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.
“Stars are a bonus” Barry has always prioritised heifers with conformation and correctness
through the years with good stars coming as a bonus. Barry found that even though there has
been 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 on
Saturday October 8th at Ballymote Mart. Organised by the Western Simmental Club entry
numbers this year are as follows: 67 Incalf, 95 Maiden & 15 weanlings.
A catalogue of all entries will be available here on prior to the sale.

Photos courtesy of Allyssha Moore of A Moore Media

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