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….


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.


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.



  • Sales from the Slievenagh; Omorga; and Hiltonstown herds
Three-year-old cow Slievenagh Klassy Lady was exported to Felix Tobler from Switzerland.

The New Year is off to a good start for three Simmental herds located in counties Antrim and Tyrone, Northern Ireland, with the export of two cows and calves, five heifers, and one young bull to breeders in Switzerland and Germany.

Slievenagh Lottie was exported to the Bunde family’s herd in Germany.

The deal featuring the Slievenagh, Omorga and Hiltonstown herds, follows on from an ‘export first’ in July 2020 involving 11 Northern Ireland-bred Simmental cattle. This latest export deal was struck with three repeat customers and a new buyer, and bolsters an upsurge in international demand for genetics, embryos and semen from high health status herds in Northern Ireland.

Robin Boyd from the Portglenone-based 30-cow Slievenagh Herd is the British Simmental Cattle Society’s World Simmental and Fleckvieh Federation representative and was one of three breeders who shipped pedigree cattle to the continent last week.

“We are delighted to announce another significant export of Simmentals to Switzerland and Germany. The breed was first imported to Northern Ireland in 1971, and last year, as the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary, we were brokering a deal to export ten Simmental cattle to the breed’s native homeland,” explained Robin Boyd.

“The dual-purpose Simmental is one of the more influential breeds in the UK, offering both superior terminal and maternal traits. This latest export is testimony to the quality and consistency of Northern Ireland bred cattle and gives breeders in Germany and Switzerland an opportunity to tap-into new bloodlines from proven bulls and cow families.”

Mr Boyd continued: “It is very pleasing to see that the majority of the cattle are going to satisfied customers Felix Tobler, Christian Bunde and Mario Walther, and new buyer Markus Rahn. “

The initial export almost eighteen-months ago was initiated by Flex Tobler, and his son Joel, from Chapelle in Switzerland, who had visited the UK and NI to participate in stockjudging competitions organised by the Simmental Young Members’ Association. Their enthusiasm fuelled a growing interest in local cattle, which resulted in visits from prospective buyers in October 2019 and January 2020.

The Tobler family were the first-ever herd owners to import cattle, of any breed, from Northern Ireland to Switzerland.

Felix and Joel Tobler took delivery of five animals carrying the Boyd family’s Slievenagh prefix. The consignment included the three-year-old cow Slievenagh Klassy Lady, an Omorga Isaac daughter, bred from Slievenagh Faith VG85, whose maternal granddam Slievenagh Madonna bred the 20,000gns Perth reserve supreme champion Slievenagh Talisman (Nov 2007). This young cow was accompanied by her polled eight-month-old Coose Jericho bull calf.

The March 2019 Slievenagh Krystal was sired by Shacon Hannibal, one of the most influential sires at the Society’s recent Next Generation Sale in Carlisle. Her dam is the Kilbride Farm Bantry daughter Slievenagh Emmylou EX90. Included in the deal was Krystal’s eight-week-old heifer calf Slievenagh Monica, a daughter of home-bred stock bull Slievenagh Kildare.

Also selling to Felix Tobler was the yearling heifer Slievenagh Molly. She is a polled daughter of Dermotstown Delboy, and a twin heifer bred from first calver Slievenagh Jasmine. This heifer’s maternal grandam Slievenagh Buttercup EX90 was the UK’s first Golden Cow in the new register launched by the society in 2019.

The Bunde family from Drewitz in Germany, purchased the 2020 born heifers Slievenagh Lottie and Slievenagh Lily (P).

Lottie was second in a strong class for autumn-born heifers in the NI Simmental Club’s virtual show last year. She was sired by Omorga Murray and is out of the Kilbride Farm Bantry daughter Slievenagh Goddess, which hails from the Madonna female line.

Lily is by Slievenagh Justthejob, a home-bred homozygous polled son of Kilbride Farm Glenhead. Her dam is Slievenagh Iris from the noted Omorga Daffodil family.

The Moore family’s polled heifer Omorga Midnight also sold to Mario Walther from Frankfurt.

Mario Walther from Frankfurt bought two Curaheen Gunshot progeny from the Moore family’s 40-cow Omorga prefix. Both nine-months of age, Omorga Midnight (P) is bred from the Kilbride Farm Bantry daughter Omorga Fanny, while the bull Omorga Moses (P) is bred from Curaheen Dell. Mr Walther previously purchased from the Omorga Herd in 2020.

Richard and Rhys Rodgers from Portglenone, were also part of the 2020 export deal, and this time sold a heifer to German customer Markus Rahan. The March 2020 Hiltonstown Lindsay was sired by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral Show champion Dertmotstown Delboy and is out of the home-bred dam Hiltonstown Grace VG88 – one of 35 cows in the herd.

The export was facilitated by livestock haulier Martin O’Neill, with the journey from Northern Ireland via Rosslare and Cherbourg, taking almost three days. This latest deal continues what has been a significant export demand for British Simmental live cattle and genetics over the last two years with further sales to Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, USA, and China

Nine-month-old bull Omorga Moses sold to German buyer Mario Walther.
Polled heifer Slievenagh Lily was purchased by the Bunde family from Drewitz in Germany.



On 8th December, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, held a sale store cattle and adult breeding cattle at Dingwall. Young Bulls sold to £900 gross for a Simmental cross from Cherrybank, Heights of Keppoch. Breeding cattle sold to £1,480 for a in calf Simmental cross cow from ½ of 2 Glengrasco, Portree.

On Monday 6th December, Penrith & District Farmers’ Mart LLP held their Christmas show and sale of Prime Cattle. A great show of young bulls was forward, which was good to see and with the section topped at 255.5p/kg (£1584.10) for a Simmental X British Blue, weighing 620kg, purchased by R Pearson Wholesale. This consignment averaged £1669.30 (248p/kg.)

On 6th December Market Drayton held a sale of barren cows, cull bulls and overage clean cattle.  Simmentals featured in the top end prices and sold to 195p (£1,677.00) from Paul & Christine Tippets, Lodge Hill.

At Sedgemoor’s Store Sale on 4th December, forward red and white Simmental steers hit £1495 (3x only 16/17m & FA) from BT Wood, Marshwood, who sold another at £1140 (only 14m!). More best Simmentals £1395 (19/20m & FA) JC & PA Chapple again; £1285 (20m) LE Sweetland & Son again, and £1140 (only 17m) PR Lock, Martock.

At a sale of store cattle, young bulls, and young weaned calves held on 3rd December at A&NM’s Thainstone Centre, Aberdeen, young bulls sold to 232.5p per kg for a pen of four 400kg Simmental crosses from South Auquhorthies, Oldmeldrum and £1,290 gross for a 730kg Simmental from Rootfield West, Muir of Ord.

A cracking entry of young calves at Exeter’s Store Stock Sale on 3rd December saw a fast trade from start to finish! Top of the bull calves forward was £355 for a smart young Simmental Bull from Keith & Shirley Wotton of Dartmouth who sold others to £330. Other Simmental bulls to £342 for Ross Govier of Longdown.

Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd held a special sale of breeding cattle and OTM cattle at Dingwall on 2nd December. In Calf heifers sold to £1,850 gross for a Simmental cross from Rychraggan Farm, Drumnadrochit. In calf cows sold to £1,800 gross for a Simmental cross from Cullaird Farm, Scaniport. Bulling heifers sold to £1,140 gross for a Simmental cross from Balmacaan, Drumnadrochit.

At Thainstone on 2nd December, Aberdeen & Northern Marts held a sale of Cast Cows and Prime Cattle forward from Orkney consignors. Beef Cows Sold to £1,515 gross for a 888kg Simmental from A Miller, Spring Valley, Stronsay and 189.2p per kg for a 576kg Simmental from B S Scott, Netherhill, Tankerness. On the same day at a sale of cast cows and bulls, bulls averaged £1,046.88 and sold to £1,270 for a 1,040kg Simmental from West Brims, Forss.

At Huntly on 2nd December, United Auctions  held a sale of store and OTM cattle.  Bullocks averaged 210p per kg and sold to t a top gross of £1190 for 569kg SimX’s from Whitehills, Grange.

On 1st December United Auctions at their Stirling market sold 421 store cattle, native bred cattle and young bulls, 200 cast cows, bulls and out of spec cattle. Bullocks (235) averaged 222.64p and sold to £1420 gross for a 642kg SimX from Auchencrow.  Heifers (160) averaged 202.61p and to £1345 gross for a 644kg SimX from Milton. Beef Cows and Bulls (179) averaged 131.50p to 181.90p per kg for a SimX from Newpark.

At Holsworthy’s store cattle sale on 1st December, single suckled Simmental steers 15mth from Messrs N & B Trewin of Bideford topped at £1120 and with Simmental heifers from the same farm £1240.

At Malton’s Christmas Fatstock Show & Sale on 1st December, Simmental X’s took the two top prices in the Champion Butcher’s Bull section.  The top price was a Simm X from SF Stubbings, Sledmere weighing 825kgs and selling for 220.50ppk (£1898.13) to JA Jewitt, Spennymoor. A second Simm X from the same home weighing sold for 211.50ppk (£1681.43) to R Pearson of Bradford.

A good entry of cull cows at Truro Market on 1st December saw the heavier finished cows for slaughter topping at £1,281 for a Simmental x from Mr G J Richards of Porkellis, Helston purchased by David King of Exeter.

C & D Auction Marts held their fortnightly sale of 308 Store Cattle on Monday 29th November at Dumfries.  Heifers per head were led by Simms at £1250 Horseholm, who sold further lots at £1100 £1085 (x2) £1060. Bulls per head were topped by Simms from Newbie Mains at £1200 £1060.

Plenty of store cattle forward at Exeter with Simmental cattle topping both the steers and the heifers. Best of the steers topped at a very decent £1325 for a smashing Simmental (21m) from Richard Widger of Kingsbridge. . Store heifers peaked at £1320 for a well-covered trio of Simmental’s (28m) from the Shervington Family of Hittisleigh.

At the sale of prime cattle at Frome on 26th November, quality was on fire in the UTM heifers. At the very top end of the prices was Messrs Garraway’s Simmental which rocketed to £1541 and 213.50p/kg.  On the same day in the UTM steers, a super Simmental from Waddon Farm flew to 209.50p/kg or £1456.

In a sale of store cattle at Hallworthy Market on 25th November, the cows and calves section was topped by D Crabbe with another strong run that saw his Simmental x Cow and Limousin Steer Calf sell to £1490.

On 24th November in the TB restricted market report of store stock at Sedgemoor, the sale of barren cows and cull bulls, saw a top of 139.5ppk for a lean, young feeding Simmental (FA) from AJB Farming Ltd, Chippenham. Store cattle sold to £1095 for Simmental steers (22/26m & FA) from AJB Farming Ltd, Bromham, who sold others at £1070 (3x 22/24m & FA) and £1000 (4x 18/25m FA).

At Borderway Mart on 22nd November, Carlisle, H&H’s sale of primestock saw Simmentals feature in the leading prices when selling to £1847 from Messrs Houldey, Kirtleton House, Lockerbie and purchased by Jewitt Meats, Spennymoor.

In a sale at Exeter on November 22nd, barren cows ran to £1127 (754kg x 150ppk) for David Slade of Chagford with a Simmental.

The store cattle sale at Market Drayton on 22nd November saw the heifer trade led at a top gross price of £1215 for an entry from B Oakley.

At Exeter’s store sale on 19th November, the stronger cattle were a monstrous price and all others just as dear as the market has seen them. Store steers topped at a massive £1570 given for a pair of outstanding Simmentals (21m) from Douglas Horton and Family of Kingsbridge whilst further smart Simmental bred bullocks (26m) ran to £1490 for both the Shervington Family of Hittisleigh and Michael Tooze of Broadsands.

At a sale of prime cattle at Aberdeen & Northern Marts, Thainstone, on 18th November, heifers averaged 194.9p and sold to £1,520.40 gross for a 840kg Simmental from Berryleys, Grange.

Oswestry held a sale of store cattle (160) on 17th November.  From a good quality entry the top price was £1430 (220p/kg) paid for a Simmental steer sold by P I Edwards, Dudleston.

On Monday 15th November, Caledonian Marts Ltd Stirling had forward 212 Store Cattle at their fortnightly sale. Bullocks averaged 217ppkg selling to £1100 gross for a pen of Simmentals from R Fairley, Shields, Larbert.

Craig Wilson Ltd sold 207 Store Cattle at Newton Stewart on 12th November. Cattle proved easier to cash than anticipated with a good active ringside of buyers forward.  98 beef sired steers averaged 211.4p k/g peaking at £1260 for a pair of home bred Simmental Crosses from Margot McBurney, South Clutag.  8 Dairy bred Steers averaged 169p k/g peaking at £900 (180.p k/g) for Fleckvieh crosses from Messrs Archibald, Glaick.  101 Heifers averaged 201.6p k/g peaking at £1120 for home bred Simmental Crosses from Margot McBurney, South Clutag.

At Aberdeen & Northern Marts sale of prime cattle held at Thainstone on 11th November, heifers averaged 202.5p and sold to £1,531.80 gross for a 740kg Simmental from Cairnhill, Huntly. On the same day a sale of cast cows and bulls saw beef feeding cows (65) average £982.69 and sell to £1,155 for a 862kg Simmental Cross from Fichlie, Glenkindie.  On the 12th November at A&NM’s sale of store cattle, young bulls, and weaned calves, bulls sold to 223.9p per kg for a pen of three 402kg Simmental crosses from South Auquhorthies, Oldmeldrum.

In a sale of Cull Cows at Frome market on 10th November, a selection of truly outstanding beef cows were forward. The top price gross price on the day went to Messrs EM Horn & Sons with a Simmental cow 149.50p/kg and £1478.


The inaugural Four Breed Calf Show has been hailed as a resounding success, by organisers, exhibitors, sponsors and spectators.

Supported by HVS Animal Health, Oddball Engineering and Dunbia, the multi-breed event featuring British Blue, British Blonde, Saler and Simmental entries, was held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

The Simmental section dominated the one-day show with entries coming under the expert eye of breed society vice-president Norman Robson, from the noted 90-cow Kilbride Farm Herd based at Doagh, Ballyclare.

“It has been a great day, with a quality entry of calves in all classes. It was encouraging to see a number of new breeders taking part, and the calves were all well behaved which highlights the docile temperament of the breed.”

Senior champion, senior heifer class winner Ashland Topaz Lopez bred by Pat and Frank Kelly, Tempo. Picture: David Porter

Leading the senior championship line-up was the much-admired heifer Ashland Topaz Lopez bred and exhibited by Pat and Frank Kelly from Tempo. This fourteen-month-old heifer was sired by the 14,000gns Saltire Impressive, and is out of a home-bred Ashland Brandy daughter – one of ten breeding females in the County Fermanagh herd.

Her dam, Ashland Topaz 2nd also bred the first prize heifer Ashland Topaz Janet, sold at the NI Simmental Club’s sale in October 2019 to the Barlow family’s Denizes Herd in Lancashire.

Norman Robson said: This is an excellent heifer, and a tremendous example of the Simmental breed. She oozes style, breed character, and has great conformation. The senior champion is hard to fault, and is an easy winner!”

Reserve senior champion, and winner of the senior bull class, was Lisglass Leo bred by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. Picture: David Porter

Runner-up in the senior championship line-up was the fourteen-month-old bull Lisglass Leo, bred by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. Sired by Islavale Frontier, he is the first calf bred from Lisglass Iona – a daughter of the herd’s stock bull Dermotstown Delboy – 2014 and 2015 breed champion at Balmoral Show.  

“This is a fleshy young bull, well-muscled and very correct on his legs and feet,” commented the judge.

Junior champion, Ballymoney Martin bred by Noel and Mae Kilpatrick, Banbridge. Picture: David Porter

Claiming the day’s junior championship title was the ten-month-old bull Ballymoney Martin, bred in Noel and Mae Kilpatrick’s 16-cow herd at Banbridge. A son of the herd’s stock bull and AI sire Saltire Impressive, he is the fourth calf bred from the Sterling Dubai daughter Sterling Wenona’s Gold – purchased as an in-calf heifer at the Sterling dispersal sale in 2017.

Norman Robson added: ”The junior champion is a well-fleshed and muscly young bull, very correct and well-grown for his age“.

Reserve junior champion, Rehall Moneypenny bred by William and Keith Stubbs, Irvinestown. Pictured are Keith Stubbs, with nephews Jason and Alastair Little. Picture: David Porter.

The reserve junior championship was secured by the January-born polled heifer Rehall Moneypenny, bred by William and Keith Stubbs, Irvinestown. A Curaheen Gunshot daughter, she is the third calf bred from the Keeldrum Clio daughter Rehall Holly.

“This is another stylish heifer, well-balanced, very feminine, with nice breed characteristics. She walks well on good legs and feet,” concluded Norman Robson.

Alan and Lee Wilson, Rathfriland, exhibited the first placed pair of Simmentals, Ballinalare Farm Medusa and Ballinalare Farm Modesty. Picture: David Porter

First prize in the class for the best pair of calves went to the Wilson family’s Ballinalare Farm Herd based at Rathfriland. Their winning duo were the April born Camus Brandy daughter Ballinalare Farm Modesty, and the May born Ballinlare Farm Medusa by Ballinalare Farm Galaxy.

The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the Four-Breed Calf Show, especially its sponsors, SFS Plastics, Bimeda, Agrimin and the British Simmental Cattle Society. Thanks also to judge Norman Robson, and the Wylie family for the use of the excellent facilities at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

Results from the judging ring

Jason Little exhibited Rehall Mellissa, the first prize junior heifer bred by William and Keith Stubbs, Irvinestown. Picture: David Porter

Young Handler – 1, Thomas Mcalister; 2, Jason Little; 3, Erin Nelson.

Senior bull, born between 1/9/20 and 31/12/20 – 1, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Leo by Islavale Frontier; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Linton by Islavale Frontier; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm London by Islavale Donald.

Senior heifer, born between 1/9/20 and 31/12/20 – 1, Pat and Frank Kelly, Ashland Topaz Lopez by Saltire Impressive; 2, Gareth Wilson, Raceview Mina Gretta by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, William and George Nelson, Drumacritten Lucy by Kilbride Farm Dragoon; David and Jonny Hazelton, Ranfurly Stella by Whitemire King Kong.

Junior bull, born on or after 1/1/21 – 1, Noel and Mae Kilpatrick, Ballymoney Martin by Saltire Impressive; 2, William Dodd, Craigy Max by Longbeach Darius; 3, William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Moneymaker by Curaheen Gunshot; 4, Matthew Cunning, Pointfarms Mattie by Woodhall Invincible.

Junior heifer, born on or after 1/1/21 – 1, William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Moneypenny by Curaheen Gunshot; 2, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Marigold by Omorga Jaguar; 3, Chelsea Best, Clonguish Nova by Raceview King; 4, Andrew Clarke, Breaghey Veda M404 by Woodhall Ferrari.

Junior bull, born on or after 1/4/21 – 1, Christopher Quinn, Dunrock Mighty by Curaheen Bandit; 2, Ryan Gilmour, Gillview Major by Atlow Dixon.

Junior heifer, born on or after 1/4/21 – 1, William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Mellissa by Derrough Samual; 2, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Medusa by Ballinalare Farm Galaxy; 3, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scibby Farms Molly by Atlow Dixon; 4, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Matilda by Dermotstown Delboy.

Pair, property of exhibitor – 1, Joe and Alan Wilson, Ballinalare Farm Medusa and Ballinalare Farm Modesty; 2, William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Moneypenny and Rehall Mellissa; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm London and Bridgewater Farm Linton.


The noted Popes herd of JH & VG Wood, Popes Farm, Clitheroe Road, Preston, lifted the Championship prizes at the British Simmental Calf Show held within the English Winter Fair at Staffordshire County Showground’s Bingley Hall, on Saturday 20th November.

From a small but quality Simmental entry, with entries from herds in Wales, Wiltshire, Cheshire, and Lancashire, the Popes herd took the Overall & Female Championship, Reserve Overall & Reserve Female, and Male Champion awards, and all with calves sired by Denizes Impressive who was purchased by the Woods for 12,000gns at the Stirling February 2019 Sale.

Popes Trixies Mikala, Overall Champion and Female Champion

The judge for the day was Tom Hill from the Scotland Hill Simmental herd based at Wadworth, Doncaster and who tapped out the March 2021 born heifer Popes Trixies Mikala as his Overall Champion and Female Champion.  This calf is out of Popes Trixies Inoa whose grand dam is Greenside Trixie-Belle 5th, the mother of the noted bull Popes Laird. 

Following Popes Trixies Mikala through from being second in the same class to taking the Overall Reserve, and Female Reserve, was Popes Princess Maya 2nd.  Again by Denizes Impressive this April born 2021 heifer is full of breeding being out of Popes Princess Diana who is a full sister to the herd’s outstanding and much decorated show cow Popes Princess Cleo.

Popes Princess Maya, Overall Reserve and Female Reserve

Completing the Championship prizes on the day for the Popes herd, who have regularly supported the Simmental Calf Show at Bingley Hall, was the February 2021 born Popes Memphis.  Securing at the same time the hat trick of top prizes for Denizes Impressive sired calves, this young bull is out of Popes Diamonds IO, a daughter of the £10,000 Clonguish Diamond. 

Male Champion Popes Memphis

Following on with the same result as at the recent Borderway Agri Expo, Mr & Mrs RJ & BE Kimber, Beanhill Farm, Chippenham, Wiltshire won the days Senior Championship at Bingley Hall with Beanhill Leon 20.  This October 2020 born heifer’s calf is by Ballinalare Galaxy and is out of Beanhill Inca who goes back to one of the herd’s foundation cows in the shape of Deerhurst Frolic.

Taking the red rosette in the Senior Heifer Class was Fishpool Lottie (P) from TJ Hassall, Winsford Cheshire.  This November 2020 born calf is by Kilbride Farm Hans (PP) and out of Kilbride Farm Eunice 277J.

This British Simmental Calf Show is organised and strongly supported by the Midlands Simmental Club with over £400 in sponsorship and trophies put forward by the Club. 

The Midlands Simmental Club put on an excellent breed promotional stand full of breed literature, fantastic hospitality, and with Club members readily on hand to talk about all things Simmental.  A feature of the stand, and a stopping point for many in attendance was the two ¾ bred Simmental X bulls supplied from Ian Willison, Williamwood Farm, Mansfield, Notts.  The first bull was an 18th August 2020 born calf by Williamwood Jaegarbomb which was 710kgs and had done 1.6ks DLWG from birth. The second bull was 31st August 2020 born and was by Auroch Deuter.  685kgs it had again done 1.6kgs DLWG from birth.  Both of these bulls had width, length, good tops, and terrific temperament. 




  • Islavale win Overall & Reserve Overall Senior, & Reserve Junior Female
  • Annick Memphis wins Overall Junior, & Junior Continental Interbreed
  • Blackford wins Joe Watson Memorial Pairs
Islavale Viva 8, Overall Senior Champion

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.

Simmental judge Laura Beattie, Garmouth herd

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.”

Islavale Liquorice, Reserve Overall Senior Champion

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.

Annick Memphis, Overall Junior Champion and Overall Continental Junior Interbreed Champion

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.”   

Springfield Major, Overall Junior Reserve

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. 

Blackford Local Hero (P), Senior Bull Champion, who went onto win the Joe Watson Memorial Pairs with Blackford Lapis

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.

Whiteridden Starlight’s Tanya 4th, Simmental Junior Female Champion.