A number of sires are used across the Sterling herd, both as stock sires and through the use of AI and ET. Sires are selected on the basis of their pedigree and visual appeal, coupled with the best performance figures and the presence of proven families. Particular attention is paid to sourcing sires from noted cow families to ensure the longevity of the herd.
Another outstanding homebred bull Cotswold has been retained as a junior herd sire and is showing plenty of promise of developing in to one of the foremost Simmental sires of his generation. A son of the noted 21,000gns bull Corrick Kentucky Kid, Cotswold is typical of his father’s type, a long, clean bull with exceptional correctness.
He is out of Sterling Joyfull’s Ritzy, a Dovefields Gallant daughter and was a successful member of the 2012 show team, having been male champion and reserve breed champion at Newbury, reserve male champion at Moreton-in-Marsh, reserve junior male champion at the Welsh National and first at the Royal Highland.
Adding to his show record in 2013 Cotswold was breed champion at Devon, male champion at Bath and West, male champion at the Royal Cornwall and reserve male champion at the English National Show at Cheshire. He was then male champion and reserve breed champion at the Great Yorkshire and was male and breed champion at Moreton in Marsh Show.
Cotswold has a terminal sire index of +86 and a self replacing index of +84.
This son of the noted sire Omorga Volvo is out of Mendick Rosy, herself a Hockenhull Matthew daughter, and was bought at Stirling in October 2011.
He was bought for his modern style and clean lines, combined with good muscling and growth. Butch has strong performance figures too, carrying a terminal sire index of +101 and a self replacing index of +128, both well within the top 1% of the breed.
His first crop of calves are showing great promise and have already caught the eye of a number of visitors to the herd.
One of the great show winning Simmental bulls of modern times, Viking II won the interbreed championship and Burke pairs award at the 2009 Royal Show as well as numerous other awards the length and breadth of the UK.
He is sired by 13,000gns bull Corskie Principal and is out of Sterling Helen’s Lyric, a Herkules daughter which goes back to the exceptionally successful Overbury Fifi family. Helen’s Lyric is one of the most consistent breeding cows in the Sterling herd, also being the dam of Sterling Caithness, male champion at the Royal Highland in 2012.
Figures wise Viking II ranks very highly in the breed, having a terminal sire index of +91 and a self replacing index of +102, both inside the top 1% of the breed.
Homebred sire Flint is by Brinkton Court and is out of Sterling Noontimes Whitewine, a Sterling Parliamentarian daughter.
This bull from the old guard of Sterling breeding is being used selectively across some of the best modern cows in the Sterling herd to refresh bloodlines and is once again leaving calves of exceptional quality, particularly clean, stylish heifers.
Flint has a terminal sire index of +59 and a self replacing index of +57 and is in the top 1% of the breed for 600-day weight and the top 5% for 400-day weight.
This AI sire is by Dovefields Gallant and is out of Celtic Princess, a Celtic Merlin daughter and combines some of the best modern Simmental genetics. An exceptionally correct bull A Man’s Man has been used on a wide range of bloodlines in the Sterling herd and is leaving strong, correct calves with plenty of breed character. With a terminal sire index of +92 and a self replacing index of +93 he fits the bill with his performance figures too and is typical of the attributes we look for in our stock bulls, being modern, clean and with strong pedigree and performance attributes too.
As well as using A Man’s Man, the Sterling herd is also making good use of his sire, Dovefields Gallant, also through AI. Gallant, a Camus Brandy son, is much like Sterling Flint, being used to give access to some of the best Simmental genetics of a previous era. He carries great breed character and has been used on modern cow families to breed correct, stylish females and bulls of appeal to both pedigree and commercial breeders alike.