Judging the Stirling Autumn pre-sale show was Mr Adrian Ivory of Strathisla Farms, Moolies, Meigle, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
Topping the trade on the day at 15,000gns was the Reserve Junior Champion, ISLAVALE JACKPOT 18, bred by W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire. A CORSKIE HIGHLANDER 16 EX 92 son, out of a CURAHEEN BANDIT daughter. Purchased by Mr L Quarm of Holehouse Farm, Annick Estate, Irvine, Ayrshire. (ANNICK)
3 went under the hammer, securing the second top price on the day at 14,000gns. First up was TEAM JACKPOT, bred by Mr R J Macgregor of Kirkton Of Mailler, Craigend, Perth, Perth & Kinross. A TEAM CELTIC 11 son, out of a TILBROOK NOBLE daughter. Purchased by Barker & Borlase Ltd, Sacombe Hill Farm, Watton At Stone, Nr Hertford, Herts. (SACOMBE)
Next at 14,000gns was ISLAVALE JERICO 18, bred by W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire. A RANFURLY CONFEDERATE C24 11 EX 94 son, out of a GLENTURK PREMIER daughter. Purchased by Mr & Mrs Gummow, Higher Killaworgey Farm, Blackcross, Newquay, Cornwall. (KILLIWORGIE)
The third bull to secure 14,000gns was the Junior & Overall Champion RANFURLY JACKALL J9 18, bred by Mr W D Hazelton, Cohannon House, 25 Bovean Road, Dungannon, County Tyrone, N Ireland. A TEAM CELTIC 11 son, out of an OMORGA MURRAY daughter. Purchased by the Judge on the day, Mr Adrian Ivory of Strathisla Farms, Moolies, Meigle, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. (STRATHISLA)
Trading at 12,000gns was the Reserve Intermediate Champion ISLAVALE JACOB 18, bred by W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire. Another son of RANFURLY CONFEDERATE C24 11 EX 94, out of a CURAHEEN BANDIT daughter. Purchased by JH Logon & Co, Dalfask Farm, Girvan, Ayrshire.
Selling at 10,500gns was SALTIRE JUDGE 18, bred by J & G Houliston, 10 Newmains, Drem, North Berwick, East Lothian. A WOODHALL FERRARI 14 son, out of a POPES BARCLAY 10 daughter. Purchased by Stewart Farms, Balglass, Lennoxtown, Glasgow.
AUCHORACHAN JUGGERNAUT 18 went for 10,000gns. Bred by D & R Durno & Sons, Auchorachan Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, Banffshire. A son of CURAHEEN GUNSHOT (P), out of an OMORGA SAMSON daughter. Purchased by Pitgaveny Farms, Pitgaveny, Elgin, Morayshire. (PITGAVENY)
Next at 8,500gns was the Intermediate Champion DRUMSLEED JERONIMO 18, bred by Mr G W Smith, Drumsleed, Fordoun, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire. A WOLFSTAR GORDY 15 son, out of a HOCKENHULL MATTHEW daughter. Purchased by A D Sutherland, Connachie, Elgin, Morayshire. (GLENLOSSIE)
Again at 8,500gns was ISLAVALE JOKER 18, bred by W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire. An ATLOW DIXON 12 EX 91 son, out of a CURAHEEN BANDIT daughter. Purchased by D & DM Leslie, Redhill Farm, Mosstowie, Elgin, Morayshire. (REDHILL)
Topping the female trade at 3,200gns was the Female Champion DENIZES CADETTE 35TH, bred by M A Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes Walton Lane, Nr Leyland, Lancashire. A BOSAHAN DYNAMO 12 daughter, out of an ASHLAND TORNADO daughter. Purchased by A Stephen, Hatton Cottage, Dallas, Orres, Morayshire.
65% clearance, with 66 bulls selling to average £5178
Glenturk: 5 selling to average £2226
Denizes: 7 selling to average £2699
Chestermann: 5 selling to average £2646
The Breed sold the most bulls in a week through the ring
The morning of the show and you arrive at the ground unsure of where to go/who to meet and apprehensive and hopeful that at least the majority agree with your choices in the classes. With then a Champion probably a female, knowing my preference, going forward to represent the breed in the Interbreed. Well clearly nothing was going to plan as the start of showing brought torrential rain and I began to wonder was my day and those having animals forward to be spoilt with discussions held about judging inside. These were soon put to one side with those showing having none of it, bringing animals out and my sincere thanks goes to each and every one of you for making my day special and giving me the opportunity to judge the Scottish National Show this year in Kelso. The bull classes in age order (July/December 2018) saw two very equally presented animals forward with the nod going to Newbiemains Jax over Braidwood Jed from Ms. Moffat. The next class (April/June 2018) saw a very correct/well balanced young bull from the Gwynne family take first place over those from the Smith/Goldie and Bishop families. The January born bulls were then paraded and Chestermann Jupiter immediately caught my eye as definitely one for the future and he was placed first above Jagger from the Smith family. The senior bulls were brought forward and bearing in mind the weather, here the three bulls walked on through the mud/rain and were a credit to our breed. I brought forward Drumsleed Hivy as the winner of this class, closely followed by Iceman from Jim and Patricia Goldie with then Jacob from the Houldey family. Drumsleed Hivy went on to be my Overall Male Champion followed by Iceman as the reserve. The females began with a very good class in the April to August 2018 age group with 5 forward. My winner Woodhall Jocelyn was a very smart heifer who caught my eye on entering and went on to be given the Overall Junior Female Championship. The Woodhall herd had 2 others in the class who were split by the Simmers families Backmuir Kreole Jazz with Manor Park Jess Wilde who was giving away age/size. In the next age class, January to March 2018 of the two forward Brandane J-Lo took the honours and went on to be tapped out as the Reserve Junior Female. I had been told there would be animals forward who would catch the eye and that had certainly been the case with the males and juniors paraded to that point. The rain had slowed down and in came 4 heifers born in 2017 with Sterling FCUK Impuls looking every bit as good as she had when I have seen her both on the show circuit and again at Stirling taking the red card. Followed by heifers from the Goldie and Lyle families that would have red cards on other occasions. The cow class unfortunately had only one entry David Craigs Kennox Taras Gem who I had been looking forward to see now she had calved. Clearly the calf was being done well and in turn this had left Gem in her working clothes. She still went on to be my Reserve Female Champion with her calf Gem’s Kitkat taking Best Calf 2019. This then left me with a super Male Champion who had great legs and feet, who moved despite his weight as if he was on a track against a lovely in calf heifer, who you could say was at ’12 o’clock’ as far as fitness was concerned, so on this occasion, my Champion was Drumsleed Hivy, bred, owned and shown by the Smith family, he was a credit to all their hard work. My Female/Overall Reserve went to Sterling FCUK Impuls from the Simmers family with my hope being that she comes out next year with a calf at foot and if she looks like she did here there will be many more red rosettes on the way. Thank you again to everybody for putting up with me and I look forward to competing against you all next year at the 2020 show in Carlisle.
Firstly I would like to thank RHASS for their kind invitation to judge the 2019 Simmental classes at the Royal Highland Show. It was a great honour and privilege and definitely one off the bucket list. It was a cool, dry and blustery day, so good conditions for showing cattle. As I waited in the ring for the first class I can honestly say I had butterflies in my stomach, excited with anticipation for what the morning ahead had in store for me!
There were 12 heifers in the first class which all looked stunning entering the ring. I placed the youngest heifer 1st from Michael Barlow, Ashland Lucy Jezebel, a long heifer with great style. 2nd was Pitmudie Jamaica who was of a similar type to the 1st place heifer. 3rd went to Sacombe Hawaii Jessica, a different style of heifer carrying more flesh. Cairnveiw Rea took 4th, another good heifer with a great top.
The second class kept up the standard and my first pick was Frank Gwynne’s Brandane J-Lo, a very correct heifer with length, power and great locomotion. Standing next to her in 2nd was Corskie Joanna, another good female however was carrying more condition and not the same power as my 1st place. 3rd was Garmouth Glory’s Jessica from Laura Beattie, 4th came from Richard McCulloch with Overhill House Joon and Perrywood Jasmine was 5th.
The next class of females, born between July and the end of December 2017 presented me with an easy first, Corskie Illusion, who I thought at this stage would probably go further on the day. In 2nd was a really fleshy heifer from Heather Duff, Pitmudie Irish Mist, followed closely in 3rd place by Overhill House Ice Maiden. 4th went to a very well presented Newbiemains Isla.
The fourth class of heifers was very well supported with 9 animals forward. There was an obvious first in this class, Sterling’s FUCK Implus, from Reece and Andrew Simmers. A very eye catching animal, with an abundance of breed character, very fleshy but moving well round the ring. 2nd was Garmouth Dumandy Isabella, 3rd Pitmudie Florin 2nd, 4th Corskie Inita and Jim and Patricia Goldie collected the 5th and 6th rosettes.
I found the next class extremely hard to judge, comparing in calf heifers and heifers with a calf at foot is always a difficult task I find. After some serious deliberation I placed 1st a very sweet and milky heifer from Michael Durno in the form of Auchorachan Letta H1 . She was working very hard and making a grand job of her little heifer calf. 2nd and 3rd went to the Green family from Corskie with Corskie Herb and Corskie Harp . Harry Houldey took 4th with Clonagh Honey Cream.
There was only one entry in the next class, Cairnview Tilly 4th, she walked round the ring, moving very well and with a great calf at foot.
The oldest cow class, born before 2013 only had one animal forward also, Corskie Disco. She immediately owned the ring with her twin calves. At 7 years old her locomotion was excellent moving gracefully with impressive style and breed character. I was looking forward to how she would stand up later in the day and thinking she was going to be hard to beat.
The junior female championship was next on the list to judge and I was very pleased with my 1st prize junior heifers as the returned to the ring. The Junior Female Championship went to Corskie Illusion, she had tremendous length, width and locomotion, a great cow in the making. Reserve went to Newbiemains I’m a Gem.
The Overall Female Championship was next and the powerful, elegant Corskie Disco was an easy winner with Sterling’s FUCK Implus from the Simmers boys an obvious reserve.
Moving onto the first of the male classes, where I feel more at home judging, there were 7 bulls forward. The red ticket in this class went to Lynfield Joseph, a long well grown bull who moved well. 2nd went to the Smith family from Drumsleed in the form of Drumsleed Jura and 3rd to Nick and Nadia Gwynne with Chestermann Jimmy.
The bull class aged between January and March 2018 had a large entry on 9. Greencap Jaeger was my pick, a long dark red bull showing great style and potential. 2nd went to a real muscle machine, Cargill JJ from D C McLaren & Partners followed by Chestermann Jupiter in 3rd and a close 4th for Drumsleed Jaeger.
The senior bull class had two entries, both Denizes Hamish and Drumsleed Hivy showed great breed character however it was Hivy that took the red rosette on the day as he carried himself well, moved effortlessly around the ring with an outstanding presence.
My Junior Male Champion went to Greencap Jaeger from Colin Inglis. A very eye catching bull in the ring and I remember thinking he should go on to become a future pedigree stock bull. Jaeger also went onto become the Overall Junior Champion, with the reserve going to Corskie Illusion. Both great examples of the Simmental breed, Illusion a modern and well-rounded heifer however Jaeger just had more style and show character on the day.
Drumsleed Hivy returned to the ring to compete against Greencap jaeger for the Overall Male Championship. I really liked Colin’s young bull but the sheer power of Hivy made him my worthy Champion.
I was very happy as my male and female champions entered the ring for the final time. Two tremendous animals which had left me with a very hard decision to make. But the gracefulness of Corskie Disco had won me over, she was a stunning cow and a true matriarch of the breed and I was delighted to award her and the Green family the RHS 2019 Championship. Sterling’s FCUK Impuls took the reserve Champion, a heifer who I’m sure will have plenty of success at shows in the future!
As I reflect on my judging, I’d like to take the opportunity to say how very proud I am to be part of the Simmental breed. I was very impressed by the presentation and quality of the animals paraded in front of me and I would like to congratulate every exhibitor for taking part and showcasing the breed for all to see.
DATE: 20th June to 23rd June 2019
JUDGE: Mr S Stronach
CLASS & POSITION
NAME OF ANIMAL
Best Female, Best Animal Bred by Exhibitor, Best Cow with Calf at Foot (judged as a pair) & Overall Champion
Judging the Stirling Multi-breed pre-sale show was Mr James Wightman of the Coxhill herd.
Topping the male trade on the day at 8,500gns was the Reserve Overall Champion, JAW INSTAGRAM 17, bred by John Maxwell, Jaw Farm, Fintry, Glasgow, G63 0XG. A WOODHALL FERRARI 14 son, out of a TILLYMAUD KATHY 27TH daughter, he was purchased by CMR Soutar, Arbroath, Angus. (Peasiehill)
Second top price, selling for 6,000 gns was FINLARG IVAN 17, bred by Kate and Alan McNee, Over Finlarg Farm, Tealing, DUNDEE. DD4 0QE. A TEAM DRAMBUIE 12 son, out of a TEAM CLOVER 5 daughter, he was purchased by Islay Estates, Isle of Islay.
Three bulls secured 5,200gns. Up first was DRUMSLEED INVERAWE 17, bred by Mr GW Smith, Drumsleed, Fordoun, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, AB30 1SL. A HAYSTAR CRACKER 11 son out of a HOCKENHULL GIRLIE 13TH daughter, he was purchased by John Drummond, Craigie, Kilmarnock. (Townend)
The second to secure 5,200 gns was ISLAVALE IMMORTAL 17, bred by Mr W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 6LN. A CURAHHEN BANDIT son out of an ISLAVALE HOLLY 2ND daughter, he was sold to J Coventry and son, Angus.
The third bull to go under the hammer at this price was CORSKIE INFLUENCE 17, bred by Mr WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray IV32 7NN. A DIRNANEAN BRADLEY 10 son out of a CORSKIE BLUME daughter, he was sold to J Duff and Son, Brechin, Angus.
Next at 5,000 gns was CRUDIE INVICTUS 17, bred by Mr H Brunton, Crudie Farm, Arbroath, Angus DD11 2NR. A DRUMLONE FABULOUS 14 son out of a DELFUR WEIGELA V44 daughter, he was purchased by JA Baxter, Gardenstown, Banff.
Two bulls sold to 4,800 gns – first was CORSKIE INSECT 17, bred by Mr WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray IV32 7NN. A DIRNANEAN BRADLEY 10 son out of a CORSKIE BLARNEY 2161 daughter, he sold to W & W Dawson and Sons, Huntly, Aberdeenshire. (Whinbrae)
The second to sell at this price was ISLAVALE IZARD 17. Bred by Mr W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 6LN, he is an ATLOW DIXON 12 EX91 son out of an ISLAVALE BLOOM EX93 daughter, and is on his way to A Sharp & Sons, Alford, Aberdeenshire.
There were two bulls selling to 4,500 gns. First was KEELDRUM ILLUSIVE 17, bred by Mr D Lowry, Newsteadings Farm, Cartland, Lanark. ML11 7RB. A COOSE EMPEROR son out of a BAKKELY PRISCILLA daughter, he was purchased by Gillian Bignal, Bridgend, Isle of Islay.
Next at the same price was the pre-sale champion, DUNMORE ICEMAN 17, bred by J & E Aitken, Overton Farm, Fintry, Glasgow. G63 0YH. A KILBRIDE FARM COMBER 11 son out of a CRACKLEY CADETTE 77N daughter, he was sold to A Biffen, Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
Bulls met an 83% clearance, with 29 bulls selling to average £4439 (+186).
Judging the Stirling Spring pre-sale show was Mr Steven Sandison from Millburn Farm, Harray, Orkney.
Topping the male trade on the day at 14,000gns was ISLAVALE ILLUSIVE 17, bred by Mr W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 6LN. An ATLOW DIXON 12 EX 91 son, out of a CLONAGH A SUPER STAR daughter, purchased by HJ Warnock, Carrowdore, Co Down.
Second top price, also from the same stable, selling for 11,000gns was ISLAVALE INVINCIBLE 17. A CURAHEEN GIANT 2 son, out of a CURAHEEN BANDIT daughter, purchased by Seamus O’Kane, Drumquin, Co Tyrone.
A further two bulls also secured 11,000gns. Up first was BLACKFORD ISLAND WARRIOR 17, bred by MR W G Macpherson (A Firm), Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness, Inverness-Shire, IV2 5PS. A BLACKFORD GALAXY 15 son and out of a BLACKFORD VALMER daughter. Purchased by D & G Manson & Sons, Brodieshill, Forres.
Up next to sell at 11,000gns, also from the same stable was BLACKFORD ISLAND ROCK 17. Also, a son of BLACKFORD GALAXY and out of a KILBRIDE FARM DOUBLEACTION 12 EX 93 daughter, purchased by A & B Munro, Wellhouse, Beauly.
4 went under the hammer at 10,000gns;
DENIZES IMPRESSIVE 17, bred by Mr M A Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes Walton Lane, Nr Leyland, Lancashire, PR26 8LT. A DENIZES FANTASTIC 14 son, out of an AUCHORACHAN WIZARD daughter sold for 10,000gns to JH Wood, Popes Farm, Preston.
ISLAVALE INPUT 17, bred by Mr W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 6LN. Another one of ATLOW DIXONS sons, out of a GLENTURK PREMIER daughter sold for 10,000gns to MJ & A Mill, Shawsmill, Cardenden.
Next came INNERWICK IVOR 17, bred by Mr & Mrs L Moffat, Innerwick Farm, Innerwick, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1SE. A son of CURAHEEN GOLD DIGGER, out of a PROMI (PP) daughter sold for 10,000gns to Delfur Farms, Dundurcas, Rothes.
The last to secure 10,000gns was the Junior & Reserve overall champion, WOODHALL INSTINCT 17, bred by H&J Macaskill and exhibited by Geoff & Kate Anderson, Myreside Farm Cottage Myreside Farm, ElginMoray, IV30 5PE. A son of ISLAVALE FRONTIER 14 and out of a STEINADLER (PP) daughter, sold to Delfur Farms, Dundurcas, Rothes.
The Overall male champion, ISLAVALE ISLANDER 17, bred by Mr W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 6LN. Another son of CURAHEEN GIANT 2 and out of a POPES LAIRD daughter sold for 9000gns to GM Mitchell & Son, Fernie Mill, Fife.
Reserve senior champion, WOLFSTAR IRN-BRU 17, bred by Mr A King, Wolfstar, Ormiston, East Lothian, EH35 5NH. A son of CURAHEEN BANDIT and out of a TEAM CELTIC 11 daughter sold at 8500gns to The Duke of Fife, Mains of Newhall, Stonehaven.
PITMUDIE IMPERIAL 17, bred by Heather Duff, Pitmudie Farm, Menmuir, By Brechin, Angus, DD9 7UH. A HILTONSTOWN FERRARI 14 son, out of a MILNAFUA GRADUATE daughter sold for 8000gns to GM McFarland, Newton Stewart.
Next to follow suit was WESTRIDGE INNOKO 17, bred by Mr & Mrs M Ward & Sons, West Mains Farm, Newbigging, Carnwath, Lanark Lanarkshire, ML11 8NB, a son of STERLING VIKING 2ND out of a GRANGEWOOD BARON 10 daughter, sold for 8000gns to JG Callum, Ashlea, Milton of Culloden.
Topping the Female trade at 13,000gns was the Female Champion, STERLING FCUK IMPULS, bred by Boddington Estates Ltd and exhibited By Mr J Mcmillan, 1 Sacombe Green Road, Sacombe, WareHertfordshire, SG12 0JN. Sired by STERLING GINO 15 and out of a STERLING COTSWOLD 11 daughter, purchased by Backmuir Farm, Keith.
Second top price female was DENIZES FANCY THERESE 5TH and her heifer calf at foot, bred by Mr M A Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes Walton Lane, Nr Leyland, Lancashire, PR26 8LT. Sired by WHITEMIRE KING KONG and out of an ASHLAND TORNADO daughter, sold for 5000gns to D L & S Currie, Pinclanty, Pinmore, Ayr
Bulls met a 63% clearance, with 98 bulls selling to average £4975