• 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.”
• Lisglass Gladioluf and Roma Legend 20 sell as an outfit also at 10,000gns • Roma Destiny and her twin bull calves sell for a collective 8000gns • Sale grosses £155,080 for the 46 lots sold
Roma Dreamer 2nd sold for 10,000gns to lead the Dispersal Sale of the Roma Simmental herd of Roy Weatherup, Romavale, Ashybank, Hawick, Roxburghshire, held on Saturday, 11th September, at United Auctions Stirling Market.
The November 2015 born Roma Dreamer 2nd is a Dinton Nautical daughter out of the Kilbride Farm Newry sired Roma Dreamer. She was sold with her Islavale Frontier sired heifer calf Roma Dreamer 6th at foot and was PD’d back in calf to the herd’s stock bull Islavale Frontier. Purchasing the top price was JC & JL Weatherup, who runs the 35 cow Lisglass herd at Irish Hill, Ballyclare, Co Antrim.
Also at 10,000ngs was the outfit of Lisglass Gladioluf at 5200gns, with her bull calf Roma Legend making 4200gns. The August 2015 born Lisglass Gladioluf is by Carnkern Titan and out of Slieveroe Caroline. She was snapped up by her breeder when being another to go back to JC&JL Weatherup, Ballyclare, Co Antrim. Her bull calf, the November 2020 born Roma Legend 20 was also by the herd stock bull Islavale Frontier. This calf was purchased by the Saltire herd of J&G Houliston, Newmains, Drem, North Berwick. Commenting on his top price purchases, Leslie Weatherup said: “We really like the Roma Dreamer breeding and it is an entirely new line to the Lisglass herd. We also purchased Roma Dreamer 3rd on the day for the same reason.” With regard to Lisglass Gladioluf he went on to say: “I bred Lisglass Gladioluf and it’s a bloodline I had lost and wanted to get back. Her dam Slieveroe Caroline was a Supreme Champion at Balmoral Show. Gladioluf had an extremely good bull calf with her at the sale and her bull calf last year sold at Stirling for 4000gns.” In all Leslie Weatherup, who is the cousin of Roy Weatherup, bought six animals on the day.
Selling at a collective 8000gns to Messrs MacFarlane, Quixwood Farm, Duns, Berwickshire, was the 2014 born Roma Destiny with her two Islavale Frontier sired bull calves Roma Lovejoy (TM), and Roma Loverboy (TM). The fourth calving Roma Destiny, born 2014, is got by Samark Superman and is out of Killiworgie Destiny. Roma Destiny sold at 2600gns with the November 2020 Roma Lovejoy reaching the same mark, and his twin Roma Loverboy selling for 2800gns. Again a prolific purchaser on the day, the MacFarlanes purchased eleven of the lots on offer.
Another outfit at 6600gns was Roma Bluebell 3rd who made 2800gns, with her bull calf Roma Limit 20 selling for 3800gns. Roma Bluebell 3rd, who is 2018 born, is by Lisglass Barnabus 10 and out of Roma Bluebell. She was sold PD’d in calf to Islavale Frontier, to the Pitmudie herd of Heather Duff, Pitmudie, Menmuir, Brechin, Angus. Roma Limit 20, sired by Samark Superman, was bought by Norman Innes, Millbrae, Findhorn, Forres. At 6000gns was the 2018 born Roma Beauty 3rd. This maiden heifer is by Popes Barclay 10 and out of Roma Beauty 2nd. PD’d in calf to Islavale Frontier, Roma Beauty 3rd was sold with her January 2021 born bull calf, Roma Moneyboy 21, also by Islavale Frontier, and was another purchased by Norman Innes, Millbrae, Findhorn, Forres. The November 2015 born Roma Bluebell 2nd, along with her bull calf Roma Masterpiece 21 made 4300gns when being another purchase of Messrs MacFarlane, Quixwood Farm, Duns, Berwickshire. A Samark Superman daughter out of Roma Bluebell, she was sold with her Islavale Frontier calf at foot and was PD’d back in calf to the same sire. The Roma Dispersal Sale was held due to the impending retirement of Roy Weatherup who, speaking at the end of the sale said: “I’m very pleased with how the sale has gone today. I felt that the sale really offered an outstanding opportunity for new and established breeders to buy some top-quality Simmental genetics from what has been a productive herd of cattle. To that end I very much hope that they go to breed well for their buyers.”
OTHER LEADING PRICES: 4200gns Roma Dreamer (06/04/19) to Callum Croft, Hendy, Pontarddulais, Swansea 4200gns Islavale Frontier 14 to Norman Innes, Millbrae, Findhorn, Forres 4000gns Roma Bluebell 5th (01/04/20) to JW Fullerton, Corsbie, Earlston, Berwickshire
AVERAGES: 20 cows with calves at foot Top 10000gns Average £3,680
• Lisglass Gladioluf and Roma Legend 20 sell as an outfit for 10,000gns • Roma Destiny and het twin bull calves sell for a collective 8000gns Roma Dreamer 2nd sold for 10,000gns to lead the Dispersal Sale of the Roma Simmental herd of Roy Weatherup, Romavale, Ashybank, Hawick, Roxburghshire, held today on Saturday, 11th September, at United Auctions Stirling Market.
The November 2015 born Roma Dreamer 2nd is a Dinton Nautical daughter out of the Kilbride Farm Newry sired Roma Dreamer. She was sold with her Islavale Frontier sired heifer calf Roma Dreamer 6th at foot, and was PD’d back in calf to Islavale Frontier. Purchasing the top price was the Lisglass herd of JC & JL Weatherup, Ballyclare, Co Antrim.
Also at 10,000ngs was the outfit of Lisglass Gladioluf at 5200gns, with her bull calf Roma Legend making 4800gns. The August 2015 born Lisglass Gladioluf is by Carnkern Titan and out of Slieveroe Caroline. She was snapped up by her breeder and goes back to JC&JL Weatherup, Ballyclare, Co Antrim. Her bull calf, the November 2020 born Roma Legend 20 is another by the herd stock bull Islavale Frontier. This calf was snapped up by the Saltire herd of J&G Houliston, Newmains, Drem, North Berwick.
Selling at a collective 8000gns to Messrs MacFarlane , Quixwood Farm, Duns, Berwickshire, was the 2014 born Roma Destiny with her two Islavale Frontier sired bull calves Roma Lovejoy (TM), and Roma Loverboy (TM). The fourth calving Roma Destiny, born 2014, is by got by Samark Superman and is out of Killiworgie Destiny. Roma Destiny sold at 2600gns with the November 2020 Roma Lovejoy reaching the same mark, and his twin Roma Loverboy selling for 2800gns.
Another outfit at 6600gns was Roma Bluebell 3rd who made 2800gns, with her bull calf Roma Limit 20 selling for 3800gns. Roma Bluebell 3rd, who is 2018 born, is By Lisglass Barnabus 10 and out of Roma Bluebell. She was sold PD’d in calf to Islavale Frontier, to the Pitmudie herd of Heather Duff, Pitmudie, Menmuir, Brechin, Angus. Roma Limit 20, sired by Samark Superman, was bought by Norman Innes, Millbrae, Findhorn, Forres.
At 6000gns was the 2018 born Roma Beauty 3rd. This maiden heifer is by Popes Barclay 10 and out of Roma Beauty 2nd. PD’d in calf to to Islavale Frontier, Roma Beauty 3rd was sold with her January 2021 born bull calf, Roma Moneyboy 21, also by Islavale Frontier, and was another purchased by Norman Innes, Millbrae, Findhorn, Forres. Full report and averages to follow….
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.
• Six Simmental bulls sell to average £5100. Homozygous polled Simmental bulls proved popular at the recent Incheoch Working Genes Sale of Neil and Debbie McGowan, Incheoch Farm, Alyth, Blairgowrie which culminated on 2nd September. The sale was the fourth time that bulls were sold alongside the McGowans’ on-farm ram sale which was in its 14th year. The three sons of the Irish bred bull Auroch Deuter, all carrying the double polled gene, averaged £6266 and sold to a top of £7000 for Incheoch Lincoln, a bull with a cracking set of very balanced EBVs for a maternal sire, out of an Apostle dam, and one that both Neil and Finlay thought a lot of. Incheoch Lincoln heads to the Scottish Borders and to Ian MacFarlane of Quixwood.
Born within an hour of Lincoln was Incheoch Londry – the two competed neck and neck all along. Londry was the pick of Steven Smith of Stobshaugh Farm, Cortachy at £5600. His Dirnanean Fivestar dam also bred Incheoch Keystone, the homozygous polled bull that topped last year’s Working Genes sale at £6200.
Following Londry was Incheoch Leopold who caught the eye of Jim Barr of Muirsland Farm with terminal and self replacing indexes of 101 and 129 respectively and strong-bodied cows with good tops right through his dam line. Leopold was bid to £6200 and went straight out to work at Lesmahagow.
A fourth double poll bull was the 15-month-old Incheoch Lexus, a son of Kyleston Iceman and out of a favourite Gibby’s Real Deal cow that also bred Incheoch Jenson who topped the 2019 sale. Lexus was sold to Peter Douglas, Ruletownhead, Newcastleton for £4400 Six Simmental bulls sold to average £5100 on the day and with a fair bit of interest in some of those bulls still available. Two Luing bulls completed the sale, both selling to newly established herds South of the border. The new sale format involved both on-line and on-farm bidding and saw a complete clearance of the 98 rams also on offer. The Yourbid system, developed by Meadowslea Angus in New Zealand, allowed the sale to work under Covid restrictions last year. With more freedom this year, buyers were able to bid from smart phones while standing in the bull paddocks or even with the traditional ‘nod’ to the team at bidding stations. 50% of buyers bid from a distance however – some harvesting, some with Covid concerns, and others just preferring the system. Graham Burke of Pentland Livestock, who helped to manage the sale said, “Yourbid is an excellent and easy to use sales platform that allows customers to bid from anywhere without the need to attend the sale and the flexibility to bid on any sheep right up to the conclusion of the auction.” Neil McGowan added, “It’s great that folk have the confidence to bid from videos and figures when their busy lives dictate – but there’s nothing like being on-farm, getting a bit of chat and seeing the stock with your own eyes.
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