‘STYLISH’ ASHLAND HEIFER SCOOPS SUPREME SIMMENTAL TITLE AT 2022 RUAS BALMORAL SHOW

‘STYLISH’ ASHLAND HEIFER SCOOPS SUPREME SIMMENTAL TITLE AT 2022 RUAS BALMORAL SHOW

A very stylish and powerful heifer was how judge David Lowry described the supreme Simmental champion at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s 153rd annual show, held at Balmoral Park.

Mr Lowry who runs the 65-cow Keeldrum Herd based at Lanark in Scotland, returned to home soil to judge the Simmental entry at the four-day show. Originally from County Down, the former auctioneer has been living in Scotland for 22 years.

He was a regular exhibitor at Balmoral’s King’s Hall site, and won the male championship in 1996 with stock bull Carrigeen Farm Dandy, winner of the NI Simmental Male of the Year title in 1996 and 1997.

“There was a small turnout of Simmentals at Balmoral, but the quality was excellent. The females were exceptionally good, and on the day dominated the bulls,” explained David Lowry, who judged the Balmoral sheep interbreed pair and group championships in 2015.

Catching David Lowry’s eye to secure the female and supreme overall championship plaudits was the September 2020 heifer Ashland Topaz Lopez bred by Pat Kelly, and son Frank, from Tempo, County Fermanagh. Sired by the 14,000gns Saltire Impressive, she is bred from the Ashland Brandy daughter, Ashland Topaz 2nd – one of ten cows in the herd.

Female and supreme overall Simmental champion at Balmoral Show was Ashland Topaz Lopez bred by Pat and Frank Kelly, Tempo.

This much-admired heifer won the Simmental senior championship at the inaugural Four Breeds Calf Show, held at Dungannon last November. This was the Ashland herd’s second supreme Balmoral title, having won the award in 2007 with the home-bred Ashland Lady Diamond 3rd.

David Lowry commented: “The champion is a very stylish and powerful heifer, with tremendous length. She oozes style and ring presence, is full of breed character, and displays great locomotion. A worthy winner!”

Runner-up was the reserve female champion Ranfurly Stella 12th from David and Jonny Hazelton’s 20-cow herd in Dungannon. Born in October 2020 she is by Whitemire King Kong, and bred from the Hillcrest Champion daughter Raceview Fancy Winty – purchased at Roscommon in 2016 for 4,600 Euros.

This heifer is a maternal sister to the 9,000gns Ranfurly Jackpot, sold at Stirling in February 2020.

“The reserve champion is another classy and stylish heifer, with great length and good locomotion,” added the judge.

The reserve female and reserve supreme Simmental champion at 153rd Balmoral Show was Ranfurly Stella 12th bred by David and Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon.

Brothers Shane and Paul McDonald from Tempo won the junior championship award with the January 2021 Ashland Topaz Mair. Purchased privately from Pat and Frank Kelly last autumn, this heifer was sired by Saltire Impressive, and bred from the Whitemire King Kong daughter Ashland Topaz 3rd – a maternal sister to the dam of the supreme champion.

“The junior champion is a powerful junior heifer, with great width and tremendous fleshing ability,” commented David Lowry.

Junior champion was Ashland Topaz Mair exhibited by brothers Shane and Paul McDonald, Tempo.

Claiming the male and reserve junior championship honours was the March 2021 bull Craigy Max bred by William, Jane, Jamie and Lewis Dodd from Saintfield. Sired by Longbeach Darius, his dam Ranfurly Kleeb 35th was purchased at the Ranfurly herd’s second production sale in 2016, and is one of 12 pedigree cows in the Craigy Herd.

David Lowry added: “This junior bull is a fine example of the breed, and has a level topline, great width throughout, and good locomotion.”

Male champion and reserve junior champion was Craigy Max bred by William and Jane Dodd from Saintfield.

The reserve male championship went to Ballinalare Farm Mack, an eleven-month-old bull bred by Joe and Alan Wilson, Rathfriland. He was sired by the herd’s 8,200 Euros stock bull Rabawn Ernie, champion at the Irish society’s 2014 sale in Tullamore. His dam Ballinalare Farm Helena 2nd , is an Auchorachan Wizard daughter out of Glenturk Tulip, a heifer won by Joe Wilson in a charity raffle.

Joe and Alan Wilson’s Ballinalare Farm Mack was the reserve male champion at Balmoral Show.

Joe and Alan Wilson also won the award for the best pair of Simmentals. The winning duo were Ballinalare Farm Ladybird and Ballinalare Farm Lizabel, described by the judge as well balanced and matching heifers. They are both daughters of the 10,000gns herd sire Denizes Fantastic – reserve junior champion at Stirling in February 2016.

The award for the best pair of Simmentals went to Ballinalare Farm Lizabel and Ballinalare Farm Ladybird exhibited by Neil and Alan Wilson, Rathfriland. Included is judge David Lowry, Lanark.
Supreme champion at Balmoral Show was Ashland Topaz Lopez exhibited by Frank Kelly, Tempo; while the reserve champion was Ranfurly Stella 12th exhibited by Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon. Included is judge David Lowry, Lanark.

Results from the judging ring….

Specials

The Bobbie Dickson Perpetual Championship Trophy for the champion: P Kelly. Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton.

British Simmental Cattle Society Engraved Crystal Glasses for the champion: P Kelly.

Imex Perpetual Cow Bell for the female champion: P Kelly. Reserve: WD and JD Hazelton.

Bangor and Six Road Ends Farmers’ Union Perpetual Trophy for the female champion: P Kelly.

Bobbie Gamble Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the best heifer: P Kelly.

NI Simmental Club Trophy for the exhibitor-bred male champion: William and Jane Dodd. Reserve: J and A Wilson.

William Black Memorial Perpetual Cup for the male champion: William and Jane Dodd.

News Letter Shield for the junior champion: S and P McDonald. Reserve: William and Jane Dodd.

Silver Award for the best exhibit bred in Northern Ireland: P Kelly.

Classes

Cow or heifer, born in 2019 – 1, William Gubbins, Prablin Lucy by Dermotstown Delboy.

Heifer, born between 01/01/20 and 30/06/20 – 1, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Lizabel by Denizes Fantastic; 2, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Ladybird by Denizes Delboy.

Heifer, born between 01/07/20 and 31/12/20 – 1, Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Topaz Lopez by Saltire Impressive; 2, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Stella 12th by Whitemire King Kong; 3, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Lollipop by Dermotstown Delboy.

Heifer, born on or after 01/01/21 – 1, S and P McDonald, Ashland Topaz Mair by Saltire Impressive; 2, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Marigold by Omorga Jaguar; 3, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Modesty by Camus Brandy.

Bull, born on or after 01/01/21 – 1, William and Jane Dodd, Craigy Max by Longbeach Darius; 2, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Mack by Rabawn Ernie.

Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Lizabel and Ballinalare Farm Ladybird; 2, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Marigold and Lisglass Lollipop; 3, J and A Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Modesty and Ballinalare Farm Medusa.

ENDS

Northern Ireland National Show, Omagh 6th July 2019

Northern Ireland National Show, Omagh 6th July 2019

Judges Report, Michael Barlow

Ranfurly Jameson J2 18, Junior, Male, Overall Champion and 1st place Junior Bull born on or after 1st January 2018 and on or before 30th April 2018

A big thank you to the Northern Ireland Simmental Club for inviting me to judge their National Show, the weather came with me! To start with we had a cow doing what they do best with a superb calf at foot. A young cow with plenty of character that moved well, and not overdone, Ranfurly Weikel 18th H2 later became Female Champion and Reserve Overall.  

Moving onto the Senior Heifer class, maybe not the strongest of classes but two super heifers both turned out very professionally with Newbiemains Intrepid exhibited by Jonathan Henderson taking the first prize.  

The Intermediate Heifer class presented four outstanding heifers, with first place going to Ranfurly Weikel 23rd. I couldn’t help but feel while I was judging that she was very similar in type to the cow with the calf at foot in the first class. She actually turned out to be her full sister and later became Reserve Female Champion.  

The Junior Heifer class had six completely different type of heifers. I had to go with Cleenagh Jessica on the day as she really was at 12 O’Clock for a junior heifer. I did also like the second placed heifer Slievenagh Jewel who must have been giving quite a bit of age away and without a doubt her day will come. The next Junior Heifer class was well represented with Coolcran Lady Jasmine being the clear winner.  

Overall I thought the females were of the highest quality and would not look out of place in any show in the UK.  

The first Junior Bull class was won by Ranfurly Jameson. He had presence, style, locomotion and was exceptionally well turned.  He later became Breed Champion and went on to Champion of Champions at the show. It was a strong class with exceptionally well turned out young bulls.  

The next Junior Bull class was a lot easier to judge with only three bulls forward, and three completely different types altogether. I went with Derrycallaghan Jackpot, he was a bull with natural style and width.  

The last Junior Bull was the big growth bull Coolcran Jameson, Again a strong class, Coolcran Jameson was a big bull for his age who moved well with plenty of width and style. 

The best bull calf went to Breaghey Kingdom. This was a super calf and later went on to achieve Reserve Male Champion. The only way I could justify this was lining up the first prize Junior bulls. To judge a calf against young bulls I always feel you need to value the animal as if you were buying them.  

The Northern Ireland Club can be immensely proud of the standard and quality of cattle forward and I thoroughly enjoyed my day.  Good luck to all members and exhibitors with your future shows. 

Ranfurly Weikel 18th H2, Female Champion, Reserve Overall Champion and 1st place Cow, any age
DATE: 5th July to 6th July 2019JUDGE: Mr M Barlow
CLASS & POSITIONNAME OF ANIMALSIREDAMEXHIBITOR
Junior, Male, Overall & Interbreed ChampionRANFURLY JAMESON J2 18RACEVIEW KINGRANFURLY WEIKEL 17TH G10 15MR W D HAZELTON
Female Champion & Reserve Overall ChampionRANFURLY WEIKEL 18TH H2RACEVIEW KINGRANFURLY WEIKEL 11TH D3MR W D HAZELTON
Reserve Female ChampionRANFURLY WEIKEL 23RD I11RACEVIEW KINGRANFURLY WEIKEL 11TH D3MR W D HAZELTON
Reserve Junior ChampionCLEENAGH JESSICADERMOTSTOWN DELBOYSTRALONGFORD COURTNEYROBERT & JULIE STINSON
Reserve Male ChampionBREAGHEY KINGDOM 19OMORGA REGANBREAGHEY BEATRICEANDREW W CLARKE
Cow, any age1. RANFURLY WEIKEL 18TH H2RACEVIEW KINGRANFURLY WEIKEL 11TH D3MR W D HAZELTON
Senior heifer, born between 1st January 2017 & 30th June 20171. NEWBIEMAINS INTREPIDNEWBIEMAINS GOLDEN EYE 15NEWBIEMAINS ENCHANTMENTJONATHAN HENDERSON
2. DRUMSAMNEY CARA’S SNOWDROPBANWY WONDERBOYOMORGA CARAJONATHAN HENDERSON
Intermediate heifer, born between 1st July 2017 and 31st December 20171. RANFURLY WEIKEL 23RD I11RACEVIEW KINGRANFURLY WEIKEL 11TH D3MR W D HAZELTON
2. LISGLASS ISLARANFURLY CONFEDERATE C24 11LISGLASS FABULOUSJ L & C J WEATHERUP
3. BREAGHEY LEADING LADYWOODHALL EVERHART 13MIDHOPE GEMANDREW W CLARKE
4. LISSADELL JEZEBELCURAHEEN VIOCLADYMORE DOVEMR D CARSON
Junior Heifer born on or after 1st January 2018, and on or before 30th June 20181. CLEENAGH JESSICADERMOTSTOWN DELBOYSTRALONGFORD COURTNEYROBERT & JULIE STINSON
2. SLIEVENAGH JEWEL PKILBRIDE FARM GLENHEAD 15SLIEVENAGH HARMONYMR R J BOYD
4. ROSCULTAN JEMIMADERMOTSTOWN DELBOYCLEENAGH GAYNORROBERT & JULIE STINSON
5. BREAGHEY VIDA -J313BEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11BREAGHEY GOLDEN GIRLANDREW W CLARKE
6. REHALL JANELOSNING IVERREHALL ELIZABETHMR K STUBBS
Junior Heifer born on or after 1st July 2018 and on or before 31st December 20181. COOLCRAN LADY JASMINEOMORGA MURRAYCOOLCRAN LADY GRAINNES P MCDONALD
2. SCRIBBY FARMS JELLYBEANCURAHEEN DICKENSSCRIBBY FARMS FIONAA NELSON
3. SCRIBBY FARMS JUDYCURAHEEN DICKENSSCRIBBY FARMS ELEGANTA NELSON
4. CORRICK JAYNECURAHEEN DICKENSCORRICK GLENDACECIL AND SCOTT MCILWAINE
Heifer calf born in 20191. RANFURLY WEIKEL 30TH K1CLEENAGH FLASHERRANFURLY WEIKEL 18TH H2MR W D HAZELTON
2. DERRYCALLAGHAN KALMATY-JANETEAM CELTIC 11DERRYCALLAGHAN HOTPANTSMR H C STUBBS & A A BURLEIGH
Junior Bull born on or after 1st January 2018 and on or before 30th April 20181. RANFURLY JAMESON J2 18RACEVIEW KINGRANFURLY WEIKEL 17TH G10 15MR W D HAZELTON
2. SCRIBBY FARMS JERONIMO 18TEAM CELTIC 11SCRIBBY FARMS FAITHA NELSON
3. DERRYCALLAGHAN JACKO 18OMORGA VOLVOCORSKIE VESNAMR H C STUBBS & A A BURLEIGH
4. OMORGA JOEL 18MULLYKNOCK GALLANT 15OMORGA ALICIAMR H J W & J C MOORE
5. BRIDGEWATER FARM JED 18DERMOTSTOWN DELBOYBRIDGEWATER FARM MEGANMR J N GLASGOW
6. BRIDGEWATER FARM JENSON 18RANFURLY CONFEDERATE C24 11SLIEVENAGH CARAMR J N GLASGOW
7. CORRICK JORDAN 18CURAHEEN GUNSHOT (P)CORRICK GRETACECIL AND SCOTT MCILWAINE
8. CORRICK JACOB 18CURAHEEN GUNSHOT (P)CORRICK GINACECIL AND SCOTT MCILWAINE
Junior Bull born on or after 1st May 2018 and on or before 31st August 20181. DERRYCALLAGHAN JACKPOT 18POPES LAIRDDERRYCALLAGHAN TOP GIRLMR H C STUBBS & A A BURLEIGH
2. COOLCRAN JOOP 18DERMOTSTOWN DELBOYCOOLCRAN CINDERELLA’S GUCCIS P MCDONALD
3. LISGLASS JASPER 18MULLYKNOCK GALLANT 15SLIEVEROE CAROLINEJ L & C J WEATHERUP
Junior Bull born on or after 1st September 2018 and on or before 31st December 20181. COOLCRAN JAMESON 18ASHLAND BRANDY 10COOLCRAN JULIET’S ELLAS P MCDONALD
2. CORRICK JUDGE 18CURAHEEN GUNSHOT (P)CORRICK CINDY 11CECIL AND SCOTT MCILWAINE
3. BRIDGEWATER FARM JAZZMAN 18CURAHEEN DICKENSBRIDGEWATER FARM ABIGAILMR J N GLASGOW
4. OMORGA JOSHUA 18DERMOTSTOWN DELBOYOMORGA BAMBI 5THMR H J W & J C MOORE
5. DERRYCALLAGHAN JASPER 18MULLYKNOCK GALLANT 15DERRYCALLAGHAN TOP GIRLMR H C STUBBS & A A BURLEIGH
7. GLENGESH JACKPOT 18DERMOTSTOWN DELBOYCELTIC VINEPETER STRATTON
Bull Calf born in 20191. BREAGHEY KINGDOM 19OMORGA REGANBREAGHEY BEATRICEANDREW W CLARKE
2. GLENGESH KINGSMAN 19KILBRIDE FARM DRAGOON 12CLEENAGH GABBYPETER STRATTON
Pair of animals, property of one exhibitor and entered in classes for which they are eligible1.MR W D HAZELTON
2.S P MCDONALD
3.A NELSON
4.ROBERT & JULIE STINSON
5.J L & C J WEATHERUP
6.ANDREW W CLARKE
7.JONATHAN HENDERSON
8.MR J N GLASGOW
9.CECIL AND SCOTT MCILWAINE