‘IMPRESSIVE’ CHAMPIONS AT SIMMENTAL CALF SHOW

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Royal Highland Show 21st June to 24th June 2018

by | Jun 26, 2018

Blackford Galaxy 15, Best Bull, Breeder of the Best Bull, Overall Champion and 1st place Bull, born on or before 31.12.15

Judges Report, John Dykes

I was greatly honoured to be invited by the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society and the Simmental Society to judge the classes at the Royal Highland Show. To be invited by one’s peers to place their entries at such a prestigious event is a great vote of confidence to any livestock breeder. 

At the time of writing this report, our herd is in the process of being prepared for dispersal, but this in no way reduces my enthusiasm for the breed or confidence in a very exciting and progressive future for Simmentals and their breeders. After thirty-one years of involvement with this breed at all levels, placing the cattle at the Highland Show is indeed the icing on the cake. 

As a breeder of commercial cattle for over fifty years, I have always been very conscious of the qualities that lead to ease of management and profitability. I hope that my placings of the many quality cattle paraded before me went some way to bear this out. 

As always at the ‘Highland’, the eleven classes led off with the youngest female class, yearling heifers. There were nine heifers forward with the eventual first place going to Frank Gwynne’s Chestermann Empire Stella. A very stylish young heifer who moved really well and has the potential to grow into a very impressive cow. Second was the Green’s Corskie Inita and third was Richard McCulloch’s Overhill House India. 

The next age class was well supported with thirteen of the sixteen entries forward. The winner of this class was Jimmy McMillan’s Sterling FCUK Impuls – a very long, clean, whole coloured heifer with lots of style and beautifully shown. Perhaps not quite perfect behind but nevertheless a worthy winner. Second was Heather Duff’s Pitmudie Florin 2nd and third was Jim & Patricia Goldie’s Newbiemains Impressive. 

The July to December 2016 class was again well supported with twelve entries forward. The Green’s Corskie Herlande came out top in this strong class, A very sound, good moving heifer who went on to be Best Junior Female and eventually Best Junior Animal of the breed. Second and Reserve Junior Female was Gerald Smith’s Drumsleed Hilight. She also followed the first prize winner through to become Reserve Overall Junior Champion. Third in the class was Michael Durno’s Auchorachan Letta H1. 

The class for heifers born between 1st January and end of June 2016 was slightly smaller but of a very high standard. The eventual winner of a very close-run decision was Heather Duff’s Pitmudie Havana, beating Jimmy & Vikki Wood’s Popes Rhona. Havana showed more breed character through her head and front end and went on to be Female Champion and Reserve Overall in a very strong female section. Third in this class to these two impressive animals was Corskie Harp from the Greens. 

Heifers born in 2015 was a strong class with the older animals nursing calves. The winner was Gerald Smith’s Drumsleed Gretel. A well grown heifer with a tidy udder, making a good job of rearing her calf. Second was Andy Wilson’s Cairnview Tilly 4th. Not quite as strong as the first prize winner but correct in every way and rearing a classy calf very well. This combination went on to win the prize for the Best Cow & Calf, judged as a pair. Third in the class was a younger heifer from Richard McCulloch, Overhill House Giggle. 

The junior cow class had only three forward with Woodhall Erica in first place. A well grown dark coloured young cow from Richard McCulloch, nursing a good calf. A cow who will have a great future when she matures. Second was Gerald Smith’s Drumsleed Farina and third was Tom Henderson’s Annick Trixibelle 15th

The senior cow class was the smallest in the female section with only two forward but was won by the very impressive Sterling Petra’s Cairo. This seven-year old cow was nursing a well reared calf but is starting to show signs of age in her locomotion. She went on to be Reserve Female Champion. Second was Dargill Cassie, also seven years old and in her working clothes, nursing a bull calf very well. 

The bull classes were not quite so well supported as the females. The junior class of bulls had seven forward out of thirteen entries and was won by Corskie Infinity, a yearling bull from the Greens. A very free moving and growthy bull with all the right attributes to be a good herd sire. Second was Frank Gwynne’s Chestermann Imran and third was Skerrington Iceman from the Goldies. 

Intermediate bulls was a little better filled class with twelve forward, to be led by Blackford Iolair. A red and white bull with exceptionally good fleshing and thickness throughout who went on to win the Interbreed Beefbreeder/Breedplan championship the following day. Second was Heather Duff’s Pitmudie Inverurie and third was Gerald Smith’s Drumsleed Iceman. 

The first senior bull class had only two entries forward and was won by Camus Harold, a two-year old bull from the Woods. Very well fleshed, plenty of width and a great mover. Second was Overhill House Hercules from Richard McCulloch. 

The last class of aged bulls only had two, but they were very impressive. Winner of the class was Blackford Galaxy from Michael Barlow. On his second visit to Ingliston under new ownership, he surpassed last year’s successes and went on to win the Male Championship and the Overall Breed Champion. He is a big bull carrying a lot of condition but still moved actively and freely. The second bull was Richard McCulloch’s Curaheen Drifter, an extremely thick, well fleshed bull also but did not move so freely as the first. 

After placing all the seventy-two animals in the classes it was very satisfying to have all the first prize winners line up in a very pleasing show of top-class cattle. Blackford Galaxy making an outstanding Overall Champion with Pitmudie Havana a very worth Reserve. 

I would just like to conclude by thanking and congratulating all the exhibitors for presenting such a fine show of cattle on a day when the weather was perfect for the event. Also, a big thank you to the directors, stewards and Scottish Simmental Club who, as always, excelled in their organisation of the judging, the welcome and the hospitality extended to Kate and myself on what will always be a memorable day. 

Thank you. 

Pitmudie Havana, Best Female, Reserve Overall Champion, Best Animal Bred by Exhibitor & 1st Place Female born on or between 01.01.16 and 30.06.16
Camus Harold 16, Best Junior Bull, Reserve Bull, Best Animal of Opposite Sex to the Junior Champion and 1st place Bull, born on or between 01.01.16 and 31.12.16
Sterling Petra’s Cairo, Reserve Female Champion and 1st Place Female, born on or before 31.12.12, in milk or certified in calf at time of Show
DATE: 21st June to 24th June 2018JUDGE: Mr J Dykes
CLASS & POSITIONNAME OF ANIMALSIREDAMEXHIBITOR
Best Bull, Breeder of Best Bull & Overall ChampionBLACKFORD GALAXY 15CURLIEU KNIGHTBLACKFORD AEROMR M A BARLOW
Best Female, Reserve Overall Champion & Best Animal Bred by ExhibitorPITMUDIE HAVANACORSKIE ELDER 13DRUMSLEED CARINA 11HEATHER DUFF
Best Junior Bull, Reserve Bull & Best Animal of Opposite Sex to the Junior ChampionCAMUS HAROLD 16KILBRIDE FARM NEWRYCAMUS EASTERM/S J H & V G WOOD
Reserve Female ChampionSTERLING PETRA’S CAIRODOVEFIELDS GALLANTSTERLING DOLORES PETRAMR & MRS P B & J A BORLASE
Best Cow with Calf at foot, judged as a pairCAIRNVIEW TILLY 4THWESTVIEW ELMO 13CAIRNVIEW TILLYMR A J WILSON
CAIRNVIEW ISMAN 17WOODHALL FERRARI 14CAIRNVIEW TILLY 4THMR A J WILSON
Best Junior Female & Best Junior AnimalCORSKIE HERLANDEBEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11CORSKIE ROLANDEMR WJ & J GREEN
Reserve Junior Female & Reserve Junior AnimalDRUMSLEED HILIGHT 16GRANGEWOOD WILLIAMDRUMSLEED EVITA 13MR G W SMITH
Reserve Junior BullCORSKIE INFINITY 17BEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11CORSKIE FOURTH STARMR WJ & J GREEN
Female, born on or after 01.04.171. CHESTERMANN EMPIRE STELLASTERLING EMPIRE 13CHESTERMANN RINGLEADER STELLAMESSRS N & N GWYNNE
2. CORSKIE INITAAULTMORE FRANCO 14CORSKIE ANITAMR WJ & J GREEN
3. OVERHILL HOUSE INDIACURAHEEN DRIFTERWOODHALL CLAUDIARICHARD MCCULLOCH
4. GARMOUTH DUMANDY’S ISABELLABEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11STERLING VERITY’S DUMANDYLAURA GREEN
5. NEWBIEMAINS IRISWOODHALL FANTASTIC 14NEWBIEMAINS FUCHSIAJIM & PATRICIA GOLDIE
6. STRATHISLA INDIA’S TWIGGYISLAVALE DONALD 12STRATHISLA ABBEY’S TWIGGYSTRATHISLA FARMS
Female, born between 01.01.17 & 31.03.171. STERLING FCUK IMPULSSTERLING GINO 15STERLING CANDY’S F.C.U.KMR J MCMILLAN
2. PITMUDIE FLORIN 2NDCAIRNORRIE FERRARI 14PITMUDIE FLORINHEATHER DUFF
3. NEWBIEMAINS IMPRESSIVEWOODHALL FANTASTIC 14NEWBIEMAINS EMPRESSJIM & PATRICIA GOLDIE
4. AUCHORACHAN HILLY 6KILBRIDE FARM DELBOY 12AUCHORACHAN WENDYD & R DURNO & SONS
5. DENIZES CADETTE 35THBOSAHAN DYNAMO 12DENIZES CADETTE 28THMR M A BARLOW
6. POPES NELLYS ILIASWINGLETREE EMPOROR 13POPES NELLYS DAZZLERM/S J H & V G WOOD
Female, born on or between 01.07.16 and 31.12.161. CORSKIE HERLANDEBEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11CORSKIE ROLANDEMR WJ & J GREEN
2. DRUMSLEED HILIGHT 16GRANGEWOOD WILLIAMDRUMSLEED EVITA 13MR G W SMITH
3. AUCHORACHAN LETTA H1TEAM FERGUS 14AUCHORACHAN DYNASTYD & R DURNO & SONS
4. CORSKIE HERBBEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11CORSKIE DILLMR WJ & J GREEN
5. KENNOX ALICE’S HELENADIRNANEAN BRADLEY 10ANNICK TARA’S ALICEMR DAVID CRAIG
6. PITMUDIE HELENAOVERHILL HOUSE ERAGON 13NEWBIEMAINS EXCLUSIVEHEATHER DUFF
Female, born on or between 01.01.16 and 30.06.161. PITMUDIE HAVANACORSKIE ELDER 13DRUMSLEED CARINA 11HEATHER DUFF
2. POPES RHONAKILBRIDE FARM COMBER 11SKERRINGTON RHONA 21STM/S J H & V G WOOD
3. CORSKIE HARPCELTIC ROCKCORSKIE ELECTRAMR WJ & J GREEN
4. POPES PRINCESS HETTIEKILBRIDE FARM COMBER 11POPES PRINCESS CLEOM/S J H & V G WOOD
5. STRATHISLA HERMES’S LUCYDELLFIELD BRIGADIER 10BLAIR LUCYSTRATHISLA FARMS
6. DEERHURST HATTI 16STERLING COTSWOLD 11DEERHURST EUNICEMR & MRS P B & J A BORLASE
Female, having calved before 3 years of age or due to calve before 3 years of age, in milk or in calf, born in 20151. DRUMSLEED GRETEL 15HAYSTAR CRACKER 11DRUMSLEED BUTTERSCOTCHMR G W SMITH
2. CAIRNVIEW TILLY 4THWESTVIEW ELMO 13CAIRNVIEW TILLYMR A J WILSON
3. OVERHILL HOUSE GIGGLECURAHEEN DRIFTERWOODHALL EFFIERICHARD MCCULLOCH
4. NEWBIEMAINS GOLDIES BABEBLACKFORD ALBATROSS 09NEWBIEMAINS DREAM IN A FIELDJIM & PATRICIA GOLDIE
5. OVERHILL HOUSE GOOSEYBLACKFORD BEN MHOR 10WOODHALL EDITHRICHARD MCCULLOCH
Female, born in 2013 or 2014, in milk or certified in calf at time of Show1. WOODHALL ERICARACEVIEW ALL-STAR KKWOODHALL APRICOT 9RICHARD MCCULLOCH
2. DRUMSLEED FARINA 14CLONAGH BUCKAROONEY TRUELYBOARS HEAD KARINA 2NDMR G W SMITH
3. ANNICK TRIXIBELLE 15THANNICK CLAYMORE 11ANNICK TRIXI-BELLE 8THMR T A & E HENDERSON
Female, born on or before 31.12.12, in milk or certified in calf at time of Show1. STERLING PETRA’S CAIRODOVEFIELDS GALLANTSTERLING DOLORES PETRAMR & MRS P B & J A BORLASE
2. DARGILL CASSIEBOSWELL WARRIORBLACKFORD NESSIEJ C MCLAREN & PARTNERS
Bull, born on or after 01.04.171. CORSKIE INFINITY 17BEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11CORSKIE FOURTH STARMR WJ & J GREEN
2. CHESTERMANN IMRAN 17BLACKFORD RINGLEADERCHESTERMANN HALE BOPP NELLFRANK GWYNNE
3. SKERRINGTON ICEMAN 17SOWENNA ARISTROCRAT 09 9SKERRINGTON RHONA 32NDJIM & PATRICIA GOLDIE
4. COXHILL INIS 17LOPEMEDE GREGG 15TEAM KASEY 19JAMES MCKAY WIGHTMAN
5. DARGILL INROCK 17KILBRIDE FARM DOUBLEACTION 12PORTLOGAN BONNIEJ C MCLAREN & PARTNERS
6. SPRINGFIELD INVADER 17SHILOH FREEDOMSPRINGFIELD GOLDIEGAVIN BROWN
Bull, born on or between 01.01.17 and 31.03.171. BLACKFORD IOLAIR 17KILBRIDE FARM DOUBLEACTION 12BLACKFORD WAXWINGMR W G MACPHERSON (A FIRM)
2. PITMUDIE INVERURIE 17CORSKIE ELDER 13NEWBIEMAINS ELIZABETHHEATHER DUFF
3. DRUMSLEED ICEMAN 17HAYSTAR CRACKER 11DRUMSLEED CASSIEMR G W SMITH
4. GARMOUTH ICEMAN 17DIRNANEAN BRADLEY 10CORSKIE CLOVERLAURA GREEN
5. MANOR PARK IRVINE 17KILBRIDE FARM BERRATOFT 10MANOR PARK ALLANAHMR D C HOULDEY
6. CHESTERMANN IFAN 17STERLING EMPIRE 13CHESTERMANN RINGLEADER LULU 2FRANK GWYNNE
Bull, born on or between 01.01.16 and 31.12.161. CAMUS HAROLD 16KILBRIDE FARM NEWRYCAMUS EASTERM/S J H & V G WOOD
2. OVERHILL HOUSE HERCULES 16CURAHEEN DRIFTERWOODHALL ERICARICHARD MCCULLOCH
Bull, born on or before 31.12.151. BLACKFORD GALAXY 15CURLIEU KNIGHTBLACKFORD AEROMR M A BARLOW
2. CURAHEEN DRIFTERCURAHEEN WARRIOR (ET)CURAHEEN VIARICHARD MCCULLOCH
Best Group consisting of one Bull and two Females, all the property of one Exhibitor1. POPES RHONAKILBRIDE FARM COMBER 11SKERRINGTON RHONA 21STM/S J H & V G WOOD
1. CAMUS HAROLD 16KILBRIDE FARM NEWRYCAMUS EASTERM/S J H & V G WOOD
1. POPES PRINCESS HETTIEKILBRIDE FARM COMBER 11POPES PRINCESS CLEOM/S J H & V G WOOD
Group of Three Animals, by the same sire, any age or sex1. CORSKIE HERBBEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11CORSKIE DILLMR WJ & J GREEN
1. CORSKIE INFINITY 17BEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11CORSKIE FOURTH STARMR WJ & J GREEN
1. CORSKIE HERLANDEBEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11CORSKIE ROLANDEMR WJ & J GREEN
Interbreed – Beef Recorded Bull (Continental), born on or after 01.01.161. BLACKFORD IOLAIR 17KILBRIDE FARM DOUBLEACTION 12BLACKFORD WAXWINGMR W G MACPHERSON (A FIRM)
2. CAMUS HAROLD 16KILBRIDE FARM NEWRYCAMUS EASTERM/S J H & V G WOOD
6. OVERHILL HOUSE HERCULES 16CURAHEEN DRIFTERWOODHALL ERICARICHARD MCCULLOCH
Interbreed – Beef Breeder Continental ChampionBLACKFORD IOLAIR 17KILBRIDE FARM DOUBLEACTION 12BLACKFORD WAXWINGMR W G MACPHERSON (A FIRM)