In what is a massive endorsement of British Simmental’s commercial abilities, recent data from AHDB’s National Beef Evaluations has confirmed that on average, calves by a Simmental sire finish 36 days earlier than those by continental sires and 46 days earlier than calves by native sires; Simmental sired calves can cost £72 less to finish; and that fast finishing equates to 5.4kg less CO2 equivalents. The data also highlights the advantages of Simmental females with continental sired calves out of Simmental dams finishing 29 days earlier than the average of all suckler dams! The Simmental breeds benchmark remains their milk, fertility, calving ease, and abilities to rear a fast-growing calf without creep feeding. It’s a package of efficiency and economics and commercial producers are recognising that Simmental genetics gives you more.
See here the latest bumper set of sales and sections topped by Simmental cattle in October: Caledonian Marts Ltd, Stirling, had forward 413 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale on 30th October. Bullocks averaged 279ppkg selling to 384ppkg for a pen of Simmentals from R Kenny, Robertsonlane. Heifers averaged 243ppkg selling to 318ppkg for a pen of Simmentals again from Robertsonlane.
In a sale of prime cattle at Exeter on 30th October, prime steers realised to £1595 (666kg x 240ppk) for a Simmental from Graham Tancock in from Broadclyst whilst further Simmental bullocks were close when making £1582 (610kg x 260ppk) for Michael Tooze of Brixham.
At Rugby Farmers Mart’s weekly sale on 30th October, top price in the steers went to PC & RA Nichols & Son for a Simmental at £2195.
In a sale of 655 rearing calves at Market Drayton on 30th October, Simmentals topped the all-breeds average for bull calves when levelling out at £363.
United Auctions Stirling sold 456 beef breeding cattle on 28th October. Leading the bulling heifers was SimxLuings from Allanton at £2400, and £2050. Cows with bull calves at foot reached £1950 for a Sim from Briarlands, with cows with heifer calves at foot reaching £2700 for a Sim from Lochlane.
At Tiree, United Auctions sold 715 suckled calves and store cattle and 68 breeding cattle on 28th October. Heifers sold to £1300 and including a pen of three 597kg Simmentals from D A Macarthur, Middleton to average £803.59 (+£104.45).
At Lerwick, Shetland Livestock Marketing Group in conjunction with Aberdeen and Northern Marts on 27th of October 2022 sold 492 Weaned Calves, Store Catle, Breeding and Cast Cows at their Annual Special Sale. “The biggest entry of cattle through the marts in many years seen 492 sell to levels not witnessed in Shetland before. Cast cows sold to a top of £1780 for a 938kg Simmental from Messrs Nicholson, Gilbraes.
On 27th October at Thainstone, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 1,001 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Weaned Calves. Top gross of the day went to the Stronach family Berryleys for a pen of 3 Simmental heifers scaling 614kg which fetched £2,020 followed by £2,000 twice for a pen of 4 Simmentals weighing 664kg and another pair of Simmentals scaling 624kg all consigned from Berryleys. Bulls sold to 287.9p per kg for a 396kg Simmental cross from South Auquhorthies, Oldmeldrum and £1,600 gross for a pair of 636kg Simmentals from Drumsleed, Fordoun.
In a sale of 360 weanlings at Ballymena on 27th October, heifers sold to £1210 for a 400kg Sim offered by P McConnell, Ligoniel. Lancaster’s sale of calves and weanlings on 27th October, saw Simmental crosses from FP&G Slater sold at £570 to top the steer calves.
In a small sale of prime cattle at Aberdeen & Northern Marts Thainstone on 26th October, Under 30 Month – Prime Bullocks sold to £1911 gross for a 780kg Simmental cross from Turfhillock, Drummuir. Prime Heifers sold to £1855.65 gross for a 695kg Simmental cross from Tewel Farm, Stonehaven. On the same day a sale of feeding bullocks averaged £1710 and sold to £2130 for a 1030kg Simmental cross from Longmuir, Mintlaw Station.
At Longtown market on 26th October, a much larger show of cast cows was forward, with 70% of the sale consisting of hill cows. The sale topped at £1,260 for a Simmental from JA & E Dinwoodie, Archerbeck, Canonbie.
In a sale of cast cattle at Gisburn on 26th October, beef bred cows saw highs of 193ppk for a Simmental from Ian & Rachel Pratt, Hebden bridge.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 501 Head of Adult Breeding Cattle at Thainstone on 25th October at their Annual show & sale of spring calving heifers sponsored by Agrimin and judged by Stephen & Raymond Martyn, Wester Bleaton. Champion pair or pen of three heifers went to a pair of Simmental Crosses from Gordon Dow, Upper Sauchen selling for £2900. Cow with Bull Calf at foot sold to £1880 for a Simmental Cross from North Chapelhouse, Old Meldrum.
On 25th October Harrison and Hetherington Ltd held their weekly sale of 560 store cattle at Carlisle. Heifers sold to £1860 for a Simmental x from Messrs Robinson, Rowell, Milnthorpe.
The third prize sale of suckled calves held at Truro on 25th October saw a tremendous trade. Heifers aged 8-12 months were topped at £880 by Simmental x’s from K Thomas, Helston.
At Oban on 24th October, United Auctions sold 201 breeding type Heifer Calves & 139 Adult Breeding Cattle. Heifers sold to £1100 for a pair of SimX from Ardencaple Farms, Clachan Seil to average £688.67 (+£38.73). In the Breeding section, in calf heifers sold to £2300 for SimX from Iris MacColl, Mid Farm.
In a sale of store cattle at Holmfirth on 24th October, the top price steer was a Simmental at £1145 from RD Newman sold to JB Eastwood & Sons.
On Tuesday 24th October at Brockholes Arms sale of store cattle, the heifer trade peaked at £1380 for Simmentals from J Aspinall & Son at eighteen months old.
A quality entry for Hallworthy’s second catalogued Suckled Calf sale on 24th October, saw over 500 passing through the ring and what a trade! Steer Calves topped at a grand £1250 for some outstanding Simmentals in from Jim Buckland of St Buryan who sold more to £1130.
In a sale of prime cows, stock bulls, and OTM cattle at Melton Mowbray on 24th October, a massive yarding of cows and OTM saw Simmentals lead the way and to 254.5p/kg from CJG Clarke.
On 23rd October, Lawrie and Symington Ltd, at Lanark market, had forward 232 cattle comprising of 52 bullocks and heifers, 121 cast cows and 59 calves and stirks. Beef cows sold to £1610 for a Simmental from Messrs Wainwright, Todhall Farm, Cupar.
At Quoybrae on 23rd October, Aberdeen & Northern Marts had a sale of weaned calves & store cattle, and Breeding Cattle. Store bullocks sold to £1,390 gross for a 484kg Simmental cross from Cruithni. Store heifers sold to 283.8p for a 458kg Simmental Cross and £1,480 gross for a 523kg Simmental cross from Cruthni, Tofts.
In a sale of 666 rearing calves at Market Drayton on 23rd October, Simmentals led the averages for heifers levelling out at £205.36. At Bentham markets suckled calf sale on 20th October, Fishwick Farms once again produced a wonderful run of mainly Simmental steers which were very well followed, topping at £1140 with bulls to £1200 with an overall average of £1068 achieved (+£197 on the year), and to feature in the top end prices.
Exeter’s sale of 792 store cattle, suckled calves, and stirks on 19th October saw Simmentals top both the bullocks and the heifers in the sale of 500 stores. Steers topped at £1590 given for a pen of four well grown Simmentals from John and Emily Northam of Wellington. The heifer section saw the Shervington family, Hittisleigh back and selling their outstanding Simmental cattle with heifers (26m) realising £1480 and £1420 with others (22m) making £1360 for John and Emily Northam.
On 19th October, United Auctions, Huntly sold 301 store cattle and OTM’S. Top gross in the bullocks was £1770 for a 725kg SimX from The Knowes, Deskford. Heifers sold to average 274.8p per kg selling to a top of 339.5p per kg for a pair of 542kg SimX’s from Law Farm, Insch. Top gross being £1840 for the same animals.
Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 609 Store Cattle at their sale in Ayr on 19th October. Top Price of the day was 320p for a pen of Simmental bullocks off Howcommon.
In a sale of calves at Oswestry on 19th October, Simmental bulls topped when selling to £320 & £305 from J R James & Son, Church Farm.
On 18th October, United Auctions, Stirling sold 876 store cattle & young bulls. Young bulls topped at £1040 for a Simmental from Glenkiln. 102 rearing cattle were forward at an additional sale on the same day. The sale topped at £825 for a SimX bullock from M/s Galbraith, Polliwilline – Campbeltown. Other leading stirk prices were £815×3 for Simms from Blair Castle Est.
On 18th October at Frome and a sale of cull cows, the top price was 173.00ppkg for an 800kg Simmental from CSA Holdings, Trowbridge.
At Lochmaddy on 17th October, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd sold 140 store, breeding and OTM cattle. Heifers averaged 268.4 per kg and sold to 320.0p per kg and £960 gross for a pair of Simmental Crosses from Druim Torrach Croft. OTM Cattle (11) averaged 126.5p per kg and sold to 150.0p per kg and £1,260 gross for a Simmental Cross Cow from Clachan Farm, Lochmaddy. C&D Auction Marts held their fortnightly Sale of Store Cattle in Dumfries on 16th October. Heifers to £1460 for Simmentals from Torwoodlee and Buckholm Estates.
At Rugby Farmers Mart on 16th October the trade for cows was led by CH Evans & Son with a Simmental at £1771. A further Simmental from the same home made £1658.
In a sale of 653 rearing calves at Market Drayton, Simmentals led the averages in both the bull calf and heifer calf sections. Simmental bull calves averaged £249.37, with Simmental heifer calves averaging £250.67.
Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly sale of cast cattle, store and breeding stock on Monday 16th October 2023. Forward were 382 cattle. Top per kilo of the week was a super Simmental OTM heifer from C Parker, Newsham Grange which reached 236ppk.
In a sale of barren cows on 16th October at Sedgemoor, a cracking red and white climbed to a sale top of £1,356.60 for R Bigwood.
Within Bakewell Market’s weekly sale on 16th October, an offering of 32 breeding cattle was topped by a 16-month-old Simmental bull from Storersmith Simmentals at £1800.
At Sedgemoor’s sale of 405 non-export calves on 14th October, congratulations to KP Silverthorne & Partners, who picked up the first Mastergen Synetics prize for the top price continental bull calf at £425, for a 1m Simmental. Other strong Simmentals to £380 and £328 from P Frost.
On 13th October, United Auctions, Dalmally, United Auctions held their Annual Show & Sale of Suckled Calves at Dalmally. 1059 calves were sold. Heifers sold to 373.2p/kg for a pen of 3 Simmentals from G Bannerman, Old Manse, Balmaha to average 275.7p/kg (+35.82p).
At Lancaster Auction Marts Sale of Calves, OTM and Store Cattle on 13th October, Beef cows sold to 199.5p/kg on two occasions including a Simmental x from T&M Halhead, Priest Hutton. For a further entry of predominantly feeding type cows, top gross was a Simmental x also from T&M Halhead achieving £1442.
Aberdeen & Northern Marts held a sale for a total of 150 Store Cattle forward from Orkney Consignors on 13th October at Thainstone. Heifers Sold to a top of 340.6p per kg for a 458kg Simmental from J W S Logie & Co, Lochend, Westray. Spring Born Bullock Calves Sold to £1,250 gross and 334.2p per kg for a pair of 374kg Simmentals from Millburn Farms, Harray. Spring Born Heifer Calves Sold to £1,010 for 370kg Simmental from Millburn Farms.
Also on 13th October at Thainstone, Aberdeen & Northern Marts sold 1110 store cattle, young bulls and young & weaned calves including a consignment of West Highland calves. Heifers (252) averaged 280.8p and sold to 340.6p per kg for a 458kg Simmental Cross from Lochend. Bulls sold to £1670 gross for a 640kg Simmental Cross from Ferniebrae, Lonmay.
At Frome’s store cattle sale on 13th October. RC & LJ Rann, IOW, sold their forward Simmental steers to £1535 (25mo) and £1485 to £1522 (all 20mo). Other well-presented Simmental steers equally dear selling at £1525 (20mo) from GW & M Pike & Son of Swanage. Quality non FABBL Simmental steers met a massive trade to £1400 (27mo) from Phil Stevens of Shepton Mallet.
United Auctions, Stirling sold 2035 store cattle & young bulls on 11th October. Heifers (811) sold to £1840 for a 524kg SIMX from Tinnis. Young Bulls (83) sold to £1280 for a SIMX from Kirkton of Mailler.
On 11th October AT Market Drayton, and a sale of 169 clean cattle and young bulls, steers were an absolute flyer and raced away to 310p (£1,882.80) for a Simmental from Mr Bob Yeomans, New Street Lane and who had further Simms to 296p (£1,793.76).
At Dungannon Farmers Mart on 11th October heifers topped at £1910 720kg Sim (266.00), presented by R Carson. Fat Cows sold to a height of £1340 for 795kg Sim presented by M Patterson.
In a sale of cull cows, heifers, and bulls on 11th October at Brockholes Arms Auction Mart, a consignment of Simmentals lead the way from M Noblet with cows peaking at and OTM heifers selling to 210p/kg.
At Truro’s sale of over 350 store cattle and suckled calves on 11th October, steers topped at £1590 for a very smart trio of 19-month-old Simmentals on behalf of Messrs ID & SS Backway of St Eval, Wadebridge. The same vendor also had the top price of £1390 for a Simmental which topped the section of 18-month-old heifers. In the second prize sale of suckled calves, Heifers born after 1st March 2023 were topped by a Simmental from Messrs J & R J Nankervis of Zennor at £870. The same vendor topped the heifers up to seven-months-old with another Simmental x at £770, and in the steers up to seven-months-old took the second top price of £870.
Thirsk held a sale of 105 store heifers and 75 store steers on 10th October. Heifers sold to £1550 for a Simmental X from AJ & JM Appleby, Nether Silton.
In a sale of OTM/barren cows on 10th October at Llandovery, the trade was topped at £1440 for a 730kgs Sim X from TJ&EM Higgins, Penlan.
On Monday 9th October at Lanark, Lawrie and Symington Ltd had forward 155 cattle comprising of 45 bullocks and heifers, 110 cast cows and 29 calves and stirk. Beef cows sold to 236p/pk for a Sim from Messrs Orr, Lawhead Farm, Tarbrax.
At Bakewell on 9th October the offering of breeding cattle was topped by a 14-months-old Simmental bull at £1780 from Renshaw & Brassington, Church Broughton.
At H&H’s sale of prime cattle at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on 9th October, the Simmental trade was topped at £2028 for heifers from Newbie Mains. Messrs Sisson & Sons, Kelbarrow sold the top priced Simmental cow for 914kg, 199.5p, £1823 bought by Frank Smart.
In a sale of breeding cattle at Gisburn on 7th October, cows and calves topped at £2000 for a Simental cow and calf from Peter Howarth. On the same day, Simmental young bulls sold to a top of £1360 for E & M Fairhurst.
On 6th October at Thainstone, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 1248 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Heifers (335) averaged 283.4p and sold to 384.3p per kg for a 484kg Simmental from Myres, South Ronaldsay.
Aberdeen & Northern Marts at Thainstone on 6th October, sold a total of 255 Store Cattle forward from Orkney Consignors. Bullocks Sold to a top of £1,820 (twice) gross for a pair of 616kg Simmental and a 616kg AA from Hilton Farm, Balfour, Shapinsay and to 326.7p per kg for a Pair of Simmentals from P & A Kemp, Hunchaquoy, Swannay. Heifers Sold to a top of £1,860 gross and 384.2p per kg for a 484kg Simmental from A T Annal & Son, Myres, South Ronaldsay.
At Exeter’s sale of 533 store cattle and stirks on 6th October, grand Simmental steers (28m) from Cyril Emmett in from Aylesbeare headed that section when reaching £1650 for a pair whilst another couple (20m) of the same breed eased to £1550 apiece for Douglas Horton and Family of Kingsbridge and younger sorts (17m) from Jason Northcott of Saltash ran to £1440. In the sale of 103 stirks, and asuckled calves, Simmental cross steers (9m) from MA Stephens up from Plymouth topped at £870.
At Frome’s store cattle sale on 6th October, young heifers were topped at £1040 by 16-month-old Simmentals from PJ&PF Samways, Swanage. The same vendor sold 16-month-old Simmental steers to £1278.
In a sale of cast cows and bulls at Aberdeen & Northern Marts Thainstone on 5th October, beef finished Cows (88) averaged £1581.76 and sold to £2090 for a 986kg Simmental from Towiemore, Keith.
At the store cattle sale at Hallworthy on 5th October, ID & SS Backway sold an outstanding run of Simmental x Steers to £1640 to feature in the top prices. Their next four Steers by the Simmental to £1540, with another trio of Simmental x Steers away at £1485 all around the 16-17 months. G & M Williams took the honours in the heifer section with a superb Simmental x Heifer deep bodied and well fleshed to £1400.
At Dungannon Farmers Mart on 4th October, an excellent entry of quality calves saw male calves sell to a top of £1400 for a 375kg Sim (372.00) presented by D Litter.
Holsworthy’s sale of 370 store cattle on 4th October saw another terrific entry. Top call was £1440 for a 18mth single suckled Simmental steer from Mr RE Dennis of Bradworthy who sold three other single suckled Simmentals at £1340 and one at £1320.
At Thainstone, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 93 Head of Adult Breeding Cattle on 4th October. The annual show & sale of breeding cattle kindly sponsored by James Milne Chartered Accountants, was judged by Robbie & Jamie Adam, Ternemny Farm, Knock, who picked the Simmental Cross Heifer with an Autum born Limousin Heifer calf from E M Smith, Towiemore, Keith as Champion and which sold to £4000 too W J Jack & Sons, Woodend. The reserve champion went again to E M Smith, Towiemore for a Simmental Cross Heifer with an Autum born Limousin Bull calf which sold at £4050 too I D Stewart, Reisgill. The top price of the sale today was £4200 which also went to E M Smith, Towiemore for a Simmental Cross Heifer with an Autum born Limousin Bull calf which was also purchased by I D Stewart, Reisgill.
On 4th October, United Auctions, Stirling sold 1666 store cattle & young bulls. Young Bulls sold to £1750 for a SIMX from Dunolliebeg, and £1750 from Innerwick. OTM bulls sold to £2190 for a Sim from Fernie Mill. At Melton Mowbray’s sale of stores and breeding cattle on 4th October, 14-month-old Simmental heifers from Emma Long led the store heifer trade when selling to £1385.
Wooler Mart held their annual Show & Sale of Store Cattle and Autumn born cattle, competing for The Bobby Robinson and The Spence Cowans Trophy, on 3rd October. Topping the day’s trading was Duncan J Ord, Chatton Park with a thumping Sim.x Steer at £1840.
Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 199 Calves and Stirks at their weekly sale on 3rd October at Ayr. Bullock stirks sold to a top of £1060 for a Simmental Cross off Messrs Miller, Baidlandhill. In-calf cows sold to a top of £1550 for a Simmental from Roddinghead.
On Monday 2nd October at Rugby Farmers Mart’s weekly sale, the trade for bulls was topped at £2290 for a 954kg Simmental from CH Evans & Son.
Within Bakewell Market’s weekly sale on 2nd October, the OTM bulls were led by a 4-year-old Simmental bull at £2380 from BD&JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor.
It’s a cost-conscious industry and beef producers continue to future-proof their herds and key in on the efficiencies and value that Simmental genetics can deliver. The Simmental’s benchmark is their milk, fertility, calving ease, temperament, and abilities to rear a fast-growing calf without creep feeding. Add in that AHDB data continues to show the breed as the number one continental breed for age at slaughter, and it just collectively highlights that adding Simmental genetics gives you super maternal performance and top-class carcass traits. See here the latest sales and sections topped by Simmental cattle in September:
Aberdeen and Northern Marts, on 28th September at Thainstone, sold 299 Cows and Bulls to average £1385.54 or 189p Per Kg. Beef Finished Cows (102) averaged £1664.51 and sold to £2110 for a 1022kg Simmental cross from Lower Hobbister, Stennes. At a sale of prime cattle on the same day, Young Bulls sold to £2247.15 gross for a 1065kg Simmental from Drumsleed, Fordoun.
Also at Thainstone on 28th September, Aberdeen & Northern Marts held a sale of Cast Cows and Bulls from Orkney consignors. Beef Cows sold to £2,110 gross for a 1022kg Simmental from S & J Sclater, Lower Hobbister, Stenness. Young Bulls sold to £1,657.10 gross and to 227p per kg for a 730kg Simmental from G W & E Wilson, Howequoy, Holm.
In a sale at Skipton on 27th September, RD Elliott of Tadcaster sold fleshy Simmentals at £1780 and £1660, with Simmentals topping the feeding cow averages at £1498.
On 27th September Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly sale of calves at Carlisle. Top price was £650 from regular travelled consignor Messrs Connell, East Drummodie for an outstanding Dairy x Simmental. In the heifers, Connell Farms topped the Simmental section at £475.
Dungannon Farmers Mart on 27th September saw steer prices remain steady to peak at £1860 for a 705kg Sim (264.00) presented by J Casey, £1720 645kg Sim (267.00), £1580 605kg Sim (261.00).
In a sale of calves at Oswestry on 27th September, Simmental bulls sold to £245 (twice), £242 & £240 from J R James & Son, Church Farm.
On 26th September at Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd sale of prime cattle, prime bullocks averaged 233.0 per kg and sold to 243.0p per kg for a 710kg Simmental cross from Allanglach Farm, Kessock and £1,758.40 gross for a 785kg Simmental cross also from Allanglach Farm.
In a sale of calves and weanlings on 26th September at Brockholes Arms Auction Mart, Preston, a consignment of suckler bred Simmentals at 4/5mo from Melvyn Knowles and Nicola Mason lead the way selling to £650 for heifers and bulls to £565 with other heifers to £540 and £515. On the same day, the market topped at £2201 for a Simmental stock bull C & J Bennett.
In a sale of calves and stirks at Ayr on 26th September, bullock stirks were topped by a Simmental Cross at £1240 from Bowfield.
On 25th September, Penrith & District Farmers’ Mart LLP held their fortnightly sale of Prime Cattle. A selection of well-fed young Simmental bulls topped at £1806.88/245.5ppk for 736kg from Messrs Pearson, Manor Farm, purchased by Jewitt Meat Company, with this consignment of four averaging £1722.84/244ppk.
At Rugby market on 25th September, the trade for cows was topped by a Simmental in the PPK and PPH from Greyhound Estates weighing 770kilo and 220ppk to £1694.
At Tiree on 23rd September, UA’s sale of store cattle saw top price go to a Simmental Bullock from C Coghill, Middleton at £1550.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts on 22nd September at Thainstone sold 1248 Store Cattle & Weaned Calves. Heading the bullocks between 501-550kg was Kingshouse with a SimX at £1,700. Leading the 551-600kg bullocks was Cott of Holland with a SimX £1,785. Topping the 601-650kg section was Kingshouse with a SimX at £1,740. 651-700kg saw Cott of Holland lead again with a SimX at 265p, whilst Hallbreck led the 751-800kg bullocks with a SimX at 248p. In a sale of 261 Weaned heifer Calves, the top gross price was £1880 for a 540kg Simmental cross from Towie, New Aberdour.
At Frome’s store cattle sale on 22nd September, Simmentals were to the fore in many of the categories. Crossbred Simmental cows with Charolais calves from Richard & Jeff Stevens were eagerly sought and often £1500 – £1750 and twice over £1800 peaking at an amazing £1900! In the young continentals, high quality Simmentals 15mo from Mickey Lovell had a storming trade at £1262. More super Simmental (12mo) from RE Dury at £1140. Simmental steers wanted and sold well to £1262 (only 15mo) from Mickey Lovell of Southampton. Good feeding Simmental steers also wanted and sold to a fast trade at £1158 (22mo) from Rob Harrison & family of Babcary.
Also at Thainstone on 22nd September, Aberdeen & Northern Marts had a total of 180 Store Cattle forward from Orkney Consignors. Heifers Sold to a top of 309p per kg for a 492kg Simmental from G M R & F Sandison, Hindatoon, Harray.
At Hallworthy on 21st September, a grand entry of 375 store cattle forward sold to a packed ring of buyers, as the beef keeps creeping up the store trade remains very strong. Top call was £1645 for an outstanding run of Simmentals forward from AP & DJ House of St Issey, others to £1500, £1480, £1450, £1425 and £1360.
At Thainstone on 21st September, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 226 Cows and Bulls to average £1578.19 (+96.66) or 205p. Boning Cows averaged £767.85 and sold to £850 for a 496kg Simmental cross. Beef Finished Bulls averaged £1834.64 and sold to £2170 for a 1240kg Simmental from Ballaggan, Dores. On the same day and a sale of Cast Cows, Bulls and Prime Cattle forward from Orkney consignors, beef cows sold to 261.7p per kg for a 630kg Simmental from K D Eunson, Braebuster. Mature Bulls Sold to £1,810 for a Simmental from D P Nicholson & Co, Quoys, South Ronaldsay.
On Wednesday 20th September Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly sale of calves at Carlisle with 401 head forward. ‘Simmentals were in high demand’ at £505 from Messrs Spence, Haregills Farming Company.
At Dungannon Farmers Mart on 20th September, fat cows sold to a height of £1770, for an 865kg Simm (205.00) presented by S Casey.
Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 118 Calves and Stirks at their weekly sale on 19th September at Ayr. Heifer stirks were topped by Simmental Crosses at £1000 and £900 from Langalbuinoch.
At the sale of store cattle at Brockholes Arms Auction Mart, Preston, on 19th September, the stronger cattle were the headline catchers today. Mr M Sacker, Longton, led the way with a 16mth old Sim x at £1580.
Within Lawrie & Symington’s sale of prime cattle on 18th September at Lanark, the section of cast cows and bulls saw beef cows sell to a top of £1970 for a Simm from Messrs MacLean, Kilblaan Farm, Campbeltown who had another at £1850.
C & D Auction Marts held their fortnightly sale of store cattle in Dumfries on 18th September 2023, with 442 forward. Bulls were led by a Simmental at £1400 from Hartbush.
In a sale of busk calves and stirks at Sedgemoor on 16th September, top price rose to £1020 (13m) for a Simmental steer from RH Gibson & Sons, who sold others to £985 (13m) and £950 (3x 12m). In a sale of 529 non-export calves on the same day, top was £410 for a strong 1m Simmental for P Frost, who sold another at £375. Other young Simmentals to £310 RJ Edwards.
At Thainstone on 15th September, Aberdeen & Northern Marts saw a total of 331 Store Cattle forward from Orkney Consignors. Conventional Heifers sold to 328.2p per kg for a pair of 454kg Simmentals from P & E Budge, Burn, South Ronaldsay. Heifers between 451-500kg were led by Burn St Margarets Hope with a SimX at 328.2p.
At Exeter on 15th September, a sale of 175 stirks and suckled calves saw another good trade in particular for the suckler bred types with the best from Julie Bullock in from Down St Mary selling Simmental cross steers to £900 (10m).
At Thainstone on 14th September, Aberdeen & Northern Marts held a sale of Cast Cows, Bulls and Prime Cattle from Orkney consignors. Mature Bulls Sold to £2,010 gross for a 1188kg Simmental from H & I Sinclair, Braehead, Stromness. On the same day, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 206 Cows and Bulls to average £1481.53 (205ppk) Beef Feeding Cows (83) averaged £1301.51 and sold to £1685 for a 754kg Simmental from Wellheads, Huntly. Bulls averaged £1669.06 and sold to £2010 for a 1188kg Simmental from Braehead, Cairston.
SIMMENTALS LEAD BULLOCKS AND HEIFERS AT UA’S SALE OF 1406 STORE CATTLE At Stirling on 13th September, United Auctions sold 1406 store cattle & young bulls. Bullocks (654) – averaged 278.68p to 328.50p per kg for a 277kg SIMX from Greenhill. Heifers (732) – averaged 269.08p to 316.10p per kg for a 465kg SIMX from Burnbrae. Strathisla Farms led the OTM bulls with a Simm at £2110.
At a sale of store cattle at Oswestry on 13th September, the top price was a cracking £1445 (311p/kg) paid for a Simmental steer aged 13 months sold by P L Davies, Sarnau. Leading the gross prices at £1630 (302ppkg) was a 17-month-old Simmental steer (pictured) from RE Jones & Son, Maesllymystyn, Foel, Welshpool. Simmental bulls sold to £300 from I G Evans & Son, Pendugwn, to lead the calf trade! In a sale of calves and stirks at Melton Mowbray on 13th September, some storming calves forward, with quality flying. Top of the tree saw Chandler & Dickman selling to £395 for Simmental heifer calves. Top stirks saw J Fuller over from Kings Lynn with Simmental x Steers to £760 at 7 months.
In the sale of prime cattle at Truro on 13th September, topping the steers on the day was a cracking run of bullocks from Messrs R E, G L & M R Body of Hayle with their Simmental x flying away at 269p/kg to R J Trevarthen Ltd of Roskrow.
In a sale at Ayr on 12th September, the trade for cast cows was led by a Simm at £1900 from Barscarrow.
At Thirk’s sale of store cattle on 12th September, young bulls were in demand and sold to £1500 for a Simmental X from RW Inglis, Howden.
Within Lawrie & Symington’s sale of prime cattle on 11th September at Lanark, the trade for young bulls was led at £1870, and 272p per kilo for Simms from East Merkland.
In a sale of prime cattle at Sedgemoor on 11th September, heifers sold to a tremendous £1,801.10 for a 719kg Simmental from TR Michell, who sold another at £1,781.50 (700kg).
At Hallworthy on 11th September and the TB restricted market report, 160 cattle through Hallworthy TB with a very solid trade. Top spot saw W E Uglow of Telash with a super Simmental x steer strong and plenty of power to £1500, his next in the ring realising £1400.
In a sale of prime bulls at H&H’s Carlisle, Borderway Mart on 11th September, Simmentals sold to £2208.47 for 1107kg from Messrs Ward, West Mains, Lanark purchased by Alan Jarvis, and to feature in the leading prices.
At Skipton’s sale of 139 stirks on 9th September, Sim bullocks from JE Greenwood, Denholme sold to £890 to lead the trade.
In Sedgemoor’s sale of 1099 store cattle, grazing cows, and stirks on 9th September, top was £1775 for two huge Simmental steers from CE Hepher, West Sussex.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts on 8th September, sold 399 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves at Thainstone. Heifers (144) averaged 277.5p and sold to 351.8p per kg for a 398kg Simmental Cross from Bogs of Kininmonth, Kininmonth.
In a sale of 508 store cattle and stirks at Exeter on 8th September, a couple of stunning Simmentals (26m) topped the heifer section, and the sale overall, when selling for a massive £1800 apiece for Alan Brazier of Poltimore.
On 7th September at Thainstone, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 168 Cows and Bulls to average £1,540.60 (+ £51.55, 210p per kg). Beef Feeding Cows (67) averaged £1,374.77 (+2.02) and sold to £1,730 for a 792kg Simmental Cross from Veltigar, Tankerness.
On 7th September and a sale of 394 weaned calves at Whitland Mart, the trade was hot on all types through and through. Top of the day was £1,220 for a 15 mth Simmental weaned bull from Harvey, Rhoscrowther.
At Hallworthy’s sale of 170 store cattle on 7th September, G H A & M U Faull of Helston saw his top of a tremendous run of 25 cattle to £1535 for a deep bodied and well fleshed Simmental x Steer, and to feature in the top prices.
In a sale of stores and breed cattle at Melton Mowbray on 6th September, a handy summer show kicked off with the first part of the herd dispersal on behalf of LJ & T Jones, selling British Blue Cows with Simmental Calves to £1780, with others to £1750 and £1720.
On 7th September at Huntly and UA’s sale of store cattle and OTMs, the OTMs saw a top gross of £2120 for a Sim from Corskie, Garmouth.
C&D Auction Marts Limited had a large offering of cast cows forward on 7th September at Longtown and although the majority were non-farm assured, a brisk trade was met throughout. The sale topped at £1,311 for a Simmental from TL Hogg & Son, Ryehills, Canonbie.
SIMMENTALS LEAD STORE BULLOCKS & HEIFERS; YOUNG BULLS; & BREEDING CATTLE AT STIRLING At Stirling on 6th September, United Auctions sold 1009 store cattle & young bulls. Also 148 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Also sold was 182 Breeding cattle. Bullocks (620) sold to £2000 for a 802kg SIMX from West Bank. Heifers (368) sold to £1885 for a 662kg LIMX from Nether Dalkeith. Young Bulls averaged 255.74p to 275.60p for a SIMX from Glenturk and £1775 for a SIMX from Glenturk. Beef Cows and Bulls (117) – averaged 191.26p to 262.90p per kg for a SIMX from Blackburn. The 182 breeding cattle saw Cows & Calves topped by a Simmental from Balrobert at £2300. Other Simmental cows & calves – Scallisaig £2050 & £2000×2; Maidencoats £2000 x2; Kiloran £1800, £1700 & £1650. A Simmental from Tulloch Farms led the in-calf heifers at £1720.
Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 121 Calves and Stirks at their weekly sale at Ayr on 5th September. Top Price Stirk was £1240 x 2, for a pair of Simmental Cross Heifers off Messrs Stevenson & Son, Auchenflower.
At H&H’s primestock sale at Carlisle on 4th September, an increased entry of 300 cast cows and stock bulls was forward with all classes being sharper on the week. Messrs Goldie, Newbie Mains sold the top priced cow, a 965kg Simmental, at 215.5p totalling £2079 to Frank Smart.
C & D Auction Marts held their fortnightly sale of store cattle in Dumfries on 4th September 2023 with 320 Forward. Heifers to £1390 for Simms from Millhill Farms and 288.5p/kg for Simms from M&R Weir, Dressertland.
At the sale of store cattle on 2nd September at Worcester, the top price per kilo steer was a 17 month old Simm from J Moore at 236ppkg.
At Thainstone on 1st September, Aberdeen & Northern Marts had a total of 71 Store Cattle forward from Orkney Consignors. Bullocks Sold to a top of £1,600 gross for a 566kg Simmental from K D Eunson, Braebuster, Deerness.
There’s more to Simmental. Beef producers are keying in on the efficiencies and value that Simmental genetics can deliver. The Simmental’s benchmark is their milk, fertility, calving ease, temperament, and abilities to rear a fast-growing calf without creep feeding. Add in that AHDB data continues to show the breed as the number one continental breed for age at slaughter, and it just collectively highlights that adding Simmental genetics gives you super maternal performance and top-class carcass traits. See here the latest sales and sections topped by Simmental cattle in August:
Aberdeen and Northern Marts on 31st August sold 75 Prime Cattle at Thainstone. Prime bullocks averaged 268.8p and sold to £2119.25 gross for a 865kg Simmental cross from Daies, Wardhouse. On the same day ANM sold 243 cast cows and bulls to average £1489.05 or 200p. Beef Feeding Cows (133) averaged £1376.79 and sold to £1710 for a 708kg Simmental cross from Nessbreck, Harray.
United Auctions, Stirling on 30th August sold 997 store cattle & young bulls. Also 118 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Also sold was 30 rearing cattle. Beef Cows and Bulls (87) – averaged 194.50p to 231.10p per kg for a SIMX from Forestmill.
In a sale of 307 store cattle at Exeter on 30th August, an excellent entry saw a flying trade from start to finish. Several good meat cattle topped at £1340 for a 24mth Simmental steer from Messrs Docton Farm Partnership of Hartland.
In a sale of prime cattle at Frome on 30th August, Simmental cattle featured at the top end of the prices with Simm UTM steers at 264.50ppkg and £1666 from DJ&VM Norman. Simmental UTM heifers from Simmental HJ Marklove, Swindon sold to 256ppkg and £1558.
In a sale of store cattle at Oswestry on 30th August the trade was led at £1680 (280p/kg) paid for a Simmental steer sold by D D & M Williams, Llanyblodwel.
Truro Livestock Market’s sale of store cattle on 30th August saw the trade for year old heifers led by a Simmental x to £845 for Messrs G S & K M Trevail of Bugle, St Austell.
At Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd’s weekly sale at Ayr on 29th August, cast bulls sold to 219.7p for a Simmental from H Gilbert, Whiteridden. Beef Cows sold to £1700 for a Simmental Cross from A Baird, Langholm.
In a sale of store cattle at Melton Mowbray on 29th August, top spot went to a Simmental bull from A Webster selling to £2200. In a sale of prime cattle at H&H’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on 28th August a 703kg Simmental cross from Messrs Stamper, Rose Farm, Cockermouth sold to £2007.07 and purchased by Mr Eric Hall to feature in the top prices. On the same day Messrs Dyet, East Merkland sold the top priced Simmental Bull for £2039 to Pickstock’s.
In a sale of barren cows at Sedgemoor on 28th August, the top price was 199.5ppk for a good, stretchy and fleshed 800kg Simmental cow from NF Newman.
On 28th August, Penrith & District Farmers’ Mart LLP held their fortnightly Sale of 173 Store Cattle & Feeding Bulls. The trade for store bulls was led by a Simmental at £1275 from Bowness Farm.
In a sale of breeding cattle at Gisburn on 26th August there was no let-up in trade. Bulls sold to a high of £3100 for a pedigree Simmental from JH Wood, Dutton.
On 25th August at Thainstone, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 447 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Bullocks (225) averaged 289.5p and sold to £1800 gross for a 646kg Simmental from Rockyden, Meikle Wartle.
In a sale of 392 store cattle and stirks at Exeter on 25th August cattle beginning to come out in bigger numbers now with those choosing to sell taking advantage of the present high prices well rewarded. Store steers rose to £1700 given for an imposing trio of Simmentals (28m) from Fooks Brothers of Bridport whilst younger (20m) Simmentals ran to £1590 for Keith White and Family in from Sandford, also much later born Simmental bullocks (13m) from K and L Slade, Widecombe in the Moor drew £1340 for a pair. A sale of calves on the same day saw a bunch of weaned Simmental bulls from William Hosegood of Zeal Monachorum sell well to a top price of £405 x3 with others to £380 x2. Heifer calves including weaned Simmentals also from William Hosegood led the section at £390.
Hexham and Northern Marts held its weekly sale of 269 catalogued cattle from across the North of England on 25th August. In the cattle 11-16 months, Simmental x steers from Longlea topped this section at £1650, with others from the same home at £1440, £1380 & £1320.
At Lancaster Auction Mart on 25th August, the monthly sale of stirks saw 100 forward. Steers sold to a top price of £940 and including Simmental x from R&J Parkinson, Preesall.
Aberdeen & Northern Marts on 24th August at Thainstone saw a total of 52 Cast Cows, Bulls and Prime Cattle forward from Orkney consignors with leading prices seeing beef cows sold to £2,170 gross for a 984kg Simmental from N M & A Kemp, Moa, Stenness.
On Wednesday 23rd August, Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly sale of bulls and weaned cattle at Carlisle. Simmental topped the bulls at £1310 and from Messrs Goldie, Newbie Mains.
In a sale of 322 calves at Holsworthy on 23rd August, weaned heifer calves were led by Simmentals to £450 for RWH Dilling, Highampton. In a sale of 145 stores on the same day, top price was £1335 for a good long meat non FA Simmental heifer from MR BJ Yelland of Holsworthy, who sold others at £1300 and £1255.
At Market Drayton’s sale of 175 store cattle on 23rd August, the heifer trade was led by a Simmental at £1,580.00 from Edwards Farming Ltd.
Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 115 Prime and Cast Cattle at their sale in Ayr on 22nd August. Cows topped at £1860 for a Simmental from Rushaw.
In a sale of rearing calves and weanlings at Brockholes Arms Auction Mart on 21st August, Garstang, the trade peaked at £570 for a 3 month old suckler bred Simmental bull calf from Ron Loftus.
On Monday 21st August at Lanark, Lawrie and Symington Ltd had forward 118 cattle comprising of 50 bullocks and heifers, 68 cast cows. Young Bulls per head sold to £1786, and 265ppkg for Sims from East Merkland.
In a sale at Bakewell on 21st August the trade for OTMs was led at £1715.70 for a Sim from R Wood, Middleton; £1627.08 for a Sim from WP Carson & Son, Grange Mill; and £1512.90 for a Sim from R Wood, Middleton.
On 18th August, Aberdeen and Northern Marts at Thainstone sold 105 Head of Adult Breeding Cattle. Leading prrices from the reduction sale of Innes Farms, Cairnhill saw Simm breeding to the fore and with prices Including: Heifer with Heifer Autumn Calf: Sim – £3,250; Heifer with Bull Autumn Calf: Sim – £3,100, £3,050, £2,900, £2,750, £2,550; SimX – £2,450; Cow with Bull Autumn Calf: Sim – £3,050 (X2), £2,900, £2,800; SimX – £2,900, £2,850 (X2) Cow with Heifer Autumn Calf: Sim – £3,250, £3,150, £3,050; SimX – £3,000, £2,850 (X2); Heifer with Heifer Spring Calf: Sim – £2,900, £2,850 Heifer with Bull Spring Calf: Sim – £2,900 (X2), £2,850 Cow with Bull Spring Calf: SimX – £2,850, £2,800, £2,700 Cow with Heifer Spring Calf: SimX – £2,750, £2,700. Other Leading prices out with reduction, £2,550 for a Simmental Heifer with a Limousin Cross heifer Calf from Upper Sauchen, Ordhead.
Hexham & Northern Marts held its weekly catalogued sale of 112 Store Cattle on 18th August. R Harrison & Son, Peddar Hill, Longtown sold a marvellous run of 25 Angus x Simmental x steers, hailing out of dairy mothers, going on to average £1510. Lancaster Auction Mart’s sale of calves, OTM and store cattle on 18th August saw OTM heifers sell to 239.5p/kg and £1379 for a Simmental x from BW&LM Kirkby, Wennington.
At Hallworthy’s sale of store cattle on 17th August, a tremendous entry of 355 quality Cattle sold to a top twice at £1555. First to hit the £1555 was ID & SS Backway of St Eval, with their Simmental x Steers which were a credit, blocky well fleshed Steers which looked a picture, their next trio ran in at £1500, with their next two bunches to £1460 and £1440, all around the 18 months. At Thainstone on 17th August, Aberdeen & Northern Marts saw a total of 24 Cast Cows and Bulls and forward from Orkney consignors with leading prices seeing beef cows sold to £1,790 gross for a 898kg Simmental from J W S Wishart, Knockhall, South Ronaldsay.
At Truro’s sale of store cattle on 16th August, a very good entry saw 110 going under the hammer. An excellent run of cattle from Messrs I D & S S Backway of St Eval topped both the steer and heifer sections with their best pair of 17 month old Simmental steers realising £1500 away to Mr A C Chudleigh of Lawhitton and their best pair of 16 month old Simmental heifers away at £1325 to Messrs W A Rapson & Sons of Milton Abbot.
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, on 16th August sold 104 store cattle, 50 adult head of breeding cattle and 44 OTM cattle. Heifers (59) averaged 258.6p per kg and sold to 324.8p per kg for a pair of 505g Simmental crosses from Torran Farm, Delny and £1,640 gross for a pair of 552kg Simmental crosses also from Torran Farm, Delny. Cow with calf at foot (37) sold to £2,100 gross for a Simmental cross cow and calf from Morvich Farm. Cow in calf (4) sold to £1,450 gross for a Simmental cross from Morvich Farm, Rogart.
At Holsworthy’s sale of 220 store cattle on 16th August, best meat types saw a strong trade to a top of £1370 for a 21mth Simmental from Messrs EG Bluett & Son of North Tamerton who sold other Simmental steers to £1300. Finished cattle saw a top of 196p for a good meat non FA Simmental steer from Mr WM Bridgman of Jacobstow.
In a sale of 206 store cattle on 16th August at Market Drayton, the trade was topped by a 629kg Simmental steer at £1,760.00 from D. & A. Warrington.
At United Auctions, Stirling on 16th August, Beef Cows and Bulls (123) – averaged 179.48p to 244.80p per kg for a SIMX from Burnhouse.
At Dingwall & Highland Marts sale of prime cattle on 15th August, Prime Bullocks averaged 261.1p per kg and sold to £1,837.55 gross for a 715kg Simmental cross from Druid Temple Farm, Inverness. Prime Heifers averaged 255.0p per kg and sold to £1,612.00 gross for a 650kg Simmental Cross from Balnageith, Forres.
On Monday 14th August 2023 at Lanark, Lawrie and Symington Ltd had forward 135 cattle comprising of 44 bullocks and heifers, 70 cast cows and 21 calves and stirks. Beef cows sold to £1810 per head for Simms from Messrs Tennant, Oldhill Farm.
At Hallworthy’s TB restricted market on 14th August, a decent entry of 70 well fleshed TB Cattle through the ring saw the Heard Bros of St Issey steal the show with a 28 month Simmental x Steer, a big framed Steer with plenty of flesh away at £1495. In a sale of feeding bulls at Worcester on 12th August, an eight month old Simmental x from AV Verity topped the trade at 239ppkg.
In a sale of cull cows at Frome on 11th August, a Simmental from RE Dury & Son, Compton Martin led the way at £1344. At Thainstone on 10th August, Aberdeen & Northern Marts saw a total of 30 Cast Cows and Bulls forward from Orkney consignors with leading prices seeing beef cows sold to £1,870 gross for a 842kg Simmental and to 229.8p per kg for a 796kg Simmental from Firm of Paterson, Veltigar, Tankerness.
On 10th August at Hallworthy, an entry of 90 store cattle saw a faster trade with young cattle looking very well sold. £1410 was top for a big Sim x Steer in from CC & SM Larsen of Blisland.
C&D Auction Marts held their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 10th August 2023. In the show of mainly feeding cows forward, the sale peaked at 166p for a Simmental from AG & ME Bateman, Langholm, Campbeltown, which also topped the price per head at £1,045.
On 9th August at United Auctions, Stirling, and a sale of store cattle & young bulls, young bulls averaged 227.10p to 237.10p for a SIMX from Binzian.
In a sale of 169 store cattle at Market Drayton on 9th August, the heifer trade was led by a 532kg Simmental at £1,290.00 from F.H. Davies.
In H&H’s primestock sale at Borderway Mart, Carlilse on 7th August, Simmental crosses sold to £1834.57 for 766kg from Messrs Reid, Bengall, Lockerbie and another to £1825.58 both purchased by Mr Eric Hall, and to feature in the top end of prices. C & D Auction Marts held their fortnightly sale of 220 store cattle in Dumfries on Monday 7th August 2023. Simmentals topped both the bullocks and the heifers. Simm Bullocks topped at £1445 from J B Paterson & Co, Hartbush and to 296.6p/kg. The same home had others at £1390. Heifers topped at £1300 for Simms sold by B M Ramsay, High Auchneel and with others at £1240. In a sale of young bulls at Bakewell on 7th August, the leading gross price was £1795.68 for a 696kg Sim from NC Gregory, Blackwell.
Aberdeen & Northern Marts on 4th August at Thainstone saw 77 Store Cattle forward from Orkney Consignors. Bullocks (71) Sold to a top of 319.5p per kg for a 482kg Simmental from S W Paterson & Co, Nessbreck, Harray.
On 3rd August and a sale of cast cows and bulls at Aberdeen and Northern Marts, Thainstone, Beef Feeding Cows (45) averaged £1187.44 and sold to £1570 for a 784kg Simmental Cross from Broomhill, Bridge of Muchalls.
At Hallworthy’s sale of 260 store cattle on 3rd August, heifers were led by R Heywood of Woolsery who saw their Simmental x suckler heifers at 24 months to £1370 for a strong and very well set pair of Heifers, with a second pen a trio with depth and fleshing to £1340.
On 2nd August, Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly sale of bulls and weaned cattle at Carlisle. Topping the bulls and the day’s sale at £1410 were two outstanding Simmentals bulls from Messrs Goldsbrough, Moffat. Dungannon Farmers Mart’s weekly sale on 2nd August saw steers sell to a height of £1780 for a 705kg Sim (253.00), presented by A Walsh.
Skipton Auction Mart held their fortnightly sale of young feeding bulls, store bullocks & heifers, breeding cattle, and with 368 head of cattle forward. The sale of feeding cows saw Simmentals from RD Elliott take the top prices at £1680, £1620, & £1580. C&D Auction Marts Ltd held their fortnightly sale of store cattle on 1st August at Longtown. The sale topped at £1,150 for Simmental bullocks shown by H Ramsey Ltd, Millisle, Newton Stewart.
Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 166 Calves and Stirks at their weekly sale on 1st August at Ayr. Bullock stirks topped at £1130 for a Simmental Cross Bullock from Glenlea.
Simmental females are established as leading suckler cows with outstanding milkiness and fertility, ease of calving, and who can wean calves at 50% of their bodyweight at 200 days. Female genetics are the Simmental breeds benchmark of quality, but you can add in leading age at slaughter abilities, fast growing progeny with terrific weight for age, and high quality carcases hitting the spec, and with a high retail beef yield. The following are the latest series of market briefs showing Simmental sired cattle, across all categories, topping commercial sales around the UK. There’s more to Simmental.
In Kivells store cattle sale at Hallworthy on 27th July, top of the day was £1435 for some super Simmental x Heifers in from R Heywood of Woolsery, who sold more to £1235.
On 26th July, United Auctions sold 536 store cattle & young bulls, and 129 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls at Stirling. Beef cows and bulls (102) sold to £2030 for a SimX from West Mains. In a sale of store cattle at Market Drayton on 26th July, the joint best in the steer was a 566kg Simmental at £1300 from Fowler & Breeze.
Exeter’s store cattle sale on 21st July saw a super run of pure Simmentals from Stephen Pearce up from Liskeard top the steers with a couple selling for £1665 apiece with his younger sorts to £1560. At a sale of cast cows and bulls on 20th July at Thainstone, Aberdeen & Northern Marts sold 86 beef feeding cows to average £1143.72 and to a top of £1445 for a 686 kg Simmental cross from The Orchard, Home Farm.
On 20th July, Caledonian Marts Ltd Stirling sold 146 Cattle comprising of 94 Bullocks, Heifers and Young Bulls, 31 OTM cattle and 21 Calves. Dairy Bred Bulls (Under 30 months) sold to 248ppkg for Fleckvieh’s from R Nelson, Blairmains, Culross and to £1320 from the same home.
C&D Auction Marts held their weekly sale of Primestock on Wednesday 19th July 2023 at Dumfries. The trade for OTM’s was led by Simms at £1539 from East lanegate, and who had others at £1141. In a sale of clean cattle at Market Drayton on 19th July, overage steers sold to 262p (£1,865.44) for a Simmental from Mr Darren Young. In a sale of 521 rearing calves on the same day, continental bulls a pleasure to sell with the strong mediums and best a very fast trade. Top call went to a Simmental bull at £405 from DV&DA Cliffe & Son, Sound.
At Skipton on 19th July, the sale of breeding cattle saw some strong outfits of Simmentals with Calves to £2080 from RD Loftus to top the section. In the young bulls Simmental led the breed averages at £1424. Leading Simmentals were: £1460, £1430 RD Elliott; £1260 TS&HJ Park. Simmentals also led the store heifer averages at £1446. Lead Simmental prices were: £1470, £1460, £1400, RD Elliott.
At Dungannon farmers Mart on 19th July, fat cows continue to sell steadily to peak at £1450 for a 700kg Sim (207.00) presented by J Somerville, with a further Sim at £1380 690kg (200.00).
At Stirling on 19th July, United Auctions sold 554 store cattle & young bulls, 55 Rearing cattle. Also 150 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Also sold was 206 Breeding Cattle. Heifers (242) averaged 260.26p to 300.30p per kg for a 373g SIMX from The Riggs. Beef Cows and Bulls (117) averaged 190.91p to 253.20p per kg for a SIM from Ardtornish, and to £2070 for a SIM from Midtown. Out of Spec Cattle (15) averaged 233.54p to 256.30p per kg for a SIMX from Keithick.
SIMMENTALS TOP BOTH BULLS AND HEIFERS AT WHITLAND MART, CARMARTHENSHIRE JJ Morris Auctioneers Whitland Livestock Market on 18th July saw a sale of 184 calves with the best quality meeting a strong demand. Bulls sold to £440 for a 4-week-old Simmental from Jones, Llangynnor and with heifers selling to £410 for an 8 week old Simmental from the same producer. Simmental calves overall topped the all-breed averages.
In a sale of 331 store and breeding cattle on 17th July at Bakewell, the cow trade was led by a Sim x cow, 120 months, with bull calf at foot at £1920 and from Mrs K Growcott, Leigh.
In a sale of prime cattle at Sedgemoor on 17th July, heifers sold to £1,838.47 for a 731kg Simmental (731kg) from R Bigwood, who sold another at £1,745.35 (670kg). On the same day and in a sale of barren cows, the top of the day was a long and shapely Simmental cross also from R Bigwood at 786kgs, which sold to 189.5ppk and £1,489.47.
In a sale of store cattle at Gisburn on 15th July, the trade for young bulls was topped by a Simmental x at £2350 from J Butterworth.
At a sale of cast cows and bulls on 13th July at Thainstone, Aberdeen & Northern Marts sold 181 Cows and Bulls. Beef Feeding Cows (67) averaged £1,280.97 and sold to £1,650 for a 748kg Simmental Cross from Torran, Kildary.
In a sale of 170 store cattle at Hallworthy on 13th July, top spot went to R Heywood of Woolsery with a tremendous run of Simmental x Steers (pictured), his best a pen of five strong well shaped suckler x to £1655, next a pen of three to £1470 and a single very smart steer to £1340.
On 13th July, Caledonian Marts Ltd, Stirling sold 140 Cattle comprising of 94 Bullocks, Heifers and Young Bulls, and 46 OTM cattle. Prime bullocks sold to £2159 for a Simmental from J Brown, Gaindykehead, Airdrie purchased by Bowland Foods, Preston.
C&D Auction Marts held their weekly sale of Primestock on 12th July 2023 at Dumfries. In the OTM’s the top price per kilo was 186p for a Simm from Phernside.
At a sale of stores & breeding cattle (120) at Melton Mowbray on 12th July. J N Booth sold Simmental Heifers to the leading heifer price of £1180 at 16 months.
United Auctions, Stirling on 12th July sold 319 store cattle, native bred cattle & young bulls, also 95 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Bullocks (111) –averaged 254.6p to 302.08ppk for a 284kg SimX from Colmslie. Heifers (169) – averaged 250.6p to 281.9ppk for a 259kg SimX from Colmslie and to £1620 for a 636kg SimX from West Park. Young Bulls (18) – averaged 220.9p to 248.4ppk for a SimX from Colmslie. Beef Cows and Bulls (77) – averaged 190.9p to 242.6ppk for a SimX from West Park.
In a sale of 455 rearing calves at Market Drayton on the 12th July, top call went to a Simmental bull at £440 from P.&F. Jenkinson, Ridley.
On 10th July, Caledonian Marts Ltd Stirling had forward 182 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale. Bullocks sold to 284 ppkg for a pen of Simmentals from J Imrie, Hillhead, Torrance.
At Huntly on 6th July, United Auctions sold 102 Store, Breeding & OTM cattle. OTMS (23) – sold to average 193.2p per kg selling to a top of 226.9p per kg for a 520kg SimX from Crakaig, Helmside.
On 6th July, Hallworthy’s sale of stirks and weaned calves saw the top spot taken by T Wellington of St Kew with a Simmental x Steer at 8 months to £720.
Darlington Farmers Mart held their weekly sale of prime stock on 6th July with 159 cattle forward. In the prime bulls, the trade and top price per kilo was led by a wonderful handy weight Simmental from Dalchirla Farms Ltd, Perthshire, when he sold for 303.3pence.
C&D Auction Marts held their weekly sale of Primestock on 5th July 2023 at Dumfries. OTM’s met plenty of competition. Beef to 229p/kg for a Simm from North Bowerhouses.
In a sale of rearing calves on 5th July at Frome, a good show of cattle saw a strong trade on the best quality sorts. Best of the day from Mark Futcher saw his quality Simmental steers to £695, £680 and heifers to £588.
In a sale of calves and weanlings at Oswestry on 5th July, weanlings aged 4-5 months were sold by J R James & Son, Church Farm with Simmental bulls to £440.
In a small sale of 84 cattle at Rugby Farmers Mart on 3rd July, the trade for cows was topped by a 882kgs Simmental at £1698 from C H Evans & Son.
On the 3rd July and a sale of weanlings at Market Drayton, the pick of the older weanling prices included seven month old Simmental bulls selling to £490 for Radwood Hall Farm Ltd.
At Gisburn’s sale of store cattle on 1st July, feeding bulls topped at £1390 for a pair of Simmentals from Brogden Farms.
At Sedgemoor’s sale of store cattle on 1st July, heifers rose to £1625 for a Simmental from EJ Collins & Son. OTM Simmentals at £1280 from W Bowen, Keynsham.
At Thainstone on 30th June, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 194 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves. Bullocks (69) sold to £1600 gross for a 596kg Simmental cross from Loanend.
Exeter’s sale of 358 store cattle and stirks on 30th June saw the steers topped at £1505 given for a smart Fleckvieh from Roger Semmens up from Penzance.
At a sale of store cattle at St Boswells on 29th June, Simmentals topped both the bullock and heifer trade. Leading the bullocks at 313.9ppkg and £1130 gross was bullocks from South Common. South Common also topped the heifers with Simmentals at 279.2ppkg and £1005 gross.
Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 304 Store Cattle at their sale in Ayr on 29th June. Top price of the day was £1740 for a Simmental bullock off Adamcroft.
At Market Drayton’s sale of 146 store cattle on 28th June, yarding cattle continue to ring the bell trading at £1,200 to £1,400 and topping at £1,440 for Simmental steers from Mr Malcom Davies, Betley. Simmentals from the same home topped the heifers at £1340 (534kgs). On the same day a sale of 633 rearing calves was held. The continental bulls have been off the scale with all grades on fire but the best just phenomenal with 38 over £350! A great show of Simmentals saw 35 averaging £336 to easily lead the breed averages!!
At a small sale of prime cattle at Frome on 28th June, the gross trade for UTM heifers was led by Simmentals at £1583 from Tytherington Down LLP, Warminster.
On 26th June, Bakewell held a sale of 131 Barren, OTM and Feeding Cows to an overall average of 182.4p/kg or £1204.85. 27 cows topped £2/kg with a high of 245p for a Simm (1 calf) heifer (34 mnths) for Messrs Willison, Warsop.
In a small sale of prime cattle at Frome on 26th June, JC Stainer’s Simmental UTM heifers sold to the joint top ppkg price of 240p with others at 238p.
At Sedgemoor’s sale of 261 busk calves and stirks on 24th June, DWJ Raffill with a Simmental steer (11m), had the joint top price of £1070.
In a sale of cast cows and bulls at Thainstone on 22nd June, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 60 cows and bulls. Beef Feeding Cows (39) averaged £1,188.70 and sold to £1,630 for a 740kg Simmental Cross from Craggan View, Skye of Curr. Bulls sold to £1,910 for a 1,080kg Simmental from Millhead, Tarland.
In a sale of rearing calves at Gisburn on 22nd June, S & E Wilkinson, Stonyhurst sold a pair of Simmental bulls at £475 to lead the male calves.
On 22nd June, Caledonian Marts Ltd, Stirling sold 208 Cattle comprising of 103 Bullocks, Heifers and Young Bulls, 56 OTM Cattle and 49 Calves and Stirks. All classes of bulls (Under 30 months) averaged 262ppkg and sold to 290ppkg for a Simmental from W & P Stevenson, Ballingray, Fife.
In a sale at Skipton on 21st June, Simmentals again topped the breed averages for young bulls at £1564. RD Elliott attained prices of £1640, £1620, & £1490 RD Elliott; EB webster saw prices of £1530, and £1500.
At Stirling on 21st June, United Auctions sold 125 store cattle & young bulls, 99 Rearing cattle. Also 162 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Beef Cows and Bulls (127) – averaged 193.20p to 266.80p per kg for a SIM from Callumkill.
On 20th June, Melton Mowbray held a sale of stores and breeding cattle. Framland Farms sold Simmental cows with strong Limousin calves to £2100 on two occasions, with others from the same home to £2020, £1960 and £1920.
Exeter’s sale of TB restricted (Orange market) cattle on 20th June, saw the store cattle section top at £1430 given for a pair of tidy Simmentals from the Shervington Family of Hittisleigh.
Sedgemoor on 17th June saw an excellent entry of 608 store cattle, up on the year and part of 966 with the stirks. Again some superb cattle at the top end and trade tremendous, when five cattle sold over £1900 to £1965. Top was £1965 for a forward pure bred Simmental steer (19m & FA) from BT Wood, Marshwood, who sold young types (3x only 14/16m & FA) similarly bred at £1405. In a sale of busk calves and stirks, top price went to R & J Cook, who sold three cracking Simmental steers to £1015 (3x 13m).
On 15th June and a sale of cast cows and bulls at Thainstone, Aberdeen & Northern Marts, beef feeding cows (91) averaged £1359.67 and sold to £1750 for a 716kg Simmental cross from Backakelday, Holm. Bulls sold to £2580 for a 1260kg Simmental from Bridgend, Tyrie. In a sale of prime cattle on 14th June at Melton Mowbray, Simmental prime young bulls from Bartle Brothers with Simmentals sold to £1639.23 and £1568.75
A bumper set of Simmental market briefs covering May through to the first week of June sees Simmental cattle continuing to top a range of sale sections and at some 29 livestock markets around the United Kingdom and from the very North of Scotland to Cornwall!
Commercial producers see that there is more to a Simmental! A hard working, no nonsense beef breed, Simmentals efficiency, outstanding milk, fertility and maternal qualities, combined with growth, leading age at slaughter, and carcase traits, gets the job done and adds up to production and profit in a cost conscious industry. Latest market briefs include:
At Thame Market on 9th June, the sale of 117 store cattle saw heifers topped at £1395 for Simmental x heifers from P W & M E Jones.
At Frome on 7th June, UTM steers were topped at £2161 by Simm x from EM Horn & Son Southampton.
At Quoybrae on 5th June, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 106 store cattle. Heifers (55) averaged 250.3p and sold to 299.2p for 244kg Simmental crosses from Bowertower Mains Bower and £1,495 gross for a 617kg Simmental cross from Ritchies Croft, Brawlbin.
In a sale of calves at Bakewell on 5th June, a ‘blistering trade’ saw bulls top at £340 for a Simm from M & K Roworth, Beerwoodcote.
In a prime cattle sale at Rugby Farmers Mart on 5th June a small show of cows was led by a 752kg Sim from Woods farm, Meriden Ltd which made 242ppkg or £1819.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts on 2nd June sold 635 store cattle, young bulls and young and weaned calves. Heifers (238) averaged 293.7p and sold to 377.9p per kg for a pen of two 434kg Simmental Cross from Fintry, Turriff. Bullocks 251-300kg – topped by SimX at £1035, from Glebe of Deisher. Bullocks 301-350kg – topped at £1280 by SimX from Fintry.
In a sale of OTMs at NWA’s Lancaster market on 2nd June, the top grossing cow was a Simmental achieving £2012.
At a sale of OTMs at Malton on 2nd June, the trade for cows )all over 72 months), was led by a Sim X 880kg, from SF Stubbings, Sledmere topping at 244.50ppk (£2151.60).
In a sale of store cattle for Shetland consignors also on 2nd June at ANM’s Thainstone centre, bullocks sold to 354.4p per kg for a pen of five 292kg Simmentals from D G Flaws, Fleck, Dunrossness. Heifers Sold to £1,160 gross for a pair of 372kg Simmentals and 320.6p per kg for 262kg Simmentals from D G Flaws, Fleck. On the same day and a sale of store cattle on behalf of Orkney consignors, a total of 110 head were forward. Heifers Sold to a top of £1,340 gross for a pair of 408kg Simmentals from A D Miller, Spring Valley, Stronsay.
At a sale of cast cows and bulls at Thainstone on 1st June, Beef Feeding Cows (81) averaged £1426.36 and sold to £1850 for a 824kg Simmental Cross from Dorsell, Alford. Bulls averaged £1979.17 and sold to £2870 for a 1410kg Simmental from Fallaw Farm, Inverkeilor. At a similar sale from Orkney consignors on the day, beef cows sold to £2,170 gross for a 844kg Simmental from A T Annal & Son, Myres, South Ronaldsay.
The strong trade for Simmental rearing calves at Gisburn market continued on 1st June with the top price being £470 for a Simmental calf from D Calvert & Son.
At Frome’s sale of prime cattle on 31st May, heifers with good meat and finish sold to a top of 259p/kg for a handy weight Simmental from L Symes, Southampton.
In a sale of rearing calves at Market Drayton on 31st May special mention goes to £455 L.E. Weston&Sons who sold Simm bull calves at £455, and £395.
Wednesday, 31st May Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly Store Cattle sale at Carlisle. A seasonal entry in terms of quantity and quality saw another electric trade with values staying at similar levels per head as the quality declines. Sale header at £1770 was a cracking Simmental x from Messrs Potter, Cardew House, Dalston.
United Auctions sold 553 store cattle, native bred & young bulls, and 106 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls on 31st May at Stirling. Heifers (266) sold to £1840 for a 692kg SIMX from Tillyrie.
A seasonal entry of stock on 31st May at Dungannon saw all classes of stock continue to sell sharply. Heifers topped at £1640 for a 595kg Sim (276.00) presented by D Nelson; Weanlings sold to £1290 for a 460kg Sim (280.00) presented by Owenreagh Farms.
On Tuesday 30th May 2023 Lawrie and Symington sold 310 Store Cattle at Lanark. 151 bullocks sold to 336.5p for a Simx off of Skipness Estates.
On 30th May at Holmfirth a small sale of store cattle saw a Simmental heifer from S&M Thackery lead the trade at £1190 and when selling to J Hobson & Son.
At Worcester’s sale of 144 store cattle on 27th May, the steers were led by a 16-month-old Simm X at £1345, from A Verity.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 723 Store Cattle, Young Bulls and Young and Weaned Calves on 26th May. Heifers (252) averaged 301p and sold to 369.4p per kg for a pen of three 268kg Simmental and £1980 gross for a pair of 548kg Simmental both from New Barns, Forfar.
At Lancaster livestock auction on 26th May, heifer stirks sold to £1240 for a Simmental x from AJ Metcalfe, Out Rawcliffe.
Aberdeen & Northern Marts on 26th May saw a total of 125 Store Cattle forward from Orkney Consignors. Bullocks Sold to a top of 357.5p per kg for 386kg Simmental from I D Sinclair, Upper Heads, South Ronaldsay.
In a sale of stirks and suckled calves at Exeter on 26th May, the top of the day in the heifers saw the Chugg Family down from Chulmleigh present Simmental crosses (6m) to £730 with others to £690 & £640.
On 25th May and a sale of store cattle at Rugby Farmers Market, a run of quality Homebred Simmental Bulls sold to 286ppk and a market topping £2349 for CH Evans & Son.
At Dungannon Farmers Mart on 24th May, Fat Cows Fat Cows cleared to £1690 for a 735kg Sim (230.00) presented by J Casey.
In a sale of calves at Melton Mowbray on 24th May, kicking off the day saw a whopping Simmental month old bull calf to £470 on behalf of local vendors, Chandler & Dickman, with another Simmental heifer calf from the same pen at £335.
At Skipton Auction Marts Fortnightly Sale of Young Feeding Bulls, Store Bullocks & Heifers, and Breeding Cattle on 24th May, Simmentals led the averages for young bulls at £1560 and against the continental average of £1438, and the native average of £1255. RD Elliott sold Simms at £1690, £1620 and £1450.
At Dingwall on 24th May, at Dingwall & Highland Marts sale of store cattle and OTMs, OTM prime & feeding bulls were led by a Sim from Meikle Ussie at £,2360.
💥WESTER BLEATON SELLS TO £3450 TO LEAD STRONG TRADE FOR SIMMENTAL HEIFERS AT THAINSTONE On 23rd May at Thainstone’s special sale of breeding cattle, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 183 head. Breeding cattle continued to meet a brisk demand and with Simmentals featuring throughout. Cow with Heifer Calf sold to £3450 for a Simmental Cross with a Lim cross calf from Wester Bleaton, Bridge of Cally. Other strong Simmental prices saw Simm and SimmX Heifers with bull calf prices include: Simm – Pitgersie £3550, £3500, £3250, Towiemore £3500, South Blachrie £3350, Bankhead £3350, Wester Bleaton £3300; SimX – Pitgersie 3500, £3350, £3250, Towiemore £3500, £3450, Wester Bleaton £3500, £3400, £3350, £3300, £3250, Mains of Drumdollo £3250. Heifer with Heifer Calf Simm prices included: SimX – Pitgersie £3550, £3400, £3100, Wester Bleaton £3250, £3100, £3050, Bankhead £3300; Mains of Drumdollo £3100. Cow with Bull Calf was led by Sim from Bankhead at £2900 and who had further Simms at, £2550, £2400; and a SimX at £2850. Cow with Heifer Calf was led by a SimX from Wester Bleaton at £3200 (X2). Further SimX Cow with Heifer Calf included: Glenlea £3100, Bankhead £2300, Knowes, Birkenhill £1800; Bankhead had a Sim Cow with Heifer calf at £2950. Harrison and Hetherington fortnightly sale of store cattle on 23rd May at Lockerbie Auction Market saw a busy ringside of buyers and a good show of cattle. Cattle remained highly sought after with especially cattle for grass being in extremely high demand. 12-month-old Simmental cattle sold to 292ppk from Mr Harrison.
On 22nd May Bakewell Market sold 115 Barren, OTM and Feeding Cows. All buyers were fighting hard to secure numbers with all of the best cattle comfortably over £2/kilo including 14 over 220p/kg and a top of 268p for 518kg Sim cow from Messrs Powell, Hundall.
On 20th May at Stirling, United Auctions sold 448 breeding cattle with Simmentals featuring in the quoted prices and including: Porterstown (SIM) £3200×2. Heifers and Heifer Calves: Porterstown (SIM) £3200. Cows and Bull Calves: Mains of Craigisla (SIM) £2700; Cows and Heifer Calves: Lochlane (SIM) £2850 & £2700.
At Thainstone on 19th May, Aberdeen & Northern Marts had a total of 102 Store Cattle forward from Orkney Consignors. Bullocks Sold to a top of 349.7p for a pen of 406kg Simmentals from A & D Clark, Stratheast, Holm.
On 18th May at Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of prime cattle at Thainstone, a Simmental X heifer sold to 253p per kg and £1973.40 gross from Tillyeve, Udny. On the same day, a sale of Beef Feeding Cows (93) averaged £1488.80 and sold to £1870 for a 750kg Simmental Cross from Essil, Garmouth. On 18th May at Stirling, Caledonian Marts sold 134 Cattle comprising of 64 Bullocks, Heifers and Young Bulls, and 70 OTM Cattle.Prime. Heifers averaged 297p and sold to £2273 for a Simmental from J Brown, Greencraig, Slamannan.
💥MAINS OF TARRYBLAKE SELL SIMMENTAL HEIFERS TO £3500 AT HUNTLY At Huntly on 18th May, United Auctions held a sale of Store, Breeding and OTM cattle. Store cattle met a keen enquiry yet again. Breeding cattle sold to a large ringside where some top-end Simmental cross heifers were easily sold. In the sale of breeding cattle, Heifers with male Calves at foot saw SimX at £3500 from Mains of Tarryblake, with a Sim from the same home at £3400. In the Heifers with Heifer calves at foot Mains of Tarryblake again doubled up with a Sim at £3500, and a SimX at £3400. In the store sale, bullocks sold to a top of 321.2p per kg for a 330kg SimX from Corskie, Garmouth. Heifers sold to a top gross of £1320 for a 480kg SimX Auchinclech, Grange. OTMS sold to a top gross of £2240 for a 900kg SimX from Wester Elchies, Aberlour.
At Stirling, and United Auction’s sale of young bulls on 17th May, the trade was topped at 257.70p for a SIMX from Hole O Clean. In the store sale, Simmental heifers from Leyshade sold to £1800 & £1790. C&D Auction Marts held their weekly sale of Primestock on Wednesday 17th May at Dumfries. Leading the way at £1950.50, and £1878.75 was Simms from Dalswinton.
In a sale of 315 calves and stirks at Holsworthy on 17th May, the stirks sold to £530 (6m) for a Simmental steer in from GG Smale, who sold heifers to £500 (5m).
On Wednesday, 17th May Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly Store Cattle sale at Carlisle with another fantastic entry of 548 Store cattle forward at Borderway. A tremendous trade for all classes was witnessed with strong cattle in particular a flying trade. A Simmental bullock from TH & PA Johnston, Westray, Cockermouth led the days trade at £1980.
On 17th May at Truro, the sale of UTM prime cattle steers, saw the top gross price of £1968.4 being paid for a Simmental x (760kg) from Messrs R E, G L & M R Body of Hayle. In the cull cows, topping the section was a Simmental x for Mr B Cowell of Wendron, Helston at 226p/kg away to Dawn West Devon of Hatherleigh.
In a sale of 370 weanlings at Market Drayton on 15th May, in the younger weanlings, top prices were a six month old Simmental bull from Mr S.R. Nash, Leigh at £660. In the steers a 10-month-old Simmental topped at £960 Harold Davies & Ptns.
On 15th May at Sedgemoor, young bulls 12m to 13m sold to a top of £1,897.88 twice (both 723kg) and £1,802.50 (700kg) for Simmentals from R Bigwood.
At Dungannon Farmers Mart on 10th May, dropped Calves continued to sell briskly to peak at £390 for a Sim Bull presented by E Speers.
In a sale of rearing calves at Holsworthy on 10th May, special mention goes to the Wearing Family, Tavistock who sold a one month old Simmental to an impressive £480.
Oswestry’s sale of store cattle on 10th May saw £1270 (343p/kg) paid for Simmental steers aged 19 months and sold by Llangedwyn Home Farm, to feature in the top end of prices.
In a sale of store cattle on 10th May at Market Drayton, the steers were led at £1795 by a Simm from RJ Litchfield & Son who had further Simms at £1600.
In a sale of store cattle at Truro on 10th May, a fast trade for all on offer from start to finish saw strong types well placed. Steers sold to a top of £1760 for a 20-month-old Simmental x for Mrs B Baxter of Porkellis, who went on to sell a further Simmental x of the same age to £1565. A single 22 month old Simmental steer for Mr G L Budge of Baldhu realised £1645. Truro Market witnessed a Beef Type average for cull cows of over 200p/kg for the first time ever. Top price was for a smart Simmental heifer from Mr N Doble of St Agnes which sold to Messrs W A Rapson & Sons of Milton Abbot at 230p/kg,
On Wednesday 10th May, Harrison and Hetherington held their weekly sale of weaned cattle at Carlisle. Young cattle through the roof as Ring 4 was packed to the rafters with bidders for grass cattle. Simmental steers sold to £1280 from Millisle Farm to feature in the leading prices.
💥TOWIEMORE SIMMENTAL HEIFERS WITH CALF AT FOOT SELL TO £4350 AT THAINSTONE SALE OF BREEDING CATTLE! Towiemore Simm heifers with bull calf at: £4350; £4200; £4050 x2; £4000 Towiemore Simm heifers with heifer calf at: £4050 x 2; £3950; £3900 x 2;£3800 Towiemore Simm cow with bull calf: £3950; £3650 Towiemore Simm cow with heifer calf: £3050 90 Towiemore females, almost all Simmentals, with calves at foot averaged £3453! At Thainstone on Tuesday 9th May, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 227 head of adult breeding cattle and with Simmental females again on fire, in big demand, and meeting with an excellent trade. Featuring strongly throughout the sale was the Smith family at Towiemore Farm, Keith, Banffshire who had a number of Simmental heifers and cows with calves at foot well over the £4000 mark and topping at £4350. In all 90 Towiemore females, almost all Simmental, averaged a remarkable £3543! Leading Simmental Prices included: Heifer with Bull Calf: SimX – Towiemore – £4350, £4200, £4050 (X2), £4,000, Wester Bleaton – £3950; Sim – Towiemore – £4300, £3950. Heifer with Heifer Calf: Sim – Towiemore – £4050, £3900; SimX – Towiemore £4050, £3950, £3900, £3800, £3750; Cow with Bull Calf: SimX – Towiemore £3950, £3600; Cow with Heifer Calf: Sim – Towiemore £3050; SimX – Sillerton £2550, £2300.
On Monday 8th May and a sale of 112 cattle forward at Rugby Farmers Mart, the trade for cows was led at £2051 for an 892kg Simm from CH Evans & Son.
United Auctions sold 651 cattle at Huntly on 6th May. 265 Heifers sold to average 295.6p per kg selling to 380.1p per kg or £2250 per head on three different occasions for seven SimX’s from Connachie, Elgin.
On Friday 5th May and a sale of store cattle at Exeter, an army of buyers in from all parts of the country pushed store cattle prices for all types on offer to new heights. Steers topped at £1860 for a grand, smart Simmental steer (26m) from William Cross of Huntsham with other Simmentals off the same farm going down in age reaching £1780 (24m) and £1760 (22m).
Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 448 Store Cattle at their sale in Ayr on 4th May. Leading the bullocks at 340p, the top price per kg, was a Simmental from Cleeves.
In a sale of calves and weanlings on 5th May at Lancaster Auction Mart, heifer calves sold to £470 twice, with another four at £450 for well reared Simmental x from JR Newham & Son, Conder Green. At Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd’s sale of Store Cattle at Newton Stewart on 5th May, a nice show for quality forward met a good demand. Topping the trade at £1350 was a pen of tremendous outwintered Simmental bullocks from A & MA Henry , Barrachan. Simmentals also led the per kilo this time for a pair of beauties from H Milroy, Mid Gleniron that made 325.9p k/g.
At Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of prime cattle at Thainstone on 4th May, 30 to 36 Month Heifers sold to 265p per kg for a 535kg Simmental from Backhill Clackriach, Maud and £1,743 gross for a 700kg Simmental from Raefin, Keith.
At Caledonian Marts sale at Stirling on 4th May, OTM’s sold to 290 ppkg for a Simmental from Glenside Farms, Stirling.
💥SIMMENTAL HEIFER AND CALF SELLS TO £3700 FOR THE GORDON FAMILY, LOST FARM, STRATHDON AS SIMMENTALS FEATURE THROUGHOUT IN NUMBERS AND LEADING PRICES AT THAINSTONE Simmentals were again to the fore in numbers and leading prices on 3rd May at Thainstone as Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 503 head of adult breeding Cattle. The British Simmental Cattle Society’s award for the best sired Simmental Heifer and Calf went to The Gordon Family, Lost Farm, Strathdon with the 1st prize Simmental Heifer with Bull Calf which sold for £3700. Bulling Heifers met a fantastic demand selling to a top of £2600 for a pair of tremendous 19-month-old Simmental Heifers from D & G Manson, Brodieshill Farm, Alves. *The Mansons will host a Simmental Open Day on 8th July. Over 90% of the bulling heifers forward were Simmental sired. The section for Cow with Bull Calf sold to £3,150 for a Simmental Cross with a Limousin Cross from Rennieshill, Newmachar.
The commercial demand for Simmental females continued unabated with a strength in depth throughout the entry and a strong trade to match. Leading Simmental prices included: Heifer with Bull Calf: SimX – Lost Farm £3750, £3700, £3600, £3500, South Blachrie £3650, £3600, Bungalow, New Noth £3600 (X2), £3550 (X2) Heifer with Heifer Calf: SimX – Pitcairn Farm £3750, £3500, South Blachrie £3650, £3450 Lost Farm £3650, Farirburn £3450, Bungalow, New Noth £3400. Leading Bulling Heifer prices: 351kg – 400kg – Culnoag (Sim) £1300; 401kg – 450kg – Connachie (Sim) £1550 451kg – 500kg – Berryleys (Sim) £1850, Connachie (Sim) £1800 501kg – 550kg – Berryleys (Sim) £2250, £2150, Connachie (SimX) £2100, £2020 (X2), £2000 (X3), Culquhassen (SimX) £2000; 551kg – 600kg – Connachie (Sim) £2250, Brodieshill (SimX) £2150, Connachie (Sim) £2100 (X5), £2050, Coldhome (Sim) £2050; 601kg – 605kg – Brodieshill (SimX) £2550, £2450, Bankhead (SimX) £2300, Connachie (SimX) £2100, Bankhead (Sim) £2050. At Stirling on 3rd May and United Auctions sale of store cattle, and young bulls, the young bulls sold to a top gross of £1450 for a SIMX from Easterton. In the store sale, 805 heifers were sold with the leading Simm prices including: Lochlane £1870 & £1820; Bargany 331.60p; Barabarafield £1800; Forestmill 322.20p.
A sale of UTM heifers at Frome on 2nd May was led by a Simm at 256ppkg from JC Stainer, Semington.
💥MERKLAND SIMMENTAL BULLING HEIFERS SELL TO A CRACKING £3650 AT STIRLING! The trade for commercial Simmental breeding cattle was on fire at United Auctions – Livestock Auctioneers, Stirling on Monday May 1st with quality Simmentals in demand throughout the categories. Leading the way was Jim & Liz Dyet, East Merkland Farm, Strathaven, Lanarkshire who topped the sale of bulling heifers with three 16 to 18-month-old Simmentals each making a tremendous £3650! All three heifers were purchased by Alastair Mitchell, Victoria Farm, Muthill, Crieff. Further Merkland Simmental x heifers on the day made £2200, and £2000 on the day when selling to Milton Farmers. The strong trade for Simmentals continued when Simm X heifers & bull calves from Kirkton made £3400. In the cows & bull calves, Simm X’s from Beannie made £3400, and £3300 respectively. The same vendor led the cow & heifer calf trade with their Simm X’s making £3300, and £3100.
At Quoybrae on 1st May, and Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of store cattle, Heifers (57) averaged 300p per kg and to £1590 gross for a 542kg for Simmental from Hunster, Bower.
Caledonian Marts Ltd, Stirling, had forward 542 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale on May 1st. Bullocks averaged 291 ppkg selling to 340 ppkg for a pen of Simmentals from J Lambie, Knockdaw, Ballantrae.
On Monday 1st May at Market Drayton and a sale of 322 weanlings, the steer trade was led by ten- month-old Simmental steers which sold for £710 for C.&B. Slater, Whitmore.
Efficient and flexible, Simmentals complement all breeds; are easy calving maternal, milky mothers; produce beef from grass and are easy fleshing, fast growing and the UK’s leading continental beef breed for age at slaughter! This all-round ‘efficiency package’ continues to tick the boxes with commercial beef producers and seeing the breed performing where it matters, on farm and in commercial sale rings, for all classes of stock, at markets around the country and from Caithness to Cornwall!
Leek auction mart had a sale of 163 calves on 18th April. Good calves good to sell with the top seven over £315 and with a top price of £395 for a superb Simmy bull from Messrs Higginson, Knutsford.
At Darlington’s sale of store cattle on 17th April, the feeding buyers were extra keen to step on, with the thirty-three offered levelling well over £1000 with an average age of just 10 months; best of all were a quality quintet of 8–10-month-old Simmental bulls from regular consignor E Parsons, Newstead Farm which sold for a wonderful £1460 per head.
At Quoybrae on 17th April, Aberdeen & Northern Marts sold 585 store cattle. Store heifers (241) sold to £2,000 gross for a 719kg Simmental from Mavsey, Lybster.
Caledonian Marts Ltd, Stirling had 537 Cattle Forward at their fortnightly sale on 17th April. Bullocks sold to £1960 for a pen of Simmentals from J & J Brown, Loanrigg, Slamannan.
In Frome’s sale of store cattle on 14th April, a really good show of younger continentals were forward, and with single suckled well shaped sorts again on fire. Good runs of Simmentals presented by RM & JE Brown IOW, PJ & PP Samways, Swanage and P & S Foot, Weymouth all produced wonderful prices. Phil Samways saw his homebred outwintered steers 11mo at £1060, 9mo at £880 and heifers to a marvellous £820. Sam Foot of P & S Foot continuing to produce the very best of cattle seeing bunches of 12mo steers at £1172, £1090 and £1050. 12mo heifers from the same home to £1115, £1012 and £960. Quality Simmental steers and heifers from Westcourt Farm again from IOW saw bunches at £1100, £925 while their smart heifers topped at £900.
In a sale of cast cattle at Lancaster on 14th April, beef cows sold to 249.5p/kg for a Simmental x from JE&AC Clarke & Son, Melling. Top grossing beef cow was a Simmental from Barlow Bros, Croston, achieving £1973 with a further Simmental from the same home at £1897. AJ&AC Clarke & Son, Melling achieved £1739 also for a Simmental.
£1850 CENTRE RECORD AT HALLWORTHY Simmentals were setting new market records at Hallworthy’s sale of store cattle on 13th April. Some real deep bodied and tremendously well fleshed cattle from AP & DJ House of St Issey, saw a pair of Simmental x with depth and width at a new centre record mark of £1850, with another pair of Simmental x to £1765. In the heifers, AP & DJ House were on top again with an absolute stunner of a pen of four Simmental x Heifers, deep muscled and wide as a house to a top of £1630, with a second pen of four to £1505.
In a sale of rearing calves at Gisburn on 13th April, Graham Billington’s trio of Simmental bulls all one month eight days old sold very well indeed at £412 a piece heading up to the North East.
Another good entry of cast cows forward at Longtown on 13th April met with a competitive ringside of purchasers. The sale peaked at £1,590 for a Simmental shown by DR & E Nichol, Gowanburn, Kielder, with others to £1,325 from A Maclean, Killeonan, Campbeltown. Top per kilo of 248p for Simmentals from Gowanburn.
In a sale of prime cattle at Truro on 12th April, Simmentals featured in the top prices with Messrs R E, G L & M R Body of Hayle marketing a fine Simmental steer at 268p/kg, with a larger Simmental following on at 257p/kg. On the same day in the sale of store cattle, a 15 month old Simmental from Messrs D R & J C Vincent and Son of Tregavethan, Truro, sold to £1110. A good pair of 1 year old Simmental steers from Messrs L E C White and Son of St Buryan, Penzance marketed at £1105.
In Frome’s sale of prime cattle on 12th April, prime bulls in short supply but very much wanted with Simmental bulls from LJ & AJ Curry to 258p/kg for 675kg, grossing a top price of £1738. The same vendor also led the cull cow trade at £1679 for a Simmental.
Market Drayton’s sale of clean cattle and young bulls on 12th April saw the top headage being £2,025.10 for a Simmental heifer weighing 770kgs from A.J. Warner & Sons, Woodseaves. In the store sale on the same day, Simmentals sold to £1,700 for a 690kg steer from DE&SE Furnival Ltd.
United Auctions, Stirling on 12th April sold 1530 store cattle, young bulls and 104 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Simmentals featured throughout with leading bullock prices including: Yonderhaugh £2000 & £1840, Balquhatson 334.40p; Leaston £1575, Cockerstone 314.00p; Strath £1550 & £1545, Overton 308.50p; Wester Highgate £1440, Mount 305.10p; South Kirklane £1400, Killnochonoch 304.10p; Cockerstone £1400, Craegorry 298.10p; Craegorry £1350, Strath 297.10p. Simmental heifer prices included: Strath £1650, £1520 & £1500, Balwherrie 308.60p & 298.10p; Balwherrie £1500, Balquhatson Mains 294.60p; Wester Mye £1470, Strath 294.00p.
At Dungannon on 12th April, suckled cows and calves sold to £1470 for a 2014 born Sim Cow with AA Bull Calf at foot presented by N Berry, and £1380 for a 2015 born Sim Cow with an AA Bull Calf at foot.
Dingwall’s sale of store and OTM cattle on 12th April saw OTM prime & feeding cows average 197.4p per kg and sold to 239.5p and £2,060 gross for a 860kg Simmental cross from Kinnahaird Farm, Contin.
Melton Mowbray’s sale of prime cows on 12th April, saw the top cow being a heavy weight Simmental from James Griffin Farming which sold to £1804.96. In the sale of breeding cattle on the same day, Simmental cows & calves from Kingarth farms sold to £2220, £2020 and £1750 respectively. In the store ring, Howard Farms sold yearling Simmental heifers to £1290 ahead. In a bumper sale of calves, Chandler & Dickman had 3 week old Simmental x bull calves to £285, with heifers from the same run to £250.
At Holmfirth on 11th April, the top price in the cows with calves at foot was £1430 for a Simmental outfit from G Ellis and sold to L Broster.
Lockerbie Auction Market saw a blinding trade for store cattle at its fortnightly sale on 11th April. Buyers came from far and wide in search of all types but especially grazing cattle. Simmental bullocks sold to 375.5ppk from Messrs Robson, Laverockhall.
In a sale of prime bulls at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on 10th April, an 840kg Simmental from Ward Farms, Westmains Farm, Lanark sold to £2633.40 to feature in the leading prices.
At Worcester’s sale of store cattle on 8th April, Simmentals took the top two prices in the continental heifers with a Simmental X at £1305 (264ppkg) from T Barbour & Son, and a further Simmental X from DJ & M Edwards at £1000. A 13-month old Simmental X at £1055 took the second top price in the steers and again from DJ & M Edwards.
At Thainstone on 7th April, Aberdeen & Northern Marts held a sale of Cast Cows and Bulls on behalf of Orkney consignors. Beef Cows sold to 280.5p per kg for a 638kg Simmental from Holland Farm, Stronsay.
On 7th April and a sale of cull cows at Frome, RM & JE Brown led the way at 220p/kg grossing £1470 for a Simmental X.
In a sale of OTM cattle at Lancaster on 7th April, steers sold to to 259.5p/kg and £1925 for a Simmental from A Kirkby & Co, Pilling.
At Gisburn’s sale of rearing calves on 6th April, Jonathan Peel’s month old Simmental bulls sold to £400 and to feature in the leading prices.
At St Boswells sale of store cattle on 6th April, Simmental bullocks from South Common sold to 338.7ppkg to feature in the leading prices.
In a sale of store cattle at Truro Market on 5th April, young steers sold well with Messrs A M & V R Pascoe of Gweek, Helston featuring in the top prices when they sold five 14 month old Simmentals at £940 and a trio of 13 month old Simmentals at £930.
On Wednesday 5th April, Harrison and Hetherington held their weekly sale of Store Cattle at Carlisle. Dairy bred bullocks sold to £1940 for a Simmental x from Auchengray Farm, Dumfries.
In a sale of calves at Oswestry on 5th April, Simmental heifers aged 2-3 months sold for £358 & £320 from J R James & Son, Church Farm.
UA’s sale of 43 rearing cattle on 5th April at Stirling, and consisting of mainly stirks, was topped at £740 for a SimX heifer from JCN & Sons.
Market Drayton’s sale of clean cattle and young bulls on 5th April saw the young bull trade race away to 326p (£2,092.92) for a Simmental from distant traveller Mr Richard Taylor, Park Lane. In the sale of store cattle, a 548kg Simmental from Mr David Swinson led the steers at £1390.
At Llandovery’s feeding cow sale on 4th April, Simmentals sold to a top of 205.70ppk or £1730 from MO Jones, Pantyrefail.
On 4th April Lawrie and Symington sold 920 Store Cattle at their April Show and Sale at Lanark. 590 bullocks were sold to a top of £1900 for 2 Simmental’s from Messrs Gilmour, Broomknowes. In a sale of store and breeding cattle at Bakewell on 3rd April the trade for bulls was led at £2550 for a Simmental from WHI Mellor, Hazel Grove.
In a sale of weanlings at Market Drayton on 3rd April, heifers topped at £750 for 11-month Simmentals from R.W. Adams & Son, Stoke-on-Trent.
In a sale of store cattle at Dumfries on 3rd April, bulls topped at £1490, & £1450 for Simmentals from Lantonside, and to £1360 for Simmentals from Abune the Brae.
At UA’s Huntly Mart on 1st April, 905 cattle were sold. OTMs sold to average 215.7p per kg selling to 253.2p per kg or £2220 for SimX from Corskie, Garmouth.
At Gisburn’s sale of rearing calves on 30th March, J & RJ Parsons, Barnoldswick had the second top price of the day with a beautiful Simmental bull calf, 1 month and 21 days, at £445.
In a sale of calves & stirks at NWA’s J36 Crooklands auction mart on 29th March, a run of suckler bred six month old Simmental bullocks from A&M Carter, Witherslack topped at £870.
At Dungannon 29th March, suckled stock saw in-calf heifers top at £1320 for a Sim presented by B Sheridan.
At Borderway, Carlisle’s sale of weaned cattle on 29th March saw the trade of bulls up massively on the week. Leading the sale was Simmental bulls sold to £1580 from Messrs Tallentire, High Griseburn, with further Simmentals sold to £1400 from Messrs Skelton, Waterloo.
Market Drayton’s sale of clean cattle and young bulls on 29th March saw a blistering trade. Distance traveller Richard Reynolds sold Simmental bulls to 313p (£1,740.28), 306p (£2,001.24), & 290p (£1,629.80). In the heifers, the Warner Family’s Simmental returned at £1,974.46.
In the sale of prime cattle at Frome on 29th March, some cracking well fed steers from EM Horn & Son topped at 262p/kg and £1974 for a Simmental x at 18mo. Others from the same good home returned at £1931, £1863.
At Oswestry’s sale of calves on 29th March, J R James & Son, Church Farm sold smart Simmental heifers aged 2-3 months for £392, £390 & £385.
At Sedgemoor’s sale of prime cattle on 27th March, heifers rose to £1,786.05 for a quality pure bred Simmental from R Bigwood, Burnham on Sea, who sold another at £1,726.46.
On Monday 27th March, Lawrie & Symington Ltd had forward 139 cattle comprising of 52 bullocks and heifers and 87 cast cows at Lanark. Beef cows sold to 274p/pk for a Simmental from Messrs Lowry, Newsteadings Farm, Lanark.
A flying sale of store cattle at Darlington on 27th March saw bulls around 12 months of age impress as local producer E Parsons sold Simmental’s to £1430 and to feature in the top prices.
Market Drayton’s sale of cull bulls on 27th March saw Simmentals lead the way at £2168 from Paul Mullee & family.
At Gisburn on 25th March, feeding cows were a flyer, selling to a high of £1260 for a Simmental X from Stephen Duckworth.
On 23rd March, at Market Drayton’s Orange Market Sale, a strong trade saw the best yarding cattle top at £1480 for a 548kg Simmental steer.
At a sale of 603 store cattle at Ayr on 23rd March, 250 Heifers Averaged 269.2p or £1147.64. Heifer prices topped at £1850 for a Simmental off Laigh Drumdow.
In a sale of prime cattle at Frome on 22nd March, Simmental heifers with shape and cover from Waddon Farm sold to 257p/kg and to lead the gross prices at £1603.