Cashback offer for Simmental sale bidders

Outling plans for the  NI Simmental Club's evening show and sale at Ballymena Mart on 27th May are Stephen Buick, Edenvale Simmental Herd; vice-chairman Matthew Cunning; and Teresa and John Connon, Connon General Merchants. Picture: Julie Hazelton
Outling plans for the NI Simmental Club's evening show and sale at Ballymena Mart on 27th May are Stephen Buick, Edenvale Simmental Herd; vice-chairman Matthew Cunning; and Teresa and John Connon, Connon General Merchants. Picture: Julie Hazelton

The Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has announced details of a cashback offer for bidders at its forthcoming Ballymena sale.

The club is offering a £200 cash incentive to the buyer of the highest priced bull at its evening show and sale on Wednesday 27th May.

Sponsored by the Edenvale Simmental Herd and Connon General Merchants, the event has attracted an entry of 21 pedigree bulls and 4 females, as well as a selection of commercial females.

Judging commences at 5.00pm, and is in the capable hands Conrad Fegan from the Knockreagh herd based at Rostrevor, County Down. The sale gets underway at 6.45pm.

Club chairman Richard Rodgers said: “Prospective bidders are assured of quality and consistency, and can buy with confidence knowing that all pedigree and commercial cattle have been tested (negative PI) and vaccinated for BVD.

“Many of the pedigree bulls and heifers featured in the catalogue come from high health accredited herds, and the commercial females have been on-farm inspected.”

He added: “Pedigree stock will be veterinary inspected prior to the sale, and sold under the auspices of the National Beef Association.

“Bulls will be insured for fertility from the fall of the hammer.”

Herds represented in the catalogue include Breaghey, Castlemount, Coolcrannel, Corrick, Drumbulcan, Hiltonstown, Inishrush, Kilbride Farm, Kilmore, Longbeach, Mullyknock, Pointfarms, Ranfurly, Stralongford and Wilandale.

The catalogue can be viewed on the British Simmental Cattle Society’s website: www.britishsimmental.co.uk. Click on sales and select on-line catalogues.

Catalogues are also available on request from the auctioneers JA McClelland and Sons, tel: 028 2563 3470.