FUTURE FIT SIMMENTALS ‘GETTING THE JOB DONE’ AND TOPPING MARKETS AROUND THE UK AND AT GISBURN; ABERDEEN; HEXHAM; FROME; LANCASTER; HALLWORTHY; CARLISLE; DUNGANNON; MARKET DRAYTON; STIRLING; SKIPTON; SELBY; MELTON MOWBRAY; LONGTOWN; LANARK; DALMALLY; TRURO; & DINGWALL

FUTURE FIT SIMMENTALS ‘GETTING THE JOB DONE’ AND TOPPING MARKETS AROUND THE UK AND AT GISBURN; ABERDEEN; HEXHAM; FROME; LANCASTER; HALLWORTHY; CARLISLE; DUNGANNON; MARKET DRAYTON; STIRLING; SKIPTON; SELBY; MELTON MOWBRAY; LONGTOWN; LANARK; DALMALLY; TRURO; & DINGWALL

See the latest market briefs here as Simmental bred cattle continue to top commercial sales in UK markets.

Gisburn’s store cattle sale on 18th June saw Simmental steers featuring in the top prices at £1660 for Simmental x from P Coates Farmer Ltd.

At Thainstone on 17th June, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sale of adult breeding cattle was dominated by Simmental entries at the top end of prices. Cow with Bull Calf (30) sold to £3,150 for a Simmental from Suttieside Farm, Forfar. Cow with Heifer Calf (22) sold to £2,800 for a Simmental cross from Suttieside Farm. In Calf Heifer (6) sold to £2,300 for a Simmental from Suttieside Farm.

On Friday 17th June, at Hexham & Northern Marts store cattle sale, 11-16 month old cattle (picture) were led by Simmental x steers at £1360 from Hartley West, with others from the same home at £1280, £1250 & £1200.

At Frome’s store cattle sale on 17th June, quality bred and reared Simmentals met a fast trade with steers selling to £1478 (only 22mo) from Anthony & Nigel Gallop, IOW. Fleckvieh steers also a highlight selling to £1350 (28mo) from Peter Gould & family.

Cull bulls sold to a top of 219.5p/kg and £1633 for a Simmental from E Rossall, Preesall at Lancaster Livestock Auction on 17th June.

At Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale on 16th June on behalf of Orkney consignors young bulls sold to £1,690 gross and 198.8p per kg for an 850kg Simmental from G W & E T Wilson, Howequoy, St Marys.
The store cattle sale at Hallworthy on 16th June saw Mrs P Maunder of Landrake sell a run of pure Simmental steers, non-assured topping at £1505 and a second bunch to £1300. Cows and calves topped out at £1280 for a Hereford Cow with Simmental Bull Calf

On Wednesday 15th June at Carlisle, Harrison & Hetherington had 975 cattle forward at their weekly sale comprising of 303 Store Cattle, 248 store bulls and weanlings. Featuring in the top prices, Simmental heifers from Rose Farm topped at £1700. In the bulls Simmentals sold to £1280 (x2) for Waterloo Farm.

On 15th June at Frome, lighter Simmental UTM steers sold to 226.50p/kg or 224.50p/kg from KF Romain, Midsomer Norton. Cull bulls sold well with Simmentals topping at 181.50p/kg from C Tucker, Devizes.

At Dungannon Farmer’s Mart on 15th June, store prices remained steady. Fat Cows sold to £950 for a 625kg Sim (152.00).

The sale of store cattle on 15th June at Market Drayton saw trade still marching forward at a pace. The breeding stock forward topped at £1,780 for a Simmental cow and Limousin calf from Mr Richard E. Hares, Burleydam.

At Truro Livestock Market’ store sale on 15th June, year old steer stores sold to £1020 for a smart Simmental x from Mr D G Hawkey of Crantock, Newquay.

At Hexham’s primestock sale on 14th June, the top grossing cow came from Mr R Maughan, Greencarts with a Simmental cross realising £1680.63

On Monday 13th June 2022 Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly sale of Primestock at Carlisle. Beef cast cows saw an increased number of 318 cast cows and stock bulls on offer with a great ringside of buyers ensuring a great trade again. Brett Corcoran, Newton Stewart, sold the top priced Simmental cow for 970kg, 203.5ppk or £1973 to Messrs Roberts. Messrs Gwynne, Castlewigg Farm run of Simmental cows topped at 919kg, 213.5ppk or £1962 to Mr Michael Helliwell.

At Market Drayton’s sale on 13th June the trade for sucklers was led by Mr Bob Yeomans & Family, New Street Lane with Simmentals to 213p (£1,776.42).

United Auctions on Wednesday 8th June 2022 at Stirling sold 418 store & native bred cattle and young bulls, 228 breeding cattle & 169 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Young Bulls sold to £1680 for a SimX from Holehouse.

In the sale of cull cows at Truro Livestock Market on 8th June, beef cows sold to 194p/kg for a classy 769kg Simmental x from Mr D G Kitchen of Nancegollan, Helston, purchased by David King of Exeter.
At Skipton’s store cattle sale on 8th June, Simmentals led the breed averages for feeding bulls at £1250, with the sale average being £1186. Simmental prices included:£1450; £1200; £1190 RD Elliott; £1400; £1370; £1200 EB Webster; and £1290 A Rowley.

At Selby on 8th June, the trade for cows was led by a 764kg Sim cow at 245.5 from H Thompson

Melton Mowbray’s store and breeding cattle sale on 8th June the breeding section topped by Luke Massie with his Simmental x Cow and Hereford x Calf away to £1200, as LW Simons, Hose saw £1500 for his Simmental Stock Bull. In the stores, heifers from weekly supporter, GW Swales & Son topped at £1150 for Simmental x at 20 months, with more from the same home reaching £1100 and £1035. JW Peacock over with the Norfolk bus saw highs of £1125 for a whopping Simmental x Steer at only 12 months.

At Market Drayton’s store cattle sale on 8th June, yarding cattle were a dream to sell. Topping at £1,590 was a Simmental steer from Mr John Oakes, Hassall.

C&D Auction Marts Ltd held their special June sale of breeding and store cattle on Tuesday 7th June 2022 at Longtown Market. A fantastic run of 50 Simmental and Limousin cross heifers consigned by Dalmahoy Farms, Dalmahoy, Midlothian, topped at £1,020 for a pen of Simmental x heifers with several further penful’s of cattle breaking over £1000+

On 6th June, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 108 Store Cattle, and 45 Breeding Cattle. Heifers averaged 221.7p per kg to 259p for 307kg Simmental crosses from Myrelandhorn (Miller).
On 6th June, Lawrie and Symington had forward 100 cattle comprising of 31 bullocks and heifers, 69 cast cows at Lanark Market. Simmental beef cows from Richard McCulloch, Overhill House sold to £2240, and £1920.

A good entry of 68 prime steers and heifers at Carlisle on Monday 6th June saw the days top overall price of £2161.17 for an 814kgs Simmental cross steer from Messrs Harrington, Hoskett Hill, Carlisle.
At United Auctions sale of store and breeding cattle at Dalmally on 4th June, breeding cattle sold to £1900 for a SimX heifer & bull calf from D Dempster, Barguillean Farm.

At Dingwall & Highland Marts sale of prime cattle on 4th June, prime heifers averaged 247.6p sold to 251.0p per kg and £1,681.70 gross for a 670kg Simmental cross both from The Cloy, Fortrose.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts on Friday 3rd June 2022 held a sale of adult breeding cattle. In-Calf heifers sold to £1,400 for a Simmental cross from Boghouse, Tarves. In Calf Cows sold to £1,500 for a Simmental cross from Millfield, Turriff.

At Thainstone on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June sold 24 cattle from Shetland consignors. Store cattle bullocks sold to £990 gross for a 392kg Simmental and 255.2p per kg for a pen of 286kg Simmentals from D G Flaws, Fleck, Dunrossness. Heifers sold to £880 gross for a 382kg Simmental and 244.4p per kg for a 356kg Simmental from S Ridland, Berga, Wester Skeld.

On June 2nd, Aberdeen & Northern Marts held a sale on behalf of Orkney consignors. Young Bulls Sold to £1,7901.55 gross and 207p per kg for a 865kg Simmental from Millburn Farms, Harray. Prime Cattle sold to £1,643.40 gross and 249p per kg for a 660kg Simmental Heifer from K D Eunson, Braebuster. On the same day at a sale of prime cattle, young bulls sold to 219p per kg and £1,790.55 gross for a 865kg Simmental from Millburn, Harray.

On Thursday 2nd June at Stirlings Caledonian Mart, prime bullocks sold to £1828 for a Simmental from J & J Brown, Loanrigg, Slamannan.

Hallworthy on 2nd June saw a super entry of 75 stirks penned for the Queens Jubilee bank holiday, with a trade fit for a Queen! Jimmy Paul of Newquay had a superb run of quality stirks and topped the market at £825 for a Simmental Steer (10m).

At Carlisle on Wednesday 1st June, Harrison & Hetherington had 1164 cattle forward at their weekly sale. A seasonal offering of 370 store cattle forward saw all classes being exceptionally dear. Strong cattle saw Messrs Stamper, Rose Farm, Dearham dominate at the top end selling Simmental heifers to £1900.

At Dungannon Farmer’s on 1st June, all sizes of stock continued to sell briskly with dropped calves sold to £430 for a Simm bull.

On 31st May at Lanark Market, Lawrie and Symington Ltd sold 267 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale. 147 bullocks sold to a top of £1465 for a 590kg Simmental from Whitehill, or to 286.2p for a 276kg Simmental from Skipness Est, to average 244.1p/pkg.

Aberdeen and Northern Marts on Friday 27th May sold 652 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Bulls sold to £1,580 gross for a 698kg Simmental from Delfur Farms, Rothes.
On Friday 27TH May at Carlisle, Harrison and Hetherington held their monthly Beef Breeding sale at Borderway Mart. A great entry of 330 cows and heifers with calves at foot was on offer on Friday at Carlisle with the ring being full to the rafters. Messrs Barclay, South Road sold a Simmental cross cow and calf for £4000 to lead the cows and calves.

At Stirling on 25th May, United Auctions sold 528 store cattle, native bred cattle and young bulls and 133 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Bullocks (245) sold to £1440 for a 576kg SimX from Gladhouse Mains. Heifers (257) sold to £1700 for a 718kg SimX from Burnhead. Beef Cows and Bulls (101) averaged 184.23p to 227.60p per kg for a SimX from Lochlane. Out of Spec Cattle (8)- averaged 187.69p to 233.90p per kg for a SimX from Coxydene, and to £1530 for a SimX from Coxydene.

On 24th May Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 214 Head of Adult Breeding Cattle. Cows with bull calves sold to £1,880 for a Simmental cross with Charolais cross from Dallasbroughty, Dunphail. Cows with heifer calves sold to £1,820 for a Simmental with Simmental cross from Rhuarden, Croftronan.

SIMMENTALS PROVING THEIR ‘DUAL-PURPOSE’ QUALITIES AT MCNEE’S OVER FINLARG FARM

SIMMENTALS PROVING THEIR ‘DUAL-PURPOSE’ QUALITIES AT MCNEE’S OVER FINLARG FARM

Farm feature on Robert & Hazel McNee, Over Finlarg Farm, Tealing, Dundee who along with their children Kate & Alan, are hosting the NSA Scotsheep 2022, and who run the Finlarg pedigree Simmental herd within their 740-acre unit.

NSA Scotsheep 2022 hosts Robert and Hazel McNee have farmed Over Finlarg since 2011 and are well-known breeders of pedigree and commercial livestock.

The couple, along with their young family of Kate and Alan, sell stock the length and breadth of the country, commanding strong prices in the sale ring for various breeds of pedigree bulls, as well as Cheviot Mules and ewe hoggs with lambs at foot.

Since purchasing the farm, the duo has made several improvements to the 740-acre unit, whether it be new farm buildings, fencing, lime spreading or drainage work, while also building up a herd of 200 suckler cows and a flock of 1100 breeding sheep.

Rising from 800ft above sea level, right up to 1200ft on the hill, half of the farm is ploughable but is mainly used for grazing, apart from producing 75 acres of cereals and 25 acres of turnips. The couple also rent a further 40 acres of grass from a neighbouring farmer, as well as a 400-acre heather hill.

Finlarg Jaguar

The beef suckler cow herd includes pedigree Limousins, Luings, Simmentals and Charolais, with 60 Limousins run under the Westhall prefix and 120 pedigree Luings kept in the Finlarg herd.

Around 25 bulls are sold for breeding each year, with Luings having sold to a top of 18,000gns for Finlarg Warrior at Castle Douglas in 2019, and Limousins to 11,500gns at Stirling.

Simmentals came with the duo to Over Finlarg as Hazel established the herd back in 2008 when she purchased Robert a wedding present before they got married. This was Team Clover, which goes back to many of the females in the 15-cow herd today.

Females were also purchased shortly after at the Dirnanean dispersal.

“We used to run the Simmentals under the Benhar prefix but when we moved to Over Finlarg we changed the herd’s name to Finlarg and transferred it into Kate and Alan’s names to give them their own wee project,” explained Hazel.

“The children then purchased Mendick Cara with her heifer calf Mendick Joyce at the Dykes family’s dispersal. Both females have produced bulls sold at auction and we’ve flushed Cara to give us more from that breeding line.”

Kate and Alan have sold quite a few Simmental bulls around the 6000gns and 7000gns mark but their top price to date is 10,000gns achieved at Stirling Bull Sales in February 2020 for Finlarg Jaguar.

Robert added: “The Simmental is a good dual-purpose breed, producing milky females and male calves with good growth rates. We demonstrate first-hand how they can be crossed with other breeds successfully such as the Luing to produce Sim-Luing females and the Limousin which works well for our bull beef enterprise.”

Team Drambuie has been an influential breeder in the Finlarg Simmental herd, with a home-bred son retained.
Kate and Alan also purchased two heifers in August from the Kilbride herd, with one bull calf already on the ground.

The family will have two Simmental bulls available for sale on the day of Scotsheep, both sired by Drambuie. They hope to also have sons by Overhill House Fife heading to Stirling Bull Sales next February.

Bulls not suitable for breeding are sold entire and are fed and finished on a high energy diet based on home-grown barley and wheat. They are sold to ABP Perth and the aim is 1kg of carcase weight per day which is already being achieved by the top performing bulls.

Calving takes place mainly in the spring months, with Luings calving down from the end of March onwards and Limousins calving throughout May/June and November/December.

In the sheep enterprise, around 600 North Country Cheviot Lairg-type ewes run alongside 200 Blackfaces, 60 Texels and 40 traditional and crossing type Bluefaced Leicesters, with an additional 200 home-bred Texel cross and Mule ewe hoggs tupped to the Beltex to sell as hoggs with lambs at foot.
These units have topped at £230, while 260 Cheviot Mule gimmers sold at Longtown last year, produced a new centre record of £232.

All North Country Cheviot gimmers and 100 of the best NCC stock ewes are tupped to Auldallan tups, hired from Robert and Hazel’s brother in-law Bob Adam, Newhouse of Glamis, to produce home-bred replacements, with Blackface gimmers also bred pure for easy lambing.
The remaining Blackfaces go to the crossing type Bluefaced Leicster to produce Scotch Mules.

Pure Texel and Bluefaced Leicester ewes produce tup lambs which the duo use as tup lambs at home first, before selling them the following year as shearlings through Stirling, Huntly, Dingwall and Forfar.
Texel shearlings regularly average £1000 per head, with Bluefaced Leicester tups hitting a top of £1700.


Lambs which don’t make the cut for breeding, are finished and sold deadweight to Scotbeef, with the first lot away by the end of September and the last sold by mid-March.

Robert and Hazel aim to get most of the lambs finished off grass but turnips are used for wintering.
Brother in-law Bob Adam, takes care of the sowing and harvesting, while Robert carries out only the ploughing and spraying himself, resulting in the farm’s investment in machinery being kept minimal.

The business employs one full-time member of staff Alistair McCarthy, who hails from Caithness, as well as local girl Jody Jackson, who is working at Over Finlarg during the lambing period and on the run up to Scotsheep.

BOSAHAN JADE MAGIC BABY AND BOSHAN MERLIN SELL FOR 7000GNS TO SET EXETER LIVESTOCK MARKET RECORD PRICE AT BOSHAN SIMMENTAL HERD REDUCTION SALE

BOSAHAN JADE MAGIC BABY AND BOSHAN MERLIN SELL FOR 7000GNS TO SET EXETER LIVESTOCK MARKET RECORD PRICE AT BOSHAN SIMMENTAL HERD REDUCTION SALE

• Further cows and calves at 5500gns, and 5000gns
• Cows and calves average £3382.50
• Bulls sell to 4600gns
• 27 lots gross £81,670

Cows and calves met with a strong trade and were led at 7000gns at the Reduction Sale of the noted Bosahan Herd of John & Bridget Olds, Bosahan Farm, Falmouth, Cornwall, at Kivell’s Exeter Livestock Centre, on Friday 20th May.

Bosahan Jade Magic Baby

At 5500gns was Bosahan Husky Angelika. 2016 born she was sold with her November 2021 born bull calf at foot, the Vale Royal Hamish sired Bosahan Macnamara. Bosahan Husky Angelika is by the herds noted Skerrington Armada and is out of Bosahan Angelika. This lot went back to Cornwall when selling to Messrs Eustice, Hay Farm, St Breock, Wadebridge, Cornwall.

Bosahan Husky Angelika

Continuing the strong run for cows and calves, was the February 2018 born Bosahan Jessica Star who made 5000gns. Jessica Star is another sired by Heathbrow Freddie Star and is out of Bosahan Galaxy Star. A second calver, Bosahan Jessica Star was sold with her Knockreagh Immanuel sired November 2021 born bull calf at foot, Bosahan Meteor 21, to Mr GM & Mrs SJ Reed, for their Skylark pedigree herd at Well Farm, Bickleigh, Tiverton.

Bosahan Jessica Star

In all, fourteen cows and calves sold to a strong average of £3382.50, with ten served and/or maiden heifers averaging £2320.50. Three young bulls averaged £3710, and with the sale grossing £81,670 in all for the twenty-seven lots forward. A noted pedigree Simmental herd established in 2006, the Bosahan reduction Sale offered quality cattle with a depth of pedigree, and a high herd health status. Pedigree breeders and commercial producers competed for the lots forward and with purchasers ranging through Cornwall, Devon, Wales, Cheshire, and Derbyshire.
Leading the trade at 4600gns for the three bulls entered was Bosahan Libertine 20 (P). A heifer’s calf, and heterozygous polled, the November 2020 born Libertine’s dam line goes back to the fertile, milky foundation cow Beanhill Penny. This young bull was purchased by commercial producer PC Friend, Wadland Barton, Ashbury, Okehampton. The further Bosahan young bulls sold for 3200gns, and 2800gns respectively.

Bosahan Lamorna Harriet Bow

Making 3200gns and topping the maiden heifer trade was the December 2020 born Bosahan Lamorna Harriet Bow. Full of breeding this heifer is by Kinclaven Infusion 17 and is the fifth calf out of Bosahan Harriet Bow whose bloodlines combine two of the herds foundation cows in the shape of Atlow Petruska and Grangewood Paris. This lot went to a pedigree herd when selling to the Goldcross prefix of CWC Waters, Cross Farm, Goldcliff, Newport, Gwent.

AVERAGES:
14 Cows and calves £3382.50
10 Served and/or maiden heifers £2320.50
3 Young Bulls £3710

Auctioneers: Kivells

CHESTERMANN BULLS AT 6200GNS AND 6000GNS, TAKE THE TOP PRICES AT CARLISLE SIMMENTAL MAY SALE

CHESTERMANN BULLS AT 6200GNS AND 6000GNS, TAKE THE TOP PRICES AT CARLISLE SIMMENTAL MAY SALE

• 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

AVERAGES:
BSCS MAY SALE
4 Bulls £5565
3 Heifers £1820

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

‘STYLISH’ ASHLAND HEIFER SCOOPS SUPREME SIMMENTAL TITLE AT 2022 RUAS BALMORAL SHOW

‘STYLISH’ ASHLAND HEIFER SCOOPS SUPREME SIMMENTAL TITLE AT 2022 RUAS BALMORAL SHOW

A very stylish and powerful heifer was how judge David Lowry described the supreme Simmental champion at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s 153rd annual show, held at Balmoral Park.

Mr Lowry who runs the 65-cow Keeldrum Herd based at Lanark in Scotland, returned to home soil to judge the Simmental entry at the four-day show. Originally from County Down, the former auctioneer has been living in Scotland for 22 years.

He was a regular exhibitor at Balmoral’s King’s Hall site, and won the male championship in 1996 with stock bull Carrigeen Farm Dandy, winner of the NI Simmental Male of the Year title in 1996 and 1997.

“There was a small turnout of Simmentals at Balmoral, but the quality was excellent. The females were exceptionally good, and on the day dominated the bulls,” explained David Lowry, who judged the Balmoral sheep interbreed pair and group championships in 2015.

Catching David Lowry’s eye to secure the female and supreme overall championship plaudits was the September 2020 heifer Ashland Topaz Lopez bred by Pat Kelly, and son Frank, from Tempo, County Fermanagh. Sired by the 14,000gns Saltire Impressive, she is bred from the Ashland Brandy daughter, Ashland Topaz 2nd – one of ten cows in the herd.

Female and supreme overall Simmental champion at Balmoral Show was Ashland Topaz Lopez bred by Pat and Frank Kelly, Tempo.

This much-admired heifer won the Simmental senior championship at the inaugural Four Breeds Calf Show, held at Dungannon last November. This was the Ashland herd’s second supreme Balmoral title, having won the award in 2007 with the home-bred Ashland Lady Diamond 3rd.

David Lowry commented: “The champion is a very stylish and powerful heifer, with tremendous length. She oozes style and ring presence, is full of breed character, and displays great locomotion. A worthy winner!”

Runner-up was the reserve female champion Ranfurly Stella 12th from David and Jonny Hazelton’s 20-cow herd in Dungannon. Born in October 2020 she is by Whitemire King Kong, and bred from the Hillcrest Champion daughter Raceview Fancy Winty – purchased at Roscommon in 2016 for 4,600 Euros.

This heifer is a maternal sister to the 9,000gns Ranfurly Jackpot, sold at Stirling in February 2020.

“The reserve champion is another classy and stylish heifer, with great length and good locomotion,” added the judge.

The reserve female and reserve supreme Simmental champion at 153rd Balmoral Show was Ranfurly Stella 12th bred by David and Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon.

Brothers Shane and Paul McDonald from Tempo won the junior championship award with the January 2021 Ashland Topaz Mair. Purchased privately from Pat and Frank Kelly last autumn, this heifer was sired by Saltire Impressive, and bred from the Whitemire King Kong daughter Ashland Topaz 3rd – a maternal sister to the dam of the supreme champion.

“The junior champion is a powerful junior heifer, with great width and tremendous fleshing ability,” commented David Lowry.

Junior champion was Ashland Topaz Mair exhibited by brothers Shane and Paul McDonald, Tempo.

Claiming the male and reserve junior championship honours was the March 2021 bull Craigy Max bred by William, Jane, Jamie and Lewis Dodd from Saintfield. Sired by Longbeach Darius, his dam Ranfurly Kleeb 35th was purchased at the Ranfurly herd’s second production sale in 2016, and is one of 12 pedigree cows in the Craigy Herd.

David Lowry added: “This junior bull is a fine example of the breed, and has a level topline, great width throughout, and good locomotion.”

Male champion and reserve junior champion was Craigy Max bred by William and Jane Dodd from Saintfield.

The reserve male championship went to Ballinalare Farm Mack, an eleven-month-old bull bred by Joe and Alan Wilson, Rathfriland. He was sired by the herd’s 8,200 Euros stock bull Rabawn Ernie, champion at the Irish society’s 2014 sale in Tullamore. His dam Ballinalare Farm Helena 2nd , is an Auchorachan Wizard daughter out of Glenturk Tulip, a heifer won by Joe Wilson in a charity raffle.

Joe and Alan Wilson’s Ballinalare Farm Mack was the reserve male champion at Balmoral Show.

Joe and Alan Wilson also won the award for the best pair of Simmentals. The winning duo were Ballinalare Farm Ladybird and Ballinalare Farm Lizabel, described by the judge as well balanced and matching heifers. They are both daughters of the 10,000gns herd sire Denizes Fantastic – reserve junior champion at Stirling in February 2016.

The award for the best pair of Simmentals went to Ballinalare Farm Lizabel and Ballinalare Farm Ladybird exhibited by Neil and Alan Wilson, Rathfriland. Included is judge David Lowry, Lanark.
Supreme champion at Balmoral Show was Ashland Topaz Lopez exhibited by Frank Kelly, Tempo; while the reserve champion was Ranfurly Stella 12th exhibited by Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon. Included is judge David Lowry, Lanark.

Results from the judging ring….

Specials

The Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Championship Trophy for the champion: P Kelly. Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton.

British Simmental Cattle Society Engraved Crystal Glasses for the champion: P Kelly.

Imex Perpetual Cow Bell for the female champion: P Kelly. Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton.

Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union Perpetual Trophy for the female champion: P Kelly.

Bobbie Gamble Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the best heifer: P Kelly.

NI Simmental Club Trophy for the exhibitor-bred male champion: William and Jane Dodd. Reserve: J and A Wilson.

William Black Memorial Perpetual Cup for the male champion: William and Jane Dodd.

News Letter Shield for the junior champion: S and P McDonald. Reserve: William and Jane Dodd.

Silver Award for the best exhibit bred in Northern Ireland: P Kelly.

Classes

Cow or heifer, born in 2019 – 1, William Gubbins, Prablin Lucy by Dermotstown Delboy.

Heifer, born between 01/01/20 and 30/06/20 – 1, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Lizabel by Denizes Fantastic; 2, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Ladybird by Denizes Delboy.

Heifer, born between 01/07/20 and 31/12/20 – 1, Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Topaz Lopez by Saltire Impressive; 2, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Stella 12th by Whitemire King Kong; 3, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Lollipop by Dermotstown Delboy.

Heifer, born on or after 01/01/21 – 1, S and P McDonald, Ashland Topaz Mair by Saltire Impressive; 2, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Marigold by Omorga Jaguar; 3, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Modesty by Camus Brandy.

Bull, born on or after 01/01/21 – 1, William and Jane Dodd, Craigy Max by Longbeach Darius; 2, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Mack by Rabawn Ernie.

Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Lizabel and Ballinalare Farm Ladybird; 2, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Marigold and Lisglass Lollipop; 3, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Modesty and Ballinalare Farm Medusa.

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5500GNS GRANGEWOOD LUCAS TOPS WORCESTER SIMMENTAL SALE

5500GNS GRANGEWOOD LUCAS TOPS WORCESTER SIMMENTAL SALE

17 bulls sell, up 8 on the year, to average £3996

7 bulls sell at 4000gns and more

Popes herd lifts Champion & Reserve in the bulls

Fole Dispersal Sale tops at 3200gns

Grangewood Lucas 5,500gns

Grangewood Lucas from Mr & Mrs AS&YA Leedham, Rowan Farm, Lockton, Pickering, North Yorks sold for 5500gns to lead the British Simmental Cattle Society’s May Sale at McCartneys Worcester Livestock Market on Saturday May 7th.

Fully homebred, this November 2020 born bull is by Grangewood Glenlivet and is out of Grangewood Faith’s Imelda, a Grangewood Damascus daughter.  Earlier in the day, Grangewood Lucas had stood first in his class in the pre-sale show judged by Anthony Davies of the Welston herd, Milton, Tenby Pembrokeshire.  Purchasing the top price bull, who was +7.8 for Calving Ease Direct putting him in the top 1% for the breed, and +8 for Maternal (Milk), was Richard Bell for the 300-cow Bowley Herd of CM Mercer, Bowley Court Farms, Hope-Under-Dinmore, Leominster, Herefordshire, and who run up to 12 Simmental bulls.

Strong supporters of the Worcester Simmental Sale, this is the third Worcester Sale in a row that the Leedham’s have topped the fixture and following on from the 7000gns Grangewood Keegan in 2021,who was also sired by Grangewood Glenlivet.  Following hard on the heels of their top price was Grangewood Mastermind 21 who made 5000gns when selling to JW Fenten, Biggin Moor, Buxton. 

Grangewood Mastermind 5,000gns

This third prize bull, January 2021 born, is by the 8500gns Ranfurly Impeccable 14 17, and is out of Grangewood Polly 4th, a Popes Laird daughter.  A good sale at Worcester for the Leedhams followed on from the Stirling Simmental Sale in the previous week that saw them sell Grangewood Liberator for 7500gns.

The Worcester Simmental Sale fixture saw a solid demand for bulls with 17 out of the 21 forward selling to average £3996.  Seven bulls sold at 4000gns or more and including three at the 5000gns mark.

Wroxall Lost Property 5,000gns

Also selling at the 5000gns mark was the September 2020 born Wroxall Lost Property 20 from long standing Warwickshire based Simmental breeders CH Evans & Son, Abbey Farm, Wroxall, Warwick.  With polled genetics on either side of the pedigree, this calf is by Coose Gambler (P), and is out of Wroxall Hannah Patience, a Losning Iver (P) daughter.  Purchasing this bull was WS Turner & Sons, Stone Acton Farm, Wall Under Haywood, Shropshire.

Beanhill Leon 5,000gns

The third bull at the 5000gns mark was Beanhill Leon 20 from Mr & Mrs J&BE Kimber, Beanhill Farm, Chippenham, Wiltshire.  A heifers calf, the October 2020 born Beanhill Leon is by the prolific AI sire Ballinalare Farm Galaxy, and is out of the Tilbrook Earl sired Beanhill Inca VG 86.  With solid performance figures behind him, Beanhill Leon arrived at Worcester with a show record as well having been the Simmental Senior Champion at the 2021 Borderway Agri Expo, and Welsh Winter Fairs respectively.  With a combination of pedigree and performance, this bull was snapped up by the Dewisland pedigree herd of Mr & Mrs Mark Evans, Upper Harglodd, St Davids, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.  Later in the sale, Beanhill Landmark 20, another Ballinalare Farm Galaxy son, sold for 3000gns to M&B Farms, Mulhampton Farm, Upton Bishop, Herefordshire.

Storersmith Lister 4,800gns

Selling at 4800gns was Storersmith Lister 20 from R&L Storer Smith, Spath House, Ashbourne Road, Uttoxeter.  A heifers calf, and September 2020 born, this bull is by Curaheen Bandit and out of the Kilbride Farm Comber 11 daughter Storersmith Jumper.  Purchasing Storersmith Lister was AW Francis who runs the Furzedown pedigree herd at Furzedown Farm, Okehampton, Devon.  The very next lot Storersmith Lex Luther 20, another Curaheen Bandit son, made 3500gns in selling to DN Eynon, Gwern-Genny, Wormbridge, Hereford.

Popes Marksman 4,200gns

A first-time vendor at this Worcester Simmental Sale fixture was M/S JH & VG Wood who run the 130-cow Popes herd at Popes Farm, Dutton, Preston, Lancashire.  In a successful show and sale debut, entries from the herd took both Champion and Reserve in the pre-sale show of bulls.  Lifting the Championship and selling at 4200gns was the young February 2021 born Popes Marksman 21, a Denizes Impressive 17 son and out of the first time calver Popes Nellys Harmony.   Commenting on his Champion the judge Anthony Davies said: “This is just my type of young bull who is very modern, carries a lot of style and with plenty of breed character.  He’s well put together and is a bull with a lot of potential.”  Purchasing the day’s Champion, who carried an impressive Maternal (Milk) figure of +11, was Chase Farms (Gilmorton Ltd), The Chase, Gilmorton. Following through from the same class to take the Overall Reserve was Popes Maddox 21, who is also February 2021 born.  This calf another by Denizes Impressive 17 and out of Popes Diamonds Hesta, was bought by RB Gough, The Gippols, Harley, Shropshire.  The third bull from the Popes team, Popes Mowgli, a Camus Harold son, also sold for 3800gns when going to Scotland after being purchased by Gavin Dunbar, Firm of Hole O’ Clean Farm, Ardgaith Farmhouse, Perth. 

The final bull at the 4000gns mark was Killiworgie Lieutenant 20 from Cornish breeder Mr SA Gummow, Higher Killiworgie Farm, Newquay. This November 2020 born calf, who featured strong calving figures, is by Islavale Jerico 18 EX 93, and is out of the Dinton Nautical daughter Killiworgie Eliza EX 90, a classified Golden Cow.  This bull was another to join the Bowley Herd of CM Mercer, Bowley Court Farms, Hope-Under-Dinmore, Leominster, Herefordshire.

In the sale of females in the Society section, the top price was the 2500gns paid for the polled heifer Cade Khloe (P) from PA&SM Cade, Paddock Farm, Buckden, East Anglia.  This first calving heifer is by the Heathbrow Impulse 17 (P) a half brother to the noted show winning bull Heathbrow Important, and is out of one of the herd’s foundation cows Thursford Debs 10th EX 90.  This heifer was purchased by GD Swerling & Sons, Upper Bottom House Farm, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks.

Crouchvalley Mavis 2,150gns

Lifting the Overall Female Championship in the pre-sale show was young Daisy Jones, Blencathra, Battlesbridge, Wickford, Essex with her stylish January 2021 born heifer Crouchvalley Mavis.  This heifer is by the AI sire Sterling Herkules and is the first calf out of Brideland Kara.  Making 2150gns, Crouchvalley Mavis was another purchased by the aforementioned GD Swerling & Sons.  For Daisy Jones and her five breeding female Crouchvalley herd, it was a Championship win in her first time showing and selling at a Society sale.

Fole Vivian 89 3,200gns

The Worcester Simmental Sale also saw the Dispersal Sale of the Fole herd of Joe & Rachel Ede, Stoneleys, Checkley, Stoke on Trent after over 30 years of breeding.  The high health herd offered cattle with a depth of pedigree and performance behind them and met with a solid demand.  Leading the way at 3200gns, and the top priced female across the sale, was the noted polled in-calf heifer Fole Vivian 89.  Sired by the homozygous polled Lopemede Hawaii 16 (PP), and out of Fole Vivian 82, this quality heifer was bought by L Renshaw & I Brassington for their Dovefields pedigree herd at Church Broughton, Derbyshire.  Also at 3200gns and from the same family was Fole Vivian 88 (P).  Another by Lopemede Hawaii 16 (PP), and out of Fole Vivian 81, this in-calf heifer was snapped up by Daniel Warrington for his Follane herd at Godley Farm, Fole Lane, Uttoxeter.

Fole Vivian 82 2,900gns

Selling at 2900gns was Fole Vivian 82, the dam of the top price Fole animal, and who was sold with her fourth calf at foot, the January 2022 born bull calf Fole Navigator 22, a Blackford Falcon son.  Another to go to a pedigree herd this strong outfit was bought by Barry Harding for his Hallway herd at Cornerfields Farm, Denham, Uxbridge, Bucks.  

At 2800gns was the polled Fole Nutwood Victoria 53 (P).  January 2019 born and another by Lopemede Hawaii 16 (PP), this second calver had calved again on 15th April and was sold with her twin Blackford Falcon bull calves at foot to the Tarsmill herd of GR Greenow, Cilunow, Dinedor, Hereford.

AVERAGES:

Society Sale

17 Bulls                                                           £3996

6 Cows/Hfrs with calf at foot                         £2012.50

6 Maiden Heifers                                            ££2003.75

Fole Herd Dispersal

8 Cows/Hfrs with calf at foot                         £2782.50

7 Heifers                                                         £2250

3 Young Bulls                                                  £1067.50

Auctioneers:               McCartneys

Sponsors:                    Farmers Guardian (the Marts The Heart).