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30 Heifers and 2 Embyos for Causeway Classic

There are 30 heifers and two embryos catalogued for Holstein NI’s forthcoming Causeway Classic Sale III.

Holstein UK's breed executive, John Gibbon, and auctioneer, Michael Taaffe, have hand-picked a selection of 30 heifer calves and two embryos for the forthcoming Causeway Classic III.

Causeway Classic III

The event, which is sponsored by Genus ABS and United Feeds, takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.

The heifers have all been inspected and individually selected by Holstein UK’s breed development executive, John Gribbon, and auctioneer, Michael Taaffe. They spent a busy two days visiting over 20 herds across the province.

John Gribbon said:”Our tour proved very worthwhile, with breeders putting forward their very best, deep pedigreed young stock for consideration. The catalogue will include an unrivalled selection of heifers which is guaranteed to attract breeders from throughout the province and further afield. The heifers selected are of a very high calibre, and are superior to the animals presented at last year’s sale.”

Heifers selling are sired by some of the world’s top AI bulls and include daughters of Man O Man, Niagra, Alexander, Sanchez, Superstition and Planet. The catalogue will also include what is believed to be the first-ever Crackholm Fever daughter to sell in Northern Ireland.

Phillip and Simon Haffey , Portadown, are offering Glasson Atlas Go Sara ET, a February 2011 born MD Delight Durham Atlas daughter bred from the noted Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2 ET (EX 2nd calver) – the 2011 Balmoral Show champion and reserve Irish National Holstein Show champion. The grand dam of this lot is Copywood KJ Sara (EX92 4E) – champion at the 2005 National Holstein Show.

From Aubrey Patterson’s Bangor-based herd comes Ballycrochan Robette Dusk, a March 2011 born heifer calf by Scientific SS Dusk *RC (EX94-USA). She is bred from 15 direct (EX-USA) dams , and her dam, Astrahoe Jms Ruby Robette (EX-USA) (EX92-MS) produced 13,177kgs at 4.50%BF and 3.50%P at 3yr. She comes from the renowned USA Pinehurst Royal Rosa cow family.

Holstein NI vice-chairman, Jay Warden, Bangor, is offering the October 2010 born Ballygrainey Max Akira ET, which is the result of an embryo i mported from the USA. Her dam is an Emerald Acres Baxter daughter from KHW Goldwyn Aiko ET (VG86-2yr- USA). Aiko is a maternal sister to the great red and white AI Bulls Advent, Acme and Jotan, and she has a 2yr record of 9,557kgs at 6.30%BF and 3.90%P. Grand dam of this lot is the 6th generation (EX) Kamps Hollow Altitude (EX95-2E-GMD).

Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, are offering Hilltara Goldwyn Maude 2 ET, a November 2010 born Braedale Goldwyn daughter bred from Hilltara Champion Maude (EX93-2E) – first prize winner in the fourth calver class at the 2010 RUAS Winter Fair. Grand dam of this lot is an EX 50 tonne Gibson, while her third dam is a (VG86-6*) Chairman Valiant; and the fourth dam is the legendary Medway Supreme Made (EX97-8E-19*) LP150. John Gribbon described this lot as a ‘standout’ heifer with huge potential.

From David Clarke, Ballymena, comes Clarkestown Laurin Lassie, a December 2010 daughter of Den K Marshall LL Laurin, and bred from Combination Roy Lassie (VG89-3yr-Can) – reserve All Canadian milking yearling 2008. Her (VG88-Can-1*) Lheros grand dam is a maternal sister to ABF September Cheese (VG89-3yr-Can) – reserve All Canadian and All Amercian Jnr 2yr in 2008.

Raymond Lee from County Fermanagh is offering a first choice heifer calf sired by Macomber Oman Bogart, and out of Acecroft Goldwyn Lila Z (VG87-2yr). The grand dam of this lot is the noted show and breeding cow Lylehaven Lila Z (EX94-Can-8*). The calves are due mid-August, and the resulting calves will be maternal sisters to Willsbro Larson *RC – the number one genomic red carrier bull in the breed.

Auctioneer Michael Taaffe added:”There are many more outstanding heifers destined for the sale, including three superb red and whites from great families including Penn Gate Skychief Finesse (EX95-USA), Copywood KJ Sara (EX92-4E) and Morwick Range Molli Red 2 (EX95-4E).”

Other great cow families represented in the catalogue include: Marie (Denmire); Zandra (Ocean View); Ashlyn )Tri-Day); Ghost (Ridgefield); Luella (Idee); Paradise (Van Dyk); Tripoli (Jeffrey Way); Raven (Markwell); Melissa (Crescentmead); Belle (Southland); Paula (Holbra)l Chanel (Startmore); Ruby (Gillette); and Jolie (Jafral).

For further information log on to Holstein NI’s website: or contact Taaffe Auctions on tel: 00353 41 9881288.

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