Much of the talk before Monday’s Simmental sale at Stirling was of reduced demand due to the non-appearance of Basic Payments.
But as it turned out the pessimism was misplaced and the clearance rate was the same as last year at a healthy 80 per cent, with a higher average.
The intermediate and reserve overall champion, Kilbride Farm Foreman led the day selling for 22,000gns. Three generations of the Robson family, Billy, son Michael and grandson, Matthew from Co. Antrim, were on hand to see their July 2014-born bull through the ring. By Crugmelyn Brenin and out of Kilbride Farm Jolly, it sold to Clive Houldey, Lockerbie.
The judge Gary Christie, and his wife Angela from Huntley, then paid 15,000gns to secure the Robsons’ intermediate reserve champion, Kilbride Farm Fearless. This one is also by Crugmelyn Brenin, sire of three bulls sold to AI stations.
The next highest price came right at the end of the sale when the fourth prize junior bull, Wolfstar Flying Scotsman sold for 17,000gns. This 14-month-old from father and son, Alex and Ross King, Tranent, East Lothian sold to Lanarkshire breeder and auctioneer David Lowry. Flying Scotsman is by Team Celtic 11 and is a full brother to the 11,000gns Wolfstar Elusive.
The Kings, relative newcomers to the pedigree world, had earlier sold another Team Celtic 11 son for 14,000gns. The 21-month-old Wolfstar Fearless was bought by J. Shouler, Bicester.
Stewart Stronach and son Stewart, Berryleys, Keith, had a good sale with their best, Islavale Ferrari, knocked down at 16,000gns to A. Jukes, Sandhurst, Kent. Ferrari is by Curaheen Bandit, which has already bred sons to 14,000gns.
There were four transactions at the 10,000gns mark. The first saw Jimmy and Iain Green, Garmouth selling Corskie Freddy by Greencap Ace to C.J.G. Clark, Otley. Then J.H. and V.G. Wood, Dutton, Lancashire sold Popes Fendt to Messrs Hill and Wright, Doncaster .
The third at 10,000 gns was the junior reserve champion from Michael Barlow, Leyland, Lancashire. Denizes Fantastic’s buyer was J.H. Wilson, Newry, Co Down.
The fourth, and the last of the day’s five figure prices, saw K.C. Veitch, Lisbellaw, Belfast selling Drumlone Fabulous to Hugh Brunton, Arbroath.
Outwith the Broombrae dispersal the best Simmental female price was the 3,900gns paid for the pre-show champion from R.J. Boyd, Slievenagh, Portglenone, Co Tyrone, the two year old heifer Slievenagh Flirt.
The reserve female champion, Drumsleed Flick from Gerald Smith, Drumsleed, to Fordoun, sold for 3,800gns to J. and .E Dyet, East Merkland, Strathaven.
Neil Shand, chief executive of the British Simmental Cattle Society said:
“I think the point is people who are serious about the suckler cow industry will buy a bull when they have to, rather than delaying.”
Asked if he had fears about continental breeds producing cattle too heavy to meet tighter abattoir specifications he said:
“We have no issue finishing Simmental sired cattle to the right weight. There is also huge demand for the maternal characteristics of the breed.”
AVERAGE 122 bulls £5,675 (2015: 129 bulls £4,964).