Edenvale Herd Scoops Top Honours
at Balmoral Debut
By Julie Hazelton
The Templepatrick-based Bruces Hill Cattle Company claimed
the championship plaudits at this year’s Balmoral Show.
newcomer Mike Frazer founded the Edenvale herd in 2009, and
was making his debut appearance on the Northern Ireland Simmental
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
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
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
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
by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare
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.
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.
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.
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
The Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Trophy for the champion
Simmental: Bruces Hill Cattle Company. Reserve: Joe Wilson.
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
Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union
Perpetual Trophy for the female champion: Joe Wilson.
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:
NI Simmental Club Silver Award for the best
exhibit bred in Northern Ireland: Joe Wilson. Reserve: Duncan
News Letter Sheild for the junior champion: Leslie and Christopher
Weatherup. Reserve: Alan and Ann Kennedy.
Club Award for the best exhibitor-bred bull: Alan and Ann
Qualifer for the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year:
Bruces Hill Cattle Company.
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
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
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
Pair, property of ehixibtor – 1, Bruces
Hill Cattle Company; 2, David Hazelton; 3, Duncan McDowell.