Ranfurly Red-Letter Day

Judge praises quality of Simmental’s at NI National Show

 By Julie Hazelton

 A tremendous show with an incredible standard of livestock was how British Simmental Cattle Society president Michael Barlow described the breed’s inaugural NI National Show.

 Mr Barlow from the noted Denizes Herd based in Lancashire, said he thoroughly enjoyed judging the event, held in conjunction with the 179th Omagh Show.

 More than 50 entries from herds across the Province competed for a share of the £4,000 prize fund.

 NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club chairman Conard Fegan congratulated the exhibitors on a great show, and thanked principal sponsor Danske Bank, and the numerous agricultural and local businesses for their generous support. “It’s fantastic to see such a great turnout of cattle, and we were overwhelmed by the number of spectators in attendance.”

 Stealing the show was the much-admired junior bull Ranfurly Jameson bred by breed stalwart David Hazelton from Dungannon. This eighteen-month-old entry caught the eye of Michael Barlow to secure the junior, male and supreme overall championship awards. He also claimed the DANI Rosebowl for the best performance recorded bull.

 Sired by the noted Raceview King, this bull is out of the home-bred Carnkern Titan daughter Ranfurly Weikel 17th. He also secured the breed’s junior, male and supreme championship ribbons at Balmoral Show in May.

Ranfurly Jameson was junior champion, male champion and supreme overall champion at the NI National Simmental Show, held at Omagh.

 Michael Barlow commented: “The overall champion is a fine example of the Simmental breed. He has great conformation, good legs and feet, and oozes breed character.”

 It turned out to be a red-letter day for David and Jonny Hazelton, who won five first prize rosettes and a string of championship sashes and trophies. Their haul of plaudits included the reserve supreme championship, and the female and reserve female titles. The Ranfurly Herd – established more than 40 years ago – won the prize for the exhibitor gaining the most points at the show.

The Ranfurly Herd, Dungannon, won the supreme and reserve championships at the NI National Simmental Show at Omagh. Pictured from left: Adrian Adams and Rodney Brown, Danske Bank; judge Michael Barlow, Lancashire; Jonny and David Hazelton and David Lowry; and Kilian McDonnell, Danske Bank.

Claiming the female and reserve supreme championship awards was the three-year-old cow Ranfurly Weikel 18th VG87, shown with her January born Cleenagh Flasher heifer calf at foot.

Female and reserve supreme champion was the Hazelton family’s Ranfurly Weikel 18th shown with heifer calf at foot.

 Sired by Raceview King, Ranfurly Weikel 18th VG87, is bred from the Hillcrest Champion daughter Ranfurly Weikel 11th EX90. She was Simmental champion at Lurgan Show, and reserve champion at Armagh Show.

 Her full sister Ranfurly Weikel 23rd secured the reserve female championship. This two-year-old heifer was female champion at Balmoral.

Reserve female champion was the Intermediate heifer class winner Ranfurly Weikel 23rd. Jonny Hazelton is pictured with Ian Stewart, Parklands Veterinary Group, class sponsor.

 The January 2018 Cleenagh Jessica claimed the reserve junior championship for Robert and Julie Stinson from Enniskillen. Purchased at the Cleenagh dispersal sale last year, this heifer is one of three foundation females in the Roscultan Herd.

 Sired by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral champion Dermotstown Delboy, her dam is the Bridgemount Vixon daughter Stralongford Courtney. The Stinson’s made their showring debut at Balmoral, winning the reserve junior and reserve female championships at the 151st show.

Julie Stinson, Enniskillen, exhibited the reserve junior champion Cleenagh Jessica. Making the presentation are Michael Barlow, judge; and Kilian McDonnell, Danske Bank.

 The five-month-old bull calf Breaghey Kingdom secured the reserve male championship for Andrew and Zara Clarke, Tynan, County Armagh. Sired by Omorga Regan, he is bred from the Kilbride Farm Newry daughter Breaghey Beatrice – one of 14 cows in the herd.

Five-month-old Breaghey Kingdom, owned by Andrew and Zara Clarke, Tynan, was the winner of the bull calf class.

Reserve male champion was Breaghey Kingdom bred by Andrew Clarke, Tynan. Adding their congratulations are Adrian Adams and Kilian McDonnell, Danske Bank.

Results from the NI National Show include:

 Cow, any age, sponsored by ABP Newry – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 18th VG87 by Raceview King.

 Senior heifer, born between 01/01/17 and 30/06/17, sponsored by John Thompson and Sons Ltd – 1, Jonathan Henderson, Newbiemains Intrepid by Newbiemains Golden Eye; 2, Jonathan Henderson, Drumsamney Cara’s Snowdrop by Banwy Wonderboy.

 Intermediate heifer, born between 01/07/17 and 31/12/17, sponsored by Parklands Veterinary Group– 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 23rd by Raceview King; 2, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Isla by Ranfurly Confederate; 3, Andrew and Zara Clarke, Breaghey Leading Lady by Woodhall Everhart; 4, David Carson, Lissadell Jezebel by Curaheen Vio.

 Junior heifer, born between 01/01/18 and 30/06/18, sponsored by Woodcraft Kitchens (Kilrea) – 1, Julie Stinson, Cleenagh Jessica by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, Robin Boyd, Slievenagh Jewel P by Kilbride Farm Glenhead; 3, Gareth Wilson, Rathnashan Kit Kat Cara by Kilbride Farm Comber; 4, Julie Stinson, Roscultan Jemima by Dermotstown Delboy.

 Junior heifer, born between 01/07/18 and 31/12/18, sponsored by Animax – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Lady Jasmine by Omorga Murray; 2, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Jelly Bean by Curaheen Dickens; 3, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Judy by Curaheen Dickens; 4, Cecil and Scott McIlwaine, Corrick Jayne by Curaheen Dickens.

 Heifer calf, born in 2019, sponsored by Millar Meats – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 30th by Cleenagh Flasher; 2, HC Stubbs and AA Burleigh, Derrycallaghan Kalmaty Jane by Team Celtic; 3, Shane O’Neill, Drumcook Shirley by Omorga Baldwin.

 Junior bull, born between 01/01/18 and 30/04/18, sponsored by T-MET – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Jameson by Raceview King; 2, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Jeronimo by Team Celtic; 3, HC Stubbs and AA Burleigh, Derrycallaghan Jacko by Omorga Volvo; 4, John Moore, Omorga Joel by Mullyknock Gallant.

 Junior bull, born between 01/05/18 and 31/08/18, sponsored by Teemore Engineering – 1, HC Stubbs and AA Burleigh, Derrycallaghan Jackpot by Popes Laird; 2, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Joop by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Jasper by Mullyknock Gallant.

 Junior bull, born between 01/09/18 and 31/12/18, sponsored by RS Concrete – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Jameson by Ashland Brandy; 2, Cecil and Scott McIlwaine, Corrick Judge by Curaheen Gunshot; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Jazzman by Curaheen Dickens; 4, John Moore, Omorga Joshua by Dermotstown Delboy.

 Bull calf, born in 2019, sponsored by Huttons Butchers – 1, Andrew and Zara Clarke, Breaghey Kingdom by Omorga Regan; 2, Peter Stratton, Glengesh Kingsman by Kilbride Farm Dragoon.

 Pair, property of exhibitor, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 23rd and Ranfurly Jameson; 2, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Lady Jasmine and Coolcran Jameson; 3, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Jellybean and Scribby Farms Judy; 4, Julie Stinson, Cleenagh Jessica and Roscultan Jemima.

 Young handler, 8 to 12 years-old, sponsored by Johnston Agri – 1, Thomas McAllister; 2, Jason Little.

 Young handler, 13 to 18 years-old, sponsored by Warren Kerr Agri Supplies – 1, Molly Bradley.

David Hazelton, Dungannon, won the award for the exhibitor gaining the most points at the National Show. He receive the award from Laura Kennedy, Fane Valley.

Shane McDonald, Tempo, exhibited Coolcran Lady Jasmine, winner of the junior heifer class. Included is sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Winner of the senior heifer class was Newbiemains Intrepid exhibited by Jonathan Henderson, Desertmartin.

Alan Burleigh exhibited junior bull class winner Derrycallaghan Jackpot at the NI National Simmental Show, held at Omagh.

Shane and Paul McDonald’s Coolcran Jameson was a junior bull class winner at the NI National Simmental Show.

Cleenagh Jessica, owned by Julie Stinson, Enniskillen, was the winner of the junior heifer class.

Ranfurly Weikel 30th exhibited by Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon, was the winner of the heifer calf class. Making the presentation is sponsor Stephen Millar, Millar Meats.

Lance Woods, Boehringer Ingelheim, congratulates Jonny Hazelton and Kyle Hayes on winning the class for the best pair of cattle owned by exhibitor.

Molly Bradley, Armagh, was the winner of the senior young handler class at the NI National Simmental Show. Included is British Simmental Cattle Society Michael Barlow who judged at the Omagh event.

The DANI Rosebowl for the best performance recorded Simmental bull was won by David Hazelton, Dungannon. Adding his congratulations is Neil McIlwaine, Euro Auctions, sponsor.

Thomas McAllister, Dungannon, was the winner of the junior young handlers class at the NI National Simmental Show.

Pictured at the junior championship presentation at the NI National Simmental Show are, from left: Kilian McDonnell, Danske Bank; judge Michael Barlow; Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon; Julie Stinson, Enniskillen; Adrian Adams and Rodney Brown, Danske Bank.

Shane and Paul McDonald’s Coolcran Lady Jasmine was the winner of the junior heifer class at the NI National Simmental Show, held at Omagh.

Prize winning Simmental young handler Jason Little.

Junior bulls lead Simmental championship line-up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Results from the judging ring include:

 SPECIALS

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLASSES

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ballymena Sale 8th May 2019

Champion tops Ballymena Simmental sale at 2,900gns

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

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

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

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

Ballymena Simmental judge Keith Nelson from Rosslea, County Fermanagh.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results from the judging ring:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results from the judging ring:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pedigree Simmental heifer is top prize in charity raffle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ranfurly Impeccable

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

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

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

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

Ranfurly Weikel 18th

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

Cleenagh Ivy

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

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

Whitdrum Lady Della

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

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

Lisglass Impressor

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

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

Lisglass Helena

Results from the show ring:

Specials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Classes

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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. 

Simmental cheque presentation

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ballinalare & Ranfurly 2nd Production Sale 3rd September 2016

Ranfurly heifer tops Simmental

production sale at 8,800gns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lisglass herd secures

Ivomec Super pairs title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results from the judging ring…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simmental top breed

at Ballymena parade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Class results from Ballymena Show include:

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

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

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

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

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

Ballymena Sale 25th May 2016

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.

Norman Robson exhibited the first prize winning Kilbride Farm Gleno sold for a top price of 3,000gns. He was congratulated by Paul McDonald, judge. 

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.

Male and supreme overall champion was Ranfurly Fendt sold for 2,700gns. Jonny Hazelton is pictured with judge Paul McDonald, Tempo.

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.

Reserve male and reserve supreme champion was Lisglass Geraldo sold for 2,400gns. Christopher Weatherup is pictured with judge Paul McDonald. 

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.

Female Champion was Cleenagh Gem sold for 2,700gns by Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge. Included is judge Paul McDonald, Tempo. 

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.

Reserve female champion was Duncan McDowell's Castlemount Angela 2 sold for 1,700gns. Handler Richard McKeown was congratulated by judge Paul McDonald, Tempo.

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.

Balmoral Show May 2016

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….

Championships

Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Challenge Trophy, for the supreme champion: Kieran Mullarkey, Tawley Gretta. Reserve: JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Fabulous.

Tawley Gretta - Supreme, Female & Junior Champion

Lisglass Fabulous - Reserve Supreme, Reserve Female  & NI Simmental Club Silver Award for the Best Exhibit bred in Northern Ireland.

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.

Coolcran Gladiator - Male Champion

Bridgewater Farm Gilroy - Reserve Male Champion

News Letter Shield, for the junior champion: Kieran Mullarkey, Tawley Gretta. Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 16th.

Ranfurly Weikel 16th - Reserve Junior Champion

NI Simmental Club Silver Award, for the best exhibit bred in Northern Ireland: JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Fabulous.

Class Results

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.

 

 

 

Ballymena Show to host Simmental heifer derby

The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has announced that its Woodcraft Kitchens (Kilrea) Junior Heifer Derby will take place at Ballymena Show on Saturday 28th May.

Open to heifers born in 2015, the heifer derby carries a total prize fund of £400, and will be judged by Tony O’Leary from the noted Seaview Herd based at Ballincollig, County Cork.

There are three classes in the heifer derby – 1/1/15 to 30/4/15; 1/5/15 to 31/8/15 and 1/9/15 to 31/12/15.

The schedule for County Antrim Agricultural Association’s Ballymena Show includes a variety of classes for Simmental cows, heifers, bulls, and is also a qualifier for the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition. The event is a nominated points show for the Danske Bank Male and Female of the Year Awards.

Entries close on Friday 6th May.

View the schedule online at www.ballymenashow.co.uk, or contact the secretary Janet Hume on tel: 028 2565 2666.

Discussing plans for the NI Simmental Club's Woodcraft Kitchen (Kilrea) Junior Heifer Derby are, from left: Robin Boyd, County Antrim Agricutural Association; sponsor Eamon McCloskey; and club chairman Matthew Cunning. 

Discussing plans for the NI Simmental Club's Woodcraft Kitchen (Kilrea) Junior Heifer Derby are, from left: Robin Boyd, County Antrim Agricutural Association; sponsor Eamon McCloskey; and club chairman Matthew Cunning.