Bidding twice reached 2000gns at the British Simmental Cattle Society’s show and sale at Borderway Mart with top calls coming for bulls from the Cumbria-based Swingletree and Gerrard herds which stood champion and reserve respectively.

 

Lake District breeder Wendy Black from Windermere judged the entry and found her supreme champion in Swingletree Viking from J A Tallentire’s herd at Appleby.

 

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This son of the 12,000gns Perth sire Popes Laird is out of the Brinkton Governor daughter Brinkton Mary and not only impressed with his scale and shape but backed up his visual appeal with some impressive performance figures – and a list of summer show wins.

 

Viking had taken three breed and two inter-breed titles during the summer season and had an EBV of +49 for his 400-day weight and a Terminal Sire index of +22. He heads for Newton Stewart with Messrs McDowell and Co, Glen Luce.

 

Local breeder Robert Carter is no stranger to collecting Simmental honours in the Carlisle ring and this time it was the overall reserve championship with Gerrard Viceroy.

 

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He’s by the show winning bull Needwood Nelson – a son of Ravensworth Carefree – and out of a home-bred daughter of the consistent producer Sacombe Wishfull Thinking. Viceroy had an EBV for 400-day weight of +57 and a Terminal Sire index of +23. Buyer was K G Holliday, Seascale, west Cumbria.

 

An undisclosed buyer gave 1500gns for the Loftus family’s bull Blackpool Viceroy – a New Trend Dynasty son from their herd at Singleton, near Blackpool. The same herd also sold the Blackford Nobleman sired Blackpool Viscount at 1400gns.

 

Trade for bulls was slow but vendors were realistic and Mr Carter sold his Gerrard Volvo – a Salisbury Challenger son and a first prize winner at Cumberland Show – at 1450gns to J Ferneyhough, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

 

Another bull from Mr Tallentire – Swingletree Vibrant – made 1400gns. Also by Popes Laird and out of another Brinkton cow, he goes back to Brinkton Brilliant. Buyer was A P Townsend, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

There was Sterling and Dirnanean breeding behind the maiden heifer Blackpool Thingumajig that led the females at 1350gns. Part of a reduction from the Loftus’ herd she is by Blackpool Radar and was bought by Messrs McDowell and Co. The March 2007-bred heifer Blackpool Vocal – also by Radar – made 1300gns to W J Hollingworth, Sheffield.

 

Averages: seven bulls £1657 and five females £1005. Blackpool herd reduction – 12 head £918. (Harrison and Hetherington).