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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Kilbride Farm leads Dungannon Simmental trade at 3,000gns twice

Male and supreme overall champion at the NI Simmental Club's spring show and sale, Dungannon, was Kilbride Farm Eric ET shown by Michael Robson, Doagh. Adding their congratulations are Andrew Clarke, Tynan, judge; and Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank, sponsor.
Male and supreme overall champion at the NI Simmental Club's spring show and sale, Dungannon, was Kilbride Farm Eric ET shown by Michael Robson, Doagh. Adding their congratulations are Andrew Clarke, Tynan, judge; and Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank, sponsor.

Simmental bulls reached a ceiling of 3,000gns twice at the Northern Ireland Club’s spring show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

Joint sale leader was the day’s male and supreme overall champion Kilbride Farm Eric ET bred by Billy Robson OBE, and sons Michael and Norman, from Doagh, County Antrim. Sired by the 15,000gns Cairnview Snazzy, this naturally polled bull is out of a home-bred dam by the Danish sire Lamhoj Supery. Two full brothers averaged 7,000gns in Stirling.

He is in the breed’s top 5% for eye muscle area +4.3, and terminal sire index +86, and in the top 10% for self replacing index +87.  This November 2013 born entry was snapped up by T McCartney, Jerrettspass, Newry.

Judge Andrew Clarke from the 8-cow Breaghey herd based Tynan, County Armagh, described the champion as a long, well fleshed bull with nice hindquarters and a good thick loin.”

Also selling at 3,000gns was the Robson family’s second prize winner Kilbride Farm Earl TSI+68 SRI+76. Sired by the Ardadoney Volvo son Kilbride Farm Barrister, he is bred from the Cairnview Snazzy daughter Kilbride Farm Dora 40B. Highest bidder on this eighteen-month-old bull was V Ferguson, Dungannon.

Next best at 2,800gns was the third placed Corrick Exodus TSI +66 SRI+77 consigned by Cecil and Hazel McIlwaine, and sons Scott and Neil, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone. Sired by stock bull Carbery Carribbean, this November 2013 entry is out of a home-bred dam by Carnkern Titan. In the breed’s top 10% for eye muscle area +3.5, he sold to Norman Hammond, Stewartstown, County Tyrone.

The Robson family were in the money again at 2,400gns, realised by the second prize winning Kilbride Farm Eagle TSI+71 SRI+76. He was sired by stock bull Crugmelyn Brenin, and is out of a home-bred dam by the popular Kilbride Farm Newry. In the top 5% for eye muscle area, this November 2013 born bull sold to Malcolm Fleming, Magherafelt, County Londonderry.

Andrew Clarke awarded the reserve male championship to Haystar Eclipse TSI+67 SRI+69, an October 2013 born Omorga Murray son bred by Gavin Hayes, and sons Kyle, James and Sam, Upper Ballinderry, County Antrim.  He was bred from the Hillcrest Champion daughter Carralavin Winford – one of six breeding females in the herd. This one failed to meet his reserve and returned home unsold.

Claiming the female and reserve supreme championship awards sponsored by Danske Bank was the September 2013 born Knockreagh Emily exhibited by the father and son team of Val and Conrad Fegan, Rostrevor, County Down. She was sired by the 20,000gns Stirling junior and supreme champion Auchorachan Wizard, and is out of a home-bred dam by Omorga Volvo. Buyer at 2,600gns was judge Andrew Clarke.

“This is a lovely sweet heifer. She is long and oozes femininity.”

The Fegan’s 8-cow herd founded in 2003 also produced the reserve female champion Knockreagh Ella Rose. This October 2013 Auchorachan Wizard daughter secured a bid of 2,300gns from K Bell, Aughnacloy, County Tyrone.

There was a solid demand for commercial Simmental heifers with prices soaring to £775 over weight. The commercial section was sponsored by Millburn Concrete, Cookstown.

Maiden heifers ranged in weight from 335kgs to 595kgs, with prices peaking at £1,270, £1,250 and £1,160.

In-calf heifers peaked at £1,380, £1,280 twice and £1,240.

Averages: 6 pedigree bulls £2,590; 3 pedigree heifers £2,257.

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club chairman Richard Rodgers is pictured at the club's Dungannon show and sale with Malcolm Thom, Millburn Concrete, sponsor of the sale's commercial section.
NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club chairman Richard Rodgers is pictured at the club's Dungannon show and sale with Malcolm Thom, Millburn Concrete, sponsor of the sale's commercial section.
Female and reserve supreme champion was Knockreagh Emily which sold at 2,600gns for Conrad Fegan, Rostrevor. Also pictured are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank, sponsor.
Female and reserve supreme champion was Knockreagh Emily which sold at 2,600gns for Conrad Fegan, Rostrevor. Also pictured are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank, sponsor.
Reserve female champion was Conrad Fegan's Knockreagh Ella Rose which sold for 2,300gns. Included are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and sponsor Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank.
Reserve female champion was Conrad Fegan's Knockreagh Ella Rose which sold for 2,300gns. Included are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and sponsor Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank.
Reserve male champion was Haystar Eclipse whon by Kyle Hayes, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn. Included are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and sponsor Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank.
Reserve male champion was Haystar Eclipse whon by Kyle Hayes, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn. Included are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and sponsor Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank.
Taking a keen interest in the judging at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club's Dungannon show and sale are, from left: Tom Bogue, Brookeborough; Neil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart; vice chairman Matthew Cunning, Glarryford; and William Ferguson, Stewartstown.
Taking a keen interest in the judging at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club's Dungannon show and sale are, from left: Tom Bogue, Brookeborough; Neil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart; vice chairman Matthew Cunning, Glarryford; and William Ferguson, Stewartstown.
Spectators around the showring at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club spring show and sale, Dungannon.
Spectators around the showring at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club spring show and sale, Dungannon.

Strong entry for Agri Expo Calf Show

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A new high entry of 46 calves proves the 2014 show is still going from strength to strength. This year's judge, Mr Andy Ryder, from Carlisle, had his work cut out in some good classes of quality stock. Coming through as junior champion to clinch the overall title was  was Deerhurst Fern from the Van Der Gucht family. This Penwern Amber daughter is out of Deerhurst Bridesmaid and was on her first show outing.

Then following close behind her was the reserve junior and reserve overall Popes Foreman from Jimmy and Vicky Wood and shown by son Harry Wood. This son of the 20,000gns Kilbride Farm Comber is out of Popes Princess Bella.

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The senior championship win went to the Barlow Bros with Denizes Beauty, an Ashland Tornado daughter out of Ranfurly Beauty 5, while reserve senior was Sterling Fiesta’s Ellie from the same class. This one from Boddington Estates is by Sterling Cotswold and to of Thursford Fiesta 8.

Back in the normal running of classes, standing top of the line in the first class was Denizes Exclusive 13, again from Barlow Bros. This ET-bred Cairnview Snazzy son is out of top price heifer bought from the Ranfurly sale, Ranfurly Beauty 5 th. He's already been sold privately to Genus.

Winning the second class was the ET-bred Popes Barclay son Sterling Eurostar from Boddington Estates. Standing in second place was Rosten E male by Camus Beaver and out of the Wednesday cow family.

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The third class saw the Wood family stand top with their reserve overall champion and second to them was Sterling Felix, an ET-bred Dovefields Gallant son.

The fourth class of the day was the baby bulls and standing top was the Popes team again, this time with Popes Freeman, by Atlow Awesome and again from the successful Princess cow family. Taking the second place rosette was Sterling Ferdinand from Boddington Estates. This one was another by senior herd sire Sterling Cotswold.

Leading the fifth class was J and J M Sanders with their heifer Bavington Susie 3rd, a Blackford Bullfinch 10 daughter out of a home bred Salisbury Triumph daughter.

Class six saw the senior and reserve champion come from here from the Barlow Bros and then the Boddington team.

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Meanwhile, the overall champion led the next class with Sterling Celias Fifi from Boddington Estate standing second.

In the youngest heifer class N and N Gwynne stood top with Chestermann Ringleader Lulu 3, a Blackford Ringleader daughter.

Winning the Semex sponsored pairs was the Wood family with their 2 bulls, Foreman and Freeman, in reserve was Boddington Estates.

Simmental females in demand at Dungannon

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A buoyant trade for Simmental females at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart resulted in pedigree heifers selling to a top of 2,000gns; while commercial entries peaked at £1,110 over their weight. Sale leader in the pedigree section was the fourth placed Coolcrannel Edna bred by Willie Phair from Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh. Born in April 2013, she is a daughter of the former 10,000gns Stirling champion Drumlone Anchor, and is out of a home-bred dam by Dripsey Super King. Buyer was David Toner from Camlough, County Armagh.

Two lots came under the hammer of auctioneer Trevor Wylie at 1,700gns each. First to sell was the fifth placed Woodford Paula 2nd from Thelma and Peter Gorman’s Armagh-based herd. Almost two-years-old, she is by the popular AI sire Kilbride Farm Newry, and is out of the herd’s prize winning show cow Woodford Paula. This heifer was shown successfully throughout the summer, and was snapped up by Peter Jordan from Dungannon, County Tyrone.

Also selling at 1,700gns was Castlemount Vienna, a second prize winner by Omorga Volvo, bred and exhibited by Duncan McDowell from Newtownards, County Down. Her dam was the Slievenagh Fantastic daughter, Slievenagh Vienna – purchased privately for the 15-cow herd founded in 2011.

The pre-sale show was judged by the club’s vice-chairman Matthew Cunning, Glarryford, and generously sponsored by Animax – manufacturers of the leading bolus brand Tracesure.

Claiming the day’s female and reserve supreme championship awards was Breaghey Elberta, an April 2013 born Dripsey Super King daughter offered for sale by Wesley Abraham from Irvinestown, County Fermanagh. She was bred from the Derrycallaghan Hamilton daughter Corrick Vida - 3,100gns Dungannon female champion in spring 2009. This heifer failed to meet her reserve and was withdrawn from the salering.

The reserve female championship went to Ballinlare Farm Dancer, a twenty-three-month-old heifer from Joe Wilson’s herd at Newry, County Down. Sired by the herd’s 20,000gns Stirling champion Auchorachan Wizard, she is out of a home-bred dam by the noted Camus Brandy. This heifer was shown throughout the summer, and despite a bid of 3,000gns she returned home unsold.

The male and supreme overall championship awards went to the May 2013 born Castlemount Ernie bred by Duncan McDowell. Sired by the Hillcrest Champion son Curaheen Vio, he was bred from a dam carrying the Slievenagh prefix.

Taking the reserve male championship was Ballinlare Farm Equaliser, a May 2013 born Auchorachan Wizard son exhibited by Joe Wilson. He is out of a home-bred dam by former stock bull Innerwick Krackerjack.

A draft entry from Andy Weatherup’s herd at Larne saw prices peak at 1,800gns, realised by the October 2007 born Ballyvallough Valerie. Sired by Omorga Shogun, she is out of a home-bred Glebefarm Marksman daughter. Included in the price was her unregistered heifer calf, and a confirmed pregnancy to Slimero Everest.

The commercial section of the sale met a solid trade with in-calf heifers peaking at £1,750 and £1,550 paid to C Daly from Benburb, County Tyrone. Next best at £1,500 and £1,450 were in-calf heifers bred by Seamus Casey, Dungannon.

Maiden heifers topped at £266 per 100 kilos, paid to David Henderson, Tamlaght, County Fermanagh, for a 465kgs heifer at £1,240. He also realised £1,200 for a 490kgs heifer (£245); and £1,200 for a 480kgs heifer (£250). Leslie Weatherup, Ballyclare, 405kgs at £1,000 (£247); and Messrs Rice, Castlewellan, County Down, 490kgs at £1,200 (£245).

A spokesman for the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club commented that bull trade reflected the current economic climate. “We had a small entry of bulls. Buyers were sticking to a budget, which unfortunately for the vendors, fell short of their expectations. The autumn sale can be tricky for bulls.

“However, trade for pedigree and commercial females remains strong, as suckler herd owners continue to recognise the breed’s sought-after characteristics– fertility, milk and mothering ability, and docility.”

Female and reserve supreme champion was Breaghey Elberta shown by Wesley Abraham, Irvinestown. Included are judge Matthew Cunning, Glarryford; and sponsor Neil Acheson, Animax.

Alan Wilson, Newry, exhibited the reserve female champion Ballinlare Farm Dancer. Also pictured are judge Matthew Cunning, Glarryford; and sponsor Neil Acheson, Animax.

Male and supreme overall champion was Castlemount Ernie bred by Duncan McDowell, Newtownards. Handler Richard McKeown was congratualted by Matthew Cunning, judge, Glarryford; and Neil Acheson, Animax, sponsor.

Reserve male champion was Ballinlare Farm Equaliser shown by Neil Wilson, Newry. Included are judge Matthew Cunning, Glarryford; and sponsor Neil Acheson, Animax.

Averages: 10 pedigree heifers £1,670 in an 84% clearance; one cow with calf at foot £1,890.

Simmental club raises £11,000 for charity

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The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has presented a cheque for £11,000 to Friends of the Cancer Centre based at Belfast City Hospital. 

The money is the proceeds of the club’s annual charity BBQ and auction, which was boosted by a raffle organised by club members Pat and Kathleen Kelly, from Tempo, County Fermanagh.

Charity trustees Jim Gamble and Avril Graham said: “This is an exceptional amount of money for a very worthy cause. It is a great privilege to accept the cheque on behalf of Friends of the Cancer Centre, and we are truly grateful to the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club for its generous contribution.”

Speaking at the club’s annual BBQ, held recently in Dungannon Rugby Club, the charity’s fund raising manager Claire Hogarth said:” Friends of the Cancer Centre makes a meaningful difference to thousands of patients and their families annually.

“Funds raised will go towards patient comfort and care, complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, massage and reflexology; as well as research and clinical trials. We also provide clinical nurse specialists and information and support.”

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club chairman Richard Rodgers thanked everyone who supported this year’s fund raising efforts. “We had a fantastic night, with a great crowd and excellent food. More importantly we raised a staggering £11,000 for Friends of the Cancer Centre.

“I would like to thank the committee and everyone who contributed to the success of the evening, especially the ladies who provided the salads and the delicious desserts; and those who donated prizes for the raffle and items for the auction. Thanks also to Colin Harbinson from The Meat Joint in Antrim who supplied and partly sponsored the steak; and to Dungannon Rugby Club for its excellent facilities.”

Pat Kelly added:”A big thank you to everyone who supported this year’s charity. It was a huge success, and this phenomenal amount of money is testimony to the hard work and dedication of a collective body of people.”

Winning ticket holders included:

Kevin Leonard, Enniskillen - Two nights B&B for two people at the Slieve Russell hotel in Derrylin.

Tony Kelly, Tempo  - One tonne of Excelsior pedigree feed from Fane Valley.

Bernie Traynor, Draperstown - Mid-week B&B stay for two people in a lake view room at the Lough Erne Golf Resort and Spa.

Gabriel Williamson, Enniskillen - £200 Marks and Spencer voucher

Paul Campbell, Tempo -  Meal for two at the award-winning MacNean Restaurant at Blacklion, County Cavan, and a cookery book signed by celebrity chef Neven Maguire.

The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has been hosting its charity BBQ at Dungannon Rugby Club for 23 years, and during that time has raised almost £100,000 for local charities.

Lee, Amy and Robert Wilson pictured at the NI Simmental Club's annual charity BBQ, Dungannon. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Enjoying the Simmental  Club's BBQ are Christopher Boyd and Adele McKeown, Portglenone. Picture: Julie Hazelton

John and Julie Jardine, with Jordan Clydesdale and Amanda Hutchinson, Ballyroney, at the Simmental Club's annual charity BBQ. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Leonard McLaughlin and Gillian Mulholland, Portglenone, enjoyed the Simmental Club's annual charity BBQ. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Enjoying the Simmental BBQ are Patsy and Kate McDonald, and Pat and Kathleen Kelly, from Tempo. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Drawing the winning raffle tickets are club chairman Richard Rodgers, Claire Hogarth, Friends of the Cancer Centre, and club member and organiser Pat Kelly. Picture: Julie Hazelton

The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club raised £11,000 for Friends of the Cancer Centre. The charity's trustees Jim Gamble and Avril Graham are pictrued receiving the cheque from Pat and Kathleen Kelly, and club chairman Richard Rodgers. Looking on are club committee members. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Pictured at the Simmental Club BBQ are Val, Maureen, Conrad and Donna Fegal from Rostrevor. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Simmental breeders Joe and Phyllis Wilson, Newry, enjoyed the club's annual BBQ. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Jonny, Julie, David and Jackalyn Hazelton, Dungannon, pictured at the NI Simmental Club's annual charity BBQ. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, and fiancee Laura McLean. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Simmental Club treasurer Leslie Weatherup, vice chairman Matthew Cunning, and secretary Robin Boyd, pictured at the club's charity BBQ and auction. Picture: Julie Hazelton

The Carson family, David, Mary, Gillian, Adrian and Darren, from Garrison, County Fermanagh, pictured at the Simmental Club BBQ. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Club chairman Richard Rodgers, and treasurer Leslie Weatherup, with Colin Harbinson from The Meat Joint in Antrim, who provided and partly sponsored the steak for the BBQ. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Show finale for Simmental breeders at Enniskillen

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Simmental enthusiasts turned out in force for the continental breed’s show season finale at Fermanagh County Show.

The Enniskillen venue has a long-standing tradition of hosting the Male and Female of the Year awards, which have been sponsored by Danske Bank (formerly Northern Bank) for almost twenty years; and the Merial-sponsored Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year final which is now in its ninth year.

The Simmental entry dominated the cattle section at the show, with County Laois judge Garrett Behan taking over three hours to make his judgements in the various classes.

The junior bull class winner Omorga Eli, bred by John Moore, Beragh, emerged as the day’s male and supreme overall champion. Shown by Moses Irwin, and John’s daughter Cara, this eighteen-month-old entry was sired by Ashland Brandy and is out of a home-bred dam. Destined for Stirling in October, this bull was Simmental and interbreed beef champion at Omagh Show in July.

Claiming the reserve position on the winners’ podium was the second prize winning junior bull Slievenagh Extra Special, bred by the Boyd family – Robin, Darla, Christopher and Jamie, who run a herd of 25 cows at Portglenone. Born in April 2013 he was sired by Kilbride Farm Bantry.

Seven pairs of cattle turned out for the final of the prestigious Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition. They qualified over the past few months at nominated shows across the country.

After careful consideration Garrett Behan awarded the 2014 plaudits to the junior bull duo Slievenagh Emperor and Silevenagh Extra Special bred and exhibited by Robin Boyd and family. They qualified at Balmoral Show in May.

Merial Animal Health’s area manager Philip Clarke was on hand to congratulate the winners and present the prizes. “We are proud of our long association with the NI Simmental Club. It has been another fantastic competition, with seven exceptional pairs of cattle qualifying for today’s final. Well done to everyone involved.”

The reserve award in the pairs competition went to Duncan McDowell from Newtownards, who exhibited the home-bred heifers Castlemount Modesty and Castlemount Bianca. They qualified at Lurgan Show in June. Bianca was born in October 2012 and is by Curaheen Tyson, while the September 2012 born Modesty is a daughter of Arkmill Franklyn.

Once again the Simmental Male and Female of the Year awards sponsored by Danske Bank were hotly contested, with breeders notching up points throughout the show season. “

Club chairman Richard Rodgers explains:”“Prizes mean points, as the winners are determined using a scoring system which is collated at nominated shows throughout the summer months. Points are awarded to individual animals, and the higher the animal’s accolade in the show ring the bigger the points it earns.”

The 2014 Male of the Year award went to the Boyd family’s Slievenagh Emperor. Born in March 2013, he was sired by the 9,200 Euro Curaheen Apostle ET – an outcross sire featuring north Amercian genetics, while his dam is the home-bred Slievenagh Aileen.

This bull has secured numerous accolades including junior, reserve male, exhibitor-bred and reserve supreme champion a Balmoral, reserve male champion at Ballymena, and supreme overall champion at Lurgan and Castlewellan.

His herd mate Slievenagh Extra Special took the reserve Male of the Year award. He stood second in his class to Emperor at several shows, and was reserve male champion at Lurgan Show.

The January 2013 born Ballinlare Farm Empress secured the Female of the Year award for Joe Wilson, and sons, Keith, Neill and Alan, from Newry.  She was sired by the herd’s 20,000gns stock bull Auchorachan Wizard.

This heifer was reserve junior and reserve female champion at Balmoral, and winner of the 2014 Woodcraft Kitchens junior heifer derby. She also won the breed’s reserve supreme championships at Lurgan and Castlewellan, and was supreme champion at Armagh Show.

Narrowly beaten by one point to take the Reserve Female of the Year award was the senior heifer Ranfurly Weikel 11th from David and Jonny Hazelton’s herd at Dungannon. Sired by Hillcrest Champion, she is bred from the herd’s noted brood cow South Park King Kong Weikel 2nd.

Her show record includes reserve supreme champion at Ballymena and Armagh, supreme champion at Antrim, reserve female champion at Lurgan and Clogher, and female champion at Enniskillen.

The crystal awards were presented by John Henning, Danske Bank’s head of agricultural relations, who was assisted by Rodney Brown, Matthew Johnston and William Noble.

The NI Simmental Club’s Young Stockperson of the Year Award went to new breeder Jason Whitcroft from the Whitdrum herd at Middletown in County Armagh.

Richard Rodgers concluded:”I am delighted to see a good turnout of cattle at Enniskillen, and an even bigger turnout of supporters from as far away as County Cork. A sincere thank you to our sponsors for their continued support.

“Shows act as a shop window for our breed, and thank you to all of the exhibitors who took part in the Simmental classes at the provincial shows. Congratulations to the winners on their achievements, especially the Boyd family whose hat-trick included the pairs championship, and the male and reserve male of the year titles."

DATE: 6th August 2014 JUDGE: Mr G Behan
CLASS & POSITION NAME OF ANIMAL SIRE DAM EXHIBITOR
Supreme & Male Champion OMORGA ELI 13 ASHLAND BRANDY 10 OMORGA BAMBI 5TH MR H J W & J C MOORE
Reserve Supreme & Reserve Male Champion SLIEVENAGH EXTRA SPECIAL 13 KILBRIDE FARM BANTRY 10 SLIEVENAGH SARAH MR R J BOYD
Female Champion RANFURLY WEIKEL 11TH D3 HILLCREST CHAMPION SOUTH PARK KING KONG WEIKEL 2ND MR W D HAZELTON
Reserve Female Champion CASTLEMOUNT BIANCA CURAHEEN TYSON STRALONGFORD BIANCA DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL
Cow, born before 01.01.11, in-calf or in milk, having had at least one calf 1. WOODFORD PAULA BALLINTLEA KING WOODFORD KATE MRS T H GORMAN
Cow or Heifer, born in 2012, in-calf or with calf at foot, having had a calf by three years old 1. RANFURLY WEIKEL 11TH D3 HILLCREST CHAMPION SOUTH PARK KING KONG WEIKEL 2ND MR W D HAZELTON
2. DRUMACRITTEN DIANNA DRUMLONE ANCHOR 09 DRUMACRITTEN ANDREA MR W E NELSON & MR G E NELSON
Heifer, born on or after 01.07.12 and on or before 31.12.12 1. CASTLEMOUNT BIANCA CURAHEEN TYSON STRALONGFORD BIANCA DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL
2. CASTLEMOUNT MODESTY ARKMILL FRANKLYN SLIEVENAGH BELLE 10 DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL
3. SCRIBBY FARMS DAISY DRUMLONE ANCHOR 09 SCRIBBY FARMS AMIRA A NELSON
4. ASHLAND LADY ANN 2ND ASHLAND BRANDY 10 ASHLAND LADY ANN MR P KELLY
Heifer, born on or after 01.01.13 1. BALLINALARE FARM EMPRESS AUCHORACHAN WIZARD BALLINALARE FARM ROSE 2ND MR J WILSON
2. CLEENAGH ELIZA DRUMLONE ANCHOR 09 CLEENAGH ANNA 2ND MR L A RICHARDSON
3. ASHLAND ELLA BEAUTY KILBRIDE FARM AHOGHILL 09 ASHLAND BEAUTY 2ND MR P KELLY
4. COOLCRANNEL ESSIE DRUMLONE ANCHOR 09 COOLCRANNEL ANNA MR W PHAIR (BROTHERS)
Bull, born on or after 01.01.13 1. OMORGA ELI 13 ASHLAND BRANDY 10 OMORGA BAMBI 5TH MR H J W & J C MOORE
2. SLIEVENAGH EXTRA SPECIAL 13 KILBRIDE FARM BANTRY 10 SLIEVENAGH SARAH MR R J BOYD
3. ARD-MACHREE EXCELLENT 13 DRIPSEY SUPER KING ET STRALONGFORD TESS A & O QUIGLEY
4. DRUMLONE EVERREADY 13 RACEVIEW KING BALLAGAN REBECCA K C VEITCH
Heifer or Bull Calf, born on or after 01.09.13 1. CLEENAGH EGBERT 13 OMORGA MURRAY CLEENAGH TRUDIE MR L A RICHARDSON
2. BALLINALARE FARM ESMERELDA OMORGA MURRAY MONADUFF MONA MR J WILSON
3. WHITDRUM EVEREST 13 DRUMLONE ANCHOR 09 OMORGA EMPRESS 9TH MR JASON WHITCROFT
4. DERRYCALLAGHAN ERNEST 13 KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY DERRYCALLAGHAN BEAUTY 10 MR H C STUBBS & A A BURLEIGH
Heifer Calf, born in 2014 1. CLEENAGH FANCY WHITEMIRE KING KONG CLEENAGH TRUDIE MR L A RICHARDSON
2. OMORGA FREYA DERMODY BUTCHER FEARNA BELLE MR H J W & J C MOORE
3. LETTERGESH FIONA CELTIC DICEMAN P(ET) CELTIC CARAMEL MR D GALLAGHER
4. WOODFORD PENNY KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY WOODFORD PAULA MRS T H GORMAN
Ivomec Super Pairs - Champion SLIEVENAGH EMPEROR 13 CURAHEEN APOSTLE (ET) SLIEVENAGH AILEEN MR R J BOYD
SLIEVENAGH EXTRA SPECIAL 13 KILBRIDE FARM BANTRY 10 SLIEVENAGH SARAH MR R J BOYD
Ivomec Super Pairs - Reserve CASTLEMOUNT MODESTY ARKMILL FRANKLYN SLIEVENAGH BELLE 10 DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL
CASTLEMOUNT BIANCA CURAHEEN TYSON STRALONGFORD BIANCA DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL
Group of Three 1. MR W E NELSON & MR G E NELSON
2. MR J WILSON
3. MR L A RICHARDSON
4. MRS T H GORMAN

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club chairman Richard Rodgers is pictured with Philip Clarke, Merial Animal Health, sponsor of the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition.

Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year runners-up were Castlemount Bianca and Castlemount Modesty owned by Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, and shown by Richard McKeown and Fiona Sloan. Included are sponsor Philip Clarke, Merial Animal Health; judge Garrett Behan, Portlaoise; and NI Simmental Club chairman Richard Rodgers.

Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year winners were Slievenagh Emperor and Slievenagh Extra Special shown by Christopher and Jamie Boyd, Portglenone. Included are judge Garrett Behan, Portlaoise; Philip Clarke, Merial Animal Health, sponsor; and Richard Rodgers, chairman, NI Simmental Club.

Reserve male and reserve supreme Simmental champion was Slievenagh Extra Special shown by Christopher Boyd, Portglenone.

Danske Bank Reserve Simmental Female of the Year was Ranfurly Weikel 11th shown by Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon. Included are sponsors William Noble and Matthew Johnston, Danske Bank.

Danske Bank Reserve Simmental Male of the Year was Slievenagh Extra Special shown by Christopher Boyd, Portglenone. Adding their congratulations are Rodney Brown and Matthew Johnston, Danske Bank, sponsors.

Enniskillen Simmental judge Garrett Behan from Portlaoise.

Male and supreme overall Simmental champion was Omorga Eli shown by Cara Moore, Beragh.

Danske Bank Simmental Female of the Year was Ballinlare Farm Empress shown by Alan Wilson, Newry. Pictured at the Enniskillen Show presentation are Rodney Brown and John Henning, Danske Bank, sponsors.

The Danske Bank Simmental Male of the Year award was won by Slievenagh Emperor bred by Robin Boyd, Portglenone, and shown by son Jamie. Making the presentation are sponsors John Henning and Rodney Brown, Danske Bank.

Simmental Pair of the Year to be crowned at Enniskillen

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The countdown is on as Simmental breeders from across the province prepare for the final of the 2014 Ivomec Super Pair of the Year competition. Generously sponsored by Merial Animal Health, the competition is now in its ninth year, and will reach a climax at Fermanagh County Show next Wednesday (August 6).

Breeders have been competing throughout the summer to qualify for a place in the final line-up. Nominated qualifying shows for the competition included Balmoral, Ballymena, Armagh, Omagh, Castlewellan and Clogher.

Sponsor, Philip Clarke, territory sales manager of Merial Animal Health said:”We are pleased to be associated with this long running and successful competition. The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has an active membership, and the breeders have great enthusiasm for their cattle.

“The competition is growing from strength-to-strength, and attracts the cream of the Province’s Simmental cattle. Congratulations and good luck to all those who qualified for this year’s final. I have no doubt that the final line-up will feature some strong contenders for the title.”

The winner of the 2014 Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year Competition will receive the prestigious Merial Crystal Decanter and a 500mls pack of Ivomec Super injection. All finalists will be awarded a 200mls pack of Ivomec Super.

Judge for the event is Irish breeder Garrett Behan from the Clonagh Herd based at  Ballyfin, Portlaoise.

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club chairman Richard Rodgers added:”The Ivomec Super Pair of the Year competition is one of the highlights in the club’s annual calendar. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Philip Clarke and Merial Animal Health for its continued sponsorship, and wish all the qualifiers success for next week’s final.”

Ivomec Super is an endectocide which kills fluke, worms and external parasites in one injection. The product has been producing consistent results for more than 20 years, and it is easy and convenient to administer.

Qualifiers for the 2014 Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition include:

Balmoral Show: Robin and Darla Boyd and Sons, Portglenone, County Antrim – Slievenagh Emperor by Curaheen Apostle, and Slievenagh Extra Special by Kilbride Farm Bantry.

Balmoral: Slievenagh Emperor and Slievenagh Extra Special shown by brothers Christopher and Jamie Boyd, Portglenone. Picture: MacGregor Photography

Ballymena Show:  Pat and Frank Kelly, Tempo, County Fermanagh – Ashland Ella Beauty by Kilbride Farm Ahoghil,l and Ashland Lady Ann 2nd by Ashland Brandy.

Ballymena: Ashland Ella Beauty and Ashland Lady Ann 2nd owned by Pat and Frank Kelly, Tempo. Frank Kelly was assisted by Paul McDonald. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Lurgan Show: Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, County Down – Castlemount Bianca by Curaheen Tyson, and Castlemount Modesty by Arkmill Franklyn.

Lurgan: Castlemount Bianca and Castlemount Modesty owned by Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, who was assisted by Fiona Sloan. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Armagh Show: Thelma Gorman, Armagh, County Armagh – Woodford Paula by Ballintlea King, and Woodford Paula 2nd by Kilbride Farm Newry.

Armagh: Woodford Paula and Woodford Paula 2nd owned by Mrs Thelma Gorman, Armagh, who was assisted by Jason Whitcroft. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Omagh Show: Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone – Corrick Emperor by Dermody Butcher, and Corrick Escort by Dermody Butcher.

Omagh: Corrick Emperor and Corrick Escort shown by Neil and Scott McIlwaine, Newtownstewart. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Castlewellan Show: Joe Wilson, Newry, County Down – Ballinlare Farm Empress by Auchorachan Wizard, and Ballinlare Farm Dancer by Auchorachan Wizard.

Castlewellan: Ballinlare Farm Empress and Ballinlare Farm Dancer shown by Alan and Neil Wilson, Newry. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Clogher Show: William Nelson, Rosslea, County FermanaghDrumacritten Dianna by Drumlone Anchor, and Scribby Farms Daisy by Drumlone Anchor.

Clogher: Qualifiers were Drumacritten Dianna and Scribby Farms Daisy shown by Keith and William Nelson, Rosslea.

Traditionally Fermanagh County Show also hosts the finals of the Simmental Club’s Male and Female of the Year Awards.  Danske Bank (formerly Northern Bank) has been sole sponsor of this competition since 1997. The winners are determined using a points system which is collated at nominated shows throughout the summer. Commemorative engraved crystal tankards, rosettes and cash awards will be presented the winners and runners-up.

Club chairman Richard Rodgers concluded: We are indebted to Danske Bank for its continued sponsorship of this competition. There has been strong competition in the Simmental classes on the summer show circuit, and it is almost time to add up the points and reveal the winners of the 2014 competition.

Next week will be busy for members of the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club, as its annual charity BBQ takes place in Dungannon Rugby Club on Friday, 8th August, commencing at 8pm.

Succulent steak on menu at Simmental charity BBQ

BBQ Sponsorship

Dungannon Rugby Club is the venue for the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s annual charity BBQ on Friday 8th August commencing at 8pm.

Succulent sirloin steaks are on the menu at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club's annual charity BBQ at Dungannon on Friday 8th August. Treasurer Leslie Weatherup is pictured with Colin Harbinson, The Meat Joint, Antrim, who is supplying and partly sponsoring the meat for the event. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Tickets for the BBQ are priced at £15 per person, and the menu includes succulent sirloin steak with a selection of salads, followed by a choice of home-made desserts.

The steaks and sausages for this year’s BBQ are being supplied and partly sponsored by Colin Harbinson from The Meat Joint in Antrim.

The Meat Joint was founded in 2004 and has built up a reputation for supplying locally produced beef, pork, chicken and lamb. Colin Harbinson also runs a suckler herd and finishes all cattle off the farm.

 “I prefer cross-bred Simmental cows as they are fertile, easy calving, and have plenty of milk to rear a calf. The calves are growthy and much easier to finish than other continental and native breeds.”

Colin aims to kill heifers at between 18 and 22 months-of-age. “The cattle kill out well, and the carcases are lean and weigh between 340 to 360 kilos deadweight. All beef sold in the shop is farm quality assured and fully traceable from field to fork. I breed and finish a lot of the cattle sold through the shop, but to satisfy demand I source cattle privately from local producers.

Colin, and daughter Charlie, have recently established a pedigree Simmental herd founded with the purchase of three heifers from Leslie and Christopher Weatherup’s 35-cow Lisglass herd based at Ballyclare. They made their debut in the showring at last week’s Antrim Show, winning the breed’s reserve championship with the February 2013 born Dirnanean Apostle daughter Lisglass Elizabeth.

Club chairman Richard Rodgers said:”A sincere thank you to the Meat Joint for its generous sponsorship of this year’s BBQ. I would also like to encourage everyone to support the club’s charity BBQ and auction. The event gives Simmental breeders and their friends an opportunity to get together for a night out while raising much-needed funds for a very worthy cause. This year’s chosen charity is Friends of the Cancer Centre based at Belfast City Hospital.”

During the past few months committee members have been selling tickets for a prize draw which features a host of prizes, including two nights B&B for two people at the Slieve Russell hotel in Derrylin; one tonne of Excelsior pedigree feed from Fane Valley; a mid-week B&B stay for two people in a lake view room at the Lough Erne Golf Resort and Spa; a £200 Marks and Spencer voucher; and a meal for two at the award-winning MacNean Restaurant at Blacklion, County Cavan, as well as a cookery book signed by celebrity chef Neven Maguire.

 The winning tickets will be drawn at the BBQ, and the proceeds will also be donated to Friends of the Cancer Centre. Richard Rodgers added:”There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs, and there is still time to purchase tickets. Prize draw tickets are priced at £2 each, or a book of three tickets costs £5.”

Next week will be busy for members of the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club as Enniskillen Show (Wednesday 6th August) plays host to the final of the prestigious Ivomec Super Pair of the Year final sponsored by Merial Animal Health.

Seven pairs of cattle have qualified at provincial shows, and the man entrusted with the task of selecting the 2014 winners is Irish breeder Garrett Behan from the Clonagh herd in Portlaoise.

The Simmental Male and Female of the Year awards will also be presented at Fermanagh County Show. Sponsored by Danske Bank, the winners are determined using a points system which has been collated at nominated shows throughout the summer.

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Simmental club selects teams for Turriff stockjudging finals

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The 25-cow Hiltonstown Herd based at Portglenone was the venue for the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s annual stockjudging competition. Hosted by chairman Richard Rodgers and family, the evening event attracted a good turnout of club members and friends from throughout the province.

The competition is staged annually to select two judging teams to represent Northern Ireland at the British Simmental Cattle Society’s national stockjudging finals. This year’s final takes place at Turriff Show in Aberdeenshire on Sunday 3rd August.

Master judge was Keith Nelson who runs the 12-cow Scribby Farms Herd at Rosslea in County Fermanagh.

Competitors had to place four classes of cattle, which included senior and junior cows, in-calf heifers and maiden heifers.

Following stiff competition from the club’s Young Members’ Association entrants, the results were announced as follows:

Under 21 years-old – 1, Alice Stubbs, Irvinestown; 2, Jonathan Henderson, Tobermore; 3, Matthew Robson, Doagh; 4, Craig Cowan, Fivemiletown.

Under 30 years-old – 1, William Ferguson, Stewarstown, and Andrew Clarke, Tynan; 3, Zara Stubbs, Irvinestown; 4, Emma O’Neill.

The winner of the open senior class was Leslie Weatherup from Ballyclare.

The two top placed YMA competitors in each category will go forward to represent Northern Ireland at the Scottish finals in August. The junior judging teams are sponsored by Bank of Ireland, and the bank’s agricultural manager William Thompson as on-hand to congratulate the winners.

Visitors to the event also had an opportunity to guess the weight of a junior Simmental bull. Organised by the Rodgers family, this competition attracted strong interest from novice and experienced cattle breeders, and raised £120 for the Loughans School in Ballymena. The winner of the competition was Jim Hamilton from Rock, Dungannon.

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club vice-chairman Matthew Cunning thanked Bank of Ireland for its continued support of the young members. He also proposed a vote of thanks to the Rodgers family – Robert, Wilma, Richard and Sandra, for hosting the event and giving visitors an opportunity to view the noted Hiltonstown herd which has sold bulls to a top of 17,000gns at Stirling.

“A special word of thanks to the ladies who provided the delicious supper; and a big thank you to everyone for coming, and to our master judge Keith Nelson.  Congratulations to the winning team members and good luck at the UK finals!”

  • The next event in the club’s annual calendar is Fermanagh County Show on Wednesday 6th August, which will host the finals of the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition; and the presentation of the Danske Bank Male and Female of the Year Awards.
  • The club’s annual charity BBQ will take place in Dungannon Rugby Club on Friday 8th August. This year’s chosen charity is Friends of the Cancer Centre

Marking the competitors' cards at the NI Simmental Club's annual stockjudging competition are, Darla and Robin Boyd, Portglenone; and Avril Stubbs, Irvinestown. Picture: Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

The Rodgers family, Richard, Sandra, Troy, Kirsty and Rhys ,from Portglenone, hosted the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club's annual stockjudging competition at their Hiltonstown Herd. Picture: Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography

Hosts Richard and Sandra Rodgers receive a token of the club's appreciation from vice-chairman Matthew Cunning. Picture: Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Team members in the under 30yrs categoryare William Ferguson, Stewartstown, and Andrew Clarke, Tynan. They were congratulated by chairman Richard Rodgers; sponsor William Thompson, Bank of Ireland; and vice chairman Matthew Cunning. Picture: Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Under 21yrs stockjudging team members Jonathan Henderson, Tobermore, and Alice Stubbs, Irvinestown, were congratulated by team sponsor William Thompson, Bank of Ireland; club chairman Richard Rodgers, and vice-chairman Matthew Cunning. Picture: Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Winner of the open stockjudging class was Leslie Weatherup, Ballyclare. He was congratulated by spnosor William Thompson, Bank of Ireland. Picture: Steven McAuley/ Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.

Master judge Keith Nelson, Rosslea, and son William, pictured at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club's annual stockjudging competition with host Richard Rodgers, Portglenone; and vice chairman Matthew Cunning. Picture: Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Committee member Thelma Gorman, Armagh, and host Sandra Rodgers, Portglenone. Picture: Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Simmental Young Members' Association co-ordinator Zara Stubbs, and sister Alice, from Irvinestown, were among the competitors at the club's annual stockjudging event. Picture: Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography

Pictured at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club's annual stockjudging event are hosts Sandra, Troy, Kirsty and Rhys Rodgers, Portglenone, with Charlie and Lucy Cunning, Glarryford. Picture: Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography

Simmental raffle and BBQ to support local cancer charity

Simmental Charity Raffle

The Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has announced that Friends of the Cancer Centre is its chosen charity for 2014.

In addition to the club’s annual charity BBQ and auction, a prize draw has been organised by club member Pat Kelly from Tempo.

Tickets for the prize draw are priced at £2 each, or a book containing three tickets can be purchased for £5.

Prizes include: two nights B&B for two people at the Slieve Russell hotel in Derrylin; one tonne of Excelsior pedigree feed from Fane Valley; a mid-week B&B stay for two people in a lake view room at the Lough Erne Golf Resort and Spa; a £200 Marks and Spencer voucher; and a meal for two at the award-winning MacNean Restaurant at Blacklion, County Cavan, as well as cookery book signed by celebrity chef Neven Maguire.

The winning tickets will be drawn at the club’s annual BBQ which takes place at Dungannon Rugby Club on Friday, 8th August at 8pm.

Simmental Charity Raffle

Club chairman Richard Rodgers said:”I would like to encourage everyone to support this year’s charity BBQ and raffle. There are some fantastic prizes on offer, and the BBQ is great opportunity for breeders and their friends to get together for a bit of craic, and raise much needed funds for a very worthy cause.”

Friends of the Cancer Centre is a leading local charity based at the heart of Belfast City Hospital’s Cancer Centre. The charity relies heavily on voluntary donations, and makes a real and meaningful difference to thousands of patients and their families from across Northern Ireland.

Tickets for the prize draw and the BBQ are available from club committee members. Alternatively contact secretary Robin Boyd on 07799 346784; chairman Richard Rodgers on 07712 894727, or Pat Kelly on 028 89541332.