by | Mar 14, 2024


We continue to feature Simmental sired cattle doing the business, but please note there’s just as many sale toppers sired by other breeds out of Simmental females! There’s more to Simmental.

In the second of our February reports, here we look at just some of the Simmental sired sale toppers between 20th – 14th February:

On Tuesday 20th February, Lockerbie Mart, Harrison and Hetherington held their fortnightly sale of Store Cattle. Simmental bullocks were also a serious trade with Dodds of Tundergarth achieving £1390 for a pen of 10 month cattle with tremendous flesh and size for their age.
On 20th February at Lanark, Lawrie and Symington sold 863 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale. Bullocks peaked at £1970 for a 698kg Simmental from Messrs G Mitchell, Torbrex Farm, Airdrie.

In a sale of TB restricted cattle at Exeter on 20th February, the sale kicked off with a run of prime heifers from Colin and Phillip Gibbins in from Feniton who saw their best, a 566kg Simmental reach the top price of 250ppk and £1412.

C&D Marts Ltd Dumfries held their fortnightly sale of rearing calves and Stirks on 20th February at Dumfries. A top price of £500 was achieved for a Simmental X Bull Calf from Messrs Roan & Son. Dumfries . Sim X Bull Calves to £500, Sim X Heifer Calves to £390.

At Swatragh Livestock Market’s weekly cattle sale on 20th February, fat cows were also a good trade topping at £2.01 per kilo for a 432kg Sim at £870 from a Portglenone producer.

In a sale of calves at Shrewsbury on 20th February Simmentals topped both the bulls and heifers. Three month old Simmental bull calves from G&M Lewis sold to £510, whilst Simmental heifers topped at £450.

Melton Mowbray’s sale of prime cattle on 20th February saw the gross prices topped by MT Carter selling Simmentals to £2095.80 with the same stable to £2035.66 and the run of 10 averaging £1889.13. At a sale of Store & Breeding Cattle (197), a handy show of breeding cattle saw Simmental Breeding Bulls to a top of £1800 from Mautby Farms, with others from the same home to £1450.

On 19th February, Caledonian Marts Ltd, Stirling, had forward 342 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale. Bullocks sold to a top of £1890 for a pen of Simmentals from Skeoch Farms, Stirling.

On 19th February Market Drayton held a sale of 174 Barren Cows, Cull Bulls, and Overage Clean Cattle. Of 50 sucklers, Trade peaked at 240p (£1,305.60) for a Simmental from DE.&SE.Furnival Ltd, Napley. Further Simmental to 224p (£1,608.32) from The Heath Family, Avonfinch. In the clean cattle heifers to 239p (£1,610.86) for a Simmental from Mr Alex Peak, Pershall.

In the weekly sale at Bakewell Market on 19th February there were 705 cattle forward. In the barren, OTM, and feeding cows, the best cow at £1787.04 was a Simm from BD&JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor, with a further Simm from CW&BM Hudson, Barrow Moor at £1771.84. In the breeding cattle, a 21 months Simm bull topped at £2950 from Mosley & Co, Chelmorten.

CCM Auctions Conducted their Monthly Sale of Stirks, Weaned Calves and Young Store Cattle on 17th February at Skipton. Suckler bred Sim heifers from JE Greenwood, Denholme sold at £1080 to lead the heifer trade.

At Thainstone on 16th February, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 1,227 store cattle, young bulls and young and weaned calves. Bulls (57) sold to £1780 gross for a 684kg Simmental from Dundurcas Farm, Rothes. Bullocks 251-300kg topped by Dundurcas Farm (Sim) £950, and Ringesta (SimX) £840. Bullocks 551-600kg – Rashenlochy Farm (SimX) £1870. Heifers 551-600kg topped by Loanend (SimX) at £1870.

Ludlow’s sale of TB restricted store cattle on 16th February saw Simmental X heifers top at £1550.

On 16th February at Thame Livestock Market, 18 pure Simmental steers, ‘strong bullocks that will go on to finish quickly for their buyers’, from Mixbury Hall sold at £1400.

At Frome’s sale of store cattle on 16th February, the Young Continental section saw steers topped at £1135 for Simmentals from J Coleberd, Corscombe.

At Thainstone on 15th February, Aberdeen & Northern Marts sold 62 Prime Cattle. Prime Heifers sold to £2216.25 gross for a 985kg Simmental cross from Tister Farm, Halkirk.

United Auctions sold 215 Store cattle & OTM’s 15th February at Huntly. Bullocks sold to a top of 323.9p per kg for a pair pf 355kg SimX’s from Little Cantly, Grange. Heifers sold to a top of 310.4p per kg for a 335kg SimX from Den Farm, Fochabers. OTMS sold to a top of 236.5p per kg for a 685kg SimX from Wester Elchies, Aberlour.

United Auctions, Stirling, on 14th February held a sale of cast cows and bulls. Beef Cows and Bulls (103) averaged 194.79p to 263.20p per kg for a SIMX from Blackburn.

In a sale of cull cows at Frome on 14th February, the top ppkg was 175p for a Simmental from BG&TW Randall, Wareham.

On Wednesday 14th February Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly sale of bulls and weaned cattle at Carlisle where trade yet again took another rise. Bulls sold to £1360 including a Simmental from Messrs Lowry, New Steadings Farm.