsgrove Worcs., for 2,450gns. Socrates is an AI son of Wroxall Luke out of Crackley Cornelia 39N and stood 2nd in his class.

Another 2nd prize winner, this time Heywood Trumpeter a Blackford Hawk son, from David Barker, Manor Farm, Heathfield, Taunton, Somerset, changed hands for 2,400gns to Mr. H. S. Price, Cwrt Mawr, Felindre, Swansea. Two bulls made the 2000gns mark. Firstly, Boddington Estates Male Champion Sterling Samson, from the Sterling Herd at Boddington, Cheltenham, Glous., sold to old to Mr D & Mrs N. Field, Upper Burytown Farm, Burytown Lane Blusdon, Swindon. Wiltshire, when they bid 2000gns for this 2 year old son of the famous Sterling Flint out of a the homebred Sterling Helen’s Lyric by Sterling Herkules. He was soon followed by Steven & Lorraine Blomfields 1st prize winner Sway Texas Pete from their herd at The Bungalow, Kings Lane, Sway, Lymington, Hampshire. A son of the homebred Sway Polo he also sold to Mr. D. Marklove.

42 FEMALES £960
15 BULLS £2071

Judge: Mr Colin Hutchings
13 Bulls sold to a sales average of £1966.73 (inc Dispersal) 15 Bulls sold to a sales average of £2089.50)
Prize Name Vendor Purchaser Price Gns
Overall Male Champion Sterling Samson Boddington Estates Ltd Mr D Field & Mrs N Field 2000.00
Reserve Male Champion Tilbrook Turpin Mr P N Burgess Mr & Mrs A S & Y A Leedham 3100.00
Top Price Bulls Tilbrook Turpin Mr P N Burgess Mr & Mrs A S & Y A Leedham 3100.00
Abbotsbrook Scorpio M/S A & C Bennett Mr C H Thomas Bodmin 2600.00
Fortress Socrates Mr E T Greenow Mr Fairburn Bromsgrove 2450.00
Heywood Trumpeter (TF) Mr D M Barker Mr H S Price Swansea 2400.00
Sterling Samson Boddington Estates Ltd Mr D Field & Mrs N Field Swindon 2000.00
Sway Texas Pete Mr & Mrs S & L Blomfield Mr D A M Marklove Wiltshire 2000.00
42 Females + (CAF) sold to a sales average of £1007.50 (inc Dispersal) 63 Females sold to a sales average of £1309.17
Overall Female Champion Cliftonswood Beauty 4th Mr H J Brown Mrs D Madeley 3100.00
Reserve Female Champion Wishful Sunbeam D B & C A Mills Mr I W Hair 2500.00
Top Price Females Cliftonswood Beauty 4th Mr H J Brown Mrs D Madeley 3100.00
Wishful Sunbeam D B & C A Mills Mr I W Hair Bodmin 2500.00
Brooklyn Bluebelle’s Lydia (TF) Mr J Peters Mr G D Doyle Devon 1800.00
Oakhill Meierisli 15th Mrs S Wakefield Mr D A M Marklove Wiltshire 1600.00
Oakhill Nelly 18th Mrs S Wakefield J J Sanders Cumbria 1250.00