Edenvale Herd Scoops Top Honours at Balmoral Debut

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By Julie Hazelton

The Templepatrick-based Bruces Hill Cattle Company claimed the championship plaudits at this year’s Balmoral Show.

Breed newcomer Mike Frazer founded the Edenvale herd in 2009, and was making his debut appearance on the Northern Ireland Simmental show circuit.

Male champion and supreme overall champion was Hockenhull Ali Baba, shown by Richard McKeown, and owned by Mike Frazer, Bruces Hill Cattle Company, Templepatrick.

Judge, Bertie Houston, Newtowncunningham, County Donegal, awarded the male and supreme overall championship to the senior bull class winner, Hockenhull Ali Baba. This three-year-old stock bull is by Kilbride Farm Newry and was purchased with his dam, Hockenhull Deborah 4th, at the Hockenhull dispersal sale in 2009.

Female champion and reserve supreme champion was Ballinlare Farm Buttercup bred by Joe Wilson, Newry

Claiming the reserve supreme ribbons was the female champion, Ballinlare Farm Buttercup 2nd, brought out by Joe Wilson and sons from Newry, County Down. Born in January 2010 she is by the 20,000 Euro Irish record holder Curaheen Tyson, while her dam is the Innerwick Krackerjack daughter, Ballinlare Farm Pussy Galore – one of 60 cows in the herd which was founded in 1984. She is in-calf to the herd’s 20,000gns stock bull, Auchorachan Wizard – junior and supreme Perth champion in February 2010.

The reserve male champion was Slievenagh Bon Jovi owned by Duncan McDowell, Newtownards.

First-time Simmental exhibitor Duncan McDowell who owns the Newtownards-based Castlemount herd, scooped the reserve male championship award with his recently acquired herd sire, Slievenagh Bon Jovi. Bred by Robin and Darla Boyd, Portglenone, this December 2010 born entry is by Slievenagh Willem, and is out of Slievenagh Whitney.

Reserve female champion was Hockenhull Natalie 34th from Mike Frazer's Bruces Hill Cattle Co, Templepatrick.

Mike Frazer also won the reserve female honours with his senior cow, Hockenhull Natalie 34th. This eight-year-old cow was one of three foundation females purchased at the Hockenhull dispersal. Her sire was the 12,000gns Dovefields Gallant, while her dam was Hockenhull Natalie 27th.

Junior Simmental champion was Lisglass Clover 2nd owned by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare

In the junior championship line-up top honours went to the father and son team of Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. They brought out the home-bred Lisglass Clover 2nd, a January 2011 born heifer by the 10,000gns Slimero Victory. She is out of a dam from the noted Eunice family at Kilbride Farm.

Alan and Ann Kennedy, Upper Ballinderry, owned the junior bull class winner and reserve junior champion Lurgill Cooldude.

Runner-up for the junior championship award was the thirteen-month-old bull Lurgill Cooldude, an Omorga Volvo son bred by Alan and Ann Kennedy from Upper Ballinderry near Lisburn. He was bred from the Freighduff Brendan daughter, Clonagh Tneva.

Winner of the intermediate heifer class was Raceview Beauty Royal 491 ET exhibited by John McMordie and Sons, Ballygowan.

Leading the intermediate heifer class was the September 2010 born Raceview Royal Beauty 491 ET, exhibited by John McMordie, and sons William and Andrew, from Ballygowan, County Down. Sired by Raceview Nigel, she was purchased at the Raceview sale in 2011, and is one of five breeding females in the Solitude herd which dates back to 1972.

The McMordie trio are synonymous in Hereford breeding circles, and were delighted to take first and second prize rosettes in the intermediate heifer classes, especially as this was their first appearance in the Balmoral Simmental ring for over 10 years.

The team from the Bruces Hill Cattle Company, Templepatrick, pictured with their first prize winning pair of Simmentals at Balmoral Show.

Rounding off the Simmental classes at Balmoral Show was the competition for the best pair of animals owned by exhibitor. It was won this year by Mike Frazer’s senior bull Hockenhull Ali Baba, and senior cow Hockenhull Natalie 27th. They qualify for the 2012 Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition, sponsored by Merial Animal Health.

David Hazelton, Dungannon, was runner-up with two home-bred senior heifers, Ranfurly Weikel 6th and Ranfurly Weikel 7th.

Commenting after the judging, NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club chairman Nigel Glasgow, congratulated the winners and thanked all of the exhibitors for taking part. “Agricultural shows are a great shop window for the Simmental breed, and I would like to thank all of the exhibitors for their hard work and dedication. This has been the largest entry of Simmentals at Balmoral for many years, and has featured a strong entry of quality cattle, representing several new comers as well as long established herds.”

Balmoral Simmental judge Bertie Houston with chief steward Jay Lindsay.

Specials

The Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Trophy for the champion Simmental: Bruces Hill Cattle Company. Reserve: Joe Wilson.

British Simmental Cattle Society Engraved Crystal Glasses for the champion: Bruces Hill Cattle Company.

Imex Perpetual Cow Bell for the champion female: Joe Wilson. Reserve: Bruces Hill Cattle Company.

Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union Perpetual Trophy for the female champion: Joe Wilson.

Bobbie Gamble Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the best Simmental heifer: Joe Wilson.

William Black Memorial Perpetual Trophy for the male champion: Bruces Hill Cattle Company. Reserve: Duncan McDowell.

NI Simmental Club Silver Award for the best exhibit bred in Northern Ireland: Joe Wilson. Reserve: Duncan McDowell.

News Letter Sheild for the junior champion: Leslie and Christopher Weatherup. Reserve: Alan and Ann Kennedy.

NI Simmental Club Award for the best exhibitor-bred bull: Alan and Ann Kennedy.

Qualifer for the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year: Bruces Hill Cattle Company.

Classes

Cow, born before 01/01/09, in-calf or in-milk – 1, Bruces Hill Cattle Company, Templepatrick, Hockenhull Natalie 34th by Dovefields Gallant.

Heifer, born between 01/01/10 and 30/06/10 – 1, Joe Wilson, Newry, Ballinlare Farm Buttercup by Curaheen Tyson; 2, David Hazelton, Dungannon, Ranfurly Weikel 7th by Lykke Sirius; 3, David Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 6th by Raceview King.

Heifer, born between 01/07/10 and 31/12/10 – 1, John McMordie, Ballygowan, Raceivew Beauty Royal 419 ET by Raceview Nigel; 2, John McMordie, Kilbride Farm Eunice 112B by Kilbride Farm Newry; 3, David Hazelton, Ranfurly Kleeb 25th by Kilbride Farm Newry.

Heifer, born on or after 01/01/11 – 1, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, Lisglass Clover 2nd by Slimero Victory; 2, Alan and Ann Kennedy, Upper Ballinderry, Shiloh Cherry by Seaview Tommy; 3, Wesley Abraham, Irvinestown, Magheracrigan Clare 2nd by Omorga Volvo.

Bull, born on or before 31/12/10 – 1, Bruces Hill Cattle Company, Hockenhull Ali Baby by Kilbride Farm Newry; 2, Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, Slievenagh Bon Jovi by Slievenagh Willem.

Bull, born on or after 01/01/11 – 1, Alan and Ann Kennedy, Lurgill Cooldude by Omorga Volvo; 2, Jonathan Farrell, Markethill, Corhammock Cosmo Clarke by Camus Frontier; 3, Thelma Gorman, Armagh, Woodford Crackerjack II by Kilbride Farm Newry.

Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, Bruces Hill Cattle Company; 2, David Hazelton; 3, Duncan McDowell.

CLASS & POSITION NAME OF ANIMAL SIRE DAM EXHIBITOR
Supreme & Male Champion HOCKENHULL ALI BABA 09 KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY HOCKENHULL DEBORAH 4TH MIKE FRAZER (BRUCES HILL CATTLE COMPANY)
Reserve Supreme & Female Champion BALLINALARE FARM BUTTERCUP 2ND CURAHEEN TYSON BALLINALARE FARM PUSSY GALORE MR J WILSON
Reserve Male Champion SLIEVENAGH BONJOVI 10 SLIEVENAGH WILLEM SLIEVENAGH WHITNEY DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL
Reserve Female Champion HOCKENHULL NATALIE 34TH DOVEFIELDS GALLANT HOCKENHULL NATALIE 27TH MIKE FRAZER (BRUCES HILL CATTLE COMPANY)
Junior Champion LISGLASS CLOVER 2ND SLIMERO VICTORY 2 KILBRIDE FARM EUNICE 36S J L & C J WEATHERUP
Reserve Junior Champion LURGILL COOLDUDE 11 OMORGA VOLVO CLONAGH TNEVA MRS ANN & MR ALAN KENNEDY
Cow born before 01.01.09 in calf or in milk having had at least one calf HOCKENHULL NATALIE 34TH DOVEFIELDS GALLANT HOCKENHULL NATALIE 27TH MIKE FRAZER (BRUCES HILL CATTLE COMPANY)
Cow or Heifer born in 2009, in calf with calf at foot having had a calf by 3yrs old NO ENTRIES
Heifer born on or after 01.10.10 and on or before 30.06.10 1. BALLINALARE FARM BUTTERCUP 2ND CURAHEEN TYSON BALLINALARE FARM PUSSY GALORE MR J WILSON
2. RANFURLY WEIKEL 7TH B6 LYKKE SIRIUS RANFURLY WEIKEL MR W D HAZELTON
3. RANFURLY WEIKEL 6TH B2 RACEVIEW KING RANFURLY WEIKEL 2ND V29 MR W D HAZELTON
4. STRALONGFORD BIANCA BRIDGEMOUNT VIXON BROGEEN MIDNIGHT DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL
5. WOODFORD BLUEBELL SACOMBE EDGAR WOODFORD PAULA MRS T H GORMAN
Heifer born on or after 01.07.10 and on or before 31.12.10 1. RACEVIEW BEAUTY ROYAL 491 ET RACEVIEW NIGEL RACEVIEW ROYALE BEAUTY M/S JOHN & WILLIAM MCMORDIE
2. KILBRIDE FARM EUNICE 112B KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY KILBRIDE FARM EUNICE 4TH M/S JOHN & WILLIAM MCMORDIE
3. RANFURLY KLEEB 25TH B12 KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY RANFURLY KLEEB 7TH MR W D HAZELTON
4. LISGLASS BAMBI KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY LISGLASS TREASURE J L & C J WEATHERUP
Heifer born on or after 01.01.11 1. LISGLASS CLOVER 2ND SLIMERO VICTORY 2 KILBRIDE FARM EUNICE 36S J L & C J WEATHERUP
2. SHILOH CHERRY 11 389 SEAVIEW TOMMY MONESS PAMELA MRS ANN & MR ALAN KENNEDY
3. MAGHERACRIGAN CLARE 2ND OMORGA VOLVO DRIPSEY TWLIGHT PRINCESS KIM MR T W ABRAHAM
4. RANFURLY BEAUTY 5TH C4 WHITEMIRE KING KONG RACEVIEW MANDY BEAUTY MR W D HAZELTON
5. RANFURLY WEIKEL 9TH C7 HILLCREST CHAMPION SOUTH PARK KING KONG WEIKEL 2ND MR W D HAZELTON
6. COOLCRAN JULIET CINDERELLA GLENTURK ROLEX ASHLAND JULIET WHIRL-WIND S P MCDONALD
Bull born on or before 31.12.10 1. HOCKENHULL ALI BABA 09 KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY HOCKENHULL DEBORAH 4TH MIKE FRAZER (BRUCES HILL CATTLE COMPANY)
2. SLIEVENAGH BONJOVI 10 SLIEVENAGH WILLEM SLIEVENAGH WHITNEY DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL
Bull born on or after 01.01.11 1. LURGILL COOLDUDE 11 OMORGA VOLVO CLONAGH TNEVA MRS ANN & MR ALAN KENNEDY
2. CORHAMMOCK COSMO CLARKE 11 CAMUS FRONTIER REHALL WINNIE MR J FARRELL
3. WOODFORD CRACKERJACK 11 KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY WOODFORD PAULA MRS T H GORMAN
Pair of Animals 1. HOCKENHULL NATALIE 34TH DOVEFIELDS GALLANT HOCKENHULL NATALIE 27TH MIKE FRAZER (BRUCES HILL CATTLE COMPANY)
1. HOCKENHULL ALI BABA 09 KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY HOCKENHULL DEBORAH 4TH MIKE FRAZER (BRUCES HILL CATTLE COMPANY)
2. RANFURLY WEIKEL 6TH B2 RACEVIEW KING RANFURLY WEIKEL 2ND V29 MR W D HAZELTON
2. RANFURLY WEIKEL 7TH B6 LYKKE SIRIUS RANFURLY WEIKEL MR W D HAZELTON
3. STRALONGFORD BIANCA BRIDGEMOUNT VIXON BROGEEN MIDNIGHT DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL
3. SLIEVENAGH BONJOVI 10 SLIEVENAGH WILLEM SLIEVENAGH WHITNEY DAVID DUNCAN MCDOWELL
Ivomec Super Pairs Qualifiers 1. HOCKENHULL NATALIE 34TH DOVEFIELDS GALLANT HOCKENHULL NATALIE 27TH MIKE FRAZER (BRUCES HILL CATTLE COMPANY)
1. HOCKENHULL ALI BABA 09 KILBRIDE FARM NEWRY HOCKENHULL DEBORAH 4TH MIKE FRAZER (BRUCES HILL CATTLE COMPANY)