Maiden heifer tops Dungannon Simmental trade at 2,800gns
Prices reached a ceiling of 2,800gns at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s autumn show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Topping trade was the much-admired first prize maiden heifer Ashland Topaz Janet bred by Pat and Frank Kelly from Tempo, County Fermanagh. Sired by the 11,000gns Team Celtic, she is the first calf out of the home-bred Ashland Topaz 2nd – one of ten cows in the herd.
This heifer boasts some of the breed’s proven bloodlines. Her dam goes back to the noted brood cow Raceview Matilda Stella, while her maternal grandsire Ashland Brandy, by the famous Raceview King, was sold privately as a stock bull to the NI-based Omorga and Loughside herds.
Attracting a tussle of bids, this fifteen-month-old heifer came under the hammer of auctioneer Trevor Wylie, selling via the telephone to the Barlow family’s Denizes Herd based in Lancashire.
Following close behind at 2,700gns was the day’s male champion and reserve supreme champion Longbeach Juncker TSI+77 SRI+90 bred by Sean Burns, Rathfriland. Born in June 2018, he is by the polled sire Curaheen Gunshot, and out of a home-bred dam by the 20,000gns Auchorachan Wizard. Buyers were Messrs Dickson from Drumquin, County Tyrone.
Judge Molly Bradley, Armagh, awarded the reserve male championship to the yearling bull Rehall Jordan TSI+70 SRI+73 bred by William and Keith Stubbs, Irvinestown. Sired by Delfur Decider, his dam is the Drumacritten Callum daughter Rehall Flower. This one failed to meet his reserve and returned home unsold.
A small entry of three bulls sold to average £2,345 (75%).
Claiming the day’s female and supreme championship ribbons was the two-year-old heifer Magheracrigan Iris bred by Wesley Abraham, Irvinestown. Sired by the 12,000gns Kilbride Farm Bantry, her dam is the Hillcrest Naughty daughter Broomfield Veamon. In-calf to Curaheen Apostle, she failed to meet her breeder’s expectations and was unsold.
The reserve female champion Glenock Daphne 4th realised 2,200gns for Stephen Millar, Newtownstewart. Born in April 2018, she is by Woodhall Ferrari and out of a home-bred dam by Lykke Sirius. This one sold for export to Scotland, having been snapped up pedigree herd owners Albert and Rachel Ann Henry from Knockallan Farm, Castle Douglas.
Seven pedigree females sold to average £1,732 per head (78%).
Results from the judging ring:
Bull, born between 14/02/18 and 27/09/18 – 1, and male champion, Sean Burns, Longbeach Juncker by Curaheen Gunshot; 2, and reserve male champion, William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Jordan, Delfur Decider; 3, Brian, Linda and Craig Cowan, Owenskerry Josh by Drumlone Anchor.
Female, born between 5/10/17 and 23/04/18 – 1, female and supreme champion, Wesley Abraham, Magheracrigan Iris by Kilbride Farm Bantry; 2, and reserve female champion, Stephen Millar, Glenock Daphne 4th by Woodhall Ferrari; 3, Wesley Abraham, Magheracrigan Kia by Omorga Murray.
Female, born between 18/05/18 and 22/10/18 – 1, Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Topaz Janet by Team Celtic; 2, William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Jennifer by Curaheen Gunshot; 3, Andrew Clarke, Breaghey Jenny by Omorga Regan.
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.