1 November 1996

Careful bidding for Sims

A BID of 13,000gns bid was one of the two five-figure transactions during an otherwise careful days trading around the Simmental ring.

The top price, meanwhile, brought Perth success yet again for Billy MacPherson, Croy, Inverness. His Blackford Falcon, by Rosten Barney and out of a Hockenhull Marvel dam, was one of the younger entries which met a more animated response from buyers who were clearly reluctant to take home senior sires. Falcon goes to Joe Ede as stock bull in his Fole herd in Staffordshire.

Suffolk-based father-and-son pedigree breeders, Albert and Paul Clements, won the race to claim Boddington Estates smart young bull Sterling Flint at 10,000gns.

This Brinkton Count son headed the junior bull class at the Royal. He will be a useful sire on the strong female lines the Clements are establishing in their Darshams herd.

Robin Boyd brought just one bull, Slievenagh Fantastic, from his farm in Co Antrim and saw it sell for the third highest price of 9000gns. He joins the Sacombe herd of Paull and Judy Borlase in Hertfordshire.

Gretna House Supersonic sons have long been faring well at Perth. Best this time was Need-wood Fernie from Staffs breeders B and D Williams which made 8000gns to P and M Forrester, Forfar. Another Supersonic son from the same home made 4200gns.

Breed champion, Innerwick Fore-most from Lindsay and Dorothy Moffatt, Dunbar, not only looked the part. An impressive BLUP rating for this son of Innerwick Chieftain puts his BV in the top 1%. He made 6000gns to D Stewart, Lennox-town, Dumbartonshire.

AVERAGES 139 bulls £2449. &#42