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Simmental bulls reach 21,000gns at Stirling

SIMMENTAL bulls were in demand at Stirling, as the show rosette winners tapped out by judge Ted Fox, Biggar, continued to dominate in the auction ring. 120 bulls averaged £6,066, up £391 on last year, to achieve a 75 per cent clearance rate.


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Reserve senior champion steps up to sell for a top price at Stirling bulls.
Reserve senior champion steps up to sell for a top price at Stirling bulls.

SIMMENTAL bulls were in demand at Stirling, as the show rosette winners tapped out by judge Ted Fox, Biggar, continued to dominate in the auction ring. 120 bulls averaged £6,066, up £391 on last year, to achieve a 75 per cent clearance rate.

 

Chief executive of the Simmental society Neil Shand noted how many buyers were paying a premium for semen tested bulls.

 

Mr Shand said: “It was not a vintage pre-sale show of bulls, but the trade was excellent, with buyers paying a premium for lots with a preferred health status."

 

The choice exhibit selling at 21,000gns was the reserve senior bull, Overhill House Guinness 15 from Richard McCulloch, Armadale. April 2015-born Guinness is by the €18,000 (£1,5335) Curaheen Drifter, and out of Woodhall Amara. It was snapped up by an undisclosed buyer.

 

Right behind was the intermediate champion and overall male reserve from Mr Shand, Ellon, which sold for 20,000gns. Bred by F.J.A. McGowan, Perthshire, Dirnanean Grafter 15 is by Ranfurly Confederate C24. Out of Dirnanean Polarine A8, it was selected by Strathisla Farms, Perthshire.

 

A 16,000gn bid was made by R. McCulloch, Armadale, for Aultmore Goliath 15 which had been pulled forward as junior champion the previous day for breeders W.M. Patterson and Son, Keith. Born in September 2015, it is a son of Banwy Bonzo 10 and Hazelden Jingle 8, and was reserve overall senior champion at the Stars of the Future calf show last year.

 

The first bull to sell at 15,000gns came from M.A. Barlow, Leyland, with Denzies Gallant 15, a son of the 9,600gn Bosahan Dynamo 12. July 2015-born and out of Denzies Hannadante 9, the sister of a 6,000gn bull, it was the pick of R. and P. McAlister, Isle of Bute.

 

Also at 15,000gns was Wolfstar Gold Digger 15, a Team Celtic 11-sired bull, born in November 2015, from A. King, Tranent. Out of Wolfstar Chelsea, it was knocked down to M.R. and M.T. Quarm, Ayrshire.

 

The overall male championship was awarded to the senior bull Islavale Gambler 15 from W.S. Stronach, Keith. Out of Islavale Cassie and by Atlow Dixon 12, it sold for 13,000gns to Backmuir Trading, Morayshire.

 

E. Grant, Inverness, secured the August 2015-born Kilbride Farm Goldstar 15 with a bid of 12,000gns. A son of Kilbride Farm Warren, which has had other sons at 18,000gns, and out of Kilbride Farm Euinice, it sold for breeders W.H. Robson and Sons, Ballyclare.

 

Averages: 120 bulls, £6,066 (+£391)

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Intermediate champion and overall male reserve Dirnanean Grafter 15 from Neil Shand sells for 20,000gns.

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Aultmore Goliath 15 from W. and M. Patterson and Son was junior champion and sold for 15,000gns.

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Wolfstar Gold Digger 15 from A. King makes 15,000gns.

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At 13,000gns was Simmental champion Islavale Gambler 15 from W.S. Stronach.


Simmental females sell to 7,800gns

A two-year-old heifer from W. Young, Kilmarnock, topped the Simmental female bids, selling for 7,800gns. The section averaged £2,827, up £552 on the year.

 

Skerrington Rhona 42, by the previous Royal Highland Show breed champion Sowenna Aristocrat and out of Skerrington Rhona 32, went home with B. Chadwick, Hilton.

 

The hammer came down at 4,600gns for a May 2014-born cow from the Drumsleed herd from G.W. Smith, Laurencekirk. The Drumsleed Caledonia 11-sired Drumsleed Flavia 14 is out of the 2013 Scottish National Show supreme champion Drumsleed Tabytha, and sold in-calf to Barnattin Felix to J.M. Wightman, Falkirk.

 

The female tricolours went to the April 2015-born heifer Chestermann Wick Ginny, from N. and N. Gwynne, Whithorn. A daughter of the 10,000gn sire Kilbride Farm Wick and out of Chestermann Ringleader Ginny, it caught the eye of N. Smith, Garvah, Northern Ireland, who bought it for 4,000gns.

 

At 3,400gns was the reserve champion from Strathisla Farms, Perthshire. Strathisla Fennel’s Veronica is a September 2014-born cow by the 10,000gn stock bull Dellfield Brigadier 10. It sold in-calf to the 14,000gn Islavale Donald, to P.A Hindmarsh, Northumberland.

 

Averages: 20 females, £2,827 (+£552)

 

Auctioneers: United Auctions

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