The British Simmental Cattle Society’s inaugural show and sale at Worcester attracted a top call of 4,900gns.
Sale topper was Grangewood Eskimo, a first prize winning bull from AS and YA Leedham’s Derbyshire based herd. With a TSI within the top 20% he was keenly sought after and was eventually secured by Atkins Brothers, Burrow on Trent, Derby. Messrs Leedham also sold their other bull Grangewood Frontier for 3,500gns to DW Jones, Cardigan.
The male and overall champion Starline Edmund from RH Widdicombe’s Devon-based herd sold for 4,300gns to Small Burn Farms, Elgin, Inverness.
Polled bulls topped at 3,600gns for Little Orchard Empire from Mark Sallis by Crackley Showman and out of a polled homebred cow, Buyer was DA Marklove, Swindon, Wilts.
Females sold to a sharp demand in all sections. Top priced lot was Beanhill Carousel, a second calver with her bull calf at foot, from James and Belinda Kimber’s herd. Buyer at 3,000gns and was Mrs L Poulter, Newport, Isle of Wight. Mrs Poulter purchased two other cows and calves from the Beanhill draft at 2,600gns and 2,250gns, respectively.
Tim Van Der Gucht’s first and female champion Deerhurst Estelle, an in-calf heifer by Denzies Amazon and out of Deerhurst Tabby, made 2,650gns when selling to J Bonham-Christie, Frome, Somerset.
A smart consignment from J Olds Bosahan Cornish-based herd sold to a top of 2,500gns for in-calf heifer Bosahan Electra Venus. Third in the show and with a terminal sire index in the top 10%, she went to J James, Pembroke.
Another Cornish vendor SA Gummow, made 2,000gns when selling the in-calf heifer Killiworgie Dixie, to J Jerman and Co, Llandiloes, Powys.
Averages: 19 bulls, £3,003.52; five cows and calves/in-calf, £1,848.00; five in-calf heifers, £2,257.50.
(McCartneys in conjunction with Stags)