Buyers go for progeny of brilliant Sim

1 May 1998

Buyers go for progeny of brilliant Sim

PROGENY of Brinkton Brilliant again featured strongly in the stock most favoured by buyers at the British Simmental Cattle Societys show and sale at Carlisle.

Robert Carter and Sons Gerrard Howard, a Jan 1997-bred Brilliant from their locally-based herd, realised the top price of 2300gns. It had taken the reserve supreme championship under judge P Close, Berwick-on-Tweed.

The bull has a Beef Value of 34 and is bred out of a Scottish Neff dam from the herds Belinda family. Buyers were J A and O Griffiths and Sons, Telford, Shropshire.

Mr and Mrs David Mills, well-known for bringing good young bulls to northern sales from their herd at Wellington, Somerset, saw their Brilliant-sired entry Greenside Hunter make 2000gns to D T Wright, Berwick-on-Tweed.

This bull is out of a cow by Sacombe Wishful Thinking, the sire that has had a major impact on the Greenside herd in recent years.

A wealth of Brinkton breeding produced the top-priced female in Gretna House Farms (Gretna Green) Gretna House Blutes Fairway. By Brilliant and with Brinkton Blute Rose as maternal granddam, she made 900gns to G Hargreaves, Stoke-on-Trent.

The supreme championship went to a bull reared on a farm at 3658m (1200ft) in the Derbyshire Peak District. Calvert Golliath, from R A and E F Mycock, Buxton, is by a home-bred son of noted sire Overhall Hivy and out of a cow by Gretna House Supersonic. Buyers at 1900gns were D and M Thompson, Ballymena.

AVERAGES: 15 bulls £1431; six females (served and/or suckling) £761 and two unserved heifers £498. (Harrison and Hetherington).

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