Bristol Sale Centre Show and Sale of Simmental Cattle


An outstanding show produces high averages at Bristol

The current trend for buying Simmental cattle continued at the annual sale of held at Bristol Sale Centre. The market for heavier quickly finished cattle has seen the Simmental in big demand over the past year and looks set to continue. This week saw the averages at Bristol soar in comparison to previous years and a much improved show of quality cattle, particularly the females, was welcomed by a packed ringside. The bulls averaged £3116 for the 17 sold showing a massive increase of £764.

With the addition of a very good reduction sale from Mr. M. J. Boucher’s Loxton Herd, Axbridge and a small dispersal from Mr. J.N. Hoskin’s, Sabre Herd from Apperley in Gloucestershire , there was a keen interest in the females and several new buyers had their pick of a very good turnout of cattle. Ultimately the female average, outwith the dispersals, soared to £1615 for the 42 sold, an increase of £336 on the year compared to 18 sold the previous year to average £1279.25.


The first cow in the ring and the Female Champion, chosen at the pre sale show by judge Ron Hodgkinson, was the very good dark red cow, Crackley Cadette 74N from Messrs Booth & Bell, Crackley Farm, Kenilworth, with her November born bull calf, Crackley Whizz Kid at foot by the polled imported bull Lamhoj Supery. Cadette 74N is by Agardsley Bruno and from the herd’s famous Cadette line. She was sold carrying her 5th calf to the home bred, Crackley Venturer for 2,900gns to one of the Societies youngest breeders, Mr. Sam Madeley, Little Whitfield Farm, Glewstone, Ross On Wye.


The next lot in the ring, also from Messrs Booth and Bell, made the second top female price of the day when Messrs AJ& SD Heath, Eaton House, Eaton-Upon-Tern, Market Drayton, paid 4000gns for another from the Cadette line to join their Eaton Herd. Cadette 78N, is a Wroxall Luke daughter and she was sold with her bull Calf Crackley Whisperer at foot, again by Supery and this time carrying her 5th calf to another homebred bull, Crackley Taurus.


The reserve Female Champion, from David and Christine Mills’, Wishful Herd from West Buckland, Wellington, Somerset changed hands for 3,200gns when she went to join David and Nicki Fields’ Burytown Herd, Burytown Lane, Blunsdon, Swindon. A successful show animal in 2008, Wishful Vanessa, was sold carrying her first calf to Skerrington Talent, purchased at Perth in 2008 for 10,000gns.

The first heifer Grangewood Twinkle from a good string from Andrew and Yvonne Leedhams’ Grangewood Herd, Netherseal, Swadlincote, Derby sold for 2,500gns to Messrs V.W.Hicks & Son, South View Farm, Holts Lane, Balsall Common, Coventry. By Riverdale Figaro and in calf to Samark Superman she joins the Holtick Herd. A similar bid from Mr. Hawkey, Sowenna, Higher Tregolls, Bodmin, Cornwall purchased Sterling Leonas Venetia from Boddington Estates Ltd, The Manor, Boddington Cheltenham, who stood first in her class in the show. Leonas Venetia is an October 07 daughter of Corskie Principal and out of Sterling Aubrieta’s Leona, by the famous Sterling Flint.

A very good reduction sale from Martin Boucher’s Loxton Herd from Loxton near Axbridge, saw keen bidding for all of the quality lots forward. The top price of the day went to Loxton Serena when together with her bull calf Loxton Worthy at foot, the team changed hands at 3,000. Serena is by Sterling Maverick 2nd out of a home bred dam, Loxton Patience by Riversmeet Good Enough. Her bull calf Loxton Worthy, a well grown September calf by Twyford Roger, went with her and she was sold in calf again to Crackley Talisman. They were purchased by new breeder, Mrs. J. A. Powell, Grove Farm, Knighton, Powys, as foundation stock for her new herd, together with several other purchases Mrs Powell made on the day.


The top price bull also went to join Mrs. Powell and husband Andrew’s commercial enterprise at The Grove when they purchased Starline Variety for 5,600gns. Variety, from the well known Starline Herd from Henry and Susan Widdicombe at Totnes in Devon, is an October 07 son of the home bred stock bull, Starline Prankster and out of Starline Lorette 15th by another famous Starline bull, Starline Klassik. The Powells also added the Widdicombe's other bull Starline Viking to their shopping basket when they purchased him for 4,400gns. Another Prankster son , this time from the Kutz line of cows by Blackford Hawk.


Following Variety into the ring was the first prize and reserve Champion overall, Station House Viscount, from Eric Ford and Barry Littlewood, Station House Farm, Hatton, Derbyshire. A Popes Laird son with Sterling Flint on his dam’s side, this well breed bull also went to the Madeley family from Ross on Wye for 4,000gns.


Messrs WR. Eales & Son, Brockhill, Peatling Magna, Leicester waited till later in the sale to purchase their choice Chyanhal Wellington, an outstanding young bull from David Nicholas, Goldsithney, Penzance. Bred by Penny Lally, he is by Corskie Radium, a son of Popes Laird and out of Chyanhal Nell by Sacombe Wishful Thinking.


The pre sale champion, from David and Christine Mills, sold to Messrs Atkin Brothers, Grangefields, Barrow on Trent, Derby for 3,600gns. Wishful Well-Pict is also a son of Sacombe Wishful Thinking and out of Swallowhill Martha by Balmano Hitman.