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.
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.
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.
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.