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SIMMENTALS CONTINUING TO TOP SALES AT MARKETS AROUND THE UK!
SIMMENTALS LEADING SALE SECTIONS AT: ABERDEEN; SKIPTON; CARLISLE; DUNGANNON; OSWESTRY; DINGWALL; PRESTON; AYR; PENRITH; RUGBY; TIREE; FROME; HALLWORTHY; LANARK; DUMFRIES; SEDGEMOOR; EXETER; STIRLING; MELTON MOWBRAY; TRURO; THIRSK; SKIPTON; WHITLAND; HUNTLY; LONGTOWN; AND WORCESTER.
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.