Omorga Murphy, Top price bull calf 16,000gns

• Islavale heifers at 9000gns, 8000gns (x2), and 7000gns

• Newbiemains heifer at 9000gns

• 21 lots sell at 4000gns and over

• Served & maiden heifers averaged £4396

• Bull calves average £6174

The ‘standout’ January 2021 born bull calf Omorga Murphy from HJW & JC Moore, Coolesker, Omagh, Co Tyrone, made 16,000gns to lead a strong Simmental trade at the inaugural Next Generation Sale of Females & Weaned Calves held at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 3rd December.

Winning the Hugo Arnold Trophy for Overall Champion Weaned Calf in the pre-sale show judged by Colin Inglis, Dalachy Farm, Aberdour, Fife, Omorga Murphy was purchased by Clive Houldey for his 170 cow Manor Park pedigree herd at Kirtleton House, Waterbeck, Lockerbie.

Omorga Murphy is sired by Omorga Isaac who is ‘breeding very well’ for AI Services in Northern Ireland and his dam, Omorga Juliet, is one of the top Mullyknock Gallant heifers in the Omorga herd and going back to Kilbride Farm Eunice 49T. Commenting on his Champion Weaned Calf, and the day’s top sale price, the pre-sale show judge Colin Inglis said: “Omorga Murphy was just a stand-out bull calf on the day. Well-grown he carried tremendous length, had a great backend, good legs, and walked very well for the shape he was carrying.  He had tremendous breed character and very much fits the bill of a ‘modern’ Simmental.”  With the added challenges presently faced by Northern Irish breeders bringing and trading cattle in England and Scotland, the decision to enter three bull calves paid off with the Omorga trio selling to a gross of £24,885. For the Omorga herd of 40 breeding females the 16,000gns represented their second top price at sale and behind the 22,000gns bull Omorga Samson.

Very much endorsing the judge’s comments, Clive Houldey said: “We’ve been looking for a stock bull for a little while and we think this calf has all the attributes to fit that bill for the Manor Park herd.  He’s got length, style and character, shape, and depth down his back legs.  We’ll look to use him a little bit in July next year and then ease him into the herd thereafter.”

Featuring a catalogue of predominantly maiden and in-calf heifers, along with weaned bull and heifer calves, the sale saw heifers from the Islavale herd of WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith make 9000gns, 8000gns twice, and 7000gns.  This was the first time the prolific Islavale herd had entered heifers into a show and sale and with their entries featuring top bloodlines breeding from some of the herd’s best cow families. A heifer from the Newbiemains herd of Jim & Patricia Goldie, Newbie Mains Farm, Annan, Dumfriesshire also made the day’s joint second top price of 9000gns. In all, over 20 lots made 4000gns and more through the respective sections with buyers featuring from all four home countries and from Orkney to Southampton. The 16,000gns top price is a record for the breed at Carlisle and is also a record for a British Simmental weaned calf.

Commenting on the sale, the British Simmental Cattle Society’s General Manager Iain Kerr said: “The Next Generation Sale is a new fixture for the breed at Carlisle and it’s received tremendous support from the breeders with a very good standard of cattle forward. It is very much an aim that this sale can grow the reach and visibility of the Simmental breed across the country and to this end today has been a very solid first step. There was a strong demand for young stock, male and female, both in the heifers and the calves.”   

Newbiemains Lady Wag 9,000gns

The first of the females to sell at 9000gns was the first prize winner and Overall reserve Female Champion, Newbiemains Lady Wag from Jim & Patricia Goldie.  August 2020 born Lady Wag is one of the first heifers to be offered at sale by the herd’s stock bull Skerrington Iceman EX94, and she is out of Newbiemains Hash Tag Wag, a Lisglass Churchill daughter.  Returning to Carlisle, Newbiemains Lady Wag had been shown at the recent Borderway Agri Expo where she also placed first in her class.  With a depth of pedigree, the Lady Wag dam line goes back to Newbiemains Designer Wag EX92 who was Reserve Female Champion at the 2014 Royal Highland Show.  Newbiemains Lady Wag was one of three purchases on the day by Richard McCulloch for his Overhill House pedigree herd at Armadale, West Lothian that comprises of 40 pedigrees and 160 pure Simmentals in all.  Speaking after the sale, Richard McCulloch said:  “It was a tremendous show and sale of Simmentals with a depth of quality right through the catalogue. Prior to the sale, Newbiemains Lady Wag had caught my eye in both pictures and videos and I was very impressed with her in the flesh.  I was looking for different bloodlines and heifers that are real cow makers.  As such I’m really delighted with the three animals bought on the day from the Newbiemains, Corskie, and Mavsey herds.”

Islavale Viva 8 9,000gns

Also at 9000gns, and leading the line-up from the Stronach family, was the September 2020 born Islavale Viva 8. Described as ‘one of the best heifers bred out of the Viva family,’ Viva 8 goes back to the noted Raceview Viva Kim, and her dam Viva 2, has twice classified EX94. Another animal with a recent show record behind her Islavale Viva 8 had placed Overall Senior Champion at the recent Stars of the Future Calf Show held in Stirling.  Buying Islavale Viva 8 was Reece & Andrew Simmers for their 50-cow Backmuir pedigree herd at Backmuir Farm, Keith, Banffshire.

Islavale Lullaby 8,000gns

The Simmers bought four animals at the sale and including the day’s Overall Female Champion Islavale Lullaby, another from the Stronachs, at 8000gns. April 2020 born, Lullaby is sired by Shacon Hannibal who is classified EX94 and is the first calf out of Islavale Inspire a daughter of the noted Atlow Dixon.  Having been crowned the first Overall Female Champion at this new Next Generation Show & Sale, the judge Colin Inglis was full of praise for his choice of Champion and said: “Coming into the ring this heifer carried a lot of style and presence and just caught my eye straight away. She was very feminine, carried lots of breed character, walked very well, and was square from front to back with good shape. Lullaby is a lovely Simmental heifer and a worthy Champion from what was a tremendous show of females.”

Commenting generally on their purchases, Reece Simmers said: “We were looking to add new bloodlines to the existing herd and think the heifers bought are just full of quality. They have good heads and breed character, carry length and plenty of power whilst being very feminine, and are good on their plates.  It was a good show of heifers across the board and with plenty of choice for buyers.”

Islavale Liquorice 8,000gns
Islavale Lyra 7,000gns

The run of strong Islavale prices continued when the October 2020 born Islavale Liquorice also made 8000gns when selling to join purchasers Gavin Brown, who runs the Springfield herd at Penicuik, Midlothian, and along with Cameron Jackson, for his Future herd at Woodyett Farm, Lanark.  Another heifer full of breed character, Islavale Liquorice is by the noted Ranfurly Confederate C24 11 EX94, and is out of the Woodhall Walker daughter Islavale Ebo.  The previous lot, Islavale Lyra made 7000gns and was another to be snapped up by the Simmers for their Backmuir herd.  A heifer’s calf with width and length, the October 2020 born Lyra is entirely homebred being by Islavale Echo 2 13 EX92, and out of Islavale Jinx (P), a Curaheen Giant daughter.

Corskie Limit 6,000gns

Selling at 6000gns was the January 2020 born Corskie Limit from the noted Corskie herd of WJ&J Green, Garmouth, Fochabers.  This heifer is by Drumagarner Hughes, whose sons have already sold to 8000gns, and is out of Corskie Fuschia EX91, a Greencap Ace daughter.  Corskie Lavender was a further purchase by Richard McCulloch for his Overhill House herd at Armadale. 

Islavale Teresa 15 5,550gns

Early in the catalogue the first prized calved heifer Islavale Teresa 15, from the Stronachs, was sold with her heifer calf at foot Islavale Teresa 24 for 5550gns.   Islavale Teresa 15 is by Corskie Highlander 16 EX92 and is out of the Curaheen bandit daughter Islavale Teresa 6 EX93.  Her calf at foot, Islavale Teresa 24, is by Islavale Echo 2 13 EX92.  This outfit was one of three lots on the day bought by E&M Fairhurst & Son, Bank End, Lawkland, Austwick, Lancaster.

Auchorachan Liqueur Madie from D&R Durno & Sons, Auchorachan, Glenlivet, Ballandalloch, Banffshire made 5000gns when selling to Orkney and the Swannay herd of Ryan Morgan, Swannay Farm, By Evie. September 2020 born Auchorachan Liqueur Madie, is sired by Auchorachan Hercules 16 and is out of Auchorachan Favourite. A pedigree packed with breeding, Auchorachan Hercules first five sons sold have averaged over £10,500. Auchorachan Favourite is from the Madie family which has bred the noted Auchorachan bulls Wizard, Winger, and AC/DC.  Auchorachan Liqueur Madie had been placed as Simmental Champion at the new pedigree section introduced at the recent LiveScot event held at Lanark.

Annick Jasmin’s Marigold 5,000gns

Also at the 5000gns mark, and from the heifer section of the Weaned Calves was Annick Jasmin’s Marigold from Mr LD Quarm, Holehouse Farm, By Irvine, Ayrshire.  This calf, January 2021 born, is sired by Islavale Jackpot 18 and is out of Annick Fleur’s Jasmin VG88, a Wolfstar Golddigger 15 daughter, and whose breeding goes back to Whitemire Hannah, a top breeding female in the Annick herd.  Going locally, this calf was purchased by GR Morton, who runs the Church Farm herd at Church Farm, Penrith. 

Rachael Griffin with Hemingford Lancome

Special mention goes to James & Rachael Griffin, Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdon, who sold the March 2020 born Hemingford Lancome for 3000gns and also to GR Morton, Penrith.  In an incredibly generous gesture the entire proceeds of this heifer are to be donated to the Breast Cancer Now Charity.  Over and above the sale price, the Just Giving page also set up for this cause, has pushed past the £2000 mark.  For good measure, the Griffins also sold the weaned heifer calf Hemingford L’Oreal for 4800gns to Philiphaugh Estate, Old Mill Farm, Selkirk.  With plenty of breeding behind her, Hemingford L’Oreal is by Woodhall Ferrari 14, and is out of Hemingford Ginny.

Over and above the sale price, the Just Giving page also set up for this cause, has pushed past the £2000 mark.  For good measure, the Griffins also sold the weaned heifer calf Hemingford L’Oreal for 4800gns to Philiphaugh Estate, Old Mill Farm, Selkirk.  With plenty of breeding behind her, Hemingford L’Oreal is by Woodhall Ferrari 14, and is out of Hemingford Ginny.


30 Heifers Served & Maiden £4396

3 Heifers with Calves at foot £4865

5 Weaned Bull Calves £6174

10 Weaned Heifer Calves £3444

Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington

Female Championship Line up
Weaned Calf Championship Line up
Judge Colin Inglis


Simmental breeder Colin Inglis who runs the Greencap pedigree herd at Craegorry, Dalachy Farm, Aberdour, Fife will be the inaugural judge of the British Simmental Cattle Society’s new ‘Next Generation’ show and sale fixture, of pedigree Females and Weaned Calves, due to take place at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle on 3rd December this year.

The catalogue of 82 cattle, has attracted entries from many of the leading Simmental herds in the country with some of the bloodlines forward amongst the very best in the breed, and with many rarely having been presented for public auction before now. In all, 40 maiden heifers are forward, along with 3 heifers served and/or suckling (3 calves), 8 in-calf heifers, 14 weaned bulls calves, and 17 weaned heifer calves.

Speaking on this new sale and the job ahead, Colin Inglis commented: “I think the Next Generation Sale is a fantastic new fixture. It will showcase the qualities the Simmental breed has to offer and give pedigree breeders and commercial producers a tremendous opportunity to buy new lines and cattle with potential for their herds. I’m delighted and honoured to have been asked to be the first judge at what I’m sure will establish into a highlight annual fixture for the Simmental breed.”

Simmentals at Dalachy Farm

The Inglis’ Dalachy Farm is 700 acres and comprises of 120 commercial cows, 35 pure Simmentals, 300 ewes, and 300 acres of arable. With Colin being a self-employed contractor Dalachy Farm is very much run as a team affair along with Colin’s parents Tom and Wilma.

The commercial herd at Dalachy is closed and made up of predominantly Simmental cows and with a few Angus cows. Both Simmental and Angus bulls are run and which are crossed over. Calves are mainly used for retailing Dalachy Farm’s own beef and with the Simmental heifer calves being retained as replacements. The herd is spring calving and with a few in the summer and back end to enable a beef-supply all year round. With efficiency and all-round flexibility being big forward drivers in the industry Colin sees a bright future for the Simmental breed and says: “I think the modern Simmental is a tremendous breed for any producer to have. The docility of the cows is a great starting point and once calved they have an abundance of milk for the calf to feed and thrive on. With the current feed prices being so high if you can use the cow’s milk, and grass throughout the summer, it’s really a ‘no brainer’. If the calf gets all of that then it’s faster growing and is able to finish within 12-14 months at a fraction of the price if it’s had milk instead of creep feed.”

The Inglis’ Greencap pedigree herd was established in 2004 and following on from a keen interest Colin’s Grandad had always had in the Simmental breed. The first pedigree cow was Orlando Tanya bought from Pat and Mary Forrester, Manor Leys, Forfar, and with another heifer, Blackford Ruby, bought from the MacPhersons, Blackford Farm, Croy. Both of these foundation female lines are still in the herd today. The pedigrees are calved at between two and two and a half years, and the commercials at two. Being rigorous in selection any females deemed to be not quite what the Inglis are looking for go into the commercial herd.

Greencap Kane 9,000gns

Increasingly prolific at sales and selling various bulls into pedigree herds, the herd’s top sale price to date is the 9000gns achieved for Greencap Kane at Stirling in October 2020 when sold to Michael Durno’s Auchorachan herd. However, Colin retains a very commercial focus in the bulls he’s looking to produce: “My aim with the pedigrees is to be able to produce good commercial bulls that sell well to repeat customers. If I manage to sell bulls into pedigree herds then that really is a bonus and makes me proud of what I am doing,” he says.

Greencap Jaeger Junior Champion 2019 Royal Highland

With regards to the Next Generation Sale judging ahead, Colin is clear on the type of Simmental that will catch his eye: “I am looking for nice feminine females, and heifer calves, with plenty of breed character, length and style that show themselves well when coming into the ring, and with good locomotion,” he says. “I think selling younger Simmental stock in the weaned calf sections is also a new approach and a good idea. With the bull calves it means they will be able to mature more naturally without being pushed for sales at a later date, and they will carry a lot of potential for the buyers.”

Commenting on what will be his biggest judging ‘job’ to date, Colin said: “I very look forward to judging the first Next Generation Sale and I would like to wish all Simmental breeders the very best of luck with the show and sale.”
The Next Generation Sale, sponsored by Harbro, is due to be held on Friday December 3rd at Borderway Mart, Carlisle with the show commencing at 9.30am and the sale at 11.30am. On the Thursday evening December 2nd, the cattle can be viewed at the market between 5pm – 7pm and with hospitality available.

Timetable of Events

Thursday 2nd December

Arrival of Stock 11.00am – 3.00pm
Inspection 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Preview of Sale Cattle 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Hospitality will be served from 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Friday 3rd December

Judging 9.30am
Sale 11.30am



In an incredibly generous gesture, James and Rachael Griffin of the Hemingford Simmental herd, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, have pledged to donate the entire sale proceeds of their heifer, Hemingford Lancome, to the Breast Cancer Now charity.  The March 2020 born Hemingford Lancome is entered into the Society’s new Next Generation Sale of females & weaned calves, which is due to take place at Borderway Market, Carlisle, on Friday 3rd December.  The announcement of this gesture is appropriately being made now with October being Breast Cancer awareness month. 

Here in their own very poignant words, James and Rachel explain why they are auctioning Hemingord Lancome for this hugely worth cause:

 “Around 55,000 women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and, like so many

of you, we have been unfortunate enough to know and watch someone close battle this disease.  

In 2018 Breast Cancer became even closer to home when Rachael was diagnosed at the age of just 33, with no family history of the disease.

Following this journey, we decided that we wanted to do something to raise both awareness and funds for vital research and along with help and support for people affected by breast cancer.

Donating the sale funds of an auctioned heifer was originally planned to coincide with the Society’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and we wish to stand by our commitment to this.

We are incredibly grateful to the Society for their continued support and allowing us to instead undertake this fundraiser at their exciting new Next Generation sale.  We have therefore pledged that we will be donating all the proceeds from the sale of Hemingford Lancome to Breast Cancer Now.”

James & Rachael Griffin

The Society is delighted to help and support James and Rachael to promote this amazing gesture and to raise funds and awareness for such an important cause.

At this early stage we are grateful to Harrison & Hetherington who have also readily lent their support and have immediately agreed, along with the Society, that no sale commissions will apply to the sale of the heifer.  H&H will also help promote the sale for the charitable cause.

A Just Giving page has also been established, and is open now, if you would simply like to make a donation to Breast Cancer Now and in support of James & Rachael’s initiative.  James will be at the upcoming Stirling Bull Sale and will be happy to chat to members about this fundraising initiative and of course Hemingford Lancome.


I’m sure all members will support and wish James & Rachael well with their fundraising efforts for Breast Cancer Now. 



The British Simmental Cattle Society is delighted to announce the gift of a newly commissioned trophy, ‘The Hugo Arnold Trophy’, which will be awarded to the Overall Champion in the Weaned Calf section of the new Simmental ‘Next Generation’ Show and Sale to be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, in December this year.  In addition to the new trophy, named in memory of Hugo Arnold of the highly noted Hockenhull Simmental herd, the Cheshire based Arnold family have also put forward a sponsorship arrangement that will see a level of prize money put forward to the sale over the next five years.

Announcing the gift of The Hugo Arnold Trophy and the sponsorship agreement, BSCS President Stewart Stronach said: “Upon being approached by James Arnold, the Society is of course absolutely delighted to accept this hugely generous offer.  Hugo Arnold is a legendary figure in the history of British Simmental and I’m sure all members will agree that it is very fitting and appropriate to have his name at the forefront of this new sale.  On behalf of the Society I’d like to sincerely thank the Arnold family for their kindness and support.”

Hugo Arnold, who sadly passed away last year, served a distinguished term as the Society’s President in 1995-1996.  His Hockenhull pedigree prefix resonates with Simmental and pedigree breeders not just in the UK but around the world. Synonymous with quality, breeding, and stockmanship, Hockenhull animals have been prolific at both sales and shows to the very highest level, and Hockenhull bloodlines have been the bedrock of many herds and with a continuing influence throughout the Simmental herdbook.

Commenting on the offer made to the Society, Mr Arnold’s son James said: “My father loved the Simmental breed and they played a huge part in his life.  One of his often quoted sayings was that ‘Simmental cattle needed to be bred because they make money and not because they look good being shown’!  The commercial perspective of this new sale, and particularly the emphasis and marketing of the young stock, we are sure would have sat very well with him.  As such the Arnold family are delighted to be associated with this progressive fixture and to help support the breed and the membership.”

First announced in April this year, the Simmental ‘Next Generation’ Sale will be for all classes of pedigree Simmental females, and with a further section for pedigree Simmental Weaned Calves born in the 2021 year.  Held on one day, the fixture will see a show for the females, followed by the weaned calves with classes for bulls and heifers, and with the sale itself held thereafter. 

Speaking at the time of the launch, Stewart Stronach said: “It is the aim that this fixture can quickly establish itself to be a showcase sale for the Simmental breed that provides the quality, performance and genetics for ‘next generation’ cornerstone cattle in herds across the UK.   The introduction of a weaned calf section for registered calves born in the year of the sale is an exciting inclusion and a new way for breeders to market calves with breeding, style and potential.  We hope that this sale will have something for everyone and will offer choice and opportunities for new and established pedigree breeders, and also for commercial producers.”

The Simmental ‘Next Generation’ Sale will be held on Friday 3rd December at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle.  Entries opened on Monday 14th June and can be made by visiting the Simmental section within the H&H website at: 


The closing date for entries is Monday 4th October.



Following the recent announcement we have been delighted with the response to the new Simmental ‘Next Generation’ Sale fixture due to be held on Friday 3rd December at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle.

The new fixture will be for all classes of pedigree Simmental females, and with a further section for pedigree Simmental Weaned Calves born in the 2021 year. Held on one day, the fixture will see a show for the females, followed by the weaned calves with classes for bulls and heifers, and with the sale itself held thereafter.

With the sale little over six months away, we are very keen to outline the schedule in order to help you consider and take aim at what females and young calves you may wish to enter.

The schedule has been designed to be as inclusive as possible across both sections.  Come sale time we’ve changed things up a little to allow the weaned calves to be sold in herd consignments and with choices to sell them in pairs where you may choose to.

Entries will be open from Monday 14th June and by visiting the Simmental section within the H&H website at:  https://harrisonandhetherington.co.uk/entry-forms/pedigree-beef-online/?catid=62&cat=simmental  The closing date for entries is Monday 4th October.

This is an exciting new event for the Society to launch and we hope that it will become an annual fixture that will be a first-class sale platform and a terrific showcase for the breed.  As such we very much hope that you will consider supporting the inaugural Simmental ‘Next Generation’ Sale and from here the Society will continue to promote it at every opportunity.  Look out for further updates and announcements regarding the sale in due course through both newsletters and social media.

The provisional Simmental ‘Next Generation’ show and sale schedule is as follows:


Pedigree Simmental Cow, in calf

 Pedigree Simmental Cow, with calf at foot

 Pedigree Simmental Heifer, with calf at foot, and/or in-calf (aged not more than 36 months at calving. In-calf entries must be served or inseminated more than 12 weeks warranted, and due to calve before attaining the age of 36 months)

 Pedigree Simmental Heifer, born between 1.1.2020. and 30.6.2020. 

Pedigree Simmental Heifer, born between 1.7.2020. and 31.12.2020.  
All female entries will be sold in age order.

All females must be halter led.

All females will be subject to a crush inspection prior to the sale.


The sale will be open to bull and heifer calves born on or after 1st January 2021. 

 Pedigree Simmental Bull Calf, born in 2021. (Calves to be divided into appropriate sized classes for judging by age.)

Pedigree Simmental Heifer Calf, born in 2021.  (Calves to be divided into appropriate sized classes for judging by age.) 

Bull and heifer calves to be sold in separate sections.

Bull and heifer calves must be halter led to be shown.

Bull calves will be subject to a crush inspection for teeth and testicles.

Heifer calves will require an ID check only.

Calves will not be sold in age order but will be sold in vendors consignments of a maximum of six calves per consignment.  Calves may be sold in pairs (i.e. choice of pair).

 The consignments of weaned calves will be balloted prior to being catalogued and the sale order will be as per the catalogue.

The sale will be conducted in guineas with no upset price.


All entries in both the female, and weaned calf sections must be fully pedigree registered with the Society at close of entries.

All entries in both sections must be offered for sale.

All entries for both the females and weaned calf sections must be DNA sire verified.

All herds entering must be members of a CHECS approved herd health scheme.

In addition to the stipulations here, the general sale rules of the British Simmental Cattle Society will apply. 

At the close of entries the Society reserves the right to amend the classes and subject to the entries received.