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
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)
• 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
• 46,000gns is a new UK breed record for a Simmental bull sold at auction • 53 bulls (+8) average £7594, up by £36 on the year, and a new breed record sale average • Simmental only breed to sell more bulls on the year • 12 bulls sell for 10,000gns and more, as bull sale grosses £422,606
Simmental records were sent tumbling at Stirling as the April 2022 born Overhill House Neo from Over Hill House, Armadale, West Lothian sold for 46,000gns to lead the Simmental Bull Sale at United Auctions, Stirling on Monday 23rd October. The top price set a new breed record for a Simmental sold in the UK, and with Overhill House Neo being purchased by Reece & Andrew Simmers for their noted Backmuir herd at Backmuir Farm, Keith, Banffshire.
In addition to the new top price mark, fifty-three Simmental bulls sold to average a mighty £7594 which in itself is a new UK breed record sale average and eclipsing the previous figure of £7558 set at the corresponding fixture last year.
Overhill House Neo is one of the first sons to be offered at sale by the herds 26,000gns stock bull Pistyll Kingsman who was purchased at Stirling in February 2021, and is out of the Hillcrest Jerome ET daughter Seepa Daffodil. On the previous day, and by common consent in front of one of the biggest ring side crowds seen at a Simmental pre-sale show, Overhill House Neo had been tapped out as the Overall Supreme Champion by the judge Hazel McNee of the noted Finlarg herd at Over Finlarg Farm, Tealing, Dundee. Commenting after her day in the middle, Hazel said; “I was really delighted with my Champion, I think he’s a Simmental bull just full of quality and he really stood out for me. He’s easy fleshed, very correct, walks extremely well, and has tremendous length. He’s the dark colour which I like, and had more than a wee bit of that showy presence I was looking for.” Of the show of Simmental bulls generally Hazel went on to say; “It was a tremendous show with a lot of very modern bulls suited to the market and offering choice for both commercial beef producers and pedigree breeders. The depth in the classes certainly made by job a very enjoyable one.”
Overhill House Neo now heads to Keith to join the 80-cow Backmuir herd and speaking after the sale an equally delighted Reece Simmers said: “We’ve been working away over this last year or more quite well with homebred sires and all the time have been keeping an eye out for a bull that has that little bit of ‘extra special’ about him. As such we’re really pleased to have been able to buy Overhill House Neo and just think he’s a great example of a modern Simmental bull. Neo’s full of style and breed character. He’s got size and power, is full of length, and has a quality back end with easy muscling. We like the breeding on the dam line and he’s a total outcross which will bring new breeding lines to the Backmuir herd.”
Of paying the record price for a Simmental bull to date Reece Simmers went on to say: “The Simmental breed is going from strength to strength and we’ve seen the increasingly strong sales over this last couple of years. Overhill House Neo is just full of quality and breeding, and if he brings that through into his progeny then we feel that he’ll be a value investment for the Backmuir herd over a number of years.” In the sale Backmuir enjoyed a good day themselves when selling two bulls at 10,000gns and 7000gns respectively.
It’s been a strong year of performance for the Overhill House herd at shows and sales and speaking after the sale Richard McCulloch said: “Overhill House Neo has been a special calf from day one and has just always had such a presence about him and a tremendous nature. He’s just continued to do well throughout the summer and he’s the best bull we’ve bred to date. You never have the expectation to come to a sale like Stirling, with the standard of bulls that’s always there, and come away with a record price of 46,000gns. It’s tremendous but very humbling at the same time. The whole team at Overhill House is delighted that he’s gone to a top herd like Backmuir, and we wish Reece, Andrew and Philip every success with him.”
Of his general breeding aims Richard went on to say: “We just continue to keep things simple by being selective, culling hard, and maintaining the quality as high as we can. There’s a lot of hard work, time and effort goes into pedigree breeding and my stockman Scott Gilmour, and Brian Wills who helps us, play a big part in that.” In addition to the top price, Overhill House Nestor made 13,000gns on the day and with him also being a Pistyll Kingsman son. Further Overhill House bulls made 12,000gns and 4500gns. It’s been a tremendous year for the Overhill House herd with the now sale record price sitting alongside them having the all-breeds top price at the May Stirling Sale; the leading price at the May Carlisle Sale a week later; and lifting the Male Championship at the Scottish National Show in August at Dumfries!
It was a terrific all-round Simmental sale with the day seeing a new UK record for a Simmental bull; a new record for a Simmental female; a new record sale average for the breed; and with Simmentals being the only breed to sell more bulls on the year! This sale performance was warmly acknowledged by the British Simmental Cattle Society President Norman Robson, who said: “The breeders have put forward some tremendous bulls and with a real choice for commercial producers and pedigree breeders, and some record sale figures have been achieved which I think reflects that. In the forward industry with a pressure on costs, there really is going to be a premium on efficiency and I think that’s recognised by commercial producers and what has driven the Simmental sales in this last couple of years. Prior to this sale we published independent data, provided by AHDB, that showed Simmentals give you more both maternally and terminally. Industry leading at age at slaughter whether sired by a Simmental or out of a Simmental dam, significant reduction in finishing costs, and lower emissions meeting environmental challenges. Add that to the breeds well established maternal qualities of easy and regular calving, milk, fertility, and longevity and it’s just good economics for beef producers.”
In all, twelve bulls on the day made five figures or more and with the second top priced bull being the 14,000gns Corskie Naqus 22 from Mr WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers. This March 2022 born bull had stood second in his class to the Reserve Intermediate Champion in the pre-sale show. Sired by Drumagarner Hughes, who has had bulls at sale up to 13,000gns, and out of the Dirnanean Bradley daughter, Corskie Klarasch, this bull with good figures for calving ease and maternal (milk) sold to AH Smith who runs a significant commercial enterprise of 350 Angus and Simmental cows, and also the 15 cow Arkland pedigree herd at Low Arkland Farm, Castle Douglas. Speaking after the sale Alan Smith said: “This Corskie bull just had a lot of style and we liked his back breeding and performance figures. He’ll work in both the pedigree and commercial herd and we hope he will bring his qualities to both.”
Presenting a tremendous pen of bulls and enjoying another fantastic sale was the prolific Islavale herd of WS Stronach & Son, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith. Ten bulls sold for a collective £104,685, and to average an incredible £10,469. Six of the bulls made over five figures, and just for good measure the herd picked up the Reserve Overall; Junior Championship; Reserve Intermediate; and had five first places and three seconds in the pre-sale show. Quite a day!
From the Islavale pen, two bulls made 13,000gns. The first of these was Islavale Nugget who had stood third in his class to the Overall Champion. One of the first sons at sale from the herd sire Coose Lincoln EX90, this April born bull is out of the Curhaeen Bandit daughter Islavale Ena EX91. With tremendous figures putting him in the top 1% for both Terminal Sire Index, and Self Replacing Index, Islavale Nugget was purchased by commercial producer and repeat Islavale buyer GM Mitchell & Son, Fernie Mill, Cupar, Fife. At this same 13,000gns price was Islavale Newton who was the first prize bull in class seven. April 2022 born and sired by the noted Ranfurly Confederate, this heifer’s calf is out of Islavale Kathy, a Corskie Highlander daughter. With top 10% figures for Calving Ease, and top 1% for Self Replacing Index, this bull was another to go for commercial use and to the south west of Scotland when selling to W Barbour, Carsegowan Farm, Dumfries.
Also selling at 13,000gns was another from Richard McCulloch in the shape of the previously referred to Overhill Nestor. April 2022 born this bull is another by Pistyll Kingsman, the same sire as the new record holder, and is out of Overhill House Eve, an Annick Capercaillie daughter. Another bull in the teens and going commercially, Overhill House Nestor was purchased by Glass & Smith, Mill of Fowlis, Alford, Aberdeenshire. As a footnote the prices meant that the first two sons of Pistyll Kingsman at sale had averaged just under £31,000!
Back to the Islavale pen and Islavale Northstar made 12,000gns when selling to the Coltfield herd of Cameron Maciver, Wester Coltfield, Forres, Moray. Got by AI this April 2022 born bull, out of the same class as the Overall Champion, is by Curaheen Giant and is out of Islavale Hope EX 91. Commenting Cameron Maciver said: “My son James and myself saw the bull on farm in May and we liked him then and also the Wolfstar Elusive breeding he has on the dam line. He’s a bull we think can add a little mor size into our calves. The plan from here is to put him with around 10 cows towards the end of November.” Also from Islavale and at the same price of 12,000gns was the winner of class five, and the Reserve Intermediate Champion, Islavale Nico. Another of the first sons at sale by Coose Lincoln EX 90, Nico is out of Islavale Fashion EX 92, a Curaheen Bandit daughter who previously bred the 8000gns Islavale Loki the top priced bull at Thainstone last year. Purchasing Islavale Nico was D & G Manson for their 140 cow Simmental based commercial herd at Brodieshill, Alves, Forres. Commenting, Robert Manson said: “We had followed Nico through the summer having had several visits to the Islavale herd. At that time we had seen some Coose Lincoln calves on the ground and were especially impressed by the heifer calves length and shape. We’ll aim to put Nico to four or five cows in six weeks time. He’ll have an easy winter and will hopefully have a bit more to do in the spring. There were a lot of good Simmental bulls on the day that made 10k and more and plenty of choice for the commercial buyers.” Earlier this year, Brodieshill hosted a high-quality commercial Open Day on behalf of the British Simmental Cattle Society.
Securing their third five figure price on the day was Overhill House Niko who made 12,000gns when selling to the commercial herd of J Innes & Sons, Dunscroft, Huntly, Aberdeenshire. Arriving with a show record behind him, Overhill House Niko was the Overall Male Champion and Junior Champion at this years high profile Scottish Simmental National Show at Dumfries. At Stirling’s pre-sale show Niko stood second in his class to his stablemate and the day’s Overall Supreme Champion. Entirely homebred, he is by Overhill House Enhance, a Banwy T-Rex son, and is out of Overhill House Keelo. A stylish, dark red bull, Overhill House Niko carried a top 1% figure for Maternal (Milk).
Up from Cambridgeshire was the lengthy and stylish Hemingford Nelson from James & Rachael Griffin’s fifteen cow herd at Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdon, who took first place in class three before securing a fantastic Reserve Senior Championship. This March 2022 born bull is by the herd stock sire Saltire Jaguar, who was purchased for 9000gns at Stirling in February 2020 and is out of Hemingford Jewel, a Corskie Dreamer daughter. Nelson made 11,000gns and will now reacclimatise when moving north to the Auchorachan pedigree herd of D&R Durno & Sons, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch. Speaking after the sale James Griffin said: “We are working away and trying to bring forward good bulls. This is a big step up for us and we are ‘blown away’ to sell a bull to 11,000gns and to such a renowned Scottish herd.”
The run of Islavale bulls continued with the April 2022 born Islavale Nemo selling for 11,000gns to H J Warnock of Ballydoonan Road, Carrowdore, Co Down who runs just under fifty cows in his pedigree Templefyn herd. Another by Coose Lincoln EX 90, Islavale Nemo is out of Islavale Bramble 2 VG 88, a Curaheen Bandit daughter, and sported excellent figures being in the top 1% Self Replacing Index. Commenting John Warnock said: “We purchased Islavale Illusive in February 2019 for 14,000gns and he’s done well for us. I think this is another top bull with length, width and good figures behind him.” Also at 11,000gns was the winner of class nine, the Junior Champion and Overall Reserve Champion in the form of Islavale Neuk. This April 2022 born bull is by the herd’s well-known sire Shacon Hannibal 16 (ET) EX 94, and is out of the eight-year-old Islavale Gretel EX 90.
Commenting on her choice of Reserve Champion, the judge Hazel McNee said: “This was just another very good solid Simmental bull who had excellent conformation, was very square from behind, carried a good top line. Purchasing this bull was well-known Orkney bull buyer Liam Muir of Upper Onston, Stromness, Orkney. Orkney buyers were again to the fore with eight bulls sold on the day heading to the islands.
The final bull to make 10,000gns, and who stood second in the last class to the day’s Reserve Overall Champion, was Backmuir Knuckles from the Simmers family. May 2022 born this bull is by the homebred Backmuir King who stood as Male Champion at this year’s Royal Highland Show. Knuckles is out of Starline Lorette who is a Kilbride Farm Duke daughter. Buying this bull was the well-known and high profile Corskie herd of Mr WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers.
Corskie was again to the fore when selling the day’s Senior Champion and winner of Class One Corskie Nohow (P), a bull with length, power, and who is heterozygous polled, for 9500gns to repeat buyer A Nicolson, Relugas Mains Farm, Dunphail, Moray. January 2022 born this bull is out of Corskie Jubliee VG 87, and is one of the first sons from Rathnashan Kellog’s EX 94 who was purchased as a young calf from Southern Ireland. Kellog’s is the sire of Corskie Miami this year’s Junior Champion at the Royal Highland.
OTHER LEADING PRICES 9,000gns Lot 307 Kilbride Farm Neville PP sold to John M Sutherland, Sibminster & Stainland, Thurso, Caithness 9,000gns Lot 318 Jaw Nato sold to G R Morton, Church Farm, Gamlesby, Penrith 9,000gns Lot 373 Islavale New York sold to A & J Craig, Craigton Castle, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire 8,500gns Lot 349 Islavale Norman sold to Robert Bell & Partners, Craigo, Levenview, Westhall, Kinross 7,500gns Lot 332 Kersknowe Neptune sold to J Gunn, Carsgoe, Halkirk, Caithness 7,000gns Lot 377 Backmuir Nemisis sold to Douganhill Farms, Orchardton Mains, Palnackie, Dumfries
• £32,000 is the second highest price paid for a Simmental bull in the UK
Corskie Nutmeg, the January 2022 born Simmental bull from WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers has been sold privately for £32,000 to the Denizes herd of MA Barlow & Sons, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancashire.
At this year’s Royal Highland Show in June, Corskie Nutmeg put himself firmly in the shop window when winning the Simmental Junior Male Championship; Reserve Overall Male; and Reserve Overall Junior; and before going on to win Reserve Overall in the Beefbreeder Interbreed. Immediately catching the ring side eye of John Barlow, an approach to the Green family was made and after a few days discussion and consideration the deal was done. Beyond heading home to Corskie and passing all the usual tests, the bull was picked up in mid-August and has now joined the 80-cow pedigree Denizes Simmental herd in Lancashire.”
The £32,000gns price is the second highest paid for a Simmental bull in the UK and sitting only sitting behind the 45,000gns the Greens themselves paid for Bel Dhu Capercaillie at Stirling back in February 2013. With a breeding connectivity, Capercaillie is the sire of Corksie Nutmeg’s dam, Corskie Jasmine EX92.
Commenting on the purchase John Barlow said, “We didn’t go to the Highland with a view to looking for a bull but Corskie Nutmeg just had that x-factor and we couldn’t miss the opportunity. Dad (Michael) and I moved quickly for him because he has everything we look for in a Simmental stock bull and with his quality we knew there had to be a lot of interest in him! Nutmeg’s got length, power, muscle, and with a real sweetness and style. He comes from a foremost herd with proven cow families, has a real depth on both sides of his pedigree, and has top performance indexes. We have Denizes Hamish, Saltire Impressive, and Coose Gambler as stock bulls and all bringing something different to the herd. Nutmeg adds to that and we’re excited about the prospect of him clicking with these other lines.”
Of the £32,000 sale price, John Barlow went on to say, “This is a purchase to take that next step for the future of the Denizes herd. If he breeds to his own quality then he’ll prove to be a real value investment.”
Corskie Nutmeg is sired by the herd’s stock bull Kilbride Farm Haka who the Greens purchased for 10,000gns at Stirling in 2018. The herd enjoyed a ‘stellar’ 2023 Royal Highland Show that saw them win six classes and a host of Championship titles. Three of the class winners were sired by Kilbride Farm Haka including the January 2021 born heifer Corksie Mimic who was the day’s Reserve Supreme Overall Champion. Nutmeg is out of the aforementioned Corskie Jasmine, who herself was a first prize winner at this year’s Highland and Reserve Interbreed at the Black Isle Show, and whose classification of EX92 is the highest ranking a third-calving female can attain.
Speaking of the private sale Laura Green said, “In going to the Highland we had no thought of selling Nutmeg and the plan was very much to use him within the herd and on females that we felt he would really click with. John approached us at the show and there was also significant subsequent interest from a number of breeders. This led to a fair bit of family discussion and the decision was made to sell him. Nutmeg’s always been one of my favourites and is a total sweetheart with a terrific temperament and all the attributes both terminally and maternally. We’re really delighted that he’s going to a renowned herd like Denizes. Everyone at Corskie wishes Michael and John all the best with him and very much look forward to seeing his progeny in due course.”
For the noted 180-cow Corskie herd the £32,000 was their top sale price received to date and eclipsing the 25,000gns mark attained for Corskie Gingersnap in 2016. The Corskie herd has eight bulls entered at the upcoming October Stirling Sale and four of which are Kilbride Farm Haka sons.
Dumfries Show provided the setting for the Simmental breed to put on a fantastic 2023 Scottish Simmental National Show on Saturday 5th August. The forecast rain just about held off long enough for the exhibitors from the north of England, along with exhibitors from the north, central belt, west, and south west of Scotland, to put on a collective quality promotion of Simmental cattle across the classes. Both sections saw some heavyweight shootouts as high performing summer show cattle came together for the first time, combined with new lines and new faces at this years’ shows.
At the end of some three hours of intense judging by Bridget Borlase of the noted Sacombe herd, Watton, Hertfordshire, it was the six-year-old Popes Princess Immie, with her bull calf at foot Popes Premier, from Messrs JH & VG Wood, Popes Farm, Dutton, Preston, Lancs who got the Championship tap forward to win the Overall Supreme Championship. Following straight on from the Simmental judging, Popes Princess Immie moved straight to the head to head with the other breed Champions and where she powered through to win the Overall Individual Interbreed and this time in front of the judge Stephen Illingworth, Howgillside Farm, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie.
These latest wins capped a remarkable showing year for Popes Princess Immie as she added the Scottish Simmental National Show, and Dumfries Show Interbreed titles, to the Simmental Supreme at the English Simmental National Show, and Reserve Continental Interbreed, at the Royal Norfolk; and the Simmental Supreme and Overall Individual Interbreed titles at the Great Yorkshire Show. At the Scottish Simmental National Show the Popes herd roll call of prizes included: Simmental Supreme Champion, Dumfries Show Interbreed Champion, Overall Simmental Female, and with Popes Princess Noor winning Junior Female, and Reserve Junior Champion. Quite a show and quite a summer!
Sired by Kilbride Farm Comber, Popes Princess Immie is out of the herd’s heralded show cow Popes Princess Cleo who herself secured a number of ‘major’ show Interbreeds in 2017, also as a six-year-old, and with Immie as her calf at foot! Immie has also had a tremendous calf at foot herself in the shape of the January born Popes Premier sired by Popes Lethal Weapon.
Commenting on her Champion, the judge Bridget Borlase said: “This is just a super cow and I feel a very worthy winner amidst some really strong competition and a tough but very enjoyable one to judge. Immie’s not overly big but is very well balanced and has a tremendous show ring presence. She’s just full of flesh and carries herself ever so well. With plenty of sparkle she oozes femininity and is doing a great job of what is a terrific calf at foot.” Of the day generally, the judge wen on to say: “I’d firstly like to thank the Scottish Simmental Club, Dumfries Show, and the British Simmental Cattle Society for the great honour of being invited to judge this year’s high profile show. I’d also like to congratulate the breeders and the stock people for the breed spectacle they put on today, you’d go a long way to see a better show! The line up of prize winners from across the female classes was outstanding and a great credit to all. As the judge watching class after class, I can say the breed in general is in a really healthy place which is great to see.”
For the Wood family of Jimmy, Vikki, Harry, and Hannah,and all the supporting team the win at Dumfries ensured what has been a marquee show year for the 50-cow Popes herd. Speaking afterwards Vikki Wood said: “We are all absolutely thrilled to win the Scottish Simmental National Show to cap what has been an amazing summer show season for us. The standard here at Dumfries Show was so high and I’d really like to congratulate all of the exhibitors. Achieving these wins is of course fantastic for the Popes herd but the shows are really all about putting good quality cattle in front of people and flying the Simmental flag. I think all of the breeders here really collectively achieved that.” Continuing Vikki went on to say: “We’ve had some tremendous Popes females at shows in past years and I think Immie is now right up there. She’s more than done her bit and will now gracefully retire from the show ring. The Popes herd is all about females and families, strong, proven female lines breeding the next generation of replacement females, and bulls for sales. The shows continue to be a tremendous and important shop window for breeding lines and forward sales.”
The much anticipated senior cow class provided a bit of a clash of the titans with Popes Princess Immie narrowly pipping the rising eight-year-old Annick Colleen’s Ginger from Reece & Andrew Simmers, Backmuir Farm, Keith, Banffshire. Bred by the late Lachlan Quarm, By Irvine, Ayrshire, Annick Colleen’s Ginger is by Corskie Callum and out of Annick Prudence’s Colleen EX95. She was bought by the Simmers at the Annick Herd Dispersal Sale in Stirling in September last year for a combined 23,000gns with her calf at foot, and a Simmental sale breed record for an outfit. From the class, Annick Colleen’s Ginger followed the Champion all the way through to take the Overall Reserve Supreme title. Ginger was shown with her February 2023 born heterozygous polled heifer calf at foot, Backmuir Ginger’s Paprika (P). Of her reserve Overall, Bridget Borlase said: “Again, the reserve was an extremely well balanced cow, showed herself extremely well, and was just that bit older than the Champion. Another super outfit and it was a very close run competition between Champion and Reserve with both just full of quality.”
Underlining the quality factor, the very next class saw the three year old Annick Ginger’s Lucia, this year’s Overall Simmental Supreme at the Royal Highland Show, win the class for cow’s born between 1st January 2020 and 31st January 2020. Also bred by Lachlan Quarm, Ginger’s Lucia was another to be purchased at the Annick Dispersal Sale and where she made 16,000gns. Annick Ginger’s Lucia is out of the aforementioned Annick Colleen’s Ginger and is sired by Wolfstar Golddigger.
Making a long journey very worthwhile the Backmuir team also picked up the Reserve Junior Female title with their January 2022 born heifer Backmuir Eva’s Neva who won the class for heifers born between Ist January and 31st March 2022. Also a class winner at this year’s Royal Highland, Eva’s Neva is by Islavale Imperial and is out of Starline Eva 25th.
Another star from the Popes team this summer has been the heifer Popes Princess Noor and she was at it again in Dumfries when lifting the Junior Female and Reserve Junior Championship. Again, with a connectivity in breeding, this April 2022 born ET calf is by the noted Team Celtic and out of Popes Princess Hettie making her a full sister to the 2022 English Simmental National Champion Popes Princess Lumi, and a half sister to Popes Princess Immie. These titles added to the Junior Championship win at the Royal Norfolk, the Reserve Junior Championship at the Great Yorkshire, and being part of the winning Junior Interbreed Team of Four also at Harrogate, for this stylish heifer.
In a good show of bulls it was Overhill House Niko from Richard McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian, who proved to be the day’s star turn in this section when winning the Male Championship, Junior Male Championship, and Overall Junior Championship. Entirely homebred, Niko is by Overhill House Enhance, a Banwy T-Rex son. His granddam on the sire line is Ranfurly Weikel 6th who was purchased as an in-calf heifer from David Hazelton and who herself had a strong show record behind her. Overhill House Niko is out of the cow Overhill House Keelo. Commenting on her Male Champion, Bridget Borlase said: “I really liked this bull. He’s just full of breed character, has plenty of length, and has a lovely quality, soft flesh to him.” This Male Championship comes on the back of a strong sales year for the Overhill House team that saw them take the top price at the Simmental sales at both Stirling and Carlisle in May, and with Stirling seeing a top all -breeds price of 16,000gns for Overhill House Neil. Speaking afterwards Richard McCulloch said: “We’re delighted to win the Male Championship and it’s been a tremendous show of Simmental cattle, maybe the best I’ve seen at a one day show.” The plan from here is that Overhill House Niko will be aimed at the Stirling Simmental Sale in October.
It was great to see some senior Simmental bulls in the show ring and from this section came the Reserve Male Champion in the shape of the winner of Class one, Islavale Jabba from Gavin Brown’s Springfield herd at Penicuik, Midlothian. Bred by WS Stronach, Keith Banffshire this bull was originally purchased for 6000gns in 2020 through United Auctions. A prolific breeder in the 30 cow herd he has sired some 40 calves in this last two years. With a show track record behind him Islavale Jabba, ‘a well muscled senior bull that has retained his sweetness’, took Reserve Senior Bull and Reserve Overall Male at the 2021 Live Streamed Royal Highland Show. This year he has won the Overall Championship at Dalkeith Show. a has taken Overall Champion at Dalkeith Show this year. At the 2021 Live Streamed Royal Highland Show, he took Reserve Snr Bull and Reserve Overall Male. Standing Reserve in the Senior Males was Auchorachan Kennedy from local breeders Jim & Patricia Goldie, Newbie Mains Farm, Annan. This four year old bull, bred by D&R Durno & Sons, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, was purchased for 9000gns at Stirling in February 2021. 2019 born he is a son of the prolific Auchorachan Hercules, and is out of Auchorachan Gypsy EX92, a Rabawn Caesar King daughter.
Taking the Reserve Junior Male was Annick Nazareth from the Merkland herd of Jim & Liz Dyet, East Merkland Farm, Strathaven. This April 2022 born bull was also bred by Lachlan Quarm and was a further purchase at the Annick Dispersal Sale when he made 7500gns as part of the outfit with his dam, Annick Friesia’s Kiki VG85. Sired by Kilbride Farm Karl, Annick Nazareth has this year been Champion at Neilston, and Ayr Show respectively, and was Reserve Champion at Newmilns Show. Described as a bull with ‘tremendous length and plenty of shape’, Annick Nazareth will be used as a stock bull in the Merkland pedigree herd.
In the Pairs, it was Lindsay Currie, along with his son Robert, Pinclanty, Pinmore, Girvan, Ayrshire who took first prize with two very smart heifers, Braegarrie Nadia, and Braegarrie Norma who had both placed second in their respective classes. The April 2022 born Nadia is by Woodhall Ferrari and is out of Braegarrie Julia, a Keeldrum Geronimo daughter. The August 2022 born Braegarrie Norma is by Overhill House Link 20, and is out of Braegarrie Giselle. Overhill House Link was purchased for 7500gns at the Stirling October Bull Sales in 2021 and is the stock bull in the fifteen cow Braegarrie pedigree herd. Commenting, Lindsay Currie said: “It’s the first time we’ve shown in a while but we were thrilled to support the Scottish Simmental National Show at a venue close to home. The heifers behaved really well in the ring considering it was their first time out and Robert and I are delighted to have won the Pairs class with them.”
The Scottish National Simmental Show
Kindly hosted by Dumfries & Lockerbie Agricultural Society
Saturday 5th August, 2023
Judge: Ms Bridget Borlase, Watton At Stone
Class 107 Bull Born before 31st December 2021
1st 159 Islavale Jabba, Gavin Brown
2nd 158 Auchorachan Kennedy, Jim & Patricia Goldie
3rd 160 Springfield Masterclass, Gavin Brown
4th 161 Westridge Matty, Mr & Mrs M Ward & Sons
Class 108 Bull born between 1st January 2022 and 31st March 2022
1st 164 Newbiemains Nightrider, Jim & Patricia Goldie
Class 109 Bull born between 1st April 2022 and 30th June 2022
1st 166 Overhill House Niko, Richard McCulloch
2nd 169 Annick Nazareth,J & E Dyet
3rd 177 Denzies Neff, Barlow Brothers
4th 175 Popes Nami, J H & V G Wood
5th 173 Springfield Niagra, Gavin Brown
Class 110 Bull born between 1st July 2022 and 31st December 2022
1st 184 Denzies Nacho, Barlow Brothers
2nd 217 Kennox Nero, David Craig
3rd 182 Braegarrie Nugget, D L & S Currie
4th 183 Braegarrie Nero, D L & S Currie
Class 111 Cow, born before 31st December 2019
1st 189 Popes Princess Immie, J H & V G Wood
2nd 185 Annick Coleen’s Ginger, Reece Simmers
3rd 187 Newbiemains Just a Star, Jim & Patricia Goldie
4th 186 Drumsleed Flick, J & E Dyet
Class 112 Cow born between 1st January 2020 & 31st December 2020
1st 190 Annick Ginger’s Lucia, Reece Simmers
2nd 191 Islavale Liquorice, Gavin Brown
Class 113 Heifer born between 1st January 2021 & 30th April 2021
1st 198 Popes Trixies Mikala, J H & V G Wood
2nd 193 Merkland Mandy, J & E Dyet
Class 114 Heifer born between 1st May 2021 & 31st August 2021
1st 196 Newbiemains My Girl, Jim & Patricia Goldie
2nd 201 Merkland Marie, J & E Dyet
3rd 194 Merkland Myra, J & E Dyet
Class 115 Heifer born between 1st September 2021 & 31st December 2021
1st 203 Grangewood Tollie’s Millie, A S & Y A Leedham
2nd 204 Coltfield Martha, J Cameron MacIver
Class 116 Heifer born between 1st January 2022 & 31st March 2022
1st 205 Backmuir Eva’s Neva, Reece Simmers
2nd 162 Annick Fresia’s Neomi, J Cameron MacIver
3rd 207 Grangewood Tollie’s Natasha, A S & Y A Leedham
4th 208 Future Newgirl, C A Jackson
Class 117 Heifer born between 1st April 2022 and 30th June 2022
1st 216 Popes Princess Noor, J H & V G Wood
2nd 213 Braegarrie Nadia, D L & S Currie
3rd 211 Backmuir Kreole’s Natasha, Reece Simmers
4th 209 Skerrington Faith, William Kirk
Class 118 Heifer born between 1st July 2022 & 31st December 2022
1st 218 Annick Lucia’s Nicosia, Reece Simmers
2nd 220 Braegarrie Norma, D L & S Currie
3rd 221 Braegarrie Nigella, DL & S Currie
4th 226 Grangewood Nicole, A S & Y A Leedham
5th 222 Newbiemains Nap, Jim & Patricia Goldie
Class 119 Calf born in the year of the Show on or after 1st January 2023