The bull calf Springfield Major 21 from Gavin Brown, Springfield Farm, Penicuik, Midlothian took the top honours when winning the Overall Championship and at the 2021 Simmental Calf Show at the Borderway Agri Expo held on Friday 29th October at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
The event, held jointly by the North West Simmental Club and the British Simmental Cattle Society, saw an original entry of 62 calves catalogued and with exhibitors from Wales, Scotland, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Lancashire, and Yorkshire.
In front of a good crowd at ringside the Simmental Calf Show was judged by Cameron Jackson who runs the establishing Future Simmental herd at Woodyett Farm, Lanark. April 2021 born, Springfield Major is by the herd’s stock bull Islavale Jabba, and is out of Hazelden Jingle 40th. After winning Class 4, bull calves born after 1st March 2021, this young bull won the Junior Championship before being given the judge’s tap as the day’s Overall Champion. For the Springfield herd, which consists of 25 breeding females, it was their first time entering the Borderway Agri Expo event and their Championship win followed hard on the heels of the recent Stirling Bull Sale where they sold bulls at 6500, and 5000gns. The 6500gns Springfield Legacy is a half-brother to the Agri Expo Champion Springfield Major, with both being out of Hazelden Jingle 40th, and who was bought at the Hazelden Herd Dispersal Sale as a calf at foot. Speaking afterwards, a delighted Gavin Brown said: “It’s my first time here and I was just really keen to support the breed and the calf show. The Springfield herd is continuing to establish and it’s fantastic to win an event such as this and amongst your peers. It keeps the herd momentum going and makes all the hard work very much worth it!” From here the plan is to aim Springfield Major at the October 2022 Stirling Bull Sales. Rounding off a good day, the Springfield herd also placed second in three further classes.
Commenting on his Overall Champion, the judge Cameron Jackson said: “This calf just oozed style and character and he was very correct. He’s just a perfect calf for his age and very much a breeder’s bull in the making.” Of the Simmental show generally, he went on to say: “I think it’s as strong a show of Simmental calves as we’ve seen in a few years. The modern Simmental for me is going in the right direction being as dual purpose as possible, and breeding tremendous females, and bulls with shape.”
Following the Champion through when taking the Reserve Junior Championship, and the Reserve Overall Champion, was the winner from Class 3, Bull Calf born on or between 1st January 2021 & 28th February 2020, in the shape of Denizes Monty 21 from MA Barlow & Sons, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancashire. This January 2021 born calf brough a combination of both breeding and performance. Both parents of this calf, the sire Denizes Hamish 16 and the dam Denizes Trixi-Belle 6th, have themselves been previous winners of the Borderway Agri Expo Simmental Calf Show. Denizes Trixi-Belle 6th has bred calves, Denizes Impressive, up to 10,000gns. Next up for Denizes Monty 21, who has top figures for both calving ease, and maternal (milk), is a trip to Stars of the Future at Stirling in November. In the last class of the day, heifer calf born on or after 16th March 2021, the Denizes picked up another first prize ticket with their polled calf Denizes Matilda 8th by Slievenagh International (PP) and out of Denizes Matilda 2.
All the way from Wiltshire, Mr & Mrs RJ & BE Kimber, Beanhill Farm, Chippenham, Wiltshire won Class 2, Bull calf born between 16th September 2020 and 15th September 2020, before going on to lift the Senior Championship with Beanhill Leon 20. A heifer’s calf, Beanhill Leon was 42kgs at birth and is described as a having ‘a lovely temperament’. His sire Ballinalare Galaxy carries both length and thickness and has bred well in the herd with big-framed cows. Leon’s dam Beanhill Inca goes back to one of the herd’s foundation cows, Deerhurst Frolic. Beanhill chalked up another first prize win when Beanhill Lettie, a Ballinalare Farm Galaxy daughter out of Beanhill Hettie VG 86, won Class Six, Heifer Calf Born on or Between 16th September 2020 and 31st December 2020.
Taking the Reserve Senior Championship , and winning the first class, Bull Calf Born on or between 1st August 2020 and 15th September 2020, was Newbiemains Leonidas 20 from Jim and Patricia Goldie, Newbie Mains Farm, Annan. August 2020 born, Newbiemains Leonidas is by the imported bull Moorglen Hillbilly who is breeding well in the herd, both bulls and heifers, and whose progeny sold mainly off farm is averaging £6000. Leonidas is out of Woodhall Ginger (TF) VG 86 who is a Raceview All-Star KK daughter. Newbiemains Leonidas is another now headed for Stars of the Future and with one eye on a future Stirling Bull Sale. The Newbiemains herd also picked up a first prize win with Newbiemains Lady Wag, by Skerrington Iceman 17 EX 94 out of Newbiemains Hash Tag Wag VG 86, in Class 5 for Heifer Calves born on or between 1st August 2020 and 15th September 2020. Newbiemains Lady Wag then teamed up with Newbiemains Legend, an October 2020 born bull calf and also by Iceman, to win the Pairs Competition.
Travelling from Berkshire was AE & C Bishop, Church Farm, Finchampstead, Wokingham. Their journey was rewarded when they picked up first prize in Class 7, Heifer Calf Born on or Between 1st January 2021 and 15th March 2021, with Lynfield Precious. Born 9th January 2021, Lynfield Precious is by Ranfurly Confederate C24 11 EX 95, and is out of Lynfield Precious 5 (P), a Dirnanean Apostle daughter.
Rounding the day off was a high quality Young Handlers Class that saw the following placings:
1st Abby Forsyth; 2nd Callum Leedham; and 3rd Catherine Nicholas.
The North West Simmental Club & The British Simmental Cattle Society would like to sincerely thanks all of the sponsors for their kind support of this event and who were:
It was an honour to be asked to judge the 2019 English National Show at The Royal Norfolk Show. Thank you to the Society and Show for a very well organised day and thank you to the exhibitors for all their time and effort in turning out such a super show of Simmies. In the Junior Heifer class Sacombe Hawaii’s Jessica caught my eye as soon as she came in. Very sweet, well fleshed and a very good mover, just my kind of heifer. This heifer went on to be Junior and Reserve Female Champion. Second place went to Heathbrow’s much younger Girlies Jewel, a very correct, well fleshed heifer for her age, third was Ashland Lucy Jezebel, another quality heifer. The second class again had a clear winner in Heathbrow Jasmine, a powerful heifer, but still very feminine. There wasn’t a lot between second and third, Brandane Jane just having slightly more flesh than Perrywood Jasmine. The third heifer class was easily won by Cade Irresistible, a similar style of heifer to the winner of the previous class, fleshy but still feminine. Storersmith Isla in second was a nice long heifer, just unlucky to have the Cade heifer overpower her. Popes Princess Immie gave me another clear winner in the fourth class, a fleshy heifer who paraded very well. The next two heifers were a similar type, but Beeches Isabella had more width through the front end compared to Penton Indigo. Two very powerful heifers led class 5. Popes Nellys Ilia taking first, being the more feminine and better balanced of the two. Heathbrow Girlies Ivy stood second. The Jukes’ Swallowhill Isabelle stood third, a lovely long female, just not carrying as much flesh as the first two. We just had two entries in the Junior cow class, both working hard with nice calves at foot. Theberton Honey was the deeper bodied of the two with a bit more shoulder than her herd mate Hollie. The Intermediate cow class was led by Kennox Divas Gena, being the widest and biggest of the three. Sway Gorgeous Girl stood second, another big cow, but just not having the width through the front end of the first cow. Fircovert Glamour Bluebell came in third, just missing the scale of the other two. In the Senior cow class, I found my Champion. I immediately fell for Sacombe Dandelion Oma when she floated into the ring saying, “Look at me!”. She wasn’t the biggest cow in the class, but to me she was everything a Simmie cow should be. Very feminine, well balanced, good length and width, especially through the backend, good locomotion, loads of milk, and a super young bull calf at foot. Second place went to Theberton Emma 2nd, another well balanced, breedy cow. The first class of males was won by Sacombe Joker, maybe a bit raw on the day, but the most correct and well put together young bull in the class. Second was the heavier, but less balanced Popes Jethro, and third went to the nice shaped Scotland Hill Jackaroo. The second bull class found me my Junior Male Champion in Scotland Hill Juggernaut, a growthy, well fleshed young bull. Second and third were two similar bulls, Storersmith Jumanji and Penton Jolly, unfortunately Jolly was lame, so took third. My Male and Reserve Overall Champion came from the next class, again a clear winner, Heathbrow Important towered above the other two entries in the class. His length, cleanness and power are what we have been looking for in a stockbull, and I’m pleased to say that he has since come home to Blackford. Second place went to the bouncy, but well-made Fircovert Isaac with Shannock Ice-T being third. The four senior bulls were split into two types, my preference was for the smoother fleshed more traditional Drumsleed Explosion in first and Sway Hector in second. I was very proud to see the Simmental team of five going on to win the prestigious Heygates Interbreed Team of Five competition, and Heathbrow Important taking the Male and then Supreme Interbreed Champion later in the show. Thank you again to everyone involved for their hospitality and hard work at the show.
Sincere thanks to the Great Yorkshire show and the British Simmental Cattle Society for the invitation to judge the 2018 English National Show. I would like to thank all the stockmen and stockwomen who put forward a tremendous show of Simmental cattle for me to judge. The first junior heifer class was won by Chestermann Empire Stella, a very smart growthy heifer. Showing plenty of style, this is a difficult class to get a heifer ready for, very easy to overdo and basically almost killing them with kindness. The second junior heifer class was won by Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy, a very impressive heifer with plenty of ring presence, she moved well and was an easy winner. My next class was won by a super heifer, I’m sure we will see a lot more of – Sterling Fcuk impuls, this heifer went on to be my Reserve Female Champion. The next class was the Senior Heifer Class born April onwards. This was a difficult class to judge as it was just personal preference, as the top three heifers in this class was very different and could have been place differently with the judges. The class winner was Popes Princess Hettie, she had the most ring presence with a great body and natural width. Next was a much improved class won by Popes Rhona who went on to be my Overall Champion, this was the strongest class of the day, the first place heifer was eye catching and stylish, I have to say she concerned me that she was over fat on her tail head, however after examining her I decided this felt more like she had banged herself. Because this was the strongest class, I need to mention the second-place heifer, this was Midhope Heavenly Light a big heifer, possibly the best bodied heifer, very good over her plates, however possibly due to an injury, her movement on the day was wrong which stopped her going any further. This class led an easy winner, in Kennox Diva’s Gena, making a super job of her calf, this is what it’s all about. A very well made cow that just needed to be a bit bigger. Her bull calf went on to win the best calf and I’m sure we will see him in the future. Next class I couldn’t get wrong, was won by Woodhall Erica, a very correct cow, just lacked the style and presence to have pushed the champion aside. Senior cow class was won by Sterling Petra’s Cairo, the biggest animal on parade, she was up there to win overall when standing, but with locomotion very important this was as far as she could go. First of the bulls was won by Skerrington Iceman, he was an easy winner, very modern with natural width and a great top. Next class was won by Williams I of the Tiger, a very stylish, clear bodied bull, lacked power to go further. The intermediate bull class was won by Camus Harold The senior bull class only had the one entry and was won by Curaheen Drifter, this bull carried his width all the way to his tail, he would later stand Reserve Breed Champion. I had seen the bull earlier in the year and actually thought he had improved as the show season had gone on. Many thanks for affording me the honour of judging this show.