by | Aug 21, 2023

Today’s the day and we have the first of the three ‘big Championship reveals’ of the 2023 Simmental Virtual Show. It’s a massive well done to James Arnold, Tarporley, Cheshire who has won this years’ Female Championship with his eleven-year-old cow VALE ROYAL ANNIE!

February 2012 born, Vale Royal Annie is by Hockenhull Matthew and is out of Curaheen Annie, a Carnkern Titan daughter. To date, Annie has had nine registered calves to her comprising of five heifer calves, and four bull calves.

Vale Royal Annie initially prevailed from a tremendous class of 92 Cows-in-milk, judged by Bridget Olds of the Bosahan herd, Falmouth, Cornwall. In the Female Championship she went up against two heifers from the Corskie herd of WJ & J Green, Garmouth, Fochabers in the shape of the October 2022 Corskie Naitrin, and the September 2021 born Corskie Minette, the winners of Class Two and Four respectively. Giving her the Female Championship nod was the judge, and the BSCS Chairman of Shows & Sales South, John Barlow of the Denizes herd, Nr Leyland, Lancs.

Commenting on his Female Champion, John Barlow said: “This is just a tremendous Simmental cow. She’s eleven-years-old and in the picture she just retains such a freshness, is full of breed character and femininity, has a great udder, and structurally looks so correct and sound. With nine calves to her name she’s a terrific example of the longevity that is pretty typical of Simmental females. All of these characteristics just gave her the edge over what was two quality heifers from the Corskie herd.”

Of the 2023 Simmental Virtual Show of females generally, John went on to say: “The appeal of this competition to breeders is fantastic and well done to everyone who entered and had a go. There were 276 females across the three classes which is remarkable in itself and the quality bar has been very high. The core of the Simmental herdbook looks to be in top order and you can see from these pictures the breeding potential and the bloodlines producing animals for forward sales.”