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STIRLING BULL SALES: Steady Simmental trade tops at 16,000gns

Simmentals topped at 16,000gns to average £6,187, which is £467 up on the year with an 80 per cent clearance rate.

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Islavale Irish 17 from the Stronach family, Keith, which sold for 16,000gns
Islavale Irish 17 from the Stronach family, Keith, which sold for 16,000gns

Breed society chief executive Neil Shand said: “It was a steady commercial trade with good locomotion, semen testing and health status becoming more relevant than estimated breeding values.”

 

The sale leader at 16,000gns was second prize-winner, March 2017-born Islavale Irish 17 from the Stronach family, Keith.

 

By Curaheen Giant 2 out of Islavale Damsel, it was part of the champion pair at the Scottish National Show, along with Islavale Imperial 17, by the same sire.

 

Imperial then sold for 11,000gns having been reserve junior champion in the pre-sale show. Both bulls were bought by Backmuir Livestock, Keith.

 

Two bulls made 14,000gns. The first, giving Gary and Angela Christie, Huntly, their best price to date, was Rockytop Invader 17.

 

Out of Burtown Belvia, it is a first son of Kilbride Farm Fearless, which was bought for 15,000gns after Mr Christie awarded it the reserve intermediate championship when judging at Stirling in 2016. The buyer was J.C. McIver, Forres.

The other to make 14,000gns was Saltaire Impressive 17, a Woodhall Ferrari son out of Saltire Diva from J. and G. Houliston, North Berwick. It was knocked down to Noel Kilpatrick, Co Down.

 

Next making 13,000gns was the intermediate and reserve overall champion, Blackford Iolair 17, a March 2017-born son of Kilbride Farm Double Action 12 consigned by W.G. MacPherson, Inverness.

 

Having been beef breeder champion at the Royal Highland Show and champion of champions at Nairn Show, it sold to R.H. Brunton, Arbroath.

 

The junior and overall champion, Drumacritten Ian 17 from William Nelson and sons, Keith and George, Enniskillen, sold for 11,000gns. The son of Dermotstown Delboy was knocked down to C. and M. Bruce, Udny.

 

A 10,500gns bid secured Drumsleed Iceberg, by Islavale Ferrari 14 from the Smith family, Laurencekirk, for Balbirnie Home Farm, Cupar.

 

On just their second visit to Stirling, Tom Hill and Ruby Wright, Doncaster, took 10,000gns for their class winner, Scotland Hill Invader 17, by Glenturk Extra Special out of the heifer, Scotland Hill Sunshine Elegance. The buyer was Pitgaveny Farms, Elgin.

 

Averages – 69 bulls, £6,187 (61 bulls, £5,720 in 2017).

Auctioneers: United Auctions.

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