by | Jul 5, 2021

AT SEDGEMOOR, RUGBY, MARKET DRAYTON, FROME, PRESTON, STIRLING, DINGWALL, & ABERDEEN. In our second market briefs report in the week, Simmental cattle continue to perform well up and down the length of the UK’s commercial markets. We kick off this week at Aberdeen and Northern Marts sale of 360 store cattle, young bulls and young and weaned calves held on 25th June. Bullocks between 301-350kg were led by a Sim from Cairntack Farm at £890, and bulls between 501- 550kg were topped by a Sim from Stratheast, Holm at £1,140, and 220.1p.  On the same day, at a sale of adult breeding cattle, heifers with bull calves averaged £2,088.46 and sold to £2,450 for a Simmental cross from Concraig, Caskieben. Heifers with heifer calves at foot averaged £1,870.53 and sold to £2,350 for a Simmental cross from Mains of Drumdollo, Drumblade and for a Simmental cross from Backmuir, Keith. In calf cows averaged £1,201.75 and sold to £1,380 for a Simmental cross from Auchtertyre Farms. Bulls sold to 2,350gns for a Simmental from Pittenkerrie.

On the previous day, 24th June, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 171 cows and bulls to average £1,147.31 and Simmentals again featured strongly.  Beef Feeding Cows averaged £1,001.37 (+£4.81) and sold to £1,215 for a 772kg Simmental from Ardhuncart, Kildrummy. Boning Cows averaged £739.58 (+£78.22) and sold to £915 for a 658kg Simmental from Howan, Dounby. Bulls averaged £1,360.77 (-£75.90) and sold to £1,630 for a 1,120 kg Simmental from Peasiehill, Arbirlot.


At Frome Livestock Market on 23rd June, ‘a lovely thick Simmental heifer’ from RE Dury & Son reached 220.50p/kg and topped the gross heifer trade at £1424.  On the same day cows met another rock and roll trade, seeing best end cows become considerably dearer. Top of the day saw a new market record set at a huge £1730 or 189.50p/kg for a Simmental from KJ & R Hickery.

The sale of cull cows, heifers, and bulls at Brockholes Arms Auction Mart, Preston on 23rd June saw the top price per head going to Kevin Wildman with his Simx cows to gross £1,414, and 158 ppkg.

At Stirling on 23rd June, United Auctions sold 248 store cattle, 118 out of spec cattle, cast cows and bulls. Bullocks averaged 240.95p to 266.50p per kg for a 394kg SimX from Coxydene.

Moving to Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd and their sale of prime cattle on 22nd June, prime bullocks averaged 239.1p (+24.7p) and sold to £1,557.60 gross for a 660kg Simmental cross from Easter Urray Farm, Muir of Ord selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall.

Simmentals featured in many of the top prices at Sedgemoor Auction centre on 21st June.  A run of smart suckler bred Simmental steers from BA Sweet, Congresbury, met calls of 224.5 (2x) 222.5, 219.5, 218.5, and 216.5ppk. Further good suckler bred Simmentals sold at 217.5ppk from MD & GJ Curtis, Crediton, with a 726kg Simmental at £1,579.05 from MD & GJ Curtis. Simmental heifers (671kg) £1,452.72, and (650kg) £1,413.75 sold from HJ & HB Case Ltd.

On 21st June at Rugby Farmers Mart, weight paid when EJ Taylor & Son topped the price per head at £1650 and also the pence per kilo at 229ppk with his 720kg Simm steer that sold to Muchmeats Ltd.  In the bulls, a Simm from MC&MI Herbert topped at £1554.

At Market Drayton on 21st June and a sale of 135 barren cows, cull bulls and over age clean cattle, sucklers sold at a blistering trade and to a top of £1745.82 for an entry from Paul Tippets, Shifnal. At a sale of 212 calves and weanlings, also at Market Drayton on 17th June, 5 x Simmental bulls averaged a market leading £246 and to t a top of £280.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING SALE 1ST JULY: Please check out the sale of 60 Simmental cows with calves (20 pedigree registered) on behalf of Philip Paul & Sally Hawkins, (Blaenwen Herd), Blaenweneirch, Cwmfelin Boeth, Whitland. The sale will take place this coming Thursday, 1st July, at JJ Morris’s Whitland Mart, commencing at 10.30am. Stock bull pictured with this post.