David and Susan Donnelly from Ashbourne Derbyshire
We are David and Susan Donnelly from Ashbourne Derbyshire which is in the East Midlands of the UK, where we farm 50 acres for our small herd of Atlow Pedigree Simmentals. David is the Managing Director of a company specialising in the preservation of old buildings, which takes up the majority of his time, so the running of the farm side is mainly a ‘hobby’. We have seven children between us, both of us having been married before, out of them all, only one of the boys is interested in the farm and that is Robert, who is based in Lancashire and has is own herd of Redrose Simmentals. Our herd was started in 1988 with Argardsley Rhian, a female line we are still using even today. We have had many excellent Show results over the years, winning the prestigious RASE overall interbreed supreme champion in 2003 and 2006 with Atlow Rhians Valentine a feat never accomplished before by any Simmental animal. We have three Valentine daughters retained in the herd and this year (2014 we carried out a embryo programme on Lucinda, in which we obtained eight fertilised eggs, five of which have been inserted into donor cows and we are now pleased that four have been confirmed in calf, with the three remaining eggs to be inserted later in the year. The Irish heifer Kilbride Farm Dora produced a bull calf in November 2012 to Lisglass Barnabus and from the day he was born he was special and proved to be so in February 2014 by becoming Supreme Champion at the Stirling Bull Sales, resulting in the sale to the well know Islavale Simmental herd for 15000gns, we obviously hope to see sons and daughters from Dixon in the future. In October 2014, David will become the President of the British Simmental Society and looks forward to using his time in this role to enable him to visit members both big and small throughout the four areas. We have travelled extensively in the past few years going to America, South Africa, Australia and seeing quite a lot of Asia and Malaysia, where another son lives with his wife and two children.
Atlow herd was started in 1988 with Argardsley Rhians Valentine.
Atlow Rhians Valentine wins prestigious RASE overall interbreed supreme champion and the Burke Trophy along with Sterling Krackerjack.
Won the prestigious RASE overall interbreed supreme champion for the 2nd time with Atlow Rhians Valentine a feat never accomplished before by any Simmental animal.
Atlow Dixon becomes Supreme Champion at the Sterling Bull Sales.