THE British Simmental Cattle Society’s Dungannon show and sale on Friday, March 27, has attracted a bumper entry of 27 bulls and 15 females.
Auctioneer Trevor Wylie confirmed that this is the largest selection of pedigree Simmental bulls to come under the hammer at Dungannon for a number of years. “Bidders will be spoilt for choice. The catalogue features something for everyone, including many of the breed’s sought-after and proven bloodlines, polled genetics, and above average Breedplan figures for calving ease, milk and eye muscle area.”
Judging commences at 10am, followed by the sale at 1pm. The pre-sale show is generously sponsored by Irwin Feeds, and will be judged by pedigree breeder and commercial suckler farmer William Ferguson from Stewartstown.
Many of the Province’s leading herds are represented in the catalogue, including: Ashland, Ballinalare Farm, Breaghey, Bridgewater Farm, Cladymore, Coolcrannel, Drumacritten, Drumlone, Edenbann, Hiltonstown, Kilbride Farm, Lakeside, Lisglass, Lummin, Ranfurly, Rehall, Scribby Farms and Shacon.
The bulls on offer range in age from February 2018 to February 2019, while the females selling were born between September 2018 and March 2019. All entries will be veterinary inspected prior to the sale, and sold under the auspices of the National Beef Association.
NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club chairman Conrad Fegan said: “This is an official society sale and prospective bidders can buy with confidence knowing that all animals come from herds participating in a CheCS approved herd health scheme. They are also sire DNA verified and vaccinated for BVD.
“Local Simmental breeders are among the best in the UK, and for many years have been securing championship awards and top prices at the society’s national sales in Stirling. This continued success is testimony to the quality and consistency of the pedigree Simmentals bred in Northern Ireland.
“The forthcoming Dungannon sale will give dairy farmers, suckler herd owners and beef producers an opportunity to secure pedigree bulls and females from many of the Province’s leading herds.”
The bulls and females on offer are progeny of proven AI sires such as Delfur Decider, Denizes Fantastic, Rabawn Flame, Sneumgaard Imperator, Seaview Prince Charming, Auroch Amos Curaheen Gunshot, Dermotstown Delboy, Drumlone Anchor, Blackford Falcon, Raceview Hercules, Kilbride Farm Hans, Crugmelyn Brenin, Ashland Brandy, Mullyknock Gallant, Ranfurly Confederate, Kilbride Farm Warren, Omorga Horton, Curaheen Dickens, Kilbride Farm Delboy and Islavale Cracker.
The female portion of the catalogue includes a draft entry of six heifers from David and Margaret Thompson’s Lummin Herd based in Ahoghill. They were born between September 2018 and March 2019, and are all daughters of the herd’s stock bull Lisnacrann Gigolo.
The dual-purpose Simmental breed offers numerous characteristics, and boasts tremendous maternal and terminal traits, giving it a competitive edge when it comes to profitability.
Simmental females are fertile, docile, and have great mothering instincts, coupled with plenty of milk; while Simmental progeny have excellent growth rates and are economical to finish.
The ICBF at Tully has been conducting performance trials on various native and continental breeds, and the Simmental is consistently coming out on top. Last year a progeny trial in New Zealand also identified the Simmental for its superior growth rates and eating quality.
Catalogues are available free on request from the auctioneers, Dungannon Farmers’ Mart, telephone 028 8772 2727. Alternatively, view the catalogue online at www.britishsimmental.co.uk
n With the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, Dungannon Farmers’ Mart is requesting that only those conducting business, such as vendors and purchasers, enter the mart premises. No visitors or children! Everyone will be expected the follow the guidelines and use the hand washing and sanitising facilities regularly. A statement from the mart is available on the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club Facebook page.