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Heathbrow Simmentals

High Heath Farm
Codicote
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG4 8SZ

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Heathbrow Simmentals is based in Hertfordshire, south east England. Established in 1996 the Heathbrow herd has grown into a highly successful herd.

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Welcome to Heathbrow Simmentals, which is based in Hertfordshire in the south east of England. Since its establishment in 1996 the Heathbrow herd has grown in to a highly successful herd based on quality female genetics and proven sires and has built up a reputation for selling bulls and females to both pedigree and commercial herds in the UK and Ireland.

We have also experimented with polled genetics which is proving to be a major marketing tool for the herd. We hope you enjoy the site and look forward to meeting you on farm or at various shows and sales throughout the year.

About Us

The Heathbrow herd of pedigree Simmental cattle was established in 1996 having ceased with milking Holstein Friesians. Having experimented with a number of different breeds in a suckler enterprise, it was decided the easy calving, good mothering and natural fleshing attributes of the Simmental were to lay the foundations of the successful Heathbrow herd.

Having purchased females at the Sacombe Summer Time sale and the Newborough dispersal, the herd grew before the introduction of Canadian genetics. In order to set the herd’s stall out differently to other breeders, it was thought that polled genetics would be the way forward. The arrival of the Canadian bred heifer AWL Starlet and bull AWL Star certainly put the herd on the map. Unfortunately Star only served five females before dying with peritonitis and never left a heifer calf, however Starlet certainly proved her worth – 17 years old she’s still in the herd!

The emphasis on polling has proved a successful path to take as many repeat buyers are now coming forward for polled bulls. We’ve used the right genetics to bring the best out in these cattle. The purchase of Hockenhull Kramer was significant at this time. His progeny, mainly polled, were of a good type with many sons and daughters being shown. A large number of sons have also been sold to pedigree herds including Heathbrow Niagra who was exported to Eire. Kramer’s calving ease of +10.9 is one of the highest in the Simmental breed and his semen is certainly recommended for use on heifers.

Other significant purchases have been from leading herds, such as Dinanean, Hockenull, Darsham and Sterling – all of which have helped shape the herd in to what it is today.

Retained breeding females have to meet the strictest of guidelines for us with emphasis placed on temperament, longevity, locomotion, natural fleshing and milking ability.

The 40-cow herd as it currently stands is Breedplan recorded and has recently joined the Biobest Health Scheme, but prior to that the herd was BVD accredited and has tested negative for IBR and Lepto and is also Johne’s monitored. A regular exhibitor at shows in the south East and East Anglia, as well as National Simmental Shows, young bulls and females are regularly for sale, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with your requirements.  

Herd Competition Results  -  2008 – 2012

2012 Winner of large herd section  Overall Champion herd

  • Winner of youngstock section
  • Winner of female family group

2011 2nd large herd section

  • Winner of youngstock section
  • Winner of female  family group

2010 Winner of large herd section  Overall Champion herd

  • Winner of the dam and one progeny section
  • Winner of best bull calf
  • Winner of female family group

2009 Winner of large herd section  Overall champion herd

  • Winner of  best bull calf
  • Winner of maiden heifer section
  • Winner of female family group

2008 2nd large herd section

  • Winner of youngstock section
  • Winner of female family group

Information

Dam Lines

The Heathrow herd consists of a quality nucleus of top breeding females. We pride ourselves on sourcing some of the best genetics the breed has to offer which best suit our management ethos of easy calving, good temperament and great longevity.

AWL Starlet 8E (P)

Sire: Harkaway Mr Star 38Z

Dam:  Miss Accelerator 346B

Starlet was purchased in 1996 from the renowned Canadian herd SWL Simmentals. Our plan was to source a quality polled female with an outcross pedigree for the UK. She has bred fantastically well in the herd and her progeny continues to produce quality bulls, most of which have been sold in to pedigree herds in Scotland, Ireland and England.

At her peak in 2004 and 2005, Starlet won seven breed championships and four interbreeds, she is without doubt the matriarch of the herd. Her progeny include Heathbrow Tristar, multiple interbreed winner and stock sire at Williams herd; her oldest daughter Starlight is homozygous polled by Heathbrow Henry and was a consistent show winner, as was Heathbrow Starbright, another polled daughter by Kramer who bred Heathbrow Allstar and Heathbrow Blackstar, both of which sold to pedigree herds. Heathbrow Superstar, a King Kong daughter, bred the junior champion at Smithfield in December.

Dirnanean Sarah S8

Sire: Starline Nelson

Dam: Dirnanean Karen

Sarah was purchased in Perth February 2007 and has been shown with great success. 2010 was without doubt her best year when she took many breed and interbreed championships.

Sarah is a big framed, deep, long, modern female. A predominant bull breeder, her progeny have included Heathbrow Wizard, sold having won the junior beef breeder competition at the Royal Show to the Ravensdale herd; Heathbrow Admiral, who was sold to the Williams herd and Heathbrow Balmoral who was the National Show calf champion at the 2010 South East calf show and has been retained as a junior herd sire. Sarah has a TSI of +91 and a SRI of +82.

Darsham Real Treasure

Sire: Salisbury Challenger

Dam: Darsham Kit Kat

Real Treasure was purchased at the Darsham dispersal in Newark. She is a long, correct and stylish female and was shown with multiple success as a two year old heifer in 2006 and as a junior cow the following year. Her progeny have included the Royal Show calf champion Heathbrow Viscount, a Kramer son who also stood male champion at herts County and Suffolk Show and was retained briefly when his sire passed on before being sold to Abram Farms; Heahtbrow Winner, a Glenturk Samson son, who was sold to the Liskerett herd in Cornwall and Heathbrow A Real Treasure, who is due to calve in the spring.

Treasure's latest son is the Dirnanean Welcome sired Heathbrow Exfactor. This April-2013 born bull has been successfully shown over the summer of 2014 first in his breed class and then won junior interbreed champion at Kent Show, first at the National Show, male champion at Suffolk and Hertfordshire Shows and junior interbreed bull at South of England.

Darsham Hannadante 3rd

Sire: Brinkton Brilliant

Dam: Darsham Bess

Hannadante 3rd was purchased with Real Treasure at the herd dispersal sale in 2006 with her Sterling Flint heifer calf Darsham Smash Hit at foot. A solid breeder, she has produced progeny which have sold to pedigree and commercial herds including Heathbrow Vulcan, sold to Abram Farms and Heathbrow Amber, a polled heifer sold privately to Greasley Estate. Heathbrow Churchill has also been sold to the Knightswood herd in Hampshire.

Swallowhill females

Over the years three females have joined the herd including Swallowhill Vienna, a King Kong daughter out of the successful Whisper family and Swallowhill Rainbow, a Blackford Harvester daughter who has bred extremely well for us producing a Gretnahouse Supersonic son, Heathbrow Vancouver, who was kept briefly as a junior herd sire before being sold to a commercial herd in Norfolk and a full brother sold to a pedigree herd in Bucks.

Laube Family

The Laube family originates from German dam lines in the Sacombe herd when we purchased Sacombe Candy Laube who is by the ET-bred sire Sacombe Nosca Anchor. This dam line is known for its longevity with the foundation Laube female living until 21 years old.

Candy’s daughter Molly Laube won her first junior interbreed championship at the East of England Show in 2003. She and her daughters have bred well for us with progeny sold to both commercial and pedigree herds.

Heathbrow Wakiki (P)

Sire: Dirnanean Telstar

Dam: Dirnanean Sybil (P)

Heathbrow Wakiki was successfully show a few years ago and her dam Dirnanean Sybil also won many prizes including two reserve breed championships.

Wakiki is breeding well and we were delighted when her two year old daughter Heathbrow Duchess took national champion 2014 at Royal Norfolk Show, our second consecutive national champion. This Dirnanean Welcome daughter is the first daughter out of Wakiki and is the sixth generation polled, she is a naturally fleshed heifer weighing a phenomenal 968kg at two years old without extra feed. She is in-calf to our easy calving stock bull Hockenhull Kramer and we look forward to her calving early in 2015.

Her maternal brother Heathbrow Cantona sold to Andrew Packard, Suffolk, while another brother Heathbrow Emperor joined the Brywood herd, Derbyshire. She also has a promising April-born sister Heathbrow Francesca who we look forward to developing.

Other notable females:

 

Other females in the herd that are breeding well for us are:

Heathbrow Nelly Etta - a daughter of Dirnanean Etta, she is the dam of Heahtbrow Treasure who won seven firsts at seven shows in 2008.

Dirnanean Kitty 2nd – a daughter of Halenook Panache, her dam is full sister to the top Cogent sire Dirnanean Jacob. was second in the junior heifer class at both the last Royal and the Cornwall National Shows. We hope to show her as a senior cow in the future

Tillymaud Malvenas 61st – bred well with one heifer selling to the Hallway herd and a good Kramer daughter entering the herd in 2012.

Heathbrow H Stella – a descendent from the noted Agardsly Polly, she is out of a good Salisbury cow by the homebred ET-bred homozygous sire Heathbrow Henry. She is the dam of Heathbrow Warrior who was sold privately to Norfolk. Her granddaughter Heathbrow April has been shown successfully and was reserve South East Simmental of the Year in 2011.

Skerrington Twinkel – purchased in Perth when she stood reserve female champion in 2009, she was shown as a two year old and stood first at the National Show, Great Yorkshire Show. She was reserve breed champion at Herts Show in 2011 and has calved a polled heifer calf by Dirnanean Welcome.

Sterling Nigella’s Victoria – Purchased at Perth in February 2008. She is by Corskie Principal and is out of a Sterling Winston daughter. She is a winner of nine first prizes as well as reserve breed champion South of England in 2009. Victoria is the dam of Heathbrow Buster, junior stock bull at the Hallway herd and her recently weaned heifer calf shows great promise.

Hockenhull Girlie 22nd  - purchased at the Hockenhull dispersal sale with her heifer calf at foot, she is a powerful daughter of Blackford Harvester. Her first son was sold in Perth for 5000gns and her daughter Hockenhull Girlie 49th has been shown successfully winning three first prizes in 2010. Girlie has one of the highest SRI’s in the breed (TSI +93)

Hockenhull Susanna 9th – purchased with a bull calf at foot, she is another Harvester daughter whose son by Hockenhull Red Rum sold to a commercial herd in Wiltshire, while a full sister, Heathbrow Brandy, sold to the Hallway herd. 

Hockenhull Clare 15th - an ET-bred Harvester daughter and full sister to Hockenhull Red Rum, she has bred an outstanding daughter by Kilbride Farm Newry.

 

Sires Used:

A lot of research goes in to our sire selection as we like to visit the herds before we buy and see the dam, grand dam and full sisters if possible. Below are our predominant herd sires past and present:

Current Sires:

Celtic Comet (P)

Sire: Lykke Sirius (P)

Dam: Celtic Roxanne ET

This yearling polled bull has recently been purchased from the Celtic herd in the Republic of Ireland and will soon be joining the Heathbrow sire line up. He introduces new bloodlines to the herd, namely Cankern Titan, Dovefields Gallant and the polled Sirius. He is out of an outstanding family line with his dam being Celtic Rock’s full ET sister. His grand dam is the famous Irish show cow, Celtic Homemaker, who was sold in 2011 with a heifer calf at foot for over €10,000. Semen will be collected in the autumn and available for sale. Enquiries are welcome through either ourselves for the UK or Celtic Sires for worldwide use.

Dirnanean Welcome 1 (P)

Sire: Starline Nelson

Dam: Dirnanean Rhia R2 (P)

Currently our senior stock bull, he is a large upstanding well grown bull with immense length, presence, power and great locomotion. He was purchased to compliment Hockenhull Kramer daughters and of the nine heifer calves we had on the ground in 2011, eight of those are polled as are four of the six bulls. He has a TSI of +86 and a SRI of +76

Heathbrow Balmoral 10 (P)

Sire: Hockenhull Kramer

Dam: Dirnanean Sarah S8

A tall, stretchy bull out of one of the herd’s best females, Sarah, he has been retained as a replacement for his sire who has done a fantastic job in the herd. He is positive for calving ease and has a TSI of +80 and a SRI of +81.

Past Sires:

Hockenhull Kramer

Sire: Well House Dictator

Dam: Hockenhull Franchesca

Kramer was reserve supreme champion at Perth in 2000 when he was purchased. He was the herd stock bull for nine years and has bred consistently well for us with 60% of his calves being polled. He is an incredibly easing calving sire with a calving ease figure of +10.5.

Heathbrow Mischief

Sire: Slievenagh Fantastic

Dam: Heathbrown July

Another consistent breeder, Mischief has produced good quality pedigree and commercial offspring and is sire of the successful show bull Heathbrow Tristar, stock bull for the Williams herd.

Heathbrow Allstar 09 (P)

Sire: Dirnanean Telstar 1 (P)

Dam: Heathbrow Starbright (P)

Allstar has been used in the herd on account of his polling ability and good confirmation. He is a correct, lengthy son of Dirnanean Telstar who is breeding well in the Dirnanean herd and is out of a good Kramer daughter out of a prolific female AWL Starlet. His first calves look very promising indeed. Allstar has been sold to Jim Frazer of the Tilbouries herd and follows on from Heathbrow Pires and Heathbrow Maverick

AI SIRES:

Darsham Playboy (P)

Sire: Corrick Kentucky Kid

Dam: Darsham Kit Kat 

Playboy has been used as an AI sire on a nucleus of females in the herd with promising results. He is maternal brother to our successful show female Darsham Real Treasure and carries an enviable pedigree of Kentucky Kid and the highly successful Kit Kat.

Dirnanean Telstar 1 (P)

Sire: Halenook Panache

Dam: Dirnanean Polarine P10 (P)

Telstar’s dam is bred from the AWL Polarine family, relating to our Starlet family. He has been widely used in several countries and is a successfully polled, easy calving sire.

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