by | Oct 31, 2022

The British Simmental Cattle Society and North West Simmental Club annual calf show took place within Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Agri Expo at Carlisle on Friday 28 October. Featuring 14 classes including a young handlers section, Simmental breeders travelled from throughout Scotland and the North of England to show off their Simmental young stock.

The judge for the day was Varrie Loggie, who had travelled from Strathaven, Lanarkshire for the event. Having grown up with Simmental cattle, Varrie now spends her evenings and weekends helping her mum and dad Jim and Elizabeth Dyet, whilst working in graphic design during the week. The family have 90 head of cattle, including 60 pedigree Simmentals in the noted Merkland herd, as well as 700 sheep on their 600 acre holding.

Supreme & Junior Champion Newbiemains Noble Wynn

After working through the classes and section winners, Varrie’s pick for the Supreme Champion was the young bull Newbiemains Noble Wynn, bred and exhibited by Jim and Patricia Goldie, Annan, Dumfrieshire, and who had been tapped out as the Junior Champion just moments before. “This is a young bull with lots of breed character, full of length and with plenty of shape. He’s got tremendous potential and I look forward to seeing how he gets on in the future” Varrie said. At only eight months old, Newbiemains Noble Wynn is the first son to be shown by the 9,000gns Auchorachan Kennedy, who was purchased by the Goldie’s at Stirling in February last year. His Dam is the homebred Newbiemains Kannwynn, bred from one of the herds top female lines. Her grandmother Newbiemains Eclypse was a Royal Highland Show and Great Yorkshire Show champion. The next stop for the Champion will be back at Carlisle in December to feature in the high-profile Simmental NxtGen II sale which will be held at Borderway Mart on Friday 2 December.

Senior Champion Newbiemains Moosala

The Goldies had a very successful day, winning three classes and also securing the Senior Championship with their August 2021 born bull Newbiemains Moosala. From the first crop of calves by the homebred Newbiemans Jericho, who has now been sold for commercial breeding, he is the second calf bred out of Newbiemains Icandy. Icandy’s sire Woodhall Fantastic has bred very successfully for the herd with four of his sons being sold to an Italian AI stud who the Goldies have been dealing with for the past three years and have now sent a total of seven bulls to. Jim and Patricia established their pedigree Simmental their herd back in 2004, after using Simmental bulls over their dairy herd. Building their herd from the best stock available, they have pioneers of type classification within the breed, a process which has helped them to establish high quality female lines and in turn has created a demand for their bulls.

The Reserve Supreme and Junior Champion was bred and exhibited by Gavin Brown, of the Springfield Simmental herd. This was his second visit to the show having secured the Supreme Championship last year and with Springfield Major. Gavin who topped the female section at 6000gns at the recent Stirling Sale, is based in Penicuik, Midlothian. In the eight years since he has joined the Simmental Society has grown his herd from his two foundation cows to its present 30 head. Exporting Simmental bulls and semen to Turkey and China, his Facebook sales have now grossed over £68,000 alone.

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Junior Champion Springfield Niagara

Gavin’s Reserve Champion was the April born bull Springfield Niagara. From the second crop of calves sired by Islavale Jabba, who has bred daughters to 6,000gns and averaged £4,700 for his eight progeny sold to date, Niagara is out of Springfield Italia, who goes back to the Irish-bred Shiloh Freedom, the first stock bull purchased to work at Springfield.

Reserve Senior Champion Chestermann Gibble Lulu 3

The Reserve Senior Champion, Chestermann Gibble Lulu 3, was bred and exhibited by N and N Gwynne, Whithorn, Newton Stewart. Out of the homebred Chestermann Wick Lulu, a Kilbride Farm Wick daughter, this November 2021 born heifer is sired by the homebred Chestermann Gibble, classified as EX93, and who has bred bulls to 7,000gns. Mr Gwynne is a long-time supporter of the Borderway Simmental Calf Show, with him showing for the ninth consecutive year.

Judge Varrie Loggie with Junior Young Handler winner Callum Leedham

The young handlers section was split into two age groups this year for the first time and the junior class of 10 to 15 year olds was won by Callum Leedham, who travelled across from Rowan Farm, Lockton, Pickering, North Yorkshire, with his mum and dad Andrew and Yvonne, who had themselves earlier topped class five with their January 2022 born heifer Grangwood Wanda’s Myrtle. This is the second time that the 15-year-old Callum has won the young handlers at the Calf Show. A keen Simmental enthusiast, he has shown an animal at this years English National show, where he also took part with great success in the young persons stock judging. William Loftus of the Clearwater herd, Preston Lancashire placed second and with Cloe Fitton, Bolton, Lancashire, placing third.

Judge Varrie Loggie with Senior Young Handler winner Abby Forsythe

The senior section of 16- to 28-year-old was headed up by Abby Forsythe in her second consecutive win. At 24, Abby is an Agricultural Officer for the Scottish Government and has been involved with cattle showing all of her life. Taking an interest in Simmental over the past eight years, she can regularly be found helping the Newbiemains herds at Society sales and shows. Placing second in the class was Frank Gwynne of the Castlewigg Simmental herd, Newtown Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway.

Full Show Results
Class 1 – Bull born on between 01.08.2021 & 31.08.2021
1 – Lot 815: Jim & Patricia Goldie NEWBIEMAINS MOOSALA – s. Newbiemains Jericho

Class 2 – Bull born on between 01 09.2021& 31.12.2021
1 – Lot 816: Jim & Patricia Goldie NEWBIEMAINS MCGREGOR – s. Newbiemains Jericho

Class 3 – Bull born on between 01 01.2022 & 15.03.2022
1 – Lot 821: Jim & Patricia Goldie NEWBIEMAINS NOBLE WYNN – s. Auchorachan Kennedy
2 – Lot 822: RCS & CFE Addison LYVENNET NOAH – s. Greencap Klassik
3 – Lot 820: Ron Loftus CLEARWATER NITROUS – s. Booroola

Class 4 – Bull born on or after 16/03/2022
1 – Lot 825: Gavin Brown SPRINGFIELD NIAGARA – s. Islavale Jabba
2 – Lot 824: Gavin Brown SPRINGFIELD NEMO – s. Islavale Jabba
3 – Lot 827: Mr & Mrs Fitton SIMPLY NESTLE – s. Auchorachan Hercules
4 – Lot 823: Ron Loftus CLEARWATER NO SMOKE WI’OUT FIRE – s. Double Bar D Rolex

Class 5 – Heifer born on between 01.08.2021 & 15.09.2021
1 – Lot 839: Mr & Mrs AS & YA Leedham GRANGEWOOD WANDA’S MYRTLE – s. Ranfurly Impeccable
2 – Lot 829: Mr & Mrs AS & YA Leedham GRANGEWOOD TOLLIE’S MILLIE – s. Ranfurly Impeccable
3 – Lot 828: Jim & Patricia Goldie NEWBIEMAINS MAG WAG – s. Newbiemains Jericho
4 – Lot 831: Mr & Mrs AS & YA Leedham GRANGEWOOD MAGGIE MAY – s. Ranfurly Impeccable

Class 6 – Heifer born on between 16 09.2021 & 31.12.2021
1 – Lot 836: N & N Gwynne CHESTERMANN GIBBLE LULU 3 – s. Chestermann Gibble
2 – Lot 832: Mr J David Loftus BLACKPOOL MARY – s. Woodhall Ferrari
3 – Lot 838: Frank Gwynne CASTLEWIGG RINGLEADER J-LO – s. Blackford Ringleader
4 – Lot 835: Mr & Mrs Fitton SIMPLY KLASSIC MINI ROLL – s. Auchorachan Hercules

Class 7 – Heifer born on between 01 01.2022 & 15.03.2022
1 – Lot 841: RCS & CFE Addison LYVENNET BRIONY 5TH – s. Greencap Klassick
2 – Lot 839: Mr & Mrs Fitton SIMPLY KLASSIC NORA – s. Auchorachan Hercules

Class 8 – Heifer born on or after 16/03/2022
1 – Lot 843: Gavin Brown SPRINGFIELD NITA – s. Islavala Jabba
2 – Lot 845: Gavin Brown SPRINGFIELD NALA – s. Islavala Jabba

Senior Champion
Reserve Senior Champion

Supreme & Junior Champion
Reserve Supreme & Junior Champion

1 – Mr & Mrs AS & YA Leedham
2 – Gavin Brown

Young Handlers Aged Between 10 – 15 years old
1 – Callum Leedham
2 – William Loftus
3 – Cloe Fitton

Young Handlers Aged Between 10 – 15 years old
1 – Abby Forsyth
2 – Frank Gwynne