Simmental record topped at Stirling

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The breed record for a Simmental bulls was demolished yesterday at the Stirling Agricultural Centre with a bid of 45,000 guineas for the show champion from the Macpherson family from Blackford, Croy.

This was more than double the previous record, but despite this sale, the breed average was back £571 on the year at £5,665 for 121 sold. Simmental breed society chief executive Neil Shand took a positive view of the sale,commenting: “This is our second highest average and it is the highest of any breed so far this spring, and he have had a good clearance rate of 79 per cent.”

Show judge Iain Green, of Corskie confirmed his view of the quality of the record breaker when he picked Bel Dhu Capercaillie as his overall champion as he and Andrew Anderson, Smallburn, Elgin then went on to buy it. Reserve overall champion Islavale Chip from Stewart Stronach and son Stewart, Berryleys, Grange, Keith then sold at 12,000gns to Leicestershire pedigree breeders CR Fouargue.