• 57 bulls sold, up 5 on the year • Bulls average £5961, up £372 on the year • 22 bulls sell at 6000gns or more, with three at five figures • 7 Islavale bulls average £9185 • Corskie lead female trade at 6000gns
The junior bull Auchorachan Landmark 20 from D&R Durno & Sons, Auchorachan, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, Banffshire sold for 18,000gns to lead the Simmental bull sale at United Auction’s Stirling Agricultural Centre on Tuesday 19th October. From the youngest class of bulls on the day, Auchorachan Landmark 20 is a May 2020 born calf sired by the homebred stock bull Auchorachan Hercules, and is out of Auchorachan Holly, a cow described as having ‘loads of milk’. Auchorachan Landmark himself carried a Maternal (Milk) figure of +10 placing him in the top 10% of the breed for this trait. The herd sire Auchorachan Hercules has been breeding well in the 60 cow Auchorachan pedigree herd with sons, prior to Stirling, averaging over 8000 at pedigree sales.
Purchasing the top price was Brian and Stuart Grant for their Dellfield pedigree herd at Druid Temple Farm, Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness-shire. Commenting, Brian Grant said: “He looked a really good bull to our eye and we know and like the breeding on his dam line. He’s a well grown young bull with good shape about him, and colour was also important to get some of the darker colour into the herd. It’s the most we’ve paid for a bull and an investment in the herds future.” Auchorachan Landmark will be used on both pedigree and cross breds with the herd comprising of 170 cows in total and including 40-50 pure breds.
The Auchorachan herd’s top sale price to date is the 20,000gns paid for Auchorachan Wizard. With a bit of connectivity, Auchorachan Landmark is from the same family with Auchorachan Holly being a grand-daughter of Wizard’s mother. It was a solid day’s trading at Stirling for the Durnos who had further bulls sold at 8500, 6500, and 4500gns respectively.
The Simmental sale as a whole saw 57 bulls sold, up five on the year, and to an average of £5961, which was also up by £372. In all, 22 bulls sold at 6000gns and over including three at over five figures. Commenting the Society’s General Manager Iain Kerr said: “It was good to see more bulls sold on the year and also an increase of £372 on the averages. Simmental sales have been very strong in this last year or so with commercial buyers driving the trade and buying bulls to breed top quality breeding females. We’d have liked to have seen a stronger clearance, but there was again a ready demand for long, clean, easy fleshing Simmental bulls, with good milk and maternal figures.”
It was another tremendous Simmental sale for the prolific 160 pedigree cow Islavale herd of Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith. A strong team of bulls saw seven in all sell to 12500, 10000, 9000, 8500, 7800, 7000, and 6500gns, to gross £64,365 and a mighty average of £9185. For good measure Islavale bulls also won the Overall Supreme (their eighth in all and first at the October Sale), Intermediate, and Junior Championships in the pre-sale show which was judged by Mr Simon Key of the Key Herd, Abbey Farm, Mundham, Loddon, Norwich. Leading their consignment was the March 2020 born Islavale Lachlan 20. This bull, who stood second in his class to the Intermediate Champion, is by the ten-years-old Ranfurly Confederate, and is out of the Atlow Dixon daughter Islavale Innocent. Heading north, this bull who was Top 10% for both Calving Ease Direct, and Gestation Length, was purchased by Messrs Swanson, Quarryside, Caithness.
At 10,000gns was the Intermediate Champion himself, Islavale Lord 20. Another March 2020 born bull, Lord is by the herd’s main stock sire at present, Corskie Highlander 16 EX 92, a Dirnanean Bradley son, and is out of the Ranfurly Confederate daughter Islavale Honeypot. Another to go commercially, this bull was bought by Inverdunning Ltd, Dunning, Perthshire.
The run of Islavale prices continued with Islavale Loch Ness making 9000gns when selling to the Greencap pedigree herd of Craegorry, Dalachy Farm, Aberdour, Fife. A second prize winner, this March 2020 born bull is another by Corskie Highlander 16 EX 92, and is out of another Ranfurly Confederate daughter, Islavale Daisy. Commenting, Colin Inglis said: “I really liked the style and presence of this bull, and he’s got a good set of figures behind him. The figures and breeding just fit and suit what I’m needing and he’ll be used mainly on pedigrees but also on some commercials.” The Greencap pedigree herd consists of 30 Simmental breeding females that are run alongside 120 commercial cows.
Also at the 9000gns mark was the Northern Irish bull Ballymoney Larry 20 from Mrs MH Kilpatrick, Banbridge, Co Down. A bull with size and power, Ballymoney Larry 20 had placed first in Class Four in the Senior section. March 2020 born, he is the first son of Saltire Impressive 17 who was purchased for 14,000gns at Stirling at the corresponding sale in 2018. Purchasing this bull, who carried good figures for growth and milk, was Delfur Farms who run the Delfur pedigree herd at Dundurcas, Rothes, Aberlour. Speaking to this purchase, the herd manager Stephen Allan said: “We liked this bull’s breeding lines and he’s suitable to use on all of our cows. He’s got size and width and we think he will complement our cows and bring a consistency of breeding. We’ve got 150 cows, of which 30 are pure not pedigree, and the he’ll be used predominantly for the pedigrees.”
Another from the Durnos in the shape of Auchorachan Lancelot 20 (P) made 8500gns when selling to the Killumpha herd of Mr T Hamilton, Port Logan, Stranraer. A first prize winner in Class Six of the Intermediate Section, Auchorachan Lancelot 20 (P), is a heterozygous polled son of the imported Auroch Hudson (P), and is out of the noted Auchorachan Witch EX 90, a Glebefarm Tyson daughter. Of his purchase Mr Hamilton said: I really like the breeding of this bull and he’s also different to what I’ve had before. I liked the red colour of the bull and he carries a lot of style. We’ll use Auchorachan Lancelot on a mixture of the pedigree herd and commercials”.
At this same 8500gns was another from the Islavale team, this time Islavale Lionheart 20. April 2020 born, Islavale Lionheart is a Curaheen Giant son and is out of the EX90 classified cow Islavale Holly 4, a Woodhall Walker daughter. A theme of the day was the demand for bulls with good Maternal (Milk) figures and this bull was another example with a +10 figure putting him in the breed’s Top 5%. Another of the top prices to go commercially, this bull was purchased by W&J Brown, Hilton of Culsh, New Deer, Turriff who said: “This was a very correct bull with size, a good top, and with excellent milk figures. He’ll be a very good fit with our commercial cows”.
Two bulls made 8000gns. The first of these was another from Northern Ireland in the form of Hiltonstown Lorenzo 20 from Richard & Rhys Rodgers, Portglenone, Co Antrim. A bull with width and shape, the March 2020 born Lorenzo is by Dermotstown Delboy, and is out of Hiltonstown High Class, a Hiltonstown general daughter. Going to a pedigree home, Hiltonstown Lorenzo was bought by MA Barlow & Sons for their 60-cow Denizes herd at Four Oaks, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancashire. Commenting, Michael Barlow said: “This bull is just full of natural thickness and shape. He’s a bull that we think will complement the style of the Blackford Galaxy daughters in the herd”.
The second bull at the 8000gns mark was Roma Leader 20 from Mr RS & ME Weatherup, Romavale, Ashybank, Hawick, Roxs. It was a good sale to finish with for the Weatherups and following the successful Dispersal Sale of the herd in September and also at Stirling. Another with a Top 10% figure for Maternal (Milk), this March 2020 bulls is by the herd stock sire Islavale Frontier and is out of Roma Diamond, a Dirnanean Apostle daughter. This bull was knocked down to J Coventry & Sons, Newbarns Farm, Forfar, Angus.
Continuing the run of Islavale bulls was Islavale Loyal 20 at 7800gns. Another dark red, fleshy bull, Loyal is by Curaheen Giant 2 and is out of the Curaheen Bandit daughter Islavale Glee VG86. This April 2020 born calf was bought by the J Milne & Sons, who run the Middlethird herd at Oldwhat Mains, Turriff. Commenting Mr Milne said: “We liked the bulls from the Islavale team at the sale. The bull we bought is a strong bull carrying some shape. He’ll be used on the pedigree herd and also to breed replacements in the commercial herd”.
Selling at 7500gns was Overhillhouse Link 20 from Richard McCulloch, Over Hill House, Armadale, West Lothian. May 2020 born, this bull who stood second in the last but one class, is by Islavale Heston and is out of Overhill House Gnocchi. This young bull headed to Ayrshire when being purchased by DL&S Currie, Pinclanty, Pinmore, Girvan.
*The Overall Supreme Champion, and Junior Champion, was the April 2020 born Islavale Lennon 20 and again from the Stronach team. This bull is by Curaheen Giant, and is the third Giant son from Islavale to win a Stirling Supreme Championship. He is out of the second calver Islavale Harlequin VG87 who is a Ranfurly Confederate daughter. Of his Supreme Champion, the judge Simon Key said: “This bull just carried so much style and had a lovely and very typical Simmental head. He is exceptional on his plates, very clean through the middle, and a bull with easy fleshing qualities. I think he’s a modern Simmental bull with good locomotion, and carrying style and top Simmental breed characteristics.” The day’s Champion sold for 7000gns and was purchased by Graham Allan for his noted Glenturk herd at Wigtown, Newton Stewart.
A small but good show of females was topped at 6000gns by the in-calf heifer Corskie Kaylee from Mr WJ &J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers. April 2019 born, Corskie Kaylee is by Kilbride Farm Haka and is out of Corskie Haylee VG 86, a Dirnanean Bradley daughter. PD’d in-calf to Drumagarner Hughes, Corskie Kaylee was bought by the noted commercial producer Ryan Smith who also runs the Towiemore pedigree herd at Towiemore Farm, Keith, Banffshire.
OTHER LEADING PRICES: 7200gns Lot 730 Strathisla Lynx sold to Genoch Mains Farm, C/o John J M McIntosh, Genoch Mains, Dunragit, Stranraer, Wigtownshire DG9 9ES 7000gns Lot 681 Popes Lockhart sold to A Nicolson, Relugas Mains Farm, Dunphail, By Forres, Moray IV36 2QL 7000gns Lot 745 Ranfurly Leader sold to Maesquoy Farms, Maesquoy Farm, Harray, Orkney KY17 2LE 7000gns Lot 750 Islavale Lennon sold to Glenturk Farming Co, Glenturk, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire DG8 9TF 6500gns Lot 718 Islavale Leon sold to C A Smith, Wester Coull, Tarland, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 4YS 6500gns Lot 736 Drumsleed Landmark sold to Genoch Mains Farm, C/o John J M McIntosh, Genoch Mains, Dunragit, Stranraer, Wigtownshire DG9 9ES 6500gns Lot 746 Auchorachan Lockdown sold to W Young, Skerrington Mains, Hurlford, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire KA1 5JB 6500gns Lot 772 Springfield Legacy sold to J Duff & Son, Broomknowe, Brechin, Angus DD9 6SJ 6200gns Lot 672 Garmouth Loon sold to M J & A Mill, Shawsmill Farm, Cardenden, Lochgelly, Fife KY5 0AN 6000gns Lot 663 Denizes Kingsley sold to A Whiteford, Moulandale, Kemnay, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 9JU 6000gns Lot 755 Strathisla Lumberjack sold to Stewart Farms, Ballglass, Lennoxtown, Glasgow G65 7LG 6000gns Lot 787 Popes Laertes sold to Greasley Estate, Peter Muir, Lamb Close House, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire NG16 3QX Auctioneers: United Auctions
57 bulls sell to average £5961, up £372 on the year.
Lot 777, Auchorachan Landmark 20 from D & R Durno & Sons, topped the Sale at 18000gns. The Auchorachan Hercules sired bull, out of Auchorachan Holly, led the Sale, being purchased by Mr B Grant, of the Dellfield herd, Druid Temple Farm, Highland, Inverness-shire.
Lot 701, Islavale Lachlan, sired by Ranfurly Confederate C24 11 from Mr W S Stronach, fetched the second top price, reaching 12500gns when selling to Mr Swanson, Quarryside, Caithness.
The Female trade was topped by the Corskie herd of Mr WJ & J Green, with Lot 646 Corskie Kaylee selling at 6000gns to Smith & Sons, Towiemore, Keith. Full report and photos to follow.
• Lisglass Gladioluf and Roma Legend 20 sell as an outfit also at 10,000gns • Roma Destiny and her twin bull calves sell for a collective 8000gns • Sale grosses £155,080 for the 46 lots sold
Roma Dreamer 2nd sold for 10,000gns to lead the Dispersal Sale of the Roma Simmental herd of Roy Weatherup, Romavale, Ashybank, Hawick, Roxburghshire, held on Saturday, 11th September, at United Auctions Stirling Market.
The November 2015 born Roma Dreamer 2nd is a Dinton Nautical daughter out of the Kilbride Farm Newry sired Roma Dreamer. She was sold with her Islavale Frontier sired heifer calf Roma Dreamer 6th at foot and was PD’d back in calf to the herd’s stock bull Islavale Frontier. Purchasing the top price was JC & JL Weatherup, who runs the 35 cow Lisglass herd at Irish Hill, Ballyclare, Co Antrim.
Also at 10,000ngs was the outfit of Lisglass Gladioluf at 5200gns, with her bull calf Roma Legend making 4200gns. The August 2015 born Lisglass Gladioluf is by Carnkern Titan and out of Slieveroe Caroline. She was snapped up by her breeder when being another to go back to JC&JL Weatherup, Ballyclare, Co Antrim. Her bull calf, the November 2020 born Roma Legend 20 was also by the herd stock bull Islavale Frontier. This calf was purchased by the Saltire herd of J&G Houliston, Newmains, Drem, North Berwick. Commenting on his top price purchases, Leslie Weatherup said: “We really like the Roma Dreamer breeding and it is an entirely new line to the Lisglass herd. We also purchased Roma Dreamer 3rd on the day for the same reason.” With regard to Lisglass Gladioluf he went on to say: “I bred Lisglass Gladioluf and it’s a bloodline I had lost and wanted to get back. Her dam Slieveroe Caroline was a Supreme Champion at Balmoral Show. Gladioluf had an extremely good bull calf with her at the sale and her bull calf last year sold at Stirling for 4000gns.” In all Leslie Weatherup, who is the cousin of Roy Weatherup, bought six animals on the day.
Selling at a collective 8000gns to Messrs MacFarlane, Quixwood Farm, Duns, Berwickshire, was the 2014 born Roma Destiny with her two Islavale Frontier sired bull calves Roma Lovejoy (TM), and Roma Loverboy (TM). The fourth calving Roma Destiny, born 2014, is got by Samark Superman and is out of Killiworgie Destiny. Roma Destiny sold at 2600gns with the November 2020 Roma Lovejoy reaching the same mark, and his twin Roma Loverboy selling for 2800gns. Again a prolific purchaser on the day, the MacFarlanes purchased eleven of the lots on offer.
Another outfit at 6600gns was Roma Bluebell 3rd who made 2800gns, with her bull calf Roma Limit 20 selling for 3800gns. Roma Bluebell 3rd, who is 2018 born, is by Lisglass Barnabus 10 and out of Roma Bluebell. She was sold PD’d in calf to Islavale Frontier, to the Pitmudie herd of Heather Duff, Pitmudie, Menmuir, Brechin, Angus. Roma Limit 20, sired by Samark Superman, was bought by Norman Innes, Millbrae, Findhorn, Forres. At 6000gns was the 2018 born Roma Beauty 3rd. This maiden heifer is by Popes Barclay 10 and out of Roma Beauty 2nd. PD’d in calf to Islavale Frontier, Roma Beauty 3rd was sold with her January 2021 born bull calf, Roma Moneyboy 21, also by Islavale Frontier, and was another purchased by Norman Innes, Millbrae, Findhorn, Forres. The November 2015 born Roma Bluebell 2nd, along with her bull calf Roma Masterpiece 21 made 4300gns when being another purchase of Messrs MacFarlane, Quixwood Farm, Duns, Berwickshire. A Samark Superman daughter out of Roma Bluebell, she was sold with her Islavale Frontier calf at foot and was PD’d back in calf to the same sire. The Roma Dispersal Sale was held due to the impending retirement of Roy Weatherup who, speaking at the end of the sale said: “I’m very pleased with how the sale has gone today. I felt that the sale really offered an outstanding opportunity for new and established breeders to buy some top-quality Simmental genetics from what has been a productive herd of cattle. To that end I very much hope that they go to breed well for their buyers.”
OTHER LEADING PRICES: 4200gns Roma Dreamer (06/04/19) to Callum Croft, Hendy, Pontarddulais, Swansea 4200gns Islavale Frontier 14 to Norman Innes, Millbrae, Findhorn, Forres 4000gns Roma Bluebell 5th (01/04/20) to JW Fullerton, Corsbie, Earlston, Berwickshire
AVERAGES: 20 cows with calves at foot Top 10000gns Average £3,680
• Lisglass Gladioluf and Roma Legend 20 sell as an outfit for 10,000gns • Roma Destiny and het twin bull calves sell for a collective 8000gns Roma Dreamer 2nd sold for 10,000gns to lead the Dispersal Sale of the Roma Simmental herd of Roy Weatherup, Romavale, Ashybank, Hawick, Roxburghshire, held today on Saturday, 11th September, at United Auctions Stirling Market.
The November 2015 born Roma Dreamer 2nd is a Dinton Nautical daughter out of the Kilbride Farm Newry sired Roma Dreamer. She was sold with her Islavale Frontier sired heifer calf Roma Dreamer 6th at foot, and was PD’d back in calf to Islavale Frontier. Purchasing the top price was the Lisglass herd of JC & JL Weatherup, Ballyclare, Co Antrim.
Also at 10,000ngs was the outfit of Lisglass Gladioluf at 5200gns, with her bull calf Roma Legend making 4800gns. The August 2015 born Lisglass Gladioluf is by Carnkern Titan and out of Slieveroe Caroline. She was snapped up by her breeder and goes back to JC&JL Weatherup, Ballyclare, Co Antrim. Her bull calf, the November 2020 born Roma Legend 20 is another by the herd stock bull Islavale Frontier. This calf was snapped up by the Saltire herd of J&G Houliston, Newmains, Drem, North Berwick.
Selling at a collective 8000gns to Messrs MacFarlane , Quixwood Farm, Duns, Berwickshire, was the 2014 born Roma Destiny with her two Islavale Frontier sired bull calves Roma Lovejoy (TM), and Roma Loverboy (TM). The fourth calving Roma Destiny, born 2014, is by got by Samark Superman and is out of Killiworgie Destiny. Roma Destiny sold at 2600gns with the November 2020 Roma Lovejoy reaching the same mark, and his twin Roma Loverboy selling for 2800gns.
Another outfit at 6600gns was Roma Bluebell 3rd who made 2800gns, with her bull calf Roma Limit 20 selling for 3800gns. Roma Bluebell 3rd, who is 2018 born, is By Lisglass Barnabus 10 and out of Roma Bluebell. She was sold PD’d in calf to Islavale Frontier, to the Pitmudie herd of Heather Duff, Pitmudie, Menmuir, Brechin, Angus. Roma Limit 20, sired by Samark Superman, was bought by Norman Innes, Millbrae, Findhorn, Forres.
At 6000gns was the 2018 born Roma Beauty 3rd. This maiden heifer is by Popes Barclay 10 and out of Roma Beauty 2nd. PD’d in calf to to Islavale Frontier, Roma Beauty 3rd was sold with her January 2021 born bull calf, Roma Moneyboy 21, also by Islavale Frontier, and was another purchased by Norman Innes, Millbrae, Findhorn, Forres. Full report and averages to follow….
· Record Stirling Simmental May Sale average of £5345 (+£510)
· 9500gns All-Breeds Joint Top Price
· 81% clearance with 21 out of 26 bulls sold through the ring
· Ten bulls make 5000gns and over
The October 2019 born Denizes Knockout from Mr MA Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancashire took the top sale price of 9500gns at the British Simmental Cattle Society’s May Sale at United Auctions Stirling Agricultural Centre on Sunday May 2nd.
Packed with pedigree and performance figures, Denizes Knockout 19 is by the herd’s stock bull Blackford Galaxy, the 2018 Royal Highland Champion, and is out of the Ashland Tornado daughter Denizes Melody. Paying the top price was prolific Simmental purchaser Liam Muir, Upper Onston, Stromness, Orkney who was buying for a client in Orkney. Commenting, Mr Muir said: “Denizes Knockout is a super bull with both quality and eye appeal. As well as strong milk figures he has a solid Terminal Sire Index and Self Replacing Index and is just a really good all-round bull for Orkney.” On the day Mr Muir bought four Simmental bulls in all and in addition to the top price bought Denizes Kruser at 3200gns; Westridge Kinross at 5500gns; and Drumsleed Kashmir at 4000gns. Over the last three Stirling Simmental Sales, Mr Muir has bought twelve Simmentals in all for clients in Orkney and the North of Scotland.
Prolific vendors at Stirling this is the second time the Lancashire based Denizes herd has topped the Simmental bull trade at Stirling. Commenting after the sale, Michael Barlow said: We try to breed and bring bulls with length, width, good tops, that are structurally correct and carry a bit of style. The cow families in the herd have a lot of milk and we’re looking for that continual improvement in maternal (milk) figures and calving figures to meet the demands of both the pedigree breeders and commercial producers.” This year the Denizes herd will be calving 60 plus pedigree Simmental cows.
Following on from the record Stirling Simmental Sale average set at the February Sale, the May Sale saw another record average set for the fixture with twenty-one bulls selling to average £5345, up by £510 on the year. The clearance rate through the ring was a healthy 81%. The record average came hot on the heels of the breed’s sale at Worcester on the previous day which had seen another breed record average mark set for the bulls sold.
Two bulls made 8000gns. The first of these was Roma Kinetic 19 from Mr RS & ME Weatherup, Romavale, Ashybank, Hawick. This November 2019 born bull, carrying length and shape, is by Islavale Frontier 14, a Curaheen Bandit son, and is out of the Dinton Nautical daughter Roma Nina’s Fancy. Carrying good figures for calving ease putting the bull in the top 10% of the breed, Roma Kinetic 19 was purchased by D McCallum, Shoreton, Culbokie, Dingwall. The 8000gns was a sale top price for the herd which is planning to have a sale of females in September of this year.
Also at the 8000gns mark was the youngest bull in the catalogue in the shape of Overhill House King Henry 19 from Richard McCulloch, Over Hill House, Armadale, West Lothian. December 2019 born, this bull is by Islavale Heston 16 and is out of the Corskie Copper sired Overhill House Gretel. A feature of the demand on the day, King Henry carried goof performance figures with being in the breed’s top 5% for both Terminal Sire and Self Replacing Indexes, and in the top 20% for Maternal (Milk).
Islavale Keyo 19 from Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire made 6500gns when selling to TL Stirling, Auchterblair Farm, Carrbridge, Inverness-shire. November 2019 born this Wolfstar Elusive 13 son is out of the EX93 classified cow, Islavale Danielle, a Clonagh A Super Star daughter.
Also selling at 6500gns was Coltfield Kilcoy 19 from JC MacIver, Wester Coltfield, Forres, Moray. Coltifield Kilcoy 19 is the first son to be sold by Rockytop Invader 17 the herd’s stock bull purchased 14,000gns and who classified EX92 at three years old. November 2019 born, Coltfield Kilcoy 19 was knocked down to MM&A Campbell, West Watten, Wick, Caithness.
Crudie Farming Company, Crudie Farm, Arbroath, Angus made 6000gns when selling Crudie Kabull 19. A Blackford Iolair 17 sired bull, Kabull 19 is out of Crudie Iona, a Drumlone Fabulous 14 daughter. Snapping this bull up was Islay Estates, Bridgend, Isle of Islay. Rounding off a good day, the previous lot Crudie Kansas 19, another Blackford Iolair 17 son made 5500gns and was another purchase by Islay Estates. These were the first calves from the herd’s stock bull Blackford Iolair, to be offered at sale.
OTHER LEADING STIRLING SIMMENTAL BULL PRICES:
5500gns Drumsleed Krakow 19 to J&J Marshall, Daleigh, Grantown on Spey, Morayshire
5500gns Westridge Kinross 19 to Liam Muir, Stromness, Orkney
5000gns Annick Krakatoa 19 to F McGibbon, Tulchan Croft, Glenalmond, Perth
· 26,000gns is the second top price for a Simmental bull sold at auction in the UK, and a new Welsh record for a British Simmental.
· Sale average up by £1443 to a breed record £6482 for the 64 bulls sold.
· Excellent clearance rate of 82%, up by 15%, and the highest in the sale week.
· Six bulls made over 10,000gns, with 28 in all making 6000gns or more.
· 26,000gns was the all-breeds top sale price in the week.
The June 2019 born Pistyll Kingsman 19, all the way from Wales and Messrs GA & HM Francis, Pistyll Uchaf, Abergorlech, Carmarthen, sold for 26,000gns to lead a strong demand for Simmental bulls at United Auction’s Livestock Centre, Stirling, on Saturday 27th February. Pistyll Kingsman is by Woodhall Ferrari 14, who has bred bulls to 14,000gns at Stirling, and is out of Woodhall Evangeline.
Paying the sale top price was Richard McCulloch with the bull joining his noted Overhill House herd at Armadale, West Lothian that comprises of 40 pedigrees and 160 pure Simmentals in all. Speaking after the sale Mr McCulloch said: “This is just my type of Simmental bull. He’s very square at the back, as long as a train, stylish with a cracking head and a good colour. He’s a modern bull and has all the attributes to a terrific breeding bull.” Mr McCulloch had first seen the bull on the Simmental Market website and was impressed by the pictures and videos. Backing up the qualities of the bull was the attraction of the Woodhall breeding on both sides of the pedigree, breeding he was very familiar with. Of the second highest price paid for a Simmental, Mr McCulloch commented: “I think this is an outstanding pedigree Simmental bull and the price paid is the type of investment that’s required for a bull of this quality to take the herd forward.” From here the first aim will be to take semen from Pistyll Kingsman before putting him to the spring calvers. Late in the day Richard McCulloch also bought the last bull in the ring, Mavsey Klansman, from Jonathan Gunn, for 6000gns and who he described as ‘a young bull with a lot of potential’.
The sale top price was the second highest ever paid for a Simmental bull at auction in the UK and set a new Welsh record for a British Simmental. With a bit of added Welsh flavour to the day, a number of bulls sold at the sale headed to the principality.
For the Francis family, selling bulls at Stirling for the first time in a few years, the 26,000gns was their top price at sale and surpassed an 8000gns figure previously achieved at Perth. With a heavy concentration at home on pedigree sheep, the Pistyll Simmental herd presently comprises of 12 pedigree cows. Commenting on their top price bull, Aneirin Francis said: “From birth he was always a good calf. We took him to the Welsh Simmental Calf Show at Carmarthen at the back end of 2019 where he did well, but we could see the forward potential in him then to make a really good bull. At Stirling we thought he was one of the better bulls but you can never anticipate such a price. We are delighted with the sale and to set a Welsh record, and hope Kingsman goes on to do well in the Overhill House herd.”
The sale as a whole, held under the ongoing and unusual Covid circumstances, saw a strong demand led by both pedigree and commercial producers looking for first quality Simmental bulls. 64 bulls in all sold from the 78 forward to set a new breed record average of £6482, up by £1443 on the year, and with an 82% clearance rate being the highest in the week. Six bulls made over 10,000gns with 28 in all making 6000gns and more. The 26,000gns top price was the leading all-breeds price in the sale week. As is typical, the majority of the bulls sold to Scottish buyers and with a number of purchases heading to Orkney. The sale however also saw a strong Simmental demand from across the UK and with bulls going to Wales, Northumberland, Cumbria, Herefordshire, Yorkshire, Hertfordshire & Northants. Once again, and continuing the trend, there was a ready demand for dark, long, clean, modern bulls, with good figures and an emphasis on milk.
The second top price was 15,000gns for Backmuir Kraken 19 from Reece & Andrew Simmers, Backmuir Farm, Keith. April 2019 born, Kraken is the first son to be sold at sale by Islavale Hamilton 16 and is out of the dam, Starline Kreole 11th. A bull with ‘good power and style, and very correct in his legs’, the 15,000gns is the top sale price to date for the Backmuir Simmental herd. This was another bull to head south of the border and to the new pedigree herd of AR Bulmer, Coultas Farm, Malton, North Yorkshire. Commenting, Mr Bulmer said: “I’d seen the bull previously on Facebook and Simmental Market. He’s a great example of the Simmental breed with a good top line, a nice head, and being very correct. I wanted a bull with a bit of size to breed heifers and the plan is for him to go in with the females in May.” Mr Bulmer has already purchased 12 pedigree females including a batch from the Corskie herd.
At 11,500gns was Islavale Kacy 19 from Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Keith, Banffshire. March 2019 born this bull, early in the sale, was by Corskie Highlander and out of the Curaheen Bandit daughter Islavale Fantasia. Described pre-sale ‘as possibly the best Corskie Highlander son yet from the Islavale Herd’, Islavale Kacy 19 had strong performance figures for calving ease, growth, and milk, and with both parents classified as EX. Buying the package of pedigree and performance was commercial producer C&G Thomson, Wester Tulloch, Midmar, Aberdeenshire. Other Islavale bulls in the sale made 7200gns, 6500gns, and 6000gns with a big team of 10 bulls in all, featuring a number of the younger entries, averaging well over £6000.
At 11,000gns was Drumsleed Kingsman 19 from the longstanding Drumsleed Simmental herd of Mr GW Smith, Drumsleed, Fordoun, Laurencekirk. A May 2019 born bull, Drumsleed Kingsman is entirely homebred being by Drumsleed Hivy, the 2019 Royal Highland Champion, and out of Drumsleed Farina 14 who herself has a strong show record. Described as a ‘tall bull with great length, a super temperament, and good figures for milk’, this bull was sold to the establishing Riverdee herd of Emma Smith, Bankhead Farm, Portlethen, Aberdeenshire. For the Drumsleed herd, who run approximately 100 cattle, the 11,000gns equalled their top sale price to date paid for Drumsleed Eldorado in 2014. On the day, Drumsleed sold six bulls in all to average £5,550.
From Northern Ireland, Knockreagh Kilroy 19 (ET) made 10,000gns for Val & Conrad Fagen, Rostrevor, County Down. A May 2019 born bull, Kilroy is by Dermotstown Delboy and is out of the Corrick Kentucky Kid sired Omorga Dorcas. Featured in this bull’s pedigree is the noted Cleenagh Daffodil with Omorga Dorcas being the 60th calf registered from this prolific female. On the sire side the well-known Dermotstown Delboy has had progeny previously sell up to 11,500gns. Heading to the north of Scotland, this bull was snapped up by Wm Barnetson & Sons, Lynegar Farm, Wick, Caithness. For the eight cow Knockreragh herd, the 10,000gns represented their top sale price to date and eclipsing the 8000gns achieved at Stirling in 2013.
The final five figure bull was the 10,000gns paid for Blackford Kirk 19 from Mr WG MacPherson (A Firm), Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness. A ‘well fleshed, long bull, with good locomotion’, this bull is by the noted Blackford Galaxy, who the same herd has had bulls by sell up to 11,000gns. He is out of Silver Wells Belle, a full sister to the dam of Bel Dhu Capercaillie, Blackford Wagtail. Purchasing this bull for use on their 40 strong herd, and another to go south of the border, was Heathbrow Farming Partnership, at High Heath Farm, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
Mr & Mrs AS&YA Leedham, Rowan Farm, Pickering, North Yorkshire sold two bulls from their Grangewood herd at 9500gns and 8000gns. The herd’s top price of 9500 came in the shape of the August 2019 born Grangewood Kingdom 19. Entirely homebred this calf is by Grangewood Glenlivet 15 and is out of Grangewood Carla. A thick, well-muscled, dark bull, Kingdom is from a good female line with his grandmother breeding Grangewood Baron, the Junior Champion at Stirling in 2012 who sold for 19,000gns. Grangewood Kingdom, who had very good calving ease, and milk figures was one of a number of bulls selling to Orkney when purchased by Terry Coghill, Muce, Birsay. At 8000gns was one of the younger bulls in the catalogue, the October 2019 born Grangewood Kingpin. Again homebred, this bull is by the aforementioned Grangewood Baron 10, and is out of Grangewood Sahara’s Gold. Buying this bull was Mr VC Bailey, Mixbury Hall Farm, Brackley, Northants. Commenting, Mr Bailey said: “Kingpin is a long, stylish, smart bull, with plenty of length and shape. He has great breed characteristics, a lot of milk in his breeding, and looks like he will produce lovely females. We very much like his breeding and look forward to using him in the 80-cow pedigree herd.”
The Auchorachan herd of D&R Durno & Sons, Auchorachan, Glenlivet, Ballandalloch enjoyed a good day’s trading with Auchorachan Kennedy 19 leading the way at 9,000gns. This September 2019 bull is by Auchorachan Hercules and is out of Auchorachan Gypsy EX 90. Another with good milk figures, he went to the noted 160-cow Newbiemains pedigree herd of Jim & Patricia Goldie, Newbie Mains Farm, Dumfriesshire. Commenting, Jim Goldie said: “This bull is a long, clean modern type of Simmental. He’s growthy, with a lot of potential and future in him. I’m a strong advocate of the classifying system and he’s out of three generations of EX cows on his dam’s side, and with Auchorachan Hercules dam also classified EX93. We’ll put the bull to a good batch of cows and heifers this spring time.” Auchorachan Kennedy was one of the first group of bulls at sale by the herd sire Auchorachan Hercules, an Auchorachan ACDC son. Selling at 8000gns from the same home was Auchorachan King Kong. Another September 2019 born bull, King Kong is out of Auchorachan Genie, a strong breeding female in the herd. Auchorachan King Kong was purchased by J Duff & Son, Broomknowe, Brechin, Angus. Two lots earlier, at 7,800gns was Auchorachan Krypton. Another by Auchorachan Hercules, this August 2019 born calf, out of Curaheen Heddy, was knocked down to Messrs A&B Munro who run the Well House pedigree herd at Wellhouse, Beauly, Inverness-shire.
At 8,800gns was Manor Park Kelvin from Mr DC Houldey, Kirkleton House, Waterbeck, Lockerbie. A son of the 22,000gns Kilbride Farm Foreman, this calf is out of Manor Park Cherie a Shanehill Victor daughter. Another bull to head north, Manor Park Kelvin was bought by commercial producer A Anderson & Son, Nether Tillygarmond, Banchory, Kincardineshire. Speaking after the sale Mr Anderson said: “I’m very happy to buy this bull. He’s full of style and just immediately caught my eye when being paraded in the ring. He’ll be used in the 200 cow suckler herd, which are predominantly Simmentals.”
The Greencap herd of Colin Inglis, Dalachy Farm, Aberdour, Fife, also had another good sale day with bulls selling at 8,500gns and 8,000gns respectively. Making the top price of 8,500gns was the September 2019 born, Greencap Kerse. By Woodhall Ferrari 14, the same sire as the sale top price, this heifer’s calf is out of the Denizes Fabio 14 daughter, Greencap Imogen. Purchasing this bull was Cumbrian commercial producer Irving Pearson, Manor Farm, Blencow, Penrith, for his 120 suckler cow herd which comprises of a mixture of pure Simmental and British Blue cross Simmentals all run with the Simmental bull. With an eye on health status, Mr Pearson also considers performance figures before looking at the bull. Commenting he said: “This bull was dark in colour, really had some length, and he both stood and walked very well.” Greencap Kerse will join three other Simmental bulls in the herd. A few lots earlier, Colin Inglis sold the heterozygous polled bull Greencap Klassik for 8000gns to another Cumbrian home and this time RCS Addison, Greystone House, Penrith. By the polled sire Sneumgaard Imperator, this bull is out of Greencap Inga and is another heifer’s calf by Denizes Fabio 14. Speaking after the sale Mr Addison said that he had bought this bull to join his small Lyvennet pedigree herd and to also use him on his dairy herd. “We are organic, and looking to go antibiotic free, and wanted a bull that would be easy calving, quiet, and polled. Looking at the bulls online Greencap Klassik was my first choice so I’m delighted to get him.”
Saltire Kelso, from J&G Houliston, Drem, North Berwick sold for 8000gns. July 2019 born, Saltire Kelso is another bull sired by Woodhall Ferrari 14 and is out of Saltire Felicity, making him a full brother to the 10,500gns Saltire Judge 18, sold in October 2019. Buying this bull, and one of four purchases on the day, was RI & GI Davies, Penlanlwyd, Cefn Gorwydd, Powys. Mr Davies bought further bulls at 7500gns, 5000gns, and 3000gns respectively. The very next lot, Saltire Knockout, made 7000gns when selling to W Smith, Park Farm, Eye, Nr Leominster, Herefordshire. July 2019 born Saltire Knockout is by Saltire Impressive with this being his first progeny at sale. The 16-cow herd generally uses AI just to give a wider choice. Saltire Impressive himself was sold for 14,000gns in October 2018.
From a small show of females, the leading price was the 2400gns paid for the 2013 born Denizes Beauty. An Ashland Tornado daughter out of Ranfurly beauty 5th, she was sold with her December 2020 born bull calf at foot, Denizes Litman 20, by Denizes Impeccable 17. Purchasing this outfit was K&A Graham, Easterton Farm, Doune, Perthshire.
OTHER LEADING SALE PRICES
Lot 42 Glenlossie Kingsman, 7500gns to RI & GI Davies, Penlanlwyd, Cefn Gorwydd, Powys
Lot 24 Islavale Kilt 7200gns, to Arnhall Farms, Edzell, Brechin, Angus.
Lot 37 Finlarg Kingjohn, 7000gns to Liam Muir, Upper Onston, Orkney.
Lot 73 Saltire Knockout, 7000gns to W Smith, Park Farm, Eye, Nr Leominster, Herefordshire.
Lot 76 Finlarg Kansas, 7000gns to John White & Sons, Middlesteads, Selkirk
Lot 130 Fallhills Koby, 6800gns to C Young, Ballintore, Galashiels
Lot 47 Westridge Kristoff, 6500gns to Liam Muir, Upper Onston, Orkney.
Lot 54 Denizes Kaiser, 6500gns to T Dun & Sons, Brothershiels, Midlothian
Lot 77 Kilbride Farm Kanye, 6,500gns to James Moir, Auchorties Farm, Keith, Banffs.
134 Islavale Keg, 6500gns to R Manson, Brodieshill Farm, Forres, Moray.
Lot 7 Islavale Kabul, 6000gns to GJ&E Harper, Broadsea Farm, Inverurie.
122 Drumsleed Krypton, 6000gns to W Nelson & Co, West Brackly, Kinross, Fife.
139 Mavsey Klansman, 6000gns to R McCulloch, Overhill House, West Lothian