It’s a summer that just keeps on giving for young Simmental breeder Finlay Soutter (17), Yew Tree Farm, Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire who won the Overall Simmental Supreme Championship before going on to place Overall Reserve Interbreed Supreme, on day one of the 2023 Royal Welsh Show at Llanellwedd Wells, Powys, Monday 24th July 2023, and with his February 2021 born heifer Brandane Millie.
Millie is the foundation female in Finlay’s newly established Millennium Simmental pedigree herd, and was bred by well-known breeder and stockman Jimmy McMillan, Bradwell Ash, Bury St Edmunds. Full of pedigree Brandane Millie is by the AI bull Sterling Gino 15, and out of the noted Sterling Candy’s FCUK, a female bought at the Sterling Sale. As a young heifer Millie was successfully shown in 2022 by Jimmy McMillan and where she won a number of awards including the Junior Female Championship at the Royal Highland. With a little bit of Simmental history, Finlay is believed to be the youngest Simmental breeder to have won one of the ‘major’ Royal titles!
Brandane Millie, who is due to calf in January, was purchased privately by Finlay’s granddad, Doug Mash, Chesham, Bucks and was gifted to Finlay as a birthday present to initiate his Millenium herd. A very proud Doug was on hand at ringside when Brandane Millie got the winning tap from the day’s judge Michael Barlow of the noted Denizes herd, Nr Leyland, Lancashire.
Following the judging Michael Barlow said: “This is an exceptional heifer and has everything I’d look for in a Simmental female. She’s very feminine, moves well, has a natural width to her, and is full of style, character, and quality. A terrific Simmental heifer.”
Beyond the Simmental judging Brandane Millie moved on to represent the breed in the Overall Individual Interbreed. Typically judged in the late afternoon and in the natural amphitheatre of the corner of the main judging ring, the sun was out as a huge ringside audience watched the judge Owain Llyr, Denbighshire, cast his eye over the Champions from some fourteen breeds. Impeccably shown by Finlay, Brandane Millie wowed the crowds with her quality, class, presence, and natural style and was duly tapped out as the Reserve Overall Individual Interbreed Champion. Rounding off a superb week, on the fourth day of the show Finlay powered through to win the prestigious Royal Welsh Young Handlers competition and the second such win in the summer and following on from the Royal Norfolk.
For young Finlay at the Royal Welsh it doesn’t get much better than winning the breed Supreme Overall, the Reserve Individual Interbreed with Granddad Doug Mash lending a helping hand, the Young handlers Championship, and all in your first year of showing!
Back in the Simmental judging and taking the Reserve Overall title was Cwarre Naughty’s Nettle from Richard Cumming, Blaencwarre, Hermon, Carmarthen. This January 2022 born heifer’s calf is by Clonagh Frosty King and is out of Cwarre Hyacinth’s Knautia who goes back to the herd’s noted Rosie’s Cadette line. A small herd of some six breeding females, the Cwarre herd are consistent exhibitors at shows and sales, and have previously won the Reserve female title at the Royal Welsh with Cwarre Cinderella’s Firefly in 2015.
Winning the Male Championship was the June 2022 born Pistyll Nightrider from GA & HM Francis, Pistyll Uchaf, Abergorlech, Carmarthen. This calf is by the noted Team Celtic and is out of Pistyll Frances VG87, a Brookwood Alla King daughter. The Pistyll herd who hold the Welsh Simmental record for a bull sold at sale, the 26,000gns Pistyll Kingsman at Stirling in February 2021, have also previously won the Reserve Female Championship at the Royal Welsh Show.
2023 Royal Welsh Show Simmental Results
Judge: Michael Barlow, Denizes Herd.
Bull, born on or before 1st January 2022 and 31st March 2022
1st OC & E Jewell Ebbsley Nice Guy
2nd A & R Davies Hirwaun Nos Da
Bull, born on or after 1st April 2022
1st GA & HM Franics Pistyll Nightrider
2nd OC & E Jewell Ebbsley North Star
3rd A & R Davies Hirwaun Neville 22
Heifer, born on or between 1st January 2021 and 31st August 2021
1st Finlay Soutter Brandane Millie
2nd Lizzie Harding Hallway Winnies Majesty
Heifer, born on or between 1st September 2021 and 31st December 2021
Firstly, I would like to thank the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society for asking me to judge. It was a great honour to be invited to judge the Welsh National Show of Simmentals. Senior Bull class – Shiloh Farm Forever Royal, stood alone, shown in his working clothes but moving freely around the ring. The January Bull class was won by Cwarre Jester 18, a well fleshed bull that moved well. He excelled through the rib and loin and will be an asset to any herd. He went on to stand Male Champion. The April Class had 2 bulls forward. I placed Alreb Jonesy over Hirwaun Jimmy Mac. Jonesey stood a slightly smaller bull to Jimmy Mac but Jonesey was better through the rear quarter being longer from hip to pin, fuller and deeper through the second thigh, he also moved better. The second placed bull Hirwaun Jimmy Mac will make a big long bull and needs time to fill into his frame. Difficult to judge these two as two totally different bulls but on the day Alreb Jonesey was the more complete bull he went on to be Reserve Male Champion. The Bull Calf Class – Gwili Jack 18 stood alone but a worthy winner. Well fleshed with plenty of potential for the future. Senior Cow was won by Kilbride Farm Eunice 153rd. A big well fleshed cow who edged Welston King Clara into second place. The 2yr old Heifer class had two forward with very little to separate them. The nod went to Crugmelyn Icing Sugar over Crugmelyn Indigo. Just 2yr old this darker coloured heifer had exceptional ring presence. She was well balanced, covering a lot of ground when standing. Good in the shoulder. A well sprung rib and good through the loin. Icing Sugar going on to be Female Champion, one for the future. The Heifer Class born after September 17 was won by Cwarre Rosie’s Ilex a good well-balanced heifer who exhibited a lovely breed type and should mature well. The Yearling class was won by Cwarre Dora’s Jigsaw a stylish heifer who caught the eye with her presence. A strong heifer who went on to stand Reserve Female Champion. The April class was won by Crugmelyn Jelly Baby and the Calf class was won by Cwarre Rosie’s Jasmin. Sadly, the entry lacked significant numbers, but the animals forward were all excellent examples of the breed. The Male Champion Cwarre Jester 18 a stylish well-muscled bull stood over the Female Champion Crugmelyn Icing Sugar to take the Championship. I would like to thank all exhibitors for bringing their animals forward. Well done everyone.
It was a great honour to be invited to judge the Welsh National Show in Pembrokeshire and I would like to thank the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society for giving me this opportunity. I would firstly like to thank all the exhibitors who had worked extremely hard to get their stock looking tremendous and presenting me with some difficult decisions to make. Everyone made me very welcome and the stewards helped to make the day run smoothly, a most enjoyable day. My first class was the young April bulls and I was immediately impressed by my first placed bull Cwarre Idaho – a well fleshed bull with lots of style. In second place was a bull with potential for the future, Crugmelyn Idwal. Third place was a strong bull Crugmelyn Ilky Bar Kid and fourth was a young bull, Cwarre Iowa, with exceptional length and one to watch for the future. The second class was young bull born after 1st September 2017 and although there was only one in the class, Gwili Idwal was a sweet calf with a tremendous back end, full of muscle. The senior cow class had only one entry, a 7 year-old cow, Cefngwlad Cleopatra, who was working hard and doing her calf well. The junior heifer class was won by Cwarre Rosie’s Hyacinth, a well-balanced calf that walked well and just beaten into second place was Sterling Ellie’s Heidi, a tall calf in natural condition. The January class was won by Deerhurst Impulse, a very correct heifer which exhibited great presence in the ring. She went on to be Junior & Female Champion. Second was Mainview Jezabel, a big strong heifer but just not as neat as the first. Third was Dyfed Foxy Lady 2nd who just lacked condition on the day. The April class was won by Crugmelyn Icing Sugar, a super heifer with lots of potential, second from the same exhibitor was Crugmelyn Icecream, a long heifer that did just not quite have the style of the winner. born on or after 01.09.17 at the Welsh National Show The calf class was won by Cwarre Rosie’s Ilex, a very sweet young heifer who exhibited herself well on parade. Second was a very young calf, Cefngwlad Jennie which just lacked the power of my winner. My Champion was the very stylish bull Cwarre Idaho and my Reserve Champion was the sweet heifer Deerhurst Impulse.
DATE: 14th August to 16th August 2018
JUDGE: Mr C Martindale
CLASS & POSITION
NAME OF ANIMAL
Junior Male Champion, Male Champion, Overall Champion & Best Animal bred by Exhibitor