SIMMENTAL-SIRED SUCKLED CALF JUDGED SALE RESULTS Judge: Mr. Graham Reed from the “Skylark” Herd at Bickleigh, Tiverton
Lodge & Thomas in conjunction with the Cornwall Simmental Club and the British Simmental Society were pleased to host a Special Judged Prize Sale of Simmental-Sired Suckled Calves on Wednesday17thOctober at Truro Market alongside our 2nd Commercial Suckled Calf Prize Sale. The sponsorship of our Second Suckled Calf Prize Sale which was a great success!! There was a lovely show of Simmentals on offer and different buyers for each of the winning bunches which surely shows much confidence in the breed.
Prizes: £50 for each class winner as judged plus £25 for the buyer £75 for highest sale price achieved in each category:
Class 1: Steers born from 1st March 2018 Judged Winner: Mrs. P.E. Williams of Pendeen and Top Sale Price: £700 Buyer: Miss L. Searle of Luxlyan
Class 2: Heifers born from 1st March 2018 Judged Winner: Mrs. P.E. Williams of Pendeen & Top Sale Price: £545 Buyer: Messrs. I.R.& R.P.Downing of Rame Cross
Class 3: Steers born 1st October 2017 – 28th February 2018 Judged Winner: Messrs. P.J. & B. Olds of Constantine & Top Sale Price: £870 Buyer: Treganhoe Farm Partnership of Sancreed
Class 4: Heifers born 1st October 2017 – 28th February 2018 Judged Winner: Messrs. A.P. & S.R. Hooper of Castle-an-Dinas & Top Sale Price: £540 Buyer: Mr. A.D. Orchard of Bugle
The Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has presented a cheque for £34,000 to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.
Members of the club’s committee were welcomed to the charity’s Maze headquarters by AANI representatives Kerry Anderson, Breige Mulholland, Christine Armour, and trustee Rodney Connor. The event coincided with National Air Ambulance Week.
AANI head of fund raising Kerry Anderson expressed her gratitude to the NI Simmental Club and everyone who supported its campaign. “This is the largest single donation we have ever received. I am delighted to accept this cheque on behalf of Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. It is very much appreciated.”
With running costs of £5,000 per day, the charity must raise £2m annually to remain operational.
The club’s fund raising activities included a charity raffle, which featured a number of prizes including a pedigree Simmental heifer or £2,000. The in-calf heifer Drumbulcan Honeybee, was generously donated by County Fermanagh herd owners Kenneth and Avril Stubbs and family. Rounding off the club’s 2018 fund raising campaign was its annual charity BBQ and auction in Dungannon which attracted 250 people.
Presenting the cheque club chairman Conrad Fegan thanked Simmental breeders and members of the public for their support and donations. “Air Ambulance Northern Ireland was our chosen charity for 2018. I am proud to present this cheque in memory of our long-standing committee member Thelma Gorman who tragically lost her life in a farm accident last year.
“As chairman of the NI Simmental Club I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this phenomenal total of £34,000. Thelma was a hugely popular person, and this amount is a fantastic tribute to her.”
Kerry Anderson continued: ”I am bowled over by this incredible amount of money, and I’d also like to thank the NI Simmental Club for the profile it has given Air Ambulance NI over the last number of months. You have really engaged with the local community, and everyone within the club should feel proud of its achievement.”
These words were echoed by AAN trustee Rodney Connor. “We are grateful to the Simmental Club for its massive effort. Kenneth and Avril Stubbs deserve a special mention. They really put their heart and soul into raising funds for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. As well as donating Honeybee, the Stubbs family took her to five agricultural shows, and put hours of work into selling tickets. “
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland was launched in July 2017. Speed is crucial and Air Ambulance can be in the air within four minutes of an emergency call. Its operational base is at the Maze, and the helicopter can reach anywhere in Northern Ireland within 25 minutes. With a highly skilled trauma doctor and paramedic on board it is effectively bringing the hospital to the patient.
Beef cattle breeders from St Buryan to Bude attended the seventh commercial open day organised by Cornwall Simmental Club on Sunday 9th September. Warmly welcomed by Phil and Lesley Martyn Uglow at Hornacott Farm, Boyton, Launceston the event was sponsored by the British Simmental Society.
The farm tour was preceded by a talk given by Philip Warren of Warren Butchers who emphasised the importance of producing meat to meet the changing trends of today’s and future buyers needs which are underpinned by a growing awareness of welfare and health concerns for sentient beings. The discerning customer was prepared to pay for quality over quantity and he went on to highlight the value of the British Simmental making the following points:
· Breeders should promote the benefits of hybrid vigour offered by Simmental terminal sires when used across native breeds thereby improving the gene pool of milky dams capable of raising early finishing grass fed progeny
· The eating quality of meat is globally recognised as being influenced by maternal genetics. Breeders will be rewarded in the future for a consistent, premium product already sought by leading chefs in the restaurants across England which his business sources for them
He concluded by urging breeders to consider the size of the cattle they are aiming for as bigger is not better for the cuts of meat his customers prefer.
The visit continued in wonderful sunshine as ninety suckler cows and their progeny were viewed. Phil Martyn Uglow explained the successful changes in breeding policy the family had made by crossing both Simmental and Charolais sires on a range of native breeds and putting the retained breeding females back to a Simmental bull.
A group of Simmental cross heifers due to calve at twenty two to twenty four months old typified the stamp of cattle desired. Mothering ability coupled with the renowned docility and fertility of the Simmental breed have justified the decisions made.
Robust suckled calves due to be weaned will fulfil the desired specifications outlined by the guest speaker.
This year’s trip was shorter in time than it has been in the past, although we still managed to fit in two herd visits, the stock judging competition, laser tag, a social evening and a presentation dinner.
We began the trip with a herd visit to Kilbride Farm, where we saw some fantastic stock. The field of yearling heifers was a spectacle. Throughout the trip on numerous occasions the young members are given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss amongst themselves about any aspect of breeding and rearing stock. At the end of the tour around the cattle, the Robson family gave the advice that to move forward with a herd, you must cull hard. Take the females out that aren’t producing good stock and to concentrate your efforts on those that are.
We were lucky enough to be part of the annual Charity BBQ event that is held at Dungannon. This year’s event included a raffle that was held throughout the past show season in memory of Thelma Gorman raising money for the air ambulance, it was a fantastic event to be part of, well done to all those behind organising and promoting it.
Saturday morning arrived and the pinnacle of the event was upon us. The young members congregated after breakfast, armed with white coats, ties, pens and note paper. We travelled to the Hiltonstown herd, the Rodgers family kindly hosted this part of the event. Some tremendous cattle awaited us to judge. There was, as always with stock judging competitions, easier classes and more difficult classes to judge that caused debate amongst the competitors both young and ‘old’!
After judging a classification demonstration was held. A great insight for the young members to see what criteria to look for in picking breeding females.
Richard chatted amongst the young members as they looked around the rest of his herd, they discussed what he looks for when selecting new bloodlines into the herd, the pros and cons of using AI and selecting a stock bull. As a group they chatted about what they’d like to see and achieve in the future.
Over the course of the two days the young members were given the opportunity to take away knowledge gained from 30 years plus experience in breeding and selling cattle, along with an understanding of new tools to use in the form of classification, all gained in a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Moving away from cattle for a couple of hours we took the YM to laser tag to have fun, build friendships and let that competitive side of them out! By the sight of them upon returning to the mess house they definitely had fun, some more competitive that others with innovative ways to ‘win’ not naming names (Chris) and they had most definitely worn themselves out and worked up an appetite for the presentation dinner that evening.
Those that weren’t stopping at the hotel all travelled to the presentation dinner, which gave us the opportunity to thank all of those that had made the trip possible, enjoy nice company and of course find out who had won this year’s stock judging event.
I have thoroughly enjoyed taking the young members on their trips, year on year you can see an increase in their knowledge, friendships flourish, new friendships made and lots of laughter along the way.