At Holmfirth Market on 2nd November, the trade for cows with calves at foot was led by a ten-year-old Simmental cow with 7-month Limousin calf at foot to £1570 from JR Richardson sold to JB Eastwood & Sons.
Shrewsbury Auction Centre on 2nd November saw a ‘riproaring trade for breeding cattle’. A pure Simmental Cow with bull calf from George Powell topped at £1800 for the collective entry.
United Auctions (Saturday 30 October 2021) sold 752 beef breeding cattle at Stirling. In calf cows were led with SimX £1900×4, £1800 & £1650×7 from Home Farm. Bulling heifers to SimX £1650, £1420×2, £1300 & £1250×2 from Home Farm. SimX £1320×4 & £1280×2 from Ormsary, SimX £150×3 from Sunnycroft. Stock bulls topped by a Sim at £2600 from Home Farm. Simmental heifers with bull calves at foot sold to £2750 & £2050 from Harehead. Sim Heifers with heifer calves at foot sold to £2600 from Pitcairn. SimX cows with bull calves at foot sold to £1900 from Airthrey Kerse & Mains of Burnbank. SimX in calf heifers sold to £2000 & £1800 from Grange of Aberbothrie.
On 30th October at a large store cattle sale at Sedgemoor ‘Saturday Stock Market’, steers sold to £1515 for grand suckler bred Simmentals (5x 22/28m & FA) from PK & RJ Heard, Cheriton Fitzpaine, who sold more at £1290 (18m & FA) and £1195 (2x only 10m & FA). Further Simmentals £1185 (21m & FA) M Naish, Kenn and £1180 (2x 17m & FA) Mrs DM Dyer, Yarcombe.
At Thainstone, Aberdeen and Northern Marts (Friday 29th October 2021) sold 935 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Bulls sold to 383.3p per kg for a pen of six 240kg Simmental crosses from Cairntack Farm, Belhelvie.
In a sale of 424 store cattle at Exeter on Friday 29th October, steers topped at a massive £1595 given for a couple of Simmental steers (28m) being the best of a terrific run of bullocks from Cyril Emmett of Aylesbeare followed by further pairs of Simmental’s all born around the same time from Cyril which drew £1515 and £1490 apiece.
At Frome Livestock Market on 29th October, super well conformed young continentals were topped by Simmental suckled heifers presented by J & M Rawlings, 7months old, and sold easily to £702.
At Thainstone, Aberdeen and Northern Marts (28th October 2021) sale of prime cattle saw heifers sell to £1,433.25 gross for a 735kg Simmental from Brewthin, Cullerlie.
Hallworthy market’s sale of store cattle on 28th October saw some really fleshy heifers around with power. Top spot going to G Williams and Son of St Kew with their best a single Simmental x to £1295 and a second pair with tremendous fleshing to £1200.
C&D Auction Marts sale on Thursday 28th October 2021 at Dumfries saw a larger show of cast cows forward to an increased ring of buyers with more quality on offer and all classes in demand. The sale topped at £1,220 for Simmentals from J Higgs Farm, Arkleton, Langholm.
At Oswestry Market on 27th October, the top prices included the £985 (259p/kg) paid for two Simmental steers aged 11-13 months, sold by Partneriaeth Llymystyn, Foel.
Thirsk Market had 219 cattle forward on 26th October with all classes selling well. Steers topped at £1225 for Simmental X from Colton House Farm, Lower Dunsforth.
Lawrie and Symington Ltd sold 528 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale at Lanark on 26th October. Heifers peaked at £1275 for a 610kg Simmental from Parklea,
At Quoybrae on 25th October, Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of Weaned calves, and Store cattle, saw weaned calf heifers averaged 232.1p and to £950 gross for a 417kg Simmental cross from Roadside, Reiss, Wick.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts Friday 22nd October 2021.sold 1,800 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves at Thainstone. Heifers (360) averaged 230.5p and sold to 281.6p per kg for a pair of 412kg Simmental crosses from Cairntack Farm, Belhelvie.
At Frome store cattle sale on 22nd October the young continentals were full of top quality suckled calves. Sid Brown, supporting the sale from the Isle of Wight, led the section when presenting some of his top Simmental Steers which saw 7-8mo at £850, & 6mo at £765.
United Auctions on Thursday 21 October, sold 360 store and OTM cattle at Huntly. OTMs sold to 146.5p per kg or £1160 for SimX from Newtonbrae, Newmill.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts on 21st October sold 268 Cows and Bulls at Thainstone averaged £1,067.50 (+£90.59)and sold to £1,290 for a 1,215kg Simmental from South Auquhorthies, Oldmeldrum
Dingwall and Highland Mart Ltd., on October 20th, sold 534 weaned and store calves and 1 breeding bull. Bullocks (296) averaged 235.7p (up 5.2p on the year) and sold to £1,400 gross for a 660kg Simmental cross from Ballone, Abriachan Heifers (223) averaged 225.1p (up 3.8p on the year) sold to 355.7p per kg for a 253 Simmental cross from Morvich Farm, Rogart.
At Malton Livestock Market on 19th October, OTM bulls were led by a 945kg Sim X from L Holtby, Ruswarp at 122.50ppk (£1157.63).
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., held a sale of prime cattle on October 19th. Prime bullocks averaged 231.3p and sold to 236.0p per kg for a 595kg Simmental cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall
In a sale of UTM & OTM Prime cattle at Sedgemoor on 18th October, heifers sold to £1,693.44 for a grand 756kg black and white OTM Simmental from EJ Collins & Son, Chard.
At Portree on 18th October, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., bullocks sold to 261.9p per kg for a pair of 210kg Simmental crosses from 17/18 Borve, Skeabost,
On Saturday 16th October, Selby Market held a store cattle sale. Heifers were topped by a Sim at £1450 from M Brears & Sons.
Back to Thainstone on 15th October and Aberdeen & Northern Marts had a total of 181 Store Cattle forward from Orkney Consignors. Bullocks Sold to a top of 273.2p per kg for 280kg Simmentals from Millburn Farms.
At the sale of store cattle at Exeter on 15th October, store heifers saw a pen of four cracking Simmentals (19m) from Dave Pollard head that section at £1235 a head.
At Fort William on October 14th, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., sold 258 store cattle, 14 adult head of breeding cattle and 32 OTM cattle. Heifers (101) averaged 222.1p per kg and sold to 305.9p for a 255 Simmental cross from Sandamhor farming, Isle of Eigg. Breeding Cattle sold to £900 gross for a Simmental cross heifer in calf from Mucomir Farm.
At Thainstone on 14th October, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sale of Prime Cattle saw heifers average 218.2p and sold to £1,543.95 gross for a 705kg Simmental from Nether Tillygarmond, Finzean.
At Lodge & Thomas’s sale of store cattle on 13th October at Truro, the dearest through the ring at £1425, in from Porkellis, Helston was Mrs B Baxter’s tremendous single Simmental x steer, bought by Mr R H Eddy of Tehidy, Camborne.
In a sale of prime cattle at Melton Mowbray on 12th October, OTM heifers were topped at 216.5ppk for Simmentals from R&S Anderson, with others at 209.5ppk, and 205.5ppk.
On 11th October at Rugby Farmers Market the trade for cows was led by a 822kg Simmental at 221ppk from Lee & Son.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts, on 11th October at Quoybrae, sold 492 weaned calves, 93 store and 56 breeding cattle. Breeding cattle sold to £2,300 for an Simmental Cross Cow with Charolais Cross Bull Calf at foot from Keiss Mains, Keiss.
United Auctions on Monday 11 October 2021 sold 1770 suckled calves at Stirling. Heifers averaged 247.0p and to £1220 for a 516kg SimX from Shanry.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts, on Friday 8th October at Thainstone, sold 1,418 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Heifers (285) averaged 232.3p and sold to 289.9p per kg for a 376kg Simmental cross from Bunchrew Home Farm, Inverness Bulls sold to 210.5p per kg for a 380kg Simmental cross from Grassmiston Farm, Crail and £1,200 gross for a 616kg Simmental cross from Auchencrieve Farm, Methlick.i
At Thainstone on 1st October, Aberdeen & Northern Marts sold 989 store cattle. Bullocks (446) averaged 235p and sold to 272.7p per kg and £1,465 gross for a 666kg Simmental cross from Appieteen, Sandwick. On the same day, a sale of 162 store cattle on behalf of Orkney consignors saw bullocks sold to a top of £1,465 gross for a 666kg Simmental from J C & C J Sinclair, Appieteen, Sandwick and 268.2p per kg for a pair of 410kg Simmental from P & E Budge, Burn, South Ronaldsay. At Hallworthy’s Store Sale on 30th September, Ant Hart stole the show in the younger cattle with a super pair of purebred Sim Steers at 11 months to £1130. In the sale of stirks on the same day, Simmentals topped the heifers at £640. In the primestock sale at Dumfries on 29th September, Simmental x Heifers featured in the leading prices when selling to 238p/kg Low Three Mark to W Lindsay, Butchers Creetown. Younger 18- 20mth steers were topped by a 18mth Simmental from Messrs BG & DM Ley of Langtree realise £1310 at Holsworthy Store Sale on 29th September. At Frome’s primestock sale on 29th September, two big framed Simmentals from Waddon Farm Ltd sold well to 206.50p/kg and 203.50p/kg or £1406 (the top gross price) and £1309. Meanwhile at Market Drayton on 29th September, stock bulls again met a lot of interest with a Simmental (13 months), from John Gosmore, selling for £3,100 and another Simmental (17 months) for £2,080. In the sale of store cattle on the same day Simmentals again featured strongly. Simmental steers sold to £1,220.00, at 586kg, from JRG Boffey & Ptns. R Foxley & Sons had 468kgs steers at £1,050.00, with Mr DJ Colclough having 498k Simmentals at £1,010.00. JRG Boffey & Ptns also had 559kgs Simmental heifers at £1180. Topping out the heifers at Truro store cattle sale on 29th September included a single Simmental x from Mr K Thomas of Wendron, Helston, selling for £1,060. One and a half year old Simmental x steers sold to £1,130 for Mr S Backway of St Eval, Wadebridge. One and a half year old heifers were also led by Simmentals at £1060 and again from Mr K Thomas of Wendron, Helston. Strong suckled calf prices for steers up to seven months old included Simmental x to £750 for Messrs L J Richards & Son of St Day, Redruth. Topping the eight to twelve month old steers was Simmental x to £800 for Messrs R A F & R M Roberts of Gweek, Helston. Heifers eight to twelve months old were led by Simmental x to £590 for Mr K Thomas for Wendron, Helston. At the Hexham primestock sale on 28th September, the highest ppkg cow was a well fleshed Simmental x cow from Mr R M Johnston, High Fotherley selling to 163.5 ppkg At Quoybrae on 27th September, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 714 store cattle. Heifers (301) averaged 238.8p (+ 20.6p) to 273.9p for a pen of 387kg Simmentals from Lower Milton, Wick. At the sale of primestock held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on 27th September, the prime bulls top prices featured Simmentals to £1838.27 from Messrs Gwynne, Castlewigg, Newton Stewart and purchased by A & D Meats, Rossendale. In the steers, Simmental crosses sold to £1821.51 from Messrs Dickinson, Brockwoodlees, Canonbie and purchased by W E Fairlies, Letham
In the sale of barren cows, bulls, and over age clean cattle at Market Drayton on 27th September, the top price bull was the £1,478.40 for a Simmental weighing 1,056kgs from G. &G.E. Reade, Knutsford. In the clean cattle, the top price was 213p for a Simmental steer weighing 574kgs to gross £1,222.62 for W.S. & P.B. Bartram, Stowe-By-Chartley.
Simmentals featured in the top prices at Sedgemoor’s Store Cattle Sale on Saturday 25th September. A big frame Simmental steer led at £1540 from ME Sampson & Son, Upottery, who sold others at £1405 and £1400. Further framed Simmental steers sold to £1395 from The Victorian Barn, Wolland and £1315 for SF & KL Evans, Backwell. The sale of calves, OTM and store cattle on Friday 24th September 2021 at Lancaster saw CD&HL Mason’s Simmentals top the steer stirks at £830
At Exeter’s sale of stirks and suckled calves on 24th September, Miles and Helen Partridge of Poundsgate topped the sale with Simmental steers (6m) reaching £810. A small show of stirk bulls met keen demand topping at £710 for May Priorton Ltd with Simmental crosses (7m).
At Brecon Market’s store cattle sale on 24th September, Simmental cross heifers from DG Davies, featured in the top gross prices at £1525. At H&H’s sale of store cattle at St Boswells on 23rd September, heifers per kilo sold to 216p for Simmentals from South Common. At the same sale Simmental bullocks from South Common sold to 222.2p per kilo. In a sale of 390 calves at Market Drayton on 23rd September, Simmentals led the breed averages for both bulls and heifers. Simmental bulls averaged £145.88. Simmental heifers averaged £119.63. At Shrewsbury’s store cattle sale on 23rd September, bullocks premiums to 257.5ppk for Simmental Steers from R & EM Lightfoot. A wonderful even run of Simmental bullocks on offer from Messrs Albrighton Estate topped at £1350 (600kg) for a 17mo steer. Dairy Bred Simmental Bullocks peaked at £1290 (620Kg) for P & CE Davies of the Crest At Hallworthy’s Store Cattle Sale on 23rd September, the older cows and calves saw a top of £1130 for a Simmental x Cow and Hereford Bull Calf for the Jasper Family. In a sale of cull cows at Frome on 22nd September, a tremendous run of Simmentals from S & H Webb really caused a stir selling to 157.50p/kg, 156.50p/kg or 143.50p/kg or £1392 (the top gross price), £1357 and £1269. At Kilrea Market, N Ireland, on 22nd September, Sim cross heifers (10) sold to a top price of 410 kg £1400 and 430kg £1380 (£3.21 to £3.41/kg ) for a Coleraine producer (pictured).
On 22nd September at Dingwall, Dingwall and Highland Marts sold 627 store cattle. Continental bullocks averaged 233.1p (up 14.0p on the year) and sold to 275.9p per kg for a 270kg Simmental cross from Isle of Muck Farms and £1,160 gross for a 555kg Simmental cross from 34 Newmarket, Laxdale. Continental heifers averaged 221.2p (up 3.8p on the year) and sold to 242.2p per kg for a pen of 225kg Simmental crosses from Isle of Muck Farms. On Wednesday 22nd September Harrison and Hetherington held their weekly calf sale at Carlisle with an entry of 340 presented to a larger ringside of buyers. All classes of calves were extremely well bid for resulting in an increased trade throughout. Simmental bulls sold to £550 for Haregills Cottage. At the sale of store cattle at Lanark Market on 21st September, bullocks reached a top of £1380 for two 654kg Simmentals from Ryeflatt, or to 253.7p/kg for a pen of five 339kg Simmentals from Logan, to average 214.5p. In the sale of primestock at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on 20th September, the prime bulls saw Simmentals feature and sell to £1747.64 from Messrs Goldie, Newbie Mains, Annan Aberdeen and Northern Marts on Friday 17th September 2021 sold 1,108 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Heifers (288) averaged 228.4p and sold to 279.7p per kg for a pair of 404kg Simmental crosses from South Flaws, St Margarets Hope and £1,430 gross. Heifers up to 350kg were led by Mosside of Gight with a Sim at £720 and another from Raefin at £700. Heifers at 401-450kg were topped by South Flaws with a Sim at £1,130. Heifers at 451-500kg saw Thistleyhillock top with a Sim at £1,290. Bullocks up to 350kg sold to £850 for a Sim from Raefin. Bullocks between 401- 450kg sold to £1075 for a Sim from Howally. Bullocks between 551-600kg sold to £1335 for a Sim from Hindatoon Farm. On the same day, a sale of 381 store cattle on behalf of Orkney consignors saw heifers sold to 279.7p for a pair of 404kg Simmentals from DR & JL Duncan, South Flaws, South Ronaldsay. In a sale of rearing calves and stirks at Penrith on 17th September a pair of younger Simmental bull stirks, 4 to 5-months-old featured in the leading prices when they achieved £510 per head from Messrs G & EA Harrison, Mount Clifton, purchased by Mr I Prudham. Lancaster had an offering of 280 store cattle forward on 17th September. Simmental bullocks from T&M Halhead, Priest Hutton featured in the top prices selling to £1420.
SIMMENTAL MARKET BRIEFS: SIMMENTAL CATTLE TOPPING COMMERCIAL SALES AT ABERDEEN; DUMFRIES; FORT WILLIAM; CARLISLE; SHREWSBURY; DARLINGTON; HOLMFIRTH; QUOYBRAE; DINGWALL; STIRLING; AND HUNTLY
At Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of cast cows, bulls and prime cattle on behalf of Shetland consignors on Thursday 16th September, beef cows Sold to 143.5p per kg for a 634kg Simmental from A G L Duncan, I Hillock, Dunrossness. C & D Auctions held their weekly sale of Primestock on Wednesday 15th September 2021 at Dumfries. Beef averaged 141p/kg to 172p/kg and £1298.60 for a Simmental from Cormaddie. At Fort William on 15th September, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd sold 348 weaned calves and store cattle, 19 OTM cattle, and 12 adult head of breeding cattle. Heifers (135) averaged 295.2p (+37.3p) and sold to 358.6p per kg for a 145kg Simmental cross from Ardtornish Farms, Morven. At Harrison & Hetherington’s sale of store cattle at Carlisle on 14th September, topping the day’s trading was J A Riddell, Newstead with a thumper of a Simmental x Steer at £1400 On 9th September at Thainstone’s sale of Cast Cows, Bulls and Prime Cattle forward from Orkney consignors, beef cows sold to £1,570 gross for a 848kg Simmental from J I & W N Stout, Whitehall, Stronsay. At the market’s sale of prime cattle held on the same day bullocks averaged 209.9p per kg and sold to 215p per kg and £1,569.50 for a 730kg Simmental Cross from Diamonds. At the sale of cows and bulls, Beef Feeding Cows averaged £1,046.17 and sold to £1,230 including a 580kg Simmental Cross from Midtown, Strachan. Shrewsbury Auction Centre’s Store sale on 9th September saw 123 Steers sold to an overall average of 210.03p/kilo and £990/head selling to a top price of £1425 twice from a super run of strong Cattle from M/s J Hanmer & Co Ltd which were both Simmental x Steers weighing 725kgs and 720kgs. At Borderway’s Store and Weanling Cattle Sale on 8th September at Carlisle, bulls continued to fly for all types with young Simmental bulls leading the trade. £1280 was the top for one from Gerrard House, Wigton. Messrs Gwynne, Castlewigg also had Simmental bulls at £1260 and £1200. Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly sale of Cast Cattle, Store and Breeding stock on Monday 7th September 2021. The beef trade remains ultra-solid and the cow beef is no exception. Top price per kilo was a lovely fleshy Simmental OTM from C & E Gaskin, Hillingdon Farm, Marwood when she sold for 216 pence At Holmfirth Market on 7th September and the sale of store, prime and OTM cattle, the OTMS top price gross was the Simmental at £1248.30/head from J A Miller sold to JB Eastwood & Sons. At Quoybrae on 6th September, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 957 store cattle at their anniversary show and sale. Champion in the Harbro and W & A Geddes Ltd sponsored show and sale judged by Arnott Coghill, Skinnet, Halkirk was a 604kg Simmental cross bullock from W Barnetson & Sons, Lynegar, Watten and sold for £1,500 to Backmuir Livestock, Keith. Heifers (468) averaged 229.6p to 257.6p, and to £1,480 gross for a 576kg Simmental Cross from 5 West Murkle. At Thainstone on 3rd September, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 611 Store Cattle including BVD Virus Free and Vaccinated Bulling Heifers, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. BVD Virus Free and Vaccinated Heifers (101) averaged 261.6p and sold to 344.2p per kg for a pair of 526kg Simmental’s and £1,820 gross for a 588kg Simmental both from Berryleys, Grange. Bulls sold to 241.1p per kg and £1,205 gross for a 552kg Simmental from Broomhill Farm, Methlick. At a sale of cast cows and bulls at Thainstone on 2nd September, Aberdeen and Northern Marts, Beef Feeding Cows (60) averaged £1,046.17 and sold to £1,410 for a 794kg Simmental from Milton of Collieston, Ellon. Bulls (23) averaged £1,175.91 and sold to £1,510 for a 950kg Simmental from Upper Tillenhilt, Midmar. On the same day a sale cast cows, and bulls forward from Orkney consignors saw beef cows sold to £1,610 gross for a 890kg Simmental from E S H Harcus & Co, Quanterness, St Ola and 203.4p per kg for a 654kg Simmental from Holland Farm, Stronsay. On the 3rd September a sale of store cattle on behalf of Orkney consignors saw heifers sold to a top of £1,330 gross and 288.8p per kg for a pen of three 450kg Simmental crosses from T Lyth, Heatherhouse Farm, Tankerness. At Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd sale of prime cattle on 31st August, prime bullocks averaged 237.5p and sold to 239.0p per kg and £1,577.40 gross for a 660kg Simmental cross from Hallhill, Kinneff On 30th August at Carlisle, Messrs Gwynne, Castlewigg Farm sold the top priced Simmental cow for 776kg and at the top price per kg of 216.5p, totalling £1680 and bought by Jewitt Meats. Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 159 cows and bulls at Thainstone on 26th August. Beef finished cows averaged £1,360.80 (+£47.40) and sold to £1,630 gross for A 920kg Simmental from 5 West Murkle, Thurso. At Dingwall & Highland Marts on 24th August, prime heifers averaged 244.7 (+3.3p) and sold to 257.0p per kg for a 540kg Simmental cross from Lyne of Urchany Farm, Nairn selling to Neil Menzies Butchers, Braemar. United Auctions at Stirling on Wednesday 25 August 2021 sold 1055 store cattle, 77 rearing cattle & 135 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Bullocks (660)– averaged 230.51p to £1490 for a 641kg SimX from Forrestmill. Out of Spec Cattle averaged 213.94p to £1590 for a SimX from Blackburn.
At Huntly on 26th August, United Auctions sold 478 store & OTM cattle at their anniversary sale where all types met an electric demand. In the OTMs a SimX sold to £1410, 168.9p for Whitehills, Grange.
On Thursday 26th August, Caledonian Marts Ltd sold 119 Cattle compromising of 55 Bullocks, Heifers and Young Bulls and 64 OTM Cattle at their Stirling market. Prime Bullocks sold to £1794 for a Simmental from H A Brown, Molemount, Galston purchased by McGregor Meats, Stirling. The cows sold to a strong average of 136ppkg selling to 175ppkg for a Simmental from J McAdam, Callendoune, Helensburgh and to £1400 for the same beast.
MARKET BRIEFS SEES SIMMENTALS LEADING COMMERCIAL SALES AT ABERDEEN; SEDGEMOOR; FROME; DINGWALL; SHREWSBURY; STIRLING; MARKET DRAYTON; AYR; GISBURN; WORCESTER; HUNTLY; ST. BOSWELLS; CARLISLE; ANGLESEY; SELBY; HEXHAM; LANCASTER; TRURO; LOCKERBIE; AND RUGBY
A bumper coverage of Simmental Market Briefs this week, as we play a little catch up, kicks off with a look back at Gisburn Market and their sale of Prime Cattle on Thursday 29th July. Leading a strong trade for bulls was Mr & Mrs Fitton, Moss Hall Farm, Lostock, Bolton with a fifteen-month-old pedigree bull (pictured). Put to the sale due to a hurt shoulder he weighed 756kgs with a dlwg of 1.56kilos per day. Selling at 266ppkg he made a market high gross of £2019.
Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of 824 store cattle on 20th August saw heifers between 401-450kg topped by Simms from Nigley, Evie at £1,160 and 272.3p. On the 19th August, the same market held a sale of cast cows and bulls. Beef Feeding Cows averaged £1,067.14 and sold to £1,190 gross including a 772kg Simmental from East Kincraigie, Lumphanan. Boning Cows averaged £748.68 (+£140.91) and sold to £945 gross (twice), and firstly for a 642kg Simmental from 8 Skaill, Forss. Bulls averaged £1,177 (+£102) and sold to £1,550 gross for a 1,150kg Simmental from Law Farm, Insch.
In the sale of calves and stirks at Sedgemoor on 21st August, a larger entry than expected saw a continuation of the strong trade. Top price to £1070 x3 (14m) for Pure Simmental steers from R & J Cook.
Through the sale of weaned calves at Frome on 18th August, a very buoyant particularly for the Continental x calves saw good consignments from Mark Peters of Sussex which saw 3mo Simmental steers at £528 and heifers to £420.
At Dingwall on 18th August, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., sold 186 store cattle and 104 adult head of breeding cattle. Bullocks (105) averaged 230.7p and sold to £1,400 gross for a 720kg Simmental cross from 33 Auchintoul, Altass. Cow with male calf at foot (40) sold to £2,750 gross for a Simmental cross cow with a Charolais cross calf at foot from Gorthleck Mains, Inverness. Cow with heifer calf at foot (33) sold to £2,500 gross for a Simmental cross cow with a Charolais cross calf at foot from Gorthleck Mains, Inverness. Cow with twin heifer calves at foot sold to £2,800 gross for a Simmental cross cow with Charolais cross calves at foot.
In a sale of weanling bulls at Shrewsbury Livestock Market on 17th August, the top price and top average went to Simmental X bulls from WG Bebbington & Son which topped at £850 and averaged £814. TB restricted cattle were also a flyer with 16 month old Simmental steers topping the market at £1220 or 244ppk.
At United Auction’s sale of 824 store cattle at Stirling on 18th August, out of spec cattle averaged 184.47p to 203.50p per kg for a SimX from Boghall, and to £1270 for a SimX also from Boghall.In a sale of 524 rearing calves on 18th August at Market Drayton, a superb show of quality gave buyers plenty to choose from A strong trade saw Simmentals top the market at £450 for an entry from C.J. Tams, Stafford.
At Craig Wilson’s Prime Cattle sale at Ayr on 17th August, 49 Beef Cows peaked at £1480 for a Simmental off Girvan Mains.
At Sedgemoor on 16th August, the UTM & OTM sale saw heifers sold to a top of £1449 for a Simmental (680kg) from THJ Denbee.In the sale of store cattle at Gisburn on 14th August, clean cattle saw a super homebred Simmental from David Moorhouse lead the way when selling for £1395 to regular buyer Andrew Atkinson.
On Saturday 14th August suckler bred bulls from DJ & M Edwards topped the feeding bulls section at Worcester Market with £1,020 for a Simmental X (10 months).
At Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of cast cows and bulls on 12th August, Beef Feeding Cows averaged £1,083.68 and sold to £1,245 for a 668kg Simmental Cross from Colligarth, Sanday. Dunn Farm, Watten sold a SimX at £1,230. On the same day at a sale of prime cattle the heifer trade was led by Honeybank with Sim x at £1,421.20. At a further sale held for Orkney consignors, the beef cow trade was led at 215.9p per kg for a 514kg Simmental from P & F Ross, Lenahowe, Sandwick. Prime Cattle sold to £1,393.75 gross for a 625kg Simmental and 235p per kg for a 560kg Simmental from Maesquoy Farms, Harray.
At Huntly, on Thursday 12th August, UA held a store & OTM cattle sale. Some top quality bred cattle were forward meeting a keen demand for both yearlings and forward types. In the heifers, the top gross was £1250 for a pair of 562kg SimX’s from Delfur Farms, Rothes. OTMS averaged 142.6p selling to a top of 191.2p per kg for a 570kg Sim from Delfur Farms, Rothes. The top gross in this section was £1260 for a 785kg Sim from Whitehills, Grange.
At H&H’s sale of store cattle at St Boswells on 12th August, the heifers per kilo were led by Simmentals from Coxydene at 240.5p.
At Stirling on 11th August, held a sale of store cattle, breeding cattle, cast cows and bulls, and rearing cattle. Beef Cows and Bulls (187) averaged 149.79p to 211.70p per kg for a SimX from Tulloch Farms. In the rearing cattle, the sale was topped at £665 for a SimX bull from M/s Hair, Kilbride. Another strong show of beef stirks was met with a sturdy trade throughout with the leading price being Lochside (SimX) £600.
At Carlisle on 11th August, a very good show of 505 store cattle forward at Borderways saw an absolute flyer of a trade where well fleshed cattle were the easiest to sell on the day. The Crichton family of Rottington Hall, Whitehaven featured in the top end prices with Simmental crosses at £1510. In the weaned cattle Simmental bulls reached heights of £1185 and £1110 from McColm and Brewis, Awhirk Farm.
On Monday 9th August 2021, Caledonian Marts Ltd at Stirling had forward 414 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale. Heifers averaged 218ppkg selling to 254ppkg for a pen of Simmentals from Inshanks, Stranraer.
At H&H’s Prime Cattle sale held on 9th August at Carlisle, heifers were a flyer of a trade with a days top of £1761.18 achieved by Messrs Goldie, Newbie Mains, Annan with a Simmental purchased by Eric Hall.
Calves and Stirks met a firm trade with a keen demand for continental types at Gaerwen Livestock Market, Anglesey on 9th August. Female stirks topped at £450 for Simmentals from B Griffiths, Garth Fawr.
At the store cattle sale held at Selby market on 7th August, all classes were in demand. Top price store beast on the day was the pick of a great pen of Simmental bulls from WJ Hollingsworth, Midhope Hall Farm, Sheffield selling at £1405. Further bulls from the Hollingsworths sold for £1335,£1305,£1300.
At Thainstone on 6th August, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 1,150 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Bullocks (502) sold to £1,600 gross for a 738kg Simmental cross from Wallfield, Lochhills. Heifers (437) averaged 239.8p and sold to 328.7p per kg and £1,880 gross for a 572kg Simmental Cross from Gladhill, Garmouth. In the young and weaned calves a great show of cattle forward met a brisk demand especially forward condition cattle with an outstanding red and white Simmental Cross heifer, scaling 572kg from Messrs Smith, Gladhill, Garmouth topping the sale at £1,880.
Hexham & Northern Marts at their weekly store sale on 6th August saw cattle at 11-16 months led by Simmental x steers at £1030 from Hedley West.
In the sale of calves and stirks on 6th August at NWA’s Lancaster Auction Mart, Simmental bull calves sold to a top of £3335 for a Simmental X from JR Newsham & Son.
In a sale of Beef Cows at Truro Livestock Market on 4th August, Simmental x’s led the way to 164p (740kg) for Messrs R M & S J Jones of Breage, Helston.On 4th August at United Auctions Stirling market’s store sale, out of spec cattle averaged 225.55p to 233.90p per kg for a SimX from Wellees, and to £1310 for a Sim from Wellees.
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We kick off this week with the sale of store cattle at Hexham and Northern Marts on 30th July which saw a tremendous pen of 11 Angus Simmental Cross Heifers from the Johnston Family, High Fotherley sold to £1400 and averaged £1237.27.
On 29th July at United Auctions Huntly market, United Auctions store cattle sold to average 218.7p per kg selling to 236.8p per kg for SimX from Meikle Northburn, Cuminestown and to £1135 for SimX from Mains of Tarryblake, Rothiemay. OTMS sold to average 164.7p per kg selling to £1740 for a 990kg Sim cow from Corskie, Garmouth
At United Auctions Stirling sale of store cattle, out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls on 28th July, out of spec cattle averaged 170.32p to 201.20p per kg for a SimX from Falahill.In Northern Ireland and Dungannon Farmers Mart on 28th July, the trade for fat cows went to a height of £1410 for an 810kg Simm presented by J Casey.
At the sale of store cattle at Holsworthy on 28th July, heifers topped at £1300 for a non FA Simmental from Mr N Jenkinson of Shebbear with others from the same farm £1220.
The sale of store cattle at Sedgemoor on 26th July saw steers rise to £1495 (3x 19/22m) for Simmentals from J Cockburn & Partners, Chard. Other Simmentals sold to £1310 (2x 23m) from LM & V Haskell, Wareham; £1280 (22m) from Keedwell Bros; £1140 (16m) from BS Davis, Bridgwater and £1135 (4x 13/17m) from R & J Cook, Bridport.
At Caledonian Marts, Stirling on 26th July, a sale of store cattle saw heifers average 221ppkg and to £1210 for a Simmental from D Mckenzie, Ardgate, Gartocharn.
C & D Auction Marts Ltd held their fortnightly sale of store cattle in Dumfries on Monday 26th July 2021. Bullocks per head were topped by a Simmental at £1200 from Millhill. Milhill also featured at the top end of the heifer prices with a Simmental at £1170.
Back to Thainstone on Friday 23rd July, and Aberdeen & Northern Marts trade for cows with bull calves at foot was led at £1,550 for a Simmental Cross from Woodend, Muir of Ord. On the same day, a sale of store cattle for Orkney consignors saw bullocks sell to 247.6p per kg for a 430kg Simmental from J & E Miller, Nigley, Evie.
On the 29th July at a sale from Shetland consignors, beef cows sold to £1,350 gross and 172.6p per kg for a 782kg Simmental from D G Flaws, Fleck, Dunrossness. At a sale of prime cattle on the same day, heifers sold to £1,501.65 gross for a 705kg Simmental Cross from Housebay, Stronsay.
A good line up of stirks and suckled calves at Exeter on 23rd July met a tremendous trade throughout with the best topping at £750 for a wonderful run from Martin & Liz Bennett down from Broadhembury being 11 month Simmental cross organic steers.
At North West Auctions sale of store cattle on 22nd July at Jct 36 Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Simmental bullocks sold to £1250 from GG U & D Swarbrick, Meathop. On the same day a sale of calves and stirks saw a much admired run of Simmental heifers from Bambers Farms, Lancaster selling to £340 and £320.
At the prime cattle sale held at Frome Market on 21st July, the UTM steer trade saw Anne Filkins, Norridge Farms feature in the top prices with ‘well farmed’ Simmentals soaring to 219.5p/kg or £1281.
The sale of primestock at Hexham on 20th July saw all classes of cast cattle meet an absolute flyer of a trade. A nice show of commercial cows sold to £1456.40 for well fleshed Simmental x cows from JJ & JM Sanders, Bavington Hill Head.
At Rugby Farmers Mart on 19th July, the trade for cows was ‘again simply flying’ and saw R Grades Simmentals top at £1420 from N J Foster
Aberdeen and Northern Marts sale of prime cattle on 15th July at Thainstone saw under 30 Month prime bullocks averaged 232.5p and sell to £1,512 gross for a 675kg Simmental Cross from East Town, Tarland.