Catalogues are available for the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s annual autumn show and sale which takes place at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Friday 7th October.
The event has attracted an entry of 16 pedigree and 30 commercial females.
Judging commences at 10.30am, and is in the capable hands of Jonny Hazelton from the Ranfurly Herd in Dungannon. The sale will get underway at 1pm.
Club chairman Matthew Cunning said: “Prospective bidders are assured of quality and consistency, and can buy with confidence knowing that all pedigree and commercial cattle have been vaccinated for BVD, and pre-sale tested clear if the herd of origin is not accredited.
“Many of the pedigree females featured in the catalogue come from high health status herds, and the commercial females are all exhibitor-bred and have been inspected on-farm.”
He added: “The pedigree stock will be veterinary inspected on the morning of the sale, and sold under the auspices of the National Beef Association.”
The pedigree portion of the catalogue comprises of in-calf and maiden heifers, and includes a draft from Malachy Connolly’s Castlehill Herd based at Clogher. Consignors represented in the catalogue include: Ballymoney, Castlemount, Drumacritten, Kilmore, Stewartstown and Stralongford.
Matthew Cunning continued: “With rising overhead costs commercial suckler farmers are keen to take advantage of the Simmental breed’s dual purpose characteristics. The Simmental boasts tremendous maternal 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.”
The pre-sale show is sponsored by Bimeda, the global manufacturer and distributor of animal health products and veterinary pharmaceuticals. One of its leading products is Bimectin Plus, a broad spectrum injection for the control of internal and external parasites in cattle.
This 3-in-1 injection for chronic fluke, worms and lice, contains the potent anthelmintics Ivermectin and Clorsulon, and offers convenience, value for money and efficacy.
The Clorsulon component has been shown to be over 99% effective against adult fluke, making Bimectin Plus a popular choice for UK cattle farmers. For the beef farmer Bimectin Plusm has a meat withdrawal period of 66 days.
Territory manager for NI Kevin McAnenly said: “Bimectin Plus is licensed for a wide range of internal and external parasites. Lungworms, stomach worms and live fluke can all have a devastating economic effect on cattle. Bimectin Plus contains a powerful combination of anthelmintics, which controls all three parasites in one injection.”
The catalogue for the forthcoming sale 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 available free on request from the auctioneers, Dungannon Farmers’ Mart tel: 028 8772 2727.
Alternatively, contact club secretary Robin Boyd for further information, mobile: 07799 346784.