Cornwall Simmental Club’s Commercial Open Day 2019

Over forty commercial and pedigree breeders travelled from Somerset, Devon and throughout Cornwall to attend the eighth Cornwall Simmental Open Day on Sunday 28th July. In glorious sunshine we were treated to a tour of Castle Farm, Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb Major at the kind invitation of the Hooper Family.

After welcoming visitors with coffee and cake Cornwall Simmental Club Chairman, Barrie Wynter presented a cheque to Kieran Varker (Vice Chairman) and Natalie Brown (Social Media and Communications Officer) representing Threemilestone YFC. The £100.00 donation goes to the club’s 2019 Fundraising For Our Future Campaign. Threemilestone and District Young Farmers have the opportunity to purchase the plot of land that the club hall sits on, including the surrounding car park area for £52,000. In six months they are half way to their target.

Shown around by David, Steph and Peter we viewed over one hundred and thirty suckler cows including pedigree blondes and Simmentals as well as cross-bred dams. Grazing two hundred and twenty acres of permanent pasture reclaimed from downs the family’s hard work has resulted in plentiful grass despite the hot, dry conditions experienced this year. The farm rises to eight hundred and fifty feet (two hundred and sixty metres) above sea level. The surrounding views were marvellous as David remarked ‘one of the best offices in the world’.

Decisions throughout the move from a dairy business to a suckler beef enterprise have been based on costings and currently the herd is run to offer top class suckled calves at Truro Livestock Market from the end of August onwards with only herd replacements being retained. This allows dams to recover and gain condition before the majority calve indoors during the winter months.

With all members of team Hooper also working part time off the holding, this system aids management and reduces winter costs while maximising profits. The move to increase numbers of Simmentals over the last five years has been driven by temperament, handling ease and the dams' ability to grow shapely calves with good confirmation that have been proved to be very easy to sell.

Following welcome refreshments Cornwall Quality Livestock Producers representatives, Peter Chapman Chairman and procurement and marketing officer Shelley Lockett, gave a presentation on their independent livestock marketing co-operative owned by its farming members.

As a group of farmers they benefit from marketing their stock together the organisation has roots going back to 1975 when a group of enterprising Cornish lamb producers collaborated to market their early season lambs outside the county to achieve higher returns.

For over thirty years CQLP have been selling livestock on behalf of members located throughout the South West to deadweight outlets across the UK. Livestock farmers work together to retain strength and independence in the marketplace, encourage best practice and improve the profitability of their businesses as well as promoting the quality of the beef and lamb they produce. With over two hundred and fifty members CQLP market over 20,000 lambs and 5,000 cattle per year sharing transport costs and benefiting from insurance against bad debts. CQLP has an interactive website where the members’ only area has latest information and prices and also offers a free advertising section covering breeding stock, machinery and miscellaneous agricultural services.

The afternoon concluded with votes of thanks and gifts for our tremendous hosts.

Threemilestone Presentation

Cornwall Pedigree Calf Show Sunday 28th October 2018 Results British Simmental Section

Bull Born 1st October 17 – December 31st 17

1st Bosahan Infinity (P) x Heathbrow Freddie Star (P) - Champion & Reserve Continental Interbreed Champion

2nd Killiworgie Ironside  x Killiworgie Emperor

3rd Bosahan Iliad x Skerrington Armada

 

Heifer Born 1st October 17 – December 31st 17

1st Bosahan Ivette Alseha x Heathbrow Freddie Star (P)

2nd Killiworgie Camelia’s Icandy x Killiworgie Emperor

 

Bull Born January 1st 18 – February 28th 18

1st Brynsworthy Jethro x Killiworgie Emperor

2nd Chegwidden Jericho x Chegwidden Fergal Gallant

3rd Tregnether Jackpot x Sterling Gino

 

Heifer Born January 1st 18 – February 28th 18

1st Killiworgie Buttercup’s Jasmine x Seaview Prince Charming – Reserve Champion

 

Bull Born March 1st 18 onwards

1st Gwili Jaguar x Woodhall Ferrari

 

Heifer Born March 1st 18 onwards

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Bosahan Infinity 17 (P)

Final line up for Simmental Championship Calf Show 2018

1st Simmental Sired Suckler Calf Show - Truro 17th October 2018

SIMMENTAL-SIRED SUCKLED CALF JUDGED SALE RESULTS Judge: Mr. Graham Reed from the “Skylark” Herd at Bickleigh, Tiverton

Lodge & Thomas in conjunction with the Cornwall Simmental Club and the British Simmental Society were pleased to host a Special Judged Prize Sale of Simmental-Sired Suckled Calves on Wednesday17thOctober at Truro Market alongside our 2nd Commercial Suckled Calf Prize Sale. The   sponsorship of our Second Suckled Calf Prize Sale which was a great success!! There was a lovely show of Simmentals on offer and different buyers for each of the winning bunches which surely shows much confidence in the breed.

Prizes: £50 for each class winner as judged plus £25 for the buyer £75 for highest sale price achieved in each category:

Class 1: Steers born from 1st March 2018 Judged Winner: Mrs. P.E. Williams of Pendeen and  Top Sale Price: £700 Buyer: Miss L. Searle of Luxlyan

 Class 2: Heifers born from 1st March 2018 Judged Winner: Mrs. P.E. Williams of Pendeen & Top Sale Price: £545 Buyer: Messrs. I.R.& R.P.Downing of Rame Cross

 Class 3: Steers born 1st October 2017 – 28th February 2018 Judged Winner: Messrs. P.J. & B. Olds of Constantine & Top Sale Price: £870 Buyer: Treganhoe Farm Partnership of Sancreed

 Class 4: Heifers born 1st October 2017 – 28th February 2018 Judged Winner: Messrs. A.P. & S.R. Hooper of Castle-an-Dinas & Top Sale Price: £540 Buyer: Mr. A.D. Orchard of Bugle

Packed ringside for the Sale

Judged Winner Class 4 Sired by Sterling Gino

Judged Winner Classes 1 & 2 Sired by Bolankin General

Judged Winner Class 3 Sired by Heathbrow Freddie Star (P)

Cornwall Simmental Club Commercial Day 2018

Beef cattle breeders from St Buryan to Bude attended the seventh commercial open day organised by Cornwall Simmental Club on Sunday 9th September. Warmly welcomed by Phil and Lesley Martyn Uglow at Hornacott Farm, Boyton, Launceston the event was sponsored by the British Simmental Society.

The farm tour was preceded by a talk given by Philip Warren of Warren Butchers who emphasised the importance of producing meat to meet the changing trends of today’s and future buyers needs which are underpinned by a growing awareness of welfare and health concerns for sentient beings. The discerning customer was prepared to pay for quality over quantity and he went on to highlight the value of the British Simmental making the following points:

·         Breeders should promote the benefits of hybrid vigour offered by Simmental terminal sires when used across native breeds thereby improving the gene pool of milky dams capable of raising early finishing grass fed progeny

·         The eating quality of meat is globally recognised as being influenced by maternal genetics. Breeders will be rewarded in the future for a  consistent, premium product already sought by leading chefs in the restaurants across England which his business sources for them

He concluded by urging breeders to consider the size of the cattle they are aiming for as bigger is not better for the cuts of meat his customers prefer.

The visit continued in wonderful sunshine as ninety suckler cows and their progeny were viewed. Phil Martyn Uglow explained the successful changes in breeding policy the family had made by crossing both Simmental and Charolais sires on a range of native breeds and putting the retained breeding females back to a Simmental bull.

A group of Simmental cross heifers due to calve at twenty two to twenty four months old typified the stamp of cattle desired.  Mothering ability coupled with the renowned docility and fertility of the Simmental breed have justified the decisions made.

Robust suckled calves due to be weaned will fulfil the desired specifications outlined by the guest speaker.

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