Simmental bulls sold to a fantastic demand at Stirling Bull Sales on Monday (15 February), with nine lots selling for five-figure sums and peaking at 22,000gns.
Averages were up £711 on the year to level at £5,675, representing a clearance rate of 79%.
Chief executive of the Simmental Cattle Society Neil Shand said demand for Simmental bulls bucked trends and was “very strong”.
“There has been people saying farmers haven’t had their single farm payment and money was tight, but there was absolutely no evidence yesterday that money was tight. If people wanted a bull they bought a bull.”
He added commercial buyers had underpinned trade on the day.
“The biggest strength of the Simmental breed is its maternal traits and people buy Simmental to produce suckler cows and people will spend good money to produce a good suckler herd.”
Sale leader at 22,000gns was the reserve overall and intermediate champion Kilbride Farm Foreman 14 from breed stalwarts, the Robson family, Doagh, Ballyclare. He is s a homebred son of Crugmelyn Brenin 10 and is out of Kilbride Farm Jolly 7T. The successful bidder was DC Houdley, Waterbeck, Lockerbie.
The Robsons also sold another Crugmelyn son, their reserve intermediate champion Kilbride Farm Fearless, for 15,000gns to Gary Christie, Huntly, Aberdeen.
The day’s second highest bid of 17,000gns went to the second but last lot sold, Wolfstar Flying Scotsman 14 from A King, Ormiston, East Lothian. This May 2015 born bull is out of the Auchorachan Winger son Team Celtic and is out of Wolfstar Tequila. He was purchased by D Lowry, Cartland, Lanark, for his Keeldrum herd.
Earlier in the day, the Kings made 14,000gns when selling the 21-month-old Wolfstar Fearless to J Shoulder, Wendlebury, Bicester. Sired by the same bull as his stablemate, this one is out of Wolfstar Aphrodite.
Taking the third best bid of 16,000gns was the senior champion Islavale Ferrari 14 from Stewart Stronach’s Islavale herd, Grange, Keith. Sired by Curaheen Bandit he is out of the Darsham Lucky Strike daughter Islavale Victoria and has a TSI of +83 and an SRI of +97. He caught the eye of A Jukes, Sandhurst, Kent.
Four bulls then made 10,000gns.
The first of these to sell through the ring was Corskie Freddy 14 from Iain Green, Garmouth, Fochabers. Sired by the Starline Klassik son Greencap Ace 09, this 21-month-old is out of a homebred dam by Popeslaird. He was snapped up by CJG Clarke, Otley, Ipswich.
Second at this money was Popes Fendt 14 from JH and VG Wood, Dutton. Sired by the 20,000gns Carnview Snazzy son Kilbride Farm Comber 11 he is out of a homebred dam by Banwy Wonderboy. Buyer was T Hill and Wright, Wadworth, Doncaster.
JH Wilson, Newry, County Down, paid 10,000gns for Denzies Fantastic 14 from MA Barlow, Leyland. Sired by Whitemire King Kong he is out of the Ashland Tornado daughter Denzies Tonia 4th.
The final 10,000gns bid went to the second next lot into the ring, Drumlone Fabulous 14 from KC Veitch, Drumlone, Lisbellaw. Sired by Carnkern Titan CENT4 he is out of Corbally A1 Katie, by Raceview King Bat-K-019. He went home with Hugh Brunton, Arbroath, Angus.
Averages: 122 bulls, £5,675 (up £711 on 2015).