After seven weeks, six main classes and the Female and Male Championships, we have reached the pinnacle of this years British Simmental Virtual show.
Now in its third year, the competition was launched in 2020 to bring ‘some fun and competition’ for members, who were missing the summer show season during the Covid pandemic. Due to the popularity of the competition in its inaugural year and in 2021, the Society decided to run the competition again for 2022 and we have been delighted by the support that it has received. With a reduced format of just three male and three female classes, we have received a fantastic 286 entries.
Rising to the top, this year’s Supreme champion is the January 2020 born heifer Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti from Steve & Gill Gummow, Higher Killiworgie Farm, Newquay, Cornwall, who beat out 70 other heifers to win her class and 184 other females to collect the Female championship accolade which was awarded earlier this week.
Sired by the 2017 English National Show Reserve Champion Lynfield Hamish 16, Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti is out of Boars Head Miranda EX90, bred by Mr RJ Grenham, who goes back to the Irish-bred AI bull Seaview Prince Charming.
The Supreme Championship judge was David Sapsed of the esteemed Heathbrow Simmental herd, Codicote, Hertfordshire, which was established back in 1995. Of the champion Lottie, he commented, “I felt that this heifer was a well-balanced beast, very feminine looking and stylish, with a superb top line, width and length and excellent legs and feet. The aforementioned reasons are why I have decided to make her my Supreme champion. Given good luck she should grow into a wonderful breeding cow.
Having said all of that, I should take nothing away from my reserve Champion, the Male Champion Auchorachan Malt who I particularly like as he is tall, upstanding and stylish with good legs and feet, a great body with an excellent head, neck and shoulders. He also should have a bright future in front of him.
Both the male and female champions represented great examples of young Simmental animals but, overall Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti is my pick for the Supreme Champion.
I would like to the thank the Society for asking me to judge the British Simmental 2022 Virtual Show Supreme Championship and to all of the members who took part.”
The Society would like to thank our Supreme Champion judge David Sapsed and all of his fellow judges who kindly gave up their time to select the winners of this year’s show: our Female Champion judge Richard McCulloch; our Male Champion judge Simon Key; and our class judges Gary Christie, Jonny Hazelton, Richard Cumming, Frank Kelly, Gavin Brown and Rob Fitton, who we think you will agree have done an excellent job.
We would also like to extend our thanks to all of our members who supported the competition by submitting entries and to everyone who has joined in the fun on Facebook, from the United Kingdom and across the world.
It’s a ‘big up’ and hearty congratulations to D & R Durno & Sons, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, whose March 2021 born bull Auchorachan Malt 21 has been judged as the Male Champion in this year’s Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show.
Entirely homebred, Auchorachan Malt is by the noted Auchorachan Hercules 16, whose sons averaged £10,500 in 2021 and have sold up to a top price to date of 18,000gns. Auchorachan Malt’s dam is Auchorachan Hilly 8 EX90, a daughter of the 9,000gns Team Fergus 14 EX91. Auchorachan Malt’s Championship win saw him prevail from over 100 Simmental bulls entered across the three classes.
Judging the Male Championship was Simon Key who runs the noted Key herd at Abbey Farm, Mundham, Loddon, Norwich and who commented: “Firstly, I’d like to thank the British Cattle Simmental Society for asking me to judge the Overall Male Championship in this year’s Virtual Show. Secondly, a big well done to everyone who has entered this fun competition and had a go. As ‘amateur snappers’ it’s very difficult to take that spot-on picture that you’re entirely happy with and does your animal full justice. However, a great entry again that continues to highlight and promote the Simmental breed so well.
The three first prize bulls in the Championship line-up are a credit to their breeders and owners, and I’m sure each will do a fantastic job if they are put forward to sell at a sale, or to be used at home in their respective herds. It was a tough decision as all are top bulls and look to have different strengths and characteristics.
In his picture the Overall Champion Auchorachan Malt really looks a long bull, clean through the middle, and from the angle well-muscled with a good second thigh. He just had the edge for me in a very close competition, and well done to the Durno team. Lastly, I’d just like to say that the Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show has once again been great to follow, and with the entries again being a credit to all.”
A big thank you is extended to Simon for his judging and his warm comments.
In the first ‘big reveal’ of the 2022 Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show, huge congratulations are extended to Steve & Gill Gummow, Higher Killiworgie Farm, Newquay, Cornwall who have won this year’s Female Championship with Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti.
The January 2020 born Lotti becomes the first heifer to win the Female Championship in what is the third staging of the Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show, and after prevailing in a class of 71 heifers, and 185 females in all across the three female classes.
Sired by the 2017 English National Show Reserve Champion Lynfield Hamish 16, Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti is out Boars Head Miranda EX90, bred by Mr RJ Grenham, and who goes back to the Irish-bred AI bull Seaview Prince Charming.
The Female Championship was judged by Richard McCulloch who runs the noted Overhill House herd at Armadale, West Lothian. Commenting, Mr McCulloch said: “First of all, I’d like to thank the British Simmental Cattle Society for asking me to judge this year’s Virtual Female Championship 2022. I would also like to congratulate the individual class judges who did such a great job – well done!
My Champion is Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti, an outstanding, very flashy heifer, and just my type. Full of breed character, she has a great body with a square end, a good top line and a super head. In my opinion, she’s a terrific Simmental heifer and a very worthy Champion.
I would also like to complement the two other female class winners that were put in front of me. First of all, Haystar Diamond is a real smart calf, well grown for her age and with great potential. Secondly, Gerrard Belinda the 60th, a good working cow with lots of depth, easy fleshed with a good udder – a great advert for the breed.
Well done to all participants that entered this year’s Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show – what an advertisement for this fantastic breed! Congratulations to everyone and wishing you all the very best.”
We’d like to thank Richard and also to echo his comments. Thank you also to everyone who entered females in this years Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show. In recognition of the live summer show season being back this year, we tightened the classes a little and reduced the number to six in all, three female and three male, and followed by the Overall Championships. Again, we’ve had terrific support with 185 entries across the three female classes.
The final class of this year’s Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show has now been judged and with a fantastic 51 entries into Class Six, Cow any age, In milk. A sincere thank you is extended to everyone who has entered and supported this year’s competition, it is greatly appreciated. It has been great to see entries from all around the UK and the huge interest that this show has again generated.
This week’s winner Gerrard Belinda 60th is an entry from Kenneth Pilkington, Danby Wiske, North Yorkshire, and who was bred by Mr RH Carter & Son, Wigton, Cumbria. Gerrard Belinda 60th, is a July 2017-born daughter of the 20,000gns Stirling Male & Intermediate Champion Kilbride Farm Comber and bred out of Gerrard Belinda 40th who goes back to popular AI bull Blackford Harvester.
The top five places for this class have been awarded by the Judge, Rob Fitton of Simply Simmentals, Lostock, Lancashire, as follows: 1st – Gerrard Belinda 60th 2nd – Kilbride Farm Eunice 223H 3rd – Mixbury-Hall Galaxy 4th – Newbiemains Ice Queen 5th – Eaton Kenita
Thanks are extended to Rob for a job well done and please keep an eye on Facebook for a follow-up video post with a few comments on what has been a terrific class.
Thank you once again to everyone who has supported the 2022 Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show and promoted the Simmental breed so well.
We are moving through the classes of this year’s competition and again with a high standard forward from around the country. Thank you to everyone who has had a go and continues to promote the Simmental breed so well.
This week’s winner of Class Five, Senior Bull Born on or Before 31st December 2019 is Grangewood Kingpin 19 from the Mixbury Hall herd of Mr V C Bailey, Brackley, Northamptonshire. Purchased for 8,000gns at Stirling in February 2021, Kingpin was bred by Mr & Mrs AS & YA Leedham, Pickering, North Yorkshire, and has gone on to breed 14 progeny into his new herd so far. Sired by the 19,000gns Stirling Reserve Senior Champion Grangewood Baron 10, this October-2019 born bull was bred out of Grangewood Sahara’s Gold.
The top five places for this class have been awarded by the Judge, Gavin Brown of Springfield Simmentals, Penicuik, Midlothian, as follows: 1st – Grangewood Kingpin 19 2nd – Kilbride Farm Jetstream 18 (P) 3rd – Coose Gambler 4th – Lintmill Jedi 18 5th – Skerrington Iceman 17
The 2022 Simmental Virtual Show is again proving to have a huge following and we are now delighted to announce the results for class four – Female, born on between 01/01/2020 – 31/07/2021.
A big congratulations is due to Mr SA Gummow, Newquay, Cornwall, whose heifer calf Killiworgie Mirandas Lotti has been awarded the red rosette. Sired by the 2017 English National Show Reserve Champion Lynfield Hamish 16, this January-2022 born heifer is out of the Sussex-bred Boars Head Miranda, who goes back to the Irish-bred AI bull Seaview Prince Charming.
We had another fantastic entry of 71 heifers and the top five places have been awarded by the Judge, Frank Kelly of Ashland Simmentals, Co Fermanagh, as follows:
Keep an eye on Facebook for a video post from our judge Frank Kelly with a few comments on what has been a terrific class. Thank you to everyone who entered, and we have again been thrilled with the quality of the entries, please visit our Facebook page to view them all.