THE junior bull Auchorachan Landmark 20, from D&R
Durno & Sons, Ballindal-
loch, Banffshire, sold for
18,000gns to lead the Sim-mental bull sale at United Auction’s Stirling Agricultural Centre on Tuesday, October 19.
From the youngest class of bulls on the day, Auchorachan Landmark 20 is a May 2020 born calf sired by the homebred stock bull Auchorachan Hercules, and is out of Auchorachan Holly, a cow described as having ‘loads of milk’. Auchorachan Landmark himself carried a Maternal (Milk) figure of +10 placing him in the top 10% of the breed for this trait. The herd sire Auchorachan Hercules has been breeding well in the 60 cow Auchorachan pedigree herd with sons, prior to Stirling, averaging over 8000gns at pedigree sales.
Purchasing the top price was Brian and Stuart Grant for their Dellfield pedigree herd at Druid Temple Farm, Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness-shire.
The Simmental sale as a whole saw 57 bulls sold, up five on the year, and to an average of £5,961, a Simmental record figure for October, and which was also up by £372. In all, 22 bulls sold at 6000gns and over, including three at over five figures.
Commenting, the society’s General Manager Iain Kerr said: “It was good to see more bulls sold on the year and also an increase of £372 on the averages. Simmental sales have been very strong in this last year or so with commercial buyers driving the trade and buying bulls to breed top quality breeding females.
We’d have liked to have seen a stronger clearance, but there was again a ready demand for long, clean, easy fleshing Simmental bulls, with good milk and maternal figures.”
It was another tremendous Simmental sale for the prolific 160 pedigree cow Islavale herd of Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith. A strong team of bulls saw seven in all sell to 12,500, 10,000, 9000, 8500, 7800, 7000, and 6500gns, to gross £64,365 and a mighty average of £9,185.
For good measure Islavale bulls also won the Overall Supreme (their eighth in all and first at the October Sale), Intermediate, and Junior Championships, as well as the Group of Three in the pre-sale show, which was judged by Mr Simon Key of the Key Herd, Loddon, Norwich.
Leading their consignment was the March 2020 born Islavale Lachlan 20. This bull, which stood second in his class to the Intermediate Champion, is by the 10-years-old Ranfurly Confederate, and is out of the Atlow Dixon daughter Islavale Innocent. Heading north, this bull, which was top 10% for both Calving Ease Direct, and Gestation Length, was purchased by Messrs Swanson, Quarryside, Caithness.
At 10,000gns was the Intermediate Champion himself, Islavale Lord 20. Another March 2020 born bull, Lord is by the herd’s main stock sire at present, Corskie Highlander 16 EX 92, a Dirnanean Bradley son, and is out of the Ranfurly Confederate daughter Islavale Honeypot.
Another to go commercially, this bull was bought by Inverdunning Ltd, Dunning, Perthshire.
The run of Islavale prices continued with Islavale Loch Ness making 9000gns when selling to the Greencap pedigree herd of Aberdour, Fife. A second prize winner, this March 2020 born bull is another by Corskie Highlander 16 EX 92, and is out of another Ranfurly Confederate daughter, Islavale Daisy.
Also at the 9000gns mark was the Northern Irish bull Ballymoney Larry 20 from Mrs MH Kilpatrick, Banbridge. A bull with size and power, Ballymoney Larry 20 had placed first in Class Four in the Senior section. March 2020 born, he is the first son of Saltire Impressive 17, which was purchased for 14,000gns at Stirling at the corresponding sale in 2018.
Purchasing this bull, which carried good figures for growth and milk, was Delfur Farms who run the Delfur pedigree herd at Aberlour.
Speaking to this purchase, the herd manager Stephen Allan said: “We liked this bull’s breeding lines and he’s suitable to use on all of our cows. He’s got size and width and we think he will complement our cows and bring a consistency of breeding. We’ve got 150 cows, of which 30 are pure not pedigree, and the he’ll be used predominantly for the pedigrees.”
Two bulls made 8000gns. The first of these was another from Northern Ireland in the form of Hiltonstown Lorenzo 20 from Richard & Rhys Rodgers, Portglenone. A bull with width and shape, the March 2020 born Lorenzo is by Dermotstown Delboy, and is out of Hiltonstown High Class, a Hiltonstown general daughter. Going to a pedigree home, Hiltonstown Lorenzo was bought by MA Barlow & Sons for their 60-cow Denizes herd at Nr Leyland, Lancashire.
Commenting, Michael Barlow said:
“This bull is just full of natural thickness and shape. He’s a bull that we think will complement the style of the Blackford Galaxy daughters in the herd.”
57 bulls (+5) – £5,961 (+£372);
9 heifers – £3,033;
5 cows & calves – £3,423;
Auctioneers: United Auctions
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