The atmosphere is growing at Stirling, with the Simmental show taking place this afternoon, judged by Chris Martindale, of the Forsdale herd, St Martins, Shropshire.

The crowning glory went to the Supreme male and senior champion Denizes Monty 21 from MA Barlow & Sons, Leyland, Lancashire. No stranger to the showring, this January 2021-born bull was awarded the junior championship at the Highland show in June. His homebred sire is Denizes Hamish, and his Dam Denizes Trixie-Belle 6th, is a daughter of the 21,000gns Auchorachan Wizard.

The reserve supreme male, was another Lancashire bred bull, JH & VG Wood’s intermediate champion Popes Matchmaker. Bred out of Popes Whispers Della, who goes back to the 9,500gns Banwy Wonderboy, this 18-month old lad is sired the 10,000gns and Agri Expo junior male champion Denizes Impressive.

The January 2021-born Overhill House Marshall, stood reserve in the senior championship. A son of the 24,000gns Islavale Heston and the 6,200gns Newbiemains Izzie, he is bred and exhibited by Richard McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian.

The intermediate section reserve bull was Islavale Matrix, an 18-month-old from WS Stronach, Keith, Banffshire, who is out of Curaheen Bandit sired Islavale Bramble 2 and by Corskie Highlander, who was purchased by Mr Stronach in 2017 and has gone on to breed 170 progeny into his herd.

Mr Stronach went on to claim the junior championship award with Islavale Mint, an April 2021-born bull by the above mentioned Corskie Highlander and out of Islavale Amber, an Islavale Echo daughter.

The Reserve Junior champion was the class eight winner Keeldrum Midas from David Lowry, Newsteadings Farm, Lanark. This April 2021 born is entirely homebred being by Keeldrum Gambler and out of Keeldrum Rebecca.

The days female champion is Popes Nelly’s Mia, an April 2021-born heifer from JH & VG Wood, Dutton, Lancashire. Sired by the aforementioned Denizes Impressive, she is bred out of Popes Nellys Ilia, who goes back to Swingletree Emporor.

Standing reserve was Thomas Hill’s Scotland Hill Mabel, from Wadworth, Doncaster. She is out of the Burghbridge Duncan daughter Scotland Hill Hattie, and the sire of this 19-month-old heifer is the Irish bred Clonagh King Eyes.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the ringside for the sale tomorrow, which starts at 11am.

The class results are as follows:

Class 1 – Bull born on or between 4 November 2020 & 16 January 2021
1st – Lot 648: MA Barlow & Sons – DENIZES MONTY – s. Denizes Hamish
2nd – Lot 647: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE MARSHALL – s. Islavale Heston
3rd – Lot 644: Mr WG MacPherson – BLACKFORD LOCAL HERO – s. Heathbrow Important
4th – Lot 643: Bruce Lambie – FALLHILLS LEGEND – s. Islavale Gallant
5th – Lot 646: WJ & J Green – CORSKIE MELDREW – s. Kilbride Farm Haka

Class 2 – Bull born on or between 17 January & 18 February 2021
1st – Lot 652: WJ & J Green – CORSKIE MIKAH – s. Kilbride Farm Haka
2nd – Lot 653: WJ & J Green – CORSKIE MONACH – s. Kilbride Farm Haka
3rd – Lot 660: Crudie Farming Company – CRUDIE MAVERICK – s. Drumsleed Kenya
4th – Lot 659: Crudie Farming Company – CRUDIE MONTE CARLO – s. Blackford Iolair
5th – Lot 663: Mr & Mrs S & L Blomfield – SWAY MONARCH – s. Sway Kingsman

Class 3 – Bull born on or between 19 February & 15 March 2021
1st – Lot 664: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD MAXIMUS – s. Team Celtic
2nd – Lot 675: Delfur Farms – DELFUR MAVERICK – s. Woodhall Instinct
3rd – Lot 667: WH Robson & Sons – KILBRIDE FARM MAJESTIC – s. Kilbride Farm Jetstream
4th – Lot 668: D & R Durno & Sons – AUCHORACHAN MALCOLM – s. Auchorachan Acdc
5th – Lot 665: Delfur Farms – DELFUR MAXIMUS – s. Woodhall Instinct

Class 4 – Bull born on or between 16 & 23 March 2021
1st – Lot 685: JH & VG Wood – POPES MATCHMAKER – s. Denizes Impressive
2nd – Lot 682: D & R Durno & Sons – AUCHORACHAN MAGIC – s. Auchorachan Acdc
3rd – Lot 680: Gordon L Clark – BROOMBRAE MONTY – s. Roma Jaguar
4th – Lot 678: Mr WS Stronach – ISLAVALE MONROE – s. Curaheen Gunshot
5th – Lot 683: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR MALT – s. Wolfstar Jackaroo

Class 5 – Bull born on or between 24 & 28 March 2021
1st – Lot 697: Mr WS Stronach – ISLAVALE MOJO – s. Curaheen Giant
2nd – Lot 693: Mr WS Stronach – ISLAVALE MAGNUM – s. Team Celtic
3rd – Lot 688: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR MUSTANG – s. Wolfstar Jimmy Choo
4th – Lot 695: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR MONARCH – s. Wolfstar Jimmy Choo
5th – Lot 694: Mr WS Stronach – ISLAVALE MERLIN – s. Ranfurly Confederate

Class 6 – Bull born on or between 29 March & 6 April 2021
1st – Lot 698: Mr WS Stronach – ISLAVALE MATRIX – s. Corskie Highlander
2nd – Lot 701: Mr WS Stronach – ISLAVALE MAXIMUS – s. Dermotstown Delboy
3rd – Lot 707: Mr & Mrs AS & YA Leedham – GRANGEWOOD MUSKATEER – s. Ranfurly Impeccable
4th – Lot 702: Mr WS Stronach – ISLAVALE MITCH – s. Corskie Highlander
5th – Lot 699: R & L Storer Smith – STORERSMITH MORSE – s. Ballinalare Farm Galaxy

Class 7 – Bull born on or between 7 & 12 April 2021
1st – Lot 714: Mr WS Stronach – ISLAVALE MINT – s. Corskie Highlander
2nd – Lot 716: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD MEDALLION – s. Islavale Jabba
3rd – Lot 710: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD MAJOR – s. Islavale Jabba
4th – Lot 712: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR MAXIMUS – s. Wolfstar Jackaroo
5th – Lot 713: Mr GW Smith – DRUMSLEED MONTREAL – s. Wolfstar Gordy

Class 8 – Bull born on or between 13 April & 3 May 2021
1st – Lot 727: Mr D Lowry – KEELDRUM MIDAS – s. Keeldrum Gambler
2nd – Lot 730: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE MYLES – s. Aultmore Goliath
3rd – Lot 729: HC Stubbs & AA Burleigh – DERRYCALLAGHAN MASTER – s. Manor Park Hansome
4th – Lot 731: Strathisla Farms – STRAHISLA MANDARIN – Dirnanean Grafter
5th – Lot 728: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE MAJOR – s. Aultmore Goliath

Class 9 – Bull born on or after 4 May 2021
1st – Lot 737: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS MARQUIS 21 – s. Skerrington Iceman
2nd – Lot 741: Thomas Hill – SCOTLAND HILL MERLIN – s. Clonagh King Eyes
3rd – Lot 733: WJ & J Green – CORSKIE MEGASTAR – s. Holmgaard Neils Peter
4th – Lot 742: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMANS MEATH – s. Annick Klondyke
5th – Lot 732: JC MacIver – COLTFIELD MURRY – Rockytop Invader

Class 10 – Heifer born on or after 27 March 2020
1st – Lot 749: JH & VG Wood – POPES NELLYS MIA – s. Denizes Impressive
2nd – Lot 753: Thomas Hill – SCOTLAND HILL MABEL – s. Clonagh King Eyes
3rd – Lot 750: Thomas Hill – SCOTLAND HILL IVY MOLLY – s. Clonagh King Eyes
4th – Lot 746: Mr C Fordyce – BLAIR LAALAA – s. Vale Royal Hamish
5th – Lot 752: Thomas Hill – SCOTLAND HILL MARY – s. Clonagh King Eyes

Group of Three Animals



Supreme Champion & Female Champion Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti

After seven weeks, six main classes and the Female and Male Championships, we have reached the pinnacle of this years British Simmental Virtual show.

Now in its third year, the competition was launched in 2020 to bring ‘some fun and competition’ for members, who were missing the summer show season during the Covid pandemic. Due to the popularity of the competition in its inaugural year and in 2021, the Society decided to run the competition again for 2022 and we have been delighted by the support that it has received. With a reduced format of just three male and three female classes, we have received a fantastic 286 entries.

Rising to the top, this year’s Supreme champion is the January 2020 born heifer Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti from Steve & Gill Gummow, Higher Killiworgie Farm, Newquay, Cornwall, who beat out 70 other heifers to win her class and 184 other females to collect the Female championship accolade which was awarded earlier this week.

Sired by the 2017 English National Show Reserve Champion Lynfield Hamish 16, Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti is out of Boars Head Miranda EX90, bred by Mr RJ Grenham, who goes back to the Irish-bred AI bull Seaview Prince Charming.

The Supreme Championship judge was David Sapsed of the esteemed Heathbrow Simmental herd, Codicote, Hertfordshire, which was established back in 1995. Of the champion Lottie, he commented, “I felt that this heifer was a well-balanced beast, very feminine looking and stylish, with a superb top line, width and length and excellent legs and feet. The aforementioned reasons are why I have decided to make her my Supreme champion. Given good luck she should grow into a wonderful breeding cow.

Having said all of that, I should take nothing away from my reserve Champion, the Male Champion Auchorachan Malt who I particularly like as he is tall, upstanding and stylish with good legs and feet, a great body with an excellent head, neck and shoulders. He also should have a bright future in front of him.

Reserve Supreme Champion & Male Champion Auchorachan Malt

Both the male and female champions represented great examples of young Simmental animals but, overall Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti is my pick for the Supreme Champion.

I would like to the thank the Society for asking me to judge the British Simmental 2022 Virtual Show Supreme Championship and to all of the members who took part.”

The Society would like to thank our Supreme Champion judge David Sapsed and all of his fellow judges who kindly gave up their time to select the winners of this year’s show: our Female Champion judge Richard McCulloch; our Male Champion judge Simon Key; and our class judges Gary Christie, Jonny Hazelton, Richard Cumming, Frank Kelly, Gavin Brown and Rob Fitton, who we think you will agree have done an excellent job.

We would also like to extend our thanks to all of our members who supported the competition by submitting entries and to everyone who has joined in the fun on Facebook, from the United Kingdom and across the world.



It’s a ‘big up’ and hearty congratulations to D & R Durno & Sons, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, whose March 2021 born bull Auchorachan Malt 21 has been judged as the Male Champion in this year’s Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show.

Entirely homebred, Auchorachan Malt is by the noted Auchorachan Hercules 16, whose sons averaged £10,500 in 2021 and have sold up to a top price to date of 18,000gns. Auchorachan Malt’s dam is Auchorachan Hilly 8 EX90, a daughter of the 9,000gns Team Fergus 14 EX91. Auchorachan Malt’s Championship win saw him prevail from over 100 Simmental bulls entered across the three classes.

Judging the Male Championship was Simon Key who runs the noted Key herd at Abbey Farm, Mundham, Loddon, Norwich and who commented: “Firstly, I’d like to thank the British Cattle Simmental Society for asking me to judge the Overall Male Championship in this year’s Virtual Show. Secondly, a big well done to everyone who has entered this fun competition and had a go. As ‘amateur snappers’ it’s very difficult to take that spot-on picture that you’re entirely happy with and does your animal full justice. However, a great entry again that continues to highlight and promote the Simmental breed so well.

The three first prize bulls in the Championship line-up are a credit to their breeders and owners, and I’m sure each will do a fantastic job if they are put forward to sell at a sale, or to be used at home in their respective herds. It was a tough decision as all are top bulls and look to have different strengths and characteristics.

In his picture the Overall Champion Auchorachan Malt really looks a long bull, clean through the middle, and from the angle well-muscled with a good second thigh. He just had the edge for me in a very close competition, and well done to the Durno team. Lastly, I’d just like to say that the Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show has once again been great to follow, and with the entries again being a credit to all.”

A big thank you is extended to Simon for his judging and his warm comments.



In the first ‘big reveal’ of the 2022 Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show, huge congratulations are extended to Steve & Gill Gummow, Higher Killiworgie Farm, Newquay, Cornwall who have won this year’s Female Championship with Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti.

The January 2020 born Lotti becomes the first heifer to win the Female Championship in what is the third staging of the Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show, and after prevailing in a class of 71 heifers, and 185 females in all across the three female classes.

Sired by the 2017 English National Show Reserve Champion Lynfield Hamish 16, Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti is out Boars Head Miranda EX90, bred by Mr RJ Grenham, and who goes back to the Irish-bred AI bull Seaview Prince Charming.

The Female Championship was judged by Richard McCulloch who runs the noted Overhill House herd at Armadale, West Lothian. Commenting, Mr McCulloch said: “First of all, I’d like to thank the British Simmental Cattle Society for asking me to judge this year’s Virtual Female Championship 2022. I would also like to congratulate the individual class judges who did such a great job – well done!

My Champion is Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti, an outstanding, very flashy heifer, and just my type. Full of breed character, she has a great body with a square end, a good top line and a super head. In my opinion, she’s a terrific Simmental heifer and a very worthy Champion.

I would also like to complement the two other female class winners that were put in front of me. First of all, Haystar Diamond is a real smart calf, well grown for her age and with great potential. Secondly, Gerrard Belinda the 60th, a good working cow with lots of depth, easy fleshed with a good udder – a great advert for the breed.

Well done to all participants that entered this year’s Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show – what an advertisement for this fantastic breed! Congratulations to everyone and wishing you all the very best.”

We’d like to thank Richard and also to echo his comments. Thank you also to everyone who entered females in this years Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show. In recognition of the live summer show season being back this year, we tightened the classes a little and reduced the number to six in all, three female and three male, and followed by the Overall Championships. Again, we’ve had terrific support with 185 entries across the three female classes.



The final class of this year’s Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show has now been judged and with a fantastic 51 entries into Class Six, Cow any age, In milk. A sincere thank you is extended to everyone who has entered and supported this year’s competition, it is greatly appreciated. It has been great to see entries from all around the UK and the huge interest that this show has again generated.

This week’s winner Gerrard Belinda 60th is an entry from Kenneth Pilkington, Danby Wiske, North Yorkshire, and who was bred by Mr RH Carter & Son, Wigton, Cumbria. Gerrard Belinda 60th, is a July 2017-born daughter of the 20,000gns Stirling Male & Intermediate Champion Kilbride Farm Comber and bred out of Gerrard Belinda 40th who goes back to popular AI bull Blackford Harvester.

The top five places for this class have been awarded by the Judge, Rob Fitton of Simply Simmentals, Lostock, Lancashire, as follows:
1st – Gerrard Belinda 60th
2nd – Kilbride Farm Eunice 223H
3rd – Mixbury-Hall Galaxy
4th – Newbiemains Ice Queen
5th – Eaton Kenita

Thanks are extended to Rob for a job well done and please keep an eye on Facebook for a follow-up video post with a few comments on what has been a terrific class.

Thank you once again to everyone who has supported the 2022 Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show and promoted the Simmental breed so well.