Regional Club News

Cork Show 2016

Cork Show Champion 'Corbally Goddess'

Champion ‘Corbally Goddess’

Cork'16 Res Champ Clonagh Willow

Reserve Champion ‘Clonagh Willow’

Co Louth Show 2016

Co Louth16 Champion & Interbreed Champion 'Kilbride Farm Eunice 168E'

2016 Champion & Interbreed Champion ‘Kilbride Farm Eunice 168E’

Clonakilty Show 2016

Clonakilty16 Champion 'Littlerock Dervla Annie'

Simmental Champion ‘Littlerock Dervla Annie’

Clonakilty16 Res Champ 'Mohona Flight'

Reserve Champion ‘Mohona Flight’

Bandon Show 2016

Bandon Show Overall Champion 'Clonagh Willow'

Overall Champion ‘Clonagh Willow’

Sligo Breeder Wins Overall Simmental Championship at Balmoral Show

Taking the Overall Simmental Championship at Balmoral in glorious sunshine was the sixteen-month-old heifer Tawley Gretta, shown by first-time Balmoral exhibitor Kieran Mullarkey who had made the trip from Ballinfull in County Sligo.

Bred by Irish breeder Declan Oates, she was purchased privately in 2015 by Kieran Mullarkey for his Lissadell Herd which was established in 2014. Sired by Monaduff Snorter and bred from Annadale Dainty an Auchorachan Wizard dam, this much admired heifer was second in her class at Tullamore Show last year, and was also Connaught Calf Champion at Ballinrobe Show in 2015.

Female and supreme overall Simmental champion was Tawley Gretta shown by Kieran Mullarkey from County Sligo. Picture: MacGregor Photography

Female and Supreme Overall Simmental Champion was Tawley Gretta shown by Kieran Mullarkey from County Sligo. Picture: MacGregor Photography

Hall Of Fame 2016

Seamus Aherne receiving the 2016 Simmental Hall of Fame Award from Mairead Lavery, IFJ

Seamus Aherne receives the 2016 Simmental Hall of Fame Award from Mairead Lavery, IFJ

Western Club Meeting April 8th

Western Simmental Club Meeting
Friday, April 8th in the Dalton Inn, Claremorris at 9pm


Matters Arising
Calf Day/Shows
Council Report


Western Simmental Club AGM, Friday, February 5th

Western Simmental Club AGM
on Friday night, February 5th
in the Dalton Claremorris at 8.30pm


  • Minutes
  • Matters Arising
  • Chairman’s Report
  • Secretary’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Club Officers
  • A.O.B.


Year Letter for 2016 is ‘H’

Year Letter For 2016  ( H )

The name of all calves born in 2016 must begin with the letter ( H ) i.e. Henry, Hannah, etc.


Pedigree Name Length

Please note that for any calves born in 2016 the number of Digits possible in the full name is 26. Please note that in the case of ET calves, the ET accounts for 3 digits including the dash. Names of greater than 26 characters will be edited by the office.


Ballymote Sale 2016

Ballymote Sale 2016

Arising out of a routine review of our Ballymote Sale by the Western Simmental Club it was agreed to put in place a plan that would ensure that the sale maintains it’s much coveted position as the leading Breeding Heifer Sale. Following this review a further meeting was held on December 9th, at which sellers joined Club members to agree on measures to achieve the above outcome.

1.       Inspections – Over the last number of years there has been calls for increased pre sale inspections and therefore it has been agreed that all heifers entered will be subject to inspection by an independent inspector. This inspector will be appointed by the Committee and will be charged with the task of achieving a more uniform standard. Exhibitors will enter on the condition that they will be subject to a pre sale inspection and that they will accept the inspector’s decision as final.

2.       Sale Day Inspection – There is a view which has developed over the years that some sellers has allowed heifers lose condition getting close to the sale and to counteract this it has been agreed to re inspect all heifers on the morning of the sale.

3.       DNA – As a result of the BDGP scheme and subsequent Genomic / DNA sampling, it has been agreed to randomly sample a selection of heifers. These samples will be taken at inspection. This is seen as a move to give increased integrity to the sale and also give increased confidence to purchasers.

As it is not possible to determine how the agreed inspection criteria will affect entry and accepted numbers, the following was agreed in relation to entry criteria.

It was agreed to continue with the present policy of allowing 10 entries plus an additional 10 which would be accepted/declined depending on overall entry level.

It was also agreed to open entries to farmers using A.I. Simmental. The criteria here are that at least 5 (or 100 % in the case of a farmer will less than five inseminations) animals within the herd must be inseminated to Simmental within the previous 9 months and that these A.I. records must be recorded on ICBF system. These entrants will be subject to a minimum €50 entry fee which would cover up to 5 animals and the standard €10 per animal thereafter.

It is hoped that we can all work together to maintain and improve the overall Ballymote package and ensure that this highly recognisable sale goes from strength to strength.