The Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has presented a cheque for £6,200 to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
The money is the proceeds of the club’s annual charity BBQ and auction held recently in Dungannon Rugby Club.
Jennifer Hobson, chairman, of the NSPCC’s Dungannon fund raising committee thanked breeders for their generous support.
“We are overwhelmed! This is a tremendous amount of money and we can’t thank you enough for your generosity. The money will benefit more than 3,000 primary school children from all over Northern Ireland. The NSPCC’s volunteer-led ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ programme is aimed at children aged 5 to 11 years old.
“Fully trained staff visit schools and conduct child-friendly interactive workshops aimed at providing children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. The programme has far-reaching effects and encourages children to speak out to safeguard themselves.”
Concluding Mrs Hobson said: ”On behalf of the Dungannon fund raising committee I would like to extend our condolences to the NI Simmental Club on the loss of its highly esteemed committee member Thelma Gorman. We were deeply saddened to hear of her passing. We had the pleasure of working with Thelma at the BBQ in August and she was a real inspiration. Thelma kept us organised in the kitchen and was the linchpin of a very enjoyable night which raised £6,200 for NSPCC.”
Club chairman Matthew Cunning expressed his thanks to everyone who supported this year’s BBQ and charity auction.
Quality bulls met a ready market at the NI Simmental Club’s evening show and sale, held at Ballymena Mart.
Trade was underpinned by both dairy and suckler herd owners with prices topping at 4,300gns, and nine lots selling to average £2,952 – up £726 on this time last year.
Topping trade was the male and supreme overall champion Ranfurly Husaldo ET TSI+78 SRI+91 from David Hazelton’s herd in Dungannon. This sixteen-month-old entry was sired by Hillcrest Champion, and is bred from the Raceview King daughter Raceview Mandy Beauty. Ranked in the breed’s top 15% for calving ease +3.3, he attracted strong attention from the packed salering and sold to Ross Millar for his 80-cow suckler enterprise at Newtownstewart.
This was the Ranfurly Herd’s third successive championship at a club show and sale. Ranfurly Fendt took the supreme award at last year’s evening sale in Ballymena, while Ranfurly Goodfellow was crowned champion at the club’s March show and sale in Dungannon.
Twin brothers Gary and Jonny McCammond from Randalstown scooped the reserve male and reserve supreme championship awards with Maghereagh Gandalf TSI+74 SRI+89. Born in August 2015 he is by Omorga Samson, and is bred from the Auroch Amos daughter Hiltonstown Emily – one of four cows in the herd.
Maghereagh Gandalf is in the top 15% for calving ease +3.7 and eye muscle area +4.2. He came under the hammer of auctioneer Graham Loughrey at 3,900gns, selling to Lindsey Wilson from Kilkeel.
Next best at 2,800gns was the first prize winning Kilbride Farm Herkules TSI+80 SRI+74 bred by the Robson family from Doagh. This fourteen-month-old bull was sired by Kilbride Farm Escalop, and is out of the Seaview Prince Charming daughter Kilbride Farm Eunice 67V. Buyer was Bernard Blee from Strabane.
Females peaked at 2,200gns, paid to Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, for the female champion Cleenagh Honeybunch. This April 2016 born heifer is by Kilbride Farm Bantry, and is out of a home-bred dam by the 10,000gns Stirling champion Drumlone Anchor. She joins Leslie and Chris Weatherup’s 35-cow herd based at Ballyclare.
Pat Kelly, and son Frank, from Tempo, realised 1,100gns the reserve female champion Ashland Lady Hannah. Born in May 2016, this one is by Delfur Decider, and sold to J Cormican from Lisburn.
Mike Frazer from Templepatrick realised 1,800gns for the five-year-old cow Edenvale Juliet. Sired by Hockenhull Aristotle, she was accompanied by her April born Kilbride Farm Enty bull calf. Buyer was WR Semple from Larne.
A draft offering from Archie Reaney’s herd at Mowhan, Armagh, topped at 1,450gns, realised by the February 2016 Cladymore Harmony. She is by Kilbride Farm Cavan, and out of a home-bred dam by Bornbess Troy. Buyer was Brendan Mallon from Eglinton.
Robin Boyd, Portglenone, offered a draft from his noted Slievenagh Herd. They peaked at 1,450gns for the April 2016 born Slievenagh Hunny. Sired by Kilbride Farm Delboy, she is bred from a Kilbride Farm Newry daughter. Buyer was Robert John Smith from Moneymore.
Commercial Simmental maiden heifers reached a ceiling of £1,180 and £1,100 paid to David Boyd from Newtownabbey. Frank Cunning, Glarryford, sold three maiden heifers at £1,000 each.
The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club is indebted to its sponsors Edenvale Simmental Herd and Connon General Merchants. The pre-sale show was judged by Kenneth Stubbs from Irvinestown.
Results from the judging ring:
Bull born between 01/08/15 – 1, and reserve champion, Gary and Jonny McCammond, Maghereagh Gandalf by Omorga Samson; 2, Gary and Jonny McCammond, Maghereagh Gizmo by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, Willliam Ferguson, Sperrin View Gilroy by Sperrin View Columba.
Bull born betweenh 10/12/15 and 08/02/16 – 1, and supreme champion, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Husaldo by Hillcrest Champion; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Harley by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, Ryan Gilmour, Gillview Hennessy by Curaheen Apostle.
Bull born between 01/03/16 and 22/05/16 – 1, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Herkules by Kilbride Farm Escalop; 2, Sean Burns, Longbeach Hunter by Kilbride Farm Escalop; 3,Sean Burns, Longbeach Hector by Kilbride Farm Escalop.
Heifer, born between 04/06/15 and 03/05/16 – 1, and female champion, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Honeybunch by Kilbride Farm Bantry; 2, and reserve female champion, Pat Kelly, Ashland Lady Hannah by Delfur Decider; 3, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Modesty by Curaheen Tyson.
Lisglass herd claims fourth championship in five years
Ballyclare herd owners Leslie and Chris Weatherup reigned supreme in the Simmental section at this week’s Balmoral Show.
The father and son duo run the 35-cow Lisglass Herd, and Wednesday’s feat marked their fourth supreme overall championship in five years at Balmoral Park.
Catching the eye of Scottish judge Iain Green was the home-bred Lisglass Goddess, a twenty-month-old heifer sired by stock bull Dermotstown Delboy . She is bred from the Omorga Volvo daughter Lummin Bronte.
Iain Green’s family manages 380 commercial suckler cows alongside the noted 200-cow Corskie pedigree herd. He described the Simmental champion as feminine and full of breed character. “It’s been a good show, and the quality of the animals more than compensated for the disappointing number of entries.
“Competition was strong amongst the heifers, with the overall champion coming from the intermediate class. This heifer has tremendous length and width, a good topline and she is 100% correct on her feet and legs.”
Lisglass Goddess made her showring debut at Balmoral, and also secured the breed’s female championship and the exhibitor-bred championship awards.
A delighted Chris Weatherup said: “Dermotstown Delboy has bred sons to a top of 11,000gns, and his daughters are following in their father’s footsteps.
“Delboy was Balmoral champion in 2014 and 2015, and his daughter Lisglass Fabulous was reserve champion in 2016.”
The Weatherup’s won the 2013 championship with the Kilbride Farm Newry daughter Slieveroe Caroline.
Claiming the reserve overall title was the male champion Ashland Humdinger, a sixteen-month-old bull bred by Pat Kelly, and son Frank, from Tempo, County Fermanagh. He was sired by Dermotstown Delboy, and is the first calf bred from Ashland Lady Diamond 7th – one of ten cows in the herd dating back to the 1980s. His granddam is a former Balmoral champion. This bull was junior champion at the Pedigree Calf Fair last November, and is destined for the autumn sales in Stirling.
“This is a well fleshed young bull with width over his shoulders, a level top and a good backend,” commented the judge.
The sixteen-month-old Ranfurly Weikel 18th secured the reserve junior and reserve female championship awards for David and Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon. Sired by Raceview King, she is a daughter of Ranfurly Weikel 11th – 2014 Dankse Bank reserve female of the Year.
Results from the judging ring:
Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Challenge Trophy, for the supreme champion: Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess. Reserve: Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Humdinger.
Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union Perpetual Trophy, for the female champion: Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess. Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 18th.
William Black Memorial Perpetual Cup, for the male champion: Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Humdinger.
News Letter Shield, for the junior champion: Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Humdinger. Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 18th.
NI Simmental Club Silver Award, for the best exhibit bred in Northern Ireland: Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess.
Bobbie Gamble Perpetual Challenge Trophy, for the best heifer born between 01/01/15 and 30/06/15: Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess.
Qualifiers for the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year: Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess and Lisglass Gayle.
Cow or heifer, born in 2014, in-calf or with calf at foot – 1, Nigel Glasgow, Slievenagh Flirt by Auroch Amos.
Heifer, born between 01/01/15 and 30/06/15 – 1, Wesley Abraham, Cleenagh Gem by Drumlone Anchor; 2, Jason Whitcroft, Whitdrum Vicky by Scribby Farms Duke.
Heifer, born between 01/07/15 and 31/12/15 – 1, Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, William Gubbins, Quadrent Gilian by Curaheen Vio; 3, William GubbinsQuadrent Giselle by Delfur Decider.
Heifer, born on or after 01/01/16 – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 18th by Raceview King; 2, Stephen Millar, Glenock Highway by Kilbride Farm Newry; 3, Wesley Abraham, Shiloh Heather by Delfur Decider.
Bull, born on or after 01/01/16 – 1, Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Humdinger by Dermotstown Delboy.
Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, William Gubbins, Quadrent Gilian and Quadrent Giselle; 2, Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Lisglass Goddess and Lisglass Gayle.
Cookstown breeder Nigel Glasgow topped the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s Dungannon show and sale with bids of 3,400gns and 3,300gns.
Quality bulls with good conformation and above average Breedplan figures attracted a ready market from the packed ringside audience. Auctioneer Stephen Redmond confirmed that 15 bulls sold to level at £2,604 per head – a marginal increase of £14 on last year’s average, but with a significant rise in the number of bulls finding new homes.
Securing the day’s top bid of 3,400gns was the January 2016 born Bridgewater Farm Hector TSI+67 SRI+79. Sired by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral breed champion Dermotstown Delboy, this second prize winner is out of the home-bred Anatrim Bodybuilder daughter Bridgewater Farm Phyliss.
In the breed’s top 15% for calving ease +4, and top 25% for milk +7, he sold to Dermot Trainor from Kilkeel, County Down.
Following close behind at 3,300gns was herd mate Bridgewater Farm Gazza TSI+63 SRI+76. This first prize winner was born in November 2015 and is also by Dermotstown Delboy. His dam is the Samark Superman daughter Bridgewater Farm Simone. Boasting a calving ease score of +8.4 in the breed’s top 1%, and a milk figure of +8 in the top 20%, he was snapped up by Peter Morris from Newtownstewart.
Judge Frank Kelly from the Ashdale Herd inTempo, awarded the Animax-sponsored supreme championship honours to the male champion Ranfurly Goodfellow TSI+60SRI+55 from David and Jonny Hazelton’s herd in Dungannon. Sired by Omorga Murray, his dam is the Milnafua Graduate daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 7th ET. Buyers at 3,000gns were suckler herd owners Messrs Edgar from Downpatrick.
The first prize winning Drumlone Hotrod TSI+64 SRI+89 sold at 2,900gns for Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw. Born in January 2016, and sired by the outcross sire Curaheen Apostle, he is bred from a Raceview King daughter carrying the Corbally prefix. With a calving ease score of +5.3 in the top 5%, he caught the eye of Ian Brown from Macken, Enniskillen.
Two lots came under the hammer at 2,800gns each.
First to sell was the October 2015 born Kilbride Farm Gary TSI+44 SRI+58 from the Robson family at Doagh. This second prize winner was sired by Curaheen Dickens, and is bred from the Crugmelyn Brenin daughter Kilbride Farm Jolly 13E. Buyer was G McAteer from Newry.
Also selling at 2,800gns was Cleenagh Handy Andy TSI+68 SRI+77, a fourth prize winner bred by Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge. Born in March 2016 he was sired by the herd’s jointly owned 10,000gns stock bull Drumlone Anchor. His dam is the Dripsey Super King daughter Cleenagh Miss Daffodil. This one sold to Ian Thompson from Tempo.
The reserve male and reserve supreme champion Hiltonstown Giles TSI+66 SRI+76 sold at 2,400gns for Richard Rodgers, Portglenone. Born in September 2015, and sired by Mohona Dandy, he is out of a home-bred Auroch Amos daughter. Buyer was Joe Hughes from Dungannon.
Females peaked at 2,600gns, paid to Adrian Richardson for the female champion Cleenagh Gaynor. Sired by Drumlone Anchor, her dam is the Bridgemount Vixon daughter Stralongford Courtney. This maiden heifer sold to Robert Stinson from Spingfield, Enniskillen.
The same price was paid to club vice-chairman Conrad Fegan, and father Val, from Rostrevor, for the third placed Knockreagh Gail. This June 2015 born heifer is a daughter of Popes Barclay. Scanned in-calf to Kilbride Farm Comber, she sold to Thomas Stewart from Garvagh.
Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, realised 2,300gns for the reserve female champion Castlemount Cute. Born in January 2016, she is by Longhbeach Darius, and out of Drumagarner Cute. Buyer was David Carson from Garrison, County Fermanagh.
Results from the judging ring:
Bull, born between 14/06/15 and 13/08/15 – 1 and male champion, D and J Hazelton, Ranfurly Goodfellow ET by Omorga Murray; 2, M and D Frazer, Edenvale Gabriel by Sneumgaard Imperator.
Bull, born between 03/09/15 and 11/10/15 – 1 and reserve male champion, Richard Rodgers, Hiltonstown Giles by Mohona Dandy; 2, Robert Forde, Mullyknock Greg by Anatrim Bodybuilder; 3, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Gala by Corskie Damario.
Bull, born between 23/10/15 and 14/11/15 – 1, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Gazza by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Gary by Curaheen Dickens; 3, Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone Goliath by Delfur Decider.
Bull, born between 23/11/15 and 02/03/16 – 1, Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone Hotrod by Curaheen Apostle; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Hector by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, D and J Hazeton, Ranfurly Goldstar by Kilbride Farm Warren.
Female, born between 24/06/15 and 15/11/15 – 1 and female champion, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Gaynor by Drumlone Anchor; 2, Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Drumagarner Gemma by Hirwaun Rooney; 3, Val and Conrad Fegan, Knockreagh Gail by Popes Barclay.
Female, born between 01/01/16 and 15/01/16 – 1 and reserve female champion, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Cute by Longbeach Darius; 2, Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Derrycallaghan Hottytotty by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, W and S Stubbs, Rehall Helen by Omorga Baldwin.