This is the last Simmental Market Briefs post rounding off 2021 commercial sales and again showing the breeds milk and maternal, along with top carcase traits, delivering profit for commercial producers around the UK.
Simmental cattle featured in the top end of prices at the store cattle sale held at Hexham on 17th December. Simmental x steers from Greencarts sold to £1280 in the 23-30 month section. In the 17-22 months section, Simmental x steers sold to £1410 from Satley Farm, and to £1240 from Hartley West. In the same age section, Simmental x heifers sold to £1210 & £1100 (x2), £1090 & £1065 from Newton Greens. In the cattle under ten months section, Andy Thompson, East Unthank produced a handy packet of shapely calves and saw Simmental cross steers sell to £990.
In a sale of 182 calves at Exeter on 17th December, the top of the day was £400 for a cracking month old Simmental bull from Ross Govier of Longdown.
At a sale of 216 Cows and Bulls at Aberdeen & Northern Marts Thainstone Centre on 16th December, bulls averaged £1168.42 and sold to £1,590 for a 1,300kg Simmental from Backhill of Thornton, Inverurie.
The best of the heifer trade at Hallworthy’s store cattle sale on 16th December was a single stretchy Simmental x Heifer away at £990 for P Mitchell of Bude.
At Stirling, United Auctions on 15th December sold 244 store cattle, young bulls and 183 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. The Out of Spec Cattle averaged 161.62p and to £1470 for a SimX from Teasses Est.
A sale of cull cows at Frome on 15th December saw a tremendous entry of Simmentals from P & S Foot topped to 148.50p/kg and the lead gross price of £1250.
In a sale of weanlings held at Dungannon Farmers Mart on 15th December, the trade for weanling heifers was topped at £800 for a 325kg Simm presented by M McNally.
At Sedgemoor’s sale of store cattle for vendors under TB restriction, heifers rose to £925 (4x 20/21m) for Simmentals from PJ & J Webber, Wheddon Cross.
At Melton Mowbray’s store cattle sale on 14th December, trade was just as fierce as it has been with demand from start to finish. Cows and calves kicked off the sale with J Minshall of Tean top with his suckler dispersal topping at £1660 for a Simmental x cow and calf outfits split with other outfits grossing £1390.
C & D Auction Marts held their Final Store Cattle Sale of the year on Monday 13th December 2021 at Dumfries. All classes again met plenty of competition with buyers proactively seeking numbers. Bullocks averaged 214.1p/kg and sold to a top per head of £1255 for a Simm from Rockhallhead.
At Thirsk’s show and sale of breeding cattle on 11th December, Simmental in-calf heifers were at the top end of the quoted prices when making £2375, £2250 x2, £2225, £2200, £2150, £2125, £2100, £2050, £2000 x2, and £1800.
On Friday 10th December at Thainstone, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 452 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Bulls sold to 208.3p per kg for a pen of four 492kg Simmental’s from Wallfield, Lochhills.
At a sale of store cattle at St. Boswells on 9th December, Simmental cattle featured strongly in both the bullocks and heifers. Bullocks from Lanton made £1000, whilst heifers from the same home made 207.9p, and 206.7p, and to £1050 per head.
SIMMENTALS NATURAL MILK AND MATERNAL COMBINED WITH TOP CARCASE TRAITS DELIVERING EFFICIENCY AND PROFITABILITY AROUND THE UK
On 8th December, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, held a sale store cattle and adult breeding cattle at Dingwall. Young Bulls sold to £900 gross for a Simmental cross from Cherrybank, Heights of Keppoch. Breeding cattle sold to £1,480 for a in calf Simmental cross cow from ½ of 2 Glengrasco, Portree.
On Monday 6th December, Penrith & District Farmers’ Mart LLP held their Christmas show and sale of Prime Cattle. A great show of young bulls was forward, which was good to see and with the section topped at 255.5p/kg (£1584.10) for a Simmental X British Blue, weighing 620kg, purchased by R Pearson Wholesale. This consignment averaged £1669.30 (248p/kg.)
On 6th December Market Drayton held a sale of barren cows, cull bulls and overage clean cattle. Simmentals featured in the top end prices and sold to 195p (£1,677.00) from Paul & Christine Tippets, Lodge Hill.
At Sedgemoor’s Store Sale on 4th December, forward red and white Simmental steers hit £1495 (3x only 16/17m & FA) from BT Wood, Marshwood, who sold another at £1140 (only 14m!). More best Simmentals £1395 (19/20m & FA) JC & PA Chapple again; £1285 (20m) LE Sweetland & Son again, and £1140 (only 17m) PR Lock, Martock.
At a sale of store cattle, young bulls, and young weaned calves held on 3rd December at A&NM’s Thainstone Centre, Aberdeen, young bulls sold to 232.5p per kg for a pen of four 400kg Simmental crosses from South Auquhorthies, Oldmeldrum and £1,290 gross for a 730kg Simmental from Rootfield West, Muir of Ord.
A cracking entry of young calves at Exeter’s Store Stock Sale on 3rd December saw a fast trade from start to finish! Top of the bull calves forward was £355 for a smart young Simmental Bull from Keith & Shirley Wotton of Dartmouth who sold others to £330. Other Simmental bulls to £342 for Ross Govier of Longdown.
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd held a special sale of breeding cattle and OTM cattle at Dingwall on 2nd December. In Calf heifers sold to £1,850 gross for a Simmental cross from Rychraggan Farm, Drumnadrochit. In calf cows sold to £1,800 gross for a Simmental cross from Cullaird Farm, Scaniport. Bulling heifers sold to £1,140 gross for a Simmental cross from Balmacaan, Drumnadrochit.
At Thainstone on 2nd December, Aberdeen & Northern Marts held a sale of Cast Cows and Prime Cattle forward from Orkney consignors. Beef Cows Sold to £1,515 gross for a 888kg Simmental from A Miller, Spring Valley, Stronsay and 189.2p per kg for a 576kg Simmental from B S Scott, Netherhill, Tankerness. On the same day at a sale of cast cows and bulls, bulls averaged £1,046.88 and sold to £1,270 for a 1,040kg Simmental from West Brims, Forss.
At Huntly on 2nd December, United Auctions held a sale of store and OTM cattle. Bullocks averaged 210p per kg and sold to t a top gross of £1190 for 569kg SimX’s from Whitehills, Grange.
On 1st December United Auctions at their Stirling market sold 421 store cattle, native bred cattle and young bulls, 200 cast cows, bulls and out of spec cattle. Bullocks (235) averaged 222.64p and sold to £1420 gross for a 642kg SimX from Auchencrow. Heifers (160) averaged 202.61p and to £1345 gross for a 644kg SimX from Milton. Beef Cows and Bulls (179) averaged 131.50p to 181.90p per kg for a SimX from Newpark.
At Holsworthy’s store cattle sale on 1st December, single suckled Simmental steers 15mth from Messrs N & B Trewin of Bideford topped at £1120 and with Simmental heifers from the same farm £1240.
At Malton’s Christmas Fatstock Show & Sale on 1st December, Simmental X’s took the two top prices in the Champion Butcher’s Bull section. The top price was a Simm X from SF Stubbings, Sledmere weighing 825kgs and selling for 220.50ppk (£1898.13) to JA Jewitt, Spennymoor. A second Simm X from the same home weighing sold for 211.50ppk (£1681.43) to R Pearson of Bradford.
A good entry of cull cows at Truro Market on 1st December saw the heavier finished cows for slaughter topping at £1,281 for a Simmental x from Mr G J Richards of Porkellis, Helston purchased by David King of Exeter.
C & D Auction Marts held their fortnightly sale of 308 Store Cattle on Monday 29th November at Dumfries. Heifers per head were led by Simms at £1250 Horseholm, who sold further lots at £1100 £1085 (x2) £1060. Bulls per head were topped by Simms from Newbie Mains at £1200 £1060.
Plenty of store cattle forward at Exeter with Simmental cattle topping both the steers and the heifers. Best of the steers topped at a very decent £1325 for a smashing Simmental (21m) from Richard Widger of Kingsbridge. . Store heifers peaked at £1320 for a well-covered trio of Simmental’s (28m) from the Shervington Family of Hittisleigh.
At the sale of prime cattle at Frome on 26th November, quality was on fire in the UTM heifers. At the very top end of the prices was Messrs Garraway’s Simmental which rocketed to £1541 and 213.50p/kg. On the same day in the UTM steers, a super Simmental from Waddon Farm flew to 209.50p/kg or £1456.
In a sale of store cattle at Hallworthy Market on 25th November, the cows and calves section was topped by D Crabbe with another strong run that saw his Simmental x Cow and Limousin Steer Calf sell to £1490.
On 24th November in the TB restricted market report of store stock at Sedgemoor, the sale of barren cows and cull bulls, saw a top of 139.5ppk for a lean, young feeding Simmental (FA) from AJB Farming Ltd, Chippenham. Store cattle sold to £1095 for Simmental steers (22/26m & FA) from AJB Farming Ltd, Bromham, who sold others at £1070 (3x 22/24m & FA) and £1000 (4x 18/25m FA).
At Borderway Mart on 22nd November, Carlisle, H&H’s sale of primestock saw Simmentals feature in the leading prices when selling to £1847 from Messrs Houldey, Kirtleton House, Lockerbie and purchased by Jewitt Meats, Spennymoor.
In a sale at Exeter on November 22nd, barren cows ran to £1127 (754kg x 150ppk) for David Slade of Chagford with a Simmental.
The store cattle sale at Market Drayton on 22nd November saw the heifer trade led at a top gross price of £1215 for an entry from B Oakley.
At Exeter’s store sale on 19th November, the stronger cattle were a monstrous price and all others just as dear as the market has seen them. Store steers topped at a massive £1570 given for a pair of outstanding Simmentals (21m) from Douglas Horton and Family of Kingsbridge whilst further smart Simmental bred bullocks (26m) ran to £1490 for both the Shervington Family of Hittisleigh and Michael Tooze of Broadsands.
At a sale of prime cattle at Aberdeen & Northern Marts, Thainstone, on 18th November, heifers averaged 194.9p and sold to £1,520.40 gross for a 840kg Simmental from Berryleys, Grange.
Oswestry held a sale of store cattle (160) on 17th November. From a good quality entry the top price was £1430 (220p/kg) paid for a Simmental steer sold by P I Edwards, Dudleston.
On Monday 15th November, Caledonian Marts Ltd Stirling had forward 212 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale. Bullocks averaged 217ppkg selling to £1100 gross for a pen of Simmentals from R Fairley, Shields, Larbert.
Craig Wilson Ltd sold 207 Store Cattle at Newton Stewart on 12th November. Cattle proved easier to cash than anticipated with a good active ringside of buyers forward. 98 beef sired steers averaged 211.4p k/g peaking at £1260 for a pair of home bred Simmental Crosses from Margot McBurney, South Clutag. 8 Dairy bred Steers averaged 169p k/g peaking at £900 (180.p k/g) for Fleckvieh crosses from Messrs Archibald, Glaick. 101 Heifers averaged 201.6p k/g peaking at £1120 for home bred Simmental Crosses from Margot McBurney, South Clutag.
At Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of prime cattle held at Thainstone on 11th November, heifers averaged 202.5p and sold to £1,531.80 gross for a 740kg Simmental from Cairnhill, Huntly. On the same day a sale of cast cows and bulls saw beef feeding cows (65) average £982.69 and sell to £1,155 for a 862kg Simmental Cross from Fichlie, Glenkindie. On the 12th November at A&NM’s sale of store cattle, young bulls, and weaned calves, bulls sold to 223.9p per kg for a pen of three 402kg Simmental crosses from South Auquhorthies, Oldmeldrum.
In a sale of Cull Cows at Frome market on 10th November, a selection of truly outstanding beef cows were forward. The top price gross price on the day went to Messrs EM Horn & Sons with a Simmental cow 149.50p/kg and £1478.
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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