By Julie Hazelton
SIMMENTAL bulls soared to a top of 18,000gns and 17,000gns at the society’s spring show and sale, hosted by United Auctions at Stirling Agricultural Centre.
Trade was underpinned by commercial bidders, and following a 67 per cent clearance the auctioneers reported that 86 lots changed hands to average £5,039 – an increase of £64 on last year.
Sale leader was the star of the showring Wolfstar Jackaroo bred by Alex and Ross King from East Lothian. Born in June 2018, he caught the eye of judge Brian Simmers to take the intermediate and supreme overall championships. Sired by Team Celtic, this one was bred from the Wolfstar Wotsit daughter Wolfstar Ellie. Ranked in the breed’s top one per cent for milk +16, and top five per-cent for TSI+111 and SRI+123, he sold to the Banffshire-based Backmuir Herd owned by the judge.
The King family also claimed the second highest price of the day, 17,000gns, realised by their reserve senior champion Wolfstar Jimmy Choo. Sired by the Curaheen Bandit son Islavale Guy, his dam is the home-bred Team Celtic daughter Wolfstar Forget-Me-Not. This May 2018 bull has an eye muscle area of +6.3 in the top one per cent, and a TSI+109 and SRI+128 in the top five per cent. This one also joins the Backmuir Herd.
Next best at 10,000gns was the first placed Finlarg Jaguar TSI+69 SRI+81 bred by Alan and Kate McNee from Dundee. This June 2018 entry is a son of Team Drambuie, and is out of the Halenook Vargner daughter Dirnanean Lotti B8. In the top 15 per cent for calving ease +3.0, he sold to Messrs McClymont from Selkirk.
Three lots sold for 9,000gns each.
Leading the local entry at 9,000gns was the July 2018 Ranfurly Jackpot TSI+68 SRI+75 bred by David and Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon. This first prize winner is a son of the 12,000gns Auchorachan ACDC, and is bred from the Hillcrest Champion daughter Raceview Fancywinty 652ET. Buyer was Philiphaugh Estates based in Selkirk.
A consignment of six bulls from breed stalwart Billy Robson OBE, and sons Michael and Norman, Doagh, Ballyclare, peaked at 6,200gns, and averaged £4,550 per head.
Leading their line-up was the August 2018 Kilbride Farm Jules TSI+102 SRI+104. Sired by stock bull Crugmelyn Brenin, he is out of the Seaview Prince Charming daughter Kilbride Farm Laura 12E.
This first prize winner has an eye muscle area +4.9 in the top 10 per cent, and was snapped up by Messrs A and E Paton and Sons, Girvan, Ayrshire.
Next best from the Robson stable at 5,500gns was the second prize winner Kilbride Farm Jacobite TSI+87 SRI+100. Born in July 2018, he is by herd sire Sneumgaard Imperator, and out of the Corskie Damario daughter Kilbride Farm Dora 85H. Ranked in the top five per-cent of calving ease +5.8, he sold to TA Jones and Sons, Carmarthen, Wales.
Herd-mate Kilbride Farm Japan TSI+106 SRI+127 won a third prize rosette and attracted a bid of 5,000gns from Bannerman and Co, Invergordon, Ross-Shire. Another by the polled Sneumgaard Imperator, this July 2018 entry was bred from Kilbride Farm Eunice 182F.
Nigel Glasgow, Cookstown, sec-ured the junior championship ribbons with the September 2018 Bridgewater Farm Jazzman TSI+64 SRI+69. Sired by Curaheen Dickens, he is bred from the Omorga Volvo daughter Bridgewater Farm Abigail. The junior champion came under the hammer at 6,000gns, selling to H Cockburn and Partners, Edinburgh. Jazzman was interbreed champion at Armagh County Show in 2019.
Fermanagh herd owners Alan Burleigh and grandfather Harold Stubbs claimed the reserve junior championship with Derrycallaghan Jasper TSI+69 SRI+71. This October 2018 entry was sired by Mullyknock Gallant, and is bred from the Sterling Herkules daughter Derrycallaghan Top Girl. Buyer at 3,000gns was RG Innes from Keith, Banffshire.
The entry of 20 Northern Ireland-bred bulls sold to average £3,833 per head.
Females peaked at 4,200gns, paid to Lachlan Quarm, Irvine, Ayrshire, for the female champion Annick Duchess 19th. This June 2018 entry was sired by Wolfstar Gold Digger, and is bred from the Skerrington Visa daughter Annick Duchess 14th. She joins the Backmuir Herd owned by the judge.
Sixteen females averaged £1,995 per head; while five cows with calf at foot peaked at 3,000gns and averaged £2,415 each.