|A packed sale room saw 59 of the 63 females forward find new homes at Monday’s female sale at Perth; several went to new buyers with the top price of 5500gns being paid by Mr Tallintire of High Griseburn, Gt Asby, Cumbria for Hockenhull Snow Queen. This 9yr old cow by Ravensworth Carefree has a string of successful claves behind her and was sold by Hockenhull Farms with her bull calf Hockenhull Snow King at foot and in calf to Hockenhull Red Rum.The Champion from the pre-sale show judged by Michael Durno was the first Lot into the ring and realised the second top price at 3000gns for David Mair’s, Croftburn herd from Northern Ireland. Denzies Melody 3rd bred by Michael Barlow, joined Mr JB Wilkie’s herd at South Braggie Wells, Dunecht. She was quickly followed by another two four figure prices, firstly for Gerald & Morag Smith’s Drumsleed Rhoda, selling to Mr Inglis, Dalachy, Aberdour for 2800gns and Mr & Mrs D Mill’s Wishful Regal Whisper who followed Snow Queen to Mr Wilkie’s herd for 2900gns.Overall 59 females were sold to an average of £1306.
SIMMENTAL POPULARITY RISES
A sound underlying commercial trade ensured an increase in averages for the Simmental breed at Perth this week. With more farmers looking to breed their own replacements to keep a handle on their health status and the need for a quick growing, easy to handle animal to tie in with the new Single Farm Payment, confidence is steadily growing in the Simmentals. Following a very successful sale of females the previous day, the bulls took centre stage and continued a steady trade which without any “high flyers” produced a healthy £3,404 average up £507 on the previous year when 128 were sold. 118 of the 136 bulls forward found new homes giving a clearance rate of 87%.
The Overall Champion at the pre sale show, judged by Michael Durno, was the Junior Champion Innerwick Renown from Lindsay and Dorothy Moffat, Innerwick, Dunbar. A son of Gortin Larry and out of Innerwick Lily, by Innerwick Jubilee, this outstanding young bull sold for the top price of the day of 8000gns to Messrs W. & G. Strachan, Hill of Balmaud, King Edward, Banff.
Earlier in the sale the senior bull Dirnanean Reformer by Dirnanean Nickel from Findlay McGowan sold to Tillymaud Farms, Tillymaud, Udny, Ellon for 7,500gns.
A strong show of bulls from Gerald & Morag Smith at Drumsleed, Fourden, Laurncekirk, sold to a top of 6,500gns for Drumsleed Royale, when he was bought by Messrs R & P McAlister, Langalbuinoch, Kingarth, Isle of Bute. He was matched later in the day when Messrs Ian Maclean Livestock, Kent, paid 6,500gns for Blackford Runrig from Billy & Anne McPherson,, Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness.
A recent Simmental promotion held in Orkney also resulted in 14 bulls finding new homes on the Island.
Judge: Mr Michael Durno
111 Bulls sold to a sales average of £3403.00
50 females sold to a sales average of £1147.65