It’s been another busy period for market briefs as Simmental cattle continue to show their versatility and top sales in the breeding, store, prime, and calf sections in markets around the UK.
The efficiency and quality of Simmental females combined with their ability to add value when crossed with other breeds sees them as being benchmark suckler cows; full of milk; fertile; easy calving; can calve at two years old; and who can wean calves at 50% of their bodyweight at 200 days. When you add in leading age at slaughter abilities, along with Simmental sired progeny being fast growing with terrific weight for age, and producing high quality carcases with a high retail beef yield, then it’s a compelling Simmental package for commercial producers in a cost conscious industry.
We’ve enjoyed bringing you Simmental market briefs through the year and from some thirty livestock markets around the United Kingdom. Going into 2023 if you have any snippets of Simmentals doing the business in your area then please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be pleased to highlight them.
From the market briefs team, can we wish all Simmental breeders and commercial producers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The latest Simmental market briefs are:
At Lancaster Auction Mart sale of calves, dairy, OTM, and store cattle on Friday 16th December, the trade for OTM heifers was led by a Simmental at 231.50ppkg from Intack Farm.
On Wednesday 14th December Harrison & Hetherington conducted their weekly sale of calves at Carlisle. Simmental calves were very dear topping at £445×2 from Messrs Nash, Philgowan.
At Truro’s sale of store cattle on 14th December, 1½yo Simmental x to £1275 for Mr A Blamey of Veryan, Truro, the trade for one and a half year old steers was led by Mr A Blamey of Veryan, Truro with a Simmental x to £1275.
At Frome’s sale of prime cattle on 14th December, Simmentals with plenty of shape and weighing 637kgs from Norridge Farms topped returning 242.50p/kg or £1545. Norridge Farms also had others to £1492.
Thirsk market held a special show and sale of breeding cattle on 13th December. In the in-calf heifers section 103 were forward in all. Amblers Lodge sold 17 Simmental to a top of £2525 and the leading average of £2100.
Exeter Livestock Centre on 9th December held a sale of store cattle and suckled calves. Steers rose to a top of £1500 given for a strong looking Simmental from Graham Tancock of Broadclyst. A small entry of stirks and suckled calves met a strong trade throughout. Simmental steers (8m) from NM Sanders of Camelford topped the sale at £790.
In a sale of store cattle at Lancaster Auction Mart on 9th December, OTM heifers sold to 142.5p/kg and £1441 for a Simmental from Barlow Bros, Croston.
At Frome’s sale of prime cattle on 9th December, Simmental steers topped the sale and to a marvellous 234.50p/kg or £1541 from Norridge Farms, who also had others to 226.50p/kg.
In a sale of prime cattle at Aberdeen & Northern Marts Thainstone centre on 8th December, young bulls sold to £1,951.08 gross for a 916kg Simmental from Drumsleed, Fordoun. In a sale of cast cows and bulls on the same day, bulls averaged £1,784.44 and sold to £2,290 for a 1,340kg Simmental from Tillyeve, Udny.
In a further sale of store cattle at Lancaster Auction Mart on 8th December, younger steers sold to £825 for six month old Sim Luing bullocks from Low Moor Howe Farms Ltd.
At Skipton on 7th December the store heifer average was led by Simmentals at £1237 and to a top of £1340 from JM Ewin Newhouse; and £1330 from G&R Bulmer. United Auctions on 7th December sold 429 store cattle, young bulls, 315 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls & 42 rearing cattle at Stirling. Young bulls averaged 200.21p to 244p per kg for a SimX from Highmill.
C&D Auction Marts held their annual Christmas Primestock show & sale in Dumfries on Wednesday 7th December 2022. The top price per head was a Simm at £1757.20 from Lantonside.
In the Christmas Show of store cattle at Brockholes Arms Auction Mart on 7th December, the Reserve Championship went to WK Byers & Son with their pair of Simmental steers which went on to sell at £1,260. Mark Heap with another super pen of 17mth old Simx also sold to £1,260.
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd on December 7th held a sale of store and breeding cattle. Young Bulls sold to £760 gross for a Simmental cross from Croft Ault Na Chruinne, Glenshiel.
On 5th December at Lanark, Lawrie and Symington Ltd had forward 229 cattle comprising of 50 bullocks and heifers, 99 cast cows and 80 calves and stirks. The 99 beef cows of all breeds sold to a top of £2000 per head for Simmentals from Richard McCulloch, Over Hillhouse Farm, Armadale. A further Simm cow from Over Hillhouse sold for £1895.
At H&H’s sale of primestock at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on 5th December, the trade for all classes was sharper on the week. Messrs Stamper & Son, Rose Farm’s run of cattle topped the sale at 800kg, 262.5p, £2100 for a Simmental cross bullock and 671kg,
At Dalmally, United Auctions on 3rd December sold 525 store cattle and 56 breeding cattle. Bullocks sold to £1500 for an SimX from I R Morrison, Barra.
On Friday 2nd December at a sale of store cattle on behalf of Orkney consignors at ANM’s Thainstone, bullocks sold to a top of £1,470 gross for a 600kg Simmental from K & K Morgan, Swanny Farm, Swannay. On the same day, ANM sold 401 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Heifers (143) sold to £1,400 gross for a 602kg Simmental cross from Nether Tillygarmond, Finzean. Bulls sold to 238.9p per kg for a 406kg Simmental cross from South Auquhorthies, Olmeldrum.
In a sale of calves at Exeter on 2nd December it was a consignment of Simmental heifers which were the trade of the day topping at £205 for Messrs GE Furneaux & Son of Modbury who sold others to £190, £175 x 2, £165 x 3 & £155 x 2.
On Thursday 1st December at a sale of cast cows and bulls at ANM’s Thainstone market, mature bulls sold to £1,790 gross for a 990kg Simmental from A D Miller Spring Valley, Stronsay. On the same day at a sale of cast cows and bulls, beef feeding cows sold to £1,610 for a 690kg Simmental from Coldhome, Keith. Feeding bulls sold to £1,470 for a 960kg Simmental from Cairnhill, Huntly.
On 30th November at Truro Livestock Market,OTM prime cattle were topped by a Simmental x to 176p (754kg) for Messrs A D, D J & N C Freeman of Truro. O the same day in a sale of store cattle, 1½yo heifers were led by a Simmental x at £840 for Messrs B J Tregoning & Son of Helston.
In a sale of calves at Oswestry on 30th November, a strong Simmental bull sold to the top price of £315 from I G Evans & Sons, Pendugwn with other Simmental bulls to £280 & £250 from J R James & Son, Church Farm.
At Thainstone on 24th November, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 63 Prime Cattle. Under 30 Month Prime Bullocks were led by Hilton of Culsh with a SimX at £2033. Young Bulls averaged 205.9p (-17.4p) and sold to 224p per kg and £1892.80 gross for a 845kg Simmental from Temple Farm, Old Edinburugh Road Inverness.
The versatility, efficiency, and profitability of Simmental cattle across all commercial sale classes is again highlighted in the latest Simmental Market Briefs taking us up to the 23rd November and with lots more still to come in further reports. This latest set takes us from Dingwall to Truro and covers some twenty four livestock markets across the United Kingdom.
United Auctions (Wednesday 23 November 2022) sold 593 store cattle, young bulls and 226 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls at Stirling. Heifers (282) averaged 224.00p to 269.20p per kg for a 286kg SimX from Lochlane, and to £1405 for a 568kg SimX from Oatridge.
Skipton Auction Market held their fortnightly sale of young feeding bulls, store bullocks & heifers, and breeding cattle on 23rd November. A new fixture saw the Bovalto Show & Sale of Weaned Beef Bred Bulls provide breeders the opportunity to sell cattle early and buyers the chance to buy high quality bulls to grow on. Simmentals dominated the entry of 90 bulls and led the way in the prices with spring born bulls under 10 months topped at £1450 from RD Elliott, High Moor Farm, Tadcaster who sold further bulls in the same category at £1410 and £1390. RD Elliott also topped the 10-12 month section with Simmental bulls at £1450, and £1390. In the over 12 months section, JD Loftus had Simmental bulls at £1450.
At Harrison & Hetherington’s primestock sale on 21st November at Carlisle, a crossbred 718kg crossbred Simmental bull sold to £1784.23 from Messrs Mitchinson, Gallaberry, Brampton purchased by Jewitt Meats, Spennymoor.
At Aberdeen & Northern Marts, Thainstone,on 17th November, and a sale of cast cows, and bulls, from Orkney consignors, beef cows sold to £1,590 gross for a 860kg Simmental from Backakelday Farms, Holm.
In a sale of rearing calves at Gisburn on 17th November, a Simmental female topped the trade at £430 from Nortons Farm Produce. Simmental X bulls sold to £350 from S Breare.
At Huntly on 17th November, United Auctions sold 205 store cattle and OTMs. OTMs sold to an average of 162.8p per kg selling to a top of 180p per kg for a 830kg SimX from Whitehils, Grange. In a sale of cast cows and OTM cattle on 18th November at NWA’s Lancaster market, OTM feeding dairy heifers led the way selling to 234.5p/kg and 229.5p/kg or a top of £1681 for Fleckviehs from JK&B Birkett & Son, Morecambe.
Simm cross steers at £1225 from B Knott and IJ Plant led the store cattle trade at McCartney’s Worcester Market on 17th November. At the same sale, Simm x bulls from SP & BS Saunder to £1150 at 11 months.
C&D Auction Marts had a sale of cast cows and bulls on 17th November at Longtown. The sale topped at 211p for a Simmental from first time vendor D Mackay, Lednabirichen, Caithness. The same sale saw Simmental cows to £1,616 from Lednabirichen.
In a sale of rearing calves at Truro on 16th November, top price in the bull calf section was £270 for a Simmental x calf from Messrs N J & L Goldsworthy of Tregony, Truro, who also had another fine Simmental realising £245.
The sale at Dungannon Farmers Mart on Wednesday 16th November saw steer prices remain strong to peak at £1730 for a 725kg Sim (239.00) presented by T Montgomery.
On 14th November at Frome, a store sale of mainly younger dairy types forward were topped by well-shaped Simmental heifers at £1110 from RJ Dacombe, Wimborne.
At Sedgemoor on 12th November, an excellent mid-November entry of 802 store cattle, part of 1176 with the stirks, met a continuing phenomenal trade for the best types. Another South West top price again at £1590 was achieved by JC & PA Chapple, Musbury, with a 19m Simmental steer. In a sale of stirks on the same day, heifers sold to a top price of £745 for a pure Simmental from R & J Cook. Further Simmentals to £670 AD Bulled & Sons.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts on Friday 11th November at Thainstone sold 779 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Bulls sold to 241.4p per kg for a 406kg Simmental cross and £1,040 gross for a 450kg Simmental cross from South Auquhorthies, Oldmeldrum.
On 11th November and a sale of stirks at Morgan Evans & Co’s Anglesey market, the female stirk trade was led at £530 by Simmentals from W Hughes, Ty Mawr Llan.
At Exeter on 11th November, a fantastic day in the cattle pens included a top quality entry of store cattle with large volume buyers from far and wide looking for big numbers for housing ensuring trade remains buoyant. Steers topped at £1455 and including for a grand Simmental bullock from Douglas Horton of Kingsbridge.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts on Thursday 10th November at Thainstone sold 399 cows and bulls to average £1285.26 Beef Feeding Cows (191) averaged £1129.16 and sold to £1410 for a 742kg Simmental from Bullechach, Harpsdale.
In a sale of rearing calves at Gisburn on 10th November, females sold to the top price of £405 for strong Simmentals from Stephen Breare, Silsden.
Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 471 Store Cattle at their sale in Ayr on 10th November. Stronger and quality types dearer again. Top price of the day was 270.9ppkg for a pen of Simmental Bullocks off Lochhill.
At NWA’s sale of calves, stirks, suckler calves, store & OTM cattle at Lancaster on Thursday 10th November, steers sold to the top price of £1215 for a Simmental x from RJ&R Holden, Millom. In the prize sale of suckled calves at Truro on 9th November, Messrs P M & A Jewell of Penzance had a superb run of Simmental calves on offer (pictured) with a pen of 8 steers selling for £895 to lead the 8-10 month old section, and with another pair at £805.
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, on November 9th sold (434) weaned calves, store and 36 adult head of breeding cattle at Dingwall. Young Bulls (32) sold to 240.0p per kg for a 300kg Simmental cross from Bunchrew Farm, Inverness.
Skipton Auction Mart held their fortnightly sale of young feeding bulls, store bullocks & heifers, and breeding cattle on 9th November with 385 head forward. In the cows, there was a decent show of stronger cows as 17 of the 56 cows sold at £1300 or more. CA Foster of Bolton Abbey topped at £1680 with a Simmental cross.
C&D Auction Marts held their weekly Primestock sale in Dumfries on Wednesday 9th November 2022. In the OTMs Simmentals from newbie Mains led at £1396.75.Newbie Mains also sold prime Simmentals to 290p/kg.
At Lochboisdale on 7th November, United Auctions sold 400 suckled calves and 42 Breeding Cattle and Farrow Cows. Heifers sold to 324p/kg for SimX from R A Wilson, 93/96 Bualadubh.
At Exeter on November 7th, the barren cow section was headed by Simmentals, firstly from Roger Blackler of Modbury with one making an impressive £1418 (786kg x 181ppk) followed by another at £1393 (832kg x 168ppk) for PJ and SJ Gregory up from St Column.
At Aberdeen & Northern Marts Thainstone sale of store cattle, young bulls and weaned calves on 4th November, bulls sold to 251.3p per kg for a 394kg Simmental cross from South Auquhorthies, Oldmeldrum.
In a sale of cull cows at Frome on 4th November, Fleckvieh’s still wanted by a number of buyers with RTJ Voizey & Partners selling to a fantastic top price of £1427 or 175.50p/kg .
At Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of cast cows and bulls at Thainstone on 3rd November, boning cows averaged £730.83 and sold to £855 for a 618kg Simmental cross. Beef Feeding Bulls averaged £1230 (+£156.43) sold to £1410 for a 995kg Simmental from New House, Oust Farm. On the same day prime heifers sold to £1938.15 gross for a 885kg Simmental from Berryleys, Grange. Heifers averaged 232.3p and sold to 239p per kg for a 550kg Simmental.
Aberdeen & Northern Marts sold 253 head of breeding cattle on 2nd November at Thainstone. In Calf Cows (143) sold to £1,880 (twice) for Simmental crosses from Broombrae, Kincardine O’Neil. Heifers with Bull Calf sold to £2,650 for a Simmental cross with Limousin cross from Lost Farm, Strathdon. The sale at Dungannon Farmers Mart on November 2nd saw fat cows sell to £1230 for a 740kg Sim (166.00) presented by V Allen.
At Hexham’s sale of primestock, cast cows, and bulls sale on 1st November, bulls sold to £1651 for a Simmental from Mr R Craig, Slaley.
At Malton on 1st November, young bulls topped at 246.50ppk for an excellent 19-month-old Sim X weighing 535kg (£1318.78) from FH A & MA Eddon, Lockton selling to R Pearson.
On Monday 31st October at Market Drayton and a sale of barren cows, cull bulls, and overage clean cattle, the highlight of the suckler section was a Simmental selling to 162p (£1,056.24) from Mr Darren Young, Balterley. JH.&JE. Sands & Son, St Martins Simmental to 142p (£1,178.60).
C&D Auction Marts Ltd had their fortnightly sale of store cattle at Dumfries on Monday 31st October 2022 with an entry of 427. Heifers per head were led by Simms at £1300 from High Auchneel.
At Stirling on 29th October, United Auctions sold 349 Beef Breeding Cattle. In calf cows sold to £2000 & £1900 for SimX’s from Beannie. Pure Simms sold to £2000 & £1950 from South Mains.
At Exeter’s store sale on 28th October, Dave Pollard of Black Dog who usually brings some decent Simmentals didn’t disappoint, with a pen of three of his tremendous red and white steers (20m) easing to £1495 a head with younger but equally as good Simmental steers reaching £1250 for PJ and SJ Gregory up from St Columb and to £1130 for smart yearling Simmentals from Andrew and George Palk of Paignton.
At Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of cast cows and bulls, and prime cattle at Thainstone on 27th October, Beef Feeding Cows (121) averaged £1148.02 and sold to £1370 for a 698kg Simmental from Netherhill, Tankerness. Beef Feeding Bulls averaged £1073.57 and sold to £1440 for a 910kg Simmental from Hilton Farm, Hilton Shapinsay. Prime Bullocks averaged 240.9p and sold to 271p per kg for a 565kg Simmental from Newton of Drum, Drumoak. Prime Heifers sold to £2014.50 gross for a 850kg Simmental from Berryleys, Grange.
Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 572 Store Cattle at their sale in Ayr on 27th October. Top Price of the day was 265.5ppkg for a pen of Simmental bullocks off Bargany.
At Thirsk’s primestock sale on 27th October, best grossing OTM was £1693.38 for a Simmental from F & D Cornforth, Hambleton purchased by Mutch Meats, Ducklington.
On 26th October at Dungannon Farmers Mart, fat cows sold to a top of £1350 for a 750kg Sim (180.00).
On 26th October Aberdeen & Northern Marts sold 571 head of adult breeding cattle. In the show and sale of spring calving heifers sponsored by Agrimin and judged by Craig Malone, Pitcairn, Cardenden, the Champion Pair of Heifers award went to J Dow, Upper Sauchen, Inverurie with a pair of 17 month old Simmental crosses realising £2,400 to A Matheson & Son, Park View, Wick. Alan Gibb, Backhill of Seggat, Auchterless kindly donated a 20 month old Simmental cross heifer to be sold for ANM’s 150th anniversary chosen charities, Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation, SAMH and Charlie’s House. The heifer realised £2,000 to Stephen & Gibb, Haremoss, Cuminestown. In the judged classes: Class 1 Single Heifer, Sired by a Simmental Bull 1st – J Dow, Upper Sauchen, Inverurie £2,300 2nd – Alan Gibb & Co Farmers, Backhill of Seggat, Auchterless £2,020 3rd – J & M Troup, Southbank, Skene £2,300 Class 6 Pair of Heifers, Sired by a Simmental Bull 1st – J Dow, Upper Sauchen £2,400 2nd – Alan Gibb & Co Farmers, Backhill of Seggat £2,120
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., sold 375 weaned calves and store cattle on 26th October at Dingwall. Store bullocks (184) averaged 224.3p and sold to £1,330 gross for 605kg Simmental cross from 250 Rearquhar, Dornoch.
C&D Auction Marts held their weekly Primestock sale in Dumfries on Wednesday 26th October 2022. The OTMs per head were led at £1492.40 for a Simm from East Lanegate. At Oban on 25 October, United Auctions sold 171 breeding type Heifer Calves & 120 Adult Breeding Cattle. In the Breeding section, in-calf heifers sold to £2650 twice for SimX from Donald MacColl, Mid Farm.
Playing a little catch-up in a busy time, please see here a selection of just some Simmental market briefs from late September through to the third week of October. There’s a lot more to follow in a further post to bring us up to date as we keep reporting on the efficiency, added value, and profitability that Simmental cattle continue to deliver to the UK’s beef producers.
At Ludlow’s sale of TB restricted store cattle on 21st October, there was strong demand and plenty of competition for heifers. Continentals topped at £1480 for a suckler bred Simmental weighing 665kg.
On Wednesday 19th October Harrison & Hetherington conducted their weekly sale of calves at Carlisle with another good entry. Simmental bulls were up to £440 from Gerrard House.
In a sale of calves at Oswestry on 19th October, Simmental bulls sold to £305, £300, £295, £285 & £270 all from J R James & Son, Church Farm.
In a sale of store cattle at Market Drayton on 19th October, more stores forward and a very fast trade especially for top end yarding cattle. Yarding cattle were topped at £1,420 for Simmental steers from TH.&VJ. Seager, Plumley.
In a sale of prime cattle at Melton Mowbray on 19th October, more meat forward and trade seemingly sharper. Corking Simmentals from PW Bird & Son sold to 270p/kg and to lead the steer trade.
At Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd sale of prime cattle at Dingwall on October 18th, prime bullocks averaged 237.2p per kg (+0.6p) and sold to 244.0p per kg for a 610kg Simmental cross from Wester Muckernich, Tore selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall and £1,532.70 gross for a 655kg Simmental cross also from Wester Muckernich, Tore.
Rugby’s primestock sale on 17th October saw young bulls topped by Alan Tacy with a Simmental bull at 257ppk or £1701.34, with another run of bulls at 271ppk or £1907.84. At Skipton’s sale of rearing calves on 17th October, a total entry of 76 rearing calves saw Sim bulls lead the trade and sell to £455 from J Peel, Clitheroe.
A calf sale at Sedgemoor on 15th October saw a superb duo of 1 month old Simmental bulls for R Hares top the day at £395 and £378.
In the sale of calves and weanlings at Lancaster’s NWA market on 14th October, dairy bull calves saw weanling Fleckvieh to £270 and £250 from EW&R Tower.
At Islay on 13th October, United Auctions sold 391 calves and store cattle. Bullocks sold to 346p/kg for a SimX from I H & M Mactaggart, Kintra to average 261.28p/kg.
On 13th October at Thainstone, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 332 cows and bulls to average £1318.87. Beef feeding bulls averaged £1235.71 and sold to £1470 for a 880kg Simmental from Whitehaugh, Alfrod.
In a sale of calves at Oswestry on 12th October, a good show saw a competitive trade. Some excellent Simmental bulls from J R James & Son, Church Farm led the way when sold for £305 (x2), £300 (x2) and £295.
At Holsworthy’s sale of store cattle on 12th October, a superb entry saw several good consignments on offer. Top was an impressive £1675 for a 27mth Simmental from Messrs DC EM & GR Heard of Holsworthy and who had other Simmentals to £1400. A good run of 18mth Simmental steers from Messrs Cornborough Farms Ltd of Bideford topped at £1345 with steers at £1200 (x7).
At Quoybrae on 11th October, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 503 weaned calves, and 73 store cattle. Heifers (37) sold to £1,290 gross for a 524kg Simmental cross from Roadside, Reiss. At Thainstone on 7th October, Aberdeen & Northern Marts had 225 store cattle forward from Orkney Consignors. Bullocks Sold to a top of £1,460 gross for a pair of 648kg Simmental from G M R & F M Sandison, Hindatoon, Harray.
At a sale of cast cows and bulls at Thainstone on 6th October, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 373 cows and bulls to average £1345.95. Beef feeding cows (159) averaged £1208.52 and sold to £1630 for a 754kg Simmental from Stratheast, Holm. At a sale of prime cattle on the same day, prime heifers (36) averaged 253.6p (+6.6p) and sold to £1705 gross for a 620kg Simmental cross from Wardhead, Strichen. Young Bulls sold to £1958 gross for a 890kg Simmental from Midtown of Glass.
At Huntly on 6th October, United Auctions sold 207 OTM and store cattle. OTMS sold to a top gross of £1690 for a 885kg SimX from Mains of Haddo, Tarves.
Selling at Thirsk’s primestock sale on 6th October, the top price and best grossing cow was 208.5ppk, £1678.85 for a Simmental X from R & L Arundale, Cropton purchased by RM Helliwell, Rochdale. At Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd’s sale of calves and stirks at Ayr on 6th October, the top price calf was £600 for a strong Simmental Cross Bullock off Messrs Young, Lochhill Farm (New Cumnock). On the same day at a sale of 66 breeding cattle the top price bull was a Simmental at 2000gns from Langalbuinoch. In a sale of prime cattle at Frome on 5th October, UTM heifers saw Simmentals stealing the limelight with VI & GR Doggrell reaching a tremendous £1389. Overage Simmentals to a splendid £1383 (224.50p/kg) from C Tucker, Devizes.
At Stornoway on October 4th, Dingwall and Highland Marts sold breeding cattle to £1,600 including for a Simmental Cross from 2A Back.
At Sedgemoor’s sale of UTM and OTM Prime cattle on 5th October, steers rose to 249.5ppk for a lightweight, very smart Simmental from TR Michell, who sold more at 237 and 233ppk. Aberdeen and Northern Marts on 30th September sold 960 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves including Organic Cattle and West Highland Weaned Calves. Heifers (242) sold to £1,450 gross for a 662kg Simmental cross from Meadaple House, Rothienorman. West Highland Weaned Heifers (34) averaged 239.3p and sold to 278.7p per kg for a pair of 174kg Simmental crosses from 18 Harrapool, Broadford. On the same day, a total of 251 store cattle were forward from Orkney Consignors. Bullocks sold to a top of 261.7p per kg including for a pen of five 382kg Simmentals from P Kemp, Hunchaquoy, Swannay.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 255 Cows and Bulls to average £1475.29 on 29th September at Thainstone. Beef Feeding Bulls averaged £1290 and sold to £1610 for a 985kg Simmental from Tombreckachie, Glenlivet. On the same day at a sale of prime cattle, young bulls averaged 222.1p and sold to £2295 gross for a 1020kg Simmental from Drumsleed, Fordoun. 30 to 36 Month – Bullocks sold to 213p per kg and £1192.80 gross for a 560kg Simmental from Boultach, Latheron.
The UK’s leading continental beef breed for age at slaughter Simmental sired progeny are fast growing, have a terrific weight for age, and leave a high yielding, profitable carcase. Simmental females are naturally efficient, healthy, easy to manage, and just full of milk. Adding value to any cross, they are maternal mainstays of the commercial suckler herd providing value and profit. This base of female quality, efficiency and performance, rounded up with terrific terminal abilities, sees Simmental providing future fit genetics for an industry where natural efficiency and dual-purpose value will be at a premium. Please see here the latest market briefs of Simmentals continuing to do the business at commercial sales around the UK. Aberdeen and Northern Marts (Friday 23rd September 2022) sold 1,337 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Heifers (315) averaged 246.4p and sold to 292.6p per kg for a pair of 458kg Simmental crosses from Lochend. On the same day a sale of store cattle on behalf of Orkney consignors saw the heifers top at 292.5p per kg for a pair of Simmentals from J W S Logie & Co, Lochend, Westray. Young Bulls sold to 210.7p per kg for a 446kg Simmental from S Mainland, Skiddy, Rendall. At NWA’s sale on 23rd September at Lancaster, the strongest store cattle maintained the high prices of recent sales. Simmental x steers led the way achieving £1620 for a pair from TJ Lloyd, Settle. OTM heifers sold to 244.5p/kg from a Simmental from Mason & Gardner, Ingleton. Aberdeen and Northern Marts (Thursday 22nd September 2022) Sold 210 Cows and Bulls at Thainstone. Beef Feeding Cows (74) averaged £1251.28 (+67.44) and sold to £1530 for a 806kg Simmental from Sauchenbush, Echt. In a sale of 186 cattle at Thirsk Market on 22nd September the best grossing cow at 1690.74 was for a Simmental x from R Inglis, Howden purchased by RM Helliwell, Rochdale.
An electric trade for yarding cattle at Market Drayton’s store sale on 22nd September topped at £1350 or 2.56p per kilo for Simmental steers with majority trading at 2.00-2.20p per kilo. At Huntly, United Auctions on 22nd September sold 629 store cattle, weaned calves and OTMs at the annual Weaned Calf Show and Sale. OTMS sold to average 176p per kg selling to 208.6p per kg for a SimX from Burnside, Marypark. Top gross being £1930 for the same animal. Caledonian Marts Ltd, Stirling on 22nd September had forward 121 Cattle comprising of 67 Bullocks, Heifers and Young Bulls, and 54 OTM Cattle. Prime Bullocks sold to £2034 for a Simmental from H A Brown, Molemount, Galston purchased by S McGimpsey. The sale of store cattle at Holsworthy on 21st September saw a cracking run of single suckled Simmental steers 14-17mths from Messrs Baily & Son of Beaworthy meet with a strong trade topping the day at £1385 with others to £1350. At H&H’s sale of store cattle and weanlings at Carlisle on 21st September, a show of 210 weaners were on offer with a keen ring side of buyers ensuring a great trade. Messrs Wigham, Riggshields sold a Simmental bull to the top price of £1290. United Auctions on 21 September at Stirling sold 1131 store cattle and young bulls and 223 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Heifers (499) – averaged 229.82p to 275.70p per kg for a 457kg SimX from Ormsary, and to £1640 for a 682kg SimX from Stoopshill. C&D Auction Marts held their weekly Primestock sale in Dumfries on Wednesday 21st September 2022. Beef cows to 223p/kg and £1906.60 for a Simm from Maxwellbank. At Brockholes Arms Auction Mart, Preston, sale of store cattle on 20th September, overall top spot in the steer section went to M Sacker with Simx Steers to £1440. At Melton Mowbray on 20th September, a grand show of strength on a busy day welcomed by a ringside packed with buyers saw vendors returning home grinning from ear to ear with well-earned rewards. Cattle across from Ely saw £1425 for a Simmental x heifer at 22 months. At a small sale of prime cattle at Dingwall on 20th September, prime heifers sold to 245.0p per kg and £1,323,00 gross for a 540kg Simmental cross from Easter Sheeppark, Balblair selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall. Caledonian Marts Ltd, Stirling had forward 247 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale on 19th September. Heifers averaged 226ppkg and to £1200 for a Simmental from W & E I Brown, Laigh Drumbow, Turnberry. Sedgemoor’s store sale on 17th September saw Simmental heifers at £1255 (only 17m) from N Jamieson, Taunton feature in the top end of prices. Aberdeen and Northern Marts (Friday 16th September 2022 at Thainstone) Sold 975 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Bulls sold to 242.2p per kg for a pen of three 510kg Simmental crosses and £1,305 gross for a 566kg Simmental cross from Druid Temple Farm, Inverness. SIMMENTALS LEADING LANCASTER’S STORE TRADE IN NUMBERS The weekly sale of store cattle at Lancaster on 16TH September had an entry of in excess of 200 forward that saw strong short keep cattle in big demand selling to a strong trade. Simmental bullocks led the way selling to £1630 from TJ Lloyd Farm, Settle with other Simmental bullocks to £1600 from Cowell & Moore, Woodplumpton. This was followed by other Simmental bullocks to £1500 from T&M Halhead, Priest Hutton. Cull cows sold to an overall market average of 167p/kg with 80% of the sale being dairy cows. The sale peaked at 209.5p/kg for a Fleckvieh from B&AC Barnes, Kirkby Lonsdale who sold others at 207.5p/kg, A small sale of weanlings at Oswestry on 14th September saw the top price being for Simmental Heifers to £300 from I G & G M Evans & Sons Pendugwn. At H&H’s sale of store cattle at Carlisle on 14th September, another good entry of 600 Store Cattle forward selling to yet another cracking trade for all best shaped and fleshed steers and heifers. Simmental steers peaked at a sale top price of £1760 from Messrs Stamper. Dungannon Farmer’s Mart on 14th September saw fat cows sold to £1720 for an 850kg Sim (202.00). United Auctions on 14th September at Stirling sold 1458 store cattle, native bred cattle and young bulls and 181 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Bullocks (745) -averaged 239.42p and to £1770 for a 719kg SimX from Auchenwincie. At Fort William, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd (September 14th) sold 551 Weaned calved, store, breeding and OTM cattle. Bullocks (319) averaged 282.2p per kg and sold to £1,360 gross for a 615kg Simmental Cross from Ardtornish Farms, Morven. Skipton’s sale of 550 cattle on 14th September saw Simmentals lead the breed averages for beef bred feeding cows to average £1170. Simmental store bullocks averaged £1300 with Simmental store heifers selling to £1200. At Thirsk’s sale of 236 store cattle on 13th September, trade was bouyant with strong competition for all classes. Steers sold to £1390 and including Simmental X from D Ashton & Son, Spaldington. Dingwall & Highland Marts Sale of prime cattle on 13th September saw prime bullocks average 229.2p per kg and sold to 238.0p per kg for a 600kg Simmental from Allanglach, North Kessock selling to Messrs J M Munro Ltd, Dingwall. At Exeter’s sale of prime cattle on 12th September, Simmentals from Douglas Horton and Family up from Kingsbridge reached £1460 (610kg x 240ppk). Further Simmental bred heavy heifers ran to £1342 (598pk x 225ppk) for Adrian and Bradley Bowden. Simmental heifers sold to £1295 from EJ Harding, Weston-Super-Mare, with other Simmentals sold at £1235 from R & J Cook, Bridport and £1225 from FW Batten at Sedgemoor’s store sale on 10th September. At a sale of store cattle from Orkney consignors on 9th September at Aberdeen & Northern Marts Thainstone centre, heifers sold to a top of 261p per kg for a 504kg Simmental from A T Annal & Sons, Myres, South Ronaldsay. At the sale of store cattle at NWA’s Lancaster market on 9th September, numbers are increasing week on week with 348 forward, the sale peaked at £1800 for a trio of cracking Simmental x steers from RH Dodgson, Burton in Lonsdale who sold another trio at £1760. SIMMENTALS LEAD RECORD STORE AVERAGE AT SHREWSBURY! A wonderful line up of cattle ON 8TH September, with a lot of forward cattle and suckler breds on offer resulted in a RECORD AVERAGE for a Store Cattle sale in Shrewsbury for both the gross value and per kilo returning at £1083 and 230ppk. The forward Cattle today topping at £1490 (685kg) for a 22mo Simmental Steer from P & C E Davies of Four Crosses who sold 3 further Simmentals in excess of £1400!! At Huntly on 8th September, United Auctions sold 65 store and OTM cattle. BLKS (20) sold to an average 223p per kg and with the top price being £1165 for a 495kg SimX from Auchinclech, Grange. HFRS (42) sold to average 227p per kg selling to a top gross of £1160 for a 500kg SimX from Clerkseat, Grange. On Wednesday 7th September at Carlisle, Harrison & Hetherington conducted their weekly sale of calves with an entry of 299 forward. Topping the sale was a Simmental bull from Haregills, Lockerbie selling for £565. Dungannon Farmer’s Mart on 7th September saw suckled cows and calves sold to £1950 for a Sim Cow with a Sim Hfr Calf at foot. At Truro livestock market’s sale of store cattle on 7th September, a superb consignment from Messrs I D & S S Backway of St Eval, Wadebridge, topped at £1150 for a trio of 16 month old Simmental x steers. Lawrie and Symington Ltd had forward 675 store cattle to the fortnightly sale on 6th September at Lanark. Heifers peaked at £1370 for a 674kg Simmental heifer from Kilblaan. Exeter’s sale of prime cattle on 5th September saw Over Thirty Month prime cattle sold readily and to £1537 (734kg x 210ppk) for CS and K Hoskin of Christow with an aged Simmental Heifer. On Monday 5th September 2022 at Carlisle, Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly sale of Primestock. A much larger entry of over 100 prime bulls sold to a fantastic trade throughout. The day’s trading topped at £2618 for a 914kg Simmental from Messrs Lowry, New Steadings Farm, Lanark and was purchased by Mr Bill Howard. Caledonian Marts Ltd had forward 378 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale on 5th September at Stirling. Cows and Calves sold to £2450 for a 7-year-old Simmental Cow with Charolais Calf from G & A Munn, Mid Auchencarroch, Alexandria. Aberdeen and Northern Marts (Friday 2nd September 2022 at Thainstone) Sold 894 Store Cattle, Young Bulls, Young and Weaned Calves and Breeding Cattle. Heifers (294) averaged 244.4p and sold to £1,750 gross for a 584kg Simmental from Milton of Noth, Rhynie. Bulls (14) sold to 226.2p per kg for a 210kg Simmental cross from Thorax Farm, Cornhill. On the same day, at a sale of store cattle for Orkney consignors, heifers sold to a top of £1,255 gross for a pen of three 512kg Simmental cross Luing from T Lyth, Heatherhouse, Tankerness and to 255.1p per kg for a pair of 448kg Simmentals from J W S Wishart, Knockhall, South Ronaldsay. At NWA’s sale of store and OTM cattle on 2nd September Simmentals featured at the top end of prices. OTM steers led the way selling to 234.5p/kg or £1648 from H Birkett & Son, Overton with a Simmental. In the stores the bullock trade saw Simmentals to £1640 from H Morgan, and to £1520 from T&M Halhead, Priest Hutton. A packed calf shed at Melton Mowbray on 31st August saw the 200 barrier bracket broken! The trade seen week in week out brings both the rearing calves and the weanlings forward with some super runs of farming cattle from across the counties for buyers to get stuck into. Pick of the calves this came from weekly supporters Chandler and Dickman who saw Simmental bull calves top the trade at £260. Dungannon Farmer’s Mart on Wednesday 31st August saw dropped calves peak at £345 for a Sim Bull presented by J Robinson.
Simmental females are naturally efficient, healthy, easy to manage, and just full of milk. Adding value to any cross, they are maternal mainstays of the commercial suckler herd providing value and profit. The UK’s leading continental beef breed for age at slaughter Simmental sired progeny are fast growing, have a terrific weight for age, and leave a high yielding, profitable carcase. This base of female quality and performance, rounded up with terrific terminal abilities, sees Simmental providing future fit genetics for an industry where natural efficiency and dual-purpose value will be at a premium.
Please see here the latest market briefs of Simmentals ‘doing the business’ at commercial sales around the UK.
At Gisburn’s sale of breeding and store cattle on 13th August, breeding cattle remained a flying trade with stock bulls making to £2200 for a three-year-old Simmental from Peter Howarth.
At Huntly on 12th August, United Auctions sold 338 store, breeding, and OTM cattle. Breeding cattle cattle sold to £2050 for a SimX cow with SimX steer calf at foot from Whitehills, Grange. Bulls sold to a top of £1720 for a Sim from Whitehills, Grange.
Craig Wilson Ltd had a sale of 304 store cattle at Newton Stewart on 12th August. More numbers forward and more buyers present all classes easily cleared. 136 Beef sired Steers averaged 234.2p k/g peaking at £1185 for a pair of Simmental Crosses from A Henry, Barrachan.
In a sale of cast and OTM cattle at NWA’s Lancaster Market on 12th August, beef cows saw Simmentals sell to 219.5p/kg or £1738 from Barlow Bros, Crosston.
Cast cows at Frome on 12th August sold to a top price per kg of 180.5p/kg (£1390) for Simmentals from Tuckmarsh Farm Ltd.
At Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of prime cattle on 11th August, under 30 month prime bullocks were led by Newtonhill with a Simm X at £1,750.75. On the same day at a sale of cast cows and bulls, beef finished cows topped at £1910 for a Simm X from Cortiecram, Auchnagatt.
In a sale of store cattle at Shrewsbury on 11th August, bulls sold to a top price of £1300 for a 12mo 535kg Simmental X from R & J Hill.
A decent entry of 126 Store cattle at Hallworthy on 11th August with over 200 in all including the Stirks. The dry weather making a difference on the trade but a sharper trade was seen. Top was £1,395 for two tremendous Simmentals (23m) in from AP & DJ House of St Issey, who sold other Simmentals to £1,255 (23m). Other Simmental Steers sold to a grand £1390 (26m) for WA Williams & Sons, Mullion. Heifers sold to a top of £1205 (23m) for a smart Simmental in from the same vendor, who had other Heifers to £1100 (23m), £1070 (23m).
At C&D Auction Marts, Dumfries, sale of primestock on 10th August, Simmentals from North Bowerhouses led the trade per kilo at 209p.
At Dungannon Farmers Mart on 10th August, a larger entry of stock saw prices continue to remain steady with steers selling to £1740 for a 755kg Sim (231.00) from I Trainor with further Simms at £1390 590kg (236.00), and £1300 565kg (230.00).
At Holsworthy on Wednesday 10th August, there was an enormous August entry of 370 calves penned and the best quality calves met a scorching trade, a bit like the weather. Top of the day was £550 for a reared Simmental steer in from Dave Fowler of Whitstone.
At Truro on 10th August quality continued to sell with Mr R T Dunn of Par, St Austell, once again setting the pace at 197p/kg for a great 777kg Simmental x, purchased by Dawn West Devon of Hatherleigh.
In a sale of calves on 9th August at Shrewsbury, weaned sorts met an electrifying trade topping at £620 for a bunch of three 5 month old Simm Bulls from Beddoes & Sons, with a further two from the same home at £610. On the same day the barren cow trade was topped by a Sim x at 176p to £1355.20 for R & J Hill.
On Monday 8th August 2022 Caledonian Marts Ltd, Stirling had forward 289 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale. Bullocks averaged 221ppkg selling to 250ppkg for a pen of Simmentals from Your Local Farm, Slamannan.
In a sale of prime bulls at Harrison & Hetherington’s Carlisle market on 8th August, Messrs Taylor, Skirling Craigs, Lanark reaped the reward for his first venture to Borderway selling a a 848kg Simmental to £2064.88 to feature in the leading prices.
C & D Auction Marts held their fortnightly sale of 324 store cattle in Dumfries on Monday 8th August 2022. A grand show of stronger cattle were presented to a full ringside of buyers activley seeking more numbers. Simmental bullocks topped the sale at £1465 from Ramsay Dunbae and who had further Simms at £1465, £1350 & £1265.
At Selby Livestock Market on 6th August, the cattle trade was led by a Simx at £1095 from Tim Lewis.
At Thainstone on 5th August, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 1,121 Store Cattle, Young Bulls, Young and Weaned Calves and 24 Breeding Cattle. Bullocks (537) averaged 238.2p and sold to £1,710 gross for a 732kg Simmental cross from Hallbreck, St Margarets Hope.
At Frome Market’s sale of prime cattle on 5th August, UTM heifers sold to a top price of 218p/pkg for Simmentals from S Dyer, IoW.
Store cattle saw no less money at Exeter on 5th August with some of the better sorts looking a little dearer. Featuring in the top prices were strong Simmental bred steers (all around the 21 month old mark) which sold to £1,280 for both John and Helen Keep of Moretonhampstead and J and J Britton of Tiverton. Continental bred heifers saw a pair of 24-month-old Simmentals from the Shervington Family of Hittisleigh come back at £1090 apiece.
Aberdeen & Northern Marts held a sale of cast cows and bulls on 4th August at Thainstone. Leading the beef feeding cows at £1450 was a Simm from Mansons, Brodieshill.
The August sale of beef breeding cattle at NWA’s Lancaster Market on 4th August saw a top price £2220 achieved for a Simmental x heifer with a Lim x heifer calf from R&E Ladds, Kendal.
At Thirsk on 4th August the cull cattle trade saw the top price cow & best grossing be 215.5ppk or £1848.99 for a Simmental X from R Elliott, Tadcaster purchased by RM Helliwell, Rochdale.
370 Store Cattle at Hallworthy on 4th August saw a tremendous standard of cattle with fleshy types sold with ease. Amongst the top prices were a sweet pair of 22 month Simmental x Steers which sold to £1240 for B & B Facey of Bodmin.
At Stirling on 3rd August, United Auctions sale of store cattle and young bulls saw young bulls average 207.04p and to £1320 for a SimX from East Overton.
In a sale of store cattle and weanlings at Carlisle’s Borderway Mart on 3rd August, bulls and weaning cattle were once again up significantly on the week. All types of cattle extremely well bid for with buyers looking for a lot more numbers on the day. Simmental bulls topped at £1290 from Gerrard House, Wigton.
There were 250 calves and stirks forward at Holsworthy on 3rd August, with Simmentals selling to £270 for PF and MW Fishleigh, Broadwoodkelly.
Up in the leading prices for the beef cows at Truro on 3rd August, Simmental x’s sold to 186p (617kg) for Messrs J & RJ Nankervis of Zennor, St Ives. Simmental cross cattle sold well in the store sections with two-year-old steers selling for £840 for Mr J Penhaligon of Portscatho, Truro & 1 ½ year olds selling to £765 for the same vendor. A reasonable entry of 50 stirks were also on offer with the top of the day being £710 for a neat Simmental x Steer at only nine months old, in from SP & DA Ovens of Camelford.
At Dingwall’s sale of prime cattle on 2nd August bullocks averaged 257.0p per kg and sold to £1,464.90 gross for a 570kg Simmental cross from Groam, Kirkhill selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall.
Sedgemoor on 1st August saw a good entry of finished cattle at 95 head, and with a pure Simmental steer at 230 pence per kilo from BA Sweet, Congresbury featuring in the very top prices.
Sedgemoor on Saturday 30th July saw another excellent entry in terms of numbers with 532 stores and with quality Simmental steers to £1365 for four 15 month-olds from EA & DA Ellis. Simmental heifers sold to £1,230 for a pair of 26 month-olds from H Attwell, Walton. There was a much better show of stirks on the week with the top priced being £920 for seven 13 month-old Simmental steers from Hensons Farming Ltd. Two further 10 month-old Simmentals steers sold for £735 each and two more 10 month-olds steer sold for £665 apiece from BK Hockey, while Simmental heifers topped at £715 for a 10 month old from JM Tratt.
At Exeter on 29th July, Simmental bred steers sold well topping at £1.495 for a 29-month-old from Cyril Emmett and a pair of well reared and fed dairy crossbred Simmentals (20m) realised £875 each for Jeff Harvey of Hennock.
Finally one that we hadn’t picked up and from Ludlow’s store cattle sale on 22nd July where there was a firm trade on the steers forward with stronger feeding types the most in demand. The top price was Simmental x steers at £1190 or 250p/pkg against an average of 204p/pkg.
Here’s a catch up of just some of the latest Simmental market briefs as the breeds all-round, dual purpose qualities sees Simmental cattle topping breeding, prime, store, and calf sales around the UK. Future fit, Simmental genetics are gaining increasing commercial recognition for efficiency and profit, and with strong ‘green’ credentials. AHDB’s confirmation of the breed’s age at slaughter abilities is coupled with Simmental sired progeny being fast growing with terrific weight for age, hitting industry specs and producing high quality carcases with a high retail beef yield. Long regarded as maternal mainstays of the suckler herd, Simmentals are high quality suckler cows; full of milk; fertile; easy calving; can calve at two years old; and who can wean calves at 50% of their bodyweight at 200 days. These are the natural attributes of the modern British Simmental and striking a chord with commercial beef producers:
At H&H’s Borderway Market, Carlisle on 27th July, the weather had cooled down but Ring 4 had heated up with both trade and quality up on the week. Bulls and weanling cattle took a big rise in trade with bulls topping at £1455 for a Simmental from Messrs Hague of Whitehaven. The same good home also had another Simmental bull at £1420.
At Dungannon Farmers Mart on 27th July, dropped heifer calves sold to a top of £350 for a Simm presented by R Fields.
At Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd sale of prime cattle on 26th July, prime bullocks averaged 256.8p per kg (+9.6p) and sold to 260.0p per kg for a 595kg Simmental cross from Shoreton Farms, Culbokie selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall.
On Tuesday 26th July, Lawrie and Symington Ltd had 196 cattle forward to the fortnightly sale at Lanark. Bullocks sold to a top of £1480 for a pair of 635kg Simmentals from Parklea.
On Monday 25th July 2022, Caledonian Marts Ltd Stirling had forward 241 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale. Bullocks averaged 226ppkg selling to 250ppkg for a pen of Simmentals from J Cameron, Balbuthie, Fife and to £1330 for a pen of Simmentals from R Nelson, Blairmains, Culross.
At Frome’s store cattle sale on 22nd July, quality wanted with fast bidding holding prices well considering the dry weather conditions. Best bred and reared young Simmentals sucklers from Martin Blow, IOW, a highlight selling from £870 to £915. Young heifers equally wanted with Martin Blows Simmentals selling well to £885 (15mo).
On 21st July, at Aberdeen and Northern Marts sale of prime cattle prime cattle, under 30 month prime bullocks averaged 242.3p (+8.4p) and sold to £1901.25 gross for a 845kg Simmental cross from East Cairnbeg, Laurencekirk. On the same day at a sale of cast cows and bulls, beef feeding cows averaged £1228.26 (+£4) and sold to £1470 for a 756kg Simmental from Maesquoy Farms Harray. Boning Cows averaged £896.66 (+£200.18) and sold to £1030 for a 580kg Simmental.
In the sale of store cattle at Hallworthy on 21st July, younger Steers from AM & VR Pascoe of Helston saw a real trade, these well fleshed and grown steers saw a top of £990 for 13 month Simmental x Herefords.
In the sale of calves and weanlings at Oswestry on 20th July, Simmental bulls aged 6 months sold to £628 and Simmental heifers aged 5 months to £535 all from I G & G M Evans & Sons, Pendugwn.
Leading the steer trade at Darlington’s store cattle sale on 18th July was a well grown 15-month-old Simmental from Chopwell based A Willey which reached a healthy £1385.
A hefty Simmental cross steer secured the top price of £1520 at Hexham and Northern Marts sale of 70 store cattle on 15th July for Messrs Walker Bros, Sately and who averaged £1431 for six fine examples.
At H&H’s Borderway Primestock Sale at Carlisle on 19th July, Simmentals sold to a top price of £2047 for 848kgs from Messrs Lowry, New Steadings, Lanark.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts, on 15th July, sold 946 store cattle, young bulls and young and weaned calves and 19 adult head of breeding cattle. Bullocks (500) averaged 248.6p and sold to £1,930 gross for a 830kg Simmental cross from Woodend, Muir of Ord. Bulls sold to £1,405 gross for a 634kg Simmental from Mavsey, Lybster.
Lancaster Livestock Auction Mart’s sale of calves and weanlings on 15th July saw strong calves and weanlings meet with a big demand. Plenty of those strong calves sold in the region of £400 with a run of bull calves from Lawson Dairy Limited, Cockerham stealing the headlines selling Simmentals to £425.
In a sale of cast cows and bulls at Aberdeen & Northern Marts on 14th July, beef feeding cows averaged £1,224.22 (+£48.18) and sold to £1,490 for a 716kg Simmental cross from Hillhead, Lybster Boning Cows averaged £696.48 and sold to £1,050 for a 604kg Simmental cross.
Hallworthy’s sale of store cattle on 14th July saw a grand trade for the fleshy cattle. Top spot going to Treleaven and Old of St Minver with an outstanding run of Charolise cattle at 24 months, his best pair of steers to £1465 and a sappy single to £1400, his heifers topping out at £1305 and a trio at £1250. Younger cattle saw R Cobbldick of Trelash topping the heifers with a pair of Simmentals to £955.
At United Auctions Stirling Market on 13th July 2022 sold 419 store cattle, native bred cattle and young bulls, 210 breeding cattle and 95 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. In the breeding cattle, cows with bull claves were topped by Glenpark Farms with a Simmental at £2450. Further Simmental lots from the same farm made £2300, £2250, £2100 & £2020.
At Frome’s sale of cull cows on 13th July, a run of Simmental cows from Tuckmarsh Farm Ltd and Portesham Dairy Farm set the trade alight with prices at 199.50p/kg or £1618 and 194p/kg or £1484 respectively.
In the store cattle sale at Truro Livestock Market on 13th July, the trade for one year old steers was led by Simmental x to £1285 for Messrs I D & S S Backway of St Eval, Wadebridge. The trade for one and a half year old heifers was led by Simmental x to £1200 for Mrs B Baxter of Porkellis, Helston. On the same day a Simmental x bull made top price at £340 to lead the rearing calves on behalf of Messrs N J & L Goldsworthy from Tregony, Truro.
At Hexham’s sale of cast cows on 12th July, a Simmental cow from Mr R M Johnston, High Fotherley Farm sold to £2010.65, and was one of three cows selling to over £2000 at the sale.
In Ayr Markets sale of calves and stirks on 12th July, a Simmental bull calf from Daldowie led the trade at £460. In the stirks a Simmental Bull topped at £880 from Auchentibber who also topped the heifers with a Simmental at £775.
An excellent early July entry of store cattle sold to another strong trade at Exeter on 8th July with buyers from all over the West Country and beyond looking for all ages and types. Store steers rose to a top of £1480 given for a couple of grand Simmental crosses from Dan Tooze of Broadsands whilst a tremendous run of suckler bred Simmental steers from Stephen Pearce of Menheniot saw eye catching bunches to £1470, £1445 and £1440.
At Stirling on 6th July, United Auctions sale saw beef cows and bulls average 189.08p to 231.90p per kg for a SimX from Tulloch Farms.
Truro’s sale of rearing calves on 6th July saw a smart Simmental x heifer lead the heifer section when making £250 on behalf of Messrs T N & M Morrow from Ladock, Truro.
SIMMENTAL CROSS COW WITH HEIFER CALF SELLS TO £3,900 AT THAINSTONE Aberdeen and Northern Marts on 1st July sold 103 head of adult breeding cattle. Heifer with bull calves sold to £2,250 for a Simmental cross with Limousin cross from Upper Sauchen, Ordhead. Cow with heifer calf sold to £3,900 for a 2017 Simmental cross cow with Limousin cross from Welton of Creuchies. On the same day and at a store cattle sale for Orkney consignors, heifers sold to a top of £1,055 gross for a 436kg Simmental from R J Thomson, Trondheim. At Lancaster Livestock Auctions sale of store cattle on 1st July, all types in plenty of demand and the trade remaining strong. Simmental steers from L Goodier & Son, Lea led the way selling to £1660.
A sale of calves at Exeter on 1st July met a sharp trade throughout with plenty of buyers present ready to get stuck in. Top of the day was £300 for a smart (1m) Simmental bull in from M R & K M Pring of Broadclyst with others from the same farm at £245 (1m).
The sale at Caledonian Marts, Stirling on 30th June saw cast males sold to 228ppkg for a Simmental from South Quarter, Kingsbarns and to £1690 from the same home.
At Brockholes Arms Auction Mart, Preston, on 29th June, overall top spot in the steer section went to J & A Heap & Sons with Simx at £1,270, Blacklidge Bros also with Simx to £1,250.
United Auctions on 22nd June sold 115 store cattle and young bulls and 89 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Bullocks averaged 239.90p and to £1150 for a 480kg SimX from Little Aiden. Beef cows and bulls averaged 194.58p to 263.90p per kg for a SimX from Kilmux, and to £2280 for a SimX from Kilmux.
At Dingwall on 21st June and Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd sale of prime cattle, bullocks averaged 252.5p (+8.1p) and sold to 256.0p per kg for a 580kg Simmental cross from Kincraig Farm, Invergordon and £1,606.05 gross for a 645kg Simmental cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall both selling to John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall.
OTM MARKET RECORD OF £2180 AT HUNTLY At a United Auctions Sale at Huntly on 16th June, OTMS averaged 202.8p per kg selling to a top of 229.3p per kg for a 750kg SimX from Corskie, Garmouth. Top gross and a market record being achieved at £2180 for a 975kg Sim from Messrs Green, Corskie, Garmouth.