The cream of the UK’s pedigree Simmental heifers will be going under the hammer at Carlisle later this month.
The second British Simmental Cattle Society Leading Ladies Pedigree Sale is aiming to top last year’s inaugural event, which achieved a 100% clearance and a leading price of 13,000gns for a heifer from Derbyshire breeders B&E Chadwick.
The best Simmental genetics from Suffolk in the South to Morayshire in the North will be converging on Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart.
This year’s show and sale next Saturday, September 14, has an entry of 16 maiden and seven served heifers, all of which had to show above breed average estimated breeding values (EBVs) to qualify for the event.
Originally from Switzerland’s Simmen Valley, the Simmental has been bred in the UK for almost four decades and is now one of the country’s top beef breeds.
Popular for its fast-growth rates and low-input requirements, it is considered an outstanding suckler cow, known for its fertility, docile nature and hardiness.
Now common across Europe, the Simmental is bred on all five continents and has a worldwide population of 41 million.
Breed Secretary for the British Simmental Cattle Society, Neil Shand, said: “This year’s Leading Ladies sale at Borderway aims to build on last year’s success.
“Over the last couple of years, we have seen an increased demand for the breed in what is well-known to be a shrinking market in terms of the UK Suckler Herd.
“Our show later this month is a showcase of very high quality heifers, with all entries from performance recording herds.”
Harrison & Hetherington’s Sales Director Scott Donaldson, meanwhile, says he is looking forward to a sale of females to match the quality of ChadstonTollie’s Delight VI, last year’s top priced heifer sold for 13,000gns with her calf at foot to Hunnyhill Farms, Newport, on the Isle of Wight.
“After last year’s successful sale, we know that this is a very important Simmental sale and we are looking forward to welcoming more animals of the same standard,” he said.
“There was an enormous amount of interest last year, which hopefully will follow through this year with the very high standard of young breeding stock that is on offer.”
The Simmental sale will coincide with the sale of 239 pedigree Limousin cattle, which includes the dispersal of JR McKeen’s Hartlaw Herd, and production cattle from the Normande, Glenrock, Rentons, Harveys, Ashmara and Millbrow herds.
Mr Donaldson addeed: “The Limousin sale offers a selection of top quality genetics from both UK and French bloodlines, and features a number of noted brood cow families and top rated sires.”
For more details the sale, see www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk .
For information about the British Simmental Cattle Society, contact Neil Shand on 07713 158036.