Simmental averages were back at Stirling this year, and although the top price was up, there were generally some less extraordinary prices. Laura Bowyer reports from the ringside.
Simmentals met a selective trade with just four animals making five-figure sums, although with a marginally higher top price than last year at 24,000gns. Trade saw 116 bulls average £5,477, down £589 on the previous year with an 82 per cent clearance rate.
The breed society’s chief executive Neil Shand gave last year’s wet summer and the consequential high straw and fodder prices as reason for the tightening of buyers’ purse strings this year.
Keith-based Stewart Stronach’s Islavale herd stole the spotlight and its genetics also influenced the biggest prices during the Woodhall herd’s reduction sale on the same day.
The reserve junior champion Islavale Heston 16 made the top price of 24,000gns to Richard McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian. September 2016-born and by Ranfurly Confederate C24 11 it is out of Islavale Fran, a daughter of the €9,200 Curaheen Bandit.
Next top choice from the same home was Islavale Harvest 16 making 16,000gns and crossing the water with W.H. Robson and Sons, Co. Antrim. This September-2016 born bull is of the same sire as its top price herdmate and out of Islavale Flower.
At 12,000gns was the intermediate champion Camus Harold 16 from H.C. Stubbs and A.A. Burleigh Crummy which sold to Jimmy and Vicki Wood, Preston. Bred by J. Campbell, the 18-month-old bull is by Kilbride Farm Newry and out of Camus Easter.
Hitting 10,000gns was 16-month-old Kilbride Farm Haka 16 from W.H. Robson, Co. Antrim, by Kilbride Farm Warren, which sold to W.J. and J. Green, Garmouth.
Despite not selling in the ring, Stronach’s two year old Islavale Hugo 16, the breed’s overall and senior male champion, changed hands for 10,000gns to W.J. Barclay, Cullen.
The hammer went down at 8,000gns for Woodhall Hugh 16, from H. and J. Macaskill, Dunbar, going to Dundurcas Farms, Rothes. It is by Curaheen Emanuel and out of Woodhall Dee.
Pitmudie Houston 16, the reserve intermediate champion, from Heather Duff, Brechin reached 7,800gns, purchased by the Brown family, New Deer.
Woodhall Herbie from H. and J. Macaskill sold to Finlay McGowan, Blairgowrie for 7,500gns. Colin Inglis, Aberdour paid the same money for Wolfstar Humdinger 16 from A. King, Ormiston. Corskie Harry 16 from W.J. and J. Green, Garmouth went under the hammer for 7,500gns also, selling to Newton Farms, Craigellachie.
Averages: 116 bulls, £5,477 (-£589).
The Strathisla herd, Blairgowrie led the money in the females, reaching 6,800gns for two-year-old Stathisla Honesty’s Twiggy, selling to Harte Peat, Clones.
From the same home, Strathisla Hawthorn’s Harriet, an Islavale Donald 12 daughter, sold at 6,000gns to G. and J. McCammond, Meghereagh. Strathisla Humble’s Harriet hit 5,800gns going to K.C. and P. Hawkey, Higher Tregolls. Strathisla’s Hope’s Veronica, another two-year-old, sold at 4,000gns to G. Patterson, Aultmore.
From the consignment of Jim and Patricia Goldie, Annan January born Newbiemains I’m Brilliant, changed hands to J.H. Logan, Girvan for 4,000gns.
Averages: 17 females, £3212.