A strong championship line-up in the Simmental ring was enjoyed by spectators, who witnessed the junior champion from Gavin Brown stand supreme.

On his first outing and having been tapped out as the day's junior winner by judge, Cameron Jackson, of the Future herd, Gavin's Springfield Major is sired by the 6000gns Islavale Jabba – which was purchased online at Stirling Bull Sales – whilst his dam, Hazelden Jingle, has also produced half brothers to 6500gns.

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John Barlow's reserve junior champion bull calf, Denzies Monty, bagged reserve supreme. This January-born calf is backed by home-bred genetics on both sides of his pedigree, being a son of Denzies Hamish and out of Denzies Trixie-Belle 6.

In the senior championship, coming out on top was James and Belinda Kimber's October, 2020-born bull, Beanhill Leon. On his first outing, he is a son of Ballinalare Farm Galaxy 15 – with semen being purchased from Cogent UK – and bred out of the home-bred Beanhill Inca.

Reserve senior came in the form of Newbiemains Leonidas, from Jim and Patricia Goldie's herd, based at Annan, Dumfries-shire. This August, 2020-born bull is bred out of Woodhall Ginger – purchased privately in 2018 – with the sire, Moorglen Hillbilly, being imported from Ireland in 2018.

LEADING awards:

Males – Senior yearling – 1, J and P Goldie's Newbiemains Leonidas; 2, C Houldey's Manor Park Lionheart; 3, N and N Gwynne's Chestermann Lexus. Junior yearling – 1, RJ and BE Kimber's Beanhill Leon; 2, N and N Gwynne's Chestermann Leonardo; 3, Barlow Bros' Denzies Lochlan. Senior calf – 1 and reserve, Barlow Bros' Denzies Monty; 2, G Brown's Springfield Maximus; 3, Barlow Bros' Denzies Masterpiece. Junior calf – 1 and champion, G Brown's Springfield Major; 2, R Loftus' Clearwater Max Power; 3, JH and VB Wood's Popes Matchmaker.

Heifers – Senior yearling – 1, J and P Goldie's Newbiemains Lady Wag; 2, N and N Gwynne's Chestermann Empire Tracy 6; 3, A and R Davies' Hirwaun Lemon and Lime. Junior yearling – 1, RJ and BE Kimber's Beanhill Lettie; 2, RM Fitton's Simply Ingrid Lou Lou; 3, JD Loftus' Blackpool Layla. Senior calf – 1, AE and C Bishop's Lynfield Precious; 2, G Brown's Springfield Mout; 3, RS Leedham's Grangewood Missmoneypenny. Junior calf – 1, Barlow Bros' Denzies Matilda; 2, G Brown's Springfield Mia; 3, JH and VB Wood's Popes Princess Maya.

Pairs – 1, J and P Goldie; 2, Barlow Bros.

Young handlers – 1, Abbie Goldie; 2, Callum Leedham; 3, Catherine Nicholas.

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