Scottish Club report 2010

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The Scottish Club have had another busy year with a packed diary of events.The highlight was our Scottish National Simmental Show at Turriff , despite the long haul North we had our biggest Show yet, and the standard of the Simmentals being talked about all over the Showground.

On behalf of the Scottish Club may I also take this opportunity to congratulate Neil Shand on his recent appointment as General Secretary of the British Simmental Cattle Society.

Perth February Sale. The year started as usual with the Perth Bull sales in February, judged by Robert McAlister from Bute. Scottish Club members had the four highest prices. Firstly the two top-price 20000gn bulls, from Jim McLaren with Blackford Worzel, the intermediate champion, selling to Clive Houldey, and next Michael Durno with Auchorachan Wizard the Overall champion by Saltire Talent, selling to Joe Wilsons Ballinlare herd.

Michael also sold Auchorachan Winger for 10,000gn , by Clonagh Tiger Gallant to Robert MacGregor With Dorothy Moffat selling Innerwick Winchester by Oakhil Ned for the same price to W. Barclay. Bulls averaged £ 4751-83, for 135 sold, up £207 on the year. Females sold to 4000gn from Jimmy & Iain Green with Corskie Veil, with two at 3600gn- Blair Willow from Colin Fordyce and Skerrington Rebecca 40 from John & William Young.

Junior Stockjudging. In March we held our Annual Junior Stockjudging training day at Dargill courtesy of Mr Jim McLaren. Our teams were selected to represent the Club at the junior stockjudging competition, this year hosted by the Scottish Club at the Royal Highland Show due to the demise of the Royal Show.

May Sale. The Club held its Annual Show & Sale of commercial females in Stirling Market, once again the Show was kindly sponsored by Pfizer.

Heifer with calf at foot: 1st- East Skeichan, Arbroath £2300.

Bulling heifers under 15 months: 1st- Messr’s Short. Balquhadly, Brechin £840 2nd- Balquhadly, Brechin £840

Bulling heifers over 15 months: 1st-East Merkland, Strathaven £1200 2nd- Messrs Hamilton, Aikengall, Innerwick £980

Multibreed Bull Sale Simmentals secured the days joint top price of 6200gn, from Messrs Stronach with Islavale Wizard, they also secured the days next best price of 5600gh for Islavale Windsor, both sons of their stock bull, Glenturk Premier. The Judge Mr William Young, selected Woodhall Wigtown from Hector Macaskill as his overall champion. Simmentals had another good sale averaging £3234 for 30 sold.

Royal Highland Show This year Judge Mr David Lowry had the task of placing the large entry of Simmentals placing Drumsleed Paige from Gerald and Morag Smith as Overall champion with reserve going to W.J. Green with Corskie Star.

The Scottish Club hosted the interbreed stockjudging competition on the Friday with a large entry of teams from most of the breed Societies. Thank you to Judge Mr Rettie, and to Douglas Barr, Neil McGowan and Varrie Dyet for organising the competition.

On the Friday evening Dorothy once again organised the Clubs Annual Barbecue which was enjoyed by all who attended.

Our Young Members did the Club proud with Gail Clark 2nd in the over 21’s and Gillian Greenhill 3rd as well as 2nd in the pairs with Ross King.

Scottish National Simmental Show In August we held our third Scottish National Simmental Show at Turriff. On the Sunday Evening Dorothy organised a Barbecue, enjoyed by all who attended. Despite heavy rain before the Show, and with the ground conditions very muddy we were lucky to have a dry day. A large entry of over 80 cattle, travelled from all over Scotland to compete.

Thanks to our Judge Mr Norman Robson from The Kilbride herd in Northern Ireland who placed Hazelden Carina as his overall champion which went on to be interbreed champion as well, making the long drive from Ayrshire worthwhile for Neil McGeoch. Reserve was Islavale Amigo, by Glenturk Premier from Stewart Stronach.

October Bull Sale There was an excellent show of bulls forward for the October sale with Mr Liam Muir from Orkney to Judge.Overall champion was Drumlone Anchor from Kenny Veitch Northern Ireland , selling for 10,000gn.

Reserve Champion Drumacritten Arnold, also from Northern Ireland made 11,000gn to Pitgaveny farms, Elgin.

Top-price bull was Starline Apollo from Henry Widdicombe from Devon.

Scottish Club members also had a good day with the Smith family selling their intermediate champion Drumsleed Ace by Hockenhull Matthew for 8500gn to Snaigow farms. They also sold another of their bulls Drumsleed Amedeus for 7500gn.

Sir Edward Mountain also had a good sale, with Delfur Avenger selling for 8000gn to Neil McGeoch, Hazelden . Another of the Delfur bulls, Delfur Alfie by Glebefarm Reputation was placed as reserve Intermediate champion, selling to G.S. & G.I. Pettit, Tannachy.

Michael Durno sold Auchorachan Archer by Clonagh Tiger Gallant to the Sutherlands at Connachie for 7000gn.

Anne MacPherson sold to a top of 6500gn for Silverwells Alpha, and Reserve Senior Champion with Blackford Aristocrat. The Stronach family also received 6500gn for Islavale Adonis, selling to Brian Ross, Torran and 6200gn for Islavale Admiral selling to Dorothy Moffat, Innerwick. 86 0f the bulls sold top average £4358.72.

Annual General Meeting At the AGM Iain Green retired as Chairman and Tom Henderson was elected as our new Chairman. Stewart Stronach was elected as Vice-Chairman.

Thank you Iain for all you have done for the Club as Chairman, and congratulations on your election as Vice-President of the Society. Morag Smith, Neil McGowan and Neil McGeoch retired from the Committee, on behalf of the Club thank you for all your work for the Club. Dorothy Moffat, Douglas Barr & Michael Durno were elected to the Committee.

40th Anniversary Supper In the Evening the Club hosted a Buffet Supper for the Simmentals 40th Anniversary, a large turnout all enjoyed the evening with founding Member Mr George Anderson from Kair our guest speaker, who gave an interesting and entertaining speech on the Founding of the British Simmental cattle Society and the first importations from Europe. Thank you, Dorothy for the lovely cake.

Scottish Pedigree Calf Show Members of the Club keenly supported Forfar Markets first Calf Show, with over 40 entries in the Simmental classes. The Judge Mr Brian Allan from Glenturk placing Auchorachan AC-DC from Michael Durno as his Senior Champion and Braegarrie Baxter from Lindsay Currie as Junior champion.

Senior Male and Senior champion- Auchorachan AC-DC. Senior Female champion -Blackford Allegro. Junior Male and Junior champion- Braegarrie Baxter. Junior female champion- Strathisla Bubbles Geraldine.

Website We have recently launched the Scottish Club Website, with a large amount of information about the Clubs various activities, Members and reports of shows and sales. www.scottishsimmental.com

And finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank Club, Committee Members and the “Simmy Girls down at Stoneleigh for all their help and support during the last year.

Scottish Club report 2009

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By Richard Pettit – Secretary

It’s been another busy year for the Club with a visit to Cornwall, our Scottish National Simmental Show in July and an Open day in the South West of Scotland as well as all the Shows and Sales.

Perth February Sale

The year started in February with the last sale to be held in Perth, Judged by Mr John Moore from Northern Ireland. Bulls averaged 4,554gn’s for 129 sold up £471 on the year. Overall Champion was Shanehill Victor from Barry Chambers, Portadown, Northern Ireland selling to D.C Houldey for 11,000gns. Top price was 16,000gns for Blackford Viceroy by Kilbride Farm Strabane from Club members Billy and Anne MacPherson who have since sold a major part of their herd to Jim McLaren. On the Monday evening we held our Annual Social evening at the Lovat Hotel, the evening was well attended and a bottle of whisky was auctioned, raising £120 for Macmillan Nurses. Guest speaker was Mr David Leggat from United Auctions.

Junior Stockjudging

In March we held our Annual Stockjudging training day by kind permission of Neil McGeoch (Hazelden Herd) at Loch Lea to select our teams for the Royal Show. The Judge was Mr John Young. Gayle Houliston, Jenna Ballantyne, Claire Strathern & Robert Currie were selected to represent the Club at the last Royal Show. Once again the Club was amongst the prize-winners with Gayle 1st for reasons over 21, and Claire Strathern 2nd in the individual under 21. Well done to you all.

Also congratulations to two other Club Members, Varrie Dyet for being selected by Council to go to the Australian World Congress in 2010and to Kirsty McCaig who won a trip to Agribition in Canada in November.

Scottish Clubs May Sale

The Club held its Annual sale of commercial females at Perth Mart on 1st May, once again kindly sponsored by Pfizer.

There were three classes:-

Heifer with calf at foot 1st D. Moffat, Innerwick - £2250. 2nd Messr’s Baxter, East Skeichan - £2050.

Bulling heifers under 15 months 1st Messr’s Clark, Cast - £1100 2nd Messr’s Short, Balquhaldy - £980

Bulling heifers over 15 months 1st Messr’s Berwick, Barbarafield - £1220 2nd Messr’s Berwick, Barbarafield - £1300

Brian McIldowie (Judge), Mrs Berwick, Russell Drummond (from sponsors Pfizer), Tom Henderson (Scottish Club Vice- Chairman)

Brian McIldowie (Judge), Mr Clark, Russell Drummond (from sponsors Pfizer), Tom Henderson ( Scottish Club Vice- Chairman)

 Brian McIldowie (Judge), Dorothy Moffat, Russell Drummond (from sponsors Pfizer), Tom Henderson (Scottish Club Vice- Chairman)

Multibreed Bull Sale

At the Show, Judge Neil McGowan selected Balmaud Valuable by Innerwick Renown, from Geraldine & Wilson Strachan as his Overall Champion which sold for 5800 gn’s. Spey-Bay Winston by Ballinalare Farm Phantom, from Richard & Alastair Pettit as Reserve. Simmentals once again had a good sale with a top price of 6000gn’s for Islavale Vinny from Stuart Stronach, Berryleys. Simmentals averaged £3643, for 14 sold.

Club trip to Cornwall by Dorothy Moffat

Members of the Scottish Club travelled to sunny Cornwall at the beginning of June, where Penny Lally had kindly organised a varied and interesting programme for us. We were warmly welcomed at her farm, where not only did we enjoy seeing her cattle but were also impressed with her pet cemetery and crematorium - diversification at the very best. Holiday accommodation & artist’s studio completed her enterprise in a beautiful setting.

From then on, we were accompanied by Jim Buckland, whose local knowledge made such a difference to our enjoyment and who also impressed us with his own cattle en route. The remainder of the day was spent on the tourist trail, seeing St Michaels Mount, and visiting Lands End, Sennen, and the Minnack Theatre. We all felt we could have been abroad!

The next day saw us visiting the Eden project - we could not fail to be impressed by this famous attraction. Following lunch here, we were warmly welcomed at Trenodden Farm, Liskeard, home of Stephen and Angela Pearce, where we were shown both good cattle and exceptional hospitality, the spread laid on for us was wonderful homemade pasties and the best meringues ever to name a few.

Our final day began early at the Royal Cornwall Show which hosted the National Simmental Show a large entry of quality cattle were ably judged by Joe Wilson and ended with Boddington Estates winning the top honours. The day and indeed the whole trip was nicely ended off with a barbeque provided by the Cornwall Club Members.

Royal Highland Show

Chris Martindale had the task of placing the large entry of Simmentals at this year’s Royal Highland Show. Supreme Champion was Omorga Veron from Brian Allan, Glenturk. Reserve was Corskie Sabrina from the Greens. The Scottish Simmental Club also organised the Interbreed Stockjudging competition at the Highland Show this year, four breeds were judged, there was a large entry of teams from most of the breeds. Our Judge was Brian Allan (Glenturk), thanks also to Douglas Barr & Neil McGowan for organising the day.

After judging we served refreshments in the marquee while we waited for the results, due to computer problems this took some time!! But eventually the winning team was announced - Simmental breeders took top honours with Morag & Douglas Smith & Gillian Greenhill first, with the Young Welsh Simmental team of Owain, Gethin & Carys Davies second. On the Friday evening Dorothy Moffat organised our Annual Highland Show barbeque, which was enjoyed by all who attended. I would like to thank Kirsty & Morag Thomson and Rosalyn Carnie for serving refreshments and to all the Members who set up and helped on the stand.

Scottish National Show

The Club held its second Scottish National Simmental Show at Doune and Dunblane on 4th July, our Judge Peter Goldsbrough travelled from Yorkshire to place the cattle, selecting Corskie Valiant as his Overall Champion with Hazelden Carina as Reserve. Photos are available on Anne MacPhersons website www.anniemacphotos.co.uk Thank you Anne for taking all the photo’s, especially just a few days before your wedding to Robert!

Club Open Day - Culnoag & Newbie Mains

The Club organised an Open day on two farms in the South West of Scotland, we were delighted with the number of farmers who visited both herds. In the morning we toured Culnoag near Newton Stewart by kind permission of Jim, Rosanne & Neil Galloway a commercial herd of 170 Simmental cows.

Then after an excellent lunch of locally sourced produce, we headed to Jim & Patricia Goldie’s Pedigree herd at Newbie Mains near Annan. Thanks to both our hosts, and to the local businesses who sponsored the day.

Balmaud dispersal & Annick reduction Sales

Wilson & Geraldine Strachan dispersed their Balmaud herd at Stirling on 25th September, cows sold to 4500gn’s twice for Mausi an Austrian import & Balmaud Tracy a 3 year old cow by Corrick North West. Top price was 10,000gn for the stock bull Woodhall Volcano. Lachlan Quarm also held a major reduction of his Annick herd, top price was 4200gn for Annick Helen a 22 month old a heifer, selling to Jimmy Green, Corskie.

Club Open Day

Blessed by the only dry day, in what was otherwise a wash out August, the Scottish Club held a beef focus day in the South West of Scotland. The aim was to promote the use of Simmental Cows and Bulls in the area.

The day began at Culnoag Farm Sorbie. Here Tom and Roseanne Galloway, along with their son Neil, run a herd of 170 pure Simmental cows as a commercial operation with the majority calving in the spring. The event was opened by NFU President Jim McLaren before around 180 attendee’s took to the trailers for a tour of the Galloway’s stock. On view were extremely growthy maiden heifers followed by bulling heifers running with the Limousin bull to calf down at 3 years of age. Tom and Roseanne are dedicated producers and have sourced most of their stock bulls through Perth Bull sales. The trailers went on to see three separate batches of strong cows with calves at foot running with Perth purchases including, Blair Soloman, Innerwick Nelson, and Annanwater Rascal. These bulls, over an excellent herd of cows, are producing quality grass finished Steers and Heifers at big weights. The trailer then returned to the shed where we had a hearty feed of local produce all donated, before a raffle was held and Vice President of the Scottish Club Tom Henderson closed the morning event and invited everyone to go onto Newbie Mains.

The day then progressed onto Newbie Mains farm at Annan home to the Jim and Patricia Goldie and the ‘Newbie Mains’ Herd of Pedigree Simmentals. Jim and Patricia are building their herd, with numbers currently running at 27 breeding cows with a further 7 in-calf heifers along with younger female progeny. The day was extremely well attended with in the order of 200 Commercial and Pedigree cattle enthusiasts from all corners of the UK attending. The cows and calves running with stock bull Kilbride Farm Rainman were looking very well with plenty of potential in the pen. A strong show of in-calf heifers were also looking very promising, together with a selection of breeding bulls, some destined for the Bull Sales. The event culminated in a social evening where we all enjoyed the BBQ and very generous bar before a vote of thanks was giving to Jim and Patricia and all their helpers and indeed their sponsors for the day. The Scottish club are extremely grateful to the Galloways and Goldies for all their hard work fundraising, organising and hosting this tremendously successful day.

Best Junior Handler with Iain Green and Chris Martindale

Chris & Iain presenting Scottish Clubs Tankard for overall Champion to Brian Alan (Glenturk)

Iain presenting Chris with Scottish Clubs Quaich

2008 Scottish Club Report

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By Richard Pettit – Secretary

2008 has been a busy year for the Scottish Club with a promotional trip to Orkney, Beef Expo at Perth, the World Congress and our first Scottish National Simmental Show.

The year started in February with the Perth Bull sales judged by Mr. Gerald Smith from the Drumsleed herd, bulls averaged 4100gns for 113 sold. 67 females sold to average 1592gns. Both the top two prices were from Scottish Club members. Top price was from Finlay and Neil McGowan with Senior and Reserve Overall Champion Dirnanean Typhoon, selling for a joint record price of 22,000gns. Next best was for the Junior Champion Annick Talisker from Lachlan Quarm making 20,000gns to Hector Macaskill. Two other Club members received five figure sums Billy and Anne MacPherson 11,000gns for Blackford Tonka and John and William Young sold Skerrington Talent for 10,000gns. The well known Tillymaud herd was dispersed, selling to 6500gns for Tillymaud Danielle 26 by Blackford Lancer. Next best was 6000gns for Tillymaud Danielle 30. The two stock bulls Islavale Sabre and Blackford Lancer both sold for 5000gns a total of 94 cattle averaged 1786gns.

On the Monday evening we held our Clubs Social evening at the Lovat Hotel. The evening was well attended and a raffle raised £310 for Club funds. Guest Speaker was John Hamilton who runs a large Organic herd of mainly Simmental x Shorthorn cows at Aikengall, Dunbar.

In March we held our Annual Stockjudging training day, this year kindly hosted by Robert and Diane MacGregor at Kirkton of Mailler, to select our teams for the Royal Show and World Congress stockjudging competitions. We had a good turnout of Young Members who judged four classes & gave reasons. Caroline Farquharson, Gillian Greenhill, Varrie Dyet, John Paterson, Jenna Ballantyne & Gayle Houliston were selected to represent the Club at Sacombe Farm for the World Congress stockjudging. Jenna & Gayle were 2nd placed team and Caroline & Gillian were 3rd placed team. Those selected for the Royal show were Varrie Dyet, Jenna Ballantyne, Gail Clark & Gayle Houliston, again Scotland did well with Gail Clark 3rd individual over 21, Gayle & Gail 3rd pair over 21 and Jenna & Varrie 4th pair over 21. Well done to you all.

At the Multi - breed sale in May, Simmentals once again sold well with a top of 5000gns for Corskie Teezer by Ballinalare Farm Nightrider, next best was also from the Greens with Corskie Theo, another Nightrider son selling for 4800gns to John and William Young. Eighteen Simmentals sold to average 3292gns, the best average for any of the breeds .

The Club held its Annual sale of Commercial Simmental females at Perth in May, sponsored by Pfizer. There were three classes- Heifer with calf at foot - Dorothy Moffat, Innerwick- £1550. Bulling heifers under 15 months - Messr’s Millar, Prieston- £1000. Bulling heifers over 15 months - Mr. Barr, North Mains of Baldovan.- £900

The Society organised the stand at Beef Expo at Perth Mart, the Club Members supplied the cattle for the stand with Simmental x cows and calves from Robert MacGregor and organic steers & heifers from John Hamilton, Aikengall and yearling heifers from Gerald Smith, Drumsleed.

The Highland Show this year saw a large entry for the World Congress and well known Irish breeder Mr. Cecil McIlwaine had the task of judging. Selecting Strathisla Nuggat from Aberdeenshire breeders Geraldine & Wilson Strachan as his Overall Champion and John & William Young’s cow Skerrington Rebecca 18th Reserve. I would like to thank Kirsty & Morag Thomson and Alison Leach for serving refreshments, and to the Club Members who helped set up the stand and man it all week. Winner of the Corskie trophy for the Young Stocksperson of the Year at the Royal Highland Show was Gillian Greenhill from Craighill. Saturday evening was the Clubs Annual barbeque at the Highland Showground which was organised by our Chairman Dorothy, and enjoyed by all those who attended.

The highlight of the year was the World Congress, arriving in Scotland on 18th June at John and William Young’s Skerrington herd. In the evening the Opening Ceremony was held in the MacRobert Pavilion at the Highland Showground. The guests enjoyed the menu of traditional Scottish produce followed by entertainment of Highland dancing, Fiona Sloan gave a rendition of traditional songs and compere was Ken Fletcher, Editor of the Scottish Farmer.

On the Sunday the Congress visited The McNee’s Sim- Luing herd at Armadale followed by a barbeque. The next day it was on to Hector Macaskill’s herd at Woodhall a fine chance to view the herd prior to Hectors reduction sale. We then visited Dorothy & Lindsay Moffat’s herd at Innerwick, followed by an excellent lunch with Innerwick beef.

Hector Macaskill had a very successful reduction sale in July with a top price of 8000gns for Woodhall Sontana by Woodhall Porter selling with her Ballinalare Farm Rival calf at foot. Next best at 7000gns was Woodhall Sadie a Mackney Hector Daughter again with a Rival calf at foot. Overall 92 females sold to average 2183gns.

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National Show Judge Henry Widdicombe pictured with Scottish Club Chairman Dorothy Moffatt.

The Club held its first National Show at Perth Show in August, more than 75 Simmentals from across Scotland took part in the Show held at Perth. Mr. Henry Widdicombe from the Starline herd made the long trip up from Devon to Judge, selecting as his Overall Champion Strathisla Nuggat from Wilson and Geraldine Strachan, Mill of Balmaud, Banff, who went on to win Interbreed Champion as well. Reserve was Iain and Jimmy Green from Corskie with Corskie Star a three year old heifer by Burghbridge Lane. On the evening before the Show we organised a BBQ along with the Scottish Hereford Club who were also holding their National Show at Perth, a fine evening was enjoyed by all.

Three of our committee Members Dorothy Moffat, Stuart Stronach and Douglas Barr went to Orkney Show to promote the Breed funded by a grant from the Society. The Orcadians are regular buyers at Perth and it was felt that our presence would be a good opportunity to build on this. A wet and windy day didn’t deter our trio who had a successful day promoting the breed. It is the smaller, thicker, fleshy Simmentals that they require to cross with mainly Angus X cows. We felt that any future promotion on Orkney should be aimed at this market.

National Show Results Male Champion - Strathisla Nuggat. Reserve - Annick Valentino. Female Champion - Corskie Star. Reserve - Corskie Treasure. Junior Male Champion - Annick Valentino. Reserve - Corskie Valiant 2nd. Junior Female Champion - Corskie Treasure. Reserve - Jewel Victoria. Pairs - Corskie

The Club held its AGM at the McDiarmid Park conference Centre in October, Anne MacPherson, Stuart Stronach, Robert McAlister and Adrian Ivory retired from the committee, thank you for all your hard work for the Club. Caroline Farquharson, Patricia Goldie and Jim Strathern were elected to the committee. Dorothy Moffat retired as Chairman of the Club - Thank you Dorothy for all that you do for the Club. Iain Green was elected as the new Chairman of the Club & Tom Henderson was elected as Vice- Chairman.

After the Club AGM the Society held their AGM and subsequently Hector Macaskill was elected President, we would like to congratulate Hector and wish him a successful presidency.

At the October Bull sales Mr. Robin Boyd judged the Show. Top price for the second sale in a row was Finlay McGowan with Dirnanean Vincent at 12,000gns selling to Alex King, Wolfstar, East Lothian. Three other bulls made five figures, Skerrington Vanguard from John and William Young sold to Finlay McGowan for 10,000gns at the same price was Woodhall Vauxhall from Hector Macaskill selling to Mr. Galloway, Culnoag, Newton Stewart, and Hollywood Tinsley selling to John Wilkie, Braigiewell, Echt. Overall 75 bulls averaged 4086gns. In the female sale heifers sold to 4400gns for Glenturk Tessa from the Glenturk herd, next best was Corskie Topaz selling for 3500gns. Thirty bulls were not forward due mainly to blue tongue restrictions, so with Scotland starting to vaccinate from November hopefully things will return to normal in 2009.

Finally I would like to thank all the Members for supporting Club events during the year.

Scottish Club report 2007

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It doesn’t seem nearly seven months since Dorothy phoned and asked “I don’t suppose you would consider being our new Secretary”? Cathie Walkinshaw had retired in March after four years as Secretary, thank you Cathie for all your hard work, we wish you and Danny a long and happy retirement.

Perth in February was judged by Robert McNee and a record price of 22,000gns was achieved for Omorga Samson. An overall record average of £4486 for 114 sold, and nine bulls at five figures. Top prices by Scottish Members were 15,000gns for Andy Wilson’s Cairnview Snazzy, 11,000gns for Finlay McGowan’s Dirnanean Snowi and two bulls at 10,000gns; Halenook Supercharger from Alan Rawcliffe and June Telford and Glenturk Supreme from Brian Allan. Tillymaud led the female sale with their champion Tillymaud Malvenas selling for 4200gns and John Young’s draft of seven heifers averaged £2850. On a sad note in April we lost two of the Breeds greatest enthusiasts George Clark, stockman at Milnafua & latterly Corskie and David Argo, founder of the Tillymaud herd.

At the end of April we held our Junior Stockjudging training day at Drumsleed by kind permission of Gerald and Morag Smith to select our teams for the Royal Show. The Judge was Robert MacGregor and Trainer was Neil McGowan. Those selected to go forward and represent the Club as the Senior Team were Caroline & Gillian Greenhill, William Young, John Paterson and our Junior Team was Ross King & Nikki Hughes. Well done to Caroline who was 3rd individual over 21, and with her sister Gillian they were 1st Senior team, and joint 1st for reason giving. Thank you to Pfizer who very kindly agreed to sponsor the Young Members.

Simmentals also sold well in May at the Multi-breed sale at Perth, taking nine of the leading prices. Simmentals topped the averages and the highest number of bulls sold (25 average £2881.20). The Starline herd sold the two top price bulls both at 4200gns, leading the Scottish breeders were Robert and Paula McAlister with two at 4000gns-Bruchag Scottie and Saturn and at the same price Stuart and Hazel Stronach with Islavale Shamrock.

Our Annual Commercial sale of Simmental cross females, sponsored by Merial was held on May 4th with Mr. Harold Murray, Turriff , Aberdeenshire Judging and placing 1st the pen of 4 bulling heifers from Hector Macaskill, Woodhall. 1st placed Simmental x heifer with calf at foot went to Mr. Baxter, East Skeichan, Arbroath.

On 31st May we were at Beef-Tech in Aberdeenshire, (see report in Review). An excellent day with a great display of cattle from Delfur, cow & calf, two pens of bulling heifers from Corskie & Berryleys and beef bulls from Connachie. The heifers were later auctioned by Alex Fleming and made £1000 & £820.

Congratulations to Committee Member, Caroline Greenhill who got married in June to Clark Farquharson, good luck to you both.

Scottish Clubs Commercial Female Sale - Sponsored by Merial

 Hector Macaskill (Woodhall) being presented with his prize by Mr. Kevin Douglas (Merial)

Next it was the Highland Show, the Marquee being a great success in its new position at the end of the line, straight opposite the Judging Ring. There was an excellent show of cattle for our Judge, Mr. Rob Smith, who selected Drumsleed Susannah a two year old heifer as his overall Champion from Gerald & Morag Smith and his 3 Regions 54-75:2 Regions 28-54 16/1/08 08:35 Page 69 Hector Macskill (Woodhall) being presented with his prize for best pen 4 bulling heifers, by Mr. Kevin Douglas from sponsors Merial. Reserve Champion was Skerrington Rebecca 18th, a 5 year old cow from John & William Young. I would like to thank Kirsty Thomson & Lucy Harris who helped on the Stand serving refreshments, and to the Scottish Club Members who helped set up the Stand and man it all through the Show.

Saturday evening was the Clubs annual barbeque at the Highland showground which was organised by Dorothy, and enjoyed by all who attended. Winner of the “Corskie Trophy” for the Young Stockperson of the year at the Royal Highland Show 2007 was Neil McGeoch, Hazelden. Well done.

During the summer the points Competitions was held, but due to heavy rain and the Foot and Mouth outbreak in Surrey the later Shows in the North especially, were affected. The competitions were once again sponsored by WCF Country Centres, McCaskies and Carrs Billington. The winner of the Central Competition was Gerald and Morag Smith, Drumsleed with 100points and Reserve were Caroline and Gillian Greenhill with 72 points. Winner of the West Competition was Lachlan Quarm, Annick with 76 points, and Reserve was John Young, Skerrington with 40 points. The Northern Competition was won by WJ & J Green, Corskie with 92points and Reserve Rob Smith, Tillymaud with 34 points. Many herds entered again this year and prizes were awarded at the Clubs AGM, when we also presented three sets of John Collins glasses, to the Champions of the following Shows; Drymen-T & E Henderson (Desswood), Braco - C & G Greenhill (Craighill) and Black Isle- WJ &J Green (Corskie). Thank you to all that entered the Summer Shows.

After being postponed due to Foot and Mouth the October 2007 Perth Bull Sales eventually took place on 12- 15th November, judged by Mr. Brian Grant, Dellfield, Inverness. Despite being postponed, the sale was hit again, this time by Blue Tongue. The entry was reduced due to most of England being under the Surveillance zone and as a result about 40 Bulls were unable to be present. Average price was £4134.90 up £190 on last October, for 75 sold out of 121 forward, but with fewer bulls changing hands (98 in 2006). Overall Champion was Andrew Hanna's Stralongford Trojan, which sold to the Judge for 16000gn's. Top price was the Reserve Champion also from Northern Ireland, Robin Boyd’s, Slievenagh Talisman which sold for 20000gn's. Two other Bulls made five figure sums -Kilbride Farm Tweed at 13000gn's going to John and William Young -Skerrington, and Popes Tonka at 12000gn's. Top Scottish price was Douglas Smith's bull Boswell Tornado at 8000gn’s; Douglas was also presented with the Young Handlers Shield for best Young Stockman at the Autumn Sale. Females sold to 6000gn for Crugmelyn Twilight, selling to James Goldie and Patricia Ross, Dumfries. 80 females averaged £1707.17.

Congratulations to Robert MacGregor who was elected to Council. Thank you to John Dykes who had completed his term of office, having been former President of the Society, we congratulate John on his appointment as President Elect of the Royal Highland Society.

At the Scottish Clubs AGM Caroline Greenhill, Tom Henderson & William Young retired from the Committee, thank you to you all for your hard work for the Club. Morag Smith, Neil McGowan and Neil McGeoch were elected onto the Committee.

Finally I would like to thank all the Committee for their hard work over the past year especially our Chairman, Dorothy Moffat, and to all at the Simmental Office for their help and support.

Beef Tech 2007

Simmental stand L-R Delfur Cow, Corskie Heifers, Berryleys Heifers

Alex Fleming Auctioneering

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Scottish Club report 2006

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by Catherine Walkinshaw

At the time of writing this report it does not seem a year ago when we last attended the Club’s AGM and the October 2005 Perth Bull Sales. The average returned was £3204 - £93 down from 2004. Only 72 Bulls sold with over 30 going home unsold.

The February Sale proved more promising with 118 bulls – out of 136 forward - being sold to average £3403 – up £507 on the year. Led by Dorothy Moffat’s Champion, Innerwick Renown, at 8000gns.

The May Sale saw 19 out of 21 forward selling to average £2310, with a top equal bid of 3000gns for Innerwick Ross, and a 2600gns bid for the Champion on the day Tillylair RAF.

Our annual Commercial and Cross Simmental Sale, generously sponsored once more by Pfizer was held on 5th May. Mr Alan Doig, East Buchanty, Glenalmond, Perthshire, who was appointed Judge, placed the pen of 4 bulling heifers from Messrs Short, Balquhadly as winners, the pen of 4 Heifers under 2 years old winner was Mr Barr, Mains of Baldovan and the winner with the Single Heifer with calf at foot being Mr Baxter, East Skeichan. All received a litre of Dectomax Pour On.

On the 17th May the Scottish Simmental Club held their Open Day at Strathisla Farms by kind permission of Adrian Ivory. This has previously been reported on, in the Breeder & Feeder.

Due to adverse weather conditions our Junior Stockjudging Training was eventually held at Incheoch Farms by kind permission of the McGowan Family. The Judge and Trainer for the day being David Lowry. There were 4 pens of animals to place. The following young members were chosen to represent the Scottish Club at the Royal Show. Gillian Greenhill, William Young, John Patterson (Junior), Donald Lyle, Gail Clark and Adam Crockett. Again, our young members were a credit to us, as it can be quite daunting with so much competition coming from the other Clubs. Allflex continued to sponsor £600 towards the young members expenses.

Highland team

The Royal Highland Show saw an impressive turn out of Simmental Cattle and our Judge, Hector Macaskill, Woodhall Farm, East Lothian certainly had his work cut out and although the results are detailed later in the Review we must say well done to I. Hunter (Stocksman Kenny Morgan) winning the Overall Champion with Tillylair Moss. The Reserve Champion going to A.J. Minshall (first time at the Highland Show) with his bull Hazelden Ringmaster. I would like to thank Kirsty Thomson and Lucy Harris who helped on the Stand throughout the Show and to the Scottish Club Committee Members who all did their bit. The Stand was well used for the duration of the Show, proof being we did require to enlarge the Marquee by a further 10 feet this year! Hector Macaskill also judged “The Corskie” Trophy for the Young Stock Person of the Year at The Royal Highland Show of 2006. This went to Nikki Hughes. Well done.

Who's leading who

During the Show Season, exhibitors collected points towards the North, West and Central Simmental Points Competition. Sponsorship of this being from West Cumberland Farmers, Merial and McCaskie Farm Supplies. Carrs Billington Feeds (delivering 70 x 25kg bags of Flakey Calf Mix) to West & Central, Galloway & Macleod (delivering 45 x 25kg bags of bull mix) to the West exhibitor winners. Many Herds entered and at the AGM a total of £910 was awarded to the Prize Winners. The overall winner with the most number of points receiving the McCaskie Trophy was Lauchlan Quarm, Annick, who also was the winner of the West Area. Winner of the Central Area being C & G Greenhill, Craighill and the Northern Area W J & J Green, Corskie. We also presented 3 sets of John Collins glasses to the Champions of the following Shows; Nairn – WJ & J Green (Corskie) with Dulcie 785, Kirriemuir – DW Smith (Boswell) with Darsham Rachel; Ayr – W. Young (Skerrington) with Rebecca 18th. Our thanks to all exhibitors who took part in the Shows as it keeps the Simmental Breed in front of the public’s eye. We know it also takes a lot of time, effort and money!

On the 2nd August was the 200th Anniversary of Bute Agricultural Society, held at the Showfield, Rothesay. A number of our members took their Show Team via the Ferry from Weymss Bay. Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, opened the Show and afterwards spoke to many of the Exhibitors. The Simmental Cattle were of a high standard and did the Breed proud. The members made an effort to support this special Show as the McAlister family are excellent supporters of all the Scottish Club’s activities (Shows/Sales/etc.) on the Mainland. Our thanks to the Society for Sponsorship of £200 which went towards the cost of the Ferry.

Prince Charles at Bute Show

At the October 2006 Perth Bull Sales, there was an increased demand for Simmental Cattle following a top quality Show, judged by David Lowry, where interest was shown from both pedigree and commercial buyers. Averages increased more than £700 on the year for 21 more sold. Congratulations to Finlay and Neil McGowan who secured the joint top price of 10,000gns with their bull Dirnanean Salavdor, along with Northern Ireland breeder Billy Robson & Sons, Simmental Champion, Kilbride Farm Strabane. A mention also for Hector Macaskill (Woodhall) re his Draft Sale, selling 7 females to a top of 6,000gns to average 3,885gns. The collective sale was led by a 4,700gns call for the MacPherson’s, Blackford Ruby. They also produced the Female Champion, Blackford Rhiannon which made 3,800gns. The Reserve Female was L. Quarm’s, Annick Helen’s Sarah, selling at 3,500gns. The 20 females in the collective sale averaged out at £1761.38.

Committee Member, Caroline Greenhill and her fiancé Clark Farquharson, were nominated by the Council of the Society, to attend the Canadian World Congress. Caroline’s report can be read in the Review.

Congratulations to Gordon Clark, Broombrae Farm, Cupar, for successfully being elected on to Council. Robert MacGregor had completed his term of Office.

At the Scottish Club’s AGM, Peter Close retired as Chairman and Dorothy Moffat (Innerwick), was elected. The new Vice Chairman being Iain Green (Corskie). Finally, thank you to all the members for their support and enthusiasm during the year.

Scottish Club report 2005

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Following the October 2004 Scottish Club AGM and the Perth Bull Sales, the Scottish Club has had a very busy year promoting the Simmental Breed under our new Chairman Peter Close, Fishwick Mains, Berwick upon Tweed and Vice Chairman Dorothy Moffat from Innerwick, Dunbar.

The year started with an informal Stockjudging and Cattle Dressing Day for our Young Members at Innerwick on 21st November. March was the next time we all met at Foot O’Green Farm, by kind permission of Jim and Hilary Strathern. On both occasions we had a great turnout of Young Members and following the scoring from the Stockjudging and Reason Giving the following people represented the Scottish Club at The Royal Show: Caroline and Gillian Greenhill, James Mill, John Patterson, Donald Lyle and Ross King. Sponsorship, always greatly appreciated by the Club was from Merial.

The February Bull Sales at Perth were judged this year by Mike Yeandle who put forward Adrian Ivory’s Junior Champion Strathisla Popeye, shown by Colin Fordyce, as the Supreme Champion.

The Club had our Social Buffet at the Ramada Jarvis, Perth, with entertainment by Comedian/Auctioneer Mr Alec Fleming. Monies raised from the Raffle and Auction were donated again to Cancer Research and The British Heart Foundation.

Judge Neil Sutherland, Howslack, Biggar, enjoyed a good day out judging the Scottish Simmental Club’s annual show and sale of breeding cattle at Perth. The best pen of four heifers over two-years-old was won by Messrs Short, Balquhadly, Brechin; the award for the pen of four heifers under two years was presented to Messrs MacGregor, Kirton of Mailler, Perth; and the trophy for single heifer with calf at foot was won by Messrs Maxwell, Halket Leathes, Castle Douglas. Pictured from left to right are the judge, Neil Sutherland; Ian Maxwell, Russell Drumond, from sponsors Pfizers, Bill Short, and Dorothy Moffat, Vice Chairman of the Simmental club.

Beginning of May saw us again at UA Perth for the yearly Multibreed Sale. This time the Champion being Tillymaud Pretender and Reserve Champion Starline Playboy. The 6th May was the Commercial Sale and Cross Simmental Sale sponsored by PFIZER. This was judged by Neil Sutherland, Biggar. The best pen of 4 heifers over two years old was won by Messrs Short, Brechin, under two years old Messrs McGregor, Perth, and for single heifer with calf at foot by Messrs Maxwell, Castle Douglas.

The Scottish Simmental Club Trip to Southern Ireland was kindly arranged by Dorothy Moffat. Forty seven of us met at the Holiday Inn, Dublin Airport on the evening of 19th May. The following herds were visited over the next few days, during which time we stayed at The Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar; David & Gillian Wall (Curraheen Simmentals), John Connaughton (Ballybane Simmentals), David & Miriam Brickley (Anatrim Herd) and Gerard & Angela Brickley (Celtic Herd). As we visited each farm, the quality of Simmentals were a credit to each family and the hospitality shown to us was second to none. We also visited the Progressive Genetics at Enfield, Co. Meath where we were given a most informative talk by Michael Bilely, two of the bulls we were shown were Hillcrest King and Hillcrest Naughty.

On the Saturday afternoon the bus took us to The Curragh Racecourse where some members won or lost their money! A number went on to visit the Irish National Stud, Japanese Gardens, Saint Fiachra’s Garden and then back to The Curragh.

In the evening our hosts of the last few days, along with some Irish Council Members, joined us for our evening meal. A very good time was had by all.

The Royal Highland was in June. The Simmental Stand was a great success, hosting many people from all over the UK and further afield. It acts as a meeting place for people you may only see from year to year and also to chat and put the world to rights!  The Show was judged by Mr A. Richardson, N. Ireland, who put forward as Supreme Champion, A. R. Clements & Partners’ Cow – Darsham Kit Kat.  Reserve – Sir Denis Mountain’s Senior Bull  - Starline Marquiss.

Anne MacPherson accepting the John Miller Trophy from Show Chairman John Young.

The John Miller Trophy was presented to Anne MacPherson (Blackford) as the Best Simmental Stocksperson by The Royal Highland Show Chairman, John Young. Douglas Smith (Boswell Herd) was presented with the Corskie Trophy sponsored by W.J. & J. Green for the Scottish Club’s Young Stocksperson of the Year. This was a new Trophy.

This is the first year of the “Corski Trophy” sponsored by W J & J Green - being presented to Douglas Smith, Boswell Herd for the best young stocksperson of the year.

The Club’s Summer Shows Competitions, 20 in total, sponsored by WCF, Merial, McCaskie Farm Supplies, Dennis Brinicombe Group, Carrs Billington Feeds, Galloway & Macleod and Agri-Lloyd.  Many herds entered and at the AGM a total of £980.00 was awarded to the prize winners. The overall winner with the most number of points receiving the McCaskie Trophy was N. McGeoch (Hazelden Ltd) with Ringmaster. Minerals plus feed were also taken to the farms of the Show Champions and Reserve Champions by the appropriate sponsors. Thanks to all.

In August we had our first Scottish Simmental Club Herd Competition, judged by Mrs Caroline Goldsbrough (Copper Mill Simmentals). Twelve herds entered the Competition. This took seven days to complete, in which time Caroline & husband Peter travelled 1,194 miles. After much deliberation the announcement and presentation of Trophy and Salvers to the entrants and winners was made at our AGM.

The overall winner to receive the Peter & Caroline Goldsbrough Trophy - G & M Smith (Drumsleed Herd).

The Small Herd winner – JA & K Dwyer (Falondene)

The Medium Herd - J Dykes (Mendick)

The Large Herd - G & M Smith (Drumsleed).

On 7th August the Club took part in the Beef Open Day at Woodend Farm, West Lothian.

On 17th September we had our own Open Day at Pitmudie Farm, Brechin in the morning and in the afternoon at Drumsleed Farm. This has also been reported by Fiona Sloan in the Breeder & Feeder and really makes for good reading!

We are now into the Autumn / Winter days and can now reflect over the past year of the places we have been and the people we have met.