Auchorachan and Newbiemains prize winners heading to Next Generation Sale
It was a Championship double for D&R Durno & Sons, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch when heifers from their noted Auchorachan herd took both the Simmental Championship and Reserve awards at the new Pedigree Calf Show fixture held within the Live Scot event at Lanark Agricultural Centre on Friday 26th November.
Taking the Overall Championship was the September 2020 born Auchorachan Liqueur Madie, who is sired by Auchorachan Hercules 16 and is out of Auchorachan Favourite. A pedigree packed with breeding, Auchorachan Hercules first five sons sold have averaged over £10,500. Auchorachan Favourite is from the Madie family which has bred the noted Auchorachan bulls Wizard, Winger, and AC/DC. Auchorachan Liqueur Madie took the Championship award after placing first in the senior heifer class.
The Simmental classes were judged by Anne MacPherson of the well-known Blackford herd, Inverness and who described her Champion as “a really well fleshed and sweet heifer, who I have no doubt will go on to do well.” Of her Reserve she continued: “again this was a very similar heifer in type, but not quite as powerful on the day as the Champion.” Of the event as a whole Anne MacPherson said: “LiveScot was a very well-run event, and it’s great to see the inclusion of pedigree classes. As the event develops I have no doubt that the Simmental classes will continue to grow.”
The Durnos also took the Reserve Champion with their Junior Heifer first prize winner Auchorachan Mellie Hilly. March 2021 born this calf is also by Auchorachan Hercules and out of Auchorachan Ellie EX90. For good measure, Auchorachan Major, another March 2021 born Auchorachan Hercules calf, out of Auchorachan Hilly 6 EX91, won the Junior Bull class. All three of these Auchorachan calves now head for Carlisle and the Society’s new Next Generation Sale of pedigree females and weaned calves (male & female), due to be held on Friday 3rd December.
Standing second in her class to the Overall Champion was Jim & Patricia Goldie, Newbie Mains Farm, Annan, Dumfriesshire with Newbiemains Lady Wag. The August 2020 born Lady Wag is by the herd stock bull Skerrington Iceman EX94, and is out of Newbiemains Hash Tag Wag, a Lisglass Churchill daughter. Previously shown for the first time at the recent Borderway Agri Expo Simmental Calf Show, and where she took first prize in a very strong class of heifers, Newbiemains Lady Wag is another headed for the Next generation Sale at Carlisle.
The Goldies took first prize in the Senior Bull Calf class with the August 2020 born Newbiemains Leonidas. This calf is by Moorglen Hillbilly EX91 and is out of Woodhall Ginger (TF) VG86.
Simmental breeder Colin Inglis who runs the Greencap pedigree herd at Craegorry, Dalachy Farm, Aberdour, Fife will be the inaugural judge of the British Simmental Cattle Society’s new ‘Next Generation’ show and sale fixture, of pedigree Females and Weaned Calves, due to take place at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle on 3rd December this year.
The catalogue of 82 cattle, has attracted entries from many of the leading Simmental herds in the country with some of the bloodlines forward amongst the very best in the breed, and with many rarely having been presented for public auction before now. In all, 40 maiden heifers are forward, along with 3 heifers served and/or suckling (3 calves), 8 in-calf heifers, 14 weaned bulls calves, and 17 weaned heifer calves.
Speaking on this new sale and the job ahead, Colin Inglis commented: “I think the Next Generation Sale is a fantastic new fixture. It will showcase the qualities the Simmental breed has to offer and give pedigree breeders and commercial producers a tremendous opportunity to buy new lines and cattle with potential for their herds. I’m delighted and honoured to have been asked to be the first judge at what I’m sure will establish into a highlight annual fixture for the Simmental breed.”
The Inglis’ Dalachy Farm is 700 acres and comprises of 120 commercial cows, 35 pure Simmentals, 300 ewes, and 300 acres of arable. With Colin being a self-employed contractor Dalachy Farm is very much run as a team affair along with Colin’s parents Tom and Wilma.
The commercial herd at Dalachy is closed and made up of predominantly Simmental cows and with a few Angus cows. Both Simmental and Angus bulls are run and which are crossed over. Calves are mainly used for retailing Dalachy Farm’s own beef and with the Simmental heifer calves being retained as replacements. The herd is spring calving and with a few in the summer and back end to enable a beef-supply all year round. With efficiency and all-round flexibility being big forward drivers in the industry Colin sees a bright future for the Simmental breed and says: “I think the modern Simmental is a tremendous breed for any producer to have. The docility of the cows is a great starting point and once calved they have an abundance of milk for the calf to feed and thrive on. With the current feed prices being so high if you can use the cow’s milk, and grass throughout the summer, it’s really a ‘no brainer’. If the calf gets all of that then it’s faster growing and is able to finish within 12-14 months at a fraction of the price if it’s had milk instead of creep feed.”
The Inglis’ Greencap pedigree herd was established in 2004 and following on from a keen interest Colin’s Grandad had always had in the Simmental breed. The first pedigree cow was Orlando Tanya bought from Pat and Mary Forrester, Manor Leys, Forfar, and with another heifer, Blackford Ruby, bought from the MacPhersons, Blackford Farm, Croy. Both of these foundation female lines are still in the herd today. The pedigrees are calved at between two and two and a half years, and the commercials at two. Being rigorous in selection any females deemed to be not quite what the Inglis are looking for go into the commercial herd.
Increasingly prolific at sales and selling various bulls into pedigree herds, the herd’s top sale price to date is the 9000gns achieved for Greencap Kane at Stirling in October 2020 when sold to Michael Durno’s Auchorachan herd. However, Colin retains a very commercial focus in the bulls he’s looking to produce: “My aim with the pedigrees is to be able to produce good commercial bulls that sell well to repeat customers. If I manage to sell bulls into pedigree herds then that really is a bonus and makes me proud of what I am doing,” he says.
With regards to the Next Generation Sale judging ahead, Colin is clear on the type of Simmental that will catch his eye: “I am looking for nice feminine females, and heifer calves, with plenty of breed character, length and style that show themselves well when coming into the ring, and with good locomotion,” he says. “I think selling younger Simmental stock in the weaned calf sections is also a new approach and a good idea. With the bull calves it means they will be able to mature more naturally without being pushed for sales at a later date, and they will carry a lot of potential for the buyers.”
Commenting on what will be his biggest judging ‘job’ to date, Colin said: “I very look forward to judging the first Next Generation Sale and I would like to wish all Simmental breeders the very best of luck with the show and sale.” The Next Generation Sale, sponsored by Harbro, is due to be held on Friday December 3rd at Borderway Mart, Carlisle with the show commencing at 9.30am and the sale at 11.30am. On the Thursday evening December 2nd, the cattle can be viewed at the market between 5pm – 7pm and with hospitality available.
The Islavale herd of Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, and the Annick herd of Mr LD Quarm, Holehouse Farm, By Irvine, Ayrshire took the top Simmental honours within a strong show of Simmentals at the Stars of the Future Calf Show held on Saturday 13th November at United Auction’s Stirling Agricultural Livestock Centre. The quality in depth of the Simmental line up was confirmed when the Annick herd went on to lift the Junior Continental Interbreed tile, whilst the Blackford herd of WG MacPherson, Blackford, Croy, Inverness took the Joe Watson Memorial Trophy (Interbreed) for Best Pair.
In front of the Simmental judge for the day, Laura Beattie who runs the Garmouth herd at Corskie Farm, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, the Islavale herd picked up both the Overall Senior and Reserve Overall Senior titles with Islavale Viva 8, and Islavale Liquorice respectively. The September 2020 born Islavale Viva 8 is by Curaheen Giant 2, and is out of Islavale Viva 2 (ET) EX 94 (EX2), a Chestermann Varney daughter.
Commenting on her Overall Senior, Laura Beattie said: “The Senior Champion was a lovely, correct heifer, and was very well fleshed. She had great width, was very square over her plates, and was just full of breed character with a very sweet face.”
Following her through to take the Reserve Senior Overall was her stablemate in the shape of Islavale Liquorice, an October 2020 heifer by Ranfurly Confederate C24 11 EX 94, and out of Islavale Ebony, a Woodhall Walker daughter. Capping a fine day’s showing, the April 2021 born Islavale Mojito picked up the Reserve Junior Female award. This heifer is by Curaheen Gunshot (P), and is out of Islavale Illusion (ET) VG 87. Islavale Viva 8, Islavale Liquorice, and Islavale Mojito are all entered into the much-anticipated Simmental Next Generation Sale of Females & Weaned Calves due to be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on 3rd December.
Taking the Simmental Overall Junior title, and then a fantastic Overall Continental Junior Interbreed title, was the January 2021 born Annick Memphis, and shown on the day by stockman Andrew Perratt. This young bull is by Wolfstar Golddigger 15, and is a heifer’s calf being out of Annick Desiree’s Joy VG87, who is a Corskie Callum daughter. This double win was a poignant one with it being the first show outing for the Annick herd since the herd owner Lachlan Quarm sadly passed away earlier this year. Of her Junior Champion Laura Beattie commented: “This was a terrific young bull with a bit of power about him, good bone, and plenty of style. He’s very correct, with plenty of breed character, and is a great example of the Simmental breed. I think this is a young bull with a lot of future and potential.”
Of her day’s judging generally, and the cattle in front of her, Laura said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the day and thought that it was a great show of Simmentals. I’d like to congratulate all the exhibitors with cattle forward, and who really did the breed proud.”
Hot on the heels of winning the Simmental Calf Show at the Borderway Agri Expo, the April 2021 born, Springfield Major was back in the prizes for Gavin Brown, Springfield Farm, Penicuik, Midlothian, when winning the Overall Junior Reserve title. Springfield Major is by the herd’s stock bull Islavale Jabba, and is out of Hazelden Jingle 40th. For the 25 breeding female Springfield herd, Springfield Major is provisionally taking aim at the October 2022 Stirling Bull Sales.
The Senior Bull award was won by Blackford Local Hero (P) from WG MacPherson and shown on the day by Anne MacPherson. December 2020 born, is by the multi titled show bull Heathbrow Important 17 (P) EX93, and is out of Blackford Echo VG 86, a Curlieu Knight daughter. With show winning lines on both sides of the pedigree, both Blackford Echo VG 86, and her dam Blackford Allegro EX 90, are both former class winners and Junior Champions at previous Stars of the Future Shows. Blackford Local Hero (P) then teamed up with the December 2020 born heifer Blackford Lapis, who is also by Heathbrow Important 17 (P), and out of Blackford Amber VG 87, to win the prestigious Joe Watson Memorial Pairs Trophy judged by Robert McNee, Over Finlarg Farm, Dundee. These were the first calves by Heathbrow Important 17 (P), the 2019 European Simmental of the Year, shown by the Blackford herd.
Taking the Reserve Senior Bull award was Cairnview Laird from Mr AJ Wilson, Westcroft Farm, Kilwinning, Ayrshire. Full of breeding this calf is by Popes Grandslam 15, and is out of Cairnview Rea 7th, a Woodhall Ferrari 14th daughter.
From a strong line-up, and from another Ayrshire based breeder, Whiteridden Starlight’s Tanya 4th from H Gilbert, Dungoil, Whiteridden Farm, Kilbirnie, took the Simmental Junior Female title. This January 2021 born heifer is by Denizes Hamish 16, and is out of the Dirnanean Trustee sired Whiteridden Starlight’s Tanya.
• 57 bulls sold, up 5 on the year • Bulls average £5961, up £372 on the year • 22 bulls sell at 6000gns or more, with three at five figures • 7 Islavale bulls average £9185 • Corskie lead female trade at 6000gns
The junior bull Auchorachan Landmark 20 from D&R Durno & Sons, Auchorachan, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, Banffshire sold for 18,000gns to lead the Simmental bull sale at United Auction’s Stirling Agricultural Centre on Tuesday 19th October. From the youngest class of bulls on the day, Auchorachan Landmark 20 is a May 2020 born calf sired by the homebred stock bull Auchorachan Hercules, and is out of Auchorachan Holly, a cow described as having ‘loads of milk’. Auchorachan Landmark himself carried a Maternal (Milk) figure of +10 placing him in the top 10% of the breed for this trait. The herd sire Auchorachan Hercules has been breeding well in the 60 cow Auchorachan pedigree herd with sons, prior to Stirling, averaging over 8000 at pedigree sales.
Purchasing the top price was Brian and Stuart Grant for their Dellfield pedigree herd at Druid Temple Farm, Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness-shire. Commenting, Brian Grant said: “He looked a really good bull to our eye and we know and like the breeding on his dam line. He’s a well grown young bull with good shape about him, and colour was also important to get some of the darker colour into the herd. It’s the most we’ve paid for a bull and an investment in the herds future.” Auchorachan Landmark will be used on both pedigree and cross breds with the herd comprising of 170 cows in total and including 40-50 pure breds.
The Auchorachan herd’s top sale price to date is the 20,000gns paid for Auchorachan Wizard. With a bit of connectivity, Auchorachan Landmark is from the same family with Auchorachan Holly being a grand-daughter of Wizard’s mother. It was a solid day’s trading at Stirling for the Durnos who had further bulls sold at 8500, 6500, and 4500gns respectively.
The Simmental sale as a whole saw 57 bulls sold, up five on the year, and to an average of £5961, which was also up by £372. In all, 22 bulls sold at 6000gns and over including three at over five figures. Commenting the Society’s General Manager Iain Kerr said: “It was good to see more bulls sold on the year and also an increase of £372 on the averages. Simmental sales have been very strong in this last year or so with commercial buyers driving the trade and buying bulls to breed top quality breeding females. We’d have liked to have seen a stronger clearance, but there was again a ready demand for long, clean, easy fleshing Simmental bulls, with good milk and maternal figures.”
It was another tremendous Simmental sale for the prolific 160 pedigree cow Islavale herd of Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith. A strong team of bulls saw seven in all sell to 12500, 10000, 9000, 8500, 7800, 7000, and 6500gns, to gross £64,365 and a mighty average of £9185. For good measure Islavale bulls also won the Overall Supreme (their eighth in all and first at the October Sale), Intermediate, and Junior Championships in the pre-sale show which was judged by Mr Simon Key of the Key Herd, Abbey Farm, Mundham, Loddon, Norwich. Leading their consignment was the March 2020 born Islavale Lachlan 20. This bull, who stood second in his class to the Intermediate Champion, is by the ten-years-old Ranfurly Confederate, and is out of the Atlow Dixon daughter Islavale Innocent. Heading north, this bull who was Top 10% for both Calving Ease Direct, and Gestation Length, was purchased by Messrs Swanson, Quarryside, Caithness.
At 10,000gns was the Intermediate Champion himself, Islavale Lord 20. Another March 2020 born bull, Lord is by the herd’s main stock sire at present, Corskie Highlander 16 EX 92, a Dirnanean Bradley son, and is out of the Ranfurly Confederate daughter Islavale Honeypot. Another to go commercially, this bull was bought by Inverdunning Ltd, Dunning, Perthshire.
The run of Islavale prices continued with Islavale Loch Ness making 9000gns when selling to the Greencap pedigree herd of Craegorry, Dalachy Farm, Aberdour, Fife. A second prize winner, this March 2020 born bull is another by Corskie Highlander 16 EX 92, and is out of another Ranfurly Confederate daughter, Islavale Daisy. Commenting, Colin Inglis said: “I really liked the style and presence of this bull, and he’s got a good set of figures behind him. The figures and breeding just fit and suit what I’m needing and he’ll be used mainly on pedigrees but also on some commercials.” The Greencap pedigree herd consists of 30 Simmental breeding females that are run alongside 120 commercial cows.
Also at the 9000gns mark was the Northern Irish bull Ballymoney Larry 20 from Mrs MH Kilpatrick, Banbridge, Co Down. A bull with size and power, Ballymoney Larry 20 had placed first in Class Four in the Senior section. March 2020 born, he is the first son of Saltire Impressive 17 who was purchased for 14,000gns at Stirling at the corresponding sale in 2018. Purchasing this bull, who carried good figures for growth and milk, was Delfur Farms who run the Delfur pedigree herd at Dundurcas, Rothes, Aberlour. Speaking to this purchase, the herd manager Stephen Allan said: “We liked this bull’s breeding lines and he’s suitable to use on all of our cows. He’s got size and width and we think he will complement our cows and bring a consistency of breeding. We’ve got 150 cows, of which 30 are pure not pedigree, and the he’ll be used predominantly for the pedigrees.”
Another from the Durnos in the shape of Auchorachan Lancelot 20 (P) made 8500gns when selling to the Killumpha herd of Mr T Hamilton, Port Logan, Stranraer. A first prize winner in Class Six of the Intermediate Section, Auchorachan Lancelot 20 (P), is a heterozygous polled son of the imported Auroch Hudson (P), and is out of the noted Auchorachan Witch EX 90, a Glebefarm Tyson daughter. Of his purchase Mr Hamilton said: I really like the breeding of this bull and he’s also different to what I’ve had before. I liked the red colour of the bull and he carries a lot of style. We’ll use Auchorachan Lancelot on a mixture of the pedigree herd and commercials”.
At this same 8500gns was another from the Islavale team, this time Islavale Lionheart 20. April 2020 born, Islavale Lionheart is a Curaheen Giant son and is out of the EX90 classified cow Islavale Holly 4, a Woodhall Walker daughter. A theme of the day was the demand for bulls with good Maternal (Milk) figures and this bull was another example with a +10 figure putting him in the breed’s Top 5%. Another of the top prices to go commercially, this bull was purchased by W&J Brown, Hilton of Culsh, New Deer, Turriff who said: “This was a very correct bull with size, a good top, and with excellent milk figures. He’ll be a very good fit with our commercial cows”.
Two bulls made 8000gns. The first of these was another from Northern Ireland in the form of Hiltonstown Lorenzo 20 from Richard & Rhys Rodgers, Portglenone, Co Antrim. A bull with width and shape, the March 2020 born Lorenzo is by Dermotstown Delboy, and is out of Hiltonstown High Class, a Hiltonstown general daughter. Going to a pedigree home, Hiltonstown Lorenzo was bought by MA Barlow & Sons for their 60-cow Denizes herd at Four Oaks, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancashire. Commenting, Michael Barlow said: “This bull is just full of natural thickness and shape. He’s a bull that we think will complement the style of the Blackford Galaxy daughters in the herd”.
The second bull at the 8000gns mark was Roma Leader 20 from Mr RS & ME Weatherup, Romavale, Ashybank, Hawick, Roxs. It was a good sale to finish with for the Weatherups and following the successful Dispersal Sale of the herd in September and also at Stirling. Another with a Top 10% figure for Maternal (Milk), this March 2020 bulls is by the herd stock sire Islavale Frontier and is out of Roma Diamond, a Dirnanean Apostle daughter. This bull was knocked down to J Coventry & Sons, Newbarns Farm, Forfar, Angus.
Continuing the run of Islavale bulls was Islavale Loyal 20 at 7800gns. Another dark red, fleshy bull, Loyal is by Curaheen Giant 2 and is out of the Curaheen Bandit daughter Islavale Glee VG86. This April 2020 born calf was bought by the J Milne & Sons, who run the Middlethird herd at Oldwhat Mains, Turriff. Commenting Mr Milne said: “We liked the bulls from the Islavale team at the sale. The bull we bought is a strong bull carrying some shape. He’ll be used on the pedigree herd and also to breed replacements in the commercial herd”.
Selling at 7500gns was Overhillhouse Link 20 from Richard McCulloch, Over Hill House, Armadale, West Lothian. May 2020 born, this bull who stood second in the last but one class, is by Islavale Heston and is out of Overhill House Gnocchi. This young bull headed to Ayrshire when being purchased by DL&S Currie, Pinclanty, Pinmore, Girvan.
*The Overall Supreme Champion, and Junior Champion, was the April 2020 born Islavale Lennon 20 and again from the Stronach team. This bull is by Curaheen Giant, and is the third Giant son from Islavale to win a Stirling Supreme Championship. He is out of the second calver Islavale Harlequin VG87 who is a Ranfurly Confederate daughter. Of his Supreme Champion, the judge Simon Key said: “This bull just carried so much style and had a lovely and very typical Simmental head. He is exceptional on his plates, very clean through the middle, and a bull with easy fleshing qualities. I think he’s a modern Simmental bull with good locomotion, and carrying style and top Simmental breed characteristics.” The day’s Champion sold for 7000gns and was purchased by Graham Allan for his noted Glenturk herd at Wigtown, Newton Stewart.
A small but good show of females was topped at 6000gns by the in-calf heifer Corskie Kaylee from Mr WJ &J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers. April 2019 born, Corskie Kaylee is by Kilbride Farm Haka and is out of Corskie Haylee VG 86, a Dirnanean Bradley daughter. PD’d in-calf to Drumagarner Hughes, Corskie Kaylee was bought by the noted commercial producer Ryan Smith who also runs the Towiemore pedigree herd at Towiemore Farm, Keith, Banffshire.
OTHER LEADING PRICES: 7200gns Lot 730 Strathisla Lynx sold to Genoch Mains Farm, C/o John J M McIntosh, Genoch Mains, Dunragit, Stranraer, Wigtownshire DG9 9ES 7000gns Lot 681 Popes Lockhart sold to A Nicolson, Relugas Mains Farm, Dunphail, By Forres, Moray IV36 2QL 7000gns Lot 745 Ranfurly Leader sold to Maesquoy Farms, Maesquoy Farm, Harray, Orkney KY17 2LE 7000gns Lot 750 Islavale Lennon sold to Glenturk Farming Co, Glenturk, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire DG8 9TF 6500gns Lot 718 Islavale Leon sold to C A Smith, Wester Coull, Tarland, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 4YS 6500gns Lot 736 Drumsleed Landmark sold to Genoch Mains Farm, C/o John J M McIntosh, Genoch Mains, Dunragit, Stranraer, Wigtownshire DG9 9ES 6500gns Lot 746 Auchorachan Lockdown sold to W Young, Skerrington Mains, Hurlford, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire KA1 5JB 6500gns Lot 772 Springfield Legacy sold to J Duff & Son, Broomknowe, Brechin, Angus DD9 6SJ 6200gns Lot 672 Garmouth Loon sold to M J & A Mill, Shawsmill Farm, Cardenden, Lochgelly, Fife KY5 0AN 6000gns Lot 663 Denizes Kingsley sold to A Whiteford, Moulandale, Kemnay, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 9JU 6000gns Lot 755 Strathisla Lumberjack sold to Stewart Farms, Ballglass, Lennoxtown, Glasgow G65 7LG 6000gns Lot 787 Popes Laertes sold to Greasley Estate, Peter Muir, Lamb Close House, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire NG16 3QX Auctioneers: United Auctions
57 bulls sell to average £5961, up £372 on the year.
Lot 777, Auchorachan Landmark 20 from D & R Durno & Sons, topped the Sale at 18000gns. The Auchorachan Hercules sired bull, out of Auchorachan Holly, led the Sale, being purchased by Mr B Grant, of the Dellfield herd, Druid Temple Farm, Highland, Inverness-shire.
Lot 701, Islavale Lachlan, sired by Ranfurly Confederate C24 11 from Mr W S Stronach, fetched the second top price, reaching 12500gns when selling to Mr Swanson, Quarryside, Caithness.
The Female trade was topped by the Corskie herd of Mr WJ & J Green, with Lot 646 Corskie Kaylee selling at 6000gns to Smith & Sons, Towiemore, Keith. Full report and photos to follow.
• Mixbury Hall stock bull Tillbrook Frank Overall Reserve • 754 pedigree Simmentals entered the online competition • Cow class sees 197 entries
The 2021 Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show Overall Supreme Champion is the outstanding five-year-old cow Corskie Heaven from the well known Corskie Simmental herd of WJ & J Green, Garmouth, Fochabers. Taking the Overall Reserve Supreme Champion position was the Male Champion, Tilbrook Frank from VC Bailey, Mixbury Hall Farm, Mixbury, Brackley, Northamptonshire.
An entirely online show first organised by the British Simmental Cattle Society last year, the second staging of the competition saw a remarkable 754 Simmentals entered over the respective twelve classes.
2016 born, Corskie Heaven, a Dirnanean Bradley daughter out of Corskie Eve, did it the ‘hard way’ by coming through an incredible class of 197 cows, the largest entry in the classes, before lifting the Female Championship and moving on to take the blue riband top title.
Judging the final Championship was Anne MacPherson of the highly noted Blackford herd at Blackford, Croy, Inverness. Commenting Anne said: “The Champion Corskie Heaven is a great example of a Simmental cow; she is very feminine with nice smooth flesh and plenty of length. She’s my type of female and very much shows the maternal traits which are important for the Simmental breed. Congratulations also to Mixbury Hall. Tillbrook Frank looks a really modern, powerful bull with tremendous muscle and length.”
On behalf of the Green family, Laura Beattie said: “It’s fantastic to win this competition and from such an entry both in numbers and quality. Corskie Heaven is just a really nice, feminine cow and we’re delighted that she’s gone all the way. We had eight entries in the cow class and six of them placed in the top twenty, so we are very proud of all the cows! Corskie Heaven is a Dirnanean Bradley daughter and Bradley has bred exceptionally well in the herd. Heaven’s dam, Corskie Eve is by Corskie Valiant, a homebred bull who himself had a strong show career for the herd, including being Overall Champion at the 2009 Scottish National Show. The Society’s ‘Virtual’ Show has been great again this year and it’s been so good to ‘show off’ cattle that have not been able to go out into the show ring over this last couple of years.”
It was a strong showing for the Northamptonshire based Mixbury Hall herd who also lifted the Reserve Female Championship with the Spring born heifer calf Mixbury Hall Milly. Taking the Reserve Male Championship was Rockytop Luca, from Gary and Angela Christie’s Rockytop herd, Glass, Huntly. The May 2020 born Rockytop Luca, had initially won the young bull class in the competition.
The Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show was established in 2020 to bring ‘some fun and competition’ for members with there being no summer show season during the Covid pandemic. Such was the popularity of the competition that the ‘Virtual’ Show was rolled out for a second staging this year and was supported with a massive entry.
Each of the respective classes had a young profile judge who announced their results on a weekly basis and with a supporting video talking about their results. Come Championship time and Craig Hollingsworth of the Midhope herd, Sheffield, judged the Females, whilst Alan Burleigh of the Derrycallaghan herd, Lisnaskea judged the Males. It was then over to Anne MacPherson to judge this year’s Overall Supreme Champion. Tom Hill of the Scotland Hill herd, Doncaster, had the difficult but enviable task of judging the 197 strong cow class from which the Overall Champion emerged.
Commenting generally, the British Simmental Cattle Society’s President Stewart Stronach said: “Congratulations to the Corskie and Mixbury Hall herds for their Championship wins. I’d also like to extend a massive well done to the Simmental breeders around the UK who have readily supported this competition and in such great numbers. Who would ever have thought we would have seen an entry of 197 cows in any show class, even an online class! Throughout the nine weeks of judging the quality of entries has been superb and the competition has been a lot of fun and a terrific showcase for the Simmental breed. We have been amazed week on week by the reach of the posts and the comments and discussion both domestically and in countries across the world. This year’s show really has had a ‘wow’ factor on so many levels. Whilst we hope to return to summer show rings next year, I’m sure there will be a popular demand for a third staging of the Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show.”