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Simmental Breeders at Enniskillen Show
2010-08-05

A strong show of cattle with some promising young prospects for the future was how Scottish judge, Brian Grant, described this year’s Simmental section at County Fermanagh Show.

The Enniskillen event marked the end of the 2010 show season with the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year final, and the climax of the Northern Bank Simmental Male and Female of the Year Competition.

Mr Grant, who runs 50 pedigree cows and 100 commercial cross Simmental cows at Druid Temple Farm, Inverness, said:”I am delighted to have been invited to judge at this year’s Enniskillen Show. It’s been a great show, and the breeders are to be congratulated on the quality of the cattle presented. There was an exceptionally strong class with eight young bulls, and it proved a difficult task as there were a few potential winners. “

Trevor Johnston, agribusiness manager, Northern Bank, Enniskillen, presents the Simmental Female of the Year award to Ashland Lady Diamond third, shown by Tempo exhibitor, Frank Kelly.
Trevor Johnston, agribusiness manager, Northern Bank, Enniskillen, presents the Simmental Female of the Year award to Ashland Lady Diamond third, shown by Tempo exhibitor, Frank Kelly.

The female and supreme overall championship was awarded to Ashland Lady Diamond third shown by NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club chairman, Pat Kelly, and son, Frank, from Tempo, County Fermanagh. This super five-year-old cow was sired by Raceview Nigel, and is out of a home-bred dam. Complementing the champion was her September 2009 born Corskie Proton heifer calf.

Brian Grant said:”The overall champion is a lovely sweet young cow with a really nice heifer calf at foot.”

Scooping the reserve female and reserve supreme championship was Ranfurly Weikel third, a February 2008 born heifer bred by David Hazelton, Dungannon. She is a Hillcrest champion daughter bred from the noted South Park King Kong Weikel. “This is a super heifer, full of power and very stylish,” added the judge.

The Female of the Year competition has been hotly contested throughout the show season, with Ashland Lady Diamond claiming the championship honours at Ballymena, Lurgan, Omagh, Clogher and Enniskillen. She claimed the 2010 Northern Bank-sponsored award, just two points ahead of David Hazelton’s Ranfurly Weikel third, which won the breed championships at Balmoral, Armagh, Saintfield, Newry and Castlewellan.

The Northern Bank Simmental Male of the Year Award was won by Derrycallaghan Alan, owned by Harold Stubbs, and grandson, Alan Burleigh. Adding their congratulations are Rodney Brown and Billy O'Malley, agribusiness managers, Northern Bank, Enniskillen.
The Northern Bank Simmental Male of the Year Award was won by Derrycallaghan Alan, owned by Harold Stubbs, and grandson, Alan Burleigh. Adding their congratulations are Rodney Brown and Billy O'Malley, agribusiness managers, Northern Bank, Enniskillen.

The Male of the Year Award was won by Harold Stubbs, Lisnaskea, and grandson, Alan Burleigh. Their winning entry was the seventeen-month-old Omorga Regan son, Derrycallaghan Alan. He was reserve overall champion at Balmoral and Armagh, male champion at Lurgan and Omagh, and reserve male champion at Enniskillen.

Runner-up for the Male of the Year title was Wilandale Admiral, a March 2009 born Raceview King son bred and exhibited by Andrew Patterson, Ballinderry Bridge, Cookstown. He was champion at Antrim, male champion at Ballymena and Enniskillen, and reserve male champion at Armagh, and Omagh.

The crystal awards, sashes and rosettes were presented by Northern Bank’s head of agriculture, John Henning, who was assisted by agribusiness managers, Trevor Johnston, Billy O’Malley and Rodney Brown, from the bank’s Enniskillen branch.

John Henning said:”On behalf of Northern Bank I would like to congratulate all the winners in the Simmental Male and Female of the Year Competition. The final concludes the 2010 show season. The points system ensures keen competition amongst exhibitors, and helps to encourage entries of quality stock at summer shows. We are delighted to offer our long-standing support to this prestigious NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club competition. “

Judge, Brian Grant, Inverness, presents the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year Award to David Hazelton's Ranfurly herd, Dungannon. Included are Julie and Alan Wallace.
Judge, Brian Grant, Inverness, presents the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year Award to David Hazelton's Ranfurly herd, Dungannon. Included are Julie and Alan Wallace.

Concluding the Simmental judging at Enniskillen Show was the final of the Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition. Breed enthusiasts and spectators gathered around the show ring as seven pairs of cattle were paraded before judge, Brian Grant. The finalists had qualified at nominated shows throughout May, June and July.

Claiming the prestigious Ivomec Super Pair of the Year title, for the second year in succession, was David Hazelton from Dungannon. His winning duo were half sisters, Ranfurly Weikel first and Ranfurly Weikel third, which had qualified at Clogher Show. They are Carnkern Titan and Hillcrest Champion daughters bred from the noted South Park King Kong Weikel –whose progeny have sold to a top of 9,000gns. David Hazelton received the Perpetual Crystal Decanter and a 500mls pack of Ivomec Super injection – an endectocide which kills fluke, worms and external parasites in one injection.

Standing in reserve position were the Armagh Show qualifiers, Scribby Farms Ashton and Drumacritten Arnold, bred by William and Margaret Nelson, and sons, George and Keith, from Roslea, County Fermanagh. Both bulls were born in May 2009, and are sons of Omorga Regan and Raceview King.

Brian Grant concluded:”I couldn’t go past the winning pair because of their power, strength and size. The runners-up are well balanced bulls, and very alike. Congratulations to the winners and all the qualifiers for putting on a terrific display of Simmental cattle.”

All finalists received a 200mls pack of Ivomec Super. The Ivomec Super Simmental Pair of the Year competition is now in its fifth year and is generously sponsored by Philip Clarke, territory manager for Merial Animal Health.

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club chairman, Pat Kelly said:”It’s been a great day, and congratulations to all the prize winners. I would like to take this opportunity thank Northern Bank and Merial Animal Health, without whom these competitions would not be possible.”

Zara Stubbs from Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, received the Young Stockperson of the Year Perpetual Shield from Mrs Grant.

  • Simmental enthusiasts are reminded that the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club is staging a 40th Anniversary show and sale of elite heifers at Omagh Mart on Friday, August 20. The catalogue features 31 entries from many of the Province’s leading herds. Judging commences at 10am, followed by the sale at 12.30pm. All heifers have been pre-sale inspected and will be eligible for immediate export. Catalogues are available free on request from club secretary, Robin Boyd on mobile: 07799 346784.

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