Strong demand for Simmental bulls at the Perth
Bull Sales on Tuesday 18 February 2003 saw 131 bulls find new homes
at an average price of £3737.
The clearance level was 95 per cent of the
bulls on offer which reflected the increasing demand for the breed.
Top price of £12600 secured Corrick Major for
Jimmy and Vikki Woods Popes herd near Preston, Lancashire.
Major was bred by Cecil McIlwaine from Newtonstewart,
Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland who became the first breeder to bring
out three Perth Champions in the process.
This is an incredible achievement that was augmented
by the McIlwaines also receiving a First Prize with Corrick
Monarch that was purchased by former Scotland rugby star, John Jeffrey,
at a price of £7150.
The McIlwaine entry was completed by Third Prize
winning Corrick Marksman, making £7350 to Messrs Aitken Brothers
from East Lothian.
The sire of all three bulls is Carnkern Titan and
all are also in the Top 10% of the breed for Beef Value. Equally,
both animals meet the Societies recommendations for Calving Value
and 200 Day Milk.
Not surprisingly, this entry won the RH Carter Group
of Three Trophy.
Northern Ireland breeders were well represented with
no less than 8 bulls topping the £5000 sale barrier.
Omorga Nasser, a very young son of Blackford Explosion,
born on 16 February 2002, led the rest at £10500 for Mr H
Moore, Cookstown Co Tyrone.
WH Robson and Sons brought out four bulls, achieving
a top price of £7350 for Kilbride Farm Mark that is going
to Snaigow Estates, Blairgowrie where a successful three-way cross
breeding programme based around the Simmental is being practiced.
Mark was yet another Titan son.
Also going to Northern Scotland is Kilbride Farm
Millar, purchased by Billy MacPherson of Blackford, Inverness for
£6825. This Cleenagh Flasher son also combines conformation
with the desirable combination of Performance Records.
Kilbride Farm Montana is set for the Caithness herd
of Messrs Swanson at a price of £5460. A son of Dovefields
Gallant, Montana was placed 4th in the show ring.
Leslie Weatherup completed the high price successes
from the Province with Lisglass Marvel, another Blackford Explosion
son, making £6300 to Messrs Morris and Partners, Blairgowrie.
In addition to the £12600 paid by the Woods family for Corrick
Major, it was Michael Barlow, Leyton, Lancashire who paid £10500
for Omorga Nasser to come into his Denizes herd.
Cheshire based breeder, Hugo Arnold, led the selling
stakes from England with £10500 for Hockenhull Matthew. This
2nd Prize winning son of Blackford Harvester is in the Top 1% Performance
Recorded Simmentals with a Beef Value of SM40.
Purchaser was John Dykes, Society Vice President,
for his Mendick herd in Peebles-shire.
Three of the Hockenhull string of Five bulls breached
the £5000 mark with Hockenhull Merlin travelling back to the
Shropshire herd of Messrs Griffiths and Sons for £7140. Merlin
is a Wroxall Fortune son with exceptional Performance Records for
both Calving Value and Milk, as well as a Top 25% Beef Value.
Another valued purchaser was Warter Estates, York
securing three bulls, all above the £5000 level. With two
purchases from the Woodhall prefix of Hector Macaskill, plus aTorran
entry from Brian Ross, Inverness, all these bulls were well within
the Top 10% Beef Value.
From the total sale of 131 Simmental bulls, no less than 113 remain
in Scotland, including ten off to the Orkney Islands.
Prior to the Bull Sale, the trade for Simmental females was also
Top prices of £3150 were paid for Tillymaude
Tulipe 45 form the Aberdeenshire herd of Messrs Argo and Family.
Purchasers were Messrs Hinde and Son, Harrogate.
Matching this price was Pasturefields Princess Regina
with her bull calf, Pasturefields Nemesis at foot. This pair is
set for the Harestone herd of Neil Barclay, Banchory, Aberdeenshire,
having been brought to the sale by Staffordshire breeder, Roger
Forty three female Lots form the Reduction Sale of
Tom Gillespie,s South Park herd also attracted keen bidding to average
Top price of ££2100 was paid by Lindsay
Currie, Girvan for South Park Prinz Lilie 2 , a fourth-calf cow
with a Top 10% Beef Value and Milk Performance Records.
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