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

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