Simmental Club to stage female show and sale

Committee members and sponsors of the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club met recently at Kilbride Farm near Doagh to launch the 45th anniversary Elite Female Show and Sale which takes place at Moira on Saturday 5th September.
Committee members and sponsors of the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club met recently at Kilbride Farm near Doagh to launch the 45th anniversary Elite Female Show and Sale which takes place at Moira on Saturday 5th September.

The Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has announced details of its forthcoming Elite Female Show and Sale.

The one day event is scheduled to take place at the Pedigree Sales Arena near Moira on Saturday 5th September, and has been organised to mark the 45th anniversary of the breed’s importation into the UK.

Club chairman Richard Rodgers said: “Plans are well underway for the sale, and I am pleased to announce that the catalogue will include 32 heifers from many of the province’s leading herds.

“The heifers range in age from March 2013 to October 2014, and have been individually inspected on-farm by Irish breeder Peter O’Connell from the noted Raceview Herd based at Mallow, Co Cork.

“The sale is a significant milestone in the history of the breed, celebrating 45 years of Simmental breeding in the UK.”

Judging commences at 10.30am, with all entries coming under scrutiny from British Simmental Cattle Society president David Donnelly, who runs the Atlow Herd in Derbyshire.

The sale gets underway at 1.00pm and will be conducted by Taaffe Auctions.

Auctioneer Michael Taaffe said: “Buyers will be spoilt for choice, and all prospective purchasers are assured that the catalogue comprises of one of the most exclusive selections of Simmental females to be offered in the UK and Ireland.

“All entries come from high health status herds, and will be inspected by a veterinary surgeon prior to the sale. They will be sold under the auspices of the National Beef Association.

“He continued: “Vendors will carry out the necessary pre-movement tests, and all animals will be eligible for immediate export at the fall of the hammer.”

Richard Rodgers added: “The sale boasts a super selection of maiden and in-calf females, and will offer breeders from throughout the UK and Ireland a unique opportunity to purchase the cream of Northern Ireland’s genetics.

“Local Simmental breeders are among the best in the UK, and are continually hitting the headlines in the show and sale rings at national events such as the Stirling Bull Sales. Our Elite Female Show and Sale will act as shop window for NI-bred genetics, and we look forward to showcasing our cattle on September 5th.”

Herds represented in the catalogue include: Ballinlare Farm (3); Cladymore (1); Cleenagh (2); Coolcran (3); Derrycallaghan (1); Drumacritten (1); Drumagarner (1); Glenock (2); Kilbride Farm (5); Lisglass (1); Omorga (5); Ranfurly (2); Scribby Farms (1); Slievenagh (3), and Woodford (1).