• 26,000gns a record for a NI Simmental female, and a sale centre record • 34 heifers average £5583.53, a sale record average and up by +£363 • Denizes sell two heifers at 10,000gns • Islavale Peaches, Weaned Calf Champion, makes 9000gns
The classy October 2022 born heifer Coolcran Heidis Noreen from Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran, Tempo, Co Fermanagh, sold for 26,000gns to lead the third staging of the Next Generation Sale of Simmental Females & Weaned Calves at H&H’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle, held on Friday 1st December.
Earlier in the day Coolcran Heidis Noreen had won the Overall Supreme Female Championship in front of the judge Reece Simmers from the noted Backmuir herd, Keith, Banffshire. Come sale time the opening bid of 10,000gns set the tone for some spirited bidding and with Reece Simmers backing up his judging by purchasing the Champion. Coolcran Heidis Noreen, who had secured a number of show titles through the summer in Northern Ireland, is by the AI sire Saltire Impressive, and is out of Coolcran Ellas Heidi.
Commenting afterwards Reece Simmers said: “This was just a tremendous heifer with great style, presence, and quality. She is long and clean with a great top line and good plates. Every angle you looked at her she was just full of class and very feminine. Coming to the sale we had no real thought to buying but this was just a complete Simmental heifer of a quality that you don’t see very often, she was a clear Champion in my eyes, and we’re delighted to have been able to buy her.”
The 26,000gns was a new record for a NI Simmental female, and was also a new Next Gen Sale, and Simmental centre record. With four animals on the day making over 10,000gns, the 34 served/maiden heifers sold averaged £5583.53 up by +£363 on the year, and again a new record average for the sale. Three weaned heifer calves averaged £5180, and the one cow and calf in the catalogue made £6300. The sale saw some strong bidding for the quality lots on offer from a combination of existing and new breeders.
For Shane and Paul McDonald, Friday 1st December 2023 was a “special day we will always remember for the rest of our lives.” Speaking after the sale Shane McDonald said: “Coolcran Heidi’s Noreen was just a stand-out calf from birth, and from one of the main family lines in the herd. She was a calf that had the potential to develop into something special and she always caught the eye of any visitors to the herd. Following attending the first Next Gen Sale in 2021, we had liked the format and the idea behind it. As such we were very keen to support it if we could and with something top drawer. After a very successful summer show season, and very strong interest in Noreen, we decided to enter her. For her to make 26,000gns and to set a new NI Simmental female is just something we could never have anticipated. We’re delighted that she’s gone to such a noted herd as Backmuir and we wish them every success with her.”
The Coolcran herd was established in 2006 and presently comprises of 20 breeding females. The herd’s previous top price had been 7000gns for Coolcran Dazzler the Intermediate Champion at Stirling in February 2014.
Lifting the Overall Reserve Female Championship and taking the second top price of 18,000gns was the April 2022 born Overhill House Neva from Richard McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian. This heifer is the first female to be offered at sale by Pistyll Kingsman, the sire of the herd’s record breaking 46,000gns bull Overhill House Neo, and is out of Overhill House Kitty Kat, an Aultmore Goliath daughter. Purchasing this heifer for his establishing Towiemore pedigree herd was the commercial producer Ryan Smith, Towiemore, Keith, Banffshire who is recognised for buying bulling heifers and taking top end Simmental heifers with calves at foot in numbers to the breeding cattle sales at Aberdeen and Northern Marts Thainstone Centre in May and October each year. Commenting on his purchase Ryan Smith said: “We have been looking for a heifer with that bit of class and star quality, and with the genetics to build the herd around. This Overhill House heifer is I think an absolute prime example of the modern Simmental. She has great depth and length, tremendous width across her plates and shoulders, and is just full of breed character, style and presence. I liked the breeding on both sides of her pedigree and of course with Pistyll Kingsman as the sire. She really looks the part but also has a good Maternal Milk figure of +10, and with her Terminal Sire Index, and Self Replacing Index both being over +100.” The Towiemore pedigree herd presently comprise of fifteen cows and the Smith family are looking to grow this to around 25 breeding females.
It was a terrific day for Lancashire breeders MA Barlow & Sons, Four Oaks, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, with a top team of ten from their noted Denizes herd averaging a fantastic £5754 and including two animals at 10,000gns. The first of these was the winner of Class Three, Denizes Melody 48 who was purchased at the 10,000gns price by AJ Bulmer for his Habton pedigree herd at Coultas Farm, Malton, North Yorkshire. January 2022 born, Denizes Melody 48 is sired by Blackford Galaxy 15, a previous Royal Highland Show Champion, and is out of Denizes Melody 31st, a Denizes Hamish sired animal. The purchase was one of seven made on the day by Alex Bulmer with others including Lot 220 Skerrington Faith 4th (P) at 5500gns; Lot 219 Denizes Cadette 44th at 4500gns; Lot 202 Newbiemains Miss Flo at 4000gns; Lot 209 Denizes Trixi Belle 22 at 4000gns; and Lot 212 Blackford Nalla at 4000gns.
Commenting after the sale Alex Bulmer said: “Denizes Melody 48 is exactly what we were looking for to add style, quality, and new blood into our Habton herd. She’s a long, wide heifer with great breed characteristics, and just what we need to keep improving. Still new to the Society, we bought seven heifers on Friday from the Denizes, Blackford, Newbiemains and Skerrington herds respectively, and to add to our foundation heifers all acquired from the Corskie herd. These new purchases will add a depth of new bloodlines as we aim to grow the herd. As well as the pedigrees we run a herd of fifty suckler cows, and the Simmental really suits our system, both pedigree and commercially. I think the sale average and the interest on Friday really shows the breed has a very bright future.”
The second Denizes animal at 10,000gns was another from the Melody family in the shape of Denizes Melody 52. This August 2022 born heifer is by the herd’s prolific Denizes Hamish and is out of the Ashland Tornado daughter Denizes Melody 18th. A maternal sister to Denizes Hero, who sold for 7000gns to Smallburn Farms, Denizes Melody 52 was bought by RE & SHW Steggles for their fast-establishing Wacton pedigree herd at Honingham, Norfolk. It was repeat custom as at last year’s Next Gen II Sale, the leading maiden heifer price on the day was the 8000gns paid for Denizes Eve’s Beauty 7th which was also purchased by the Steggles. Commenting, Sam Steggles said: “The photographs of Denizes Melody 52 really caught my eye and obviously the breeding in the pedigree is renowned going back to Stuartslaw Melody. In the flesh she was a very sweet heifer just full of quality and I’m delighted to get her to join the Wacton herd of 20 pedigree Simmentals. It was a terrific sale in general with a brisk trade and lots of competition for the quality lots on offer.”
Getting the sale off to a cracking start, the June 2020 born Denizes Rosie 3, a Denizes Hamish daughter, sold with her heifer calf at foot Denizes Rosie 5 by Grangewood Baron, for 6000gns to local breeders Messrs Airey, Little Urswick, Ulverston, Cumbria. Other Denizes animals on the day sold for 6000gns; 4500gns; 4000gns; 3800gns; and 3500gns x 3.
Selling at 9000gns was the youngest animal in the catalogue, the weaned heifer calf Islavale Peaches from the prolific Islavale herd of WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Keith, Banffshire. Earlier in the day this April 2023 born heifer had won the Overall Weaned Calf Championship, and with the Islavale herd having also won this title last year with the 6500gns Islavale Nestle. At the recent Stars of the Future Calf Show at Stirling, Islavale Peaches was the Junior Simmental Female and Overall Junior Champion. Entirely homebred, Peaches is the first heifer to be sold Islavale Lucifer 20 EX93, and is out of Islavale Honeypot VG 86 the mother of the 10,000gns Islavale Lord. Of Islavale Peaches the judge Reece Simmers said: “This a tremendous Simmental heifer calf, full of style and with a lovely head. Similar in type to my Female Champion she’s a calf with a very bright future ahead of her. Again she has great length with a tremendous top and plates, and has a good end with easy muscling.” Buying the Overall Weaned Calf Champion was the Burns Family for their establishing Tippetcraig pedigree herd at High Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. Earlier in the day the Burns had also purchased the winner of Class Five, Springfield Night Shade from Gavin Brown, Springfield Farm, Penicuik for 5000gns. This August 2022 born heifer is by the herd stock bull Islavale Jabba, and is out of Springfield Imogen. A further purchase at 4000gns was the weaned heifer calf Newton House Posh for 4000gns from JW Gosmore & Partners, Tattenhall, Chester. January 2023 born this calf is by Lissadell Mr Mullarkey VIP, and is out of Clonagh Krystal Posh.
Speaking afterwards George Burns said: “Islavale Peaches is a tremendous showy heifer, full of style with a pretty, feminine herd, and had a powerful body for a young calf, and with great conformation. We presently only have two cows but are looking to increase the herd numbers with good quality heifers to breed and show in due course. As such we’re delighted with the three purchases we made on the day.”
The Islavale herd had two entries in the catalogue and with their October 2022 born heifer, Islavale Ashley 9, making 7000gns when selling to the Lammermuir herd of James Anderson & Son, Headshaw Farm, Oxton, Lauder, Berwickshire. In the pre-sale show, Islavale Ashley 9 had stood second in her class to the day’s Overall Female Champion and sale top price. By Coose Lincoln (ET) EX90, and out of Islavale Ashley 3 EX91, Islavale Ashley 9’s parents are both classified EX and her dam is EX95 (EX2), the highest classification for a female in the Simmental breed.
Strong supporters of the Next Generation Sales, the Newbiemains herd of Jim & Patricia Goldie, Newbiemains Farm, Annan, Dumfriesshire again featured in the top prices when selling Newbiemains Mariah for 7000gns to the Dovefields pedigree herd of L Renshaw & I Brassington, Church Broughton, Derbyshire. This September 2021 born in-calf heifer is by Newbiemains Jetset 18, and is out of Woodhall Fidelity (P) EX93. Of Newbiemains Mariah Lorraine Renshaw said: “We are delighted to have purchased Newbiemains Mariah and the fact that she is in-calf is just that bit of added value. We feel she has a lot of quality and with her now settled at home it’s clear she has a super temperament. We were looking to maintain and bring a bit of size into the herd and we think Mariah will be perfect for that.” The Dovefields herd presently comprises of 30 head and is run alongside a flock of 100 sheep.
A first time vendor at the Next Generation Sale, Gavin Brown, Springfield Farm, Penicuik enjoyed a terrific debut when selling Springfield Nita to the herd’s top price on the day of 6000gns. Nita is by the herd sire Islavale Jabba and is out of Springfield Goldie, a Woodhall Beautiful daughter and described as the best breeding line in the herd. This animal was one of three purchases on the day by Philliphaugh Estate, Selkirk. On the day, three Springfield females sold for 6000gns; 5000gns; and 3000gns respectively. The herd’s bull calf Springfield Perry, again by Islavale Jabba, also won the Male Weaned Calf Class and placed Overall Reserve Weaned Calf.
Father and son team Lindsay and Robert Currie, Pinclanty, Pinmore, Girvan also made 6000gns when selling their September 2022 born heifer Braegarrie Nigella who was a first prize winner in Class Six. With a depth of breeding behind her, Braegarrie Nigella is sired by Overhill House Link, an Islavale Heston son, and is out of Braegarrie Helga, a Teviot Bouncer daughter. With a little track record behind her, Braegarrie Nigella headed to Next Gen with a class win behind her from the recent Simmental Youngstock Show held within Borderway Agri Expo at the same venue in October. Buying this animal was Richard McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian for his noted Overhill House pedigree herd.
OTHER LEADING PRICES 5,500gns – Lot 220 Skerrington Faith 4th (P) sold to R Bulmer, Great Habton, North Yorks 5,500gns – Lot 244 Overhill House Ness sold to J W Gosmore, Tattenhall, Chester 5,000gns – Lot 203 Boars Head Karina 10th sold to R & A Simmers, Keith, Banffshire 5,000gns – Lot 224 Springfield Night Shade sold G & F Burns, High Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire 4,500gns – Lot 219 Denizes Cadette 44th sold to R Bulmer, Great Habton, North Yorks
In what was a ‘fantastic Friday’ for Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour, the November 2022 born Simmental heifer Delfur Nifty won the Simmental Championship and the Overall Individual Interbreed on the opening evening of the Scottish National Fatstock Club’s Livescot Pedigree Calf Show on Friday 24th November at Lawrie & Symington’s Livestock Market, Lanark.
Initially put up as Simmental Champion by John Morton, Annan, in a show of some 29 Simmental entries, Delfur Nifty then went on to get the Overall Pedigree Championship tap from Interbreed judge Dennis Gall, Millhill, Stirling. Rounding off a cracking evening, Delfur Nifty then teamed up with her stablemate Delfur Weigela N12, to take Reserve in the Interbreed Pairs. Very much a ‘Delfur dynamic duo’, Delfur Weigela N12 had also been a class winner earlier and had placed Overall Simmental Reserve Champion.
Delfur Nifty is by Ballymoney Larry, a Saltire Impressive son, and is out of Delfur Joyful, an Islavale Cassius daughter. Delfur Weigela N12 is also a Ballymoney Larry daughter, and is out of Delfur Weigela E12, an Auchorachan ACDC daughter.
Very much a ‘Delfur dynamic duo’ this heifer combination also placed Champion and Reserve, in an entry of 60 Simmentals, at the recent Simmental Youngstock Show held within the Borderway Agri Expo event at Carlisle. Further success was achieved at the Stars of the Future Calf Show in Stirling where Delfur Nifty placed Reserve Senior Female, and with Delfur Weigela N12 winning her class.
Commenting, Delfur Simmental herd manager Garry Patterson said: “This Interbreed win has really capped a terrific run of pedigree calf shows for these two heifers. Across the three events, Simmental Youngstock, Stars of the Future, and now Livescot there really has been a tremendous strength in numbers and quality of Simmental calves shown. To meet with the success we have had, and now to win an Interbreed, is really beyond our expectation. The aim at the outset was very much just to build a little profile for Delfur Simmentals and to showcase the type of heifers we are looking to breed across the herd.” The Delfur herd presently comprises of 120 breeding females.
Kicking off with the young bulls other Simmental class winners on the night included the November 2022 born Braegarrie Nightrider from Lindsay & Robert Currie, Pinclanty, Pinmore, Girvan. This calf is by Overhill House Link, and is out of Braegarrie Hannah, a Teviot Bouncer son.
Winning the second bull calf class was Newbiemains Pacquiao. Pulling no punches, the February 2023 born Pacquiao is by Auchorachan Kennedy 19 EX92, an Auchorachan Hercules EX92 son, and is out of Newbiemains Knockout VG88, a Skerrington Iceman 17 EX95 daughter. This young bull now heads to the Next Generation III Simmental Sale of Females & Weaned Calves due to be held on Friday 1st December at Borderway Market, Carlisle.
In the youngest female class of the day, it was a first prize red ticket for Castlewigg Empire Stella 3 from Frank Gwynne, Castlewigg Farm, Whithorn, Newton Stewart. February 2023 born, this young lady is a Sterling Empire 13 EX94 daughter, and is out of the herd’s noted Castlewigg Stella Data.
Simmental Results: Livescot 2023, Lanark Market Class 1036 Bull born between 1st July 2022 and 31st December 2022 1st – Lot 133: DL & S Currie – BRAEGARRIE NIGHTRIDER s. Overhill House Link 2nd – Lot 134: J & E Dyet – MERKLAND NELSON s. Merkland Infinity 3rd – Lot 128: N & N Gwynne – CHESTERMANN NEYMAR s. Chestermann Gibble
Class 1037 Bull born after 1st January 2023 1st – Lot 138: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS PACQUIAO s. Auchorachan Kennedy 2nd – Lot 136: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE PATRICK s. Corskie Lambe 3rd – Lot 139: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD PERRY s. Islavale Jabba
Class 1038a Heifer born between 1st July 2022 and 31st October 2022 1st – Lot 146: Delfur Farms – DELFUR WEIGELA N12 s. Ballymoney Larry 2nd – Lot 141: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD NEXT GENERATION s. Islavale Jabba 3rd – Lot 142: Gavin Brown – SPRINFIELD NIGHT SHADE s. Islavale Jabba
Class 1038b Heifer born between 1st November 2022 and 31st December 2022 1st – Lot 147: Delfur Farms – DELFUR NIFTY s. Ballymoney Larry 2nd – Lot 148: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS NAP s. Newbiemains Daz 3rd – Lot 151: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE NIGELA s. pending DNA
Class 1039 Heifer born after 1st January 2023 1st – Lot 153: Frank Gwynne – CASTLEWIGG EMPIRE STELLA 3 s. Sterling Empire 2nd – Lot 152: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS POSH WAG s. Carbery Lightening 3rd – Lot 154: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS PRETTY WOMAN s. Auchorachan Kennedy
Champion Lot 147: Delfur Farms – DELFUR NIFTY Reserve Champion Lot 146: Delfur Farms – DELFUR WEIGELA N12
Interbreed Champion Lot 147: Delfur Farms – DELFUR NIFTY
• Robgill Neptune leads the bulls at 4500gns. • Strong demand and trade for females • Commercial heifers top at £2100
There was strong trade at the recent Northern Ireland Simmental Club show and sale for both pedigree bulls and females as well as commercial females. The event was held at Swatragh Livestock Market on Friday 27th October and saw large crowds gathering on the night.
Simmental has been the breed of choice for many NI farmers for both positive maternal and terminal characteristics and is continuing to remain profitable with the overall sale average, bulls and females, reaching £2,581.
There was an exceptional turnout of young bulls on show with two being sold to pedigree herds in Northern Ireland and Scotland and the average reaching £3,461.
Judge John Warnock from Carrowdore, Newtownards, was impressed by “the very good show of quality stock” which was as good he had “seen in a long time”. He noted he was particularly pleased by the Male and Female Champions.
It was Robgill Neptune who was crowned Overall Champion on the night, bred by the Farrell Family, Dromore, County Tyrone. This outstanding May 2022 born young bull is a son of Newbiemains Interceptor and a homebred Dermotstown Delboy cow, Robgill Olivia.
His power, length and flashy colour caught the eye of buyer, Barry Chambers, Shanehill Simmentals, Portadown, who purchased him for 4,500gns. As well as exhibiting an attractive appearance, Robgill Neptune displays superb figures which Barry noted will hopefully be an asset to his herd.
Dunrock New Boy, bred by the Quinn family, Cookstown, caught the eye of the judge with his length and muscle cover to secure Reserve Champion but remains with his breeder.
Coolcran Nailer, bred by the McDonald family, Tempo, was sold to the Glenlossie herd of Brian Sutherland, Moray, Scotland for 3,300gns He is in the top 15% of the breed for terminal traits including 600-day weight which is advantageous from both a pedigree and commercial perspective.
Ashland Lucy Nora, bred by Pat Kelly, Tempo was the Overall Female Champion and made the top price of 5,000gns. This April 2022 heifer has several top bloodlines in her pedigree including her sire, Ashland Legacy, Woodhall Ferrari, Atlow Dixon and Bel Dhu Capercaillie. This was reflected in her eye-catching presence in the ring with super mobility and strong potential as a pedigree breeding female. She was purchased by Peter Murtagh, Newry, Co Down.
A further two heifers were secured by Peter on the night, bred by William Dodd, Craigy Keira M6 for 3,200gns and Craigy Keira N1 for 3,000gns. The Dodd family also had a successful evening of trade selling their three heifers, with the third, Craigy Keira N5 selling for 1,900gns to Alan Minnis.
Ranfurly Weikel 46th was the Reserve Female Champion, bred by the Hazelton family, Dungannon who sold for 3,100gns to Raymond Pedlow. This December 2021 heifer is homebred out of Ranfurly Kinker and Ranfurly Weikel 25th. A terrific example of a promising breeding female.
Eamon McCloskey sold Drumagarner Nan for 3,500gns to Bryan Paul, the Dermotstown Delboy daughter displayed power and eye-catching presence in the ring.
The sale also attracted consignments from a number of leading herds including Kilbride Farm, Robson family; Nevin Smith, Edenbann; Lummin, Thompson family; Lurgill, Ann and Alan Kennedy; and Pointfarms, Matthew Cunning.
The quality of these entries was reflected by reaching some of the top prices of the evening. Heifers from the Edenbann herd of Nevin Smith, Garvagh, reached 2,900gns with Edenbann Marigold selling to Paul O’Kane. Also, Edenbann Melody made 2,500gns and Edenbann Miriam selling for 2,200gns both returning with Raymond Pedlow. All heifers are scanned in calf, with Edenbann Marigold and Edenbann Melody to Popes Jasper and Edenbann Miriam to a homebred Edenbann Lyle.
Similarly, Kilbride Farm Laura 48N, sold for 2,800gns to David Pedlow and Kilbride Farm Laura 49N sold for 2,700gns. Both heifers are bred from homebred sires, Kilbride Farm Jetstream and Kilbride Farm Gruffalo (P) respectively, and have particularly favourable figures for calving ease and gestation length.
Commercial females also sold well and were highly sought after with lots reaching top prices of £2,100 from Eamon McCloskey. Nevin Smith was also successful, making £1,950 and another entry from Eamon McCloskey making £1,900. Other strong commercial entries from David McElmurray, Gareth Bryson and Philip Woods made on average £2.65/kg, £2.71/kg and £2.77/kg respectively.
It’s a massive well done to Reece & Andrew Simmers, Backmuir Farm, Keith, Banffshire, who won the Simmental Overall Senior Championship before going on to win the Overall Senior Interbreed with their heifer calf Annick Lucia’s Nicosia (P) at the high-profile Stars of the Future Calf Show held at United Auctions, Stirling on Saturday 11th November.
September 2022 born, Annick Lucia’s Nicosia (P) is the first calf out of Annick Ginger’s Lucia who was purchased for 16,000gns last year at the Annick Herd Dispersal Sale and who won the Overall Simmental Championship at this year’s Royal Highland Show with Annick Lucia’s Nicosia (P), at foot. Annick Lucia’s Nicosia is sired by the heterozygous polled bull Kilbride Farm Karl (P).
Having been awarded the Simmental Senior Female and Overall Senior Championship by the judge Neil McIlwaine of the Corrick herd, Newtonstewart, Co Tyrone, Annick Lucia’s Nicosia (P) then ‘doubled-up’ the Championship titles when getting the Senior Interbreed Championship nod from the judge Teresa Wilson, the well-known Chief Cattle Steward at the Royal Welsh Show. It was another top showing day for the Backmuir herd who in addition to their Overall Senior Championship and Overall Senior Interbreed titles, also went on to win Reserve Junior Female; Reserve Junior Overall; and Junior Male Champion.
Commenting on his Senior Female Champion the judge Neil McIlwaine said: “This was a beautifully balanced heifer and just full of breed character. She had tremendous length and width, with a great top, and correctness right through her. A really sweet heifer, she exemplified all the traits you would look for in the Simmental breed.”
With the Simmental Championships split into two sections, the Junior Simmental Female and Overall Junior Champion came in the shape of Islavale Peaches, from the prolific Islavale herd of Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith. Entirely homebred, this April 2023 born calf is by Islavale Lucifer 20 EX93 and is out of Islavale Honeypot VG 86, the mother of the 10,000gns Islavale Lord. Islavale Peaches now heads to the Simmental Next Generation III Sale of Females & Weaned Calves at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 1st December. Strong supporters of Stars of the Future, this is the second year in a row that Islavale have won the Simmental Junior and Junior Female Championships at this event.
Of his Junior Female Champion, Neil McIlwaine said: “Another tremendous Simmental heifer and one of the youngest on the day. Again she had super length and conformation, moved out extremely well, and was very stylish. Certainly a young heifer with a big future ahead of her.” Speaking generally of the day, Neil went on to say: “I was delighted to judge at Stars of the Future and it was a super show of Simmentals giving a tremendous representation of the breed. There was a consistency throughout the classes which is a great credit to the exhibitors.”
Back in the Simmental Senior Females, the Reserve Senior Female came in the shape of the November 2022 born Delfur Nifty from Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour. At the end of October, this heifer calf had won the Simmental Championship at the Simmental Youngstock Show held within the Borderway Agri Expo at Carlisle. Delfur Nifty is by Ballymoney Larry, a Saltire Impressive son, and is out of Delfur Joyful, an Islavale Cassius daughter. Another Ballymoney Larry daughter, Delfur Weigela N12, who was Reserve Overall to Nifty at Carlisle, won Class Four at Stars of the Future.
Winning the Senior Male Championship was Islavale Novak and another from the Stronach family. October 2022 born, Novak is by Coose Lincoln and is out of the young cow Islavale Jazz. At the recent Stirling Bull Sale the Islavale herd sold the first Coose Lincoln sons at sale to a top of 13,000gns, 12,000gns, and 11,000gns respectively. Islavale Novak will now be provisionally aimed at the February 2024 Stirling Bull Sale.
Taking the Senior Male Reserve Championship was the entirely homebred Chestermann Neymar from N&N Gwynne, Castlewigg Farm, Newton Stewart. Winner of the day’s opening class, the July 2022 born Chestermann Neymar is sired by Chestermann Gibble, a Lisglass Domino son, and is out of Chestermann Ringleader Tracey 10 EX91. Chestermann Neymar is another young bull provisionally heading to Stirling in February next year.
The Reserve Junior Female and Reserve Overall Junior Champion was another from the Backmuir herd and this time Backmuir Ginger’s Paprika (P). February 2023 born this calf is out of Annick Colleen’s Ginger who was purchased with her then calf at foot for 23,000gns at the aforementioned Annick Herd Dispersal Sale, a breed record for a cow and calf unit. Backmuir Ginger’s Paprika (P) is another by Kilbride Farm Karl (P), the same sire as the herd’s Overall Senior Interbreed Champion. Rounding off the Backmuir herds’ day was the bull calf Backmuir Pegasus who won Class Six before going on to take the Junior Male Championship. Another calf just full of breeding behind him, Backmuir Pegasus is an AI calf got by the well-known Atlow Dixon 12 EX91, and is out of Brandane Lu Lu who the Simmers purchased for a centre breed record price of 18,000gns at the Next Generation II Sale held last December in Carlisle.
The Reserve Junior Male title went to the January 2023 born Overhill House Patrick from Richard McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian and with this calf initially placing second in his class to Backmuir Pegasus. Overhill House Patrick is by Corskie Lambe 20, a Kilbride Farm Haka son, and is out of Overhill House Italia, a Curaheen Drifter (P) daughter.
Adding to what’s been quite a stellar year for him to date, Finlay Soutter, Yew Tree Farm, Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire won the Stars of the Future Senior Young Handler Championship and whilst showing a Simmental heifer from the Blackford herd of Anne MacPherson, Croy, Inverness, which Finlay had helped to halter break on-farm. This latest win follows on from high profile Young Handler Championships secured earlier in the year at both the Royal Norfolk and Royal Welsh Shows respectively. Finlay also enjoyed multiple summer wins with his heifer Brandane Millie including the Simmental Breed Championship at the Royal Welsh and where he also placed Overall Reserve Supreme in the Individual Interbreed.
SIMMENTAL CLASS RESULTS & CHAMPIONSHIPS AT 2023 STARS OF THE FUTURE CALF SHOW Judge: Neil McIlwaine, Corrick Simmental Herd, Newtonstewart, Co Tyrone.
Class 1 – Senior Males born on or between 15 July & 7 October 2022 1st – Lot 359: N & N Gwynne – CHESTERMANN NEYMAR – s. Chestermann Gibble 2nd – Lot 360: J C Mclaren & Partners – DARGILL NEIL (P) – s. Corskie Journal (PP) 3rd – Lot 363: J C Mclaren & Partners – DARGILL NAPLES (P) – s. Highcross Larry (PP)
Class 2 – Senior Males born on or between 26 October & 17 November 2022 1st – Lot 365: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE NOVAK – s. Coose Lincoln 2nd – Lot 369: J & E Dyet – MERKLAND NELSON – s. Merkland Infinity
Class 3 – Senior Females born on or between 3 July to 12 September 2022 1st – Lot 374: Reece & Andrew Simmers – ANNICK LUCIA’S NICOSIA (P) – s. Kilbride Farm Karl (P) 2nd – Lot 373: W G Macpherson (A Firm) – BLACKFORD NADIA – s. Glenturk Legend 3rd – Lot 375: Frank Gwynne – CASTLEWIGG RINGLEADER GIRLIE – s. Blackford Ringleader 4th – Lot 370: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD NEXT GENERATION – s. Islavale Jabba Class 4 – Senior Females born on or between 1 October to 5 November 2022 1st – Lot 379: Delfur Farms – DELFUR WEIGELA N12 – s. Ballymoney Larry 2nd – Lot 380: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE ASHLEY 9 – s. Coose Lincoln 3rd – Lot 376: Andrew J Wilson – CHESTERMANN EMPIRE NONNE 4 – s. Sterling Empire 4th – Lot 378: Andrew J Wilson – CAIRNVIEW REA 8 (P) – s. Slievenagh International (PP)
Class 5 – Senior Females born on or between 7 November to 25 December 2022 1st – Lot 384: Delfur Farms – DELFUR NIFTY – s. Ballymoney Larry 2nd – Lot 387: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR NAUGHTY SPICE – s. Backmuir King 3rd – Lot 388: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR VIVA’S NUTCRACKER – s. Skerrington Gambler
Senior Male Champion Lot 365: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE NOVAK – s. Coose Lincoln
Reserve Senior Male Champion Lot 359: N & N Gwynne – CHESTERMANN NEYMAR – s. Chestermann Gibble
Senior Female Champion Lot 374: Reece & Andrew Simmers – ANNICK LUCIA’S NICOSIA (P)– s. Kilbride Farm Karl
Reserve Senior Female Champion Lot 384: Delfur Farms – DELFUR NIFTY – s. Ballymoney Larry
Senior Overall Champion Lot 374: Reece & Andrew Simmers – ANNICK LUCIA’S NICOSIA (P) – s. Kilbride Farm Karl
Reserve Overall Champion Lot 365: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE NOVAK – s. Coose Lincoln
Class 6 – Junior Males born on or between 22 January & 26 March 2023 1st – Lot 390: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR PEGASUS – s. Atlow Dixon 2nd – Lot 391: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE PATRICK – s. Corskie Lambe 3rd – Lot 393: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE PRESIDENT – s. Curaheen Giant
Class 7 – Junior Males born on or between 1 April & 29 May 2023 1st – Lot 394: Cameron MacIver – COLTFIELD PRINCIPAL – s. Wolfstar Loose Cannon 2nd – Lot 398: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD PRIME – s. Islavale Jabba
Class 8 – Junior Females born on or between 24 January & 21 March 2023 1st – Lot 401: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR GINGER’S PAPRIKA (P) – s. Kilbride Farm Karl (P) 2nd – Lot 404: Cameron MacIver – COLTFIELD PANDORA – s. Wolfstar Loose Cannon 3rd – Lot 400: Frank Gwynne – CASTLEWIGG EMPIRE STELLA 3 – s. Sterling Empire 4th – Lot 399: Dean Saunders – MAIDENLANDS POLARINE 4 P – s. Derrycallaghan Kingkong
Class 9 – Junior Females born on or between 5 April & 15 June 2023 1st – Lot 407: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE PEACHES – s. Islavale Lucifer 2nd – Lot 406: J C Maclean & Partners – DARGILL P-NUT (P) – Highcross Larry (PP) 3rd – Lot 408: J & E Dyet – MERKLAND PETULA – s. Merkland Jimmy
Junior Male Champion Lot 390 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR PEGASUS – s. Atlow Dixon
Reserve Junior Male Champion Lot 391 – Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE PATRICK – s. Corskie Lambe
Junior Female Champion Lot 407 – Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE PEACHES – s. Islavale Lucifer
Reserve Junior Female Champion Lot 401: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR GINGER’S PAPRIKA (P) – s. Kilbride Farm Karl (P)
Junior Overall Champion Lot 407- Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE PEACHES – s. Islavale Lucifer
Reserve Overall Champion Lot 401 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR GINGER’S PAPRIKA (P) – s. Kilbride Farm Karl (P)