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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The Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has announced details of a Simmental Spectacular to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.
Scheduled to take place at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Friday 22nd October, the event is set to feature a show and sale of pedigree bulls, elite pedigree females, and a selection of crossbred weanling heifers.
Announcing details of the Golden Anniversary Celebrations club chairman Keith Nelson said: “Northern Ireland is synonymous for top-quality Simmental cattle, and club members are custodians of some of the breed’s most prolific and world-renown bloodlines.
“Simmentals were imported into the UK in 1970, and the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club was founded in 1971. The forthcoming sale planned for 22nd October will provide club members with a chance to showcase the ‘cream of the crop’.”
Keith Nelson added: “The sale will offer buyers a rare opportunity to acquire elite pedigree heifers. Females that herd owners would normally be reluctant to sell!”
The sale is also expected to attract an entry of high-quality bulls from many of the Province’s leading herds. “Since the introduction of animal movement restrictions dictated by the NI Protocol, breeders in Northern Ireland are reluctant to take pedigree bulls to breed society sales across the water,” added Keith Nelson.
“Bulls which would normally have been destined for sales in Stirling have been sold privately off farm. Club members have reported a strong demand for Simmental bulls from local and UK-based customers. In the wake of Brexit we are hoping to re-establish the Dungannon sale venue as a one-stop shop for pedigree and commercial herd owners to source stock bulls.”
British Simmental Cattle Society sale rules will apply, and all vendors must be members of a CHeCS approved herd health scheme. All pedigree bulls and females will be pre-sale inspected in accordance with breed society regulations.
Organisers have also unveiled that the Simmental Spectacular will include a choice entry of cross-bred weanling and maiden heifers.
Vice chairman Andrew Clarke explained: ”We are inviting entries of quality commercial heifers aged between six-months and sixteen-months of age (born early July 2020 and end of April 2021). They will be inspected on-farm prior to the event, and the name of the sire will be listed in the catalogue.
“Simmental is noted for its maternal and terminal traits, and there is a strong demand for stylish commercial heifers. We are hoping that this sale will give farmers who are producing Simmental suckler replacements a shop window for their surplus breeding stock. It will also give buyers an opportunity to select replacement females which are progeny of pedigree Simmental stock bulls and proven AI sires.”
Entry forms and schedules are available to download on the Dungannon Farmers’ Mart website: www.dfm-ni.co.uk/Entry-Forms. The closing date for pedigree entries is Friday 20th August; while the entries for the commercial section must be submitted on or before Friday 3rd September.
The results for the Second Class of the 2021 Virtual Simmental Show are now in, and with a massive 92 entries you certainly gave our judge Ross King of the Wolfstar herd, plenty to think about! Huge congratulations go to the Omorga herd of Mr H J W & J C Moore, who have placed 1st and 2nd in Class 2, Autumn born heifer calf born between 1st July 2020, to 31st December 2020.
Placings up to 10th to reflect the size of the Class can be seen below.
1st Omorga Lilian
2nd Omorga Linnet
3rd Coolcran Harmonys Lexi
4th Bosahan Lupin Hayden Clover
5th Tirley Emily 4
6th Rendham Flora’s Little Luxury
7th Lisglass Limelight
8th Auchorachan Liqueur Madie
9th Peasiehill Lauren
10th Backmuir Kristle’s Lexi
Congratulations to all those who have placed, and thank you again to all the breeders who have entered from across the UK.
2021 sees the golden anniversary of the highly noted Kilbride Farm Simmental herd of WH Robson & Sons, Doagh, Ballyclare, County Antrim. To mark this special occasion the herd is having a 50th anniversary premier heifer sale which we are delighted to say will be held under the auspices of the British Simmental Cattle Society. The sale will be a timed auction, conducted through MartEye, and will run from the 19th – 21st August.
The Robson family will be offering heifers from all of the main cow families within the herd, and these will range from in-calf heifers to yearling heifers. As the Robsons note: “This is an opportunity to purchase some of our best heifers at this export qualified sale, which would not normally be available”!
From here the online catalogue will be finalised and a series of pictures and videos of the animals continuously highlighted on both the Kilbride Farm and Society’s respective social media pages. The Robson family have extended a welcome to visitors to inspect the heifers and the rest of the herd at anytime. The Kilbride Farm herd is situated only 20 minutes from the air and sea ports, and transport can be organised!
Look out for further posts regarding this sale over the coming weeks. If you have any queries to Michale or Norman Robson then please contact them on Facebook or Instagram, or telephone:
Simmental bulls sold to a top of 5,600gns at the breed society’s spring sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Securing the day’s leading bid was the much-admired Ashland Lad bred by father and son duo Pat and Frank Kelly from Tempo, County Fermanagh.
Almost fifteen-months, he was one of the youngest bulls in the catalogue, and boasted the complete package – ring presence, conformation and breed character, with a pedigree to match. Sired by the legendary Raceview King, his dam is the home-bred Carnkern Titan daughter Ashland Candice Terona 2nd – one of eight pedigree cows in the herd.
Ranked in the breed’s top five per cent for eye muscle area +5.7, and top ten per cent for terminal sire index +97 and self-replacing index +108, he attracted strong attention from salering and online bidders.
Following spirited bidding auctioneer Trevor Wylie dropped the hammer at 5,600gns, with the successful bid coming via the telephone from Messrs WJ Fraser and Son, Aughnarrow Farm, Ballindalloch, Banffshire. Stewart Fraser had spotted the bull on social media prior to the sale and was determined to secure him for his commercial suckler enterprise.
Also selling for export to Scotland was the 4,100gns Kilbride Farm Karl consigned by Billy Robson OBE, and sons Michael and Norman, Doagh, Ballyclare. Born in October 2019, this polled bull was sired by Curaheen Gunshot, and bred from the Sneumgaard Imperator daughter Kilbride Farm Fanni 601. He caught the eye of pedigree herd owner Lachlan Quarm who runs the Annick Herd based at Holehouse Farm, Annick Estate, Irvine, Ayrshire.
Three lots sold for 3,000gns each. First to go was the June 2019 Bridgewater Farm Kaymer TSI+76 SRI+74 bred by Nigel Glasgow, Cookstown. A Delfur Decider son, he was bred from Ranfurly Lady Diana 25th, purchased for 4,200gns at the 2nd joint production sale from the Ballinlare Farm and Ranfurly herds, held at Dungannon in September 2016. Buyer was Brian Murphy from Portadown.
Nigel Glasgow’s Bridgewater Farm Kilroy TSI+75 SRI+88 sold for 3,000gns to William Nixon, Ballynahinch. This September 2019 entry was sired by Islavale Frontier, and bred from the Raceview King daughter Ranfurly Beauty 6th. He is in the top five percent for calving ease +5.5, and top 10 per cent for eye muscle area +5.2.
Also securing a bid of 3,000gns was the September 2019 Rehall Karl TSI+65 SRI+71 , bred by William and Keith Stubbs, Irvinestown. Sired by the 8,500gns Islavale Cracker, he is out of the home-bred Drumacritten Callum daughter Rehall Flower – one of nine cows in the herd. Buyers were Hamilton and Matthew Cleland, who run a 130-cow commercial dairy herd based at Legamaddy Farm, Downpatrick. The father and son team have been using Simmental stock bulls for over 25 years, and finish all cross-bred progeny on the farm.
A small entry of females peaked at 1,900gns, paid to Jonathan Henderson, Desertmartin, for the November 2019 Drumsamney Caramel’s Belle. Sired by Shacon Hannibal, she is bred from the Kilbride Farm Comber daughter Drumsamney Amy’s Caramel.
Auctioneer Trevor Wylie confirmed that two heifers averaged £1,890 each; while six bulls sold to level at £3,623 per head – an increase of £863 on the 2019 spring sale.