The Inaugural Welsh Multibreed Pedigree Beef Calf show was held at Carmarthen Livestock Market on Saturday 10th of December 2022. A great success, the show had 90 entries forward with 14 breeds represented and the Simmental classes saw 12 top notch entries.
The days Simmental Supreme Champion, Male Champion and winner of the Wynnstay Group Plc Perpetual Shield was an entry from the Pistyll herd of GA & HM Francis, Abergorlech, Carmarthenshire. Pistyll Nitro 22, is a May born bull by the popular AI bull Ballinalare Farm Galaxy and bred out of Pistyll Heledd, a daughter of the Irish bred herd’s Stock bull Carbery Fintona. From one of the herds best Dam lines, his Granddam Celtic Glamour is a full sister to the 8,000gns Pistyll Sam.
Speaking to Mr Francis after the sale he said “We were delighted and taken aback to be tapped out as Champions, as there was such a good quality offering of calves forward. We have been breeding Simmentals for 30 years now and our 15 breeding females are doing well for us. We run them alongside our 45 strong sucklers herd on which we use our Simmental bulls, selling the resulting calves at Ludlow, bulls for beef at 10 months and heifers at 14 months. We also have a pedigree flock of 12 breeding ewes consisting Blue Texels, Dutch Spotted and Bletex sheep.
We will show Nitro through the summer next and bring him along to the Royal Welsh show, then he will be going to Stirling next October. His half brother Pistyll Major 21 is entered into the sale at Stirling in February”.
The days judge was Anthony Eynon, Cwm Miles, Carmarthenshire, of the Barlo pedigree Simmental herd. A Simmental breeder for over 30 years, he runs his operation on a strictly commercial basis. Commenting on his pick for Champion he said “When choosing a bull, I’m looking for a bull which will leave good a commercial carcase. The champion stood out to me, he was the youngest and smallest calf there and I stuck my neck out a bit but I felt he was the calf with the most all round potential especially with the commercial conformation qualities”.
Standing Reserve Supreme Champion, was the April-born Hirwaun Nos Da 22 who had been tapped out as the Reserve Reserve Male Champion just moments before. A heifer’s calf bred out of the Salisbury Challenger daughter Hirwaun Kitty VG86, he is sired by the popular AI bull Curaheen Bandit. Nos Da was bred and exhibited by the Davies family, Ponthirwaun, Ceredigion; Aled and Rachel, their two girls Catherine and Lilly and Aled’s father Huw, of the five cow strong Hirwaun herd, which was established in 1996, and is run alongside their pedigree sheep enterprise of 50 breeding ewes consisting Blue and Badger Face Texels. Nos Da will be shown again in the summer and the family are planning to take him to Stirling next October.
The Simmental Female Champion was Fole Vivian 93, an October 2021 born heifer who is sired by the 16,000gns Blackford Falcon. Vivian was purchased as a calf at foot at Worcester in May at the Fole Herd dispersal sale of Joe & Rachel Ede, Checkley, Stoke on Trent, and her Dam is the Dellfield Wyvis daughter Fole Vivian 69, who since her purchase has produced a second calf also by Blackford Falcon.
Vivian was exhibited by her new owners the Jones family’s Willowgreen Simmental herd from Peniel Carmarthenshire. The family’s – Richard and Jennifer and their sons Gareth and Robert – main business is their dairy, where they run 150 cows to produce milk for their first milk contact for Tesco, which is used to produce Pembrokeshire cheese. They purchased their first Simmental bull 10 years ago and are now producing cracking Simmental sired calves which they sell at 3 – 4 weeks old at Carmarthen & Whitland, and they hold the centre record of £460.00 for the top priced 3 week old calf at Carmarthen.
Showing the calf on the family’s behalf were Richard and Jennifer’s daughter and son in law Elin and Steven John, and commenting after the show Richard said “we are delighted that this calf has done so well on her first show outing. We intend to show her again in the Summer and time willing we are hoping to bring her to the Royal Welsh show in July”.
The Reserve Female Champion was an entry from Merion Jones, Llanfynydd, Carmarthenshire. Mr Jones, whose Dyfed Simmental herd consists 20 cow and followers, has been a member of the Society for 40 years, a former Society Council member of 14 years and founder member of the Welsh regional club. Alongside his Simmental cattle, Merion also keeps a small herd of Welsh Black cattle and over 60 breeding ewes, consisting of Jacobs, Herdwicks and Dutch Spotted. His Reserve Champion was the 11 month old Dyfed Angharad 8, a polled heifer sired by the Irish bred Coose Jericho and out of Dyfed Angharad 6th who goes back to Losning Iver.
Show Results Judge: Mr Anthony Eynon
Heifer Calf born in October to December 2021 1st: R Jones – Fole Vivian 93 – s. Blackford Falcon
Bull Calf born in January or February 2022 1st: M Jones – Dyfed Noblett 22 – s. Ballinalare Farm Galaxy
Heifer Calf born in January or February 2022 1st: M Jones – Dyfed Angharad 8 – s. Coose Jericho 2nd: D Cumming – Cwarre Naughty’s Nettle – s. Clonagh Frosty King
Bull Calf born in March or April 2022 1st: A & R Davies – Hirwaun Nos Da 22 – s. Curaheen Bandit 2nd: R Jones – Fole Nordic 22 – s. Blackford Falcon 3rd: M Jones – Dyfed Nostalgia 22 – s. Ardo Figaro
Bull Calf born on or after 1st May 2022 1st: GA & HM Francis – Pistyll Nitro 22 – s. Ballinalare Farm Galaxy 2nd: A & R Davies – Hirwaun Neville – s. Hirwaun Rooney 3rd: GA & HM Francis – Pistyll Nightrider – s. Team Celtic 11
Heifer Calf born on or after 1st May 2022 1st: M Jones – Dyfed Fantasie – s. Sacombe Jack Daniels
Pairs 1st: A & R Davies 2nd: GA & HM Francis 3rd: M Jones
Supreme Champion & Male Champion GA & HM Francis – Pistyll Nitro 22 – s. Ballinalare Farm Galaxy Reserve Supreme Champion & Reserve Male Champion A & R Davies – Hirwaun Nos Da 22 – s. Curaheen Bandit Female Champion R Jones – Fole Vivian 93 – s. Blackford Falcon Reserve Female Champion M Jones – Dyfed Angharad 8 – s. Coose Jericho
A fantastic display of Simmental cattle was the general ringside consensus at the second staging of the Four Breed Calf Show held in Dungannon Farmers Market on Saturday 26th November 2022. Judging of the Simmental classes was in the very capable hands of Neil McIlwaine of the well-known Corrick Herd, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone. Sponsor of the Simmental section was Ann Kennedy from Centra Ballinderry Catering Service.
Winning the Senior Championship was Coolcran Maximus from Shane and Paul McDonald, Tempo, Co. Fermanagh with Coolcran Maximus. This September 2021 born calf is by the 10,000gns sire Wolfstar Elusive and is out of the Ashland Brandy daughter Coolcran Lady Erin, the Reserve Female Champion at Balmoral Show in 2015. Commenting on his Senior Champion, Neil Mcilwaine said: “This is an excellent example of a clean, modern Simmental bull. He has great locomotion with excellent width, topline, and squareness of his plates. Just a very well-balanced bull with fantastic length.” Earlier this summer, Coolcran Maximus won the Male Championship and Reserve Junior Championship at the NI Simmental National Show at Armagh County Show.
Lifting the Junior Championship was Lisglass Nightingale from Leslie and Chris Weatherup, Ballyclare, Co Antrim. January 2022 born, Lisglass Nightingale is by Omorga Jaguar, a Mullynock Gallant sired bull, and is out of the homebred Lisglass Gypsy, a Kilbride Farm Bantry daughter. Of his Junior Champion, Neil Mcilwaine said: “This is a well grown, very stylish heifer with an excellent top line and plates. Again, she has great locomotion and really oozes femininity.”
Taking the Reserve Senior Champion was Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st M14 from WD & JD Hazelton, Dungannon Co Tyrone. October 2021 born, this heifer is by Auchorachan Hercules 16, and is out of Ranfurly Lady Diana 33rd. Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st is another calf to have featured at the NI Simmental National Show and where she won her class for junior heifers born between September and December 2021.
Back to the juniors and it was Haystar Diamond 2 from G Hays & Son, Lisburn, Co Antrim that won the Reserve Junior Championship. January 2022 born this calf is by Kilbride Farm Delboy and is out of Raceview Her Royal Diamond. Earlier this year, Haystar Diamond 2 won class two of the British Simmental Cattle Society’s Virtual Show and from a class of 63 heifers from all round the UK.
2022 Four Breeds Calf Show Simmental Results
Senior Bull Class (Born 01/09/21 – 31/12/21)
1st Coolcran Maximus 21 from S & P McDonald
2nd Craigy Magic 21 from William Dodd
Senior Heifer Class (Born 01/09/21 – 31/12/21)
1st Ranfurly Lady Diana 41st M14 from WD & JD Hazelton
2nd Craigy Beatrice M3 from William Dodd
3rd Lisglass Moneypenny from Leslie & Chris Weatherup
Junior Bull Class (Born 01/01/22 – 31/03/22)
1st Drumbulcan Nathan 22 from Kenneth Stubbs
2nd Kilmore Nickel from Chris Traynor
3rd Drumbulcan Nelson from Kenneth Stubbs
4th Craigy Notorious 22 from William Dodd
Junior Heifer Class (01/01/22 – 31/03/22)
1st Lisglass Nightingale from Leslie and Christopher Weatherup
2nd Haystar Diamond 2 from G Hays & Sons
3rd Drumbulcan Nala from Kenneth Stubbs
4th Breaghey Nadine from Andrew Clarke
5th Breaghey Vida N-435 from Andrew Clarke
6th Rehall Nougat from W & K Stubbs
Junior Bull Class (Born on or after 01/04/22)
1st Scribby Farms Nelson from Keith Nelson
2nd Haystar Noble from G Hays & Sons
Junior Heifer Class (Born on or after 01/04/22)
1st Drumagarner Nikki from E McCloskey
2nd Ashland Lucy Nora from Pat Kelly
3rd Rehall Nancy from W & K Stubbs
4th Belragh Natalya Ginger from Joseph Muldon 5th Craigy Jessica from William Dodd 6th Scribby Farms Nightingale from Keith Nelson
1st Kenneth Stubbs (Drumbulcan)
2nd W & K Stubbs (Rehall)
3rd Andrew Clarke (Breaghey)
4th William Dodd (Craigy)
5th William Dodd (Craigy)
Senior Young Handlers
1st Thomas McAllister
2nd Grace Elwood
3rd Jason Little
Junior Young Handlers
1st Rhys Rodgers
2nd Caitlin McGartland
3rd Patrick McCloskey
The NI Simmental Club would like to congratulate and thank all exhibitors who turned out stock for Saturdays event, and which resulted in a fantastic display of Simmental cattle. Also special thanks to our Sponsor Ann Kennedy from Centra Ballinderry Catering Service, our Judge Neil Mcilwaine, our ring stewards, to Dungannon Farmers Market, and to David Porter from Mullagh photography.
Gavin Brown, Springfield Farm, Penicuik continued his strong run at the 2022 winter calf shows when he picked up both Simmental Champion and Reserve at the fledgling Pedigree Calf Show held within the Live Scot event at Lanark Agricultural Centre on Friday 25th November.
Lifting the Championship award was the July 2021 born Springfield Moss. Sired by Islavale Jabba and out of Cleenagh Eliza, a Drumlone Anchor daughter, this latest title follows on from the recent Stars of the Future Show and where Springfield Moss won both the Overall Senior Championship and Overall Senior Male.
The judge at Live Scot was Garry Patterson of the noted Aultmore herd at Upper Forgie, Keith, Moray and who commented on his Champion: “Springfield Moss is a good, correct bull with fantastic style and I look forward to seeing what he can achieve in the future.”
Springfield Moss will now be aimed at the February 2023 Stirling Simmental Bull Sale.
Making it a Springfield one-two was the April 2022 born heifer Springfield Nita who lifted the Simmental Overall Reserve Championship. Again by Islavale Jabba, this calf is out of Springfield Goldie, a Popes Barclay daughter. Of his Reserve, Garry Patterson said: This is a very young, sweet heifer full of potential, and just the kind of heifer that I like”.
Islavale takes the Senior and Junior Female titles
Springfield Moss wins Overall Senior Champion
A high-quality show of Simmental calves lit up the ring at the Stars of the Future Pedigree Calf Show, held at United Auctions Stirling Livestock Centre on Saturday 12th December. A much-anticipated annual event, the Stars of the Future is becoming an annual showcase of the strength in depth of Simmental breeding combined with calves destined for forward sales at Stirling, and the establishing Next Gen sale of females and weaned calves at Carlisle.
Judging this year’s Simmental section and Championships was Gayle Campbell of the noted Saltire herd at North Berwick, East Lothian, who had a catalogued entry of forty-four Simmentals to work through, and with breeders from the North East to the South West of Scotland.
Taking top honours in the juniors, Richard McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian lifted the Junior Male and Overall Junior Championship with Overhill House Neil. January 2022 born, this calf is by Islavale Heston who was purchased for 24,000gns at Stirling in February 2018 and is out of Overhill House India, a Curaheen Drifter daughter. Islavale Heston is proving to be a consistent breeder in the 160 cow Overhill House and has bred calves sold at Stirling at up to 8,000gns so far. Having featured in the Championship prizes previously, this was the herds first time showing at Stars of the Future for a few years. The plan from here is that Overhill House Neil will be aimed at the 2023 October Stirling Simmental Bull Sale.
Winning Reserve in the Junior Males, and Reserve Junior Overall, was Islavale Noah from Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Keith, Banffshire. Born 2nd April 2022, this entirely homebred bull is by Islavale Kerching, and is out of Islavale Glossy EX92, a Delfur Casanova daughter, and described as a ‘tremendous breeding cow’ in the herd. Islavale Noah now heads to the fast-approaching Simmental Next Generation II Sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on December 2nd and in a catalogue which will also feature the herd’s Stars of the Future Overall Junior Female Champion, Islavale Nestle, and the Senior Female Champion Islavale Mango.
All round, it was another strong day for the prolific Islavale herd. Following on from the recent Stirling bull sales where the herd averaged a remarkable £13,500 for seven bulls sold, Islavale breeding featured in all four of the Stars of the Future section and overall champions, and with specific wins for the herd in both the Junior Female and Senior Female Championships, and Reserve Overall in both the Junior and Senior sections. Commenting, Stewart Stronach said: “Stars of the Future is a first class event to promote calves with forward potential, and it’s a nice time of the year to get calves out to show. We are delighted to feature in the Championship prizes and within a show that we thought was a great advertisement for the Simmental breed.” Rounding off the event for the family, Emma Stronach powered through to win the Intermediate Champion Young Handler title and followed by the Reserve Overall Young Handler award.
After working through the heifer calves, the Overall Junior Female Champion came in the form of the Stronach family’s Islavale Nestle. The 22nd April 2022 born, Islavale Nestle is by Coose Lincoln EX90, and is out of Islavale Elisha EX93, a Curaheen Bandit daughter. On the day both the Junior and Senior Female Champions were the first calves to be shown from Islavale by their herd sire Coose Lincoln EX90, a bull bought privately out of the Republic of Ireland just prior to the Covid lockdown. Nestle’s dam Islavale Elisha EX93 also has some performance behind her having previously bred the 7,600gns Islavale Jammy Dodger, a bull who was sold online during the Covid crisis and the 2020 Stirling May Sale. Following Islavale Nestle through from the class and to take the Reserve Junior Female title was Rockytop Jewel’s Nutmeg, from Gary & Angela Christie, Birchfield, Glass, Huntly. This calf, 14th April born, is another entirely homebred heifer being by Rockytop Inferno 17, and out of Rockytop Friday’s Jewel, a Kilbride Fearless daughter.
Taking the day’s Overall Senior Championship and Overall Senior Male was Springfield Moss from Gavin Brown, Springfield Farm, Penicuik. This calf, 18th July 2021 born, is by the herd’s stock bull Islavale Jabba and is out of Cleenagh Eliza, a Drumlone Anchor daughter. This latest title comes hard on the heels of the recent Simmental Calf Show at the Borderway Agri Expo and where the Springfield herd lifted the Reserve Supreme and Junior Championship with another Islavale Jabba son, Springfield Niagara. An Islavale Jabba daughter topped the females at the recent October Stirling Simmental Sale and with progeny from the bull sold at sale so far averaging £4,700. Speaking afterwards Gavin Brown said: “Stars of the Future was a great show with really good numbers and the quality was right up there. The age range was slightly extended for the senior classes, so we were able to enter our two senior bulls and fortunately this is where the success came from with our Champion, Springfield Moss. At this point we are aiming to take him to Stirling in February next year. His dam was purchased back in 2015 and she has gone on to be a great breeder for us, producing two heifer and four bull calves so far, and two of these bulls have been sold back through Stirling.”
It was back to the Stronach team for the day’s Senior Female Champion and Overall Senior Reserve, in the form of the November 1st 2021 born Islavale Mango. Another by Coose Lincoln EX90, the same sire of the day’s Junior Female Champion, Mango is out of Islavale Faith EX90 a Woodhall Walker daughter.
Commenting on her choice of champions, and the overall show, the judge Gayle Campbell said: “The Simmental breed has continued to evolve and improve since I first stepped into the judging ring. Today there is a favour towards darker animals but based around both the maternal traits that the Simmental is renowned for, and also the breeds ever improving terminal qualities”. Of the Simmentals at Stars of the Future, Gayle went on to say; “The standard was really high across the classes with some excellent calves forward. When judging females I am looking for stylish and balanced animals, they need to be feminine and show great breed character, but with a sweetness about them. I certainly found that with my Champions Islavale Nestle and Islavale Mango, two terrific calves. My choices for the Male Champions also just caught my eye as soon as they came into the ring. I was looking for young bulls with potential, power and shape, and Overhill House Neil and Springfield Moss certainly fit the bill and have a lot of future in them. A great show of Simmental calves and well done to all of the exhibitors.” A passionate advocate of the Simmental breed, Gayle Campbell first judged Simmental classes at the Stirling May Sale in 2011 and since then has gone on to judge at shows throughout Scotland and also at such as the English Winter Fair.
Standing Reserve Senior Male Champion was Newbiemains McGregor from Jim and Patricia Goldie, Newbie Mains Farm, Annan, Dumfriesshire. Another entirely homebred calf, the September 2021 born Newbiemains McGregor is another from the first crop pf calves by Newbiemains Jericho and is out of Newbiemains Janabelle, a Newbiemains Golden Eye 15 EX91 daughter. This further title adds to the Goldies recent strong showing at the Simmental Calf Show at Borderway Agri Expo where the herd won the Senior Championship with another Newbiemains Jericho son, Newbiemains Moosala, and also lifted the Junior and Overall title with Newbiemains Noble Wynn. Competing in a strong class at Stars of the Future Newbiemains Noble Wynn stood second in his class to the Overall Junior Champion Overhill House Neil.
Winning the Reserve Senior Female title, having won the class for females born 8th August to 16th October 2021 was Delfur Weigela M1 from Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour. Born 18th October 2021, Delfur Weigela M1 is by Woodhall Instinct 17, and is out of the Auchorachan ACDC daughter Delfur Margaret D100. Woodhall Instinct 17 was also the sire of Delfur Maverick who was sold for 16,000gns at the recent October Stirling Simmental Sale. Further Woodhall Instinct sons, Delfur Mean Machine and Delfur Marvel, took first and second place in the class for Senior Males born on or between 18th October and 28th December 2021.
Stars of the Future 2022 Simmental Results
Class 1 – Senior Males born on or between 4 July & 24 September 2021
1st – Lot 353: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD MOSS – s. Islavale Jabba
2nd – Lot 356: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS MCGREGOR – s. Newbiemains Jericho
3rd – Lot 354: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS MOOSALA – s. Newbiemains Jericho
4th – Lot 352: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD MASTERCLASS – s. Islavale Jabba
Class 2 – Senior Males born on or between 18 October & 28 December 2021
1st – Lot 358: Delfur Farms – DELFUR MEAN MACHINE – s. Woodhall Instinct
2nd – Lot 359: Delfur Farms – DELFUR MARVEL – s. Woodhall Instinct
3rd – Lot 362: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR MICKEY – s. Islavale Imperial
Class 3 – Senior Females born on or between 8 August to 16 October 2021
1st – Lot 366: Delfur Farms – DELFUR WEILGELA M1 – s. Innerwick Ivor
2nd – Lot 365: Delfur Farms – DELFUR MOONSHINE – s. Banwy Bonzo 3rd – Lot 364: J C MacIver – COLTFIELD MARTHA – s. Rockytop Invader
Class 4 – Senior Females born on or between 22 October to 31 December 2021
1st – Lot 368: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE MANGO – s. Coose Lincoln
2nd – Lot 370: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR LORRAINE’S MULAN – s. Backmuir King
3rd – Lot 369: Mr J E Dyet – MERKLAND KELLY – s. Skerrington Gambler
Senior Male Champion Lot 353: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD MOSS – s. Islavale Jabba
Reserve Senior Male Champion Lot 356: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS MCGREGOR – s. Newbiemains Jericho
Senior Female Champion Lot 368: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE MANGO – s. Coose Lincoln
Reserve Senior Female Champion Lot 366: Delfur Farms – DELFUR WEILGELA M1 – s. Innerwick Ivor
Senior Champion Lot 353: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD MOSS – s. Islavale Jabba
Reserve Senior Champion Lot 368: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE MANGO – s. Coose Lincoln
Class 5 – Junior Males born on or between 3 January & 28 March 2022
1st – Lot 373: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE NEIL – s. Islavale Heston
2nd – Lot 374: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS NOBLE WYNN – s. Auchorachan Kennedy
3rd – Lot 375: Grant Stephen – GLENDUAL NEVIS – s. Team Celtic
Class 6 – Junior Males born on or between 1 April & 21 May 2022
1st – Lot 380: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE NOAH 2 – s. Islavale Kerching
2nd – Lot 385: Gary & Angela Christie – ROCKYTOP NELSON – s. Glenturk Kingpin
3rd – Lot 381: Strathisla Farms – STRATHISLA NAIRN – s. Dirnanean Grafter 4th – Lot 382: Strathisla Farms – STRATHISLA NIMROD – s. Vale Royal Hamish
Class 7 – Junior Females born on or between 3 January & 28 March 2022
1st – Lot 386: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR EVA’S NEVA – s. Islavale Imperial
2nd – Lot 389: Strathisla Farms – STRATHISLA NANNY’S HAKA – s. Vale Royal Hamish
Class 8 – Junior Females born on or between 4 April & 12 May 2022
1st – Lot 394: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE NESTLE – s. Coose Lincoln
2nd – Lot 392: Gary & Angela Christie – ROCKYTOP JEWEL’S NUTMEG – s. Rockytop Inferno
3rd – Lot 391: Strathisla Farms – STRATHISLA NALA’S GERALDINE – s. Vale Royal Hamish 4th – Lot 393: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD NITA – s. Islavale Jabba
Junior Male Champion Lot 373: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE NEIL – s. Islavale Heston
Reserve Junior Male Champion Lot 380: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE NOAH 2 – s. Islavale Kerching
Junior Female Champion Lot 394: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE NESTLE – s. Coose Lincoln
Reserve Junior Female Champion Lot 392: Gary & Angela Christie – ROCKYTOP JEWEL’S NUTMEG – s. Rockytop Inferno
Junior Champion Lot 373: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE NEIL – s. Islavale Heston
Reserve Junior Champion Lot 380: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE NOAH 2 – s. Islavale Kerching
A big well done to the Midlands Simmental Club who won the best Breed Society stand and also the Best Trade stand at the English Winter Fair held over two days at Bingley Hall on November 19th & 20th.
The stand featured a combination of Simmental cattle on display, professional breed promotion and literature, and plenty of Club members at hand offering a warm welcome, hospitality, and plenty of knowledge on all things Simmental. Commenting, Midlands Club Chair Jennie Hassall said “the stand was very busy over the two days with plenty of enquiries on the breed generally and the upcoming Next Generation Sale at Carlisle in December. The cattle on display also drew a lot of attention and were a great advertisement of the maternal qualities of the Simmental breed.”
The promotional cattle were three crossbred bull calves out of pure Simmental cows, and supplied by CH Evans and Son, Abbey Farm, Wroxall, Warwick. February born, the calves weighed up to 458kgs for a 26th February born calf, and to a daily live weight gain of 1.81kgs.
Particular thanks are extended to Club Chair Jennie Hassall (centre), Andrea Booth (left), and Kath Martindale (right), who are pictured here with the stand awards, and to all Club members for their work and input. Thank you also to Richard Storer Smith for his help with the stand, and to the Evans family for so willingly supplying the cattle.
• Popes calves take Overall Champion & Reserve • Wroxall Megga Mountaine wins Reserve Male
It was another red-letter day for the prolific Popes herd of JH and VG Wood, Popes Farm, Clitheroe Road, Preston, Lancs, when they won both the Overall Championship and Overall Reserve title at the Simmental National Pedigree Calf Show held within the English Winter Fair at Bingley Hall, Staffs, on Saturday 19th November. Judging the Simmental section was the well-known Danny Wyllie, Burton on Trent, Staffs.
Taking the top honours on the day was the stylish April 2022 born heifer Popes Weikels Nadine, who is by the Irish-bred Clonagh Latin Lover and is out of Popes Weikels Gracie VG85. Gracie was the outcome of an embryo bought from Northern Irish breeder David Hazelton to introduce breeding from that herd’s famous Weikel female line. All five of the Popes entries shown at the English Winter Fair were from the first crop of calves by the herd’s Clonagh Latin Lover and who was purchased for 6500 Euros. A bull full of breeding, Clonagh Latin Lover was purchased for his maternal influence, being out of the noted Clonagh Darling Eyes who was the online Simmental Miss World in 2018 and Overall Irish Simmental of the Year in 2017 and 2018. Sired by Manor Park Hansome, Clonagh Latin Lover combines pedigree with performance having excellent Maternal (Milk), and Carcase figures.
On the day, Popes calves sired by Clonagh Latin Lover won the respective male and female sections before moving on to secure the Overall and Reserve Overall titles. For the Woods family it was the second year in a row that they had secured the double at the English Winter Fair, and followed on from a highly successful show year at both the Great Yorkshire and English National shows.
Commenting afterwards, Vikki Wood said: “As a family we are delighted to win this Championship again and at the same time to help put on a good promotion of the British Simmental breed along with our fellow exhibitors.” Of the Champion, and Clonagh Latin Lover generally, Vikki went on to say: “Latin Lover was bought primarily for his maternal lines and to breed what we hope will be the herd’s next generation of females. Our aim and type in breeding females is to have the typical Simmental attributes of sweetness, femininity and breed character, correctness, and with no extremes. The Champion calf today looks to have those attributes at this early age.”
Taking the Overall Reserve and Overall Reserve Female title was Popes Diamonds Nella. Another April 2022 born calf, and by Clonagh Latin Lover, Nella is out of Popes Diamonds IO who is a Popes Fearless daughter.
In the bull calves the Championship honours went to the Woods April born Popes Nexus. This calf, now being provisionally aimed at the October 2023 Stirling Bull sale, is again by Latin Lover and is out of Popes Nellys Illia, a Swingletree Emporor daughter who goes back to Tintoside Nellys Wonder.
Winning the Reserve Bull Championship and the Senior Bull Calf Class was Wroxall Megga Mountaine (P) from CH Evans and Son, Abbey Farm, Wroxall, Warwick. October 2021 born, Megga Mountaine is by the herd’s noted Coose Gambler (P) and is out of the homozygous polled Wroxall Jazz Superior (PP), a Wroxall Electric daughter. Coose Gambler (P) was the Irish National Ploughing Match Junior Champion Bull in 2016 and the Reserve Champion of Europe in the World Simmental Championship online competition in 2020. Owned by the Evan’s since 2017 Gambler has produced over 100 progeny for the herd, with sons sold to 5,000gns. This was the Wroxall herd’s first time showing at the English Winter Fair, but they have had a successful summer securing Championship and Reserve titles at both the Staffordshire County Show and the Three Counties Show this year.
A feature of the weekend was the Simmental breed promotional stand put on by the Midlands Simmental Club and situated at the main ringside. With some tremendous display cattle, professional breed promotion and literature, and plenty of home baked hospitality, the stand was extremely busy over two days. In a fine reward for all of the Midlands Club’s hard work the stand was judged the best Breed Society stand before securing the Best Trade stand at the show.
The promotional cattle, showing the outstanding maternal attributes of the breed, were three crossbred bull calves out of pure Simmental cows, and supplied by CH Evans and Son, Abbey Farm, Wroxall, Warwick. February born, the calves weighed up to 458kgs for a 26th February born calf, and to a daily live weight gain of 1.81kgs.
2022 Simmental Pedigree Calf Show Results at the English Winter Fair Judge: Mr D Wyllie, Burton on Trent
Senior Bull Calf, born between 01/10/2021 & 31/12/2021 1 – CH Evans & Son – Wroxall Megga Mountaine – s. Coose Gambler 2 – S White – Tirley Lawrence – s. Rathnashan Lobster
Junior Bull Calf, born between 01/01/2022 & 30/06/2022 1 – JH & VG Wood – Popes Nexus – s. Clonagh Latin Lover 2 – Croft Livestock – Fforest Napoleon – s. Auchorachan Hercules 3 – JH & VG Wood – Popes Northstar – s. Clonagh Latin Lover 4 – Renshaw & Brassington – Dovefields Napier – s. Clonagh Tiger Gallant 5 – C Price – Whalegreen Norman – s. Whalegreen Jasper 6 – C Price – Whalegreen Neville – s. Whalegreen Jasper
Senior Heifer Calf, born between 01/10/2021 & 31/12/2021 1 – S White – Tirley Ella 3rd – s. Rathnastian Lobster Pot
Junior Heifer Calf, born between 01/01/2022 & 30/06/2022 1 – JH & VG Wood – Popes Weikels Nadine – s. Clonagh Latin Lover 2 – JH & VG Wood – Popes Diamond Nella – s. Clonagh Latin Lover 3 – JH & VG Wood – Popes Nellys Neva – s. Clonagh Latin Lover 4 – Renshaw & Brassington – Dovefields Nina – s. Star Green Kenny 5 – Renshaw & Brassington – Dovefields Nadia – s. Star Green Kenny
Champion Bull Calf JH & VG Wood – Popes Nexus – s. Clonagh Latin Lover Reserve Champion Bull Calf CH Evans & Son – Wroxall Megga Mountaine – s. Coose Gambler
Champion Heifer Calf JH & VG Wood – Popes Weikels Nadine – s. Clonagh Latin Lover Reserve Champion Heifer Calf JH & VG Wood – Popes Diamond Nella – s. Clonagh Latin Lover
Supreme Champion JH & VG Wood – Popes Weikels Nadine – s. Clonagh Latin Lover Reserve Supreme Champion JH & VG Wood – Popes Diamond Nella – s. Clonagh Latin Lover