Simmental X Heifers popular with Co. Cavan Suckler Farmer Barry Smith (pictured above) a suckler farmer Co. Cavan, has been a repeat customer of the Annual Ballymote Simmental X Heifer sale since 2013. Barry purchases quality Simmental X maiden heifers, which it puts incalf and sells close to calving. Selling these quality heifers has enabled Barry to build up a strong repeat customer base with enquiries for Simmental X heifers always strong. Barry likes the Ballymote sale as it enables him an opportunity to choose from a large selection of top-quality in what is a very well ran sale. Last year Barry purchased 14 maiden heifers at the sale and has no hesitation is stating that“Ballymote is the place to go if you are looking for quality breeding heifers”.One of the reasons Barry has consistently returned to Ballymote for the last nine years is down to the way the sale is run; the heifers must be born in or at least 6 months in the seller’s herd. The heifers are pre inspected for quality, breeding soundness and correctness.Barry looks for a good Simmental heifer with shape, “not too extreme, good size, little bit of age I don’t like having them too young”. Barry likes to calve his heifers at 30 to 36 months. “Stars are a bonus” Barry has always prioritised heifers with conformation and correctnessthrough the years with good stars coming as a bonus. Barry found that even though there hasbeen a considerable rise in demand for high stars that the stock sold through Ballymote have retained their quality regardless. Barry likes Simmental and finds that “they make great mothers with lots of milk, lively calves and most importantly they are a low input cow – 95% of the heifers I put in calf here will calve down themselves, with the calf up and sucking in no time”. This year’s sale which will be the 27th annual Simmental X Heifer Sale will take place onSaturday October 8th at Ballymote Mart. Organised by the Western Simmental Club entrynumbers this year are as follows: 67 Incalf, 95 Maiden & 15 weanlings. A catalogue of all entries will be available here on www.irishsimmental.com prior to the sale. Photos courtesy of Allyssha Moore of A Moore Media Read more articles Previous PostCatalogue, Photos and Videos for Autumn Premier Show & Sale Saturday 22nd October 2022 at Roscommon Next PostCatalogue for Gort Simmental X Heifer Sale Wed 12th October 2022 Leave a Reply Cancel replyCommentEnter your name or username to comment Enter your email address to comment Enter your website URL (optional) Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.