• 18,000gns a breed centre record price
• Heifers average £5202, up by £806 on the year, and a new breed centre record average
• Overhill House sells to 9000gns
• 8000gns Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th makes the top maiden heifer price
• Islavale leads the weaned calf trade at 6500gns

Brandane Lu Lu 18,000gns

Jimmy & Kath McMillan, Bradwell Ash, Bury St Edmunds sold the in-calf heifer Brandane Lu Lu for 18,000gns to lead the second staging of Simmental Next Generation Sale of females and weaned calves at Carlisle’s Borderway Mart on Friday 2nd December.

Getting the sale off to a fast start being the second lot in the ring, this upstanding February 2020 born heifer is by Sterling Gino and is out of Sterling Candy’s FCUK. Purchasing the top price was Reece and Andrew Simmers for their noted Backmuir herd at Keith, Banffshire. Brandane Lu Lu is a full sister to Sterling FCUK Impuls who previously sold to the Backmuir herd for 13,000gns at Stirling in February 2019. At the inaugural Next Generation Sale last year, the Simmers bought the Female Champion, Islavale Lullaby and went on with her to win the Simmental Championship at the Royal Highland Show, and also the Simmental Scottish National Show. Commenting afterwards Reece Simmers, who watched the pre-sale show online and bid by telephone thereafter, said: “We saw Brandane Lu Lu at the Royal Highland this summer and we thought a lot of her sister who has identical breeding and who we purchased back in 2019. Brandane Lu Lu is just a quality heifer. She is powerful and has size but is sweet and feminine at the same time. We like the fact that she is due to calf to Atlow Dixon in January and that just gives you a bit of a quicker return. We are looking for ever improving quality over numbers in the Backmuir herd and just to add one or two in that vein when the opportunity arises.” The Backmuir herd presently consists of approximately 80 pedigree cows.

The establishing Next Generation Sale II again saw some breed record marks set combined with new entrants to the breed buying some of the leading lots on the day. The 18,000gns top price was a centre record for the Simmental breed and eclipsed the 16,000gns price achieved at last year’s sale. Twenty-two heifers sold to average a very healthy £5202 which was up by £806 on the year, and again a new centre record average for the Simmental breed. Fourteen lots in all made 4000gns or more and the sale saw a 74% clearance rate. Speaking after the sale, the British Simmental Cattle Society’s General manager Iain Kerr said: “The Next Generation Sale is a fixture that the Society aims to become established and recognised for offering primarily Simmental females with style, quality, a depth of bloodlines, and full of forward potential. Quality is the key, and with the ready trade and averages for the heifers, I think this second staging of Next Gen is another positive step forward for the breed.”

Overhill House Luna 9,000gns

Richard McCulloch, Over Hill House, Armadale, West Lothian attained the day’s second top price when selling Overhill House Luna for 9000gns. This December 2020 born heifer offered both quality and a depth of bloodlines being sired by Curaheen Drifter, who has had sons at 21,00gns and daughters to 17,000gns, and being out of Woodhall Bliss, a daughter of the noted Annick Talisker. PD’d in-calf to the herd’s 26,000gns Pistyll Kingsman, this combination of breeding and performance saw Overhill House Luna being snapped up by D&R Holdings, Low Bowhill Farm, Newmilns, Ayrshire. New members to the Society but longer term supporters of the Simmental breed, D&R Holdings have previously bought Simmental females privately from the Corskie herd. Later in the day the same purchasers snapped up the January 2022 born Overhill House Nancy for 6000gns, and the second top price in the weaned calf section. Earlier this young heifer had placed second in her class to the Champion Weaned Calf in front of the judge Chris Weatherup from the noted Lisglass herd, Ballyclare, Co Antrim. Overhill House Nancy is by the herd’s 24,000gns stock bull Islavale Heston, and is out of the Mohona Fletcher sired Overhill House Isla.

Overhill House Nancy 6,000gns

The leading maiden heifer price on the day was the 8000gns paid for Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th from the strong team offered by the Denizes herd of MA Barlow & Sons, Four Oaks, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancashire. With outstanding breeding behind her, this March 2021 born heifer has Royal Highland Show Champions as parents being by the 2018 Champion Blackford Galaxy and out of the multi-title winning dam Auroch Eve who was the Royal Highland Champion in 2015 and 2016, and who was also voted the show’s Simmental Champion of the Decade. Purchasing this animal was RE & SH Steggles, Honingham, Norfolk for their establishing Wacton pedigree herd. Commenting, Sam Steggles said: “I saw Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th online and just really liked her. This was reaffirmed when I saw her in the flesh at Carlisle and the combination of looks and depth of breeding is I think a good fit and really suited to the Wacton herd.” The Wacton herd was established in 1973 by Sam’s grandad but was largely bought out in the late 1990’s. Never losing his love for the breed Sam Steggles is re-establishing the Wacton herd and now has eight animals in the herd within the space of a few months. Later in the day a further purchase for the Wacton herd came in the shape of the 4500gns Brandane Mint from Jimmy and Kath McMillan. This April 2021 born heifer is by Sterling Gino, the same sire as the day’s top price, and is out of the Mendick Butch sired Sterling Bacardi’s Funky. Again with a little bit of homework involved, Sam Steggles had been to view this heifer on farm prior to the sale.

Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th 8,000gns

Selling at 7000gns was the served heifer Newbiemains Lady Gaga from Jim & Patricia Goldie, Newbie Mains Farm, Annan, Dumfriesshire. With ‘different and new bloodlines’ Lady Gaga is by the imported Irish bull Ardunsaghan Kool Kid and is out of the Islavale Cracker sired Moorglen Hit The Diff. Newbiemains Lady Gaga was one of two profile purchases on the day by Ryan Morgan who runs the establishing Swannay pedigree herd at Swannay Farm, By Evie, Orkney. Ryan Morgan purchased at last year’s inaugural sale and was again very impressed with the standard of Simmental cattle on offer at Next Generation II. Of his purchase he said: “I hadn’t seen either of the heifers before arriving at Carlisle but they both just stood out for me straight away. Newbiemains Lady Gaga will fit right in with the Swannay herd and her projected calving date just really works. Ranfurly Stella 13th is a heifer with style and offers some great figures which is something that I look closely at when purchasing any animal.” For the Goldies it was another successful Next Generation Sale and following on from last year’s joint top female price of 9000gns achieved for Newbiemains Lady Wag.

Newbiemains Lady Gaga 7,000gns

The aforementioned Ranfurly Stella 13th made 5000gns for her breeder WD & JD Hazelton, Colhannon House, Dungannon when selling to Ryan Morgan. October 2021 born this maiden heifer, with a Maternal (Milk) figure of +10, is by the 14,000gns Ranfurly Jackall who was Supreme Champion at Stirling in 2019, and is out of Raceview Fancywinty EX93 from the herd’s noted Matilda Stella family. Featuring figures and breeding, Stella 13th’s dam Raceview Fancywinty has previously bred the 9000gns Ranfurly Jackpot, and also Ranfurly Stella 12th, the 2022 Reserve Champion Female at Balmoral Show. These two purchases for Ryan Morgan add to the growing Swannay herd of Simmentals and with a forward aim of the herd selling at Society sales in the future. In addition to the pedigree cattle, Swannay Farm carries a commercial suckler herd and also run 400 head of sheep.

Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel 7,000gns

Hertfordshire breeders DA&LA Sapsed, High Heath Farm, Codicote, Hitchin made 7000gns for Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel when being another purchase by Reece & Andrew Simmers for their Backmuir pedigree herd and who noted her as being ‘a great example of the Simmental breed’. A red ticket winner in the first class of the day, this October 2020 born heifer arrived at Carlisle with a significant show record behind her having Interbreed honours and a class first prize at the Simmental English National Show, and a further first prize at the Royal Norfolk. Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel is by Scotland Hill Cairo 11 EX91, and is out Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy VG88 part of the Hockenhull Girly family that has bred very well at Heathbrow. Girlie’s Laurel was sold PD’d in-calf to Heathbrow Important who won the online European Simmental Bull of the Year in 2019. The sale of Heathrow Girlie’s Laurel is a taster of the quality within this 40-cow herd which will be dispersed, due to retirement, at Stirling in the autumn of 2023.

Islavale Nestle 6,500gns

A much-anticipated entry was the youngest calf in the catalogue in the shape of Islavale Nestle from the Islavale herd of WS Stronach, Berrleys Farm, Grange, Keith, and she didn’t disappoint when lifting the Champion Weaned Calf title and going on to sell for 6500gns, the top price for a weaned calf on the day. Sired by Coose Lincoln, and out of the Curaheen Bandit daughter Islavale Elisha EX93, Islavale Nestle arrived at Carlisle having recently won the Junior Female Championship at the Stars of the Future Calf Show in Stirling. With a +8 figure for Maternal (Milk), this young calf was snapped up by the noted Popes herd of JH&VG Wood, Popes Farm, Clitheroe Road, Preston, Lancashire. Commenting, Jimmy Woods said: “We had seen photographs of Islavale Nestle from the Stars of the Future show and thought she looked a lovely feminine calf. When we saw her, she really is a sweet heifer, full of character, and will hopefully go on to prove to be a real asset in the Popes herd. As always, genetics play a big part in our choice of animals to purchase and we like Nestle’s breeding on both sides of her pedigree.”

Denizes Matilda 8th 6,000gns

The winner of class two in the females was Denizes Matilda 8th (P) from the MA Barlow & Sons team, and who went on to sell for 6000gns to a further new breeder James Anderson & Son, Headshaw Farm, Oxton, Lauder, Berwickshire. A blood red heifer from the herd’s noted Matilda family being out of Denizes Matilda 2, Denizes Matilda 8th is by the homozygous polled bull Slievenagh International 17 (PP). April 2021 born, Denizes Matilda 8th was a class winner at the 2021 Simmental Calf Show at the Borderway Agri Expo. With a very solid day’s trading the Denizes herd sold heifers at 8000gns, 6000gns, 4000gns, and 3500gns through the sale.

Taking first prize in Class Three was Islavale Topaz 18 from WS Stronach, Berrleys Farm, Grange, Keith and who went on to make 5000gns when selling to the Delfur herd of Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour. Entirely homebred this heifer calf is by Islavale Echo 2 13 EX92 and is out of Islavale Topaz 11 GP83. The Topaz line is noted as being one of the best breeding families in the herd and with Islavale Topaz 18 herself having a Maternal (Milk) figure of +7.

Leading Prices:
Lot 2 Brandane Lulu 18,000gns to Backmuir Farm, Banffshire
Lot 7 Overhill House Luna 9000gns to Messrs Holdings, Newmilns, Ayrshire
Lot 15 Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th 8000gns to Messrs Steggles, Honingham, Norfolk
Lot 3 Newbiemains Lady Gaga 7000gns to Messrs Morgan, Evie, Orkney
Lot 6 Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel 7000gns to Backmuir Farm, Banffshire
Lot 16 Denizes Matilda 8th (P) 6000gns to Messrs Anderson & Son, Lauder, Berwickshire
Lot 26 Islavale Topaz 5000gns to Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour
Lot 35 Ranfurly Stella 13th 5000gns to Messrs Morgan, Evie, Orkney
Lot 19 Brandane Mint 4500gns to Messrs Steggles, Honingham, Norfolk
Lot 12 Popes Tarkas Misty 4000gns to Messrs Fairhurst & Son, Austwick, Lancashire
Lot 18 Popes Nellys Maya 4000gns to Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk
Lot 20 Denizes Cadette 43rd (P) 4000gns to Messrs Stanley, Derby, Derbyshire

Weaned Calves
Lot 58 Islavale Nestle 6500gns to Messrs Wood, Dutton, Lancs
Lot 51 Overhill House Nancy 6000gns to Messrs Holdings, Newmilns, Ayrshire

22 Heifers served or maiden £5202.27
2 Bull Calves £2362.50
5 Heifer Calves £3759.00



The much anticipated second staging of the Simmental Next Generation Sale of Females & Weaned Calves is fast approaching and will take place this year on Friday 2nd December 2022, at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle.

Hitting the ground running, the inaugural Next Generation Sale proved to be a tremendous success with served and maiden heifers averaging £4400, and weaned bull calves averaging over £6000 with a lead price of 16,000gns. Moreover, the sale attracted a fantastic show of Simmental cattle full of style, quality, and with a depth of bloodlines.

With 66 entries catalogued this year, the British Simmental Cattle Society is delighted to announce that the pre-sale show judge is Chris Weatherup, Ballyclare, Co Antrim who, along with his father Leslie, runs 35 breeding females with the noted Lisglass Simmental pedigree herd. The Weatherups also run 60 breeding Texel cross ewes and 150 store lambs on their 130 acre holding.

Chris Weatherup, Lisglass herd, and this year’s judge at the Simmental Next Generation II Sale

The Lisglass herd, established in 1989, has certainly made its mark in the Simmental breed. A list of achievements would include exhibiting a hat-trick of Balmoral Supreme Champions, breeding the ‘Simmental Champion of Europe’ in the shape of Lisglass Goldstar (shown by Gordon Clarke), and holding the Northern Ireland home sale Simmental top price record of £25,000 for the bull Lisglass Kirk.

It was very much the commercial value of the Simmental breed that drew the family into pedigree breeding and with Chris’s father Leslie starting out by farming store heifers which were mostly Simmental cross. Commenting Chris said: “Dad was so pleased with the way they performed in their growth and ability to finish that he decided to purchase two pedigree Simmental heifers at Automart Portadown. Over the years the pedigree herd has grown and we’ve looked to invest in the future of the herd with some top female lines being purchased at production and dispersal sales”.

Speaking on his general breeding philosophy Chris went on to say: “Our aim is to breed modern, easy fleshing, structurally sound, docile Simmental cattle with good milking ability. They must have plenty of length and growth to meet the demands of today’s market. We use a combination of a stock bull and AI, and our stock bulls over the years have included Blackford Explosion, Omorga Prince, Raceview Stanley, Dermotstown Delboy and currently Omorga Jaguar. The bulls we use have to be correct with good locomotion, and have style and presence with good breed character”.

“We want to breed Simmentals that go on and perform well and which brings repeat customers both commercially and pedigree. Of course it’s a bonus on top if you can breed that one that is a little bit ‘special’ and catches the eye. In the commercial sector, it’s a proven fact that Simmental is the leading continental beef breed for age at slaughter. I think there is a huge potential for choosing modern Simmental bulls when you are getting the advantages of high growth rates for age, and with super weights and carcases. It’s all about efficiency and performance giving increased profit”.

Speaking of the job ahead at Carlisle, Chris said: “The Next Gen Sale has all the potential to be a year on year showcase event for British Simmental providing quality, performance, and genetics for existing and new breeders. In judging the females come December I’ll be looking for cattle with femininity, length, growth, good mobility, and just carrying that ring presence, style and breed character. It’s a sale that offers something for everyone and I’m delighted to have been asked to judge and am really looking forward to it.”


The provisional timetable for the Next Generation II Sale is as follows:

Inspection: Thursday 1 December 3pm – 5pm

Preview: Thursday 1 December 5pm – 7pm

Show: Friday 2 December 9:30am

Sale: Friday 2 December 11:30am

The online catalogue of entries is now available @ http://abri.une.edu.au/online/cgi-bin/i4.dll?1=3E373E37…

Please keep an eye on the Society’s Facebook page from here for further updates and previews of the Simmental Next Generation II Sale of Females & Weaned Calves due to be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 2nd December.



• 5000gns Tidkin Cow and Calf leads Tidkin & Jet Dispersal Sale
• 15 Tidkin cows and calves average £3353
• 28 Simmental lots in all gross £94,920
• 4 Bulls average £5565

Bulls from the Chestermann herd of N&N Gwynne, Castlewigg Farm, Whithorn, Newton Stewart, sold to 6200gns, and 6000gns to lead a ready demand for Simmental bulls and females at the Society’s May Sale at Carlisle. Sitting alongside the Society’s Sale was the Dispersal Sale of the Tidkin & Jet Simmental herds of Gerald & Jessica Towers, Turners Arms Farm, Yearby, Redcar, Cleveland and which saw a top price of 5000gns paid for a cow and calf, and with fifteen cow and calf outfits averaging a healthy £3353.

6200gns Chestermann Leonardo

Leading the way in the bulls was the September 2020 born Chesterman Leonardo. Entirely homebred, this bull is by Chesterman Gibble 15 EX93, a daughter of the herd’s noted Hirwaun Non, and is out of Chestermann Empire Sage EX90, a Sterling Empire daughter. Earlier in the day Chestermann Leonardo had won the class of Simmental bulls and Overall Championship in front of the judge and commercial producer Mr Ian Wainwright, Todhall Farm, Cupar, Fife. Commenting on his Champion Mr Wainwright said: “This is a very good commercial bull. He’s a well grown, growthy, easy fleshing bull with plenty of length and good on his legs.”

Purchasing the top price was IHG Warden, Skelfhill Farm, Hawick, Roxburghshire who will be putting the bull to work on 30 Luing cows to breed the increasingly popular SimLuing.

6000gns Chestermann Lexus

With a nifty sale one-two, the Gwynnes also sold the day’s Reserve Champion, Chestermann Lexus 20 for 6000gns to Aucheneck Estates, Killearn, Stirlingshire. Also September 2020 born, Lexus 20 is another by Chestermann Gibble EX93 and this time out of Chestermann Empire Tracey 2 VG86. The 50 breeding female Chestermann herd are regular consignors at Carlisle Simmental Sales and have secured numerous Championships at this corresponding fixture over the years with their first being back in 2006 with Chestermann Siegfried.

5000gns Tidkin Natalie’s Illusion & heifer calf Tidkin Natalie

Some quality pedigree Simmental females from the Tidkin and Jet Herds met with a strong demand from a busy ringside and sold to a top of 5000gns for the 2017 born Tidkin Natalie’s Illusion, who was sold with her third calf at foot, the Clonagh Lexus P sired heifer calf, Tidkin Natalie. Tidkin Natalie’s Illusion is by Auroch Ace and out of Hockenhull Natalie 39th. After a visit to view the night before, the top lot was purchased by Bruce Lambie for his Fallhills pedigree herd at Fallhills Farm, Howgate, Penicuik, Midlothian.

Fifteen Tidkin cows and calves averaged £3353, with further units making 4200gns, 4000gns, and 3600gns respectively with 10 lots in all in the Dispersal making 3000gns and more.

Selling at 4200gns was the March 2019 born Tidkin Katherine who was sold with her first calf at foot, the Clonagh Joker Poker sired Tidkin Molly. Tidkin Katherine is by Clonagh Eclipse Truly and is out of Tidkin Beyonce. Purchasing this unit, and with Tidkin Katherine PD’d in calf to Clonagh Lexus (P), was DF & MG Littlefair for their Crabshires herd at West Farm, Staindrop, Darlington.
The April 2018 born Tidkin Jade made 4000gns when selling with her Clonagh Joker Poker bull calf at foot Tidkin Mascot 21. This second calver, PD’d in-calf to Clonagh Lexus (P), is by Clonagh Eclipse Truly, and is out of Tidkin Whisper. Buying this outfit was JA&E Dinwoodie, Aucherbeck Farm, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire.

The Tidkin and Jet herds had a heavy influence of stock bulls used in the herd from the Clonagh herd of Garret Behan, Republic of Ireland. One of these stock bulls, the 2019 born polled bull Clonagh Lexus (P), made 4000gns when selling to the pedigree Eifed herd of Mr DW Jones, Llangoedmor, Cardigan, Wales.

Champion & Reserve from the Chestermann herd

4 Bulls £5565
3 Heifers £1820

1 Stock Bull £4200
15 Cows/Hfrs with Calves at Foot £3353
5 Heifers Served/In-calf £2541