The inaugural Four Breed Calf Show has been hailed as a resounding success, by organisers, exhibitors, sponsors and spectators.

Supported by HVS Animal Health, Oddball Engineering and Dunbia, the multi-breed event featuring British Blue, British Blonde, Saler and Simmental entries, was held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

The Simmental section dominated the one-day show with entries coming under the expert eye of breed society vice-president Norman Robson, from the noted 90-cow Kilbride Farm Herd based at Doagh, Ballyclare.

“It has been a great day, with a quality entry of calves in all classes. It was encouraging to see a number of new breeders taking part, and the calves were all well behaved which highlights the docile temperament of the breed.”

Senior champion, senior heifer class winner Ashland Topaz Lopez bred by Pat and Frank Kelly, Tempo. Picture: David Porter

Leading the senior championship line-up was the much-admired heifer Ashland Topaz Lopez bred and exhibited by Pat and Frank Kelly from Tempo. This fourteen-month-old heifer was sired by the 14,000gns Saltire Impressive, and is out of a home-bred Ashland Brandy daughter – one of ten breeding females in the County Fermanagh herd.

Her dam, Ashland Topaz 2nd also bred the first prize heifer Ashland Topaz Janet, sold at the NI Simmental Club’s sale in October 2019 to the Barlow family’s Denizes Herd in Lancashire.

Norman Robson said: This is an excellent heifer, and a tremendous example of the Simmental breed. She oozes style, breed character, and has great conformation. The senior champion is hard to fault, and is an easy winner!”

Reserve senior champion, and winner of the senior bull class, was Lisglass Leo bred by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. Picture: David Porter

Runner-up in the senior championship line-up was the fourteen-month-old bull Lisglass Leo, bred by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. Sired by Islavale Frontier, he is the first calf bred from Lisglass Iona – a daughter of the herd’s stock bull Dermotstown Delboy – 2014 and 2015 breed champion at Balmoral Show.  

“This is a fleshy young bull, well-muscled and very correct on his legs and feet,” commented the judge.

Junior champion, Ballymoney Martin bred by Noel and Mae Kilpatrick, Banbridge. Picture: David Porter

Claiming the day’s junior championship title was the ten-month-old bull Ballymoney Martin, bred in Noel and Mae Kilpatrick’s 16-cow herd at Banbridge. A son of the herd’s stock bull and AI sire Saltire Impressive, he is the fourth calf bred from the Sterling Dubai daughter Sterling Wenona’s Gold – purchased as an in-calf heifer at the Sterling dispersal sale in 2017.

Norman Robson added: ”The junior champion is a well-fleshed and muscly young bull, very correct and well-grown for his age“.

Reserve junior champion, Rehall Moneypenny bred by William and Keith Stubbs, Irvinestown. Pictured are Keith Stubbs, with nephews Jason and Alastair Little. Picture: David Porter.

The reserve junior championship was secured by the January-born polled heifer Rehall Moneypenny, bred by William and Keith Stubbs, Irvinestown. A Curaheen Gunshot daughter, she is the third calf bred from the Keeldrum Clio daughter Rehall Holly.

“This is another stylish heifer, well-balanced, very feminine, with nice breed characteristics. She walks well on good legs and feet,” concluded Norman Robson.

Alan and Lee Wilson, Rathfriland, exhibited the first placed pair of Simmentals, Ballinalare Farm Medusa and Ballinalare Farm Modesty. Picture: David Porter

First prize in the class for the best pair of calves went to the Wilson family’s Ballinalare Farm Herd based at Rathfriland. Their winning duo were the April born Camus Brandy daughter Ballinalare Farm Modesty, and the May born Ballinlare Farm Medusa by Ballinalare Farm Galaxy.

The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the Four-Breed Calf Show, especially its sponsors, SFS Plastics, Bimeda, Agrimin and the British Simmental Cattle Society. Thanks also to judge Norman Robson, and the Wylie family for the use of the excellent facilities at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

Results from the judging ring

Jason Little exhibited Rehall Mellissa, the first prize junior heifer bred by William and Keith Stubbs, Irvinestown. Picture: David Porter

Young Handler – 1, Thomas Mcalister; 2, Jason Little; 3, Erin Nelson.

Senior bull, born between 1/9/20 and 31/12/20 – 1, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Leo by Islavale Frontier; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Linton by Islavale Frontier; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm London by Islavale Donald.

Senior heifer, born between 1/9/20 and 31/12/20 – 1, Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Topaz Lopez by Saltire Impressive; 2, Gareth Wilson, Raceview Mina Gretta by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, William and George Nelson, Drumacritten Lucy by Kilbride Farm Dragoon; David and Jonny Hazelton, Ranfurly Stella by Whitemire King Kong.

Junior bull, born on or after 1/1/21 – 1, Noel and Mae Kilpatrick, Ballymoney Martin by Saltire Impressive; 2, William Dodd, Craigy Max by Longbeach Darius; 3, William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Moneymaker by Curaheen Gunshot; 4, Matthew Cunning, Pointfarms Mattie by Woodhall Invincible.

Junior heifer, born on or after 1/1/21 – 1, William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Moneypenny by Curaheen Gunshot; 2, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Marigold by Omorga Jaguar; 3, Chelsea Best, Clonguish Nova by Raceview King; 4, Andrew Clarke, Breaghey Veda M404 by Woodhall Ferrari.

Junior bull, born on or after 1/4/21 – 1, Christopher Quinn, Dunrock Mighty by Curaheen Bandit; 2, Ryan Gilmour, Gillview Major by Atlow Dixon.

Junior heifer, born on or after 1/4/21 – 1, William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Mellissa by Derrough Samual; 2, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Medusa by Ballinalare Farm Galaxy; 3, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scibby Farms Molly by Atlow Dixon; 4, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Matilda by Dermotstown Delboy.

Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Medusa and Ballinalare Farm Modesty; 2, William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Moneypenny and Rehall Mellissa; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm London and Bridgewater Farm Linton.



• Ranfurly heifers top at 5400gns & 4900gns
• Omorga heifers at 4700gns & 4400gns
• Cladymore heifer at 4600gns
• Ten-month-old ‘Miss Crumble’ tops Commercials at 2700gns

Female champion at 50th Anniversary Simmental Spectacular was Ranfurly Weikel 40th L10 sold for a top price of 5,400gns by WD and JD Hazelton, Dungannon.

There was standing room only at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart for the 50th Anniversary Simmental Spectacular Sale held on Friday 22nd October.

Celebrating 50 years of the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club, the event attracted strong interest from pedigree and commercial buyers from throughout the Province and further afield.

The pre-sale show was judged by British Simmental Cattle Society President Stewart Stronach from the noted Islavale Herd based at Maisley, Keith, Banffshire. “It was a strong show, and the standard of cattle was high in all classes.”

Hitting the headlines in both the show and sale rings was the Female Champion Ranfurly Weikel 40th L10 from David and Jonny Hazelton’s herd at Dungannon. Born in April 2020, she was sired by the Cleenagh Flasher son Samark Superman, and is bred from the Raceview King daughter Ranfurly Weikel 23rd VG86. This one topped the sale, coming under the hammer of auctioneer Trevor Wylie at 5,400gns, and selling to new breeder Patrick Fitzsimmons from Strangford, County Down.

“The female champion is a very sweet heifer. Full of breed character, and will be a great asset to anyone’s herd,” said Stewart Stronach.

Reserve female champion Ranfurly Weikel 39th sold for 4,900gns at the 50th Anniversary Simmental Spectacular, held at Dungannon.

Five heifers from the Ranfurly prefix sold to average £3,717 per head.

The third placed Cladymore Lovely ET sold at 4,600gns for Messrs Reaney at the 50th Anniversary Simmental Spectacular.

The third placed Cladymore Lovely ET sold at 4,600gns for the Reaney family from Mowhan, County Armagh. Sired by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral Show champion Dermotstown Delboy, this April 2020 heifer was bred from the Borness Troy daughter Cladymore Annabell. She joins the Drumsamney Herd owned by Roger and Jonathan Henderson, Desertmartin, County Londonderry.

Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea, sold the third placed Drumagarner Lee for 3,600gns. Born in January 2020, she was sired by Team Celtic, and bred from the Rabawn Flame daughter Drumagarner Indigo. Buyer was pedigree herd owner Chris Traynor, Kilmore Herd, Armagh.

NI Simmental Club vice-chairman Andrew Clarke sold the first prize winning Breaghey Class K393 for 2,900gns. This thirteen-month-old heifer was sired by Omorga Volvo, and bred from Breaghey Class I286 – reserve champion at the club’s 2018 Heifer Derby. Highest bidder was Francis Lively from Rathfriland, County Down.

A cow and calf consigned by Gareth Wilson, Enniskillen, sold for 3,900gns. The January 2013 Ashland Ella Beauty EX90 was sired by Kilbride Farm Ahoghill, and bred from the Raceview Nigel daughter Ashland Beauty 2nd. She was accompanied by her sixth calf, the seven-month-old Curaheen Gunshot daughter, Hillhead Farm Miss Beauty P. P’d in-calf and due February 2022 to Curaheen Gunshot, this outfit was snapped up by Dermot Ronney from Newry, County Down.

A draft entry of heifers from Harry and John Moore’s Omorga prefix topped at 4,700gns, and saw six heifers change hands to average £3,517 each.

The eleven-month-old Omorga Lorelle topped the Omorga draft at 4,700gns

Leading the Moore family’s offering was the eleven-month-old Omorga Lorelle. This Curaheen Drifter daughter, is out of the home-bred Dermotstown Delboy dam, Omorga Joy – maternal sister to Omorga Volvo. She joins Robin Boyd’s Slievenagh Herd at Portglenone.

Omorga Lois sold at 4,400gns for Harry and John Moore.

A draft entry of heifers from Noel and Mae Kilpatrick’s Ballymoney Herd, Banbridge, topped at 2,700gns, with five selling to average £2,289 each.

The March 2019 Ballymoney Kirstie sold for 2,700gns to Ian Magill from Millisle, County Down. Sired by Curaheen Earp, she was bred from the Celtic Rock daughter Ballylane Heather ET.

Bull trade topped at 2,800gns, paid to Garvagh veterinary surgeon Nevin Smith for the first prize winning Edenbann Lionheart. This July 2020 entry was sired by the homebred Edenbann Emperor TSI+68 SRI+74, a son of the 20,000gns Auchorachan Wizard, and bred from Edenbann Amanda by Glebefarm Rocky. Buyer was Martin Smyth from Castlerock, County Londonderry.

The male champion Breaghey Lord Enniskillen sold at 2,600gns for Andrew Clarke. Born in June 2020, he was sired by the home-bred Breaghey Jeronimo, and is out of the Dermotstown Delboy daughter Breaghey Vida 1. He sold to Samuel Barbour from Annalong, County Down.

The ten-month-old cross-bred Simmental heifer ‘Miss Crumble’ sold for £2,750 at the Simmental Spectacular held at Dungannon.

A strong trade in the commercial section of the sale was topped at £2,750 by a ten-month-old heifer.

Consigned by Alan Burleigh from County Fermanagh, the much-admired cross-bred heifer known as ‘Miss Crumble’ sold to Michael McNally from Cookstown, County Tyrone.

Six-month-old commercial heifers realised £1,460 for Gareth Bryson, Cookstown; and £1,450 for Andrew Clarke, Tynan, who also sold a February-born heifer (8mths) for £1,650.

Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea, realised £1,650 for a November 2020 heifer (11mths); while Ryan Gilmour sold a July 2020 born heifer(15mths) for £1,680.

Averages: Five bulls £2,541; 18 heifers £2,960 (78%); Ballymoney draft 5 heifers £2,289; Omorga draft 6 heifers £3,517.

The McCloskey family from Kilrea, Eamon, Ciara, Shannon and Patrick, sold the third placed Drumagarner Lee for 3,600gns at the 50th Anniversary Simmental Spectacular, held at Dungannon.

Results from the judging ring:

Class 1, bull born between 15/02/20 and 16/04/20 – 1, and reserve male champion, David Gilmore, Inishargy Lambada 20 PP ET by Coose Gambler; 2, Cecil Chartres and David Farrell, Lakeside Lucky by Lakeside Jonny; 3, Alan Wilson, Bannhill Farm Lucifer by Saltire Impressive.

Male champion Breaghey Lord Enniskillen realised 2,600gns for Andrew Clarke, Tynan.

Class 2, bull born between 16/05/20 and 07/06/20 – 1, and male champion, Breaghey Lord Enniskillen by Breaghey Jeronimo; 2, Nevin Smith, Edenbann Lancelot ET by Woodhall Ferrari; 3, Sean Burns, Longbeach Levi by Clonagh Tiger Gallant.

Class 3, bull born between 12/07/20 and 20/09/20 – 1, Nevin Smith, Edenbann Lionheart by Edenbann Emperor; 2, William and George Nelson, Drumacritten Levi by Saltire Impressive.

Class 4, heifer born between 25/10/19 and 20/03/20 – 1, and reserve female champion, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 39th by Curaheen Bandit; 2, Brian, Linda and Craig Cowan, Owenskerry Kenya by Curaheen Dickens; 3, Eamon McCloskey, Drumagarner Lee by Team Celtic.

Class 5, heifer born between 01/04/20 and 11/05/20 – 1, and female champion, Ranfurly Weikel 40th L10 by Samark Superman; 2, AW Reaney and Sons, Cladymore Lady ET by Kilbride Farm Dragoon; 3, AW Reaney and Sons, Cladymore Lovely ET by Dermotstown Delboy.

Class 6, heifer born between 15/05/20 and 16/07/20 – 1, Nevin Smith, Edenbann Lynette ET by Islavale Frontier; 2, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Lizabel by Denizes Fantastic; 3, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Ladybird by Denizes Fantastic.

First prize heifer Breaghey Class K393 came under the hammer at 2,900gns for Andrew Clarke.

Class 7, heifer born between 06/09/20 and 04/01/20 – 1, Andrew Clarke, Breaghey Class K393 by Omorga Volvo; 2, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 40 L13 by Omorga Murray; 3, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Kleeb 45th L20 by Team Celtic.

The fourth placed Scribby Farms Leonardo ET sold at 2,500gns for Keith and Andrea Nelson, Rosslea.
Dungannon auctioneer Trevor Wylie in the rostrum during the 50th Anniversary Simmental Spectacular.
British Simmental Cattle Society president Stewart Stronach judged the NI Club’s 50th Anniversary show and sale, held at Dungannon.


The senior Simmental bull, Hiltonstown Indiana, owned by Ballymena suckler herd owner and pedigree breeder James McKane has been crowned Male and Supreme Overall Champion at the 152nd Balmoral Show, held on 22nd September 2021, at Balmoral Park, Lisburn.

Male and Supreme Champion, Hiltonstown Indiana

Born in January 2017, Hiltonstown Indiana was bred by Richard and Rhys Rodgers, Portglenone, and is stock bull in the McKane family’s 50-cow commercial herd, which is run alongside six pedigree cows registered under the Springfarm prefix. He is sired by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral supremo Dermotstown Delboy, and is out of the Auroch Amos daughter Hiltonstown Erica VG88.

Balmoral Show was Indiana’s second outing, with him having previously won the Male Championship at Ballymena Show in 2019.

County Antrim Simmental judge Robin Boyd described the overall winner as “a big, well-grown bull with strength and power.”

Supreme Overall champion Hiltontstown Indiana with judge Robin Boyd and Richard Rodgers and Megan McKane.

Claiming the day’s Female and Reserve Championship honours was the January 2020 born maiden heifer Drumsamney Lady Jane, brought out by Jonathan Henderson, and father Roger, from Desertmartin. Sired by Kilbride Farm Glenhead, she is the second calf bred from the Omorga Murray daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 29th ET, purchased for 3,900gns at the Ranfurly Herd’s production sale at Dungannon in September 2016.

Female Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion Drumsamney Lady Jane

The Drumsamney prefix was founded in 2010 and currently comprises of 12 pedigree cows.
The Henderson duo also scooped the Reserve Female Championship title with another Kilbride Farm Glenhead daughter. The March 2020 born Drumsamney Intrepid’s Lola was bred from Newbiemains Intrepid, the Reserve Female Champion at Stirling in October 2018.

Former British Simmental Breed Society President Robin Boyd, who owns the Slievenagh Herd based at Portglenone, is a highly respected judge who has officiated at major shows throughout the UK and Ireland, and twice at the Danish National Show.

“It has been an honour to add Balmoral Show to my list of ‘royal show’ judging appointments,” said Mr Boyd, who over the years has judged at Stoneleigh, the Highland, Welsh, Norfolk, Bath and West, and the famous Perth Bull Sales.

“Agricultural shows, like many other events, have been hit hard by the pandemic. This year’s Balmoral has attracted a small entry of Simmentals, but I’d like to congratulate the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society on organising a successful show under difficult circumstances. I’d also like to thank the exhibitors for supporting this year’s show.”

Drumsamney Intrepid’s Lola and Drumsamney Lady Jane, Best pair of Simmentals.
Judging of the Supreme Championship at Balmoral Show


The Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Championship Trophy for the Supreme Champion: James McKane. Reserve: Jonathan Henderson.

British Simmental Cattle Society Engraved Crystal Glasses for the Supreme Champion: James McKane.

Imex Perpetual Cow Bell for the best British Simmental female: Jonathan Henderson. Reserve: Jonathan Henderson.

Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union Perpetual Trophy for the Female Champion: Jonathan Henderson.

Bobbie Gamble Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the best heifer born between 1/1/19 and 30/6/20: Jonathan Henderson.

NI Simmental Club Trophy for the Male Champion: James McKane.

William Black Memorial Perpetual Cup for the Male Champion: James McKane.

News Letter Shield for the Junior Champion: Jonathan Henderson.


Heifer, born on or after 1/1/20 – 1, Jonathan Henderson, Drumsamney Lady Jane by Kilbride Farm Glenhead; 2, Jonathan Henderson, Drumsamney Intrepid’s Lola by Kilbride Farm Glenhead.

Bull, born on or before 31/12/19- 1, James Kane, Hiltonstown Indiana by Dermotstown Delboy.

Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, Jonathan Henderson, Drumsamney Lady Jane and Drumsamney Intrepid’s Lola.



Congratulations to VC Bailey, Mixbury Hall, Mixbury, Brackley, who has placed First in the Group picture class of the 2021 Virtual Simmental Show.
Thanks to all who have entered, and the results are as follows
1st Mixbury Hall
2nd Bosahan
3rd Corskie
4th Springfield
5th Bosahan

Congratulations also go to Emma Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith who has won the young members class. Again a big thank you to those who entered, and well done to all who have placed, the results are below
1st Islavale
2nd Rendham
3rd Corskie
4th Rendham

Thanks must also go to our Special Classes judges, Matthew Robson, Kilbride Farm, Doagh, Ballyclare, and Barrie Wynter, Bolankin, St Buryan, Penzance who both judged two classes each, with Matthew judging the Group picture and Video classes and Barrie judging the Young members and Commercial classes.



Congratulations to Jonathan Sinclair Gunn, from the Mavsey herd, Lybster, Caithness who has topped Class 8 of the 2021 Virtual Simmental Show with Corskie Jackpot 18. A September 2018 born bull, Corskie Jackpot 18 is a Dirnanean Bradley son and out of Corskie Frolic, a Bel Dhu Capercaillie daughter. He was purchased from the Corskie herd at the February 2020 Stirling sale.

A big thank you to our judge Hannah Wood, from the Popes herd, Dutton, Preston, Lancashire, who has expertly cast her eye over another strong bull class and this time of twenty-two animals. Comments from Hannah will be posted in a video shortly. Thank you once again for your entries and support for the 2021 Virtual Simmental Show, and well done to all those who have placed and to everyone who participated in this class.

The results are as follows:

1st- Corskie Jackpot entered by Jonathan Sinclair Gunn

2nd- Omorga Jaguar entered by J L & C J Weatherup

3rd- Islavale Jabba entered by Gavin Brown

4th- Backmuir King entered by Reece and Andrew Simmers

5th- Greencap Kane entered by D & R Durno & Sons



  • Top price heifer sells to Australia
  • Two heifers sell to Germany
  • Four heifers head to Scotland
  • Six heifers sell to Republic of Ireland
  • Fifteen heifers average £4886

A strong export trade was the theme of the day at the much anticipated premier heifer sale of WH Robson & Sons, Doagh, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim.  Held as a timed on-line auction over three days, 19th to 21st August, this export qualified sale celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the noted and prolific Kilbride Farm pedigree Simmental herd.

On offer was a select high-quality catalogue of yearling and in-calf heifers from the herds main and prolific cow families.  In the run up to the sale the Robson family had imaginatively and extensively promoted and marketed the sale through social media with in-depth picture and video content of the animals for sale, and with details of their breeding lines.  A number of potential buyers also viewed the animals on-farm.  The hard work paid off with the sale, held in conjuction with Ballymena Market and the online MartEye, raising worldwide interest.  The top priced heifer was purchased by an Australian buyer, with two further heifers heading to buyers in Germany.  Four heifers headed to Scotland, with six going south to the Republic of Ireland, and two remaining with buyers in Northern Ireland.  Fifteen heifers sold in all to average a very healthy £4886.

Kilbride Farm Eunice 314L (P) 6000gns

Leading the way at 6000gns was the August 2020 born Kilbride Farm Eunice 314L (P) who went ‘down under’ when being purchased by Jeff Knox, Crookwell, New South Wales.  Out of Kilbride Farm Eunice 191F, this heifer goes back to the Milnafua Graduate daughter, Eunice 34S. Her sire, Kilbride Farm Hans PP, goes back to Kilbride Farm Fanni 9V who also bred the 12,000gns Kilbride Farm Bantry.  As recently as last year, Mr Knox imported 32 embryos from the Kilbride Farm herd and from which he now has pregancies.  From here, agreement has been reached that Kilbride Farm Eunice 314L (P) will be kept at Kilbride Farm where she will be flushed, and with embryos being exported to Mr. Knox thereafter.

Commenting following the sale, Billy Robson said:  “We are delighted to have held this sale to mark 50 years of Kilbride Farm Simmentals.  As the herd has progressed in that time, we’ve exported Simmental genetics around the world. It’s very fitting therefore to have seen such an export theme to this sale.   The sale represented an opportunity for purchasers to buy animals from our best breeding lines and we very much trust they go on to do well for their new owners.”  One of the longest established British Simmental herds, Kilbride Farm have been prolific sellers privately and at both the Perth and Stirling bull sales over many years.

Kilbride Farm Eunice 295K (P) 5100gns

Selling at 5100gns was Kilbride Farm Eunice 295K (P) who was one of three heifers purchased by Eoin Coogan, Co Wicklow, Republic of Ireland.  August 2019 born, this heifer is by the homozygous polled bull Sneumgaard Imperator, a herd sire imported from Denmark. Again with a depth of breeding and performance, Eunice 295K (P), is out of the powerful Crugmelyn Brenin daughter Kilbride Farm Eunice 149D and with her grand dam Eunice 45T being a full sister to Kilbride Farm Titan who was a Champion at the Stirling Bull Sales.   This heifer was sold in-calf to Curaheen Gunshot (P).Mr Coogan was back in action when purchasing Kilbride Farm Eunice 306K for 4400gns.  Again with a connectivity in breeding, Eunice 306K is one of the few Crugmelyn Brenin heifers in the herd to ever have been offered for sale.  November 2019 born, she is out of the prolific Cairnview Snazzy daughter, Kilbride Farm Eunice 103B.   Making it a hat trick of purchases, the August 2019 born Kilbride Farm Jolly25K (P), also headed to the newly establishing herd of Mr Coogan in Co. Wicklow when she was purchased for 4100gns.  Jolly 25K (P) is by the Crugmelyn Brenin son Kilbride Farm Gruffalo 15 (P) and is out of Kilbride Farm Jolly 17G (P).  The Jolly family has produced some of the highest priced bulls from the herd and up to 22,000gns. Kilbride Farm Jolly 25K was sold in calf to Kilbride Farm Jetstream P.

Kilbride Farm Dora 97K (P) 4700gns

Two heifers sold at 4700gns.  The first of these Kilbride Farm Dora 97K (P), headed to Scotland when being bought by Mike Morrice for the Boharm pedigree herd at Mains of Newton, Craigellachie, Moray. The August 2019 born Dora 97K (P), is the first heifer to be offered at sale sired by Islavale Harvest 16, the Ranfurly Confederate C24 11 son.   She is out of Kilbride Farm Dora 75F (P), a daughter of the homozygous polled Ardadoney VIP (PP), and was sold in-calf to Kilbride Farm Jetstream P.

Kilbride Farm Eunice 305K 4700gns

Another selling to Scotland, and again at 4700gns, was the October 2019 born Kilbride Farm Eunice 305K who was one of two purchases by Kate & Alan McNee, Over Finlarg Farm, Tealing, Dundee to join their Finlarg herd.   A further heifer by Kilbride Farm Gruffalo 15 (P), Eunice 305K is out of Kilbride Farm Eunice 245I (P), a Sneumgaard Imperator PP heifer going back to Seaview Prince Charming and Dovefield Gallant.  Also heading to Over Finlarg at 3900gns was the youngest heifer in the catalogue, the August 2020 Kilbride Farm Eunice 315L (P).  Again full of breeding, Eunice 315L (P) is by Curaheen Gunshot (P), and is out of Kilbride Farm Eunice 274J (P).  Speaking after the sale Hazel McNee, who had viewed the cattle on farm prior to the sale, said: “These heifers offer a different type of breeding to what we presently have in the herd.  The depth of breeding in the Kilbride Farm herd is well known and we have always admired the Kilbride Farm bulls forward at Stirling sales.  The sale offered a good opportunity to buy into proven bloodlines and we are very pleased with the heifers bought.”

Kilbride Farm Eunicie 291K 4500gns

The very first lot in the catalogue, Kilbride Farm Eunice 291K made 4500gns when selling to the Killultagh herd of Connor Wilkinson, Killultagh Road, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.  Getting the sale off to a strong start, this April 2019 heifer, a full sister to Kilbride Farm Gruffalo, is a Crugmelyn Brenin daughter out of Kilbride Farm Eunice 92A (P).  Eunice 291K’s granddam was noted as being ‘a tremendous breeding polled Milnafua Graduate cow on whom a lot of the herd’s polled breeding was based.’ Kilbride Farm Eunice 291K was also sold in calf to Kilbride Farm Jetstream P.

Kilbride Farm Iris 25L (P) 4000gns

The final animal hitting the 4000gns mark was the March 2020 born Kilbride Farm Iris 25L (P). Another daughter of the homozygous polled Sneumgaard Imperator, Iris 25L (P) is out of Kilbride Farm Iris 17F who placed third Best Cow in the the 2020 European Simmental Virtual Show.

Kilbride Farm Laura 37L (P) 3900gns

Continuing the export theme, two animals made 3900gns and both sold to Simmental breeders from Germany.  The first of these was Kilbride Farm Laura 37L (P), an Islavale Harvest 16 daughter, and out of Kilbride Farm Laura 20H (PP), an Imperator daughter.  This heifer heads back to one of the breed’s homelands, Germany, and Mario Walther, Erlinbacher Stadtweg 52, Frankfurt.  No stranger to British Simmental, Mr Walther bought a female from the Omorga herd of John Moore, Co Tyrone in 2020.  Also at 3900gns was Kilbride Farm Laura 39L (P) who was purchased by Thomas Eydner, Frohburg, Germany.  April 2020 born, Laura 39L (P) is by Kilbride Farm Gruffalo 15 (P), and is out of Kilbride Farm Laura 22H (P).  Mr Eydner who had contacted the Robsons prior to the sale to express an interest, has previously bought semen from the Kilbride Farm herd. 

Kilbride Farm Laura 39L (P)


15 Heifers                          £4866


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