• 18,000gns a breed centre record price • Heifers average £5202, up by £806 on the year, and a new breed centre record average • Overhill House sells to 9000gns • 8000gns Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th makes the top maiden heifer price • Islavale leads the weaned calf trade at 6500gns
Jimmy & Kath McMillan, Bradwell Ash, Bury St Edmunds sold the in-calf heifer Brandane Lu Lu for 18,000gns to lead the second staging of Simmental Next Generation Sale of females and weaned calves at Carlisle’s Borderway Mart on Friday 2nd December.
Getting the sale off to a fast start being the second lot in the ring, this upstanding February 2020 born heifer is by Sterling Gino and is out of Sterling Candy’s FCUK. Purchasing the top price was Reece and Andrew Simmers for their noted Backmuir herd at Keith, Banffshire. Brandane Lu Lu is a full sister to Sterling FCUK Impuls who previously sold to the Backmuir herd for 13,000gns at Stirling in February 2019. At the inaugural Next Generation Sale last year, the Simmers bought the Female Champion, Islavale Lullaby and went on with her to win the Simmental Championship at the Royal Highland Show, and also the Simmental Scottish National Show. Commenting afterwards Reece Simmers, who watched the pre-sale show online and bid by telephone thereafter, said: “We saw Brandane Lu Lu at the Royal Highland this summer and we thought a lot of her sister who has identical breeding and who we purchased back in 2019. Brandane Lu Lu is just a quality heifer. She is powerful and has size but is sweet and feminine at the same time. We like the fact that she is due to calf to Atlow Dixon in January and that just gives you a bit of a quicker return. We are looking for ever improving quality over numbers in the Backmuir herd and just to add one or two in that vein when the opportunity arises.” The Backmuir herd presently consists of approximately 80 pedigree cows.
The establishing Next Generation Sale II again saw some breed record marks set combined with new entrants to the breed buying some of the leading lots on the day. The 18,000gns top price was a centre record for the Simmental breed and eclipsed the 16,000gns price achieved at last year’s sale. Twenty-two heifers sold to average a very healthy £5202 which was up by £806 on the year, and again a new centre record average for the Simmental breed. Fourteen lots in all made 4000gns or more and the sale saw a 74% clearance rate. Speaking after the sale, the British Simmental Cattle Society’s General manager Iain Kerr said: “The Next Generation Sale is a fixture that the Society aims to become established and recognised for offering primarily Simmental females with style, quality, a depth of bloodlines, and full of forward potential. Quality is the key, and with the ready trade and averages for the heifers, I think this second staging of Next Gen is another positive step forward for the breed.”
Richard McCulloch, Over Hill House, Armadale, West Lothian attained the day’s second top price when selling Overhill House Luna for 9000gns. This December 2020 born heifer offered both quality and a depth of bloodlines being sired by Curaheen Drifter, who has had sons at 21,00gns and daughters to 17,000gns, and being out of Woodhall Bliss, a daughter of the noted Annick Talisker. PD’d in-calf to the herd’s 26,000gns Pistyll Kingsman, this combination of breeding and performance saw Overhill House Luna being snapped up by D&R Holdings, Low Bowhill Farm, Newmilns, Ayrshire. New members to the Society but longer term supporters of the Simmental breed, D&R Holdings have previously bought Simmental females privately from the Corskie herd. Later in the day the same purchasers snapped up the January 2022 born Overhill House Nancy for 6000gns, and the second top price in the weaned calf section. Earlier this young heifer had placed second in her class to the Champion Weaned Calf in front of the judge Chris Weatherup from the noted Lisglass herd, Ballyclare, Co Antrim. Overhill House Nancy is by the herd’s 24,000gns stock bull Islavale Heston, and is out of the Mohona Fletcher sired Overhill House Isla.
The leading maiden heifer price on the day was the 8000gns paid for Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th from the strong team offered by the Denizes herd of MA Barlow & Sons, Four Oaks, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancashire. With outstanding breeding behind her, this March 2021 born heifer has Royal Highland Show Champions as parents being by the 2018 Champion Blackford Galaxy and out of the multi-title winning dam Auroch Eve who was the Royal Highland Champion in 2015 and 2016, and who was also voted the show’s Simmental Champion of the Decade. Purchasing this animal was RE & SH Steggles, Honingham, Norfolk for their establishing Wacton pedigree herd. Commenting, Sam Steggles said: “I saw Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th online and just really liked her. This was reaffirmed when I saw her in the flesh at Carlisle and the combination of looks and depth of breeding is I think a good fit and really suited to the Wacton herd.” The Wacton herd was established in 1973 by Sam’s grandad but was largely bought out in the late 1990’s. Never losing his love for the breed Sam Steggles is re-establishing the Wacton herd and now has eight animals in the herd within the space of a few months. Later in the day a further purchase for the Wacton herd came in the shape of the 4500gns Brandane Mint from Jimmy and Kath McMillan. This April 2021 born heifer is by Sterling Gino, the same sire as the day’s top price, and is out of the Mendick Butch sired Sterling Bacardi’s Funky. Again with a little bit of homework involved, Sam Steggles had been to view this heifer on farm prior to the sale.
Selling at 7000gns was the served heifer Newbiemains Lady Gaga from Jim & Patricia Goldie, Newbie Mains Farm, Annan, Dumfriesshire. With ‘different and new bloodlines’ Lady Gaga is by the imported Irish bull Ardunsaghan Kool Kid and is out of the Islavale Cracker sired Moorglen Hit The Diff. Newbiemains Lady Gaga was one of two profile purchases on the day by Ryan Morgan who runs the establishing Swannay pedigree herd at Swannay Farm, By Evie, Orkney. Ryan Morgan purchased at last year’s inaugural sale and was again very impressed with the standard of Simmental cattle on offer at Next Generation II. Of his purchase he said: “I hadn’t seen either of the heifers before arriving at Carlisle but they both just stood out for me straight away. Newbiemains Lady Gaga will fit right in with the Swannay herd and her projected calving date just really works. Ranfurly Stella 13th is a heifer with style and offers some great figures which is something that I look closely at when purchasing any animal.” For the Goldies it was another successful Next Generation Sale and following on from last year’s joint top female price of 9000gns achieved for Newbiemains Lady Wag.
The aforementioned Ranfurly Stella 13th made 5000gns for her breeder WD & JD Hazelton, Colhannon House, Dungannon when selling to Ryan Morgan. October 2021 born this maiden heifer, with a Maternal (Milk) figure of +10, is by the 14,000gns Ranfurly Jackall who was Supreme Champion at Stirling in 2019, and is out of Raceview Fancywinty EX93 from the herd’s noted Matilda Stella family. Featuring figures and breeding, Stella 13th’s dam Raceview Fancywinty has previously bred the 9000gns Ranfurly Jackpot, and also Ranfurly Stella 12th, the 2022 Reserve Champion Female at Balmoral Show. These two purchases for Ryan Morgan add to the growing Swannay herd of Simmentals and with a forward aim of the herd selling at Society sales in the future. In addition to the pedigree cattle, Swannay Farm carries a commercial suckler herd and also run 400 head of sheep.
Hertfordshire breeders DA&LA Sapsed, High Heath Farm, Codicote, Hitchin made 7000gns for Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel when being another purchase by Reece & Andrew Simmers for their Backmuir pedigree herd and who noted her as being ‘a great example of the Simmental breed’. A red ticket winner in the first class of the day, this October 2020 born heifer arrived at Carlisle with a significant show record behind her having Interbreed honours and a class first prize at the Simmental English National Show, and a further first prize at the Royal Norfolk. Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel is by Scotland Hill Cairo 11 EX91, and is out Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy VG88 part of the Hockenhull Girly family that has bred very well at Heathbrow. Girlie’s Laurel was sold PD’d in-calf to Heathbrow Important who won the online European Simmental Bull of the Year in 2019. The sale of Heathrow Girlie’s Laurel is a taster of the quality within this 40-cow herd which will be dispersed, due to retirement, at Stirling in the autumn of 2023.
A much-anticipated entry was the youngest calf in the catalogue in the shape of Islavale Nestle from the Islavale herd of WS Stronach, Berrleys Farm, Grange, Keith, and she didn’t disappoint when lifting the Champion Weaned Calf title and going on to sell for 6500gns, the top price for a weaned calf on the day. Sired by Coose Lincoln, and out of the Curaheen Bandit daughter Islavale Elisha EX93, Islavale Nestle arrived at Carlisle having recently won the Junior Female Championship at the Stars of the Future Calf Show in Stirling. With a +8 figure for Maternal (Milk), this young calf was snapped up by the noted Popes herd of JH&VG Wood, Popes Farm, Clitheroe Road, Preston, Lancashire. Commenting, Jimmy Woods said: “We had seen photographs of Islavale Nestle from the Stars of the Future show and thought she looked a lovely feminine calf. When we saw her, she really is a sweet heifer, full of character, and will hopefully go on to prove to be a real asset in the Popes herd. As always, genetics play a big part in our choice of animals to purchase and we like Nestle’s breeding on both sides of her pedigree.”
The winner of class two in the females was Denizes Matilda 8th (P) from the MA Barlow & Sons team, and who went on to sell for 6000gns to a further new breeder James Anderson & Son, Headshaw Farm, Oxton, Lauder, Berwickshire. A blood red heifer from the herd’s noted Matilda family being out of Denizes Matilda 2, Denizes Matilda 8th is by the homozygous polled bull Slievenagh International 17 (PP). April 2021 born, Denizes Matilda 8th was a class winner at the 2021 Simmental Calf Show at the Borderway Agri Expo. With a very solid day’s trading the Denizes herd sold heifers at 8000gns, 6000gns, 4000gns, and 3500gns through the sale.
Taking first prize in Class Three was Islavale Topaz 18 from WS Stronach, Berrleys Farm, Grange, Keith and who went on to make 5000gns when selling to the Delfur herd of Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour. Entirely homebred this heifer calf is by Islavale Echo 2 13 EX92 and is out of Islavale Topaz 11 GP83. The Topaz line is noted as being one of the best breeding families in the herd and with Islavale Topaz 18 herself having a Maternal (Milk) figure of +7.
Leading Prices: Females Lot 2 Brandane Lulu 18,000gns to Backmuir Farm, Banffshire Lot 7 Overhill House Luna 9000gns to Messrs Holdings, Newmilns, Ayrshire Lot 15 Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th 8000gns to Messrs Steggles, Honingham, Norfolk Lot 3 Newbiemains Lady Gaga 7000gns to Messrs Morgan, Evie, Orkney Lot 6 Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel 7000gns to Backmuir Farm, Banffshire Lot 16 Denizes Matilda 8th (P) 6000gns to Messrs Anderson & Son, Lauder, Berwickshire Lot 26 Islavale Topaz 5000gns to Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour Lot 35 Ranfurly Stella 13th 5000gns to Messrs Morgan, Evie, Orkney Lot 19 Brandane Mint 4500gns to Messrs Steggles, Honingham, Norfolk Lot 12 Popes Tarkas Misty 4000gns to Messrs Fairhurst & Son, Austwick, Lancashire Lot 18 Popes Nellys Maya 4000gns to Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk Lot 20 Denizes Cadette 43rd (P) 4000gns to Messrs Stanley, Derby, Derbyshire
Weaned Calves Lot 58 Islavale Nestle 6500gns to Messrs Wood, Dutton, Lancs Lot 51 Overhill House Nancy 6000gns to Messrs Holdings, Newmilns, Ayrshire
Averages 22 Heifers served or maiden £5202.27 2 Bull Calves £2362.50 5 Heifer Calves £3759.00
New Simmental Breed Record average of £7559 for 45 Bulls, and up by £1597 on the year
Two Bulls over 20,000gns, with 10 bulls over 10,000gns in all, and 29 at 5,000gns and above
Seven Islavale Bulls Average £13,500
Sale grosses £366,315
Springfield Heifer tops females at 6,000gns
The March 2021 born Islavale Magnum from WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Keith, Banffshire sold for 28,000gns to fire the Simmental bull trade to a new breed record sale average of £7559, up by a remarkable £1597 on the year, at the breed’s October Sale held at United Auctions Stirling on Tuesday 19th October 2022.
With commercial producers competing fiercely with pedigree breeders for the quality bulls on offer, two bulls made over 20,000gns with ten in all over the 10,000gns mark and twenty-nine at 5,000gns and more. The total Simmental sale gross on the day came to £366,315.
A tremendous team of Islavale bulls broke new ground for this prolific Simmental herd with the 28,000gns topping their previous sale best of 24,000gns and seven bulls in all selling to an incredible average of £13,500. Five of the bulls broke the five-figure mark. The sale leader, Islavale Magnum, is by the noted AI sire Team Celtic and is the first calf at sale out of Islavale Harper who herself had stood as the Senior Champion as a yearling heifer at Stars of the Future in 2017. Combining a depth of pedigree with performance figures showing +14 for Maternal (milk), this classy dark red bull was purchased for the Delfur pedigree herd of Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour.
Commenting on behalf of Delfur Farms, which runs a 120-cow herd, new herd manager Garry Patterson said: “This is a big investment for the future, but we were looking for a bull that will put a serious stamp on the herd and help us to take that next step. I thought Magnum was a standout bull the minute I saw him, and with his breeding and performance figures he’s just the full package. We wanted a bull which will click with our females, breathe new life into the herd, and to take that next step. We very much think and hope that Magnum’s daughters will have the potential to do that and produce some first quality bulls at the same time.”
The 28,000gns top price surpassed the Islavale herd’s previous top sale mark of 24,000gns, and the average for the seven bulls sold smashed the previous best for a herd that has been consistently at the top end of Simmental sales over a number of years. Speaking after the sale, and commenting on the bulls they are breeding, Stewart Stronach said: “We breed the type of Simmental bulls that we like and what we think meet the needs of the market. Our aim is to breed correct, big square bulls, good on their plates with plenty of length, free flowing in their locomotion, and with character, style and presence. Our main aim is breeding first quality Simmental bulls for commercial producers and with sales to pedigree breeders a real bonus on top. We’re really delighted with this trade and hope and trust that the bulls sold go on to do well in their new herds.” In addition to the 28,000gns top price, further Islavale bulls sold on the day for 18,000gns; 13,000gns; 10,000gns x 2; 6,000gns; and 5,000gns.
Selling at 20,000gns was Denizes Monty from MA Barlow and Sons, Four Oaks, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancashire. On the previous day this January 2021 born bull placed first in his class, before moving on to secure the Senior Championship and the Overall Supreme Championship in the pre-sale show and in front of the judge Chris Martindale who runs the noted Forsdale herd at Coedfa, Oswestry, Shropshire. Commenting on his Champion Mr Martindale said: “What a modern Simmental bull this is. He’s clean throughout, has a super top line, has width shoulder to shoulder, and a back end to die for. The breed is known for its maternal traits of milk, fertility, and calving ease. A bull like this will retain those advantages and by adding terminal traits just gives you something very modern that ticks all the boxes for breeders and commercial beef producers.”
The Supreme Champion went to Northern Ireland when being purchased by Mr HJW and JC Moore for their noted Omorga pedigree herd at Beragh, Omagh, Co Tyrone and who said: “I’ve seen this bull as a calf and through the summer and he’s just a very modern Simmental. I feel he’s the whole package with the breeding behind him, top figures, full of shape but with style and class. Monty brings new breeding to the herd, and I’m delighted to have bought him.”
For the Barlows the pre-sale show marked a first time Stirling Supreme Championship for their Denizes herd that has previously enjoyed a string of section wins and top prices at Stirling with their highest sale price to date being the 30,000gns Denizes Lancelot in February of this year. Denizes Monty is by the noted Denizes Hamish who had previously sired bulls up to 9,500gns (with his first twelve sons at Stirling averaging 7,500gns), and who is out of the herd’s highly noted Auroch Eve. Monty is out of Denizes Trixi-Belle 6th who herself is the mother of Denizes Impressive, the sire of the sale’s Reserve Supreme, Popes Matchmaker. Through the summer Denizes Monty had stood as Junior Male and Reserve Male at the Royal Highland Show, and he was sold with strong performance figures for calving ease, gestation length, and Maternal (milk).
Speaking after the sale, British Simmental Cattle Society General Manager Iain Kerr said: “It’s great to see a Simmental sale with an average of over £7,500gns, a new record mark, and continuing a series of strong sales and averages for the breed over this past year. There were breeders buying bulls today, but the trade was underpinned by commercial producers competing for the bulls of their choice and willing to pay five figure prices. The Simmental is a maternal mainstay of the UK suckler herd and the efficiency of females in milk, fertility and easy calving, combined with growthy, fast finishing progeny is just adding up for commercial producers. We would have liked to have seen more bulls sold but there was a strong demand for the quality lots of offer and we have to be mindful of the continued move to spring calving, and farmers taking time to consider at present in a very cost-conscious moment for the industry.” A further seven bulls were sold after the sale and up to 7000gns.
The Junior Champion came in the shape of Islavale Mint, who went on to sell for 18,000gns to Crudie Farming Company, Crudie Farm, Arbroath, who run the 45 cow Crudie pedigree herd alongside a predominantly Simmental commercial herd of 120 cows, and with 30 Blue Greys. The April 2021 born Islavale Mint is by the noted herd sire Corskie Highlander, who has previously had calves up to 15,000gns, and is out of Islavale Amber 5 VG 86, an Islavale Echo daughter. With an emphasis on ease of calving, milk, fertility and temperament, the Simmental is the go-to breed for Crudie both commercially and pedigree, and herd manager Kenny McKeague was delighted with their purchase: “Islavale Mint is a very typical Simmental bull with what we’re looking for to add to the herd. He has a tremendous top line, is very square, has a good leg in every corner, and with a lot of breed character in his head. He’ll go home for a period of isolation, and we’ll aim to put him to some cows come March time.”
Immediately recouping a little of their outlay on the top price purchase was Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour when they made 16,000gns for Delfur Maverick the second prize bull in the third class of the day. March 2021 born, Delfur Maverick is sired by the 10,000gns Woodhall Instinct 17, a previous Stirling Junior Champion, and is out of the Auchorachan ACDC sired Delfur Denise, one of the top and easiest calving lines in the herd. Again with a depth of breeding, and strong figures including a +11 for Maternal (milk), this bull was purchased in a two way split between the Fallhills herd of Bruce Lambie, Fallhills Farm, Penicuik, and the Innerwick herd of Mr and Mrs L Moffatt, Innerwick Farm, Dunbar, East Lothian. Speaking after the sale Bruce Lambie said: “I am really delighted to buy a share of this bull and he was my number one pick of the sale. He ticked all the boxes for both Dorothy (Moffatt) and I being a long clean bull with great shape and with good legs and feet. This is the first time that I have purchased a bull with Dorothy. There’s a family connection and the same high health status in the herds, and Dorothy helped me get a start in the breed in 2013 when I purchased my first two heifers from her”.
Another strong team of Simmental bulls came from the noted Corskie herd of Mr WJ and J Green, Corskie, Fochabers, Garmouth, who made 11,000gns; 10;000gns; 7500gns; 6500gns; and 5,500gns respectively to gross £42,525 and at a cracking average of £8,505. Leading the way was the 11,000gns Corskie Mikah who placed first in the second class of the day. Arriving at Stirling with a strong show record behind him, Corskie Mikah had placed Reserve Simmental Junior Male Champion and Reserve Interbreed Beef Breeder Champion at the Royal Highland Show in June and went onto be Junior Male Champion and Reserve Overall Junior Champion at the Scottish National Show, at the Black Isle. Sired by Kilbride Farm Haka and out of the Dirnanean Bradley daughter Corskie Elissa VG 88, this bull was purchased jointly by J Milne and Son, Oldwhat Mains, Turriff, and David Ross and Fiona Shand, who run the Fortmarine herd at New Deer, Turriff.
Also selling at 11,000gns Coltfield Murry, from JC MacIver, Wester Coltfield, Forres, Moray. Bred out of Coltfield Izzie G 79, who goes back to Newbiemains Cocaine, he is sired by the 14,000gns Rockytop Invader. The May 2021 born Murry, successfully shown through the summer, was purchased for export by the well know Garret Behan who runs the 65-cow Clonagh Simmental herd in Portlaoise, Republic of Ireland. A long-time purchaser of British Simmental bulls, going back to his purchase of the 8,500gns Banwy T-Rex at Perth in November 2007, Mr Behan was delighted with his new acquisition, and commented: “We focus on bulls with feminine traits and showing and sales are a huge part to the herd’s success. Throughout the years and in particular the last ten the herd has, we think, achieved unrivalled success. In the past nine National Irish finals the herd has claimed the overall title at six of them including the champion and reserve in 2010”.
Three bulls were sold for 10,000gns, and with the first being another from the Corskie team in the shape of Corskie Monarch, and who had stood second in his class to the aforementioned Corskie Mikah. Buying this bull was J Barclay and Son for their Whiteknowes herd at Ardiecow Farm, Fordyce, Banff. Also sired by the 10,000gns Kilbride Farm Haka, he is bred out of Corskie Highness VG 86, a daughter of the 45,000gns Bel Dhu Capercaillie, and one of the best and most consistent cow families within the herd. Commenting on his purchase, Mr Barclay said, “this is the first Corskie bull we have purchased, and we were looking to bring some new bloodlines into our stock. He looks a good strong bull, and I really liked his back pedigree. Monarch will be working alongside our other four Simmental bulls and over the 270 head suckler herd. Calving in the Spring and Autumn, we keep around 50 heifers for replacements to our mainly purebred Simmental suckler herd and sell the others finished to Morrisons”.
The two further bulls at the 10,000gns price, both came from Islavale team of the Stronach family. Islavale Mojo, a March-2021 born bull was the first through the ring and was snapped up by Pitgaveny Farms, Elgin, Morayshire, for their Pitgaveny herd. A previous purchaser of Islavale genetics, Mojo again caught their eye after he stood first in his class in the pre-sale show, and in front of Islavale Magnum the day’s top price bull. Islavale Mojo is by Curaheen Giant, who has bred Stirling champions in the past for Islavale, and is out of the Popes Laird daughter Islavale Britney Ex 94. Islavale Mojo carried a Maternal (milk) figure of +9. The Stronach’s other 10,000gns bull was the blue ticket winner and April 2021-born Islavale Maximus. This calf is a son of the popular Irish bred AI bull Dermotstown Delboy E92 and is out of Islavale Chloe Ex 91, a daughter of the 15,000gns Atlow Dixon Ex 91. With both muscle and milk, Islavale Maximus goes to work with the high-end commercial herd of A and J Craig, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, who are again repeat buyers from the Islavale herd.
All the way from Hampshire, and in what was the herd’s first time at Stirling was Mr and Mrs S and L Blomfield, Lymington, with their February 2021 born bull Sway Monarch 21 (PP). This bull brought something different to the sale with him being the only homozygous polled bull in the catalogue and, despite being full homebred, featuring some Czechoslovakian and Canadian bloodlines in his pedigree. By the homozygous polled Sway Kingsman 19 (PP), and out of Sway Babycham (P), the long trip reaped its reward when Sway Monarch made 8,500gns in selling to the Dargill pedigree herd of J C McLaren and Partners, Knox House, Crieff, Perthshire.
The first of two bulls through the ring at 8,000gns was the pre-sale show Reserve Supreme and Intermediate Champion Popes Matchmaker from the noted Popes herd of JH and VG Wood, Popes Farm, Dutton, Lancashire which comprises of 60 cows and followers with 80 to calf. Full of breeding, performance, and figures, Popes Matchmaker is by Denizes Impressive who is out of Denizes Trixi-Belle 6th, the mother of the 20,000gns Supreme Champion and the same breeding line as Popes Laird. Matchmaker’s dam is the noted Popes Whispers Della whose dam line goes back to Greenside Whisper. With a Maternal (milk) figure of +12, Matchmaker is another bull who has had great success in the show ring this season, being crowned Reserve Junior Interbreed Champion and the Simmental Male and Junior Champion at the Great Yorkshire show in July. Heading all the way to Cornwall, this bull was purchased by Steve and Gill Gummow, to work in their well-known Killiworgie Simmental herd in Newquay. Killiworgie Simmentals have bred five figure bulls at Stirling, are prolific herd competition winners in Cornwall and the South-West, and this year won the 2022 Simmental Virtual Show competition.
Matching the 8,000gns price tag and snapped up by Snaigow Farming, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, was the April 2021-born Team MacGregor, a heterozygous polled bull by Lopemede Gregg and out of Team Melody, a daughter of the 10,000gns Auchorachan Winger. Team MacGregor, with strong figures for calving ease and a Maternal (milk) figure of +9, was bred and exhibited by Mr R J Macgregor, Perth, Perth and Kinross. A small but high-quality offering of Simmental females averaged £3,045 for the eight sold. Topping the lots at 6,000gns was the stylish Springfield Minstrel from Gavin Brown, Penicuik, Midlothian. A 15-month-old heifer out of Woodhall Cheeky and sired by Islavale Jabba, Springfield Minstrel was purchased by JH and VG Wood, Dutton, Lancashire for their noted Popes herd. Commenting, Vikki Wood said: “This is just a dark red heifer with a lot of class and the type of female that we feel we could breed from for progeny aimed at the Stirling market.” The Woods went on to purchase four heifers in all from Gavin Brown, with Springfield Melody and Springfield Meg, being knocked down for 4,800gns and 4,000gns respectively, and Springfield Magic at 2600gns. Melody, a July 2021 born lass, is by the same sire as her 6,000gns shed mate Minstrel, Islavale Jabba, but this time bred out of Springfield Imogen, who goes back to the Irish-born Shiloh Freedom. Springfield Meg, who has been running with Kilbride Farm Landmark, is sired by Team Celtic and is out of Springfield Ivory, who also goes back to Shiloh Freedom. In the pre-sale show of bulls the Springfield herd had one red ticket and went on to sell bulls at 5,500gns, 5000gns and 4,000gns.
AVERAGES: 45 Bulls £7559 (+£1579) 8 Females £3045
OTHER LEADING BULL PRICES: 7,500gns Lot 646 Corskie Meldrew, sold to M Cruickshank 7,000gns Lot 688 Backmuir Mustang, sold to J & R Stanger 7,000gns Lot 691 Backmuir Macallan, sold to I J Blackhall & Sons 7,000gns Lot 731 Strathisla Mandarin, sold to W J Hollingsworth 6,5000gns Lot 647 Overhill House Marshall, sold to McKenzie Craiglands Ltd 6,500gns Lot 668 Auchorachan Malcom, sold to C & V Fraser 6,500gns Lot 680 Broombrae Monty, sold to A D Sutherland 6,500gns Lot 682 Auchorachan Magic, sold to A P Whyte 6,500gns Lot 733 Corskie Megastar, sold to C H Evans & Sons 6,000gns Lot 694 Islavale Merlin , sold to J Walker & Sons 6,000gns Lot 706 Blackford Mustang, sold to P & M Grant
Popes, Denizes, and Heathbrow combine to win Interbreed Team of Four
Hannah Wood and Callum Leedham win Young Breeders’ Stockjudging
The Royal Lancashire Show, Salesbury Hall, Ribchester, provided the stage for a quality line up of Simmentals at the breed’s 2022 English National Show held on Saturday 23rd July. In typically damp Lancashire conditions, the April 2020 born in-calf heifer Popes Princess Lumi from Messrs JH & VG Wood, Popes Farm, Dutton, Preston, lit up the day in front of the healthy ringside crowd when lifting the Supreme Overall Championship, and Female Championship titles before the judge Iain Green of the noted Corskie herd, Fochabers, Moray. Adding to what was a terrific couple of days for the Popes herd and the Simmental breed, Popes Princess Lumi went on to win the show’s Supreme Overall Interbreed title the following day and this time under the watchful eye of judge and well-known Carlisle auctioneer, James Little. From the many sponsors involved, the Overall Supreme Championship was sponsored by the Midlands based Town & Country Meats.
Popes Princess Lumis’ further win at the Simmental English National Show followed hard on the heels of the recent Great Yorkshire Show, where this stylish heifer had also won the breed’s Overall and Female Champion titles. With a pedigree packed full of top breeding lines, Popes Princess Lumi, who is in calf to Popes Barclay, is by the prolific AI bull Team Celtic 11 and is out of the herd’s decorated show cow Popes Princess Cleo EX95, who herself has previously secured Overall Interbreed titles at both the Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Shows respectively. Lumi’s granddam, Popes Nellys Princess was the Simmental Overall Supreme Champion at the blue riband Royal Show back in 2007 and, like her granddaughter, won the Royal Lancashire Show Interbreed in 2006. This female breeding line all goes back to Tintoside Nelly’s Wonder, a daughter of the breed’s much noted Cloford Nelly.
Commenting on his Supreme Champion, the Simmental judge Iain Green said: “This heifer was full of style and carried tremendous length and width whilst being very correct on her legs and good on her feet. She is a great example of the Simmental breed and just has everything to go on and be a top breeding female.” Of the show generally Iain Green went on to say: “It’s an absolute honour to have been asked to judge the Simmental English National Show and within what is a new venue for the event at the Royal Lancashire Show. I’d like to congratulate all of the exhibitors who entered what was a select and terrific show. The standard on display puts the breed on a sound footing for the future and the quality of the females really shone through.” A past British Simmental Cattle Society President Iain Green runs 200 pedigree breeding females along with 400 Simmental cross sucklers. No stranger to the show ring he has previously judged the Simmental section at such shows as the Balmoral Show; Royal Welsh; Stirling Bull Sales; Royal Norfolk; and interbreeds at the Royal Highland, and Three Counties to name a few.
For the 50 breeding female Popes herd, this was a second English National Show Supreme Championship, following on from a win with Popes Rhona back in 2018. With the Royal Lancashire being in the Wood’s home ‘backyard’, the Popes team enjoyed an outstanding show day and secured a host of titles including: Individual Interbreed; Supreme Simmental Champion; Female Champion; Male Champion; Junior Champion; The Pairs; and the Dam Group, to name a few. Quite a day! Speaking at the end of the day, Vikki Wood said: “It’s been a super Simmental show and just great to see the breed on the front foot and such an interest at ringside. We are really delighted to have done so well with the team and its extra special to win at the Royal Lancashire and a show where we can sleep in our own beds at night!” Of the Popes cattle forward Vikki Wood went on to say; “Our simple aim is just to continue to breed quality bulls and females that are market relevant, and that keep improving and modernising the Popes Simmental herd. Commercially the breed has all the attributes of milk, fertility, growth and terrific carcases. We think the Simmental is hard to beat in what it can offer commercial beef producers.”
Keeping it very much a day for the Red Rose county, the Reserve Overall Supreme Champion, and Reserve Female Champion came in the shape of the winner of Class Five, Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd from MA Barlow & Sons, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancs. Another Simmental female packed with quality bloodlines, the January 2020 born Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd parents are both previous Supreme Champions at the Royal Highland Show. The sire is Blackford Galaxy 15 whilst the dam is the multi title winning Auroch Eve, an Auroch Ace daughter. Of his Overall Reserve, Iain Green said: “Just another tremendous Simmental female. Again, a well grown heifer, full of length, and with great breeding potential.” Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd is in-calf to Denizes Lancelot who sold for 30,000gns at Stirling in February this year. The Reserve Overall Championship was sponsored by Carlisle auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington.
Denizes breeding also featured strongly in the Popes show line up with the bull Denizes Impressive, purchased by the Woods for 12,000gns at the Stirling February 2019 Sale, being the sire of a number of the day’s prize winners. Amongst these included the Overall Male Champion, and Overall Junior Champion, Popes Memphis who was at his first summer show. February 2021 born Popes Memphis is by Impressive and is out of Popes Diamonds IO. Again with plenty of breeding on the dam line, Diamonds is by Popes Fearless, who himself has featured in winning Royal Welsh and Great Yorkshire Pairs Interbreeds with Popes Princess Cleo, and is out of Clonguish Diamond who was purchased for 10,000 Euros in Ireland. Come the Sunday, Popes Memphis also picked up an Interbreed Championship when winning the title for Best Homebred animal. At the backend of 2021, Popes Memphis also won the Male Championship in the Simmental Calf Show at the English Winter Fair. Of Popes Memphis, Iain Green said: “This is a very impressive young bull with great potential. He has length and width and super locomotion. I’m sure this bull will go on to have a great future as a high-end breeder’s bull.” Describing him as ‘one of the best bulls we have bred to date’, Vikki Wood said that ‘a lot of interest’ has been shown in this exciting young bull who would now be aimed at the breed’s October Sale in Stirling.
Following this bull through from his class and to take Overall Reserve Male, and Junior Male Reserve was another from the Popes herd in the shape of Popes Matchmaker. Again by Denizes Impressive, this March 2021 born calf is out of the Banwy Wonderboy daughter Popes Whispers Della (TF) EX90. With a summer track record behind him, Popes Matchmaker had secured the Junior Interbreed Reserve and Simmental Male Championship at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.
Taking the Senior Bull title and the Lord Hesketh Cup was the 2018 born Dermotstown King Kong shown by David Donnelly, Atlow House, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. This bull, bred in Ireland, is by the well-known Dermotstown Delboy and is out of Broomfield Belle.
Back in the females, and the Burytown Trophy for the Best Senior Cow was won by the 2017 born Heathbrow Girlies Ivy from David and Lesley Sapsed, High Heath Farm, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Entirely homebred, Girlies Ivy is by Heathbrow Findlay 14, and is out of Heathbrow Girlie’s Freesia (P) (TF) EX93. A further title for the Heathbrow herd was secured when they won the Memorial Trophy for the Best Calf at foot with the January 2022 born Heathbrow Nova Star (P). Again with plenty of breeding behind him this heifer’s calf is by Heathbrow Important, the multi-title winning stock bull, and is out of Heathbrow Koko Star (P) the 2021 Supreme Simmental Overall Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show. Capping a fine show for this noted herd, Heathbrow won the Group of Four award, and also had Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel featuring in the winning Interbreed Team of Four.
Continuing the roll call of prizes, the Woods team also picked up the Junior Female Championship with the March 2021 born heifer Popes Trixies Mikala. Once more by Denizes Impressive, this calf is out of Popes Trixies Inoa whose grand dam is Greenside Trixie-Belle 5th, the mother of the herd’s noted bred bull Popes Laird. Popes Trixies Mikala was the Overall and Female Champion at the Simmental Calf Show held at Stafford in 2021, and this year was Simmental Reserve Junior at the Great Yorkshire.
Recapping the breed’s Interbreed success on the Sunday, the Supreme Beef Champion award went to Popes Princess Lumi; the winning Interbreed Team of Four comprised of Popes Princess Lumi, Popes Princess Maya, Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd, and Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel; the Interbreed Best Homebred animal was won by Popes Memphis 21; and the Reserve Interbreed Pair went to Popes Memphis 21 and Popes Trixies Mikala.
Special mention must also go to the Young Breeder’s Stockjudging held on the Saturday afternoon. Open to all breeds a fantastic eighteen young breeders of the future had a go with a heady mixture of enthusiasm and no little skill. The senior section prize went to Hannah Wood of the Popes herd, with Callum Leedham of the Grangewood herd, Pickering, North Yorkshire, picking up the junior section prize. Earlier in the day Callum had also secured the Forsdale Trophy for the Young Stockman within the English National Show. A huge thank you is extended to all of the sponsors for supporting this event and attending on Saturday, it is greatly appreciated. Thanks are also extended to Iain Green for a super judging job, to Mark Cleverdon for terrific show commentary that kept all informed, and to Ian Pickup and the Royal Lancashire show for so willingly hosting the English National Show. Thanks to the event organising committee for their hard work, and a ‘big up’ to Chris and Kath Martindale, John Barlow, Christina and Christine, and Richard Storer Smith for their help and support over the three days at the show. Lastly a very special ‘thank you’ is extended to all of the exhibitors who made the show by supporting it, bringing forward some tremendous cattle, and creating a special and fun atmosphere. Here’s to the 2023 Simmental English National Show which will be held at the Royal Norfolk Show on 28th & 29th June.
On behalf of the British Simmental Cattle Society, a massive thank you is extended to all companies who so readily sponsored the 2022 Simmental English National Show. It is so greatly appreciated by both the Society and the exhibitors. We loved meeting so many of the company representatives and very much hope that you enjoyed some Simmental hospitality and being involved with the event. A special ‘thank you’ is extended to our Gold Sponsors, Town & Country Meats Group Ltd; and to our three silver sponsors Harrison & Hetherington; the Cardboard Box Company; and Selby Livestock Market. Thank you also to our Bronze sponsors who were: Agri King; Veolia Organics; Barenbrug; Lloyds Animal Feeds; Barlow Trailers; Carrs Billington; Biobest Hi Health Herdcare; Galloway & MacLeod; Mha Moore & Smalley; Bakertilly International; Malpas Tractors; NFU Mutual; McCartneys Rural; Easyfix Livestock Comfort; Bata; and DB Foods.
2022 British Simmental National Show Results Saturday 23 July 2022 – Royal Lancashire Show Judge: Iain Green, Garmouth, Morayshire of the Corskie Simmental herd
Heifer, born on or after 1 April 2021 – kindly sponsored by NFU Mutual 1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Maya – s. Denizes Impressive 17
Heifer, born on or between 1 January and 31 March 2021 – kindly sponsored by Malpass 1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Trixies Mikala – s. Denizes Impressive 17 2 – Mr & Mrs AS & YA Leedham – Grangewood Miss Moneypenny – s. Ranfurly Impeccable I4 17 3 – James Griffin – Hemingford Madonna – s. Saltire Jaguar 18 4 – T & J Hassall – Fishpool Millie – s. Sterling Hugo 16
Heifer, born on or between 1 August and 31 December 2020 – kindly sponsored byCarrs Billington 1 – David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel – s. Scotland Hill Cairo 11 2 – T & J Hassall – Fishpool Lottie – s. Kilbride Farm Hans 16
Heifer, born on or between 1 April and 31 July 2020– kindly sponsored byAgri-King 1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi – s. Team Celtic 11
Heifer, born on or between 1 January and 31 March 2020– kindly sponsored byGalloway & McCleod 1 – M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15 2 – David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Lavender – s. Heathbrow Important 17
Cow or Heifer, born in 2019 in-milk with calf at foot or certified in calf and due to calve before 3 years of age – kindly sponsored byVeolia 1 – David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Koko Star – s. Scotland Hill Cairo 11
Cow, born in 2017 or 2018 in-milk or certified in calf at the time of the Show – kindly sponsored byBATA Ltd 1 – David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy – s. Heathbrow Findlay 14 2 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Nellys Ilia – s. Swingletree Emporor 13
Cow, born before 1 January 2017 in-milk or certified in calf at the time of the Show– kindly sponsored byMcCartneys 1 – J David Loftus – Blackpool Hosanna – s. Blackpool Ely 13
Bull, born on or after 1 April 2021– kindly sponsored byMoore & Smalley 1 – Mr & Mrs AS & YA Leedham – Grangewood Musketeer 21 – s. Ranfurly Impeccable I4 17 2 – M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Moreno 21 – s. Denizes Hamish 16 3 – M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Magic 21 – s. Denizes Hamish 16 4 – J H & V G Wood – Popes M Sport 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
Bull, born or between 1 January and 31 March 2021 – kindly sponsored byLloyds Animal Feeds 1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17 2 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Matchmaker 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17 3 – James Griffin – Hemingford Maverick 21 – s. Saltire Jaguar 18
Bull, born on or before 31 December 2019 – kindly sponsored byBiobest 1 – Mr D Donnelly – Dermotstown King Kong – s. Dermotstown Delboy
Pair of Animals of either sex entered in the above classes, the property of the same exhibitor– kindly sponsored by Biobest 1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 & Popes Trixies Mikala 2 – D A & L A Sapsed – Heathbrow Lavender & Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel
Group of Four – The best group of four to be owned or bred by the exhibitor– kindly sponsored byEasyfix 1 – D A & L A Sapsed – Heathbrow Lavender, Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel, Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy & Heathbrow Koko Star 2 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi, Popes Trixies Mikala, Popes Princess Maya & Popes Memphis 21
The Albert Clements Memoral Trophy for the Best Junior Heifer born on or after 1 January 2018 J H & V G Wood – Popes Trixies Mikala – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The Mary Sapsed Memorial Trophy for the Best Simmental Calf at Foot David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Nova Star 22 – s. Heathbrow Important 17
The Austrian Simmental Breeders Challenge Trophy for the Female Champion J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi – s. Team Celtic 11
The Swiss Cattle Breeders Cow Bell for the Reserve Female Champion M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
The Burytown Trophy for the Best Senior Cow David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy – s. Heathbrow Findlay 14
The Lord Hesketh Cup for the Best Senior Bull Mr D Donnelly – Dermotstown King Kong – s. Dermotstown Delboy
The Imex Plate for the Male Champion J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The Perpetual Challenge Swiss Cowbell for the Reserve Male Champion J H & V G Wood – Popes Matchmaker 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The New Zealand Society Trophy for the Best Junior Bull J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The BSCS Perpetual Silver Trophy and a Large Crystal Rosebowl for the Supreme Champion J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi – s. Team Celtic 11
The Crystal Rosebowl for the Reserve Supreme Champion M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
The Chandler Hargreaves Trophy for the Best opposite Sex to the Supreme Champion J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The Brinkton Trophy for the Best Junior Simmental born on or after 1 January 2018 J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The John Thornborrow Trophy for the Best Pair any age or sex bred by the exhibitor J H & V G Wood – Popes
The John Eastwood for the Best Dam Group of the Year Award J H & V G Wood – Tintoside Nelly`s Wonder – s. Sterling Parliamentarian
The Imex Plate (1st place) for the Breeder winning the most points in the classes J H & V G Wood – Popes
The Norbeck Trophy for the Senior Heifer J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi – s. Team Celtic 11
The RC Cup Rettie Perpetual Trophy for the Stockmen in charge of the Supreme Champion Nairn Wylie
The Forsdale Trophy for the Young Stockperson Callum Leedham
The Barlow Brothers Trophy for the Best Group of Four owned or bred by the Exhibitor David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow
Royal Lancashire ShowInterbreed Championships
Supreme Beef Champion (Judge Mr J Little) J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi – s. Team Celtic 11
Interbreed Best Homebred animal J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
Interbreed Team of Four Popes Princess Lumi, Popes Princess Maya, Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 & Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel
Great to see young Simmental bulls from JT Skelton, Waterloo Farm, Cockermouth, leading the trade at Harrison & Hetherington’s sale of young bulls and weaned cattle at Borderway Mart, Carlisle yesterday, 15th June. A day’s top price of £1280 was achieved and with Simmentals leading the averages for bulls at £1206.67. The top averages reflect a solid and growing demand for young Simmental bulls at Carlisle.
This sale follows the recent beef breeding sale at Carlisle that saw Messrs Barclay, South Road lead the cow and calf trade with a Simmental cross cow and calf making £4000.
Congratulations to Messrs J H and V G Wood, Dutton, Lancashire, who were awarded the British Simmental breed championship title at the Great Yorkshire show last week, with their April 2020-born heifer Popes Princess Lumi, who had previously topped the Heifer born in 2020 class. Sired by the popular AI bull Team Celtic 11, she is bred out of the Royal Welsh Show supreme beef champion Popes Princess Cleo.
Claiming the reserve championship title was the winner of the Cow or Heifer, in calf or with calf at foot class winner, Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy and her four-month-old bull calf Heathbrow Nationwide 22, who were bred and exhibited by D A & L A Sapsed, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Girlie’s Ivy is a 2014, heifers calf bred out of Heathbrow Girlie’s Freesia and sired by the homebred Heathbrow Findlay. Her bull calf Heathbrow Nationwide 22 is sired by the 10,000gns stock bull Blackford Galaxy 15.
Thank you to our esteemed judge Norman Robson, Kilbride Farm herd.
76 Bull born before 1 January 2021 1st Mr D Donnelly Dermotstown King Kong
77 Bull born on or after 1 January 2021 1st Messrs J H & V G Wood Popes Matchmaker 21
2nd Mrs H Clarke Williams Magnitude 21 3rd Mrs H Clarke Williams Malfoy 21 78 Cow or Heifer, in calf or with calf at foot, having had a certified calf before attaining age of 3 years 1st D A & L A Sapsed Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy & Nationwide 2nd D A & L A Sapsed Heathbrow Koko Star & Nova Star 3RD Messrs J H & V G Wood Popes Nellys Ilia 79 Heifer born in 2020 1st Messrs J H & V G Wood Popes Princess Lumi 2nd Mr P Gunther Fircovert Ladybird 3rd D A & L A Sapsed Heathbrow Lavender 80 Heifer born in 2021 1st Messrs J H & V G Wood Popes Trixies Mikala 2nd Mrs H Clarke Williams Ellie’s Maxine 3rd Mr P Gunther Fircovert Molly Best Bull Messrs J H & V G Wood Popes Matchmaker 21 Reserve Bull Mr D Donnelly Dermotstown King Kong Best Junior Messrs J H & V G Wood Popes Matchmaker 21
Reserve Junior Messrs J H & V G Wood Popes Trixies Mikala Best Female Messrs J H & V G Wood Popes Princess Lumi Reserve Female D A & L A Sapsed Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy & Nationwide Champion Messrs J H & V G Wood Popes Princess Lumi Reserve Champion D A & L A Sapsed Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy & Nationwide Group of Three Champion Popes Reserve Heathbrow Pair Champion Popes Reserve Heathbrow Reserve Interbreed Junior Champion Messrs J H & V G Wood Popes Matchmaker 21
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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