A mighty well done goes to Gary and Angela Christie of the Rockytop herd, Glass, Huntly who have scooped the honours in Class 7 of the 2021 Virtual Simmental Show with Rockytop Luca. May 2020 born, Rockytop Luca is entirely homebred being sired by Rockytop I’m Yer Man and out of Rockytop Champagne’s Irma. For good measure three Rockytop bulls featured in the top eight placings!
A big thank you goes to our judge, Graham Allan of the noted Glenturk herd, Wigtown, Newton Stewart who has picked his top placings from another strong class, and this time featuring 65 young bulls. Look out for further comments from Graham in the judges video which will be posted shortly. Thanks to all breeders for your entries and support, it is hugely appreciated. The reach of this online competition is truly remarkable and worldwide. The 2021 Virtual Show is proving to once again be a big social media hit and a fantastic showcase and promotion of British Simmental. It is only possible with your continued support and pictures of your quality cattle. Thank you!
The eagerly anticipated results for Class 7 are as follows:
Congratulations to VC Bailey, Mixbury Hall Farm, Mixbury, Brackley, Northants who has taken 1st Place in Class 6 of the Virtual Simmental Show, Spring born heifer calf, in a Class of 100 entries. The January 2021 born Mixbury Hall Milly, is by Tilbrook Frank, who also topped the Senior bull class in this year’s Virtual Show. Well done to Mixbury Hall, who also placed 9th in the class, and also to Backmuir and Corskie who both also had two entries place in the top 10.
A big thank you must go to our judge, Gayle Campbell from the Saltire herd, North Berwick, East Lothian, who had the huge but enjoyable task of judging 100 Spring born heifer calves. Look out for Gayle’s comments in a video on Facebook shortly.
Thanks again for all your entries which are helping make the 2021 Virtual Show a real Simmental showcase, with Breeders all over the UK getting involved. Congratulations to all who have placed in the class, the results are as follows:
The Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has announced details of a Simmental Spectacular to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.
Scheduled to take place at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Friday 22nd October, the event is set to feature a show and sale of pedigree bulls, elite pedigree females, and a selection of crossbred weanling heifers.
Announcing details of the Golden Anniversary Celebrations club chairman Keith Nelson said: “Northern Ireland is synonymous for top-quality Simmental cattle, and club members are custodians of some of the breed’s most prolific and world-renown bloodlines.
“Simmentals were imported into the UK in 1970, and the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club was founded in 1971. The forthcoming sale planned for 22nd October will provide club members with a chance to showcase the ‘cream of the crop’.”
Keith Nelson added: “The sale will offer buyers a rare opportunity to acquire elite pedigree heifers. Females that herd owners would normally be reluctant to sell!”
The sale is also expected to attract an entry of high-quality bulls from many of the Province’s leading herds. “Since the introduction of animal movement restrictions dictated by the NI Protocol, breeders in Northern Ireland are reluctant to take pedigree bulls to breed society sales across the water,” added Keith Nelson.
“Bulls which would normally have been destined for sales in Stirling have been sold privately off farm. Club members have reported a strong demand for Simmental bulls from local and UK-based customers. In the wake of Brexit we are hoping to re-establish the Dungannon sale venue as a one-stop shop for pedigree and commercial herd owners to source stock bulls.”
British Simmental Cattle Society sale rules will apply, and all vendors must be members of a CHeCS approved herd health scheme. All pedigree bulls and females will be pre-sale inspected in accordance with breed society regulations.
Organisers have also unveiled that the Simmental Spectacular will include a choice entry of cross-bred weanling and maiden heifers.
Vice chairman Andrew Clarke explained: ”We are inviting entries of quality commercial heifers aged between six-months and sixteen-months of age (born early July 2020 and end of April 2021). They will be inspected on-farm prior to the event, and the name of the sire will be listed in the catalogue.
“Simmental is noted for its maternal and terminal traits, and there is a strong demand for stylish commercial heifers. We are hoping that this sale will give farmers who are producing Simmental suckler replacements a shop window for their surplus breeding stock. It will also give buyers an opportunity to select replacement females which are progeny of pedigree Simmental stock bulls and proven AI sires.”
Entry forms and schedules are available to download on the Dungannon Farmers’ Mart website: www.dfm-ni.co.uk/Entry-Forms. The closing date for pedigree entries is Friday 20th August; while the entries for the commercial section must be submitted on or before Friday 3rd September.
Congratulations to Tom Hill, from Scotland Hill Simmentals, Wadworth, Doncaster, whose young bull Scotland Hill Merlin, has taken the top spot in another strong Class in the ongoing 2021 ‘Virtual’ Simmental Show. Scotland Hill Merlin came out top in Class 5, Spring born bull calf, born in 2021 and from an entry of 87 calves in all from herds around the UK. May 2021 born, Scotland Hill Merlin is by Clonagh King Eyes, and is out of Scotland Hill Francesca Georgeanna. Well done also to the Northamptonshire based Mixbury Hall herd who placed second, third, and fourth! A big thank you is extended to Dafydd Jones, of the Banwy herd, Welshpool, Powys for so ably and kindly judging this class. Look out for Dafydd’s video comments which will be posted soon on Facebook.
Thank you again for all your entries so far which continue to create an outstanding Simmental showcase, and congratulations to all who have placed, the results are below.
Following the recent announcement we have been delighted with the response to the new Simmental ‘Next Generation’ Sale fixture due to be held on Friday 3rd December at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
The new fixture will be for all classes of pedigree Simmental females, and with a further section for pedigree Simmental Weaned Calves born in the 2021 year. Held on one day, the fixture will see a show for the females, followed by the weaned calves with classes for bulls and heifers, and with the sale itself held thereafter.
With the sale little over six months away, we are very keen to outline the schedule in order to help you consider and take aim at what females and young calves you may wish to enter.
The schedule has been designed to be as inclusive as possible across both sections. Come sale time we’ve changed things up a little to allow the weaned calves to be sold in herd consignments and with choices to sell them in pairs where you may choose to.
This is an exciting new event for the Society to launch and we hope that it will become an annual fixture that will be a first-class sale platform and a terrific showcase for the breed. As such we very much hope that you will consider supporting the inaugural Simmental ‘Next Generation’ Sale and from here the Society will continue to promote it at every opportunity. Look out for further updates and announcements regarding the sale in due course through both newsletters and social media.
The provisional Simmental ‘Next Generation’ show and sale schedule is as follows:
Pedigree Simmental Cow, in calf
Pedigree Simmental Cow, with calf at foot
Pedigree Simmental Heifer, with calf at foot, and/or in-calf (aged not more than 36 months at calving. In-calf entries must be served or inseminated more than 12 weeks warranted, and due to calve before attaining the age of 36 months)
Pedigree Simmental Heifer, born between 1.1.2020. and 30.6.2020.
Pedigree Simmental Heifer, born between 1.7.2020. and 31.12.2020. All female entries will be sold in age order.
All females must be halter led.
All females will be subject to a crush inspection prior to the sale.
SIMMENTAL WEANED CALVES
The sale will be open to bull and heifer calves born on or after 1st January 2021.
Pedigree Simmental Bull Calf, born in 2021. (Calves to be divided into appropriate sized classes for judging by age.)
Pedigree Simmental Heifer Calf, born in 2021. (Calves to be divided into appropriate sized classes for judging by age.)
Bull and heifer calves to be sold in separate sections.
Bull and heifer calves must be halter led to be shown.
Bull calves will be subject to a crush inspection for teeth and testicles.
Heifer calves will require an ID check only.
Calves will not be sold in age order but will be sold in vendors consignments of a maximum of six calves per consignment. Calves may be sold in pairs (i.e. choice of pair).
The consignments of weaned calves will be balloted prior to being catalogued and the sale order will be as per the catalogue.
The sale will be conducted in guineas with no upset price.
All entries in both the female, and weaned calf sections must be fully pedigree registered with the Society at close of entries.
All entries in both sections must be offered for sale.
All entries for both the females and weaned calf sections must be DNA sire verified.
All herds entering must be members of a CHECS approved herd health scheme.
In addition to the stipulations here, the general sale rules of the British Simmental Cattle Society will apply.
At the close of entries the Society reserves the right to amend the classes and subject to the entries received.
Tilbrook Frank from VC Bailey, Mixbury Hall Farm, Mixbury, Brackley, Northants has taken first place in the Mature bull class of the 2021 Virtual Simmental Show. This March 2014 born bull beat off some strong competition in a class of 43 of stock bulls very kindly judged by Andrew Clarke of the Breaghey herd, Co Armagh, N Ireland. Andrew was mightily impressed by the strength in depth of these bulls, and look out for more comments to follow in his ‘judge’s video’.
The places are:
1st Tilbrook Frank 14, Mixbury Hall
2nd Lisglass Goldstar 15, Broombrae
3rd Corskie Highlander 16, Islavale
4th Kilbride Farm Jetstream 18 P, Kilbride Farm
5th Wolfstar Jackaroo 18, Backmuir
6th Shacon Hannibal 16, Islavale
Big congratulations are extended to the Mixbury Hall herd, and a hearty well done to all who have placed, and to everyone who entered the class. We are now three classes down and thank you to everyone for supporting the 2021 virtual show which continues to showcase some of the best Simmentals from all around the UK. For all those participating and spectating, we hope you are enjoying this year’s competition as much as we are!