Northern Ireland Simmental breeders have hit the headlines at the society’s autumn bull sales in Stirling for four years in succession.
This time it was the turn of Dungannon herd owner David Hazelton, and son Jonny, who scooped the intermediate and supreme overall championship ribbons, as well as the day’s second highest bid of 15,000gns.
Racing to pole position in the Simmental showring was Ranfurly Formula 1 ET TSI+72 SRI+72, a nineteen-month-old Carnkern Titan son, bred from the herd’s prolific breeding cow South Park King Kong Weikel 2nd.
Derbyshire judge, and breed society president, David Donnelly who runs the noted 10-cow Atlow Herd, described the overall champion as something special. “I knew this bull was going to be my champion from the minute he walked into the showring. He is very correct, well grown, has a nice level top, sound legs and feet, and simply oozes class from head to tail.”
David Hazelton has been a Perth and Stirling consignor for more than 26 years, and was delighted to secure his first-ever supreme championship at the world-renowned Scottish venue.
“Everyone aspires to breed a Stirling champion. I’ve won numerous championships at provincial shows over the years, including the Balmoral Show breed title in 2010, but this is definitely a dream come true, and a significant milestone in the history of my herd,” he said.
“Up until now my best achievement at Perth and Stirling was winning the reserve senior championship in 2007 with Ranfurly Talisman, who sold for a then herd record of 9,000gns. He was a full brother to Ranfurly Formula One.”
Crowned Danske Bank NI Simmental Male of the Year 2015, Ranfurly Formula One attracted an opening bid of 5,000gns, and after a bidding frenzy from several pedigree breeders, he was sold to judge David Donnelly for 15,000gns.
There was a smaller than usual entry of Simmental bulls from Northern Ireland.
Next best at 6,000gns, and setting a new herd record for Armagh breeder Chris Traynor was the eighteen-month-old Kilmore Fitz TSI+73 SRI+75. This third prize winner was sired by the herd’s 12,000gns stock bull Kilbride Farm Bantry, and is bred from the Derrycallaghan Hamilton daughter Glebefarm Vanity – one of 24 cows in the herd which was founded five years ago. Buyers were Messrs A and D Clarke, Stratheast, Holm, Orkney.
Kilmore Fitz was reserve male and reserve supreme champion at Fermanagh County Show, where he also won the coveted DANI Rosebowl for the best weight recorded Simmental bull. He teamed up with herd mate Kilmore Floyd to secure the Ivomec Super Pair of the Year award.
Kilbride Farm Bantry was also behind the breeding of Kilmore Franko TSI+81 SRI+89 sold at 3,500gns to JW Thompson, Blackcastle, Innerwick, East Lothian. This third prize winner was born in January 2014, and is bred from the Cleenagh Flasher daughter Glebefarm Beauty. He was shown once, scooping the breed’s junior and reserve male championship awards at Balmoral Show.
Billy Robson OBE, and sons Michael and Norman, Doagh, Ballyclare, sold five bulls from their noted Kilbride Farm Herd to average £3,570 each.
Their best at 5,000gns was the third prize winner Kilbride Farm Finlay TSI+83 SRI+91. He was sired by the home-bred Kilbride Farm Warren son Kilbride Farm Connor, and is out of Kilbride Farm Dora 37A, a daughter of the 15,000gns Cairnview Snazzy. This April 2014 bull was snapped up by J Cameron, Balmacaan, Inverness.
Shiloh W Royal Herkules – supreme champion at Roscommon in 2010, was behind the breeding of Kilbride Farm Fantastic TSI+82 SRI+88 which attracted a bid of 4,000gns from C Thomson, Wester Tulloch, Midmar, Aberdeenshire. His dam is the Kilbride Farm Warren daughter Kilbride Farm Eunice 134D.
The Robson family sold the fifth placed Kilbride Farm Fergus for 3,000gns. He is in the breed’s top 1% for eye muscle area +5.8, and sold to DP Hopkins, Llandefallw, Brecon. This one was sired by Crugmelyn Brenin, and is out of a home-bred dam by Cairnview Snazzy.
NI Simmental Club chairman Richard Rodgers, Portglenone, realised 4,500gns for the fourth prize winning Hiltonstown Fernando TSI+76 SRI+73. Born in April 2014 he is by herd sire Auroch Amos, and is a full brother to the 17,000gns Hiltonstown Dominic sold at Stirling two years ago. Buyer was R Brown, Strageath Mains, Muthill, Crieff.
Richard Rodgers also sold the April 2014 born Hiltonstown Frontman TSI+84 SRI+91 for 2,600gns. He was sired by the Omorga Volvo son Lisglass Colombus.
Harry and John Moore, Beragh, sold the May 2014 Omorga Ferrari TSI+60 SRI+61 for 3,000gns. He was sired by Dermody Butcher, and is out of a home-bred Raceview King daughter.
First-time exhibitors Paul and Dylan McCaffrey, Trillick, realised 2,900gns for Feglish Five Star TSI+67 SRI+74. Sired by Omorga Baldwin, he was bred from Carrigglen Sunshine, and was male and supreme champion at Armagh Show.
Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, sold the fourth prize winning heifer Castlemount Ruby 3 ET for 1,900gns to S Ganson, Lhai Croft, Libster, Caithness. Sired by Hillcrest Champion, she is bred from the Cleenagh Flasher daughter Slievenagh Ruby.
Simmental bulls sold to a top of 18,000gns, and following a 75% clearance United Auctions confirmed that 66 bulls changed hands to level at £5,969, representing an increase of £117 on this time last year.