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Laurelhill Holstein Dispersal Sale

The Laurelhill Dispersal, which has been billed as one of the most anticipated Holstein sales of 2013, takes place on Saturday, April 20.

Conducted by Taaffe Auctions, the event will be hosted on-farm by the Mawhinney family at 21 Strand Road, Doagh, Ballyclare, County Antrim, BT39 0RF, commencing at 11am.

Laurelhill Laudan Fay EX91

Laurelhill Laudan Fay EX91

Laurelhill is the number seven PLI herd in the UK (Av PLI £102), and is being dispersed due to a change in farming policy.

The catalogue includes the entire milking portion of the 100-cow Holstein herd, 22 in-calf heifers due from September to November, eight select heifer calves, and one deep pedigreed bull. Several animals featured in the catalogue sell with contract interest from leading AI companies, and all animals are fully tested and eligible for immediate export to the UK and Ireland.

This is a young herd, with over half of the herd comprising of milking heifers. All autumn calvers have been scanned in-calf to top AI bulls.

On offer are daughters of internationally acclaimed AI sires such as Alexander, Focus, Hayden, Jeeves, Lauden, Million, Oman, Sanchez, Shottle, Spooky and Tennyson. Youngstock is bred from leading bulls such as Doberman, Morningview Levi, Goldmine, Twist and Wyman.

The Laurelhill herd is currently producing an average annual yield of 9,753kgs at 4.17% butterfat and 3.39% protein, with a somatic cell count of 155. Its latest milk recording has resulted in an average of 34kgs per head at 4.92%BF and 3.46%P.

Auctioneer Michael Taaffe said:”This is one of the country’s finest and most successful herds. The entire catalogue offers prospective purchasers the complete package – high dairy yielding cows with excellent components, and proven pedigrees.”

Established by Brian Mawhinney in 1982, the herd is famed for its fantastic Laurelhill Fay cow family, which originates from the famous Holtex Fay family in the USA. The foundation cow, Drumkee Mark Fay (EX91-10*) bred four EX and two VG daughters, and today the ‘Fay’ family makes up more than fifty per cent of the current milking herd.

Michael Taaffe added:”The Fay family has had a tremendous impact on the Laurelhill herd. The forthcoming dispersal offers pedigree breeders a unique opportunity to tap into the great Fay family which has been breeding consistently for generations, and more recently, has attracted considerable contract interest from several leading AI companies.”

Several of the herd’s headliners include:
Laurelhill Laudan Fay EX91 (2E) PLI £168 (Lot 33), produced a yield of over 12,800kgs at 4.3%BF and 3.39%P in her second 305-day lactation. She is the dam of the UK proven Genus ABS sire, Laurelhill Classic PLI £192, boasting outstanding components, health traits and fertility (+5.9 daughter fertility).

Also on offer are her EX91 daughter by Roumare, a VG Stol Joc daughter, and two daughters with contract interest – an in-calf heifer by New Farm Britt Prince, and a November 2012 daughter by Morningview Levi.

Laurelhill Maestro Fay VG88-3yr PLI £218 (Lot 21) is in her second lactation, and has a son, Laurelhill Regent, in the Cogent AI stud. She produced over 10,500kgs at 5.17%BF and 3.70%P in her heifer lactation, and sells alongside a New Farm Britt Prince daughter (in-calf to Galaxy) with contact interest.

Backed by seven generations of VG and EX dams is Laurelhill Roumare Pizazz VG89 (Lot 44). She produced over 11,600kgs at 4.42%BF and 3.56%P in her second 305-day lactation, and sells alongside her daughters by Tennyson, Doberman and Goldmine.

The EX classified Laurelhill Roxell Fay (Lot 79) sells with contract interest and is in-calf and due at sale time to Morningview Levi. She produced over 10,629kgs at 4.78%BF and 3.84%P in her third 305-day lactation, and the catalogue includes her daughters by Spooky and Matson.

Laurelhill Dictator Lou Ella EX (Lot 57) is bred from eight generations of VG and EX dams. Her second 305-day yield was 10,572kgs 4.08%BF and 3.30%P. Her Tennyson and Asterix daughters also sell.

The VG89-3yr Laurelhill Shottle C Fay (Lot 85) is backed by six generations of VG and EX, and produced over 12,279kgs at 3.89%BF and 3.29%P in her second 305-day lactation. Included in the sale is her Jerrick daughter.

The Laurelhill herd is routinely vaccinated for IBR, BVD and Lepto, and dry cows have been treated with Bovaclox DC Extra. Inspection of the herd is welcomed by prior appointment with the vendor, contact Brian Mawhinney on mobile: 07715 033702.

Catalogues are available from Taaffe Auctions on tel: 00353 41 9881288. Alternatively download the catalogue by logging on to www.taaffeauctions.com

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