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Ranfurly Red-Letter Day
Judge praises quality of Simmental’s at NI National Show
By Julie Hazelton
A tremendous show with an incredible standard of livestock was how British Simmental Cattle Society president Michael Barlow described the breed’s inaugural NI National Show.
Mr Barlow from the noted Denizes Herd based in Lancashire, said he thoroughly enjoyed judging the event, held in conjunction with the 179th Omagh Show.
More than 50 entries from herds across the Province competed for a share of the £4,000 prize fund.
NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club chairman Conard Fegan congratulated the exhibitors on a great show, and thanked principal sponsor Danske Bank, and the numerous agricultural and local businesses for their generous support. “It’s fantastic to see such a great turnout of cattle, and we were overwhelmed by the number of spectators in attendance.”
Stealing the show was the much-admired junior bull Ranfurly Jameson bred by breed stalwart David Hazelton from Dungannon. This eighteen-month-old entry caught the eye of Michael Barlow to secure the junior, male and supreme overall championship awards. He also claimed the DANI Rosebowl for the best performance recorded bull.
Sired by the noted Raceview King, this bull is out of the home-bred Carnkern Titan daughter Ranfurly Weikel 17th. He also secured the breed’s junior, male and supreme championship ribbons at Balmoral Show in May.
Michael Barlow commented: “The overall champion is a fine example of the Simmental breed. He has great conformation, good legs and feet, and oozes breed character.”
It turned out to be a red-letter day for David and Jonny Hazelton, who won five first prize rosettes and a string of championship sashes and trophies. Their haul of plaudits included the reserve supreme championship, and the female and reserve female titles. The Ranfurly Herd – established more than 40 years ago – won the prize for the exhibitor gaining the most points at the show.
Claiming the female and reserve supreme championship awards was the three-year-old cow Ranfurly Weikel 18th VG87, shown with her January born Cleenagh Flasher heifer calf at foot.
Sired by Raceview King, Ranfurly Weikel 18th VG87, is bred from the Hillcrest Champion daughter Ranfurly Weikel 11th EX90. She was Simmental champion at Lurgan Show, and reserve champion at Armagh Show.
Her full sister Ranfurly Weikel 23rd secured the reserve female championship. This two-year-old heifer was female champion at Balmoral.
The January 2018 Cleenagh Jessica claimed the reserve junior championship for Robert and Julie Stinson from Enniskillen. Purchased at the Cleenagh dispersal sale last year, this heifer is one of three foundation females in the Roscultan Herd.
Sired by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral champion Dermotstown Delboy, her dam is the Bridgemount Vixon daughter Stralongford Courtney. The Stinson’s made their showring debut at Balmoral, winning the reserve junior and reserve female championships at the 151st show.
The five-month-old bull calf Breaghey Kingdom secured the reserve male championship for Andrew and Zara Clarke, Tynan, County Armagh. Sired by Omorga Regan, he is bred from the Kilbride Farm Newry daughter Breaghey Beatrice – one of 14 cows in the herd.
Results from the NI National Show include:
Cow, any age, sponsored by ABP Newry – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 18th VG87 by Raceview King.
Senior heifer, born between 01/01/17 and 30/06/17, sponsored by John Thompson and Sons Ltd – 1, Jonathan Henderson, Newbiemains Intrepid by Newbiemains Golden Eye; 2, Jonathan Henderson, Drumsamney Cara’s Snowdrop by Banwy Wonderboy.
Intermediate heifer, born between 01/07/17 and 31/12/17, sponsored by Parklands Veterinary Group– 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 23rd by Raceview King; 2, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Isla by Ranfurly Confederate; 3, Andrew and Zara Clarke, Breaghey Leading Lady by Woodhall Everhart; 4, David Carson, Lissadell Jezebel by Curaheen Vio.
Junior heifer, born between 01/01/18 and 30/06/18, sponsored by Woodcraft Kitchens (Kilrea) – 1, Julie Stinson, Cleenagh Jessica by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, Robin Boyd, Slievenagh Jewel P by Kilbride Farm Glenhead; 3, Gareth Wilson, Rathnashan Kit Kat Cara by Kilbride Farm Comber; 4, Julie Stinson, Roscultan Jemima by Dermotstown Delboy.
Junior heifer, born between 01/07/18 and 31/12/18, sponsored by Animax – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Lady Jasmine by Omorga Murray; 2, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Jelly Bean by Curaheen Dickens; 3, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Judy by Curaheen Dickens; 4, Cecil and Scott McIlwaine, Corrick Jayne by Curaheen Dickens.
Heifer calf, born in 2019, sponsored by Millar Meats – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 30th by Cleenagh Flasher; 2, HC Stubbs and AA Burleigh, Derrycallaghan Kalmaty Jane by Team Celtic; 3, Shane O’Neill, Drumcook Shirley by Omorga Baldwin.
Junior bull, born between 01/01/18 and 30/04/18, sponsored by T-MET – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Jameson by Raceview King; 2, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Jeronimo by Team Celtic; 3, HC Stubbs and AA Burleigh, Derrycallaghan Jacko by Omorga Volvo; 4, John Moore, Omorga Joel by Mullyknock Gallant.
Junior bull, born between 01/05/18 and 31/08/18, sponsored by Teemore Engineering – 1, HC Stubbs and AA Burleigh, Derrycallaghan Jackpot by Popes Laird; 2, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Joop by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, JL and CJ Weatherup, Lisglass Jasper by Mullyknock Gallant.
Junior bull, born between 01/09/18 and 31/12/18, sponsored by RS Concrete – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Jameson by Ashland Brandy; 2, Cecil and Scott McIlwaine, Corrick Judge by Curaheen Gunshot; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Jazzman by Curaheen Dickens; 4, John Moore, Omorga Joshua by Dermotstown Delboy.
Bull calf, born in 2019, sponsored by Huttons Butchers – 1, Andrew and Zara Clarke, Breaghey Kingdom by Omorga Regan; 2, Peter Stratton, Glengesh Kingsman by Kilbride Farm Dragoon.
Pair, property of exhibitor, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim – 1, WD and JD Hazelton, Ranfurly Weikel 23rd and Ranfurly Jameson; 2, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Lady Jasmine and Coolcran Jameson; 3, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Scribby Farms Jellybean and Scribby Farms Judy; 4, Julie Stinson, Cleenagh Jessica and Roscultan Jemima.
Young handler, 8 to 12 years-old, sponsored by Johnston Agri – 1, Thomas McAllister; 2, Jason Little.
Young handler, 13 to 18 years-old, sponsored by Warren Kerr Agri Supplies – 1, Molly Bradley.