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.
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.
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.
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.