Champion tops Ballymena Simmental sale at 4,300gns

Quality bulls met a ready market at the NI Simmental Club’s evening show and sale, held at Ballymena Mart.

Trade was underpinned by both dairy and suckler herd owners with prices topping at 4,300gns, and nine lots selling to average £2,952 – up £726 on this time last year.

Topping trade was the male and supreme overall champion Ranfurly Husaldo ET TSI+78 SRI+91 from David Hazelton’s herd in Dungannon. This sixteen-month-old entry was sired by Hillcrest Champion, and is bred from the Raceview King daughter Raceview Mandy Beauty. Ranked in the breed’s top 15% for calving ease +3.3, he attracted strong attention from the packed salering and sold to Ross Millar for his 80-cow suckler enterprise at Newtownstewart.

The male and supreme champion Ranfurly Husaldo ET sold for a top price of 4,300gns at the NI Simmental Club's Ballymena show and sale. Included is handler Jonny Hazelton and judge Kenneth Stubbs, Irvinestown.

This was the Ranfurly Herd’s third successive championship at a club show and sale. Ranfurly Fendt took the supreme award at last year’s evening sale in Ballymena, while Ranfurly Goodfellow was crowned champion at the club’s March show and sale in Dungannon.

Twin brothers Gary and Jonny McCammond from Randalstown scooped the reserve male and reserve supreme championship awards with Maghereagh Gandalf TSI+74 SRI+89. Born in August 2015 he is by Omorga Samson, and is bred from the Auroch Amos daughter Hiltonstown Emily – one of four cows in the herd.

Maghereagh Gandalf is in the top 15% for calving ease +3.7 and eye muscle area +4.2. He came under the hammer of auctioneer Graham Loughrey at 3,900gns, selling to Lindsey Wilson from Kilkeel.

Reserve male and reserve supreme champion at the NI Simmental Club's evening show and sale in Ballymena was the 3,900gns Maghereagh Gandalf exhibited by Jonny McCammond, Randalstown. Included is judge Kenneth Stubbs, Irvinestown.

Next best at 2,800gns was the first prize winning Kilbride Farm Herkules TSI+80 SRI+74 bred by the Robson family from Doagh. This fourteen-month-old bull was sired by Kilbride Farm Escalop, and is out of the Seaview Prince Charming daughter Kilbride Farm Eunice 67V. Buyer was Bernard Blee from Strabane.

Matthew Robson, Doagh, exhibited the first placed Kilbride Farm Herkules sold for 2,800gns.

Females peaked at 2,200gns, paid to Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, for the female champion Cleenagh Honeybunch. This April 2016 born heifer is by Kilbride Farm Bantry, and is out of a home-bred dam by the 10,000gns Stirling champion Drumlone Anchor.  She joins Leslie and Chris Weatherup’s 35-cow herd based at Ballyclare.

Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, exhibited the female champion Cleenagh Honeybunch sold for 2,200gns. Adding his congratulations is judge Kenneth Stubbs, Irvinestown

Pat Kelly, and son Frank, from Tempo, realised 1,100gns the reserve female champion Ashland Lady Hannah. Born in May 2016, this one is by Delfur Decider, and sold to J Cormican from Lisburn.

Reserve female champion was Ashland Lady Hannah shown by Frank Kelly, Tempo. Also pictured is judge Kenneth Stubbs, Irvinestown.

Mike Frazer from Templepatrick realised 1,800gns for the five-year-old cow Edenvale Juliet. Sired by Hockenhull Aristotle, she was accompanied by her April born Kilbride Farm Enty bull calf.   Buyer was WR Semple from Larne.

A draft offering from Archie Reaney’s herd at Mowhan, Armagh, topped at 1,450gns, realised by the February 2016 Cladymore Harmony. She is by Kilbride Farm Cavan, and out of a home-bred dam by Bornbess Troy. Buyer was Brendan Mallon from Eglinton.

Robin Boyd, Portglenone, offered a draft from his noted Slievenagh Herd. They peaked at 1,450gns for the April 2016 born Slievenagh Hunny. Sired by Kilbride Farm Delboy, she is bred from a Kilbride Farm Newry daughter.  Buyer was Robert John Smith from Moneymore.

Commercial Simmental maiden heifers reached a ceiling of £1,180 and £1,100 paid to David Boyd from Newtownabbey.   Frank Cunning, Glarryford,  sold three maiden heifers at £1,000 each.      

 The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club is indebted to its sponsors Edenvale Simmental Herd and Connon General Merchants. The pre-sale show was judged by Kenneth Stubbs from Irvinestown.

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club chairman Matthew Cunning, centre, is pictured at the club's evening show and sale in Ballymena Mart with sponsors Mike Frazer, Edenvale Herd; and Jonny Connon from Connon's General Merchants.

­Results from the judging ring:

Bull born between 01/08/15 – 1, and reserve champion, Gary and Jonny McCammond, Maghereagh Gandalf by Omorga Samson; 2, Gary and Jonny McCammond, Maghereagh Gizmo by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, Willliam Ferguson, Sperrin View Gilroy by Sperrin View Columba.

Bull born betweenh 10/12/15 and 08/02/16 – 1, and supreme champion, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Husaldo by Hillcrest Champion; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Harley by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, Ryan Gilmour, Gillview Hennessy by Curaheen Apostle.

Bull born between 01/03/16 and 22/05/16 – 1, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Herkules by Kilbride Farm Escalop; 2, Sean Burns, Longbeach Hunter by Kilbride Farm Escalop; 3,Sean Burns, Longbeach Hector by Kilbride Farm Escalop.

Heifer, born between 04/06/15 and 03/05/16 – 1, and female champion, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Honeybunch by Kilbride Farm Bantry; 2, and reserve female champion, Pat Kelly, Ashland Lady Hannah by Delfur Decider; 3, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Modesty by Curaheen Tyson.

Auctioneer Graham Loughrey conducts the Simmental Club's evening show and sale in Ballymena Mart.

Royal Ulster Show 2017

Lisglass herd claims fourth championship in five years

Ballyclare herd owners Leslie and Chris Weatherup reigned supreme in the Simmental section at this week’s Balmoral Show.

The father and son duo run the 35-cow Lisglass Herd, and Wednesday’s feat marked their fourth supreme overall championship in five years at Balmoral Park.

Catching the eye of Scottish judge Iain Green was the home-bred Lisglass Goddess, a twenty-month-old heifer sired by stock bull Dermotstown Delboy . She is bred from the Omorga Volvo daughter Lummin Bronte.  

Iain Green’s family manages 380 commercial suckler cows alongside the noted 200-cow Corskie pedigree herd. He described the Simmental champion as feminine and full of breed character. “It’s been a good show, and the quality of the animals more than compensated for the disappointing number of entries.

“Competition was strong amongst the heifers, with the overall champion coming from the intermediate class. This heifer has tremendous length and width, a good topline and she is 100% correct on her feet and legs.”

Lisglass Goddess made her showring debut at Balmoral, and also secured the breed’s female championship and the exhibitor-bred championship awards.

A delighted Chris Weatherup said: “Dermotstown Delboy has bred sons to a top of 11,000gns, and his daughters are following in their father’s footsteps.

“Delboy was Balmoral champion in 2014 and 2015, and his daughter Lisglass Fabulous was reserve champion in 2016.”

The Weatherup’s won the 2013 championship with the Kilbride Farm Newry daughter Slieveroe Caroline.

Claiming the reserve overall title was the male champion Ashland Humdinger, a sixteen-month-old bull bred by Pat Kelly, and son Frank, from Tempo, County Fermanagh. He was sired by Dermotstown Delboy, and is the first calf bred from Ashland Lady Diamond 7th – one of ten cows in the herd dating back to the 1980s. His granddam is a former Balmoral champion. This bull was junior champion at the Pedigree Calf Fair last November, and is destined for the autumn sales in Stirling.

“This is a well fleshed young bull with width over his shoulders, a level top and a good backend,” commented the judge.

The sixteen-month-old Ranfurly Weikel 18th secured the reserve junior and reserve female championship awards for David and Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon.  Sired by Raceview King, she is a daughter of Ranfurly Weikel 11th – 2014 Dankse Bank reserve female of the Year.

Results from the judging ring:

Specials

Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Challenge Trophy, for the supreme champion: Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess. Reserve: Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Humdinger.

Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union Perpetual Trophy, for the female champion: Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess. Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 18th.

William Black Memorial Perpetual Cup, for the male champion: Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Humdinger.

News Letter Shield, for the junior champion: Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Humdinger. Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 18th.

NI Simmental Club Silver Award, for the best exhibit bred in Northern Ireland: Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess.

Bobbie Gamble Perpetual Challenge Trophy, for the best heifer born between 01/01/15 and 30/06/15: Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess.

Qualifiers for the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year: Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess and Lisglass Gayle.

Class results

Cow or heifer, born in 2014, in-calf or with calf at foot – 1, Nigel Glasgow, Slievenagh Flirt by Auroch Amos.

Heifer, born between 01/01/15 and 30/06/15 – 1, Wesley Abraham, Cleenagh Gem by Drumlone Anchor; 2, Jason Whitcroft, Whitdrum Vicky by Scribby Farms Duke.

Heifer, born between 01/07/15 and 31/12/15 – 1, Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, William Gubbins, Quadrent Gilian by Curaheen Vio; 3, William GubbinsQuadrent Giselle by Delfur Decider.

Heifer, born on or after 01/01/16 – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 18th by Raceview King; 2, Stephen Millar, Glenock Highway by Kilbride Farm Newry; 3, Wesley Abraham, Shiloh Heather by Delfur Decider.

Bull, born on or after 01/01/16 – 1, Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Humdinger by Dermotstown Delboy.

Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, William Gubbins, Quadrent Gilian and Quadrent Giselle; 2, Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess and Lisglass Gayle.

 

 

Dungannon Sale 24th March 2017

Simmental bulls to a top of 3,400gns at Dungannon

Cookstown breeder Nigel Glasgow topped the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s Dungannon show and sale with bids of 3,400gns and 3,300gns.

Quality bulls with good conformation and above average Breedplan figures attracted a ready market from the packed ringside audience. Auctioneer Stephen Redmond confirmed that 15 bulls sold to level at £2,604 per head – a marginal increase of £14 on last year’s average, but with a significant rise in the number of bulls finding new homes.

Securing the day’s top bid of 3,400gns was the January 2016 born Bridgewater Farm Hector TSI+67 SRI+79. Sired by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral breed champion Dermotstown Delboy, this second prize winner is out of the home-bred Anatrim Bodybuilder daughter Bridgewater Farm Phyliss.

In the breed’s top 15% for calving ease +4, and top 25% for milk +7, he sold to Dermot Trainor from Kilkeel, County Down.

Following close behind at 3,300gns was herd mate Bridgewater Farm Gazza TSI+63 SRI+76. This first prize winner was born in November 2015 and is also by Dermotstown Delboy. His dam is the Samark Superman daughter Bridgewater Farm Simone. Boasting a calving ease score of +8.4 in the breed’s top 1%, and a milk figure of +8 in the top 20%, he was snapped up by Peter Morris from Newtownstewart.

Judge Frank Kelly from the Ashdale Herd inTempo, awarded the Animax-sponsored supreme championship honours to the male champion Ranfurly Goodfellow TSI+60SRI+55 from David and Jonny Hazelton’s herd in Dungannon. Sired by Omorga Murray, his dam is the Milnafua Graduate daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 7th ET. Buyers at 3,000gns were suckler herd owners Messrs Edgar from Downpatrick.

The first prize winning Drumlone Hotrod TSI+64 SRI+89 sold at 2,900gns for Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw. Born in January 2016, and sired by the outcross sire Curaheen Apostle, he is bred from a Raceview King daughter carrying the Corbally prefix. With a calving ease score of +5.3 in the top 5%, he caught the eye of Ian Brown from Macken, Enniskillen.

Two lots came under the hammer at 2,800gns each.

First to sell was the October 2015 born Kilbride Farm Gary TSI+44 SRI+58 from the Robson family at Doagh. This second prize winner was sired by Curaheen Dickens, and is bred from the Crugmelyn Brenin daughter Kilbride Farm Jolly 13E. Buyer was G McAteer from Newry.

Also selling at 2,800gns was Cleenagh Handy Andy TSI+68 SRI+77, a fourth prize winner bred by Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge. Born in March 2016 he was sired by the herd’s jointly owned 10,000gns stock bull Drumlone Anchor. His dam is the Dripsey Super King daughter Cleenagh Miss Daffodil. This one sold to Ian Thompson from Tempo.

The reserve male and reserve supreme champion Hiltonstown Giles TSI+66 SRI+76 sold at 2,400gns for Richard Rodgers, Portglenone. Born in September 2015, and sired by Mohona Dandy, he is out of a home-bred Auroch Amos daughter. Buyer was Joe Hughes from Dungannon.

Females peaked at 2,600gns, paid to Adrian Richardson for the female champion Cleenagh Gaynor. Sired by Drumlone Anchor, her dam is the Bridgemount Vixon daughter Stralongford Courtney. This maiden heifer sold to Robert Stinson from Spingfield, Enniskillen.

The same price was paid to club vice-chairman Conrad Fegan, and father Val, from Rostrevor, for the third placed Knockreagh Gail. This June 2015 born heifer is a daughter of Popes Barclay. Scanned in-calf to Kilbride Farm Comber, she sold to Thomas Stewart from Garvagh.

Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, realised 2,300gns for the reserve female champion Castlemount Cute. Born in January 2016, she is by Longhbeach Darius, and out of Drumagarner Cute. Buyer was David Carson from Garrison, County Fermanagh.

Results from the judging ring:

Bull, born between 14/06/15 and 13/08/15 – 1 and male champion, D and J Hazelton, Ranfurly Goodfellow ET by Omorga Murray; 2, M and D Frazer, Edenvale Gabriel by Sneumgaard Imperator.

Bull, born between 03/09/15 and 11/10/15 – 1 and reserve male champion, Richard Rodgers, Hiltonstown Giles by Mohona Dandy; 2, Robert Forde, Mullyknock Greg by Anatrim Bodybuilder; 3, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Gala by Corskie Damario.

Bull, born between 23/10/15 and 14/11/15 – 1, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Gazza by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Gary by Curaheen Dickens; 3, Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone Goliath by Delfur Decider.

Bull, born between 23/11/15 and 02/03/16 – 1, Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone Hotrod by Curaheen Apostle; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Hector by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, D and J Hazeton, Ranfurly Goldstar by Kilbride Farm Warren.

Female, born between 24/06/15 and 15/11/15 – 1 and female champion, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Gaynor by Drumlone Anchor; 2, Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Drumagarner Gemma by Hirwaun Rooney; 3, Val and Conrad Fegan, Knockreagh Gail by Popes Barclay.

Female, born between 01/01/16 and 15/01/16 – 1 and reserve female champion, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Cute by Longbeach Darius; 2, Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Derrycallaghan Hottytotty by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, W and S Stubbs, Rehall Helen by Omorga Baldwin.

Male and supreme overall champion at the NI Simmental Club's spring show and sale in Dungannon was Ranfurly Goodfellow shown by Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon. Included are judge Frank Kelly, Tempo; and sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Reserve male and reserve supreme champion was Hiltonstown Giles exhibited by Richard and Rhys Rodgers from Portglenone. Adding their congratulations are judge Frank Kelly, Tempo; and sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, exhibited the female champion Cleenagh Gaynor sold for 2,600gns. Included are Neill Acheson, Animax, sponsor; and judge Frank Kelly, Tempo.

Richard McKeown exhibited the reserve female champion Castlemount Cute on behalf of Duncan McDowell, Newtownards.

The sale leaders at the NI Simmental Club's spring show and sale in Dungannon were the 3,400gns Bridgewater Farm Hector and the 3,300gns Bridgewater Farm Gazza, shown by Nigel Glasgow and Conor Loane, Cookstown.

Dungannon Simmental judge Frank Kelly from Tempo.

The Scottish Simmental Club are organising an Open Stockjudging at the May Multi Breed Sale at Stirling, 4pm on Saturday 29th April.

By kind permission of Dargill Simmentals

The Scottish Simmental Club are organising an Open Stockjudging at the May Multi Breed Sale at Stirling, 4pm on Saturday 29th April.

Location: Dargill Farm, Crieff.

Open to all breeds and ages. BBQ afterwards and small prizes for winners.

Pedigree Calf Fair Results - Balmoral, Judge Mr Iain Green (Corskie)

Scottish breeder Iain Green who runs the 180-cow Corskie Herd, alongside 480 commercial suckler cows, praised the quality of Simmentals at the Pedigree Calf Fair, held at Balmoral.

"It has been a pleasure to judge this impressive show."

Catching Iain Green's eye to take the senior championship plaudits was the thirteen-month-old Scribby Farms George, an Omorga Volvo son, bred by Keith and Andrea Nelson from Rosslea.

"This is a very correct bull with super locomotion. He has length, width, and great depth of thigh."

Keith and Andrea Nelson's Scribby Farms George was the winner of the senior championship at the Pedigree Calf Fair, Balmoral.

Runner-up was the September 2015 Lisglass Gallant bred by Leslie Weatherup, and son Chris, from Ballyclare. This one is by herd sire, and former Balmoral champion, Dermotstown Delboy.

Iain Green said: "This bull has great width over the shoulder, and oozes breed character."

Reserve senior Simmental champion was Lisglass Gallant bred by Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Ballyclare. 

Pat Kelly, and son Frank, Tempo, secured the junior championship award with the ten-month-old bull Ashland Humdinger. Also by Dermotstown Delboy, he is bred from Ashland Lady Diamond 7th – one of 10 cows in the herd.

Iain Green added: "The junior champion is an outstanding bull with great potenial. He has tremendous length and super bone quality."

The January 2016 born Ashland Humdinger secured the junior championship for Pat and Frank Kelly, Tempo. 

The January 2016 born Ashland Humdinger secured the junior championship for Pat and Frank Kelly, Tempo. 

Claiming the reserve junior title was the January 2016 Curaheen Apostle son Drumlone Hotrod exhibited by Kenny Veitch, Lisbellaw.

"This is another fine example of the breed with good width and length."

Bull born between 01/09/15 and 31/12/15 - 1, Keith Nelson, Scribby Farms George by Omorga Volvo; 2, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Gallant by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Gazza by Dermotstown Delboy.

Heifer born between 01/09/15 and 31/12/15 - 1, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Wiekel by Longbeach Darius; 2, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Lady Grainne by Ashland Brandy; 3, William Dodd, Ranfurly Kleeb 35th by Clonagh Tiger Gallant.

Bull born between 01/01/16 and 31/03/16 - 1, Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Humdinger by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone Hotrod by Curaheen Apostle; 3, Chris Traynor Kilmore Hunter by Kilbride Farm Bantry.

Heifer born between 01/01/16 and 31/03/16 -1, Stephen Millar, Glenock Highway by Kilbride Farm Newry; 2, E O'Neill, Drumcoote Daisybell by Scottish Neff.

Bull calf born after 01/04/16 -1, Andrew Clarke, Beaghey Harrison by Wroxall Cocker-Leeky-Soup; 2, Keith Nelson, Scribby Farms Hero by Omorga Volvo.

Heifer calf born after 01/04/16 - 1, William Nelson, Drumacritten Heidi by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, Ashton Wallace, Ashfurly Weikel’s Harmony by Kilbride Farm Warren.

Junior Simmental champion was Ashland Humdinger exhibited by Frank Kelly, Tempo. The reserve junior champion was Drumlone Hotrod bred by Kenny Veitch, Lisbellaw. 

Beanhill herd wins Improved Herd Award for the Simmental breed

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Improved Herds Awards 2016

Beanhill herd wins Improved Herd Award for the Simmental breed

 

The Beanhill herd, owned by James and Belinda Kimber from Christian Malford in Wiltshire, has been recognised by AHDB Beef & Lamb as the most Improved Herd of Simmental cattle in England for 2016. They have previously placed twice as reserve for this award with their Simmental herd in 2009 and their Charolais herd in 2011.

The award is presented by the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme (BRP) to the recorded herd that shows the greatest genetic gain for commercial characteristics over a 12-month period. There is a separate award for each of ten UK breeds.

After setting up an award-winning Jersey herd in West Wales, James moved to Beanhill Farm to start farming with Belinda in 1996. When they took it on, the 40 hectare lowland farm had been neglected for 40 years. The farm is located on the Dauntsey Vale at the edge of the Cotswolds. As they are on an area of heavy, clay soil, the cattle are housed in the winter to protect the ground. All cattle calve in the autumn, with heifers prepared for artificial insemination (AI) in November. Their target is to sell bulls at 18 months in the spring sales.

On moving to Wiltshire, they decided to concentrate on breeding high-quality, pedigree animals and while they developed the shed infrastructure required for their new cattle venture, they ran a flock of 1,000 commercial ewes plus followers. Seeing the dairy cross-bred calves available through the local market at Chippenham, they felt there was a demand in the area for Simmental bulls. James has bred Charolais cattle since his childhood so they decided to focus on developing two pedigree herds.

Some difficult years followed the Foot and Mouth Outbreak in 2001, when they sold the commercial sheep leaving only their pedigree Texel flock and a handful of pedigree cows. They worked freelance, clipping and washing cows for sales, before building up their pedigree Texel flock alongside establishing the Charolais and Simmental herds.

In 2004 they bought Celtic Noodle, a high-index, show champion Simmental cow. They bred up from there using AI. The cattle enterprise had built to 20 breeding females within each of the two pedigree herds but in recent years the Simmental numbers have reduced. Both herds have been performance recorded from the start. They run alongside a flock of 100 pedigree Texels and a small flock of Blue Texels which belong to their children; Joshua, Isabel and Richard.

They have an extra 40 hectares of grass keep and a flock of 400 Suffolk cross mules which they cross to their own Texel rams. Using an annual rotation between sheep and cattle, they manage a clean grazing system with different parcels of land being reseeded after six years.

James is keen to promote the value of using breeding traits to develop the beef industry and each year invites a group of Cirencester students to oversee the ultrasound scanning event taking place on his farm. He is encouraged by the enthusiasm and interest from the next generation of young farmers. He is also inspired by the work Neil Shand, Simmental breed secretary, is doing for the breed.

Mr Shand uses high and low-index Simmentals within the societies monitor herd and records subsequent calve performance from birth through to finish. He assesses full kill data, including retail meat yield, in order to demonstrate the advantage of using high-index bulls on a suckler herd.

James said: “The only way to monitor a herd’s development is by recording performance and coming from a dairy background, this was a no brainer for me. It takes a few years to build up and to understand each individual’s value within a herd.

“As a livestock producer you have a financial responsibility to provide good carcase value on an efficient rearing system.

“The muscle area must be assessed when recording to ensure you are promoting the development of length as well as conformation in your animals. There is high value in the loin of the carcase and this needs to be considered and developed rather than simply focusing on backend.”

The herd tag line is “High index for a commercially profitable future” and they believe in producing bulls that will provide customers with the potential to make a profit. With this is mind, the Beanhill Simmental has reduced to ten cows in recent years, retaining only the most productive females.

“The Simmental benefits from being a maternal and a terminal breed so I am keen to promote easy calving combined with length and use the figures to guide my decisions.

“All cows retained have a self-replacing index (SRI) of over 100 which makes them one of the highest indexed herds in the country.”

The last AI sire used was Dirnanean Bradley. At the time he had not been used massively but has gone on to produce a lovely group of calves at Beanhill. Bradley now stands as the number one bull in the country with 142 SRI points.

Showing acts as a shop window to promote their high-index cattle and they find the easy-calving attributes alongside their elite heath status assists sales. Recently his highest indexed heifer was sold to someone establishing their own herd.

Bulls are sold directly from home and also through pedigree sales with a focus to produce the best high index breeding they can manage to continue to drive the breed forward and appeal to the modern market. 

Beanhill Fantasia

Calf sucking 875kg dam, a cow with very high indexes and very high performance.

 

 

Stars of the Future report 12th November 2016

Stars of the Future Calf show 12th November 2016 – United Auctions

A great show of calves came forward for the annual Stars of the Future event held at United Auctions in Stirling on the 12th November, Judging the Calf Show was Mr David Donnelly, (Atlow Herd), Preserva (Midlands) Ltd, Atlow House, Moss Lane, Ashbourne, DE6 3FB

Emma McAlister was awarded the Senior & Overall (Interbreeds) Young Handler - Judged by Paul Walker and presented with a new clipper, courtesy of Allflex.

Emma McAlister - Senior & Overall Young Handler

Senior Champion was awarded to Kennox Tara’s Gem, a Sowenna Aristrocrat 09 daughter, exhibited by Mr David Craig, Kennox Cottage, Stewarton, Ayrshire KA3 3EF

Kennox Tara’s Gem

Reserve Senior Champion went to Aultmore Goliath, a Banwy Bonzo 10 son from W M Patterson & Son, Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith, Moray AB55 6QT.

Aultmore Goliath

Taking the Junior Champion title was Cairnview Sonia 4th a Cairnview Snazzy daughter from Mr A J Wilson, Westcroft Farm, Lylestone Road, Kilwinning, Ayrshire KA13 7QN

Cairnview Sonia 4th

With Reserve Junior Champion going to Greencap Hulk, a Kilbride Farm Dragoon 12 son, bred by Colin Inglis.

Greencap Hulk

Redhill Reduction Sale on Behalf of Mr D & DM Leslie - Sale Report

REDHILL REDUCTION SALE HELD AT ABERDEEN & NORTHERN MARTS, THAINSTONE ON 27TH SEPTEMBER 2016

Major Herd Reduction of Pedigree Simmental Cattle on behalf of D & D M Leslie, Redhill Farm, Mosstowie.

Top price on the day was 2900gns for Redhill Maisie, a Hiltonstown Valentino daughter out of a Woodhall Nando daughter, purchased by Andrew Anderson, Smallburn Farms, Plewlands, Duffus, Moray.

Second top price was 2800gns for Redhill Dixie, a Woodhall Brandon daughter out of a Woodhall Nando daughter, purchased by M/S Gill & Co, Brucefield, Portmahomack, Ross-shire.

Two lots traded at 2650gns:-

First, was Redhill Glenda, a Woodhall Brandon daughter out of a Woodhall Nando daughter, purchased by G Morrison, Inchbruich Farm, Cornhill, Banff.

At the same price was Redhill Tiffany, a Hiltonstown Valentino daughter out of a Derrycallaghan Tick-Tack daughter, was also purchased by M/S Gill & Co, Brucefield, Portmahomack, Ross-shire.

Three lots traded at 2600gns:-

First at this price was Redhill Anita 11th, a Derrycallaghan Tick-Tack daughter out of a Woodhall Nando daughter, purchased by A & A Wright, Lagavaich, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch.

Second to sell at 2600gns was Redhill Nancy, a Hiltonstown Valentino daughter out of a Derrycallaghan Tick-Tack daughter, purchased by Firm I D Ross, Coldhome, Dallas, Forres.

Third at the same price was Redhill Kay, a Hiltonstown Valentino daughter out of a Woodhall Nando daughter, purchased by M/S Gill & Co, Brucefield, Portmahomack, Ross-shire.

Selling for 2200gns was Redhill Gideon, a December 2015 son of Williams Eddie out of a Hiltonstown Valentino daughter, purchased by Mr & Mrs A Johnstone, Tannachie Farm, Drumlithie, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire.

Redhill Maisie purchased by Andrew Anderson, Smallburn Farms, Plewlands, Duffus, Moray for 2900gns

 

Averages

Cows and bull calves £2378.50

Cows and heifer calves £2467.50

Bull calves £1890

In calf heifer£2100

In calf cows £1478.15

 

 

Simmental cheque presentation

The Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has raised £3,500 for the Horizon West Children’s Hospice in Killadeas, County Fermanagh.

 

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

 

Fundraising volunteers John Graham and Yvonne Bowles thanked breeders for their generous support. “It was a very enjoyable and well organised event. The auction was great craic, and we are delighted to receive this magnificent sum of money on behalf of the Horizon West Children’s Hospice.”

 

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

The Northern Ireland Children's Hospice provides respite and end of life care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. Practical, emotional and bereavement support is also provided for the whole family. Care is provided at the Children’s Hospice buildings in Newtownabbey and Killadeas, and also in local communities across Northern Ireland.

Every year Horizon West supports over 30 life-limited children and young people, and their families, who need care that only the Children’s Hospice can provide.

The Horizon West Children’s Hospice was launched with a focus on strengthening existing services, and to offer a facility on the doorstep of families living in counties Tyrone and Fermanagh. 

Without this local facility families would have to travel to Belfast for much needed respite and care, a journey that often may not be possible for many families. 

Without the support of the local community and other charitable donations, the NI Children’s Hospice would not be able to provide this essential service for these very special children and their families.

NI Simmental Club chairman Matthew Cunning, and vice chairman Conrad Fegan, presented a cheque for £3,500 to John Graham and Yvonne Bowles, from the Horizon West Children's Hospice in Killadeas. 

NI Simmental Club chairman Matthew Cunning, and vice chairman Conrad Fegan, presented a cheque for £3,500 to John Graham and Yvonne Bowles, from the Horizon West Children's Hospice in Killadeas. 

Ballinalare & Ranfurly 2nd Production Sale 3rd September 2016

Ranfurly heifer tops Simmental

production sale at 8,800gns

Prices reached a ceiling of 8,800gns at the 2nd production sale from the noted Ballinalare Farm and Ranfurly Simmental herds, conducted by Taaffe Auctions at Dungannon.

Leading the entry from David Hazelton’s Ranfurly Herd was the much-admired Ranfurly Lady Diana 24th, winner of numerous accolades throughout the show season, and recipient of the Danske Bank Female of the Year Award.

Born in April 2014 she is by Raceview King, and out of the Dovefields Gallant daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 10th. Scanned in-calf to Omorga Murray she attracted an opening bid of 5,000gns from the packed ringside audience, and after a bidding frenzy guest auctioneer David Lowry brought his gavel down at 8,800gns, selling to telephone bidders Fovargue Bros for their Edroda Herd based at Coleorton, Coalville in Leicester.

Just minutes before the Whitemire King Kong daughter Ranfurly Blende 5th, secured a bid of 5,100gns from Jimmy and Vikki Wood, owners of the Popes Herd based at Dutton in Lancashire. This April 2014 born heifer is bred from the Raceview King daughter Ranfurly Blende 2nd. She is scanned in-calf to Omorga Murray.

Omorga Murray was behind the breeding of Ranfurly Lady Diana 26th which sold to Harry and John Moore’s Beragh-based Omorga Herd at 5,800gns. Born in April 2015, her dam is the Cleenagh Flasher daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 16th.

Also on Harry and John Moore’s shopping list at 4,300gns was the seven-month-old heifer calf Ranfurly Weikel 19th ET. Sired by Carnkern Titan, and bred from the herd’s prolific brood cow South Park King Kong Weikel 2nd, she is a full sister to the 15,000gns Ranfurly Formula 1 ET – supreme champion at Stirling in October 2015.

Following close behind at 4,250gns was the July 2014 born Ranfurly Weikel 14th. Also by Raceview King, she is bred from the Balist daughter Ranfurly Weikel 2nd. This one joins Seamus O’Kane’s Dressogue Herd at Omagh, and is in-calf to the Cleenagh Fasher son Ranfurly Confederate – purchased by the Islavale Herd at the Dirnanean dispersal sale.

Jonny Hazelton’s offering peaked at 4,500gns, realised by the 2016 Balmoral reserve junior champion Ranfurly Weikel 16th. This January 2015 Cleenagh Flasher daughter is bred from a dam by Hillcrest Champion. She sold to an undisclosed pedigree breeder in England.

The 12,000gns Dovefields Gallant was the behind the breeding of Ranfurly Lady Diana 25th. Bred from the Cleenagh Flasher daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 14th, she sold for 4,200gns and is in-calf to Raceview King. This one joins Nigel Glasgow’s Bridgewater Farm Herd at Cookstown, County Tyrone.

Topping Joe Wilson’s Ballinalare Farm offering at 3,000gns was the Omorga Murray daughter Ballinalare Farm Favourite Lady. Born in June 2014, she is bred from Ballinalare Farm Chanel - a daughter of the herd’s 20,000gns stock bull Auchorachan Wizard – supreme Perth champion in February 2010. In-calf to Hillcrest Valentine, this one joins Archie Reaney’s Cladymore pedigree herd at Mowhan, County Armagh.

The youngest heifer in the catalogue, Ballinalare Farm Honey sold at 2,800gns to Kieran Mullarkey’s Lissadell Herd at Ballinfull, County Sligo. Sired by Auchorachan Wizard, her dam is the Raceview Valintino Miracle S daughter Ballinlare Farm Allegra – first prize senior cow at Balmoral Show in May.

The nine-month-old Kilbride Farm Drennan daughter Ballinlare Farm Glamour Puss sold to Alan and Ann Kennedy’s Lurgill Herd at Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn, for 2,300gns. She is out of a Wizard daughter bred from Kilbride Farm Eunice 26R.

Taaffe Auctions confirmed a 77% clearance, with 13 Ranfurly heifers selling to average £4,180 per head, and 19 Ballinalare Farm heifers selling to level at £2,111 each.

Barry Chambers, Portadown, chats to British Simmental Cattle Society vice president Robin Boyd, Portglenone, at the 2nd production sale from the Ballinalare Farm and Ranfurly herds. 

Sale leader at 8,800gns was Ranfurly Lady Diana 24th. 

Ranfurly Blende 5th came under the hammer at 5,100gns, selling to the Popes Herd based in Lancashire. 

The youngest heifer in the catalogue was the six-month-old Ballinalare Farm Honey sold for 2,800gns.

Topping Joe Wilson's offering at 3,000gns was Ballinalare Farm Favourite Lady. 

David Hazelton, right, Dungannon, chats to English Simmental breeders Jimmy and Vikki Wood

Vendor David Hazelton, Ranfurly Herd, Dungannon, centre, with fellow Simmental breeders Leslie Weatherup, Ballyclare, and Nigel Glasgow, Cookstown. 

Fellow Simmental Breeders Cecil McIlwaine, County Tyrone & Billy Robson, County Antrim

Young Member Tour 2016 - Stock Judging Results

RESULTS

Individual Junior

1st        -           Frank Gwynne               Scotland

2nd       -           Matthew Robson           Northern Ireland

3rd       -           Daffyd Gwynne               Scotland

 

Individual Senior

1st        -           John Barlow                  England           

2nd       -           Andrew Clarke               Northern Ireland

3rd       -           Christopher Boyd          Northern Ireland

 

Team Junior

1st        -           Frank Gwynne & Daffyd Gwynne            Scotland          

2nd       -           Matthew Robson & Craig Cowan            Northern ireland

 

Team Senior

1st      -           John Barlow & Joel Tobler                     England / International

2nd       -           Andrew Clarke & Christopher Boyd         Northern Ireland

 

Reasons Winner Junior

Frank Gwynne               Scotland

 

Reasons Winner Senior

Andrew Clarke               Northern Ireland

Overall Winner

John Barlow                  England    

Reserve Overall Winner

Frank Gwynne               Scotland

Best Points Under 16

Frank Gwynne               Scotland

 

 

Lisglass herd secures Ivomec Super pairs title - Fermanagh County Show 2016

 

Lisglass herd secures

Ivomec Super pairs title

Ballyclare Simmental breeders Leslie and Christopher Weatherup were triumphant in the 2016 Ivomec Super Pair of the Year competition, held at Fermanagh County Show.

The father and son team exhibited the September 2014 born heifers Lisglass Fabulous and Lisglass Felicity. They qualified at Balmoral Show and are home-bred daughters of the 35-cow herd’s stock bull Dermotstown Delboy – male and supreme overall champion at Balmoral in 2014 and 2015.

English judge Bridget Borlase from the 120-cow Sacombe and Perrywood Herds in Hertfordshire said the winning pair stood out. “They are a true matching pair in terms of colour and type, and they parade well together.”

Six qualifying pairs competed for the prizes at the final. Standing in reserve position were two junior bulls from Joe Wilson’s Ballinlare Farm Herd based at Newry. Ballinlare Farm Goldenballs and Ballinlare Farm Galaxy qualified at Armagh Show, and are sons of the herd’s 20,000gns stock bull Auchorachan Wizard - Perth supreme champion in February 2010.

Bridget Borlase added: ”The young bulls are well fleshed and another true pair.”

Merial Animal Health’s territory sales manager Philip Clarke was on hand to congratulate the winners and present the prizes. The winners collected the prestigious Merial Crystal Decanter and a 500mls pack of Ivomec Super injection, while all finalists received a 200mls pack of Ivomec Super injection.

Almost 30 Simmentals competed for the prizes at Fermanagh County Show. Bridget Borlase praised the quality of the animals on show. “The standard of entries was high throughout all of the classes. There was no tail end, especially in the junior bull class which boasted ten very saleable young bulls.”

Taking the day’s supreme overall title was the female champion Ranfurly Lady Diana 24th, an April 2014 born Raceview King daughter bred by David Hazelton, Dungannon. “The champion oozes style and character,” said the judge. “She is a sweet heifer, long and clean, well fleshed, and parades well.”

Claiming the day’s reserve overall title was the male champion Coolcran Gladiator, a January 2015 born entry exhibited by brothers Shane and Paul McDonald, Tempo. He was sired by former stock bull Kilbride Farm Ahoghill.

“The reserve champion is a modern bull, long and clean, and square of his plates. He is well fleshed and full of breed character,” concluded Ms Borlase.

Runner-up for the female championship was Andrea and Keith Nelson’s Scribby Farms Fiona, a May 2014 born daughter of the 10,000gns herd sire Drumlone Anchor.

Securing the reserve male championship was Joe Wilson’s fourteen-month-old Auchorachan Wizard son, Ballinlare Farm Galaxy.

The DANI Rosebowl for the best performance recorded Simmental bull was awarded to Nigel Glasgow’s Bridgewater Farm Gilroy. This home-bred entry was born in March 2015, and is by Dermotstown Delboy.

Young member Conor Loane from Cookstown was crowned Simmental Stockperson of the Year.

Results from the judging ring…

Bull calf born in 2016 – 1, Kenny Veitch, Drumlone Hot Rod; 2, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Handy Andy.

Heifer calf born in 2016 – 1, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Highclass; 2, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Cutie.

Bull or heifer calf, born between 01/09/15 and 31/12/15 – 1, Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Derrycallaghan General Lee; 2, Robert Reid and Louise Wylee-Davies, Lakeside Gerry.

Bull, born on or after 01/01/15 – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Gladiator; 2, Joe Wilson, Ballinlare Farm Galaxy; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Gilroy.

Heifer, born on or after 01/01/15 – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 26th; 2, Wesley Abraham, Cleenagh Gem; 3, David McElmurry, Wellbray Good Dora.

Heifer, born between 01/07/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Fabulous; 2, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Bianca 2; 3, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Felicity.

Cow or heifer, born after 01/01/14 in-calf or with calf at foot – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 24th; 2,  Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Fiona.

Group of three, property of exhibitor – 1, Duncan McDowell.

The 2016 Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year winners were Lisglass Fabulous and Lisglass Felicity bred by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Balllyclare. Pictured at the presentation are judge Bridget Borlase, Hertfordshire; handlers Christopher Weatherup and Conor Loane; and sponsor Philip Clarke, Merial Animal Health. 

Alan and Neil Wilson, Newry, exhibited the reserve Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year winners Ballinlare Farm Goldenballs and Ballinlare Farm Galaxy. They were congratulated by judge Bridget Borlase, Hertfordshire, judge; and sponsor Philip Clarke, Merial Animal Health.

Ballymena Show 28th May 2016 - Junior Heifer Derby - Final

Simmental top breed

at Ballymena parade

New breeders Oliver and Anthony McGuinness from Eglinton won the Woodcraft Kitchens (Kilrea) Simmental junior heifer derby at Ballymena Show.

Their winning entry was the fifteen-month-old heifer Cleenagh Good Girl, described by County Cork judge Tony O’Leary as a very correct and well-muscled heifer. Bred by Adrian Richardson from Maguiresbridge, she was sired by the Raceview King son Ashland Brandy, and is out of the Omorga Murray daughter Cleenagh Vikki.

Anthony McGuinness exhibited Cleenagh Good Girl, winner of the Woodcraft Kitchens (Kiilrea) junior heifer derby at Ballymena Show. He was congratulated by sponsor Eamon McCloskey. 

Purchased for a top price of 5,400gns at the NI Simmental Club’s March show and sale in Dungannon, Cleenagh Good Girl is a foundation female for the famliy’s newly established Faughanvale Herd.

Runner-up was the January 2015 born Drumagarner Grace bred by Michael and Eamon McCloskey from Kilrea. Sired by the herd’s former Irish-bred stock bull Barnattin Wally, she is out of a home-bred dam by Glebefarm Tyson.

The Simmental section was strongly supported, with Carlisle interbreed judge Glyn Lucas awarding the £100 Dankse Bank prize for the best breed on parade to the popular continental beef breed.

Taking the day’s supreme championship was the female winner Ranfurly Lady Diana 24th from David and Jonny Hazelton’s herd in Dungannon. Sired by Raceview King, her dam is the home-bred Ranfurly Lady Diana 10th by the 12,000gns Dovefields Gallant.

Female and supreme overall champion Ranfurly Lady Diana 24th exhibited by Jonny Hazelton. Included is judge Tony O'Leary, Co Cork.

It was an all-female championship line-up with the reserve overall title going to the female runner-up Lisglass Fabulous from Ballyclare breeders Leslie and Christopher Weatherup. Sired by stock bull Dermotstown Delboy – Balmoral champion in 2014 and 2015, she is bred from the Woodhall Premier daughter Lisglass Cherry.

Reserve female and reserve supreme champion Lisglass Fabulous shown by Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. Included is Co Cork judge Tony O'Leary. 

Judge Tony O’Leary from the 14-cow Seaview Herd said it was a brilliant show. “There were some strong classes, and the tops in each were of a high standard. I had some difficult decisions to make. The overall champion is a very correct and well-grown heifer. She is the one I’d like to be taking home.”

Securing the male championship was Kilmore Gus, a February 2015 bull exhibited by Chris Traynor, Armagh. Sired by Hillcrest champion, he is bred from the Auchorachan Wizard daughter Ballinlare Farm Champagne – purchased from Joe Wilson for 6,600gns in 2012 at the joint Ballinlare Farm and Ranfurly production sale in Moira.

Peter Hughes exhibited the male champion Kilmore Gus bred by Chris Traynor, Armagh. Included is judge Tony O'Leary.

Standing in reserve position was the Dermotstown Delboy son Bridgewater Farm Gilroy bred by Nigel Glasgow from Cookstown. This fourteen-month-old bull was bred from the Raceview King daughter Ranfurly Beauty 6th.

Nigel Glasgow's Bridgewater Farm Gilroy won the reserve male championship at Ballymena Show

Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea, qualified for the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition, with the home-bred heifers Drumagarner Flynn and Drumagarner Grace.

Ballymena Show qualifiers for the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition were Drumagarner Flynn and Drumagarner Grace owned by Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea. 

First-time exhibitor Aaron Smyth, Maghera, with his fourth placed heifer Newbiemains Goldstar at Ballymena Show. Included is judge Tony O'Leary. 

Ballymena Show Simmental judge Tony O'Leary, Co Cork.

Class results from Ballymena Show include:

Heifer, born between 01/01/14 and 30/06/14 – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 24th; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Slievenagh Flirt; 3, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Kleeb 2.

Heifer, born between 01/07/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Fabulous; 2, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Felicity; 3, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Bianca 2; 4, M and E McCloskey, Drumagarner Flynn.

Bull, born between 01/01/15 and 31/08/15 – 1, Chris Traynor, Kilmore Gus; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Gilroy; 3, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Goldsmith; 4, Robin Boyd, Slievenagh Gigolo; 5, S and P McDonald, Coolcran Gladiator.

Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, JL and CJ Weatherup; 2, M and E McCloskey; 3, Nigel Glasgow.

Junior Heifer Derby, sponsored by Woodcraft Kitchens (Kilrea)- 1, Oliver McGuinness, Cleenagh Good Girl; 2, M and E McCloskey, Drumgarner Grace; 3,  JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Goldie; 4, Aaron Smyth, Newbiemains Goldie; 5, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 16th.