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.
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
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.