Rhys Grenham (Boars Head) presenting Michael Stronach (Islavale) with the New Trend Trophy for the Best Stockperson at the Stirling February Bull Sales 2017
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
Reserve Senior Champion went to Aultmore Goliath, a Banwy Bonzo 10 son from W M Patterson & Son, Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith, Moray AB55 6QT.
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
With Reserve Junior Champion going to Greencap Hulk, a Kilbride Farm Dragoon 12 son, bred by Colin Inglis.
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.
Cows and bull calves £2378.50
Cows and heifer calves £2467.50
Bull calves £1890
In calf heifer£2100
In calf cows £1478.15
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.
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.
1st - Frank Gwynne Scotland
2nd - Matthew Robson Northern Ireland
3rd - Daffyd Gwynne Scotland
1st - John Barlow England
2nd - Andrew Clarke Northern Ireland
3rd - Christopher Boyd Northern Ireland
1st - Frank Gwynne & Daffyd Gwynne Scotland
2nd - Matthew Robson & Craig Cowan Northern ireland
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
John Barlow England
Reserve Overall Winner
Frank Gwynne Scotland
Best Points Under 16
Frank Gwynne Scotland
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simmental bulls to 3,000gns
and heifers to 2,700gns
Bulls reached a ceiling of 3,000gns, while heifers sold to a top of 2,700gns, at the NI Simmental Club’s evening show and sale in Ballymena Mart.
Sale leader at 3,000gns was the first prize winning Kilbride Farm Gleno TSI+60 SRI+67, a polled entry from the Robson family – Billy, Michael and Norman, Doagh, Ballyclare. Sired by Danish-bred stock bull Sneumgaard Imperator, this fourteen-month-old bull was bred from the Crugmelyn Brenin daughter Kilbride Farm Eunice 151D. He is the breed’s top 5% for calving ease +6.2, and eye muscle area +4.6, and was snapped up by suckler herd owner Owen Miskelly from Ballynahinch, County Down.
Next best at 2,800gns was the second placed Stralongford Governor TSI+81 and SRI+ 89 bred by James Hanna, Trillick, County Tyrone. Born in February 2015, he was sired by the Raceview King son Ashland Brandy, and is out of a home-bred dam by Omorga Murray. In the breed’s top 10% for milk +9, and top 25% for calving ease +2.1, he caught the eye of Ballymena beef producer Kevin MacAuley.
Claiming the male and supreme overall championship ribbons was Ranfurly Fendt TSI+64 and SRI+65 from David and Jonny Hazelton’s Dungannon-based herd. This eighteen-month-old bull was sired by Omorga Murray, and is bred from the Carnkern Titan daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 6th. He came under the hammer at 2,700gns, selling to Owen Miskelly.
Judge Paul McDonald, Tempo, awarded the reserve male and reserve supreme championships to Lisglass Geraldo TSI+53 SRI+57, bred by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. Born in February 2015, he was sired by stock bull Dermotstown Delboy – Balmoral champion in 2014 and 2015. His dam is the Omorga Prince daughter Lisglass Venus. This one attracted a bid of 2,400gns from suckler herd owner Francis Watson, Cloughey, Co Down.
Leading the female line-up at 2,700gns was the female champion Cleenagh Gem TSI+65 SRI+75 consigned by Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge. This yearling heifer was sired by the 10,000gns Drumlone Anchor, and is bred from the Raceview King daughter Cleenagh Tipsy. She joins Wesley Abraham’s Magheracrigan Herd based at Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh.
Next best at 1,750gns was the January 2015 born Drumlone Anchor daughter Drumacritten Gwen TSI+69 SRI+83, bred by William and George Nelson, Rosslea. This second prize winner sold to Owen Miskelly.
Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, claimed the reserve female championship with Castlemount Angela 2 TSI+75 SRI+79. Born in December 2014, she was sired by former stock bull Slievenagh Bonjovi, and is out of a dam by the 12,000gns Dovefields Gallant. Buyer at 1,700gns was Philip Robb from Ballynahinch.
Commercial females peaked at £1,220 paid to Robert and William Ferguson, Stewartstown; £1,140 paid to Kingsley Bell, Aughnacloy; and £1,080 paid to Colm McConnell, Armoy.
Trade for Simmental bulls was selective, with buyers bidding on a budget. Auctioneer Graham Loughrey confirmed that 15 bulls sold to level at £2,226; while 10 pedigree females averaged £1,628 per head.
The NI Simmental Club is indebted to its sponsors, Mike Frazer from the Edenvale Simmental Herd, and Connon General Merchants.
Results from the Judging Ring…
Bull, born between 11/09/14 and 07/11/14 – 1, WD Hazelton, Ranfurly Fendt by Omorga Murray; 2, W and K Stubbs, Rehall Frederick by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, Owen McElroy, Mullanroe Frankie by Dermody Butcher.
Bull, born between08/11/14 and 07/01/15 – 1, J McCaw, Ashdale Future by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 2, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Flint by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, Chris Traynor, Kilmore Frazier by Raceview King.
Bull, born between 10/01/15 and 04/03/15 – 1, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Geraldo by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, JJ Hanna, Stralongford Governor by Ashland Brandy; 3, Stephen Millar, Glenock Gin by Kilbride Farm Newry.
Bull, born between 04/03/15 and 20/03/15 – 1, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Gleno by Sneumgaard Imperator; 2, Richard Rodgers, Hiltonstown General by Lisglass Colombus; 3, Richard Rodgers, Hiltonstown Goliath by Lisglass Colombus.
Bull, born between 22/03/15 and 25/04/15 – 1, Philip and Avril Whyte, Calfpark Gunner by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 2, Robin Boyd, Slievenagh Grant by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, Frank and Matthew Cunning, Pointfarms General by Auroch Amos.
Heifer, born between 12/10/14 and 01/12/14 – 1, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Angela 2 by Slievenagh Bonjovi; 2, JJ Hanna, Stralongford Flora by Dermody Butcher; 3, JJ Hanna, Stralongford Fauna by Dermody Butcher.
Heifer, born between 19/01/15 and 10/05/15 – 1, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Gem by Drumlone Anchor; 2, WE and GE Nelson, Drumacritten Gwen by Drumlone Anchor; 3, WE and GE Nelson, Drumacritten Geraldine by Omorga Volvo.
Sligo breeder reigns Supreme in Simmental Championship line up
Females dominated the Simmental championship line-up at this year’s Balmoral Show.
Toast of the showring was the sixteen-month-old heifer Tawley Gretta, shown by first-time Balmoral exhibitor Kieran Mullarkey who had made the trip from Ballinfull in County Sligo.
Bred by Irish breeder Declan Oats, she was purchased privately and is one of four breeding females in Mr Mullarkey’s Lissadell Herd established in 2014. Sired by Monaduff Snorter, and bred from Annadale Dainty, this much admired heifer was second in her class at Tullamore Show last year, and was Connaught Calf Champion at Ballinrobe Show.
Breed judge Vikki Woods from the 45-cow Popes Herd based in Preston, Lancashire, said the female and supreme overall champion caught her eye. “This heifer is sweet, very correct, and well grown for her age. I simply couldn’t go past her. “
Claiming the day’s reserve female and reserve supreme championship ribbons was the September 2014 born Lisglass Fabulous bred by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. Sired by stock bull Dermotstown Delboy – Balmoral champion in 2014 and 2015, her dam is the Woodhall Premier daughter Lisglass Cherry.
“The reserve champion isn’t far behind the supreme winner. They are both good cow makers, and have great futures ahead of them,” added the judge.
Brothers Shane and Paul McDonald, Tempo, scooped the male championship award with their junior bull Coolcran Gladiator. Sired by former stock bull Kilbride Farm Ahoghill, he is bred from Ashland Juliet Whirlwind – a Raceview Nigel daughter bought privately from neighbouring pedigree breeders Pat and Frank Kelly. This bull was junior champion at the inaugural Pedigree Calf Fair at Balmoral in November, and is a full brother to the 7,000gns Coolcran Dazzler – intermediate champion at Stirling in February 2014.
Nigel Glasgow, Cookstown, made his Balmoral debut to secure the reserve male championship title with the home-bred Bridgewater Farm Gilroy. Sired by Dermotstown Delboy, he is the second calf bred from Ranfurly Beauty 6th – one of 31 cows in the herd.
Kieran Mullarkey’s Tawley Gretta also scooped the junior championship award. Standing in reserve position was the second prize heifer Ranfurly Weikel 16th from David and Jonny Hazelton’s herd in Dungannon.
Results from the judging ring….
Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Challenge Trophy, for the supreme champion: Kieran Mullarkey, Tawley Gretta. Reserve: JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Fabulous.
Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union Perpetual Trophy, for the female champion: Kieran Mullarkey, Tawley Gretta. Reserve: JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Fabulous.
William Black Memorial Perpetual Cup, for the male champion: S and P McDonald, Coolcran Gladiator. Reserve: Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Gilroy.
News Letter Shield, for the junior champion: Kieran Mullarkey, Tawley Gretta. Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 16th.
NI Simmental Club Silver Award, for the best exhibit bred in Northern Ireland: JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Fabulous.
Cow, born before 01/01/13, in–calf or with calf at foot – 1, Joe Wilson, Ballinlare Farm Allegra by Raceview Valintino Miracle; 2, Nigel Hogan, Curaheen Dancer by Sterling Viking 2nd.
Cow or heifer, born in 2013, in-calf or with calf at foot – 1, Nigel Hogan, Kilbride Farm Eunice 168E by Cairnview Snazzy.
Heifer, born between 01/01/14 and 30/06/14 – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 24th by Raceview King; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Slievenagh Flirt by Auroch Amos; 3, Andrea and Keith Nelson, Scribby Farms Fiona by Drumlone Anchor.
Heifer, born between01/07/14 and 31/12/14 – 1, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Fabulous by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Felicity by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, Joe Wilson, Ballinlare Farm Fleur by Auchorachan Wizard.
Heifer, born on or after 01/01/15 – 1, Kieran Mullarkey, Tawley Gretta by Monaduff Snorter; 2, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 16th by Cleenagh Flasher; 3, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Good Girl by Ashland Brandy.
Bull, born on or before 31/12/14 – 1, Mike Frazer, Kilbride Farm Enty by Cairnveiw Snazzy.
Bull, born on or after 01/01/15 – 1, S and P McDonald, Coolcran Gladiator by Kilbride Farm Ahoghill; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Gilroy by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, Joe Wilson, Ballinlare Farm Goldenballs by Auchorachan Wizard.
Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, JL and CJ Weatherup ; 2, Joe Wilson; 3, Nigel Hogan.
Class one. Bulls born between 07.05.14 & 27.10.14
1st - Alchester Franklyn lot 4
2nd - Starline Flanagan lot 7
3rd - Storersmith Force lot 11
4th - Starline Fiddler lot 6
Class 2 Bull born between 27.10.14 & 28.11.14
1st - Starline Fagin lot 13
2nd - Heywood Franco lot 19
3rd - Farnborough Fearless lot 15
Class 3 Bull born between 29.11.14 & 02.01.15
1st - Bosahan Galileo lot.26
2nd - Winford Feltonian lot 24
3rd - Bosahan Granite lot 25
Class 4 Bull born between 03.01.15 & 07.03.2015
1st - Killiworgie George lot 28
2nd - Killiworgie Gumbo lot 27
3rd - Storersmith Gallifrey
4th - Deerhurst Grandee
Male champion went to lot 4 Alchester Franklyn with Reserve champion going to lot 7 Starline Flanagan.
Class 6 Females born in 2014
1st - lot 44 Bosahan Fleurissimo
2nd - lot Bosahan Fiori Blossom
3rd - lot 46 Fortress Flora Viola
4th - lot 42 Fortress Florence May
Class 7 Females born in 2015
1st - lot 56 Lopemede Genevieve
2nd - lot 58 Wroxall Grace - Primrose
3rd - lot 52 Bosahan Goya Tresor
4th - lot 53 Sterling Blondies Glint
Lot 56 Lopemede Genevieve was awarded Female champion. Reserve champion went to lot 44 Bosahan Fleurissimo
Overall Champion was awarded to lot 4 Alchester Franklyn. Reserve Champion went to lot 7 Starline Flanagan
Results from our first Class:
Bulls born on or between 3 May & 11 June 2014:
1st - Lot 108 - Strathisla Fawkes
2nd - Lot 107- Drumsleed Figaro
3rd - Lot 111 - Copper Mill Fredrick
4th - Lot 109 - Merkland Frankie
5th - Lot 112 - Corskie Freddo
Results from our second class:
Bulls born on or between 12 June & 5 September 2014
1st - Lot 118 - Drumsleed Fletch
2nd - Lot 120 -Team Fresco
3rd - Lot 116 - Manor Park Fabulous
4th - Lot 122 - Skerrington Ferrari
5th - Lot 115 = Keeldrum Ferrari
Results from our third class:
Bulls born on or between 6 September & 3 October 2014:
1st - Lot 129 - Aultmore Franco
2nd - Lot 134 - Mavsey Flashdance
3rd - Lot 131 - Team Fabulous
4th - Lot 133 - Coxhill Fletcher
5th - Lot 126 - Corskie Federation.
Results from our fourth class:
Bulls born on or between 4 & 25 October 2014:
1st - Lot 143 - Aultmore Fearless
2nd - Lot 145 - Westridge Finnie
3rd - Lot 138 - Falondene Folklore
4th - Lot 144 - Merkland Firework
5th - Lot 140 - Woodhall Fearsome
Results from our fifth class:
Bulls born on or between 26 October & 9 November 2014:
1st - Lot 154 - Islavale Fusilier
2nd - Lot 151 - Islavale Fiesta
3rd - Lot 148 - Drumsleed Fossil
4th - Lot 147 - Overhill House Fagan
5th - Lot 156 - Islavale Fergus
Results from our sixth Class:
Bulls born on or after 10 November 2014:
1st - Lot 161 - Saltire Flash
2nd - Lot 159 - Tilbrook Ferdie
3rd - Lot 162 - Cairnorrie Friar Truck
4th - Lot 158 - Annick Freedom
5th - Lot 164 - Mavsey Goofy
Dafydd Jones awarded Champion to Lot 129 from the WH Patterson & Son, Aultmore Franco with Reserve going to Lot 154, Islavale Fusilier
Junior Stock Judging results - Under 21 winner was awarded to Laura Green (pictured with David Craig) Over 21 and Overall Winner was awarded to Tom Bruce who unfortunately had to leave before the prize giving. Well done to everyone who took part
The Carlisle Spring sale which included the Leading Ladies was judged by Mr Robin Boyd of Slievenagh Farm, 78 Ballynafie Road, Portglenone, County Antrim.
Topping the trade on the day at 5000gns was the Leading Ladies Champion Corskie Enita from Mr W J & J Green of Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7NN. This Greencap Ace daughter out of a Kilbride Farm Tarrant daughter was purchased by Mr D C Houldey, Kirtleton House, Waterbeck, Lockerbie, DG11 3HD.
Also selling at 5000gns was the Reserve Leading Ladies Champion Midhope Entise from Mr W J Hollingsworth, Midhope Hall Farm, Midhopestones, Sheffield S36 4GW. A Delfur Chas daughter out of a Corskie Wealth daughter, she was sold to Mr P V Jolliffe of Star Green Farm, Cotton Oakmoor, Stoke on Trent, Staffs, ST10 3BL
Nexttop price at 3600gns was Corskie Easter also from Mr W J & J Green of Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7NN. This Corskie Bowen daughter out of a Islavale Sabre daughter was purchased by Mr N A Shand of Cairnorrie Farm, Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7BU.
Leading Ladies averages – Eight served heifers @ £3517.50; five maiden heifers @ £2005.50
Williams @ £1614
Blackpool @ £1846
Starnhill @ £1417
Blakewell @ £1746
Selling at 4700gns the top price bulland Male Champion was Midhope Farmer's Friend from Mr W J Hollingsworth, Midhope Hall Farm, Midhopestones, Sheffield S36 4GW. This Delfur Chas son out of a Corskie Wealth daughter was purchased by Auchencheyne Ltd, Auchencheyne Cottages, Moniaive, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 4EW.
Second top price at 4600gns was Corskie Flynn from Mr W J & J Green of Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7NN. A Dirnanean Bradley son out of an Islavale Sabre daughter was sold to Newbottle Estate Farms, Forceleap Farm, Hinten in the Hedges, Brackley, Northants, NN13 5PJ.
Next, selling at 4400gns was Corskie Fries also from Mr W J & J Green of Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7NN. This Dirnanean Bradley son out of a Strathisla Nugget daughter was purchased by J Muir & Son of Cleughbrae Farm, Mouswald, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire DG1 4JS.
Next, at4200gns was Denizes Fortune from Mr M A Barlow of Four Oaks, Ulnes, Walton Lane, Nr Leyland, Lancashire, PR26 8LT. An Auroch Ace son out of an Ashland Tornado daughter, he was purchased by R C Robinson, Woodcock Hill Farm, Church Lane, Pannal, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1NQ.
18 bulls averaged @ £3348.33.