Junior bulls lead Simmental championship line-up

County Tyrone pedigree breeder Cecil McIlwaine has been visiting Balmoral Show for more than 30 years, but this year he found himself in the middle of the cattle lawn judging the Simmental entry at the 151st show.

“Entry numbers are disappointing in the Simmental section. However, the quality of the animals on parade more than compensated for the shortage of entries,” said Mr McIlwaine who runs the noted Corrick pedigree Simmental and Charolais herds in partnership with sons Scott and Neil.

Claiming the Supreme Overall Championship for the second year in the succession was the Hazelton family’s Ranfurly Herd based at Dungannon. This year’s winner was the home-bred Junior Bull Ranfurly Jamieson, who also scooped the Junior and Male Championship ribbons. Born in January 2018 he was sired by the renowned Raceview King, and is bred from the Carnkern Titan daughter Ranfurly Weikel 17th.

Junior Champion, Male Champion and Supreme Overall Simmental Champion at Balmoral Show was Ranfurly Jamieson from WD and JD Hazelton, Dungannon. Picture: MacGregor Photography

“This is an outstanding young bull,” explained Cecil McIlwaine. “He has power and scale and is very correct and well grown and fleshed for his age. An easy winner.”

Standing in Reserve place in the Championship line-up was the second placed Junior Bull Bridgewater Farm Jed from Nigel Glasgow’s 30-cow herd based at Cookstown. This one also claimed the Reserve Male Championship. He was born in March 2018 and is a son of the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral supremo Dermotstown Delboy. He is the third calf from the home bred Lisglass Colombus daughter Bridgewater Farm Megan.

Bridgewater Farm Jed bred by Nigel Glasgow, Cookstown, was the Reserve Junior and Reserve Supreme Champion at the 151st Balmoral Show. Picture: MacGregor Photography

The Female Championship went to the Raceview King daughter Ranfurly Weikel 23rd exhibited by David Hazelton. Born in July 2017, she is bred from the Hillcrest Champion daughter Ranfurly Weikel 11th ET.

Female Champion was Ranfurly Weikel 23rd bred by WD and JD Hazelton, Dungannon. Picture: MacGregor Photography

Female Champion was Ranfurly Weikel 23rd bred by WD and JD Hazelton, Dungannon. Picture: MacGregor Photography

 First-time Balmoral Show exhibitor Julie Stinson from Springfield, Enniskillen, claimed the Reserve Junior and Reserve Female Championships with the January 2018 Dermotstown Delboy daughter Cleenagh Jessica. Bred by Adrian Richardson, she was purchased at the Cleenagh dispersal sale last year and is one of three breeding females in the Roscultan Herd founded three years ago.

Reserve Junior and Reserve Female Champion was Cleenagh Jessica from first-time Balmoral exhibitor Julie Stinson, Enniskillen. Picture: MacGregor Photography

 Results from the judging ring include:

 SPECIALS

 

Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Championship Trophy for the Supreme Champion: WD and JD Hazelton. Reserve: Nigel Glasgow.

News Letter Shield for the Junior Champion: WD and JD Hazelton. Reserve: Julie Stinson.

Imex Perpetual Cow Bell, for the Female Champion: WD and JD Hazelton. Reserve: Julie Stinson.

British Simmental Society Engraved Crystal Glasses for the Champion: WD and JD Hazelton.

Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union Trophy for the Female Champion: WD and JD Hazelton. Reserve: Julie Stinson.

Bobbie Gamble Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Best Heifer: WD and JD Hazelton.

NI Simmental Club Trophy for the Male Champion: WD and JD Hazelton. Reserve: Nigel Glasgow.

William Black Memorial Perpetual Cup for the Male Champion: WD and JD Hazelton. Reserve: Nigel Glasgow.

NI Simmental Club Silver Award for the exhibitor-bred Champion: WD and JD Hazelton. Reserve: Nigel Glasgow.

CLASSES

 

Cow, born before 01/01/16 – 1, Joe Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Chanel by Auchorachan Wizard; 2, Shane O’Neill, Guhard Dorothy by Curaheen Apostle.

Heifer, born between 01/01/17 and 30/06/17 – 1, Joe Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Ivory by Denizes Fantastic.

Heifer, born between – 01/07/17 and 31/12/17 – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 23rd by Raceview King; 2, Zara Clarke, Breaghey Leading Lady by Woodhall Everhart; 3, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Isla by Ranfurly Confederate.

Heifer, born on or after 01/01/18 – 1, Julie Stinson, Cleenagh Jessica by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, Julie Stinson, Roscultan Jemima by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, Joe Wilson, Bannhill Farm Jinx by Raceview King.

Bull, born on or after /01/01/18 – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Jamieson by Raceview King; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Jed by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Jenson by Ranfurly Confederate.

Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 23rd and Ranfurly Jamieson; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Jed and Bridgewater Farm Jenson; 3, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Isla and Lisglass Jasper.

Ballinalare Farm Chanel owned by Joe Wilson, Rathfriland, was the winner of the Senior Cow Class. Picture: MacGregor Photography

Zara Clarke, Tynan, stood second in the Intermediate Heifer Class with Breaghey Leading Lady. Picture: MacGregor Photography

Senior Heifer Class winner was Ballinalare Farm Ivory bred by Joe Wilson, Rathfriland. Picture: MacGregor Photography

Ballymena Sale 8th May 2019

Champion tops Ballymena Simmental sale at 2,900gns

Bulls reached a ceiling of 2,900gns at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s evening show and sale, held at Ballymena Mart.

Topping trade was the male and supreme overall champion Ranfurly Jason TSI+77 SRI+88 bred by David and Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon. Sired by the easy calving Cleenagh Flasher, this January 2018 bull is bred from the Hillcrest Champion daughter Ranfurly Beauty 8th ET – full sister to the noted Raceview Merle Beauty. Ranked in the top 15% for calving ease +3.9, and top 10% for eye muscle area +5.1, he sold to E Kelly from Downpatrick. 

Supreme champion Ranfurly Jason realised a top price of 2,900gns for David and Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon.

Judge Keith Nelson, Rosslea, County Fermanagh, described the champion as a very correct young bull with good conformation and breed character. “He caught my eye when he entered the show ring, and I couldn’t go by him.”

Ballymena Simmental judge Keith Nelson from Rosslea, County Fermanagh.

Claiming the second highest bid of 2,700gns was the reserve male and reserve supreme champion Cladymore Justice TSI+75 SRI+69 from Archie Reaney, and sons Simon and Paul, from Mowhan, County Armagh. Born in April 2018 he was sired by Kilbride Farm Dragoon, and is out of the home-bred Borness Troy daughter Claydmore Blossom – one of 15 cows in the herd. Buyer was J Humphrey from Coleraine.

Paul Reaney, Markethill, exhibited the reserve champion Cladymore Justice sold for 2,700gns at the NI Simmental Club's Ballymena show and sale.

“The reserve champion is a muscly bull with good conformation and style,” added the judge.

Paul Reaney exhibited the reserve champion Cladymore Justice sold for 2,700gns. Adding their congratulations are judge Keith Nelson, Rosslea; and sponsor Jonny Connon, Connon General Merchants.

Next best at 2,200gns was the second placed Corrick Justice TSI+82 SRI+82 bred by Cecil and Scott McIlwaine, Newtownstewart. Born in January 2018 he is by the home-bred Corrick Nebraska, and bred from the Omorga Tarbuck daughter Corrick Claire. This one sold to pedigree and commercial suckler herd owners Robert and William Ferguson from Stewartstown. 

Two lots came under the hammer of auctioneer Graham Loughrey at 2,000gns each.

First to sell was the fourth placed Stralongford Ivan TSI+59 SRI+59 from Andrew Hanna’s herd at Trillick. Born in October 2017 he is by Omorga Murray, and is out of the Rickardstown Jumbo daughter Seaview Trixie Belle. This one was snapped up by dairy farmers Mervyn and Gareth Smyth, Cloughmills.

Also selling at 2,000gns was the January 2018 Coolcrannel Jacob bred by William Phair from Lisbellaw. This second prize winner was sired by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral breed champion Dermotstown Delboy, and is out of a home-bred dam by the 10,000gns Drumlone Anchor. With a Breedplan calving ease score +3.5, he also sold to Robert and William Ferguson.

Female champion was Magheracrigan Kia shown by Allen Shortt, and owned by Wesley Abraham, Irvinestown. Included is judge Keith Nelson, Rosslea

Pedigree Simmental cows with calf at foot peaked at 2,500gns twice, paid to twin brothers Gary and Jonny McCammond from Randalstown.

They included the November 2015 Maghereagh Daffodil 1st ET. She is by the Camus Vibrant son Sheestown Tsar, and is out of the Kilbride Farm Newry daughter Omorga Daffodil 10th ET. Included in the price was her August 2018 Kilbride Farm Glenhead bull calf. Buyer was Victor Campbell from Magheragall, Lisburn.

Also selling at 2,500gns was the February 2016 Sterling Evita’s Helen. She was sired by Sterling Cotswold, and bred from the Medick Butch daughter Sterling Bacardi’s Evita. This one was accompanied by her January Sneumgaard Imperator bull calf, and is P’d in-calf to Woodvale Ferrari. Buyer was Mike Frazer from Templepatrick.

Maiden heifers topped at 1,650gns, paid to Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, for the September 2017 Lisglass Imogen.  She is a daughter of herd sire Dermotstown Delboy, and is out of a home-bred dam by Omorga Prince. Highest bidder was Thomas Freeburn from Waringstown.

Commercial Simmental females peaked at £1,420 and £1,380, paid to K McKinstry from Magherafelt. Other leading prices include £1,150 paid to Jonathan Fowler, Dungannon; and £1,080 paid to R Henderson, Desertmartin.

The NI Simmental Club is indebted to Connon General Merchants for its continued sponsorship of the evening show and sale.

Results from the judging ring:

Bull, born between 05/08/17 and 05/10/17 – 1, Jackson McCaw, Ashdale Ideal by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, Gary and Jonny McCammond, Maghereagh Ivanhoe by Kilbride Farm Newry; 3, Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Drumagarner Iceman by Curaheen Wakeman.

Bull, born between 09/10/17 and 16/01/18 – 1, male and supreme champion, David Hazelton, Ranfurly Jason by Cleenagh Flasher; 2, Cecil and Scott McIlwaine, Corrick Justice by Corrick Nebraska; 3, Tom and Chrissy O’Reilly, Drumgreenagh Icon by Keeldrum Capone.

Bull, born between 20/03/18 and 25/02/18 – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Julius by Coolcran Gunther; 2, Phair Bros, Coolcrannel Jacob by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Jude by Sterling Gino.

Bull, born between 27/02/18 and 12/04/18 – 1, reserve male and reserve supreme champion, Archie Reaney and Sons, Cladymore Justice by Kilbride Farm Dragoon; 2, Robin Boyd, Slievenagh Jupiter by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3,William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Jack by Curaheen Gunshot.

Heifer, born between 15/03/17 and 16/04/18 – 1, and female champion, Wesley Abraham, Magheracrigan Kia by Omorga Murray.

Cornwall Pedigree Calf Show Sunday 28th October 2018 Results British Simmental Section

Bull Born 1st October 17 – December 31st 17

1st Bosahan Infinity (P) x Heathbrow Freddie Star (P) - Champion & Reserve Continental Interbreed Champion

2nd Killiworgie Ironside  x Killiworgie Emperor

3rd Bosahan Iliad x Skerrington Armada

 

Heifer Born 1st October 17 – December 31st 17

1st Bosahan Ivette Alseha x Heathbrow Freddie Star (P)

2nd Killiworgie Camelia’s Icandy x Killiworgie Emperor

 

Bull Born January 1st 18 – February 28th 18

1st Brynsworthy Jethro x Killiworgie Emperor

2nd Chegwidden Jericho x Chegwidden Fergal Gallant

3rd Tregnether Jackpot x Sterling Gino

 

Heifer Born January 1st 18 – February 28th 18

1st Killiworgie Buttercup’s Jasmine x Seaview Prince Charming – Reserve Champion

 

Bull Born March 1st 18 onwards

1st Gwili Jaguar x Woodhall Ferrari

 

Heifer Born March 1st 18 onwards

No Entries

Bosahan Infinity 17 (P)

Final line up for Simmental Championship Calf Show 2018

1st Simmental Sired Suckler Calf Show - Truro 17th October 2018

SIMMENTAL-SIRED SUCKLED CALF JUDGED SALE RESULTS Judge: Mr. Graham Reed from the “Skylark” Herd at Bickleigh, Tiverton

Lodge & Thomas in conjunction with the Cornwall Simmental Club and the British Simmental Society were pleased to host a Special Judged Prize Sale of Simmental-Sired Suckled Calves on Wednesday17thOctober at Truro Market alongside our 2nd Commercial Suckled Calf Prize Sale. The   sponsorship of our Second Suckled Calf Prize Sale which was a great success!! There was a lovely show of Simmentals on offer and different buyers for each of the winning bunches which surely shows much confidence in the breed.

Prizes: £50 for each class winner as judged plus £25 for the buyer £75 for highest sale price achieved in each category:

Class 1: Steers born from 1st March 2018 Judged Winner: Mrs. P.E. Williams of Pendeen and  Top Sale Price: £700 Buyer: Miss L. Searle of Luxlyan

 Class 2: Heifers born from 1st March 2018 Judged Winner: Mrs. P.E. Williams of Pendeen & Top Sale Price: £545 Buyer: Messrs. I.R.& R.P.Downing of Rame Cross

 Class 3: Steers born 1st October 2017 – 28th February 2018 Judged Winner: Messrs. P.J. & B. Olds of Constantine & Top Sale Price: £870 Buyer: Treganhoe Farm Partnership of Sancreed

 Class 4: Heifers born 1st October 2017 – 28th February 2018 Judged Winner: Messrs. A.P. & S.R. Hooper of Castle-an-Dinas & Top Sale Price: £540 Buyer: Mr. A.D. Orchard of Bugle

Packed ringside for the Sale

Judged Winner Class 4 Sired by Sterling Gino

Judged Winner Classes 1 & 2 Sired by Bolankin General

Judged Winner Class 3 Sired by Heathbrow Freddie Star (P)

NI Simmental club presents cheque for £34,000 to AANI

The Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has presented a cheque for £34,000 to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

Members of the club’s committee were welcomed to the charity’s Maze headquarters by AANI representatives Kerry Anderson, Breige Mulholland, Christine Armour, and trustee Rodney Connor. The event coincided with National Air Ambulance Week.

AANI head of fund raising Kerry Anderson expressed her gratitude to the NI Simmental Club and everyone who supported its campaign. “This is the largest single donation we have ever received. I am delighted to accept this cheque on behalf of Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. It is very much appreciated.”

With running costs of £5,000 per day, the charity must raise £2m annually to remain operational.

The club’s fund raising activities included a charity raffle, which featured a number of prizes including a pedigree Simmental heifer or £2,000. The in-calf heifer Drumbulcan Honeybee, was generously donated by County Fermanagh herd owners Kenneth and Avril Stubbs and family. Rounding off the club’s 2018 fund raising campaign was its annual charity BBQ and auction in Dungannon which attracted 250 people.

Presenting the cheque club chairman Conrad Fegan thanked Simmental breeders and members of the public for their support and donations. “Air Ambulance Northern Ireland was our chosen charity for 2018. I am proud to present this cheque in memory of our long-standing committee member Thelma Gorman who tragically lost her life in a farm accident last year.

“As chairman of the NI Simmental Club I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this phenomenal total of £34,000. Thelma was a hugely popular person, and this amount is a fantastic tribute to her.”

Kerry Anderson continued: ”I am bowled over by this incredible amount of money, and I’d also like to thank the NI Simmental Club for the profile it has given Air Ambulance NI over the last number of months. You have really engaged with the local community, and everyone within the club should feel proud of its achievement.”

These words were echoed by AAN trustee Rodney Connor. “We are grateful to the Simmental Club for its massive effort. Kenneth and Avril Stubbs deserve a special mention. They really put their heart and soul into raising funds for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. As well as donating Honeybee, the Stubbs family took her to five agricultural shows, and put hours of work into selling tickets. “

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland was launched in July 2017. Speed is crucial and Air Ambulance can be in the air within four minutes of an emergency call. Its operational base is at the Maze, and the helicopter can reach anywhere in Northern Ireland within 25 minutes. With a highly skilled trauma doctor and paramedic on board it is effectively bringing the hospital to the patient.

Office bearers and committee members of the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club recently visited the headquarters of Air Ambulance Northern Ireland to present a cheque for £34,000. Included are AANI trustee Rodney Connor, and the charity's head of fundraising Kerry Anderson.

Kenneth and Avril Stubbs, Drumbulcan Herd, are pictured at Air Ambulance NI's operational base at the Maze, with Conrad Fegan, chairman, NI Simmental Club; and the charity's Kerry Anderson.

Cornwall Simmental Club Commercial Day 2018

Beef cattle breeders from St Buryan to Bude attended the seventh commercial open day organised by Cornwall Simmental Club on Sunday 9th September. Warmly welcomed by Phil and Lesley Martyn Uglow at Hornacott Farm, Boyton, Launceston the event was sponsored by the British Simmental Society.

The farm tour was preceded by a talk given by Philip Warren of Warren Butchers who emphasised the importance of producing meat to meet the changing trends of today’s and future buyers needs which are underpinned by a growing awareness of welfare and health concerns for sentient beings. The discerning customer was prepared to pay for quality over quantity and he went on to highlight the value of the British Simmental making the following points:

·         Breeders should promote the benefits of hybrid vigour offered by Simmental terminal sires when used across native breeds thereby improving the gene pool of milky dams capable of raising early finishing grass fed progeny

·         The eating quality of meat is globally recognised as being influenced by maternal genetics. Breeders will be rewarded in the future for a  consistent, premium product already sought by leading chefs in the restaurants across England which his business sources for them

He concluded by urging breeders to consider the size of the cattle they are aiming for as bigger is not better for the cuts of meat his customers prefer.

The visit continued in wonderful sunshine as ninety suckler cows and their progeny were viewed. Phil Martyn Uglow explained the successful changes in breeding policy the family had made by crossing both Simmental and Charolais sires on a range of native breeds and putting the retained breeding females back to a Simmental bull.

A group of Simmental cross heifers due to calve at twenty two to twenty four months old typified the stamp of cattle desired.  Mothering ability coupled with the renowned docility and fertility of the Simmental breed have justified the decisions made.

Robust suckled calves due to be weaned will fulfil the desired specifications outlined by the guest speaker.

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Young Members Trip 2018 Report

   This year’s trip was shorter in time than it has been in the past, although we still managed to fit in two herd visits, the stock judging competition, laser tag, a social evening and a presentation dinner.

   We began the trip with a herd visit to Kilbride Farm, where we saw some fantastic stock. The field of yearling heifers was a spectacle. Throughout the trip on numerous occasions the young members are given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss amongst themselves about any aspect of breeding and rearing stock. At the end of the tour around the cattle, the Robson family gave the advice that to move forward with a herd, you must cull hard. Take the females out that aren’t producing good stock and to concentrate your efforts on those that are.

   We were lucky enough to be part of the annual Charity BBQ event that is held at Dungannon. This year's event included a raffle that was held throughout the past show season in memory of Thelma Gorman raising money for the air ambulance, it was a fantastic event to be part of, well done to all those behind organising and promoting it.

   Saturday morning arrived and the pinnacle of the event was upon us. The young members congregated after breakfast, armed with white coats, ties, pens and note paper. We travelled to the Hiltonstown herd, the Rodgers family kindly hosted this part of the event. Some tremendous cattle awaited us to judge. There was, as always with stock judging competitions, easier classes and more difficult classes to judge that caused debate amongst the competitors both young and ‘old’!

   After judging a classification demonstration was held. A great insight for the young members to see what criteria to look for in picking breeding females.

Richard chatted amongst the young members as they looked around the rest of his herd, they discussed what he looks for when selecting new bloodlines into the herd, the pros and cons of using AI and selecting a stock bull. As a group they chatted about what they’d like to see and achieve in the future.

   Over the course of the two days the young members were given the opportunity to take away knowledge gained from 30 years plus experience in breeding and selling cattle, along with an understanding of new tools to use in the form of classification, all gained in a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

   Moving away from cattle for a couple of hours we took the YM to laser tag to have fun, build friendships and let that competitive side of them out! By the sight of them upon returning to the mess house they definitely had fun, some more competitive that others with innovative ways to ‘win’ not naming names (Chris) and they had most definitely worn themselves out and worked up an appetite for the presentation dinner that evening.

   Those that weren’t stopping at the hotel all travelled to the presentation dinner, which gave us the opportunity to thank all of those that had made the trip possible, enjoy nice company and of course find out who had won this year’s stock judging event.

   I have thoroughly enjoyed taking the young members on their trips, year on year you can see an increase in their knowledge, friendships flourish, new friendships made and lots of laughter along the way.

Young Members Trip 2018 - NI Stockjudging Results


Team Junior

Third - Emma & Aimee Stronach








Second - Molly Bradley & Cara Moore (not pictured here)










 First - Jonny McCammond & Gary McCammond

 

 

 


Team Senior

Second - Heather Duff & Harry Houldey

 

 

 

 



First - Zara & Andrew Clarke 





 

 

Individual Junior

 Third - Gary McCammond

 

 

 

 

 

Second- Jonny McCammond

 

 

 

 

 

 First - Molly Bradley



 

 

 

 Individual Senior

Third - Chris Boyd

 

 

 

 

 

Second - Andrew Clarke

 

 

 

 

 

First - Alice Stubbs

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons Winner Senior

Andrew Clarke

 

 

 

Reasons Winner Junior

Aimee Stronach

International Winner

Sahra Tobler

Reserve Overall Winner

Andrew Clarke

Overall Winner

Alice Stubbs

Not all Young Members were able to attend the Presentation Evening, so more photo's to follow.

Simmental club raises more than £30,000 for Air Ambulance NI

THE Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has raised more than £30,000 for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

Fund raising activities included a raffle, BBQ and auction in memory of its highly esteemed club member Thelma Gorman, who died last year as the result of a tragic farm accident.

Club chairman Conrad Fegan said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to this year’s fund raising efforts. Donations are still coming in, but so far the total raised is in excess of £30,000. This amount exceeds our initial expectations, but it is testimony to the popularity of our former club chairperson and long-standing committee member Thelma Gorman.

“Thelma was a great ambassador for the Simmental breed, and well-known on the show circuit. It was humbling to see so many pedigree breeders from other beef clubs coming together to support our annual BBQ.”

Almost 250 people, including Simmental breeders from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, attended the BBQ and auction in Dungannon.

One of the highlights of the night was the charity raffle which boasted a top prize of £2,000 or the pedigree in-calf heifer Drumbulcan Honeybee, generously donated by Kenneth and Avril Stubbs and family from Irvinestown.

The winning tickets were drawn by Peter Gorman, and the prize winners include:

1, Pedigree Simmental Heifer or £2,000 – Marilyn Leonard, Enniskillen.

2, LG 43” Full HD LED TV – Nicolas Watt, Newtownhamilton.

3, One night B&B for two people at Galgorm Resort and Spa, Ballymena – Georgina McCrea, Limavady.

4, SFS Plastic one tonne portable meal bin – Brian Ervine, Ballyclare

5, Millwood Crafts wooden farm set – Fergal Shanks Sligo.

Conrad Fegan added: “A big thank you to the Stubbs family for donating the September 2016 born heifer Drumbulcan Honeybee. She was on display at five shows during the summer, which helped to raise the profile and boost ticket sales for our charity raffle. “

The charity auction attracted more than 50 lots. Topping the auction at £1,200 were three straws of semen from the popular bull Raceview King, kindly donated by Peter and Marion O’Connell from County Cork.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the various businesses and individuals who pledged items for our charity auction. Thanks also to the bidders. We appreciate everyone’s generosity and support. “

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland was launched in July 2017, and 10% of its emergency call outs have been to farm accidents in the rural community.

Speaking at the BBQ, Rodney Connor, AANI trustee highlighted the importance of the emergency helicopter service which got off the ground after a 12-year lobbying and fundraising campaign.

“Speed is crucial and the Air Ambulance team can be in the air within four minutes of an emergency call. Based at the Maze, the helicopter can reach anywhere in Northern Ireland within 25 minutes, and with a highly skilled doctor and paramedic on board it is effectively bringing the hospital to the patient. “

Rodney Connor outilned running costs of £5,000 per day, meaning the charity must raise £2m each year to remain operational.

He concluded: “I would like to congratulate the Simmental Club on a fantastic BBQ and fund raising campaign. Thank you for choosing to support Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. “

Simmental bulls to a top of 3,100gns at Ballymena

Ballymena Mart was the venue for the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s evening show and sale of pedigree and commercial livestock.

Bulls reached a ceiling of 3,100gns, while pedigree females sold to a top of 2,200gns. In the commercial section cows with calf at foot peaked at £1,300 twice, and maiden heifers sold to a top of £1,200 twice.

Topping bull trade at 3,100gns was the reserve male and reserve supreme champion Drumlone Inmate TSI +77 SRI+89 bred and exhibited by Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw. This fifteen-month-old Carnkern Titan son was bred from the Raceview King daughter Corbally A1 Kate, and is a full brother to Drumlone Fabulous, sold at Stirling in February 2016 for 10,000gns. Buyer was pedigree breeder Kenneth Stubbs from the Drumbulcan Herd in Irvinestown.

Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, exhibited the reserve male and reserve supreme champion Drumlone Inmate sold for a top price of 3,100gns at the NI Simmental Club's evening show and sale in Ballymena.

Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, exhibited the reserve male and reserve supreme champion Drumlone Inmate sold for a top price of 3,100gns at the NI Simmental Club's evening show and sale in Ballymena.

Judge James Alexander from Randalstown awarded the male and supreme overall championship ribbons to the February 2017 Shacon Invincible TSI+91 SRI+91. Bred by Brian Dooher, Donemana, he was sired by Kilbride Farm Delboy, and is out of the Anatrim Bodybuilder daughter Celtic Eve – one of six cows in the herd, founded in 2011. In the breed’s top 5% for eye muscle area +5.5, he sold for 2,200gns to Eric Connor from Maghera.

Male and supreme overall Simmental champion was Shacon Invincible bred by Brian Dooher, Donemana, and exhibited by Ritchie Devine.

Male and supreme overall Simmental champion was Shacon Invincible bred by Brian Dooher, Donemana, and exhibited by Ritchie Devine.

James Alexander commented” The champion is a long powerful bull with good bone and breed characteristics. The reserve champion is another good bull, long and correct, and slightly lighter boned.”

James Alexander from Randalstown judged the NI Simmental Club's evening show and sale in Ballymena Mart.

James Alexander from Randalstown judged the NI Simmental Club's evening show and sale in Ballymena Mart.

Four lots came under the hammer at 2,000gns each.

First to go was the February 2017 Cladymore Invincible TSI+50 SRI+56 from Archie Reaney’s herd in Markethill. This third prize winner was sired by Hillcrest Valentine, and is bred from the Omorga Murray daughter Ballinlare Farm Favourite Lady. Buyers were H and S Griffin, Portglenone.

Kilbride Farm Warren was behind the breeding of the February 2017 Cleenagh Ivory TSI+91 SRI+108 bred by Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge. This fifth prize winner was bred from Cleenagh Eyeful – a daughter of the 12,000gns Stirling champion Drumlone Anchor.

Next best at 2,000gns was the first prize winning Hiltonstown Ike ET TSI+80 SRI+94 bred by Richard Rodgers, Portglenone. Born in March 2017, he is by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral Show breed champion Dermotstown Delboy, and is out of a home-bred dam by Woodhall Premier.

Also selling at 2,000gns was the fourth placed Kilbride Farm Idris TSI+56 SRI+43 from the Robson family at Doagh. Sired by stock bull Corskie Damario, he is out of the Cairnview Snazzy daughter Kilbride Farm Fanni 40E – full sister to the 12,000gns Kilbride Farm Bantry.

Pedigree females peaked at 2,200gns, paid to Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, who offered an unled draft from their 35-cow Lisglass Herd. Leading the offering was the October 2016 Lisglass Hope, a daughter of herd sire Dermotstown Delboy. She is out of a home-bred Woodhall Premier dam.

The female champion Castlemount Angela 2nd came under the hammer at 1,850gns for Duncan McDowell from Newtownards.  This thirteen-month-old heifer was sired by Kilbride Farm Bantry, and is out of a Slievenagh-bred dam from the 12,000gns Dovefields Gallant.

Richard McKeown exhibited the female champion Castlemount Angela 2nd on behalf of Duncan McDowell, Newtownards. Addiing his congratulations is Neill Acheson, Animax, sponsor.

Richard McKeown exhibited the female champion Castlemount Angela 2nd on behalf of Duncan McDowell, Newtownards. Addiing his congratulations is Neill Acheson, Animax, sponsor.

Mr McDowell also realised 1,800gns for the seven-year-old cow Drumagarner Cute. Sired by Barnattin Wally, she is out of a dam by Lisglass Python. Included in the price was her March born Kilbride Farm Escalop bull calf Castlemount Jetliner.

In the commercial section, cow and calf outfits sold to £1,300 twice, and £1,200 twice, paid to Frank Cunning from Glarryford.

Maiden heifers peaked at £1,200, paid to Nigel Glasgow and Malcolm Thom, both from Cookstown. Other leading prices include £1,180 and £1,100 twice.

The NI Simmental Club is indebted to its sponsors, Animax and Connon General Merchants, for their generous continued support.

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club chairman Conrad Fegan, centre, is pictured with sponsors of the evening show and salein Ballymena, John Connon, Connon General Merchants; and Neill Acheson, Animax.

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club chairman Conrad Fegan, centre, is pictured with sponsors of the evening show and salein Ballymena, John Connon, Connon General Merchants; and Neill Acheson, Animax.

Results from the judging ring:

Bull, born between 15/09/16 and 22/12/16 – 1, Ian Davidson, Stewartstown Harry by Dripsey Super King; 2, Robin Boyd, Slievenagh Harvester by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, Kenneth Stubbs, Drumbulcan Heartbeat by Drumacritten Callum.

Bull, born between  02/01/17 and 22/01/17 – 1, Kenneth Stubbs, Drumbulcan Ivor by Drumacritten Callum; 2, Andrew Clarke, Breaghey Ironman by Breaghey Diamond; 3, Joe Campbell, Camus Icon by Curaheen Apostle.

Bull, born between 05/02/17 and 20/02/17 – 1, male and supreme champion, Brian Dooher, Shacon Invincible by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 2, reserve male and reserve supreme champion, Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone Inmate by Carnkern Titan; 3, Archie Reaney and Sons, Cladymore Invincible by Hillcrest Valentine.

Bull, born between 04/03/17 and 20/04/17 – 1, Richard Rodgers, Hiltonstown Ike by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Idle by Kilbride Farm Warren; 3, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Icon by Dermotstown Delboy.

Reserve female champion was Jason Whitcroft's Whitdrum Lady Delilah. Included is sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Reserve female champion was Jason Whitcroft's Whitdrum Lady Delilah. Included is sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Pedigree Simmental heifer is top prize in charity raffle

The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club is supporting Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. Launching the club's charity raffle are, from left: Conrad Fegan, chairman; Kenneth and Avril Stubbs, Irvinestown, who have donated an in-calf pedigree heifer; Gary Wilson, AANI area fund raising manager for Fermanagh and Tyrone; and Robin Boyd, president, British Simmental Cattle Society.

The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club is supporting Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. Launching the club's charity raffle are, from left: Conrad Fegan, chairman; Kenneth and Avril Stubbs, Irvinestown, who have donated an in-calf pedigree heifer; Gary Wilson, AANI area fund raising manager for Fermanagh and Tyrone; and Robin Boyd, president, British Simmental Cattle Society.

THE Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club is organising a charity raffle in aid of Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

First prize is an in-calf pedigree Simmental heifer generously donated by Kenneth and Avril Stubbs and Family from Irvinestown, County Fermanagh.

The September 2016 Drumbulcan Honeybee was sired by the Clonagh Tiger Gallant son, Drumacritten Callum, and is out of the home-bred Omorga Baldwin daughter Drumbulcan Errin.

The 20-cow Drumbulcan prefix was founded by Kenneth Stubbs in 1976. He said:” We are delighted that Air Ambulance Northern Ireland is the Simmental Club’s chosen charity for 2018.

“Last year we lost our very dear friend Thelma Gorman in a tragic farming accident. She was a stalwart of the club and a great ambassador for the Simmental breed. Living in a rural community we are fully aware of the vital service that Air Ambulance Northern Ireland provides, and we are pleased to donate Drumbulcan Honeybee or £2,000, as first prize in the charity raffle.”

Club chairman Conard Fegan thanked the Stubbs family for their generous donation. “Thelma Gorman was a highly esteemed Simmental breeder, and a long-standing committee member and former club chairman. In memory of Thelma, the proceeds from this year’s BBQ, auction and raffle will be donated to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. “

Tickets are priced at £5 each or three for £10. The winning ticket will be drawn at the club’s annual BBQ in Dungannon Rugby Club on Friday 10th August.

Drumbulcan Honeybee will be visiting a number of the Provincial agricultural shows over the next few months – Armagh, Omagh, Castlewellan, Clogher Valley and Fermanagh County Show. Tickets will be on sale at these events and are also available from NI Simmental Club committee members.

Conrad Fegan added:” Our raffle features a number of great prizes, and we are indebted to the various local businesses for their generosity.”

Second prize is a 43” LG Full HD LED TV; third prize is one-night B&B for two at the award winning Galgorm Resort and Spa near Ballymena; fourth prize is an SFS Plastic one ton portable meal bin; and fifth prize is a hand-crafted wooden farm set from Millwood Crafts.

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides a helicopter emergency medical service, and responds to seriously ill or injured patients, seven days a week, for twelve hours a day.

From its base near Lisburn, Air Ambulance Northern Ireland can reach any part of the Province in approximately twenty-five minutes. Its primary role is to deliver advanced critical care, benefitting those whose lives are at serious risk following significant injury or trauma, by bringing urgent medical assistance directly to the patient at the scene.

Gary Wilson, AANI area fundraising manager for Fermanagh and Tyrone said: “We are delighted that the Stubbs Family and the NI Simmental Club are raising funds to support the work of Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.”

“Since its launch in July 2017 Air Ambulance Northern Ireland has been tasked over 300 times to every County in Northern Ireland. To ensure the service is sustained we need to raise £2 million annually, so public support is crucial.”

‘Impeccable’ win for Ranfurly in Balmoral Simmental ring By Julie Hazelton

A tremendous young bull with style and exceptional breed character was how English judge Bridget Borlase described the supreme Simmental champion at the 150th Balmoral Show.

Lifting the plaudits at the sun-drenched Balmoral Park – which has been home to the RUAS event for six years – was the sixteen-month-old Raceview King son, Ranfurly Impeccable ET from David and Jonny Hazelton’s herd in Dungannon. He also scooped the male and exhibitor-bred awards.

Ranfurly Impeccable

The Ranfurly Herd is a regular exhibitor at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society Show, and its last Balmoral supreme title came in 2010 when this bull’s dam, Ranfurly Weikel 3rd ET was crowned female champion and went on to secure the overall title. She was reserve junior champion and female champion in 2009 and won a record nine successive breed championship awards in the same year.

Ms Borlase, who runs 120 cows in the Sacombe and Perrywood Herds in Hertfordshire said: “This is my first time at Balmoral Show, and it’s a privilege to be part of the 150th Anniversary celebrations.

“Simmentals are lacking in numbers, but not in quality. The champion caught my eye as soon as he entered the showring. He displays the type of breed character that you don’t see these days.  This bull has everything a pedigree breeder is looking for - length, conformation, good locomotion, style and power. “

The Hazelton’s also scooped a first prize rosette in the senior heifer class with Ranfurly Weikel 18th.  Sired by Raceview King, she is bred from the 2014 Danske Bank Female of the Year Ranfurly Weikel 11th. This heifer was reserve junior and reserve female champion at Balmoral Show in 2017.

Ranfurly Weikel 18th

Wesley Abraham from the Magheracrigan Herd in Irvinestown claimed the reserve championship honours with the junior heifer Cleenagh Ivy. Bred by Adrian and Clive Richardson from Maguiresbirdge, this sixteen-month-old heifer was sired by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral champion Dermotstown Delboy and is bred from Stralongford Courtney. She was female champion at the NI Simmental Club’s March show and sale in Dungannon, and was purchased by Mr Abraham for 3,000gns.

Cleenagh Ivy

Bridget Borlase added:” The female and reserve overall champion is a sweet heifer. She has length, character and great ring presence. I’ve no doubt she’ll grow and mature into a really good cow.”

Claiming the day’s reserve female championship was the second placed Whitdrum Lady Della from Jason Whitcroft’s 6-cow herd in Armagh. Born in March 2017, she is by Dermotstown Delboy, and bred from Omorga Crystal. This one is a full sister to Whitdrum Vicky – winner of numerous breed championships in 2017.

Whitdrum Lady Della

“This is another smart young heifer with great ring presence,” added the judge.

Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, won the reserve male championship with the Dermotstown Delboy son Lisglass Impressor. Bred from Lisglass Bramble, his full brother sold at Stirling last year to Gordon Clark’s Broombrae Herd.

Lisglass Impressor

“This bull is well grown for his age but lacks the character of today’s champion. I’ve no doubt he’ll be a good bull come the autumn.”

The Weatherup duo qualified for the Ivomec Super Pair of the Year final with the September 2016 Dermotstown Delboy daughters Lisglass Helena and Lisglass Honey. They were placed first and second in the intermediate heifer class.

Lisglass Helena

Results from the show ring:

Specials

Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Challenge Trophy, for the supreme champion: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Impeccable ET. Reserve: Wesley Abraham, Cleenagh Ivy.

Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union Perpetual Trophy, for the female champion: Wesley Abraham, Cleenagh Ivy. Reserve: Jason Whitcroft, Whitdrum Lady Della.

William Black Memorial Perpetual Cup, for the male champion: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Impeccable ET. Reserve: JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Impressor.

News Letter Shield, for the junior champion: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Impeccable ET. Reserve: Wesley Abraham, Cleenagh Ivy.

NI Simmental Club Silver Award, for the best exhibit bred in Northern Ireland: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Impeccable ET.

Bobbie Gamble Perpetual Challenge Trophy, for the best heifer born between 01/01/15 and 30/06/15: Wesley Abraham. Cleenagh Ivy.

Qualifiers for the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year: JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Helena and Lisglass Honey.

Classes

Heifer, born between 01/01/16 and 30/06/16 – 1, WD and J D Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 18th by Raceview King; 2, Margaret Little, Lummin Hattie by Auchorachan Wizard; 3, Margaret Little, Castlemount Modesty 3rd by Celtic Comet.

Heifer, born between 01/07/16 and 31/12/16 – 1, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Helena by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Honey by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Cloone Hilda by Anatrim Bodybuilder.

Heifer, born on or after 01/01/17 – 1, Wesley Abraham, Cleenagh Ivy by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, Jason Whitcroft, Whitdrum Lady Della by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, Jonathan Henderson, Drumsamney Clover’s Stefany by Losning Iver.

Bull, born on or after 01/01/17 – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Impeccable ET by Raceview King; 2, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Impressor by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, Jason Whitcroft, Woodford Iceberg by Dermotstown Delboy.

Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Helena and Lisglass Honey; 2, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Impeccable and Ranfurly Weikel 18th; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Flirt and Raceview HI Champterona.

Stars of the Future Calf Show Results

Judge – Ms Bridget Borlase

Class 49 – Bulls born 16th July to 17th September 2016

1.       312 – Thursford Hero

2.       313 – Blackpool Harper

3.       308 – Keeldrum Hi-Flyer               

4.       311 – Chestermann Heston

Class 50 – Bulls born 21st September to 31st December 2016

1.       314 – Islavale Heston

2.       317 – Overhill House Hanover

3.       315 – Overhill House Halo

4.       316 – Castlegwynne Huw

Class 51 – Heifers born 15th July to 4th September 2016

1.       319 – Curaheen Henrietta

2.       322 – Auchorachan Nanny 1

3.       321 – Kinclaven Heather

Class 52 – Heifers born 20th September to 25th December 2016

1.       327 – Islavale Harper

2.       326 – Blackpool Hosanna

3.       325 – Auchorachan Letta 1

4.       324 – Dellfield HRH

Senior Female Champion – 327 – Islavale Harper

Reserve Female Champion – 326 – Blackpool Hosanna

Senior Male Champion – 312 – Thursford Hero

Reserve Male Champion – 314 – Islavale Heston

Senior Champion – 327 – Islavale Harper

Reserve Senior – 312 – Thursford Hero

Islavale Harper - Senior Champion & Senior Female Champion

Thursford Hero - Senior Male Champion & Reserve Senior Champion (pictured at the Agri Expo 2017)

Blackpool Hosanna - Reserve Female Champion

Class 53 – Bulls born 2nd January to 26th April 2017

1.       335 – Denizes Impressive

2.       330 – Cairnview Igor

3.       333 – Lagavaich Ironman

Class 56 – Heifers born 1st January to 14th February 2017

1.       336 – Auchorachan Hilly 6

2.       337 – Newbiemains I’m Brilliant

3.       339 – Denizes Cadette 35th

4.       338 – Newbiemains Icequeen

Class 57 – Heifers born 2nd March to 24th March 2017

1.       345 – Castlewigg Empire Stella

2.       344 – Newbiemains Irishmist

3.       346 – Strathisla Isla’s Geraldine

Class 58 – Heifers born 1st April to 22nd April 2017

1.       349 – Overhill House Imelia

2.       353 – Strathisla India’s Twiggy

3.       354 – Auchorachan Nanny 2

Junior Female Champion – 336 – Auchorachan Hilly 6

Reserve Junior Female Champion – 345 – Castlewigg Empire Stella

Junior Male Champion – 335 – Denizes Impressive

Reserve Junior Male Champion – 330 – Cairnview Igor

Junior Champion – 336 – Auchorachan Hilly 6

Reserve Junior Champion – 335 – Denizes Impressive

Auchorachan Hilly 6 - Junior Champion & Junior Female Champion

Denizes Impressive - Junior Male Champion & Reserve Junior Champion

Castlewigg Empire Stella - Reserve Junior Female Champion

Agri Expo Calf Show Results

Class 1: Bull born on or between 01.08.16 and 15.09.16 - Sponsored by Mole Country Stores

1st Thursford Hero - D Lowry

2nd Blackpool Harper - D Loftus

3rd Chestermann Heston - N & N Gwynne

 

Class 2: Bull born on or between 16.09.16 and 31.12.16 - Sponsored by Dugdale Nutrition

1st Castlegwynne Huw - D Gwynne

2nd Bridgedale Hamish - J Greenop

3rd Blackpool Humbug - D Loftus

Castlegwynne Huw

 

Class 3: Bull born on or between 01.01.17 and 15.03.17 - Sponsored by Northumbrian Quality Feeds

1st Blakewell Idol - I & M Steele

2nd Barmurrie Icon - Messrs Smith

3rd Clearwater I'm Yer Man - R Loftus

 

Class 4: Bull born on or after 16.03.17 - Sponsored by Jim Peet Agriculture

1st Denizes Impressive - M Barlow

2nd Blakewell Idaho - I & M Steele

3rd Clearwater International Playboy - R Loftus

 

Class 5: non forward

 

Class 6: Heifer born on or between 16.09.16 and 31.12.16 - Sponsored by North West Farmers

1st Blackpool Hosanna - D Loftus

2nd Weeton Crocus's Honeysuckle - A & R Steele

3rd Popes Tatiana - J & V Wood

 

Class 7: Heifer born on or between 01.01.17 and 15.03.17 - Sponsored by Genus

1st Newbiemains Impressive - J & P Goldie

2nd Denizes Cadette 35th - M Barlow

3rd Newbiemains Ice Queen - J & P Goldie

 

Class 8: non forward

 

Senior Champion - Thursford Hero - D Lowry

Senior Reserve Champion - Blackpool Harper - D Loftus

Blackpool Harper

 

Junior Champion - Denizes Impressive - M Barlow

Junior Reserve Champion - Newbiemains Impressive - J & P Goldie

Newbiemains Impressive

 

Overall Champion: sponsored by Barlows Trailers Ltd

Thursford Hero - D Lowry

Thursford Hero

 

Reserve Overall Champion: sponsored by Ribble Vets

Denizes Impressive - M Barlow

Denizes Impressive

 

Champion Pair of Animals: sponsored by Bowland Foods and Tithebarn

J David Loftus

 

Class 13 - Young Handlers: sponsored by North West Simmental Club

1st Frank Gwynne

2nd Hannah Wood

3rd Katie Steele

Simmental club raises £6,200 for NSPCC

The Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has presented a cheque for £6,200 to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

The money is the proceeds of the club’s annual charity BBQ and auction held recently in Dungannon Rugby Club.

Jennifer Hobson, chairman, of the NSPCC’s Dungannon fund raising committee thanked breeders for their generous support.

“We are overwhelmed! This is a tremendous amount of money and we can’t thank you enough for your generosity. The money will benefit more than 3,000 primary school children from all over Northern Ireland. The NSPCC’s volunteer-led ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ programme is aimed at children aged 5 to 11 years old.  

“Fully trained staff visit schools and conduct child-friendly interactive workshops aimed at providing children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. The programme has far-reaching effects and encourages children to speak out to safeguard themselves.”

Concluding Mrs Hobson said: ”On behalf of the Dungannon fund raising committee I would like to extend our condolences to the NI Simmental Club on the loss of its highly esteemed committee member Thelma Gorman. We were deeply saddened to hear of her passing. We had the pleasure of working with Thelma at the BBQ in August and she was a real inspiration. Thelma kept us organised in the kitchen and was the linchpin of a very enjoyable night which raised £6,200 for NSPCC.”

Club chairman Matthew Cunning expressed his thanks to everyone who supported this year’s BBQ and charity auction.

The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club has presented a cheque for £6,200 to the NSPCC. Chairman Matthew Cunning, vice chairman Conrad Fegan, treasurer Leslie Weatherup, and secretary Robin Boyd, are pictured with Jennifer Hobson, chairman, and members of the NSPCC's Dungannon fund raising committee.

Stirling October Bull sales, including the Dispersal of the Sterling herd on behalf of Boddington Estates Ltd - Sale report

The Dispersal of the Sterling Herd of Boddington Estates Ltd smashed the Female Breed Record with Sterling Barcardi’s Hawaii, an Annick Exocet daughter out of a Sterling Flint daughter sold for a staggering 28,000gns to Messrs Barker & Borlase of Sacombe Hill Farm, Watton on Stone.

Sterling Barcardi's Hawaii

Sterling Barcardi's Hawaii

The Sterling herd also secured the Second Female Breed Record with Sterling Celia’s Fifi and her heifer calf, selling for 22,000gns to Harte Peat Ltd, Leonards Island, Clones, Co Monaghan.

Sterling Celia's Fifi

Sterling Celia's Fifi

Overall, 13 cows and calves averaged at £5605, 25 in-calf heifers averaged at £2375, 14 in calf heifers averaged at £3135, 17 maiden heifers averaged at £4101 and the 14 young bulls averaged at £1560.

Judging the Stirling Autumn pre-sale show was Mr Brian Sutherland from Connachie, Kellas, Elgin IV30 8TS

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Topping trade on the day at 22,000gns was Manor Park Hansome, bred by Mr D C Houldey, Kirtleton House, Waterbeck, Lockerbie, DG11 3HD. A Slievenagh Extra Special 13 son out of a Blackfrod Worzel 2 daughter. Purchased by G Behan, Cloneygowan, Portlaois, Eire.

Manor park Hansome

Manor park Hansome

Second top price on the day, out of the same stable was the Overall and Intermediate Champion Manor Park Hayden, bred by Mr D C Houldey, Kirtleton House, Waterbeck, Lockerbie, DG11 3HD. A Blackford Worzel 2 son out of an Ashland Perfect daughter, selling for 18,000gns to A Wright, West Lundie, Doune.

Manor Park Hayden

Manor Park Hayden

Next, selling for 15,000gns was Islavale Hogan, bred by Mr W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 6LN. A son of Wolfstar Elusive 13, out of a Clonagh A Super Star daughter. Purchased by K Eunson, Braebuster, Deerness.

Islavale Hogan

Islavale Hogan

Following on at 13,000gns was the Reserve Overall and Reserve Intermediate Champion Rockytop Hurricane, bred by Gary & Angela Christie, Birchfield, Glass, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 4XS. A son of Corskie Cannon, out of a Brinkton Major daughter. Purchased by W J Hollingsworth, Midhope Hall Farm, Sheffield.

Rockytop Hurricane

Rockytop Hurricane

Two bulls then traded at 11,000gns, the first being Aultmore Hamlet, bred by W M Patterson & Son, Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith, Moray, AB55 6QT. A Banwy Bonzo son, out of a Whitemire King Kong daughter, sold to J Innes & Son, Dunscroft, Huntly.

Aultmore Hamlet

Aultmore Hamlet

Next at 11,000gns was Strathisla Hagrid, bred by, Mr A Ivory, Strathisla Farms, Moolies, Meigle, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH12 8RF. This Islavale Donald son, out of a Omorga Samson daughter sold to J Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso.

Strathisla Hagrid

Strathisla Hagrid

Innerwick Hotshot, bred by Mr & Mrs L Moffat, Innerwick Farm, Innerwick, Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1SE. A son of Braidwood Everest, out of a Strathisla Kaiser daughter sold for 10,000gns to JI & WN Stout, Whitehall, Stronsay, Orkney.

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Innerwick Hotshot

Two bulls then traded for 9000gns, Kilbride Farm Holestone bred by W H Robson & Sons, 106 Cogry Road, Doagh, Ballyclare, County Antrim, N Ireland BT39 0PX. A son of Sneumgaard Imperator, out of a Seaview Prince daughter sold to A & J Craig, Craigton, Castle Douglas.

Kilbride Farm Holestone

Kilbride Farm Holestone

Next at 9000gns was the Reserve Junior Champion Corskie Harbro, bred by Mr WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7NN. A Dirnanean Bradley son, out of a Islavale Sabre daughter, purchased by A D Sutherland, Connachie, Elgin.

Corskie Harbro

Corskie Harbro

The 61 bulls sold through the ring averaged at £5720, up by £337 on the year. 14 Bulls sold after the sale and 14 bulls were sold at the Sterling dispersal. In total we sold 89 bulls on the day which is the most sold across all the other breeds.

Female Champion Williams Belle’s Hannah, bred by Mrs H Clarke, William Clarke Livestock Ltd, Model Farm, Brick Kiln Road, Hevingham, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 5NL. A daughter of Clonagh Diehard Gallant, out of a Heathbrow Mischief daughter, sold for 3500gns to Harte Peat Ltd, Leonards Island, Co Monaghan.

Williams Belle's Hannah

Williams Belle's Hannah

Young Members Trip 2017 - Stockjudging Results

Individual Junior

 

1st        -           Emma McAlister             Scotland

2nd       -           Frank Gwynne               Scotland

3rd       -           Pearse Burns                 Northern Ireland

 

Individual Senior

 

1st        -           James McKay Wightman            Scotland           

2nd       -           Andrew Clarke                           Northern Ireland

3rd       -           Christopher Boyd                      Northern Ireland

 

Team Junior

 

1st        -           Frank Gwynne & Daffyd Gwynne            Scotland          

2nd       -           Jonny McCammond & Pearse Burns      Northern Ireland

3rd       -           Aimee & Emma Stronach                       Scotland

 

Team Senior

 

1st        -           Louise Allen & Emma McAlister               Scotland

2nd       -           Alice Stubbs & Christopher Boyd           Northern Ireland

3rd       -           Andrew & Zara Clarke                            Northern Ireland

 

 

Reasons Winner Junior

Emma McAlister               Scotland

 

Reasons Winner Senior

Andrew Clarke               Northern Ireland

 

Overall Winner

James McKay Wightman   Scotland    

 

Reserve Overall Winner

Andrew Clarke               Northern Ireland

 

Best Points Under 16

Frank Gwynne               Scotland

 

Overall International Winner

Sahra Tobler        Switzerland