In a massive endorsement of British Simmental’s commercial abilities, data from AHDB’s National Beef Evaluations has confirmed that on average, calves by a Simmental sire finish 36 days earlier than those by continental sires and 46 days earlier than calves by native sires; Simmental sired calves can cost £72 less to finish; and that fast finishing equates to 5.4kg less CO2 equivalents. The data also highlights the advantages of Simmental females with continental sired calves out of Simmental dams finishing 29 days earlier than the average of all suckler dams!
AHDB’s National Beef Evaluations produce EBVs for five carcase and three maternal traits for all breeds and crossbred cattle across the UK. Rather than using performance recorded data, data is collated nationally from BCMS, as well as many of the UK’s largest processors and abattoirs. This database includes records from over 3 million animals slaughtered in the last 10 years, which allows AHDB to estimate the genetic merit of beef cattle, including over 500,000 sires, for days to slaughter, carcase weight and EUROP scores.
Days to slaughter has a huge effect on the efficiency of a farm. Animals which take longer to finish cost more in terms of feed, so reduce overall profit. These animals also produce more greenhouse gases and so reducing days to slaughter reduces the carbon footprint of your beef. In the National Beef Evaluations, Simmentals rank highly for this trait in Continental Breeds (August 2023and have, on average, the best genetic merit for reducing days to slaughter. The actual performance data of Simmental bred offspring can also be looked at to see how this translates to actual performance.
Across all types of dams (blue bars), offspring of registered Simmental sires have the lowest average days to slaughter.
On average, calves by a Simmental sire finish 36 days earlier than those by continental sires and 46 days earlier than calves by native sires.
Finishing cost per day can vary but if we assume a cost of £2 per day, Simmental sired calves will cost on average, £72 less to finish than the average of all continental sired calves.
This reduction in days has a corresponding reduction in environmental impact. The UK government estimate that the average animal produces 151g of CO2 equivalents per day. This means that on average, calves by a Simmental sire, finishing 36 days earlier, will produce 5.4kg less CO2 equivalents.
It’s important to remember that a bull only provides half of the genetics inherited by a calf. The other half comes from the dam.
Across the average of all continental sired calves, those out of Simmental dams finish 29 days earlier than the average of all suckler dams, showing that using Simmental cows is another great strategy to reduce finishing costs.
Commenting, British Simmental Cattle Society President Norman Robson said: “British Simmental is a hard-working, no nonsense beef breed that delivers on all-round performance and profitability for commercial beef producers and these figures confirm and highlight that. In the forward industry with a pressure on costs, there really is going to be a premium on efficiency. Simmentals are showing here, in data over ten years, that they give you more both maternally and terminally. Industry leading at age at slaughter whether sired by a Simmental or out of a Simmental dam, significant reduction in finishing costs, and lower emissions meeting environmental challenges. Add that to the breeds well established maternal qualities of easy and regular calving, milk, fertility, and longevity and its just good economics for beef producers.
“Earlier in the year the Simmental Bull Buyer’s Survey saw the commercial performance of the breed get a 94% approval rate. These latest figures hugely add to that and as breeders we will collectively keep working hard at producing Simmental cattle to meet the needs of commercial producers.”
The released data comes on the eve of the Stirling Simmental Bull Sale due to be held at United Auctions, Stirling on Monday 23rd October.
It’s a summer that just keeps on giving for young Simmental breeder Finlay Soutter (17), Yew Tree Farm, Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire who won the Overall Simmental Supreme Championship before going on to place Overall Reserve Interbreed Supreme, on day one of the 2023 Royal Welsh Show at Llanellwedd Wells, Powys, Monday 24th July 2023, and with his February 2021 born heifer Brandane Millie.
Millie is the foundation female in Finlay’s newly established Millennium Simmental pedigree herd, and was bred by well-known breeder and stockman Jimmy McMillan, Bradwell Ash, Bury St Edmunds. Full of pedigree Brandane Millie is by the AI bull Sterling Gino 15, and out of the noted Sterling Candy’s FCUK, a female bought at the Sterling Sale. As a young heifer Millie was successfully shown in 2022 by Jimmy McMillan and where she won a number of awards including the Junior Female Championship at the Royal Highland. With a little bit of Simmental history, Finlay is believed to be the youngest Simmental breeder to have won one of the ‘major’ Royal titles!
Brandane Millie, who is due to calf in January, was purchased privately by Finlay’s granddad, Doug Mash, Chesham, Bucks and was gifted to Finlay as a birthday present to initiate his Millenium herd. A very proud Doug was on hand at ringside when Brandane Millie got the winning tap from the day’s judge Michael Barlow of the noted Denizes herd, Nr Leyland, Lancashire.
Following the judging Michael Barlow said: “This is an exceptional heifer and has everything I’d look for in a Simmental female. She’s very feminine, moves well, has a natural width to her, and is full of style, character, and quality. A terrific Simmental heifer.”
Beyond the Simmental judging Brandane Millie moved on to represent the breed in the Overall Individual Interbreed. Typically judged in the late afternoon and in the natural amphitheatre of the corner of the main judging ring, the sun was out as a huge ringside audience watched the judge Owain Llyr, Denbighshire, cast his eye over the Champions from some fourteen breeds. Impeccably shown by Finlay, Brandane Millie wowed the crowds with her quality, class, presence, and natural style and was duly tapped out as the Reserve Overall Individual Interbreed Champion. Rounding off a superb week, on the fourth day of the show Finlay powered through to win the prestigious Royal Welsh Young Handlers competition and the second such win in the summer and following on from the Royal Norfolk.
For young Finlay at the Royal Welsh it doesn’t get much better than winning the breed Supreme Overall, the Reserve Individual Interbreed with Granddad Doug Mash lending a helping hand, the Young handlers Championship, and all in your first year of showing!
Back in the Simmental judging and taking the Reserve Overall title was Cwarre Naughty’s Nettle from Richard Cumming, Blaencwarre, Hermon, Carmarthen. This January 2022 born heifer’s calf is by Clonagh Frosty King and is out of Cwarre Hyacinth’s Knautia who goes back to the herd’s noted Rosie’s Cadette line. A small herd of some six breeding females, the Cwarre herd are consistent exhibitors at shows and sales, and have previously won the Reserve female title at the Royal Welsh with Cwarre Cinderella’s Firefly in 2015.
Winning the Male Championship was the June 2022 born Pistyll Nightrider from GA & HM Francis, Pistyll Uchaf, Abergorlech, Carmarthen. This calf is by the noted Team Celtic and is out of Pistyll Frances VG87, a Brookwood Alla King daughter. The Pistyll herd who hold the Welsh Simmental record for a bull sold at sale, the 26,000gns Pistyll Kingsman at Stirling in February 2021, have also previously won the Reserve Female Championship at the Royal Welsh Show.
2023 Royal Welsh Show Simmental Results
Judge: Michael Barlow, Denizes Herd.
Bull, born on or before 1st January 2022 and 31st March 2022
1st OC & E Jewell Ebbsley Nice Guy
2nd A & R Davies Hirwaun Nos Da
Bull, born on or after 1st April 2022
1st GA & HM Franics Pistyll Nightrider
2nd OC & E Jewell Ebbsley North Star
3rd A & R Davies Hirwaun Neville 22
Heifer, born on or between 1st January 2021 and 31st August 2021
1st Finlay Soutter Brandane Millie
2nd Lizzie Harding Hallway Winnies Majesty
Heifer, born on or between 1st September 2021 and 31st December 2021
Cursons take the Male Championship with Cade Nugget
Popes Princess Noor lifts the Overall Junior Championship
Wacton herd wins most points across the show classes
Cade Nugget wins Male Continental Interbreed
Finlay Soutter wins Royal Norfolk Young Handlers Championship
The high-quality Simmental summer road show moved to the Royal Norfolk which provided the platform for the 2023 Simmental English National Show held on Wednesday 28th June. Close on sixty pedigree Simmentals put on a super breed spectacle in front of the judge John Moore of the highly noted Omorga herd, Omagh, Co Tyrone. After some strong competition across the classes it was the six-year-old cow Popes Princess Immie, with her bull calf at foot Popes Premier, who took the Overall Supreme Championship title, and Champion Female title, for Jimmy & Vikki Wood, Popes Farm, Preston, Lancashire.
For the Popes herd of some 50 cows and followers, and which is synonymous with producing quality Simmental females and bulls from high end cow families, this was a remarkable two in a row, and three out of the previous four, Overall Supreme Championships at the breed’s English National Shows! There’s clearly something in the Norfolk air that brings the best out of Popes Princess Immie as she won her class as a heifer in 2019 at the last English National held at the Royal Norfolk, and in what was her only previous show outing other than being shown as a calf at foot in Interbreed winning teams with her mum in 2017! Full of breeding Popes Princess Immie is by the 20,000gns stock bull Kilbride Farm Comber who the Woods say is ‘really stamping some quality females through the herd’ and is out of the noted Popes Princess Cleo EX95. This highly decorated show cow in her own right was also the dam of last year’s English National Show Champion, Popes Princess Lumi, and the dam of Popes Princess Hettie, the mother of the 2023 Junior Champion at the English National Show, Popes Princess Noor. For good measure, Popes Princess Immie’s cracking bull calf at foot, the January born Popes Premier by Popes Lethal Weapon, went on to win the prize for the Best Simmental Calf at Foot.
Commenting at the close of the judging, John Moore said: “Popes Princess Immie is just a very modern Simmental cow. She’s a super easy fleshing female with a lovely second thigh, is full of milk, and is a working Simmental mum rearing a really good calf at foot. Across the classes there’s been a terrific show of Simmentals, particularly the females, and the standard is a great credit to all of the exhibitors who I warmly congratulate.”
Speaking to this further Championship win, Jimmy & Vikki Wood said: “It’s really fantastic, and a great honour, to win the Simmental English National Show. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into the cattle by all in the Popes team and days like this continue to make it all so worthwhile. There have been some tremendous Simmental cattle on show this summer and today very much continued that trend. The local breeders in the East Anglian area are producing some great cattle and the quality of Simmental stock across the show was of a really high standard. We’ll continue to be very loyal to both the Simmental breed and to the English National Show as we feel it’s a terrific shop window.”
The aforementioned Popes Princess Noor cemented another top day for the Popes Herd when she won the Overall Junior, and Junior Female Championships. With a connectivity in breeding, this April 2022 born ET calf is by the noted Team Celtic and out of Popes Princess Hettie making her a full sister to the 2022 Champion Popes Princess Lumi, and a half sister to this year’s Champion. Again, this was a first show outing for this stylish young heifer.
Lifting the Reserve Overall Supreme, and the Female Overall Reserve, was the senior cow Sterling Celia’s Fifi who is ‘multiply owned’ by the Cade herd of Paul & Sharrie Cade, Paddock Farm, Buckden; the Brandane herd of Jimmy McMillan, Bradwell Ash, Bury St Edmunds; and the Key herd of GD Key & Sons, Loddon, Norwich. It was very much a high powered ‘shoot out’ in the classes as this nine-year-old cow, shown with her February heifer calf Cades Fifi’s Patience, placed second to the Supreme Champion in the class and followed her all the way through to the Overall Reserve. Sterling Celia’s Fifi, bred by Boddington Estates, by Sterling Cotswold, and out of Sterling Delores Celia, is a past winner of the English National Show having lifted the title in 2017 as a calved heifer at the Three Counties Show. Later that same year she was sold for 22,000gns, a then albeit briefly held Simmental female record, at the Boddington Estate Herd Dispersal Sale and to Harte Farms, Republic of Ireland. Roll on to 2021 and the animal in herself allied to the know depth of breeding and performance, saw the consortium put together buy Sterling Celia’s Fifi for 6200 Euros at the Harte’s online Dispersal Sale.
It was a major show debut to remember for local breeders Chris & Zara Curson of the Hollybrook herd, based some ten minutes from the showground, at Hollybrook Farm, Dereham, who lifted the Overall Male Championship, and Junior Male Championship with their February 2022 born bull Cade Nugget. Purchased privately in March this year from Paul & Sharrie Cade, Paddock Farm, Buckden, this bull is by Sacombe Jameson, and out of Brandane Kathleen, a Blackford Hurricane daughter. On the day the bull was shown by the Cade’s daughter Erin who was also the person who originally halter trained Nugget! On the second day of the show, and drawing an emotional tear or two from the exhibitors, Cade Nugget was tapped out as the show’s Interbreed Male Continental Champion by the judge Mary Cormack. Commenting firstly on the purchase of the bull Chris Curson said: “We first saw the bull in January this year before buying him in March. I liked the breeding behind him with Sterling Gino and the bull in himself is just very correct with great lines, he’s good on his plates, walks well and just carries a bit of style. He’ll be used on both our 20-cow-pedigree herd and also in the 40 cow suckler herd which is predominantly Simmental based.” More generally on their fantastic showing debut, Chris went on to say: “Living just ten minutes away this is a show I grew up with and have been to over many years. To now meet with this success is truly amazing and just a tremendous honour. With the English National on our doorstep we really wanted to support the show. There’s some great Simmental cattle in this area as we’ve seen today from a number of breeders and the show was really competitive but in such a friendly environment amongst supportive exhibitors.”
Following the Male Champion through from his class to take the Reserve Overall Male, and Reserve Junior Male, was the February 2022 born Grangewood Nobel from the Leedham team of Andrew & Yvonne, and their son Callum, from Rowan Farm, Pickering, North Yorkshire. This calf is by Ranfurly Impeccable and is out of Grangewood Polly’s Girl from the herd’s noted Grangewood Polly female line. Later in the day, the Leedhams met with further success when winning the Best Pair bred by exhibitor. Grangewood Nobel teamed up to win this section with the second prize heifer Grangewood Tollie’s Millie. This September 2021 born heifer is also by Ranfurly Impeccable and is out of Grangewood Tollie’s Iris, a daughter of Grangewood Glenlivet who had bred to price sale bulls for the herd. Rounding off a cracking day for the herd, Grangewood Tollie’s Natasha took the red rosette in the strong second heifer class of the day. January 2022 born this heifer is again By Ranfurly Impeccable and is out of Grangewood Tollie’s Hope, an Omorga Volvo daughter.
Back in the females and taking the Senior Heifer title was Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th from the Wacton herd of another local breeder RE & SHW Steggles, Fieldings, Honingham, Norfolk. This heifer purchased for 8000gns at the Next Generation II Simmental Sale at Carlisle in December 2022 from breeders MA Barlow & Son, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancashire, is full of breeding with both parents being Royal Highland Show Champions. Denizes Eve’s Beauty is by Blackford Galaxy and is out of the herd’s famous Auroch Eve. Arriving at Norfolk with a little show record behind her, Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th had previously been Breed Champion at the recent Royal Suffolk Show and where she also featured in the winning Simmental Interbreed Pair. The Wacton herd was originally established in the early 1970’s by Russell Steggles one of the breed’s pioneering importers, before being sold in the mid 1980s. A mini revival by Russell’s grandson Sam saw the herd last show at the Royal Norfolk some 25 years ago. Roll on to the present and the family Steggles in the shape of Sam, and his wife Caroline, and children William and Polly have their sights on fully re-establishing the herd and with ambitions to grow it from its present seventeen head to some 50 cows built upon cornerstone females with proven quality bloodlines. The 2023 Simmental English National Show proved to be a hugely successful one with the Wacton herd perhaps most noticeably winning the award, the Imex Plate, for the breeder and herd winning the award for the most points in the classes. Four first prizes, a second, and a third, went a long way to securing that, and accompanied by a host of titles for pairs, groups, and exhibitor bred in a remarkable day! Speaking afterwards Sam Steggles said: “Norfolk is our home show and we could just about walk the cows here. With it being combined with the English National Show, and to meet with the success we’ve had, has been a truly mind blowing experience and is now a very high bar to exceed. To win the ‘most points’ award with the esteemed breeders and enthusiasts that were here is amazing and an emotional phone call has been shared with my grandmother!
A huge shout out also to young breeder Finlay Soutter whose outstanding heifer Brandane Millie stood second in another high-quality class to Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th. On the second day young Finlay swept all before him when he won the prestigious Overall Championship for Young Handlers and was presented with his prize by William, Prince of Wales! Please look out for a further post on this fantastic achievement!
Full list of show results to follow….
Heifer, born on or after 1 April 2022
1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Noor
2 – D A & L A Sapsed – Heathbrow Natasha
3 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Nellys Neva
4 – Thomas Hill – Scotland Hill Francesca Nesta
5 – R J Grenham – Boars Head Karina 12th
Heifer, born on or between 1 January and 31 March 2022
1 – A S & Y A Leedham – Grangewood Tollie’s Natasha
2 – P A & S M Cade – Cade Fauna’s Nina
3 – P Gunther – Fircovert Nancy
4 – Mrs H Clarke – Williams Ellie’s Nelly
Heifer, born on or between 1 August and 31 December 2021
1 – R E & S H W Steggles – Scotland Hill Wisteria Miss Echo
2 – A S & Y A Leedham – Grangewood Tollie’s Millie
3 – Mr & Mr L J Dowley – Theberton Morning Glory
Heifer, born on or between 1 April and 31 July 2021
1 – Mr & Mrs L J Dowley – Theberton Mouse
2 – R E & S H W Steggles – Brandane Mint
3 – R E & S H W Steggles – Scotland Hill Ivy Molly
4 – R Grenham – Boars Head Karina 10th
5 – P Gunther – Fircovert Melanie
Heifer, born on or between 1 January and 31 March 2021
1 – R E & S H W Steggles – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th
2 – Finlay Soutter – Brandane Millie
3 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Trixies Mikala
4 – James Griffin – Hemingford Madonna
5 – D A & LA Sapsed – Heathbrow Milky Way
Cow or Heifer, born in 2020 in-milk with calf at foot or certified in calf and due to calve before 3 years of age
1 – P Gunther – Fircovert Lizbet
Cow, born in 2018 or 2019 in-milk or certified in calf at the time of the Show
1 – J McMillan – Brandane Kirsty
2 – D A & L A Sapsed – Heathbrow Jasmine
3 – Mr & Mrs L J Dowley – Theberton Joanne
Cow, born before 1 January 2018 in-milk or certified in calf at the time of the Show
1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Immie
2 – P A & S M Cade – Sterling Celia’s Fifi
3 – Mr & Mrs L J Dowley – Theberton Iris
Bull, born on or after 1 April 2022
1 – T Hill – Scotland Hill Napolen
2 – G D Key & Sons – Key Nicholas
3 – Mrs H Clarke – Williams Nicholas
4 – Miss K McCaig – St Trinians Noddie
Bull, born or between 1 January and 31 March 2022
1 – Chris Curson – Cade Nugget
2 – A S & Y A Leedham – Grangewood Nobel
3 – Mr P Gunther – Fircovert Neptune
4 – D A & L A Sapsed – Heathbrow Nationwide
Pair of Animals of either sex entered in the above classes, the property of the same exhibitor
1 – R E & S H W Steggles
2 – A S & Y A Leedham
Group of Three – The best group of three to be owned or bred by the exhibitor
1 – A S & Y A Leedham – Grangwood Tollie’s Millie, Grangewood Tollie’s Natasha & Grangewood Nobel
2 – D A & L A Sapsed – Heathbrow Nancy, Heathbrow Nationwide & Heathbrow Nadia
Group of Four – The best group of four to be owned or bred by the exhibitor
2023 Competition to be held from July – mid August
Back with a summer bang, the fourth staging of the British Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show has been announced and will take place over a six-week period through July to mid-August.
Initiated in 2020 when there were no summer shows, this picture-based competition has caught the imagination and proved to be hugely popular with participating breeders having a go, and through the power of social media, an audience stretching across the UK and around the globe.
To date the competition has attracted some spectacular entries and with the 2021 edition seeing a remarkable 754 animals entered from breeders across the four home nations. Class and Championship winners have reflected the strength in depth of British Simmental cattle across the country and with he first three overall winners being from Cheshire, Moray, and Cornwall!
First and foremost it’s a fun competition and an opportunity for Simmental herds, large and small, to participate. We again hope that the ‘Virtual’ Show provides a very visible window through which to promote British Simmental genetics to fellow breeders, potential buyers, commercial producers, the UK industry in all its parts, and to a global online audience interested in good cattle. Previous editions of the event, and now in harness with the summer shows, have also highlighted animals with forward Simmental sales potential.
Last year, and in recognition of the live summer show season being back, the classes were tightened to six in all, and followed by the Overall Championships. We’ve stuck with that again this year and with the schedule as follows:
2023 BRITISH SIMMENTAL ‘VIRTUAL’ SHOW
Class 1: Bull Calf born on or after 1st August 2022. Calf name and date of birth to be stated.
Entries Open: 30th June Entries Close: 7th July
Class 2: Heifer Calf born on or after 1st August 2022. Calf name and date of birth to be stated.
Entries Open: 8th July Entries Close: 14th July
Class 3: Bull born between 1st January 2021 to 31st July 2022. Bull name and date of birth to be stated.
Entries Open: 15th July Entries Close: 21st July
Class 4: Heifer born between 1st January 2021 – 31st July 2022. Calf name and date of birth to be stated.
Entries Open: 22nd July Entries Close: 28th July
Class 5: Bull born before 1st January 2021. Bull name and date of birth to be stated.
Entries Open: 29th July Entries Close: 4th August
Class 6: Cow any age, In milk. Udder must be seen in picture, no calf to be seen in picture. Cow name and date of birth to be stated.
Entries Open: 5th August Entries Close: 11th August
Special 1: Male Champion Announced w/c 15th August.
Special 2: Female Champion Announced w/c 15th August.
Special 3: Overall Champion Announced w/c 15th August.
So, the sun is presently shining, the die is cast, and it’s now over to you! We very much hope you’ll take full aim at the 2023 British Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show and once again, let’s see if we can ‘wow the online crowds’ with another showcase of quality British Simmental genetics.
Keep an eye on Facebook for updates and reminders of the respective classes.
Quality and breeding was to the fore when the maiden heifer Ballinalare Farm Nikita from Mr J & Mr A Wilson, Newry, Co Down lifted the Simmental Overall Supreme Championship at the 2023 RUAS Balmoral Show, Balmoral Park, on Wednesday 10th May.
A small but strong Simmental section was presented before the judge on the day, Stewart Stronach of the prolific Islavale herd, Berryleys Farm, Keith on the opening afternoon of what was the 154th staging of Northern Ireland’s blue riband agricultural show.
The fifteen-month-old Ballinalare Farm Nikita took first prize in the second class of the day before moving on to win the Heifer Championship, the Overall Female Championship, and getting the judge’s final tap out as the day’s Overall Supreme Champion. February 2022 born, Ballinalare Farm Nikita is sired by the 14,000gns Saltire Impressive who was also the sire of last year’s RUAS Balmoral Show Champion. She is out of Ballinalare Farm Ilyssa whose Granddam is a full sister of the noted Ballinalare Farm Nightrider who was bought by Iain Green, Fochabers and went on to breed well in the noted Corskie herd.
Commenting on his Champion, the judge Stewart Stronach said: “Ballinalare Farm Nikita was an outstanding animal. Long and clean, she just oozed breed and show character. A really modern Simmental heifer and a very worthy Champion.”
Long term exhibitors, the Wilsons have been showing at the RUAS Balmoral Show for over 30 years and with many Championship wins in that time. Perhaps most notably is Ballinalare Farm Money Penny who won in 2004 as a heifer, before repeating the win in 2005 with her first calf, and completing the hat-trick in 2006 with her second calf! This is a feat never completed previously with a homebred animal.
From here the aim of the Wilsons is to continue to show Ballinalare Farm Nikita throughout this summer and to help with the promotion of the fourth Production Sale from the Ballinalare herd, and along with the Ranfurly herd, planned to be held in September 2024.
The Championship win continued what has been a terrific 2023 year to date for the Ballinalare Farm father and son team Joe and Alan Wilson. In February, Alan Wilson’s Bannhill Farm Masterpiece lifted the Supreme Championship at the Stirling Simmental Bull Sale before going on to sell for 28,000gns, and set a new record top price for a Simmental bull from Northern Ireland.
Following the Champion through the female section, and lifting the Reserve Overall Supreme title, and Reserve Overall female was the winner of the first class of the day, Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st M14 from David and Jonny Hazelton’s Dungannon based 20-cow herd. October 2021 born, Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st is out of Ranfurly Lady Diana 33rd J5 18 VG88, a Raceview King daughter, and whose pedigree goes back to the renowned Salisbury Guinevere, the foundation female of that line. Lady Diana 41st is by the prolific Auchorachan Hercules who himself was bred from a Ranfurly embryo and which in itself is a great source of pride for the Hazeltons. Again, regular exhibitors at Balmoral over a number of years the Ranfurly herd won back to back Championships in 2018, and 2019, and lifted the Reserve Overall title last year.
Commenting on Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st M14, David Hazelton said: “We’re delighted to win both the Reserve Overall and Reserve Female titles at this prestigious show. This heifer has always had that bit of star quality and she was shown successfully as a calf last year at both Armagh and Dungannon. At this point we have plans to take her to one or two further summer shows this year.” Later in the show there was further success for the Ranfurly herd when Ranfurly Weikel 45th M11, who placed second to the Reserve Overall in her class, took Reserve in the Interbreed Continental Heifer – Beef Recorded Championship. In the Interbreed Exhibitor Bred Pairs, judged by George Harvey, Perth, Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st M14 teamed up with Ranfurly Notorious 22, the February 2022 born Auchorachan ACDC son, to take a very creditable third in the Interbreed Exhibitor Bred Pairs.
Michael Durno’s Auchorachan breeding was again evident in the bulls with the Male Championship being awarded to Auchorachan Majestic 21 entered and shown by William & Jane Dodd who run the Craigy pedigree herd at Saintfield, Co Down. This September 2021 born bull was purchased at Stirling in February this year with William Dodd saying; “We just thought this bull had something special when we saw him as he was just full of style and not too extreme. We were delighted to get him and now to win the Male Championship at Balmoral with him is just a fantastic bonus. However his showing days are now over as he is the herd’s new stock bull and will soon be going out with the cows!”
In what is only the Craigy herds second year showing at Balmoral this is their second Male Championship in a row and following on from the homebred Craigy Max’s win last year. Rounding off a cracking show day for the Dodds, the February 2022 born Craigy Notorious also won his class before placing Reserve Junior Champion to the Overall Supreme. Craigy Notorious is by Keeldrum Fabregas 14, and is out of the Popes Barclay daughter Craigy Violet G6. Very much a family affair, Notorious was ‘picked from the pens’ by Jamie and Lewis, William and Jane’s sons who spotted his potential from being a young calf. Both keen cattle men in their own right, Jamie and Lewis took turns to show the bulls on the day.
Come the Interbreeds the Simmental entries more than held their own and with the Simmentals taking the Reserve Overall in the Interbreed Group of Three in front of the judge Andrew Hughes, Halifax. The Simmental team comprised of Ballinalare Farm Nikita; Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st; and Auchorachan Majestic.
Congratulations are extended to all exhibitors at the 2023 RUAS Balmoral Show who represented the Simmental breed so well.
2023 Balmoral Show Simmental Results
The Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Championship Trophy for the Champion: Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Nikita Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st M14.
British Simmental Cattle Society Engraved Crystal Glasses for the Champion: Alan Wilson
Imex Perpetual Cow Bell for the Female Champion: Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Nikita Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st M14
Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union Perpetual Trophy for the Female Champion: Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Nikita Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st M14
Bobbie Gamble Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Best Heifer: Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Nikita Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st M14
NI Simmental Club Trophy for the Exhibitor-bred Male Champion: William and Jane Dodd, Auchorachan Majestic 21. Reserve: William & Jane Dodd, Craigy Notorious 22.
William Black Memorial Perpetual Cup for the Male Champion: William and Jane Dodd, Auchorachan Majestic 21. Reserve: William & Jane Dodd, Craigy Notorious 22.
News Letter Shield for Junior champion: Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Nikita . Reserve: William & Jane Dodd, Craigy Notorious 22.
Silver Award for the best exhibit bred in Northern Ireland: Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Nikita.
Cow or heifer, born between 1 July 21 & 31 December 21 – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st M14. 2 WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 45th M11. 3, Connor Wilkinson, Mount Natalia.
Heifer, born on or after 01/01/22 – 1, Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Nikita; 2, Andrew Clarke, Breaghey Vida N435; 3, Andrew Clarke, Breaghey Nadine. 4 Molly Bradley, Clonagh Posh Pixie.
Bull, born on or before 31/12/21 – 1, William and Jane Dodd, Auchorachan Majestic 21.
Bull born on or after 1st January 2022 – 1 William & Jane Dodd, Craigy Notorious 22. 2 WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Notorious N2. 3 Mrs Julie Wallace, Ashfurly Notorious
Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, WD and JD Hazelton; 2, William & Jane Dodd; 3, Andrew Clarke.