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Simmental ‘Ladies Day’ at Carlisle

It’s Ladies Day in Carlisle later this month when the cream of the UK’s pedigree Simmental heifers will be going under the hammer.

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.

1 Chadston Tollie's Delight 13000gns

Chadston Tollie's Delight 13000gns

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 on Saturday September 14 boasts an entry of sixteen 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, the Simmental is an outstanding suckler cow known for its fertility, docile nature and hardiness. Now the most numerous cattle across Europe, the Simmental are bred on all five continents and have a worldwide population of 41 million.

Commenting in advance of the sale, 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 is looking forward to another sale of females to match the quality of Chadston Tollie’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.

Mr Donaldson said: “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. 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.”

Leading Ladies Simmental sale on Saturday September 14 will also coincide with a 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 said: “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.”

H&H

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