• Backmuir achieve the 2022 double of Scottish National Show, and Royal Highland Show Championships with Islavale Lullaby • Islavale Lullaby wins the Overall Interbreed at the Black Isle Show • Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd takes Simmental Overall Reserve
The April 2020 born heifer Islavale Lullaby scooped the Overall Supreme Championship for Reece and Andrew Simmers, Backmuir Farm, Keith, Banffshire, at the 2022 Scottish National Simmental Show, held within the Black Isle Show, on Thursday 4th August. For good measure the stylish Islavale Lullaby then went on to win the day’s Overall Individual Interbreed title.
This latest win at the Scottish Simmental National Show secured a memorable 2022 double for the Simmers with Islavale Lullaby, following on from their Simmental Supreme Championship at the Royal Highland Show in June.
Bought for 8000gns at the British Simmental Cattle Society’s inaugural Next Generation Sale of females and weaned calves at Carlisle in 2021, where she also stood Champion, Islavale Lullaby was bred by Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith. By Shacon Hannibal 16 she is the first calf out of Islavale Inspire GP 82, an Atlow Dixon 12 EX91 daughter. Described in June as ‘a new bloodline for the herd with all the qualities to be a cornerstone female’, Islavale Lullaby has been served by the Backmuir herd’s 18,000gns stock bull Wolfstar Jackaroo, who was purchased at Stirling in February 2020.
Commenting on his Champion the judge for the day John Moore of the noted Omorga herd, Beragh, Omagh, Northern Ireland, said: “My Champion on the day Islavale Lullaby was just exceptional, a really super heifer. She has all the qualities you would want in a modern breeding female and I just knew that she would go on to do well in the Overall Interbreed, I am really delighted that she was crowned the Interbreed Champion.” Of the Scottish Simmental National Show generally John Moore went on to say: “I was delighted to be asked to judge the National Show and I would like to thank the Scottish Simmental Club and also the Black Isle show for their very warm welcome. It was a great show of animals, especially the females which really impressed me.”
At the conclusion of the Scottish Simmental National Show, Islavale Lullaby did indeed move on to secure the Overall Individual Interbreed Championship of the Black Isle Show and this time in front of interbreed judge Michael Durno, Auchorachan, Glenlivet. The Scottish Simmental National Show rounded off the 2022 series of breed National Shows which saw the English National within the Royal Lancashire, and the Northern Irish National within the Armagh County Show.
Commenting, the Society’s General Manager Iain Kerr said: “These Simmental National Show events provide a tremendous promotional window through which to see the depth of quality within the Simmental breed across the UK and to highlight established genetics and youngstock with forward potential. A big well done is extended to all exhibitors through the summer who have showcased the breed so well.”
Lifting the Overall Reserve Supreme and Reserve Female Champion at the Scottish Simmental National Show was Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd from MA Barlow & Sons, Ulnes, Nr Leyland, Lancs. With a pedigree full of performance and quality bloodlines, the January 2020 born Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd parents are both previous Supreme Champions at the Royal Highland Show, with the sire being Blackford Galaxy 15 and the dam being Auroch Eve, a two-time Highland Champion and voted as the Highland’s Simmental Champion of the Decade in 2020. This latest title for Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd follows hard on the heels of this heifer securing the same Reserve Overall position at the recent English Simmental National Show and where she also featured in the winning Interbreed Team of Four.
Of his Reserve Champion, John Moore said: “Another quality female, Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3rd was a different type of female to the Champion but equally good in her own way. A strong heifer, she’ll make a great cow and go on to do well in the future.”
Throughout the show summer the quality of Simmental females has been very much to the fore and that again proved to be the case at the Simmental Scottish National Show. Lifting the Overall Junior Championship, and the Junior Female title was Corskie Mimic from the noted Corskie herd of Mr WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers. January 2021 born, Corskie Mimic is by Kilbride Farm Haka 16 and is out of Corskie Imitation EX90, an Auchorachan Farmer 14 daughter. Doubling up in the Juniors, the Corskie herd also lifted the Junior Male Championship, Overall Junior Reserve, and Reserve Male Champion with the January 2021 born Corskie Mikah. Another by Kilbride Farm Haka, Corskie Mikah is out of Corskie Elissa VG88 who is a Dirnanean Bradley 10 EX93 daughter. Earlier in the summer this young bull, who is now aimed at the October Stirling Sale, placed Reserve Junior Male Champion at the Royal Highland Show. Rounding off a strong show the Corskie team also took the red ticket in the Calf Born in 2022 class with Corskie Nutmeg 22, again by Kilbride Farm Haka and this time out of Corskie Jasmine, a Bel Dhu Capercaillie daughter.
Capping a fine show for the Backmuir team, and a strong summer season, the homebred Backmuir Kingsley 19 took the Overall Male, and Senior Male Championship awards. This bull is by Islavale Hamilton 16 and is out of Starline Kristle 24th, a Skerrington Warlord 2 daughter. For the record the roll call of titles at the Scottish Simmental National Show for the 80-cow Backmuir herd included: Interbreed Champion; Overall Supreme; Female Champion; Male Champion; Overall Senior Champion; Senior Male Champion; & Best Pair.
Another herd to feature strongly on the day was the noted Blackford herd of Mr WG MacPherson, Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness, who took four red ticket first prizes in the classes before moving on to take the Reserve Senior Male; Reserve Junior Male; and Reserve Junior Female Championships. Standing second in his class to the Supreme Champion and taking the Reserve Senior Male position was Blackford Local Hero 20 (P). This young polled bull is by the show sire Heathbrow Important (P), and is out of Blackford Echo VG 86, a Curlieu Knight daughter. At this year’s Royal Highland, Blackford Local Hero 20 (P) led a Simmental 1-2-3 when winning the Marks & Spencer Beefbreeder Interbreed. This is another bull that will now be aimed at the Stirling Simmental October 2022 Bull Sale.
Taking the Reserve Junior Male title, and placing first in his class, was another Heathbrow Important (P) son in the shape of Blackford Mustang 21 (P). April 2021 born, this bull is out of Blackford Frosty VG89, a Kilbride Farm Doubleaction 12 EX93 daughter. Continuing the run, the August 2021 born Blackford Malia also won her class before moving on to the Reserve Junior Female title. With the same sire as the day’s Reserve Overall, Blackford Malia is by Blackford Galaxy 15 and is out of Blackford Wagtail VG86, a Kilbride Farm Strabane daughter. The remaining Blackford red tickets came in the shape of Blackford Hyalite, a Kilbride Farm Doubleaction daughter who won the class for best female born before 31st July 2019, and the Ranfurly Confederate son Blackford Mosby 21, who won the best bull born on or between 1st July 2021 to 31st December 2021.
A massive thank you is extended to all event sponsors and with a particular mention to Mix’N’Mill Ltd as main sponsors. Mix’N’Mill is a family run Agricultural contracting business based in Dingwall who provide a wide range of all Agricultural services and have a mobile service van and workshop. A large range of products are available for retail on premise.
The full list of sponsors includes: Ravenhill Ltd; C&S Smith- Drumsleed; Denis Brinicombe; Alister Young Engineering; Moray Coast Vets; M.A.M Contracting; D. Woods; Netherton Tractors; Highland Tractors; Caithness Livestock Breeders; Simpsons Oils; Sports Masters Ltd; United Auctions; Ross Agri Services; Norvite Ltd; Aberdeen and Northern Marts; Johnston & Carmichael; and the British Simmental Cattle Society Ltd. Thank you to all for your support, it really is greatly appreciated.
Scottish Simmental National Show 2022 results Held at the Black Isle Show On Thursday 4 August 2022 Judge: John Moore, Beragh, Co Tyrone of the Omorga Simmental herd
Bull, born before 31/12/2020 1 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – Backmuir Kingsley 19 – s. Islavale Hamilton 16 2 – Mr W G Macpherson (A Firm) – Blackford Local Hero 20 – s. Heathbrow Important 17
Bull, born on or between 01/01/2021 – 31/03/2021 1 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mikah 21 – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 2 – Gavin Brown – Springfield Maximus 21 – s. Team Celtic 11 3 – Jenson Sinclair Gunn – Caithness Maverick 21 – s. Corskie Jackpot 18
Bull, born on or between 01/04/2021 – 30/06/2021, kindly sponsored by Aberdeen & Northern Marts 1 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Mustang 21 – s. Heathbrow Important 17 2 – Gavin Brown – Springfield Medallion 21 – s. Islavale Jabba 18 3 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Merlin 21 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15 4 – J C MacIver – Coltfield Murry 21 – s. Rockytop Invader 17 5 – J C MacIver – Coltfield Maserati 21 – s. Rockytop Invader 17
Bull, born on or between 01/07/2021 – 31/12/2021 1 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Mosby 21 – s. Ranfurly Confederate
Female, born before 31/07/2019, kindly sponsored by Moray Coast Vets 1 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Hyalite – s. Kilbride Farm Doubleaction 12 2 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Herb – s. Bel Dhu Capercaillie 11 3 – Pitgaveny Farm – Hazelden Diamond 6th – s. Annick Claymore 11 4 – Grant Stephen – Denizes Cadette 35th – s. Bosahan Dynamo 12 5 – Miss L Wyllee-Davies – Tulla Fawn – s. Auroch Anto
Female, born on or between 01/08/2019 – 31/03/2020 1 – M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15 2 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – Rathnashan Legsfirst – s. Dermotstown Delboy 3 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie La-Enna – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 4 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Latice – s. Dirnanean Geldof 15 5 – Pitgaveny Farm – Pitgaveny Lilac – s. Scotland Hill Invader 17 6 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – Backmuir Kreole’s Liberty – s. Islavale Imperial 17
Female, born on or between 01/04/2020 – 31/12/2020 1 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby – s. Shacon Hannibal 16 2 – Gavin Brown – Islavale Liquorice – s. Ranfurly Confederate C24 11
Female, born on or between 01/01/2021 – 30/06/2021 1 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mimic – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 2 – Gary & Angela Christie – Rockytop Mamma Mia – s. Rockytop Inferno 17 3 – Gavin Brown – Springfield Molly – s. Islavale Jabba 18 4 – Geoff & Kate Anderson – Quarryhill Melody – s. Ranfurly Confederate C24 11
Female, born on or between 01/07/2021 – 31/12/2021 1 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Malia – s. Blackford Galaxy 15 2 – Pitgaveny Farm – Pitgaveny Moondust – s. Islavale Kristoff 19 3 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Mimosa – s. Sacombe Kite 19 4 – Gary & Angela Christie – Rockytop Flake’s Madison – s. Rockytop I’m Yer Man 17
Calf, born in 2022 1 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Nutmeg 22 – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 2 – Grant Stephen – Glendual Nevis 22 – s. Team Celtic 11 3 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Nijinsky 22 – s. Sacombe Kite 19 4 – Miss L Wyllee-Davies – Scenic Niall 22 – s. Aughenbest Intimidator 17 5 – Miss L Wyllee-Davies, – Scenic Northstar 22 – s. Aughenbest Intimidator 17
Best Pair, any sex 1 – Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby & Rathnashan Legsfirst 2 – Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie La-Enna & Corskie Latice 3 – Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Mustang 21 & Blackford Merlin 21 4 – J C MacIver – Coltfield Murry 21 & Coltfield Maserati 21 5 – Gavin Brown – Springfield Maximus 21 & Springfield Medallion 21
Junior Male Champion– presented with the Woodhall Trophy Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mikah 21 – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 Reserve Junior Male Champion Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Mustang 21 – s. Heathbrow Important 17
Senior Male Champion Reece & Andrew Simmers – Backmuir Kingsley 19 – s. Islavale Hamilton 16 Reserve Senior Male Champion Mr W G Macpherson (A Firm) – Blackford Local Hero 20 – s. Heathbrow Important 17
Male Champion – presented with the Islavale Trophy Reece & Andrew Simmers – Backmuir Kingsley 19 – s. Islavale Hamilton 16 Reserve Male Champion Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mikah 21 – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16
Junior Female Champion – presented with the Norbrook Trophy Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mimic – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 Reserve Junior Female Champion Mr W G Macpherson – Blackford Malia – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
Senior Female Champion – presented with the Dem-Master Trophy Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby – s. Shacon Hannibal 16 Reserve Senior Female Champion M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
Female Champion – presented with the Strathearn Rose-bowl Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby – s. Shacon Hannibal 16 Reserve Female Champion M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
Overall Junior Champion – presented with the Zoetis Trophy Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mimic – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16 Reserve Overall Junior Champion Mr WJ & J Green – Corskie Mikah 21 – s. Kilbride Farm Haka 16
Overall Senior Champion Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby – s. Shacon Hannibal 16 Reserve Overall Senior Champion M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
Supreme Champion – presented with the Neil Ross Challenge Cup & The Drumsleed Cup Reece & Andrew Simmers – Islavale Lullaby – s. Shacon Hannibal 16 Reserve Supreme Champion – presented with the Scottish Club Salver M A Barlow & Sons – Denizes Eve’s Beauty 3 – s. Blackford Galaxy 15
• Backmuir Win Overall Supreme & Female Championship • Annick Ginger’s Lucia Takes Overall Reserve • Drumsleed Legacy Lifts Male Championship • Denizes Monty Crowned Simmental Junior Champion • Brandane Millie Wins Junior Female • Blackford Local Hero Wins Marks & Spencer Beefbreeder Interbreed • • Simmentals Place Champion & Reserve in Marks & Spencer Beefbreeder Interbreed
The cattle and the crowds were back to normal at Ingliston, Edinburgh as the 2022 Royal Highland roared into life on Thursday 23rd June and featuring a strong Simmental section of some seventy-five entries.
Judge for the day was Northern Ireland’s Joe Wilson who runs the noted Ballinalare herd of some 60 Simmental cows at Dorans Hill, Newry, County Down. Played out in front of a large ringside crowd, and after working through some ten classes of bulls and females, the judge tapped out Islavale Lullaby from Reece & Andrew Simmers, Backmuir Farm, Keith, Banffshire as his Female Champion and as the 2022 Simmental Overall Supreme Champion.
Bred by Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, this April 2020 born heifer by Shacon Hannibal 16 and the first calf out of Islavale Inspire GP 82, was purchased by the Simmers for 8000gns at the Society’s inaugural Simmental Next Generation Sale of females and weaned calves at Carlisle in December 2021, and where she had also stood Overall Champion.
Commenting on his choice of Champion Joe Wilson said: “This heifer just had tremendous quality throughout. Super stylish, she was just full of breed character, was well fleshed and moved really well. Overall a terrific heifer and just the kind of Simmental I’d love to take home with me!” Of the show generally, Joe Wilson went on to say: “With the advent of Covid I’ve been waiting some three years to judge the Highland! It’s been a great honour and fully lived up to expectations. I’d like to congratulate all exhibitors for the quality of the stock forward and have no hesitation in saying that the future of British Simmental looks very bright.”
For the Simmers, this Supreme Championship win was the ‘next step up’ and followed hard on the heels of the last full Royal Highland in 2019 and where the Backmuir herd secured the Reserve Overall Supreme Championship with Sterling FCUK Impuls. Established in 2018, the Backmuir herd now features some 80 pedigree Simmental cows and is already an increasingly prolific herd in both the sale and show ring. Commenting after the judging a delighted Reece Simmers said: “It hasn’t quite sunk in yet but it’s a tremendous honour to win the Simmental Supreme Championship at what is the blue riband show in Scotland and with such a rich history. The standard of competition here within the breed and from fellow exhibitors is really high. To come through that and win the Championship is just fantastic and quite humbling.”
Of Islavale Lullaby, Reece Simmers continued: “Islavale Lullaby was bought as a new bloodline and as an investment in the future of Backmuir Simmentals. We are really pleased with how she has come on and very much hope that she will be a cornerstone female in the herd.” Mr Simmers noted that Islavale Lullaby had been served by the herd’s 18,000gns stock bull Wolfstar Jackaroo who was purchased at Stirling in February 2020.
It was very much a Simmental ladies’ day and taking the Reserve Female Championship and the Overall Reserve Supreme Championship was Annick Ginger’s Lucia from the herd of the late Lachlan Quarm, Holehouse Farm, By Irvine, Ayrshire. February 2020 born this heifer, by herd sire Wolfstar Golddigger and out of Annick Colleen’s Ginger VG 88, placed second in her class to the Overall Supreme before following her all the way through to the Championship places. Following a string of wins at local and regional shows this summer, a strong Annick team at the Highland saw the herd pick up the Reserve Overall; the Reserve Female; the Reserve Junior female; and along with two first prizes, two seconds, and a third in the classes, and a reserve in the group of three. The Annick group comprised of Annick Trixibelle 29th; Annick Desiree’s Midnight; and the young bull Annick Maximus 21. The 2022 show season is providing a showcase for the Annick herd which is set to be fully dispersed at United Auctions Stirling Market on Saturday 10th September and following the sad passing of Lachlan Quarm last year.
Lifting the Male Championship was Gerald and Morag Smith, Drumsleed, Fordoun, Laurencekirk with their April 2020 born bull Drumsleed Legacy 20. This bull is by the herd’s stock bull Wolfstar Gordy, who himself has had sons up to 11,000gns, and is out of Drumsleed Farina 14. No stranger to the showring herself, Drumsleed Farina has twice been Reserve Champion at the Simmental Scottish National Show and her last son sold for 11,000gns. For the 100 cow Drumsleed herd, the Male Championship was secured for the second year in a row with Drumsleed Hivy having won this accolade, along with the Overall Simmental title, at last year’s 2021 Royal Highland Showcase event. Fantastic supporters of the Royal Highland since 1983, the Drumsleed herd have secured numerous titles including three Overall Supremes in 1998, 2002, 2010, and the showcase event in 2021.
Another bull to secure a bounty of prizes was Denizes Monty from MA Barlow & Sons, Four Oaks, Near Leyland, Lancashire. This January 2021 born bull placed first in his class of thirteen young bulls, the largest on the day, before moving through the gears to take the Overall Junior Championship; Junior Male; and Overall Reserve Male Championship titles. Full of breeding and performance figures, Denizes Monty is by Denizes Hamish who has sold bulls up to 9,500gns and with his first eleven sons having averaged 6000gns. He is out of Denizes Trixi-Belle 6th who herself has had sons up to 10,000gns. Again strong supporters of the Royal Highland, the Denizes herd have had a strong last six years at the full show which have seen them win three Supremes, an Overall Junior & Reserve Male; a Reserve Male; and with Michael Barlow himself judging in the other year. Next stop for Denizes Monty will see him take aim at the October 2022 Stirling Simmental Bull Sale.
Taking the Reserve Junior Male Championship was the January 2021 born Corskie Mikah from Mr WJ&J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers. This young bull placed second in his class to the Junior Male Champion, and again in the day’s largest class, before following him through to the Reserve position. Corskie Mikah is by Kilbride Farm Haka and is out of Corskie Elissa VG 88 who is a Dirnanean Bradley 10 EX 93 daughter. Later in the day the Corskie herd picked up the Group of Three award with Corskie Mikah being joined by the heifers Corskie Mimic and Corskie London.
Back in the females and winning the Junior Female Championship and Overall Junior Reserve was Brandane Millie from the herd of Jimmy McMillan, The Beeches, Back Lane, Bradwell Ash, Bury St Edmunds. A well-known figure in Simmental show and sale rings around the UK over a prolonged number of years, this was Jimmy McMillan’s first time showing at the Royal Highland on his own behalf. No stranger to the winners’ circle, Jimmy has been at the halter of a number of Supreme Champions at the Highland and including for such noted herds as Darsham and Sterling respectively. On this occasion Brandane Millie is out of Sterling Candy’s FCUK, a female bought at the Sterling Sale, and whose first calf was the aforementioned Sterling FCUK Impuls, the Simmers 2019 RHAS Reserve Supreme Champion. Sired by the AI bull Sterling Gino 15, this young heifer is February 2021 born. With a show record behind her already, Brandane Millie was Reserve Interbreed at Suffolk Show and will now move on to the Royal Norfolk. The longer-term intention is to enter Brandane Millie into this year’s Next Generation II Sale at Carlisle in December.
A first time and welcome exhibitor in Simmental classes at the Royal Highland Show was David & Lesley Sapsed, all the way from High Heath Farm, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Their long journey met with reward when securing two red tickets in the classes. First up was the April 2019 born Heathbrow Koko Star, last year’s Supreme Champion at the Great Yorkshire, and who won the class for Females calved before 3 years or due to calve before 3 years old, in Milk, or in calf born in 2019. The Sapseds’ second first prize winner was for Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy who secured the Female born in 2017 or 2018 in Milk or certified in Calf at the time of Show.
Rolling on to the second day Friday 24th June and the Simmental breed secured the first beef Interbreed of the show when winning not only the Marks & Spencer Beefbreeder title but landing both the Champion and Reserve positions. This Interbreed title takes into account a combination of the animal’s conformation and performance figures. Winning the Interbreed, in front of judge Michael Durno, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, was the December 2020 born Blackford Local Hero (P) from the noted Mr WG MacPherson (A FIRM), Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness. This young polled bull is by the show sire Heathbrow Important (P), and is out of Blackford Echo VG 86, a Curlieu Knight daughter. This is another bull that will now be aimed at the Stirling Simmental October 2022 Bull Sale. For the MacPhersons, this latest win made it a nap hand of five Interbreed wins over the years with Simmentals in the Marks & Spencer Beefbreeder competition. Lifting the Reserve was the previously mentioned Corskie Mikah from WJ & J Green.
To common acclaim it was great to be back at the Royal Highland Show and a big thank you and congratulations are extended to all the prize winners and exhibitors, and to the Simmental judge for the day for a job very well done, Mr Joe Wilson.
2022 ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW SIMMENTAL RESULTS 262 Female born on or after 1st April 2021 1st Gary & Angela Christie Rockytop Mamma Mia 2nd Mr J McMillan Brandane Mint 3rd Mr W J & J Green Corskie Millie
263 Female born between 1st January & 31st March 2021 1st Mr J McMillan Brandane Millie 2nd Mr W J & J Green Corskie M-Enna 3rd Mr L D Quarm Annick Desiree’s Midnight
264 Female born on or between 1st January & 30th June 2020 1st Mr L D Quarm Annick Icicle’s Leah 2nd Mr W J & J Green Corskie London 3rd Reece & Andrew Simmers Islavale Viva 8
265 Female born on or between 1st January & 30th June 2020 1st Reece & Andrew Simmers Islavale Lullaby 2nd Mr L D Quarm Annick Ginger’s Lucia 3rd Mr J McMillan Brandane Lu-Lu
266 Female calved before 3 years or due to calve before 3 years old, in milk or in calf born in 2019 1st D A & L A Sapsed Heathbrow Koko Star 2nd Mr L D Quarm Annick Islay’s Kiwi 3rd Reece & Andrew Simmers Rathnashan Legsfirst
267 Female born in 2017 or 2018 in milk or certified in calf at time of show 1st D A & L A Sapsed Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy 2nd Mr L D Quarm Annick Desiree’s Joy
268 Female born on or before 31st December 2016 in milk or certified in calf at time of show 1st Mr W G MacPherson Blackford Hyalite 2nd Mr L D Quarm Annick Colleen’s Ginger
269 Bull born on or after 1st April 2021 1st Gavin Brown Springfield Medallion 21 2nd Gavin Brown Springfield Major 21 3rd James McKay Wightman Coxhill Master 21
270 Bull born on or between 1st January & 31st March 2021 1st M A Barlow & Sons Denizes Monty 21 2nd Mr W J & J Green Corskie Mikah 21 3rd Gavin Brown Islavale Jackpot 21
271 Bull born on or between 1st January & 31st December 2020 1st Mr G W Smith Drumsleed Legacy 20 2nd Crudie Farming Company Clonagh Matador 3rd Mr W G MacPherson Blackford Local Hero 20
SP1 Best Junior Female Mr J McMillan Brandane Millie
SP2 Reserve Junior Female Mr L D Quarm Annick Icicle’s Leah
SP3 Best Female Reece & Andrew Simmers Islavale Lullaby
SP4 Reserve Female Mr L D Quarm Annick Ginger’s Lucia
SP5 Best cow with calf at food, to be judged as a pair D A & L A Sapsed Heathbrow Girlie’s Ivy
SP6 Best Junior Bull M A Barlow & Sons Denizes Monty 21
SP7 Reserve Junior Bull Mr W J & J Green Corskie Mikah 21
SP8 Best Bull Mr G W Smith Drumsleed Legacy 20
SP9 Reserve Bull M A Barlow & Sons Denizes Monty 21
SP10 Breeder of Best Bull Mr G W Smith
SP11 Best Junior Animal M A Barlow & Sons Denizes Monty 21
Auchorachan and Newbiemains prize winners heading to Next Generation Sale
It was a Championship double for D&R Durno & Sons, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch when heifers from their noted Auchorachan herd took both the Simmental Championship and Reserve awards at the new Pedigree Calf Show fixture held within the Live Scot event at Lanark Agricultural Centre on Friday 26th November.
Taking the Overall Championship was the September 2020 born Auchorachan Liqueur Madie, who is sired by Auchorachan Hercules 16 and is out of Auchorachan Favourite. A pedigree packed with breeding, Auchorachan Hercules first five sons sold have averaged over £10,500. Auchorachan Favourite is from the Madie family which has bred the noted Auchorachan bulls Wizard, Winger, and AC/DC. Auchorachan Liqueur Madie took the Championship award after placing first in the senior heifer class.
The Simmental classes were judged by Anne MacPherson of the well-known Blackford herd, Inverness and who described her Champion as “a really well fleshed and sweet heifer, who I have no doubt will go on to do well.” Of her Reserve she continued: “again this was a very similar heifer in type, but not quite as powerful on the day as the Champion.” Of the event as a whole Anne MacPherson said: “LiveScot was a very well-run event, and it’s great to see the inclusion of pedigree classes. As the event develops I have no doubt that the Simmental classes will continue to grow.”
The Durnos also took the Reserve Champion with their Junior Heifer first prize winner Auchorachan Mellie Hilly. March 2021 born this calf is also by Auchorachan Hercules and out of Auchorachan Ellie EX90. For good measure, Auchorachan Major, another March 2021 born Auchorachan Hercules calf, out of Auchorachan Hilly 6 EX91, won the Junior Bull class. All three of these Auchorachan calves now head for Carlisle and the Society’s new Next Generation Sale of pedigree females and weaned calves (male & female), due to be held on Friday 3rd December.
Standing second in her class to the Overall Champion was Jim & Patricia Goldie, Newbie Mains Farm, Annan, Dumfriesshire with Newbiemains Lady Wag. The August 2020 born Lady Wag is by the herd stock bull Skerrington Iceman EX94, and is out of Newbiemains Hash Tag Wag, a Lisglass Churchill daughter. Previously shown for the first time at the recent Borderway Agri Expo Simmental Calf Show, and where she took first prize in a very strong class of heifers, Newbiemains Lady Wag is another headed for the Next generation Sale at Carlisle.
The Goldies took first prize in the Senior Bull Calf class with the August 2020 born Newbiemains Leonidas. This calf is by Moorglen Hillbilly EX91 and is out of Woodhall Ginger (TF) VG86.
The Islavale herd of Mr WS Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, and the Annick herd of Mr LD Quarm, Holehouse Farm, By Irvine, Ayrshire took the top Simmental honours within a strong show of Simmentals at the Stars of the Future Calf Show held on Saturday 13th November at United Auction’s Stirling Agricultural Livestock Centre. The quality in depth of the Simmental line up was confirmed when the Annick herd went on to lift the Junior Continental Interbreed tile, whilst the Blackford herd of WG MacPherson, Blackford, Croy, Inverness took the Joe Watson Memorial Trophy (Interbreed) for Best Pair.
In front of the Simmental judge for the day, Laura Beattie who runs the Garmouth herd at Corskie Farm, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, the Islavale herd picked up both the Overall Senior and Reserve Overall Senior titles with Islavale Viva 8, and Islavale Liquorice respectively. The September 2020 born Islavale Viva 8 is by Curaheen Giant 2, and is out of Islavale Viva 2 (ET) EX 94 (EX2), a Chestermann Varney daughter.
Commenting on her Overall Senior, Laura Beattie said: “The Senior Champion was a lovely, correct heifer, and was very well fleshed. She had great width, was very square over her plates, and was just full of breed character with a very sweet face.”
Following her through to take the Reserve Senior Overall was her stablemate in the shape of Islavale Liquorice, an October 2020 heifer by Ranfurly Confederate C24 11 EX 94, and out of Islavale Ebony, a Woodhall Walker daughter. Capping a fine day’s showing, the April 2021 born Islavale Mojito picked up the Reserve Junior Female award. This heifer is by Curaheen Gunshot (P), and is out of Islavale Illusion (ET) VG 87. Islavale Viva 8, Islavale Liquorice, and Islavale Mojito are all entered into the much-anticipated Simmental Next Generation Sale of Females & Weaned Calves due to be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on 3rd December.
Taking the Simmental Overall Junior title, and then a fantastic Overall Continental Junior Interbreed title, was the January 2021 born Annick Memphis, and shown on the day by stockman Andrew Perratt. This young bull is by Wolfstar Golddigger 15, and is a heifer’s calf being out of Annick Desiree’s Joy VG87, who is a Corskie Callum daughter. This double win was a poignant one with it being the first show outing for the Annick herd since the herd owner Lachlan Quarm sadly passed away earlier this year. Of her Junior Champion Laura Beattie commented: “This was a terrific young bull with a bit of power about him, good bone, and plenty of style. He’s very correct, with plenty of breed character, and is a great example of the Simmental breed. I think this is a young bull with a lot of future and potential.”
Of her day’s judging generally, and the cattle in front of her, Laura said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the day and thought that it was a great show of Simmentals. I’d like to congratulate all the exhibitors with cattle forward, and who really did the breed proud.”
Hot on the heels of winning the Simmental Calf Show at the Borderway Agri Expo, the April 2021 born, Springfield Major was back in the prizes for Gavin Brown, Springfield Farm, Penicuik, Midlothian, when winning the Overall Junior Reserve title. Springfield Major is by the herd’s stock bull Islavale Jabba, and is out of Hazelden Jingle 40th. For the 25 breeding female Springfield herd, Springfield Major is provisionally taking aim at the October 2022 Stirling Bull Sales.
The Senior Bull award was won by Blackford Local Hero (P) from WG MacPherson and shown on the day by Anne MacPherson. December 2020 born, is by the multi titled show bull Heathbrow Important 17 (P) EX93, and is out of Blackford Echo VG 86, a Curlieu Knight daughter. With show winning lines on both sides of the pedigree, both Blackford Echo VG 86, and her dam Blackford Allegro EX 90, are both former class winners and Junior Champions at previous Stars of the Future Shows. Blackford Local Hero (P) then teamed up with the December 2020 born heifer Blackford Lapis, who is also by Heathbrow Important 17 (P), and out of Blackford Amber VG 87, to win the prestigious Joe Watson Memorial Pairs Trophy judged by Robert McNee, Over Finlarg Farm, Dundee. These were the first calves by Heathbrow Important 17 (P), the 2019 European Simmental of the Year, shown by the Blackford herd.
Taking the Reserve Senior Bull award was Cairnview Laird from Mr AJ Wilson, Westcroft Farm, Kilwinning, Ayrshire. Full of breeding this calf is by Popes Grandslam 15, and is out of Cairnview Rea 7th, a Woodhall Ferrari 14th daughter.
From a strong line-up, and from another Ayrshire based breeder, Whiteridden Starlight’s Tanya 4th from H Gilbert, Dungoil, Whiteridden Farm, Kilbirnie, took the Simmental Junior Female title. This January 2021 born heifer is by Denizes Hamish 16, and is out of the Dirnanean Trustee sired Whiteridden Starlight’s Tanya.
The morning of the show and you arrive at the ground unsure of where to go/who to meet and apprehensive and hopeful that at least the majority agree with your choices in the classes. With then a Champion probably a female, knowing my preference, going forward to represent the breed in the Interbreed. Well clearly nothing was going to plan as the start of showing brought torrential rain and I began to wonder was my day and those having animals forward to be spoilt with discussions held about judging inside. These were soon put to one side with those showing having none of it, bringing animals out and my sincere thanks goes to each and every one of you for making my day special and giving me the opportunity to judge the Scottish National Show this year in Kelso. The bull classes in age order (July/December 2018) saw two very equally presented animals forward with the nod going to Newbiemains Jax over Braidwood Jed from Ms. Moffat. The next class (April/June 2018) saw a very correct/well balanced young bull from the Gwynne family take first place over those from the Smith/Goldie and Bishop families. The January born bulls were then paraded and Chestermann Jupiter immediately caught my eye as definitely one for the future and he was placed first above Jagger from the Smith family. The senior bulls were brought forward and bearing in mind the weather, here the three bulls walked on through the mud/rain and were a credit to our breed. I brought forward Drumsleed Hivy as the winner of this class, closely followed by Iceman from Jim and Patricia Goldie with then Jacob from the Houldey family. Drumsleed Hivy went on to be my Overall Male Champion followed by Iceman as the reserve. The females began with a very good class in the April to August 2018 age group with 5 forward. My winner Woodhall Jocelyn was a very smart heifer who caught my eye on entering and went on to be given the Overall Junior Female Championship. The Woodhall herd had 2 others in the class who were split by the Simmers families Backmuir Kreole Jazz with Manor Park Jess Wilde who was giving away age/size. In the next age class, January to March 2018 of the two forward Brandane J-Lo took the honours and went on to be tapped out as the Reserve Junior Female. I had been told there would be animals forward who would catch the eye and that had certainly been the case with the males and juniors paraded to that point. The rain had slowed down and in came 4 heifers born in 2017 with Sterling FCUK Impuls looking every bit as good as she had when I have seen her both on the show circuit and again at Stirling taking the red card. Followed by heifers from the Goldie and Lyle families that would have red cards on other occasions. The cow class unfortunately had only one entry David Craigs Kennox Taras Gem who I had been looking forward to see now she had calved. Clearly the calf was being done well and in turn this had left Gem in her working clothes. She still went on to be my Reserve Female Champion with her calf Gem’s Kitkat taking Best Calf 2019. This then left me with a super Male Champion who had great legs and feet, who moved despite his weight as if he was on a track against a lovely in calf heifer, who you could say was at ’12 o’clock’ as far as fitness was concerned, so on this occasion, my Champion was Drumsleed Hivy, bred, owned and shown by the Smith family, he was a credit to all their hard work. My Female/Overall Reserve went to Sterling FCUK Impuls from the Simmers family with my hope being that she comes out next year with a calf at foot and if she looks like she did here there will be many more red rosettes on the way. Thank you again to everybody for putting up with me and I look forward to competing against you all next year at the 2020 show in Carlisle.
To start I’d like to thank the Scottish Simmental Club for the absolute honour and privilege of judging their National Show. The high standard of cattle put before me were an absolute credit to the breeders and the Simmental breed.
Class 1: Bulls born before 31/12/16. Quite a difficult class with three different types of bull. The first place for Curaheen Drifter, a well fleshed, long, deep bodied bull who moved very well on the day. Second was Newbie Mains Fame and Fortune, who on the day out powered Auroch Hudson who was giving away quite a bit of age. Class 2. First was Blackford Iolair, a very big, growthy bull who was a different type to the second place Islavale Irish, a long fleshy bull who had plenty of breed character. Blackford Iolair then went on to be Reserve Male Junior Champion. Third was Pitmudie Inverurie, a deep, well fleshed bull, just lacking the length and power of the two bulls placed above him. Class 3. First was Islavale Imperial, long, well fleshed, great movement and full of breed character, a bull which is going to have an outstanding future. He went on to be my Junior Champion and Reserve Male Champion. Second was Islavale Isaac, another good bull brought from the same stable. Well fleshed but on the day didn’t move as well as his yard mate. Third was Corskie Infinity, a good bull just lacking the flesh and power of the 2 bulls above him. Class 4. First was Cairnorrie Irn-Bru, a good young modern bull, well fleshed for his age and another one to look out for in the future. Second was Woodhall Innerwick, another tidy bull but just lacked the flesh of the bull placed above him. Third was Blackford Island Legacy, a good calf but for me on the day just lacked the style of the 2 bulls above him. Class 5. First was Islavale Emerald. From the moment she walked in the ring I knew she was going to take some stopping. A cow with amazing presence and full of breed character. Everything I looked for in a top class cow. She went on to be my Female Champion, then overall Simmental Champion and Reserve Interbreed Champion. Second was Drumsleed Farina, another wonderful cow put before me who on any other day would have been a worthy champion but unfortunately was just out powered. Drumsleed Farina then went on to be my Reserve Female Champion. Third was Drumsleed Gretel, another good cow working hard but just wasn’t as good on the plates as her stable mate on the day. Drumsleed Farina and Drumsleed Gretel also went on to be part of the best Group of Three animals and became Reserve Interbreed Group of Three. Class 6. First was Pitmudie Havana, a very smart heifer, full of breed character and I’m sure she will become a good breeder. Second was Corskie He-enna, another cracking heifer who will also go on. Third place was Pitgaveny Gamble, another good strong heifer who on the day just lacked the condition of the 2 heifers above her. Class 7. First was Blackford Hyalite, a super strong heifer with a super head and big ears to match. Full of breed character and a worthy winner of this strong class. Second was Corskie Herlande, another good heifer but a slightly different type to my winner but still I’m sure will become a very good cow. Third, Corskie Herb, another good heifer but in my opinion on the day a little shorter in length to her stable mate. Class 8. First was Garmouth Dumandy’s Isabella. A tough class but Isabella was a rib longer and full of breed character to her class mates. She went on to be my Junior Female Champion and Reserve Junior Champion. Second was Corskie Inita, another sweet heifer who just lacked the length of the first place heifer. Third was Pitmudie Florin 2nd, another cracking heifer and very good on the plates. Class 9. First placed was Islavale Illusion, a nice red, clean, long modern heifer who at an early age shows great promise. She went on to be my Reserve Junior Female Champion. Second place was Cairnorrie Clarissa 3rd, a nice heifer with good breed characteristics. Third place was Auchorachan Hilly, a lovely long heifer but on the day didn’t move as well as the 2 placed above her. Class 10. Three lovely calves were put before me and in first place I put Drumsleed Janine, a super sweet calf who will hopefully follow in her dam’s footsteps. Second place was Islavale Jewel, a good red heifer but harshly lacked the width of Janine. Third was Quarryhill Jen, another super calf who has done well off her dam. I’m sure she will be in the show ring when she is older. Class 11: Best pair for me on the day were Islavale Imperial and Islavale Irish who were a uniformed match. Long fleshy bulls with great potential. Finally I would like to thank the Turriff Show for their hospitality, to Tom Henderson and his family and to Richard Pettit for all their organising which led to the smooth running of classes and Neil Shand for his class stewarding.
DATE: 5th August to 6th August 2018
JUDGE: Mr S Key
CLASS & POSITION
NAME OF ANIMAL
Overall Champion, Female Champion, Best Animal bred by Exhibitor & Senior Female Champion