• Backmuir achieve the 2022 double of Scottish National Show, and Royal Highland Show Championships with Islavale Lullaby • Islavale Lullaby wins the Overall Interbreed at the Black Isle Show • Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd takes Simmental Overall Reserve
The April 2020 born heifer Islavale Lullaby scooped the Overall Supreme Championship for Reece and Andrew Simmers, Backmuir Farm, Keith, Banffshire, at the 2022 Scottish National Simmental Show, held within the Black Isle Show, on Thursday 4th August. For good measure the stylish Islavale Lullaby then went on to win the day’s Overall Individual Interbreed title.
This latest win at the Scottish Simmental National Show secured a memorable 2022 double for the Simmers with Islavale Lullaby, following on from their Simmental Supreme Championship at the Royal Highland Show in June.
Bought for 8000gns at the British Simmental Cattle Society’s inaugural Next Generation Sale of females and weaned calves at Carlisle in 2021, where she also stood Champion, Islavale Lullaby was bred by Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith. By Shacon Hannibal 16 she is the first calf out of Islavale Inspire GP 82, an Atlow Dixon 12 EX91 daughter. Described in June as ‘a new bloodline for the herd with all the qualities to be a cornerstone female’, Islavale Lullaby has been served by the Backmuir herd’s 18,000gns stock bull Wolfstar Jackaroo, who was purchased at Stirling in February 2020.
Commenting on his Champion the judge for the day John Moore of the noted Omorga herd, Beragh, Omagh, Northern Ireland, said: “My Champion on the day Islavale Lullaby was just exceptional, a really super heifer. She has all the qualities you would want in a modern breeding female and I just knew that she would go on to do well in the Overall Interbreed, I am really delighted that she was crowned the Interbreed Champion.” Of the Scottish Simmental National Show generally John Moore went on to say: “I was delighted to be asked to judge the National Show and I would like to thank the Scottish Simmental Club and also the Black Isle show for their very warm welcome. It was a great show of animals, especially the females which really impressed me.”
At the conclusion of the Scottish Simmental National Show, Islavale Lullaby did indeed move on to secure the Overall Individual Interbreed Championship of the Black Isle Show and this time in front of interbreed judge Michael Durno, Auchorachan, Glenlivet. The Scottish Simmental National Show rounded off the 2022 series of breed National Shows which saw the English National within the Royal Lancashire, and the Northern Irish National within the Armagh County Show.
Commenting, the Society’s General Manager Iain Kerr said: “These Simmental National Show events provide a tremendous promotional window through which to see the depth of quality within the Simmental breed across the UK and to highlight established genetics and youngstock with forward potential. A big well done is extended to all exhibitors through the summer who have showcased the breed so well.”
Lifting the Overall Reserve Supreme and Reserve Female Champion at the Scottish Simmental National Show was Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd from MA Barlow & Sons, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancs. With a pedigree full of performance and quality bloodlines, the January 2020 born Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd parents are both previous Supreme Champions at the Royal Highland Show, with the sire being Blackford Galaxy 15 and the dam being Auroch Eve, a two-time Highland Champion and voted as the Highland’s Simmental Champion of the Decade in 2020. This latest title for Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd follows hard on the heels of this heifer securing the same Reserve Overall position at the recent English Simmental National Show and where she also featured in the winning Interbreed Team of Four.
Of his Reserve Champion, John Moore said: “Another quality female, Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd was a different type of female to the Champion but equally good in her own way. A strong heifer, she’ll make a great cow and go on to do well in the future.”
Throughout the show summer the quality of Simmental females has been very much to the fore and that again proved to be the case at the Simmental Scottish National Show. Lifting the Overall Junior Championship, and the Junior Female title was Corskie Mimic from the noted Corskie herd of Mr WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers. January 2021 born, Corskie Mimic is by Kilbride Farm Haka 16 and is out of Corskie Imitation EX90, an Auchorachan Farmer 14 daughter. Doubling up in the Juniors, the Corskie herd also lifted the Junior Male Championship, Overall Junior Reserve, and Reserve Male Champion with the January 2021 born Corskie Mikah. Another by Kilbride Farm Haka, Corskie Mikah is out of Corskie Elissa VG88 who is a Dirnanean Bradley 10 EX93 daughter. Earlier in the summer this young bull, who is now aimed at the October Stirling Sale, placed Reserve Junior Male Champion at the Royal Highland Show. Rounding off a strong show the Corskie team also took the red ticket in the Calf Born in 2022 class with Corskie Nutmeg 22, again by Kilbride Farm Haka and this time out of Corskie Jasmine, a Bel Dhu Capercaillie daughter.
Capping a fine show for the Backmuir team, and a strong summer season, the homebred Backmuir Kingsley 19 took the Overall Male, and Senior Male Championship awards. This bull is by Islavale Hamilton 16 and is out of Starline Kristle 24th, a Skerrington Warlord 2 daughter. For the record the roll call of titles at the Scottish Simmental National Show for the 80-cow Backmuir herd included: Interbreed Champion; Overall Supreme; Female Champion; Male Champion; Overall Senior Champion; Senior Male Champion; & Best Pair.
Another herd to feature strongly on the day was the noted Blackford herd of Mr WG MacPherson, Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness, who took four red ticket first prizes in the classes before moving on to take the Reserve Senior Male; Reserve Junior Male; and Reserve Junior Female Championships. Standing second in his class to the Supreme Champion and taking the Reserve Senior Male position was Blackford Local Hero 20 (P). This young polled bull is by the show sire Heathbrow Important (P), and is out of Blackford Echo VG 86, a Curlieu Knight daughter. At this year’s Royal Highland, Blackford Local Hero 20 (P) led a Simmental 1-2-3 when winning the Marks & Spencer Beefbreeder Interbreed. This is another bull that will now be aimed at the Stirling Simmental October 2022 Bull Sale.
Taking the Reserve Junior Male title, and placing first in his class, was another Heathbrow Important (P) son in the shape of Blackford Mustang 21 (P). April 2021 born, this bull is out of Blackford Frosty VG89, a Kilbride Farm Doubleaction 12 EX93 daughter. Continuing the run, the August 2021 born Blackford Malia also won her class before moving on to the Reserve Junior Female title. With the same sire as the day’s Reserve Overall, Blackford Malia is by Blackford Galaxy 15 and is out of Blackford Wagtail VG86, a Kilbride Farm Strabane daughter. The remaining Blackford red tickets came in the shape of Blackford Hyalite, a Kilbride Farm Doubleaction daughter who won the class for best female born before 31st July 2019, and the Ranfurly Confederate son Blackford Mosby 21, who won the best bull born on or between 1st July 2021 to 31st December 2021.
A massive thank you is extended to all event sponsors and with a particular mention to Mix’N’Mill Ltd as main sponsors. Mix’N’Mill is a family run Agricultural contracting business based in Dingwall who provide a wide range of all Agricultural services and have a mobile service van and workshop. A large range of products are available for retail on premise.
The full list of sponsors includes: Ravenhill Ltd; C&S Smith- Drumsleed; Denis Brinicombe; Alister Young Engineering; Moray Coast Vets; M.A.M Contracting; D. Woods; Netherton Tractors; Highland Tractors; Caithness Livestock Breeders; Simpsons Oils; Sports Masters Ltd; United Auctions; Ross Agri Services; Norvite Ltd; Aberdeen and Northern Marts; Johnston & Carmichael; and the British Simmental Cattle Society Ltd. Thank you to all for your support, it really is greatly appreciated.
Scottish Simmental National Show 2022 results Held at the Black Isle Show On Thursday 4 August 2022 Judge: John Moore, Beragh, Co Tyrone of the Omorga Simmental herd
Bull, born before 31/12/2020 1 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – Backmuir Kingsley 19 – s. Islavale Hamilton 16 2 – Mr W G Macpherson (A Firm) – Blackford Local Hero 20 – s. Heathbrow Important 17
Bull, born on or between 01/01/2021 – 31/03/2021 1 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mikah 21 – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 2 – Gavin Brown – Springfield Maximus 21 – s. Team Celtic 11 3 – Jenson Sinclair Gunn – Caithness Maverick 21 – s. Corskie Jackpot 18
Bull, born on or between 01/04/2021 – 30/06/2021, kindly sponsored by Aberdeen & Northern Marts 1 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Mustang 21 – s. Heathbrow Important 17 2 – Gavin Brown – Springfield Medallion 21 – s. Islavale Jabba 18 3 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Merlin 21 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15 4 – J C MacIver – Coltfield Murry 21 – s. Rockytop Invader 17 5 – J C MacIver – Coltfield Maserati 21 – s. Rockytop Invader 17
Bull, born on or between 01/07/2021 – 31/12/2021 1 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Mosby 21 – s. Ranfurly Confederate
Female, born before 31/07/2019, kindly sponsored by Moray Coast Vets 1 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Hyalite – s. Kilbride Farm Doubleaction 12 2 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Herb – s. Bel Dhu Capercaillie 11 3 – Pitgaveny Farm – Hazelden Diamond 6th – s. Annick Claymore 11 4 – Grant Stephen – Denizes Cadette 35th – s. Bosahan Dynamo 12 5 – Miss L Wyllee-Davies – Tulla Fawn – s. Auroch Anto
Female, born on or between 01/08/2019 – 31/03/2020 1 – M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15 2 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – Rathnashan Legsfirst – s. Dermotstown Delboy 3 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie La-Enna – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 4 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Latice – s. Dirnanean Geldof 15 5 – Pitgaveny Farm – Pitgaveny Lilac – s. Scotland Hill Invader 17 6 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – Backmuir Kreole’s Liberty – s. Islavale Imperial 17
Female, born on or between 01/04/2020 – 31/12/2020 1 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby – s. Shacon Hannibal 16 2 – Gavin Brown – Islavale Liquorice – s. Ranfurly Confederate C24 11
Female, born on or between 01/01/2021 – 30/06/2021 1 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mimic – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 2 – Gary & Angela Christie – Rockytop Mamma Mia – s. Rockytop Inferno 17 3 – Gavin Brown – Springfield Molly – s. Islavale Jabba 18 4 – Geoff & Kate Anderson – Quarryhill Melody – s. Ranfurly Confederate C24 11
Female, born on or between 01/07/2021 – 31/12/2021 1 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Malia – s. Blackford Galaxy 15 2 – Pitgaveny Farm – Pitgaveny Moondust – s. Islavale Kristoff 19 3 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Mimosa – s. Sacombe Kite 19 4 – Gary & Angela Christie – Rockytop Flake’s Madison – s. Rockytop I’m Yer Man 17
Calf, born in 2022 1 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Nutmeg 22 – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 2 – Grant Stephen – Glendual Nevis 22 – s. Team Celtic 11 3 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Nijinsky 22 – s. Sacombe Kite 19 4 – Miss L Wyllee-Davies – Scenic Niall 22 – s. Aughenbest Intimidator 17 5 – Miss L Wyllee-Davies, – Scenic Northstar 22 – s. Aughenbest Intimidator 17
Best Pair, any sex 1 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby & Rathnashan Legsfirst 2 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie La-Enna & Corskie Latice 3 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Mustang 21 & Blackford Merlin 21 4 – J C MacIver – Coltfield Murry 21 & Coltfield Maserati 21 5 – Gavin Brown – Springfield Maximus 21 & Springfield Medallion 21
Junior Male Champion– presented with the Woodhall Trophy Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mikah 21 – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 Reserve Junior Male Champion Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Mustang 21 – s. Heathbrow Important 17
Senior Male Champion Reece & Andrew Simmers – Backmuir Kingsley 19 – s. Islavale Hamilton 16 Reserve Senior Male Champion Mr W G Macpherson (A Firm) – Blackford Local Hero 20 – s. Heathbrow Important 17
Male Champion – presented with the Islavale Trophy Reece & Andrew Simmers – Backmuir Kingsley 19 – s. Islavale Hamilton 16 Reserve Male Champion Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mikah 21 – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16
Junior Female Champion – presented with the Norbrook Trophy Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mimic – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 Reserve Junior Female Champion Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Malia – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
Senior Female Champion – presented with the Dem-Master Trophy Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby – s. Shacon Hannibal 16 Reserve Senior Female Champion M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
Female Champion – presented with the Strathearn Rose-bowl Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby – s. Shacon Hannibal 16 Reserve Female Champion M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
Overall Junior Champion – presented with the Zoetis Trophy Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mimic – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 Reserve Overall Junior Champion Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mikah 21 – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16
Overall Senior Champion Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby – s. Shacon Hannibal 16 Reserve Overall Senior Champion M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
Supreme Champion – presented with the Neil Ross Challenge Cup & The Drumsleed Cup Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby – s. Shacon Hannibal 16 Reserve Supreme Champion – presented with the Scottish Club Salver M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
Popes, Denizes, and Heathbrow combine to win Interbreed Team of Four
Hannah Wood and Callum Leedham win Young Breeders’ Stockjudging
The Royal Lancashire Show, Salesbury Hall, Ribchester, provided the stage for a quality line up of Simmentals at the breed’s 2022 English National Show held on Saturday 23rd July. In typically damp Lancashire conditions, the April 2020 born in-calf heifer Popes Princess Lumi from Messrs JH & VG Wood, Popes Farm, Dutton, Preston, lit up the day in front of the healthy ringside crowd when lifting the Supreme Overall Championship, and Female Championship titles before the judge Iain Green of the noted Corskie herd, Fochabers, Moray. Adding to what was a terrific couple of days for the Popes herd and the Simmental breed, Popes Princess Lumi went on to win the show’s Supreme Overall Interbreed title the following day and this time under the watchful eye of judge and well-known Carlisle auctioneer, James Little. From the many sponsors involved, the Overall Supreme Championship was sponsored by the Midlands based Town & Country Meats.
Popes Princess Lumis’ further win at the Simmental English National Show followed hard on the heels of the recent Great Yorkshire Show, where this stylish heifer had also won the breed’s Overall and Female Champion titles. With a pedigree packed full of top breeding lines, Popes Princess Lumi, who is in calf to Popes Barclay, is by the prolific AI bull Team Celtic 11 and is out of the herd’s decorated show cow Popes Princess Cleo EX95, who herself has previously secured Overall Interbreed titles at both the Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Shows respectively. Lumi’s granddam, Popes Nellys Princess was the Simmental Overall Supreme Champion at the blue riband Royal Show back in 2007 and, like her granddaughter, won the Royal Lancashire Show Interbreed in 2006. This female breeding line all goes back to Tintoside Nelly’s Wonder, a daughter of the breed’s much noted Cloford Nelly.
Commenting on his Supreme Champion, the Simmental judge Iain Green said: “This heifer was full of style and carried tremendous length and width whilst being very correct on her legs and good on her feet. She is a great example of the Simmental breed and just has everything to go on and be a top breeding female.” Of the show generally Iain Green went on to say: “It’s an absolute honour to have been asked to judge the Simmental English National Show and within what is a new venue for the event at the Royal Lancashire Show. I’d like to congratulate all of the exhibitors who entered what was a select and terrific show. The standard on display puts the breed on a sound footing for the future and the quality of the females really shone through.” A past British Simmental Cattle Society President Iain Green runs 200 pedigree breeding females along with 400 Simmental cross sucklers. No stranger to the show ring he has previously judged the Simmental section at such shows as the Balmoral Show; Royal Welsh; Stirling Bull Sales; Royal Norfolk; and interbreeds at the Royal Highland, and Three Counties to name a few.
For the 50 breeding female Popes herd, this was a second English National Show Supreme Championship, following on from a win with Popes Rhona back in 2018. With the Royal Lancashire being in the Wood’s home ‘backyard’, the Popes team enjoyed an outstanding show day and secured a host of titles including: Individual Interbreed; Supreme Simmental Champion; Female Champion; Male Champion; Junior Champion; The Pairs; and the Dam Group, to name a few. Quite a day! Speaking at the end of the day, Vikki Wood said: “It’s been a super Simmental show and just great to see the breed on the front foot and such an interest at ringside. We are really delighted to have done so well with the team and its extra special to win at the Royal Lancashire and a show where we can sleep in our own beds at night!” Of the Popes cattle forward Vikki Wood went on to say; “Our simple aim is just to continue to breed quality bulls and females that are market relevant, and that keep improving and modernising the Popes Simmental herd. Commercially the breed has all the attributes of milk, fertility, growth and terrific carcases. We think the Simmental is hard to beat in what it can offer commercial beef producers.”
Keeping it very much a day for the Red Rose county, the Reserve Overall Supreme Champion, and Reserve Female Champion came in the shape of the winner of Class Five, Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd from MA Barlow & Sons, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancs. Another Simmental female packed with quality bloodlines, the January 2020 born Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd parents are both previous Supreme Champions at the Royal Highland Show. The sire is Blackford Galaxy 15 whilst the dam is the multi title winning Auroch Eve, an Auroch Ace daughter. Of his Overall Reserve, Iain Green said: “Just another tremendous Simmental female. Again, a well grown heifer, full of length, and with great breeding potential.” Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd is in-calf to Denizes Lancelot who sold for 30,000gns at Stirling in February this year. The Reserve Overall Championship was sponsored by Carlisle auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington.
Denizes breeding also featured strongly in the Popes show line up with the bull Denizes Impressive, purchased by the Woods for 12,000gns at the Stirling February 2019 Sale, being the sire of a number of the day’s prize winners. Amongst these included the Overall Male Champion, and Overall Junior Champion, Popes Memphis who was at his first summer show. February 2021 born Popes Memphis is by Impressive and is out of Popes Diamonds IO. Again with plenty of breeding on the dam line, Diamonds is by Popes Fearless, who himself has featured in winning Royal Welsh and Great Yorkshire Pairs Interbreeds with Popes Princess Cleo, and is out of Clonguish Diamond who was purchased for 10,000 Euros in Ireland. Come the Sunday, Popes Memphis also picked up an Interbreed Championship when winning the title for Best Homebred animal. At the backend of 2021, Popes Memphis also won the Male Championship in the Simmental Calf Show at the English Winter Fair. Of Popes Memphis, Iain Green said: “This is a very impressive young bull with great potential. He has length and width and super locomotion. I’m sure this bull will go on to have a great future as a high-end breeder’s bull.” Describing him as ‘one of the best bulls we have bred to date’, Vikki Wood said that ‘a lot of interest’ has been shown in this exciting young bull who would now be aimed at the breed’s October Sale in Stirling.
Following this bull through from his class and to take Overall Reserve Male, and Junior Male Reserve was another from the Popes herd in the shape of Popes Matchmaker. Again by Denizes Impressive, this March 2021 born calf is out of the Banwy Wonderboy daughter Popes Whispers Della (TF) EX90. With a summer track record behind him, Popes Matchmaker had secured the Junior Interbreed Reserve and Simmental Male Championship at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.
Taking the Senior Bull title and the Lord Hesketh Cup was the 2018 born Dermotstown King Kong shown by David Donnelly, Atlow House, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. This bull, bred in Ireland, is by the well-known Dermotstown Delboy and is out of Broomfield Belle.
Back in the females, and the Burytown Trophy for the Best Senior Cow was won by the 2017 born Heathbrow Girlies Ivy from David and Lesley Sapsed, High Heath Farm, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Entirely homebred, Girlies Ivy is by Heathbrow Findlay 14, and is out of Heathbrow Girlie’s Freesia (P) (TF) EX93. A further title for the Heathbrow herd was secured when they won the Memorial Trophy for the Best Calf at foot with the January 2022 born Heathbrow Nova Star (P). Again with plenty of breeding behind him this heifer’s calf is by Heathbrow Important, the multi-title winning stock bull, and is out of Heathbrow Koko Star (P) the 2021 Supreme Simmental Overall Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show. Capping a fine show for this noted herd, Heathbrow won the Group of Four award, and also had Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel featuring in the winning Interbreed Team of Four.
Continuing the roll call of prizes, the Woods team also picked up the Junior Female Championship with the March 2021 born heifer Popes Trixies Mikala. Once more by Denizes Impressive, this calf is out of Popes Trixies Inoa whose grand dam is Greenside Trixie-Belle 5th, the mother of the herd’s noted bred bull Popes Laird. Popes Trixies Mikala was the Overall and Female Champion at the Simmental Calf Show held at Stafford in 2021, and this year was Simmental Reserve Junior at the Great Yorkshire.
Recapping the breed’s Interbreed success on the Sunday, the Supreme Beef Champion award went to Popes Princess Lumi; the winning Interbreed Team of Four comprised of Popes Princess Lumi, Popes Princess Maya, Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd, and Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel; the Interbreed Best Homebred animal was won by Popes Memphis 21; and the Reserve Interbreed Pair went to Popes Memphis 21 and Popes Trixies Mikala.
Special mention must also go to the Young Breeder’s Stockjudging held on the Saturday afternoon. Open to all breeds a fantastic eighteen young breeders of the future had a go with a heady mixture of enthusiasm and no little skill. The senior section prize went to Hannah Wood of the Popes herd, with Callum Leedham of the Grangewood herd, Pickering, North Yorkshire, picking up the junior section prize. Earlier in the day Callum had also secured the Forsdale Trophy for the Young Stockman within the English National Show. A huge thank you is extended to all of the sponsors for supporting this event and attending on Saturday, it is greatly appreciated. Thanks are also extended to Iain Green for a super judging job, to Mark Cleverdon for terrific show commentary that kept all informed, and to Ian Pickup and the Royal Lancashire show for so willingly hosting the English National Show. Thanks to the event organising committee for their hard work, and a ‘big up’ to Chris and Kath Martindale, John Barlow, Christina and Christine, and Richard Storer Smith for their help and support over the three days at the show. Lastly a very special ‘thank you’ is extended to all of the exhibitors who made the show by supporting it, bringing forward some tremendous cattle, and creating a special and fun atmosphere. Here’s to the 2023 Simmental English National Show which will be held at the Royal Norfolk Show on 28th & 29th June.
On behalf of the British Simmental Cattle Society, a massive thank you is extended to all companies who so readily sponsored the 2022 Simmental English National Show. It is so greatly appreciated by both the Society and the exhibitors. We loved meeting so many of the company representatives and very much hope that you enjoyed some Simmental hospitality and being involved with the event. A special ‘thank you’ is extended to our Gold Sponsors, Town & Country Meats Group Ltd; and to our three silver sponsors Harrison & Hetherington; the Cardboard Box Company; and Selby Livestock Market. Thank you also to our Bronze sponsors who were: Agri King; Veolia Organics; Barenbrug; Lloyds Animal Feeds; Barlow Trailers; Carrs Billington; Biobest Hi Health Herdcare; Galloway & MacLeod; Mha Moore & Smalley; Bakertilly International; Malpas Tractors; NFU Mutual; McCartneys Rural; Easyfix Livestock Comfort; Bata; and DB Foods.
2022 British Simmental National Show Results Saturday 23 July 2022 – Royal Lancashire Show Judge: Iain Green, Garmouth, Morayshire of the Corskie Simmental herd
Heifer, born on or after 1 April 2021 – kindly sponsored by NFU Mutual 1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Maya – s. Denizes Impressive 17
Heifer, born on or between 1 January and 31 March 2021 – kindly sponsored by Malpass 1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Trixies Mikala – s. Denizes Impressive 17 2 – Mr & Mrs AS & YA Leedham – Grangewood Miss Moneypenny – s. Ranfurly Impeccable I4 17 3 – James Griffin – Hemingford Madonna – s. Saltire Jaguar 18 4 – T & J Hassall – Fishpool Millie – s. Sterling Hugo 16
Heifer, born on or between 1 August and 31 December 2020 – kindly sponsored byCarrs Billington 1 – David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel – s. Scotland Hill Cairo 11 2 – T & J Hassall – Fishpool Lottie – s. Kilbride Farm Hans 16
Heifer, born on or between 1 April and 31 July 2020– kindly sponsored byAgri-King 1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi – s. Team Celtic 11
Heifer, born on or between 1 January and 31 March 2020– kindly sponsored byGalloway & McCleod 1 – M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15 2 – David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Lavender – s. Heathbrow Important 17
Cow or Heifer, born in 2019 in-milk with calf at foot or certified in calf and due to calve before 3 years of age – kindly sponsored byVeolia 1 – David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Koko Star – s. Scotland Hill Cairo 11
Cow, born in 2017 or 2018 in-milk or certified in calf at the time of the Show – kindly sponsored byBATA Ltd 1 – David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy – s. Heathbrow Findlay 14 2 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Nellys Ilia – s. Swingletree Emporor 13
Cow, born before 1 January 2017 in-milk or certified in calf at the time of the Show– kindly sponsored byMcCartneys 1 – J David Loftus – Blackpool Hosanna – s. Blackpool Ely 13
Bull, born on or after 1 April 2021– kindly sponsored byMoore & Smalley 1 – Mr & Mrs AS & YA Leedham – Grangewood Musketeer 21 – s. Ranfurly Impeccable I4 17 2 – M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Moreno 21 – s. Denizes Hamish 16 3 – M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Magic 21 – s. Denizes Hamish 16 4 – J H & V G Wood – Popes M Sport 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
Bull, born or between 1 January and 31 March 2021 – kindly sponsored byLloyds Animal Feeds 1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17 2 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Matchmaker 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17 3 – James Griffin – Hemingford Maverick 21 – s. Saltire Jaguar 18
Bull, born on or before 31 December 2019 – kindly sponsored byBiobest 1 – Mr D Donnelly – Dermotstown King Kong – s. Dermotstown Delboy
Pair of Animals of either sex entered in the above classes, the property of the same exhibitor– kindly sponsored by Biobest 1 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 & Popes Trixies Mikala 2 – D A & L A Sapsed – Heathbrow Lavender & Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel
Group of Four – The best group of four to be owned or bred by the exhibitor– kindly sponsored byEasyfix 1 – D A & L A Sapsed – Heathbrow Lavender, Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel, Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy & Heathbrow Koko Star 2 – J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi, Popes Trixies Mikala, Popes Princess Maya & Popes Memphis 21
The Albert Clements Memoral Trophy for the Best Junior Heifer born on or after 1 January 2018 J H & V G Wood – Popes Trixies Mikala – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The Mary Sapsed Memorial Trophy for the Best Simmental Calf at Foot David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Nova Star 22 – s. Heathbrow Important 17
The Austrian Simmental Breeders Challenge Trophy for the Female Champion J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi – s. Team Celtic 11
The Swiss Cattle Breeders Cow Bell for the Reserve Female Champion M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
The Burytown Trophy for the Best Senior Cow David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy – s. Heathbrow Findlay 14
The Lord Hesketh Cup for the Best Senior Bull Mr D Donnelly – Dermotstown King Kong – s. Dermotstown Delboy
The Imex Plate for the Male Champion J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The Perpetual Challenge Swiss Cowbell for the Reserve Male Champion J H & V G Wood – Popes Matchmaker 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The New Zealand Society Trophy for the Best Junior Bull J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The BSCS Perpetual Silver Trophy and a Large Crystal Rosebowl for the Supreme Champion J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi – s. Team Celtic 11
The Crystal Rosebowl for the Reserve Supreme Champion M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
The Chandler Hargreaves Trophy for the Best opposite Sex to the Supreme Champion J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The Brinkton Trophy for the Best Junior Simmental born on or after 1 January 2018 J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
The John Thornborrow Trophy for the Best Pair any age or sex bred by the exhibitor J H & V G Wood – Popes
The John Eastwood for the Best Dam Group of the Year Award J H & V G Wood – Tintoside Nelly`s Wonder – s. Sterling Parliamentarian
The Imex Plate (1st place) for the Breeder winning the most points in the classes J H & V G Wood – Popes
The Norbeck Trophy for the Senior Heifer J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi – s. Team Celtic 11
The RC Cup Rettie Perpetual Trophy for the Stockmen in charge of the Supreme Champion Nairn Wylie
The Forsdale Trophy for the Young Stockperson Callum Leedham
The Barlow Brothers Trophy for the Best Group of Four owned or bred by the Exhibitor David & Lesley Sapsed – Heathbrow
Royal Lancashire ShowInterbreed Championships
Supreme Beef Champion (Judge Mr J Little) J H & V G Wood – Popes Princess Lumi – s. Team Celtic 11
Interbreed Best Homebred animal J H & V G Wood – Popes Memphis 21 – s. Denizes Impressive 17
Interbreed Team of Four Popes Princess Lumi, Popes Princess Maya, Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 & Heathbrow Girlie’s Laurel
‘A superb heifer and the type of animal that every pedigree herd owner aspires to breed’, is how Scottish judge and BSCS President Stewart Stronach described Ashland Topaz Lopez, the Supreme Overall Champion at the NI National Simmental Show held within the Armagh County Show on Saturday 11th June.
Born in September 2020 Ashland Topaz Lopez was bred by Pat Kelly, and son Frank, from Tempo, County Fermanagh. She is a daughter of the 14,000gns Saltire Impressive, and is bred from the Ashland Brandy daughter, Ashland Topaz 2nd, one of ten cows in the herd.
Stewart Stronach added: “The Female and Supreme Champion is an exceptional heifer. She is very correct, square and long, and has great breed character and ring presence. This is a once in a lifetime heifer!”
Ashland Topaz Lopez was Senior Champion at the inaugural Four-Breeds Calf Show at Dungannon last November. Her latest success comes hot on the heels of winning the Simmental Championship, Beef Performance Heifer Interbreed Championship, and the Reserve Interbreed honours at Balmoral Show in May.
Stewart Stronach, who runs the 160-cow Islavale Herd alongside a 40-cow commercial enterprise, said it was a great honour to judge the NI National Show.
“It has been an amazing show, with quality entries in all classes. I have really enjoyed judging, and I’d like to thank the exhibitors for putting on such a great show. One of the highlights for me was the pairs class. Seven top-quality pairs filled the ring, and it was a tremendous spectacle. The Simmental breed is definitely in good hands in Northern Ireland!”
The one-day event, held in conjunction with the 175th Armagh County Show attracted a good turnout of exhibitors and spectators from across the Province and further afield.
The Kelly family’s Ashland prefix was also behind the breeding of the Junior Champion, Reserve Female and Reserve Supreme Champion Ashland Topaz Mair. Born in January 2021, this heifer was purchased privately last autumn by brothers Shane and Paul McDonald for their Tempo-based Coolcran Herd.
Again sired by Saltire Impressive, this one is bred from the Whitemire King Kong daughter Ashland Topaz 3rd – maternal sister to the dam of the Supreme Champion. She was Junior Champion at Balmoral Show, and went on to secure the Reserve Junior Interbreed honours.
Stewart Stronach commented: “This is another very correct and stylish heifer. Similar to the Champion, there isn’t much between them.”
Shane and Paul McDonald had a memorable day at the NI National Show, also chalking up the Male Championship and Reserve Junior award with the home-bred bull Coolcran Maximus.
Coolcran Maximus, male Champion and Reserve Junior Champion
This September 2021 bull is by Wolfstar Elusive, and is bred from the Ashland Brandy daughter Coolcran Lady Erin – Reserve Female Champion at Balmoral Show in 2015.
“The is a super young bull with a lot of potential for the future. He boasts great shape and length, and is square over the plates,” added the judge.
Claiming the Reserve Male Championship was Ballinalare Farm Mack, a yearling entry bred by Joe and Alan Wilson, Rathfriland. He is by the 8,200 Euro stock bull Rabawn Ernie, and is out of a home-bred dam by the 20,000gns Stirling junior and supreme champion Auchorachan Wizard. This young bull also secured the reserve male title at Balmoral Show.
“Another wide and correct young bull. There is very little between the male champions,” concluded Stewart Stronach.
The young handlers’ classes were judged by Fiona Sutherland. The top placed junior handler was Jamie Dodd from the Craigy Herd based at Saintfield. The senior handling class was won by Thomas Mcaliser from the Ranfurly Herd in Dungannon.
Junior Handler class winner, Jamie Dodd with Judge Fiona Sutherland and Trevor Nesbitt, Fane Valley Stores; Picture: Mullagh Photography
NI Simmental Club Chairman Keith Nelson thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the show. “Special mention to our judges, Armagh County Show, principal sponsor Danske Bank, and the numerous agri businesses and local companies who sponsored the various classes at the show.”
Results from the judging ring…
Supreme Overall Champion: Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Topaz Lopez. Reserve: Shane and Paul McDonald: Ashland Topaz Mair.
Female Champion: Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Topaz Lopez. Reserve: Shane and Paul McDonald: Ashland Topaz Mair.
Male Champion: Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Maximus. Reserve: Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Mack.
Junior Champion: Shane and Paul McDonald, Ashland Topaz Mair. Reserve: Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Maximus.
DANI Rosebowl, for the best performance recorded bull: Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Maximus.
Premier Exhibitor, sponsored by Moocall: Shane and Paul McDonald.
Cow, any age, sponsored by Biocell Agri Ltd – 1, Gavin Hayes and Sons, Corbally Goddess by Hillcrest Champion.
Senior heifer, born between 01/01/20 and 30/06/20, sponsored by Thompsons – 1, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Ladybird by Denizes Fantastic; 2, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Lizabel by Denizes Fantastic.
Intermediate heifer, born between 01/07/20 and 31/12/20, sponsored by ABP Food Group – 1, Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Topaz Lopez by Saltire Impressive; 2, David and Jonny Hazelton, Ranfurly Stella 12th by Whitemire King Kong; 3, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Lollipop by Dermotstown Delboy; 4th Robin Boyd, Slievenagh Lucky Lady by Denizes Hamish.
Junior heifer, born between 01/01/21 and 30/03/21, sponsored by Noel Kilpatrick Financial Services – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Ashland Topaz Mair by Saltire Impressive; 2, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Marigold by Omorga Jaguar; 3, Brian O’Hare, Clonguish Nova by Raceview King; 4, Keith Nelson, Scribby Farms Matilda by Dermotstown Delboy.
Junior heifer, born between 01/05/21 and 31/08/21, sponsored by Yara Fertilisers – 1, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Medusa by Ballinalare Farm Galaxy; 2, Keith Nelson, Scribby Farms Molly by Atlow Dixon; 3, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Majesty 2nd by Kilbride Farm Bantry; 4, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Moneypenny 2nd by Denizes Fantastic.
Junior heifer, born between 01/09/21 and 31/12/21, sponsored by T-Met – 1, David and Jonny Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st by Auchorachan Hercules; 2, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Mystic Royal Beauty by Islavale Echo 2; 3, Mrs E O’Neill, Drumcoote Sasha by Curaheen Drifter.
Junior bull, born between 01/01/21 and 30/04/21, sponsored by Animax – 1, Mrs MH Kilpatrick, Ballymoney Martin by Saltire Impressive; 2, William Dodd, Craigy Max by Longbeach Darius.
Junior bull, born between 01/05/21 and 31/08/21, sponsored by George Hamilton Machinery – 1, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Mack by Rabawn Ernie; 2, Richard and Rhys Rodgers, Hiltonstown Magnificent; 3, Mrs MH Kilpatrick, Ballymoney Mick by Saltire Impressive; 4, Mrs MH Kilpatrick, Ballymoney Mark by Saltire Impressive.
Junior bull, born between 01/09/21 and 31/12/21, sponsored by IrwinsFeed – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Maximus by Wolfstar Elusive; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Major by Saltire Impressive; 3, Robin Boyd, Slievenagh Mr Magic by Denizes Hamish; 4, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Maximus by Saltire Impressive.
Bull calf, born in 2022, sponsored by British Simmental CattleSociety – 1, Mark Cutler, Gortdonaghy Norman by Anatrim Bodybuilder; 2, Richard and Rhys Rodgers, Hiltonstown Nevada by Mullyknock Gallant.
Pair, property of exhibitor, sponsored by Countyside Services – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Ashland Topaz Mair and Coolcran Maximus; 2, Richard and Rhys Rodgers, Hiltonstown Magnificent and Hiltonstown McGregor; 3, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Majesty 2nd and Ballinalare Farm Medusa; 4, Keith Nelson, Scribby Farms Matilda and Scribby Farms Molly.
Young handler, aged 8 to 12 years-old, sponsored by Fane Valley Stores – 1, Jamie Dodd; 2, Rhys Rodgers; 3, Phelim O’Rourke; 4, Joseph McKearney.
Young handler, aged 13 to 18 years-old, sponsored by Fane Valley Stores – 1, Thomas McAlister; 2, Erin Nelson.