A big congratulations to Ant Hart, Carloggas Farm, Treverybyn, St Austell, Cornwall who with their January 2022 born bull calf Treverbyn Norman, won the Overall All-Breeds Supreme title at the Cornwall Pedigree Calf Show, held yesterday 22nd October at the Royal Cornwall Showground.
A heterozygous polled calf, Treverbyn Norman is by Coose Norman P, and is out of Treverybyn Keira, a Skylark Geronimo daughter. Having come through the Simmental classes and lifted the Championship from Simmental judge Jonny Ward, Treverbyn Norman then went head to head with the other breed champions to lift the Overall title and this time in front of the judge Mrs Ria Rice, daughter of Philip Warren the noted Launceston based butcher. In what was the tenth staging of the Cornwall Pedigree Beef Calf Show, this is the first time the Overall Supreme Championship has been won by a British Simmental. Well supported by Simmental breeders, the classes featured entries from the Treverbyn, Bosahan, Wellatree, Angwella, Tregnether, and Loxton herds respectively, and with the catalogue featuring 90 entries in all across the breeds. A great win for the Harts and for Cornish Simmental breeders!
Official Simmental Society Sales in the Year Gross £2,003,927
A strong year of performance for British Simmental has seen pedigree registrations and birth notifications surge with an increase of 15% in the year to an overall total of 7,388, up by 960. The figures released by the British Simmental Cattle Society are for the pedigree registration year of 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022.
Sitting alongside these figures is a similarly strong performance at the point of both commercial and pedigree sales and which has seen Official Society Pedigree Sales in the same period nudge through the £2Million mark to gross £2,003,927. In the course of the year the Simmental breed enjoyed some record sale averages and clearances, most notably at Stirling in February when 89 pedigree bulls sold to a new breed record average mark of £6,835. In a new sale fixture introduced to ‘grow the reach of the breed’, the Next Generation Sale of Females & Weaned Calves at Carlisle in December saw a top price of 16,000gns, with heifer averages of £4,396, and bull calf averages of £6,174.
In the year, pedigree registrations increased by 13.5%, with birth notifications enjoying a 19.8% increase and this overall surge for the Simmental breed was warmly welcomed by the Society’s President Stewart Stronach, Maisley, Keith, Banffshire, who said: “Simmental females are naturally efficient, healthy, easy to manage, and just full of milk. Adding value to any cross, they are maternal mainstays of the commercial suckler herd, can calve at two years old, and can wean calves at 50% of their bodyweight at 200 days.”
“In 2021 AHDB confirmed Simmental as being the leading continental beef breed for age at slaughter, and this couples with Simmental sired progeny being fast growing, with terrific weight for age and leaving a high yielding, profitable carcase. These are the natural attributes and efficiencies of the modern British Simmental that are driving demand, forging a profitable commercial future in an industry with a higher cost base, and meeting the ‘green’ challenges of reducing beef productions carbon footprint.”
“We welcome these improved registration and sale figures, and collectively our focus will be to continue to work hard and provide commercial beef producers with future fit, profitable dual purpose Simmental genetics.”
The next pedigree sale under the Society’s auspices will be the much-anticipated Dispersal Sale of the noted Annick Simmental Herd, Holehouse Farm, Irvine, held on behalf of the late Lachlan Quarm, at United Auctions Stirling on Saturday 10th September.
Please find click here to see the latest newsletter with details of forthcoming events & here for the Herd Competition Entry Form. The closing date is 10th August 2022.
The commercial open day- Sunday 7th August is open to everyone; however as numbers are limited to 50; Cornwall and South West clubs are being offered the opportunity to book early before the event is widely advertised and I hope to hear from you regarding attendance by 30th July.
Regarding the herd competition we have a judge willing to travel down from Scotland to assess Cornish pedigree and commercial herds culminating in an awards evening at Constantine Social Club on Thursday 25th August.
Constantine Social Club Kitchen – TR11 5AG Thursday 25th August 2022 Herd Competition Awards Presentation at 9.00 p.m.
Meet at 7.00p.m. for 7:30 p.m. for Dinner £17.50 per head Choices to be booked by 22nd August 2022
Sticky Toffee Pudding Custard/Cream or Cheesecake & Cream
Tea or Coffee
Please save the date for the Club Dinner and Dance Friday 7th October and contact breeders, buyers, businesses as well as friends and family to make up your own table of eight. This is a night out together before cattle are housed and not just about celebrating the Simmental Breed.
The committee will need to have some idea of numbers by their next meeting on Wednesday 14th September.
Finally huge congratulations to all members that have exhibited at the Royal Cornwall Show and one day shows to date. Your efforts are very much appreciated. The impressive results in the inter-breed and young handlers classes should be celebrated by the Club and Society alike.
A big well done to the Killiworgie, Sowenna, and Treverbyn Simmental herds who came together to take Overall Reserve in the Team of Five Beef Interbreed on the second day of the Royal Cornwall Show. A big mention in dispatches is due to Judy Borlase who stepped in to judge the Simmental section at short notice and who, as part of her duties, selected the Simmental Team of Five to represent the breed.
A busy couple of days had seen the Cornwall Simmental Club supply the delicious aged sirloin beef served up at the stockman’s supper on the previous evening. A big thank you is extended to Bowland Foods and the Popes herd for all of their help. Well done to all involved in highlighting the quality of both British Simmental cattle, and tasty Simmental beef!