In what was a ‘fantastic Friday’ for Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour, the November 2022 born Simmental heifer Delfur Nifty won the Simmental Championship and the Overall Individual Interbreed on the opening evening of the Scottish National Fatstock Club’s Livescot Pedigree Calf Show on Friday 24th November at Lawrie & Symington’s Livestock Market, Lanark.
Initially put up as Simmental Champion by John Morton, Annan, in a show of some 29 Simmental entries, Delfur Nifty then went on to get the Overall Pedigree Championship tap from Interbreed judge Dennis Gall, Millhill, Stirling. Rounding off a cracking evening, Delfur Nifty then teamed up with her stablemate Delfur Weigela N12, to take Reserve in the Interbreed Pairs. Very much a ‘Delfur dynamic duo’, Delfur Weigela N12 had also been a class winner earlier and had placed Overall Simmental Reserve Champion.
Delfur Nifty is by Ballymoney Larry, a Saltire Impressive son, and is out of Delfur Joyful, an Islavale Cassius daughter. Delfur Weigela N12 is also a Ballymoney Larry daughter, and is out of Delfur Weigela E12, an Auchorachan ACDC daughter.
Very much a ‘Delfur dynamic duo’ this heifer combination also placed Champion and Reserve, in an entry of 60 Simmentals, at the recent Simmental Youngstock Show held within the Borderway Agri Expo event at Carlisle. Further success was achieved at the Stars of the Future Calf Show in Stirling where Delfur Nifty placed Reserve Senior Female, and with Delfur Weigela N12 winning her class.
Commenting, Delfur Simmental herd manager Garry Patterson said: “This Interbreed win has really capped a terrific run of pedigree calf shows for these two heifers. Across the three events, Simmental Youngstock, Stars of the Future, and now Livescot there really has been a tremendous strength in numbers and quality of Simmental calves shown. To meet with the success we have had, and now to win an Interbreed, is really beyond our expectation. The aim at the outset was very much just to build a little profile for Delfur Simmentals and to showcase the type of heifers we are looking to breed across the herd.” The Delfur herd presently comprises of 120 breeding females.
Kicking off with the young bulls other Simmental class winners on the night included the November 2022 born Braegarrie Nightrider from Lindsay & Robert Currie, Pinclanty, Pinmore, Girvan. This calf is by Overhill House Link, and is out of Braegarrie Hannah, a Teviot Bouncer son.
Winning the second bull calf class was Newbiemains Pacquiao. Pulling no punches, the February 2023 born Pacquiao is by Auchorachan Kennedy 19 EX92, an Auchorachan Hercules EX92 son, and is out of Newbiemains Knockout VG88, a Skerrington Iceman 17 EX95 daughter. This young bull now heads to the Next Generation III Simmental Sale of Females & Weaned Calves due to be held on Friday 1st December at Borderway Market, Carlisle.
In the youngest female class of the day, it was a first prize red ticket for Castlewigg Empire Stella 3 from Frank Gwynne, Castlewigg Farm, Whithorn, Newton Stewart. February 2023 born, this young lady is a Sterling Empire 13 EX94 daughter, and is out of the herd’s noted Castlewigg Stella Data.
Simmental Results: Livescot 2023, Lanark Market Class 1036 Bull born between 1st July 2022 and 31st December 2022 1st – Lot 133: DL & S Currie – BRAEGARRIE NIGHTRIDER s. Overhill House Link 2nd – Lot 134: J & E Dyet – MERKLAND NELSON s. Merkland Infinity 3rd – Lot 128: N & N Gwynne – CHESTERMANN NEYMAR s. Chestermann Gibble
Class 1037 Bull born after 1st January 2023 1st – Lot 138: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS PACQUIAO s. Auchorachan Kennedy 2nd – Lot 136: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE PATRICK s. Corskie Lambe 3rd – Lot 139: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD PERRY s. Islavale Jabba
Class 1038a Heifer born between 1st July 2022 and 31st October 2022 1st – Lot 146: Delfur Farms – DELFUR WEIGELA N12 s. Ballymoney Larry 2nd – Lot 141: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD NEXT GENERATION s. Islavale Jabba 3rd – Lot 142: Gavin Brown – SPRINFIELD NIGHT SHADE s. Islavale Jabba
Class 1038b Heifer born between 1st November 2022 and 31st December 2022 1st – Lot 147: Delfur Farms – DELFUR NIFTY s. Ballymoney Larry 2nd – Lot 148: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS NAP s. Newbiemains Daz 3rd – Lot 151: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE NIGELA s. pending DNA
Class 1039 Heifer born after 1st January 2023 1st – Lot 153: Frank Gwynne – CASTLEWIGG EMPIRE STELLA 3 s. Sterling Empire 2nd – Lot 152: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS POSH WAG s. Carbery Lightening 3rd – Lot 154: Jim & Patricia Goldie – NEWBIEMAINS PRETTY WOMAN s. Auchorachan Kennedy
Champion Lot 147: Delfur Farms – DELFUR NIFTY Reserve Champion Lot 146: Delfur Farms – DELFUR WEIGELA N12
Interbreed Champion Lot 147: Delfur Farms – DELFUR NIFTY
Jack Heath wins Overall Young Handler with Tirley Natalie
Popes Premier, Simmental & National Pedigree Calf Show Interbreed Champion
At the opening day of the 2023 English Winter Fair held at Staffordshire County Showground, the 30th January 2023 born bull calf Popes Premier, from Messrs JH & VG Wood, Popes Farm, Dutton, Preston, Lancs, won the Simmental Pedigree Calf Championship before moving on to win the National Pedigree Calf Show Interbreed, a first for the Simmental breed.
Sired by Popes Lethal Weapon, Popes Premier has been shown all summer as a calf at foot alongside his multi title winning mum, Popes Princess Immie, who amongst a welter of wins was the Overall Supreme Interbreed Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show, and was the Simmental Supreme Champion at the Simmental English National Show held within the Royal Norfolk. Premier’s grand dam is the herd’s famous, and much decorated cow, Popes Princess Cleo. Judging the Simmental section was Jim Goldie of the noted Newbiemains herd, Annan, Dumfriesshire, and who was full of praise for his Champion: “This calf had tremendous style about him, was long and clean, and very nice over his rump. He moved really well with good legs and feet, and is just a very modern young Simmental bull.”
Judging the Interbreed was the well-known commercial producer John Hall, Penrith and who very much endorsed Jim Goldie when commenting: “This is a very smart calf, well grown, and beautifully brought out. Very modern he carried plenty of shape, had no gut to him, and had a lot of class and style. I just loved this young bull and felt he was an easy winner on the day.”
Popes Premier with Hannah Wood and Simmental judge Jim Goldie
Winning the Female Championship, and the Overall Reserve in the Simmental section, was the junior heifer calf Fishpool Poppy from Tom & Jennie Hassall. January 2023 born, Fishpool Poppy is by Newbiemains Kalypso and is out of Kilbride Farm Eunice 277J. From a noted female line, Kilbride Farm Eunice 277J was purchased privately from WH Robson & Sons, Ballyclare during Covid. This red ticket made it a notable double for the 12-breeding female Fishpool herd with Poppy also having a class win at the recent Simmental Youngstock Show held within the Borderway Agri Expo at Carlisle. Of his Female Champion, Jim Goldie said: “Poppy was a lovely, feminine heifer, with great length and just full of breed character. Again she was good on her legs, had tremendous locomotion and showed herself extremely well.”
Taking the Reserve Male Championship, and first in class one, was Storersmith Navarone from local breeders R&L Storer Smith, Ashbourne Road, Uttoxeter. December 2022 born, Navarone is got by the AI sire Clonagh Latin Lover, and is out of Storersmith Havannah, a Popes Barclay daughter. Through the two days of the show Storersmith Navarone, along with his stablemate Storersmith Newton, a Ballinalare Farm Galaxy son, drew much attention as they featured on the Midlands Simmental Club’s promotional stand.
Back in the females and taking the Reserve Female Championship was the smart young January 2023 born calf Newton House Posh from JW Gosmore Partners, Tattenhall Chester. Standing second in its class to the Female Champion, Newton House Posh is by Lissadell Mr Mullarkey VIP, a bull purchased at Roscommon Premier Sale, and is out of Clonagh Krystal Posh, a Bruchag Glenfiddich 15 daughter. Next stop for this young heifer will be the mucha anticipated Next Generation III Sale of Simmental Females & Weaned Calves due to be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 1st December.
In the fantastically supported Young Handlers Championships it was a ‘big win’ for fifteen-year-old Jack Heath, Sheaf Farm, Tarvin, Chester, who took the Overall Championship whilst showing the Simmental heifer Tirley Natalie of Steve White, Tarporley, Cheshire. With a little ‘form’ behind him Jack, who is a member of Beeston YFC, also recently won the Overall Young Handler title as part of the Youth Development Programme, and held at Rosemead Angus, Shackleford, Nr Godalming, Surrey.
A big well done also to the Midlands Simmental Club for putting on an informative and welcoming Simmental promotional stand over the two days. In the trade stands competition the Midlands Club was awarded a terrific second place.
SIMMENTAL CLASSES AND CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS AT THE 2023 ENGLISH WINTER FAIR
Class 78 Senior Bull Calf born between 1st October 2022 and 31st December 2022 1st – Lot 229: Storersmith Simmentals – STORERSMITH NAVARONE s. Clonagh Latin Lover 2nd – Lot 228: Storersmith Simmentals – STORERSMITH NEWTON. s. Ballinalare Farm Galaxy
Class 79 Junior Bull Calf born between 1st January 2023 and 30th June 2023 1st – Lot 233: VG Wood – POPES PREMIER s. Popes Lethal Weapon 2nd – Lot 235: S White – TIRLEY PATRICK s. Rathnastan Lobster Pot 3rd – Lot 236: Renshaw & Brassington – DOVEFIELDS PHOENIX s. Star Green Kenny 4th – Lot 234: VG Wood – POPES POWER s. Saltire Impressive 5th – Lot 232: Storersmith Simmentals – STORERSMITH PROVIDENCE s. Ballinalare Farm Galaxy
Class 80 Senior Heifer Calf born between 1st October 2022 and 31st December 2022 1st – Lot 237: S White – TIRLEY NATALIE s. Kilclaven Impulsion 17 2nd – Lot 238: J & T Gosmore – NEWTON NICE ONE s. Lissadell Mr Mularkey 3rd – Lot 239: J & T Gosmore – NEWTON HOUSE MAJESTY s. Lissadell Los Angeles
Class 81 Junior Heifer Calf born between 1st January 2023 and 30th June 2023 1st – Lot 243: T & J Hassall – FISHPOOL POPPY s. Newbiemains Kalypso 19 2nd – Lot 242: J & T Gosmore – NEWHOUSE POSH s. Lissadell Mr Mularkey 3rd – Lot 247: VG Wood – POPES TRIXIES PEARL s. Clonagh Lucky Explorer 4th – Lot 245: VG Wood – POPES TRIXIES PRUDENCE s. Saltire Impressive 5th – Lot 241: Storersmith Simmentals – STORERSMITH PUZZLE s. Ballinalare Farm Galaxy
Sp.2a. The Midlands Simmental Club kindly offer £75 to the Champion Bull calf Lot 233: VG Wood – POPES PREMIER
Sp 2b. The Midlands Simmental Club kindly offer £50 to the Reserve Champion Bull calf Lot 229: Storersmith Simmentals – STORERSMITH NAVARONE
Sp.3a. The Midlands Simmental Club kindly offer £75 to the Champion Heifer calf Lot 243: T & J Hassell – FISHPOOL POPPY
Sp. 3b. The Midlands Simmental Club kindly offer £50 to the Reserve Champion Heifer calf Lot 242: J & T Gosmore Ches – NEWTON HOUSE POSH
Sp.4a. For the Overall calf sired by a Pedigree Simmental Bull £100 offered by The Midlands Simmental Club Lot 233: VG Wood – POPES PREMIER
Sp. 4b. For the Reserve Overall calf sired by a Pedigree Simmental bull £50 offered by The Midlands Simmental Club Lot 243: T & J Hassell – FISHPOOL POPPY Sp.15 Overall Interbreed Championship For the overall Champion in the Pedigree Calf Show £1000 offered by Tithebarn Ltd. Lot 233: VG Wood – POPES PREMIER
It’s a massive well done to Reece & Andrew Simmers, Backmuir Farm, Keith, Banffshire, who won the Simmental Overall Senior Championship before going on to win the Overall Senior Interbreed with their heifer calf Annick Lucia’s Nicosia (P) at the high-profile Stars of the Future Calf Show held at United Auctions, Stirling on Saturday 11th November.
September 2022 born, Annick Lucia’s Nicosia (P) is the first calf out of Annick Ginger’s Lucia who was purchased for 16,000gns last year at the Annick Herd Dispersal Sale and who won the Overall Simmental Championship at this year’s Royal Highland Show with Annick Lucia’s Nicosia (P), at foot. Annick Lucia’s Nicosia is sired by the heterozygous polled bull Kilbride Farm Karl (P).
Having been awarded the Simmental Senior Female and Overall Senior Championship by the judge Neil McIlwaine of the Corrick herd, Newtonstewart, Co Tyrone, Annick Lucia’s Nicosia (P) then ‘doubled-up’ the Championship titles when getting the Senior Interbreed Championship nod from the judge Teresa Wilson, the well-known Chief Cattle Steward at the Royal Welsh Show. It was another top showing day for the Backmuir herd who in addition to their Overall Senior Championship and Overall Senior Interbreed titles, also went on to win Reserve Junior Female; Reserve Junior Overall; and Junior Male Champion.
Commenting on his Senior Female Champion the judge Neil McIlwaine said: “This was a beautifully balanced heifer and just full of breed character. She had tremendous length and width, with a great top, and correctness right through her. A really sweet heifer, she exemplified all the traits you would look for in the Simmental breed.”
With the Simmental Championships split into two sections, the Junior Simmental Female and Overall Junior Champion came in the shape of Islavale Peaches, from the prolific Islavale herd of Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith. Entirely homebred, this April 2023 born calf is by Islavale Lucifer 20 EX93 and is out of Islavale Honeypot VG 86, the mother of the 10,000gns Islavale Lord. Islavale Peaches now heads to the Simmental Next Generation III Sale of Females & Weaned Calves at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 1st December. Strong supporters of Stars of the Future, this is the second year in a row that Islavale have won the Simmental Junior and Junior Female Championships at this event.
Of his Junior Female Champion, Neil McIlwaine said: “Another tremendous Simmental heifer and one of the youngest on the day. Again she had super length and conformation, moved out extremely well, and was very stylish. Certainly a young heifer with a big future ahead of her.” Speaking generally of the day, Neil went on to say: “I was delighted to judge at Stars of the Future and it was a super show of Simmentals giving a tremendous representation of the breed. There was a consistency throughout the classes which is a great credit to the exhibitors.”
Back in the Simmental Senior Females, the Reserve Senior Female came in the shape of the November 2022 born Delfur Nifty from Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour. At the end of October, this heifer calf had won the Simmental Championship at the Simmental Youngstock Show held within the Borderway Agri Expo at Carlisle. Delfur Nifty is by Ballymoney Larry, a Saltire Impressive son, and is out of Delfur Joyful, an Islavale Cassius daughter. Another Ballymoney Larry daughter, Delfur Weigela N12, who was Reserve Overall to Nifty at Carlisle, won Class Four at Stars of the Future.
Winning the Senior Male Championship was Islavale Novak and another from the Stronach family. October 2022 born, Novak is by Coose Lincoln and is out of the young cow Islavale Jazz. At the recent Stirling Bull Sale the Islavale herd sold the first Coose Lincoln sons at sale to a top of 13,000gns, 12,000gns, and 11,000gns respectively. Islavale Novak will now be provisionally aimed at the February 2024 Stirling Bull Sale.
Taking the Senior Male Reserve Championship was the entirely homebred Chestermann Neymar from N&N Gwynne, Castlewigg Farm, Newton Stewart. Winner of the day’s opening class, the July 2022 born Chestermann Neymar is sired by Chestermann Gibble, a Lisglass Domino son, and is out of Chestermann Ringleader Tracey 10 EX91. Chestermann Neymar is another young bull provisionally heading to Stirling in February next year.
The Reserve Junior Female and Reserve Overall Junior Champion was another from the Backmuir herd and this time Backmuir Ginger’s Paprika (P). February 2023 born this calf is out of Annick Colleen’s Ginger who was purchased with her then calf at foot for 23,000gns at the aforementioned Annick Herd Dispersal Sale, a breed record for a cow and calf unit. Backmuir Ginger’s Paprika (P) is another by Kilbride Farm Karl (P), the same sire as the herd’s Overall Senior Interbreed Champion. Rounding off the Backmuir herds’ day was the bull calf Backmuir Pegasus who won Class Six before going on to take the Junior Male Championship. Another calf just full of breeding behind him, Backmuir Pegasus is an AI calf got by the well-known Atlow Dixon 12 EX91, and is out of Brandane Lu Lu who the Simmers purchased for a centre breed record price of 18,000gns at the Next Generation II Sale held last December in Carlisle.
The Reserve Junior Male title went to the January 2023 born Overhill House Patrick from Richard McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian and with this calf initially placing second in his class to Backmuir Pegasus. Overhill House Patrick is by Corskie Lambe 20, a Kilbride Farm Haka son, and is out of Overhill House Italia, a Curaheen Drifter (P) daughter.
Adding to what’s been quite a stellar year for him to date, Finlay Soutter, Yew Tree Farm, Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire won the Stars of the Future Senior Young Handler Championship and whilst showing a Simmental heifer from the Blackford herd of Anne MacPherson, Croy, Inverness, which Finlay had helped to halter break on-farm. This latest win follows on from high profile Young Handler Championships secured earlier in the year at both the Royal Norfolk and Royal Welsh Shows respectively. Finlay also enjoyed multiple summer wins with his heifer Brandane Millie including the Simmental Breed Championship at the Royal Welsh and where he also placed Overall Reserve Supreme in the Individual Interbreed.
SIMMENTAL CLASS RESULTS & CHAMPIONSHIPS AT 2023 STARS OF THE FUTURE CALF SHOW Judge: Neil McIlwaine, Corrick Simmental Herd, Newtonstewart, Co Tyrone.
Class 1 – Senior Males born on or between 15 July & 7 October 2022 1st – Lot 359: N & N Gwynne – CHESTERMANN NEYMAR – s. Chestermann Gibble 2nd – Lot 360: J C Mclaren & Partners – DARGILL NEIL (P) – s. Corskie Journal (PP) 3rd – Lot 363: J C Mclaren & Partners – DARGILL NAPLES (P) – s. Highcross Larry (PP)
Class 2 – Senior Males born on or between 26 October & 17 November 2022 1st – Lot 365: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE NOVAK – s. Coose Lincoln 2nd – Lot 369: J & E Dyet – MERKLAND NELSON – s. Merkland Infinity
Class 3 – Senior Females born on or between 3 July to 12 September 2022 1st – Lot 374: Reece & Andrew Simmers – ANNICK LUCIA’S NICOSIA (P) – s. Kilbride Farm Karl (P) 2nd – Lot 373: W G Macpherson (A Firm) – BLACKFORD NADIA – s. Glenturk Legend 3rd – Lot 375: Frank Gwynne – CASTLEWIGG RINGLEADER GIRLIE – s. Blackford Ringleader 4th – Lot 370: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD NEXT GENERATION – s. Islavale Jabba Class 4 – Senior Females born on or between 1 October to 5 November 2022 1st – Lot 379: Delfur Farms – DELFUR WEIGELA N12 – s. Ballymoney Larry 2nd – Lot 380: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE ASHLEY 9 – s. Coose Lincoln 3rd – Lot 376: Andrew J Wilson – CHESTERMANN EMPIRE NONNE 4 – s. Sterling Empire 4th – Lot 378: Andrew J Wilson – CAIRNVIEW REA 8 (P) – s. Slievenagh International (PP)
Class 5 – Senior Females born on or between 7 November to 25 December 2022 1st – Lot 384: Delfur Farms – DELFUR NIFTY – s. Ballymoney Larry 2nd – Lot 387: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR NAUGHTY SPICE – s. Backmuir King 3rd – Lot 388: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR VIVA’S NUTCRACKER – s. Skerrington Gambler
Senior Male Champion Lot 365: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE NOVAK – s. Coose Lincoln
Reserve Senior Male Champion Lot 359: N & N Gwynne – CHESTERMANN NEYMAR – s. Chestermann Gibble
Senior Female Champion Lot 374: Reece & Andrew Simmers – ANNICK LUCIA’S NICOSIA (P)– s. Kilbride Farm Karl
Reserve Senior Female Champion Lot 384: Delfur Farms – DELFUR NIFTY – s. Ballymoney Larry
Senior Overall Champion Lot 374: Reece & Andrew Simmers – ANNICK LUCIA’S NICOSIA (P) – s. Kilbride Farm Karl
Reserve Overall Champion Lot 365: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE NOVAK – s. Coose Lincoln
Class 6 – Junior Males born on or between 22 January & 26 March 2023 1st – Lot 390: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR PEGASUS – s. Atlow Dixon 2nd – Lot 391: Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE PATRICK – s. Corskie Lambe 3rd – Lot 393: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE PRESIDENT – s. Curaheen Giant
Class 7 – Junior Males born on or between 1 April & 29 May 2023 1st – Lot 394: Cameron MacIver – COLTFIELD PRINCIPAL – s. Wolfstar Loose Cannon 2nd – Lot 398: Gavin Brown – SPRINGFIELD PRIME – s. Islavale Jabba
Class 8 – Junior Females born on or between 24 January & 21 March 2023 1st – Lot 401: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR GINGER’S PAPRIKA (P) – s. Kilbride Farm Karl (P) 2nd – Lot 404: Cameron MacIver – COLTFIELD PANDORA – s. Wolfstar Loose Cannon 3rd – Lot 400: Frank Gwynne – CASTLEWIGG EMPIRE STELLA 3 – s. Sterling Empire 4th – Lot 399: Dean Saunders – MAIDENLANDS POLARINE 4 P – s. Derrycallaghan Kingkong
Class 9 – Junior Females born on or between 5 April & 15 June 2023 1st – Lot 407: Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE PEACHES – s. Islavale Lucifer 2nd – Lot 406: J C Maclean & Partners – DARGILL P-NUT (P) – Highcross Larry (PP) 3rd – Lot 408: J & E Dyet – MERKLAND PETULA – s. Merkland Jimmy
Junior Male Champion Lot 390 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR PEGASUS – s. Atlow Dixon
Reserve Junior Male Champion Lot 391 – Richard McCulloch – OVERHILL HOUSE PATRICK – s. Corskie Lambe
Junior Female Champion Lot 407 – Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE PEACHES – s. Islavale Lucifer
Reserve Junior Female Champion Lot 401: Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR GINGER’S PAPRIKA (P) – s. Kilbride Farm Karl (P)
Junior Overall Champion Lot 407- Mr W S Stronach – ISLAVALE PEACHES – s. Islavale Lucifer
Reserve Overall Champion Lot 401 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – BACKMUIR GINGER’S PAPRIKA (P) – s. Kilbride Farm Karl (P)
It’s a huge well done to John and Bridget Olds, Bosahan Farm, Falmouth, Cornwall, who prevailed over some seventy calves representing eight breeds, to win the Overall Supreme Championship at the Cornwall Pedigree Beef Calf Show with their stylish heifer calf Bosahan Paloma Estelle (P). For good measure, and on a top show day for the herd, the young bull Bosahan Nightfall (P) won the Senior Calf Continental Championship. The annual event was again held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, on Saturday 21st October.
Regular supporters of this prestigious calf show, this is the fourth occasion that the Bosahan herd has won the Simmental Championship following wins in 2012, 2014, and 2018. This year was however the herds first Continental Championships, having stood Reserve twice previously, and first Interbreed Overall Supreme. Way to go!
Judging the continental section was Robert Tremayne, of the noted Marne Charolais herd, who put up Bosahan Paloma Estelle (P) as Simmental Champion, and then Junior & Overall Continental Champion, giving her the nod over Bosahan Nightfall P who won the Senior Calf Continental Champion (October 2022 – December 2022). Come the Overall Championship the Native and Continental Champions went before the ‘new’ judge Mr James Eustice, a South Devon breeder who is also the Show President, and he duly tapped out Bosahan Paloma Estelle (P) as the Overall Supreme Champion.
January 2023 born, Bosahan Paloma Estelle (P), a heterozygous polled heifer, is by the stock bull Kinclaven Infusion 17 (P) EX92, and is out of Bosahan Estelle Alesha EX 91 by the herd’s noted and influential sire Skerrington Armada. Estelle Alesha EX91 goes back to one of the Bosahan foundation cows Beanhill Penny, purchased at the Society’s 2006 Bristol Sale, and has been a consistent breeding female in the herd.
Commenting Bridget Olds said: “We’ve had a terrific day and are delighted to have won the two Continental Championships and the Overall Supreme for the first time, and against such strong competition in the Simmental classes and from other breeds. Paloma Estelle has a tremendous temperament and we only weaned her at the end of September and halter broke her thereafter. We think she’s a very stylish heifer who has length, is good on her plates with a neat tail setting, and is correct on her feet and legs. It was her showing debut and she handled that so well and just had that little bit of sparkle and presence in the ring. Paloma Estelle is the only daughter of Boshan Estelle Alesha that we have and as such she will be retained in the herd.” The Bosahan herd presently comprises of twenty-seven breeding females and has also been recently judged as the Best Overall herd in the Cornwall Club and South West Club Herd competitions this year.
‼️ With similar breeding, the October 2022 born Bosahan Nightfall (P) is also by Kinclaven Infusion 17 (P) and is out of Bosahan Flirty Tresor EX 90, another Skerrington Armada daughter. Bred by AG Borthwick, Perth, Kinclaven Infusion (P) was purchased at Stirling in February 2019. Since then he has stood Reserve Male Champion at the Royal Cornwall Show. Some of Infusion’s first crop of calves were offered at the Bosahan Herd’s May 2022 reduction sale at Exeter with a November 2020 son Bosahan Libertine selling for 4600gns, and a December 2020 maiden heifer Bosahan Lamorna Harriet Bow selling for 3200gns. Highlighting the day, the October 2021 bull calf at foot Bosahan Merlin P broke the market record when selling with his dam Bosahan Jade Magic Baby for a cracking 7000gns.
A further well done to the Olds on a top day at the Cornwall Pedigree Beef Calf Show, and well done to all of the Simmental breeders for putting on another fantastic breed promotion!
A big thank you to Debbie’s Designs Photography https://www.debbiesdesignsphotography.co.uk/ for supplying the picture of Bosahan Paloma Estelle (P).
• Delfur double up in the Overall & Junior Championships • Springfield take Senior Championship and Overall Reserve • 60 Simmentals entered at Youngstock Show
Following hard on the heels of a record breaking sale day at Stirling, Simmental breeders turned their attention just four days later to the Simmental Youngstock Show hosted by the North West Simmental Club and British Simmental Cattle Society, and held within the Borderway Agri Expo event at Carlisle.
After some fantastic classes featuring a high quality entry, the judge for the day Heather Duff of the noted Pitmudie herd, Menmuir, By Brechin, Angus, tapped out the classy heifer Delfur Nifty from Delfur Farms, Rothes, Aberlour as the day’s Overall Champion having earlier awarded her the Junior Championship. In a cracking day for the Delfur herd, first time exhibitors at the Simmental Youngstock Show, Delfur Weigela followed her stablemate through from the class to lift the Reserve Junior Championship. Quite a debut day for the Delfur herd and with the cattle being shown by well-known herd manager Garry Patterson.
Commenting on her choice of Champion the judge Heather Duff said: “My Champion is just a super Simmental heifer. She’s very stylish and eye catching with a lot of breed character, she has great lines to her and is I think a very modern Simmental female with a big future ahead of her.”
November 2022 born, Delfur Nifty is by Ballymoney Larry, a Saltire Impressive son, and is out of Delfur Joyful, an Islavale Cassius daughter. The Reserve Junior Champion, Delfur Weigela N12 is also by Ballymoney Larry and is out of Delfur Weigela E12, an Auchorachan ACDC daughter. Just for good measure the two then teamed up at the end of the day to lift the Simmental Pairs Championship!
Speaking afterwards Garry Patterson, who took over as Delfur herd manager in May last year, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to win this event from within such a big entry and across a really high standard of Simmental cattle. The Borderway Agri Expo is a great industry event and presents a real opportunity to build the Delfur profile and showcase cattle in the herd. I think a lot of these two heifers but against the level of competition you can never expect to or anticipate winning the Overall Supreme and Juniro Champion & Reserve, so a cracking day.” From here both heifers have been entered to the Stars of the Future and LiveScot events. Ballymoney Larry, one of the first Saltire Impressive sons at sales, was a bull purchased for 9000gns prior to Garry joining Delfur and has left some terrific calves before being sadly lost to injury. The present herd sire starting to leave progeny is the 28,000gns Islavale Magnum who was purchased in October last year. The Delfur herd presently comprises of 120 breeding females and Garry says a forward aim is simply working on the breeding females and keeping the quality high: “We’re trying to capture the very best of female genetics and to build on that. Some embryo work and possibly flushing the mothers of these two heifers will really help with that.”
The Simmental Youngstock Show saw a fantastic entry of sixty cattle, the events largest to date by some distance, and with entries from nineteen breeders ranging from the north of Scotland down through to the south of England, and from Wales! Of the general show, Heather Duff went on to say: “I’d like to congratulate all of the exhibitors for putting on such a great show. There was a depth in quality in the classes that really showcased young Simmental cattle with a lot of potential. It made my judging job a very enjoyable one and I would like to thank both the North West Club and the Society for inviting me to judge this prestigious event.” Along with her parents Arthur and Jennifer, Heather aims to build the Pitmudie herd up to fifty calving cows to run alongside their 110-strong commercial herd. No strangers themselves to the showring the Pitmudie herd have enjoyed a terrific show summer themselves with a number of wins including at Fettercairn, and Kirriemuir Shows respectively.
Having won the Overall Supreme, and the Reserve Supreme & Reserve Junior Championships in two previous visits, Gavin Brown, Springfield Farm, Penicuik was back at it again and this time winning the Overall Senior Championship and Overall Reserve with the April 2022 born Springfield Neptune. Neptune is by the herd’s 6000gns stock bull Islavale Jabba, and is out of Springfield Ivory, a Shiloh Freedom daughter. From here Springfield Neptune will be aimed at the February 2024 Stirling Bull Sale. Islavale Jabba was purchased for 6000gns in 2020 and his first bulls at Stirling last year averaged 5000gns and with a good run of heifers levelling at 4500gns. Springfield Major, the champion at Borderway in 2021, and also a Jabba son, sold for 7500gns at Stirling in February this year. Another strong day’s showing at Borderway on Friday saw the Springfield herd pick up two firsts, three seconds, and a third in addition to their Overall Reserve Championship win.
Taking the Reserve Senior Championship was the classy heifer Braegarrie Nadia from Lindsay and Robert Currie, Pinclanty, Pinmore, Girvan, Ayrshire. This April born heifer is by Woodhall Ferrari and is out of Braegarrie Julia, a Keeldrum Geronimo daughter. In August this year Nadia had been part of the winning Pair at the Scottish Simmental National Show held at Dumfries. At Carlisle the Braegarrie herd again featured in the Pairs when winning the Reserve with the bull Braegarrie Nightrider, an Overhill House Link son, and Braegarrie Nigella a heifer by the same sire. In another strong day’s showing the Braegarrie herd took three firsts, and a second along with their Reserve titles.
Other class winners on the day came from the Pistyll herd of GA & HM Francis; the Denizes herd of MA Barlow & Sons; Cameron Jackson’s Future herd; and the Fishpool herd of Tom & Jenny Hassall.
A massive thank you is extended to all breeders who supported the 2023 Simmental Youngstock Show and put on another fantastic promotion and showcase of Simmental cattle with forward potential.
See the full results below:
Class 1 – Bull born on or between 01.01.2021 & 31.03.2022 No entries
Class 2 – Bull born on or between 01.04.2022 & 30.07.2022 1 – Lot 701: Gavin Brown SPRINGFIELD NEPTUNE s. Islvala Jabba 2 – Lot 702: Gavin Brown SPRINGFIELD NIAGARA s. Islavale Jabba 3 – Lot 704: Barlow Brothers DENIZES NUGGET s. Denizes Hamish 4 – Lot 704A: Barlow Brothers DENIZES NEFF s. Denizes Hamish
Class 3 – Bull Born on or between 01.08.2022 and 15.09.2022 1 – Lot 707: Barlow Brothers DENIZES NEWTON s. Denizes Hamish
Class 4 – Bull born on or between 16.09.2022 & 31.12.2022 1 – Lot 708: DL & S Currie BRAEGARRIE NAVIGATOR s. Overhill House Link 2 – Lot 712: DL & Currie BRAEGARRIE NIGHTRIDER s. Overhill House Link 3 – Lot 713: R & L Storersmith STORERSMITH NAVARONE s. Clonagh Latin Lover 4 – Lot 710: R & L Storersmith STORERSMITH NEWTON s. Ballinalare Farm Galaxy
Class 5 – Bull born on or between 01.01.2023 & 15.03.2023 1 – Lot 719: GA & HM Francis PISTYLL PABLO s. Pitmudie Lancelot 2 – Lot 718: Andrew Ryder RYDEN PADDY POWER s. Sacombe Juggernaut 3 – Lot 720: Jim & Patricia Goldie NEWBIEMAINS PACQUAIO s. Auchorachan Kennedy
Class 6 – Bull Born on or after 16.03.2023 1 – Lot 722: Gavin Brown SPRINGFIELD PERRY s. Islavale Jabba
Class 7: Heifer on or between 01.01.2022 & 31.03.2022 1 – Lot 726: Future Livestock FUTURE NEW GIRL s. Banwy Bonzo 2 – Lot 724: Barlow Brothers DENIZES MELODY 48 s. Blackford Galaxy 3 – Lot 723: Nick Edmondson CRAKESIDE NINA KUTZ s. Edenbank Iceman
Class 8 – Heifer born on or between 01.04.2022 & 30.07.2022 1 – Lot 728: DL & S Currie BRAEGARRIE NADIA s. Woodhall Ferrari 2 – Lot 731: Gavin Brown SPRINGFIELD NEXT GENERATION s. Islavale Jabba 3 – Lot 729: Gavin Brown SPRINGFIELD NITA s. Islavale Jabba 4 – Lot 730: Barlow Brothers DENIZES CADETTE 44TH s. Denizes Hamish
Class 9 – Heifer born on or between 01.08.2022 & 15.09.2022 1 – Lot 736: DL & S Currie BRAEGARRIE NIGELLA s. Overhill House Link 2 – Lot 737: Barlow Brothers DENIZES MELODY 53 s. Hiltonstown Lorenzo 3 – Lot 735: PA & DM Cade CADE FIFI’S NALA s. Sacombe Jameson 4 – Lot 776: Frank Gwynne CASTLEWIGG RINGLEADER GIRLIE 3 s. Blackford Ringleader
Class 10 – Heifer born on or between 16.09.2022 & 31.12.2022 1 – Lot 742: Delfur Farms DELFUR NIFTY s. Ballymoney Larry 2 – Lot 741: Delfur Farms DELFUR WEIGELA N12 s. Ballymoney Larry 3 – Lot 743: Jim & Patricia Goldie NEWBIEMAINS NAP s. Newbiemains Daz 4 – Lot 744: GA & HM Francis PISTYLL NERYS s. Anatrim Bodybuilder
Class 11 – Heifer born on or between 01.01.2023 & 15.03.2023 1 – Lot 749: T & J Hassall FISHPOOL POPPY s. Newbiemains Kalypso 2 – Lot 751: JF & C Saunders MAIDENLANDS POLARINE 4P (P) s. Derrycallaghan Kingkong 3 – Lot 754: Jim & Patricia Goldie NEWBIEMAINS PRETTY WOMAN s. Auchorachan Kennedy 4 – Lot 750: PA & SM Cade CADE KATHLEEN’S PRADA s. Sacombe Jameson
Class 12 – Heifer born on or after 16.03.2023 1 – Lot 758: Mr D C Houldey MANOR PARK PATRICA s. Omorga Murphy 2 – Lot 759: Gavin Brown SPRINGFIELD PEARL s. Islavale Jabba