There was a strong demand for quality fresh calved heifers at Holstein NI’s April show and sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.
Prices peaked at 2,550gns, and following a 95% clearance auctioneer Michael Taaffe reported that 21 lots changed hands to level at £1,811 per head.
Bull trade was more selective, with trade peaking at 3,400gns and nine lots selling to average £2,263 each.
Leading the female line-up at 2,550gns was the reserve female champion Hillatara Bolton Starvale, a December 2010 born Sandy Valley Bolton daughter, brought out by Holstein NI chairman Sam McCormick, and son John, from Bangor, County Down. Buyer was Richard Mackey from Dromore, County Down.
Next best at 2,420gns was the second prize winning Abercorn Winston Ally exhibited by David and Alan Wallace, Ashdale Farm, County Antrim. Born in February 2011, she is by stock bull Ballyginniff Winston, and out of a home-bred VG88 Lucky Mike daughter who has averaged 8,323kgs at 4.37%BF and 3.6%P in three 305-day lactations. Calved three weeks and yielding 38kgs daily, she was snapped up by Will Herron from Newtownhamilton, County Antrim.
The Wallace duo also secured a bid of 2,300gns for the third prize winning Abercorn Buckeye Violet. Sired by REW Buckeye ET, this December 2010 born heifer is bred from Abercorn Ford Violet which produced over 9,000kgs at 4.90%BF and 3.59%P in her second 305-day lactation. Calved three weeks and giving 38kgs per day, she joins William Hill’s herd at Tandragee, County Armagh.
The father and son team of Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, County Armagh, claimed the female championship ribbons with Glasson Champion E Butterfly. Sired by Calbrett IHH Champion, she is out of a home-bred VG87 dam by Kilvergan Eric, which gave over 13,000kgs at 4.79%BF and 3.10%P in her second 305-day lacatation. This one calved three weeks ago and is giving 38kgs daily. Buyer was Will Herron.
Ronald McLean, and sons Malcolm and Barry, from Donaghmore, County Tyrone, led the way in the bull section of the catalogue, claiming the male championship and a top price of 3,400gns. Seven Relough bulls sold to average £2,325 per head.
Sale leader at 3,400gns was the third prize winning Relough Ruyman ET (PLI£147). Born in February 2012, he is one of the first sons of Pirolo Goldwyn Wyman ET to come under the hammer in Northern Ireland. Backed by four generations of EX dams, this bull was bred from Relough Durham Ruth ET EX94-2E, which gave over 10,700kgs at 4.02%BF and 3.27%P in her fourth 305-day lactation. Buyers were Ian and Thoburn McCaughey from Broughshane.
Male champion Relough Mark (PLI£156) attracted a bid of 3,200gns from brothers Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Castle Dillon, Armagh. This thirteen-month-old entry was also by Pirolo Goldwyn Wyman ET, and is out of Relough Titanic Marq EX. He is backed by fourteen generations of VG and EX dams.
The McLean family also scooped the honourable mention award with Relough Maverick (PLI£114) which sold to Michael O’Brien, Poyntzpass, for 2,900gns. Born in February 2012, he is by Gillette Windbrook ET, and is out of Relough Durham Melissa 2 ET, which gave over 10,400kgs at 4.91%BF and 3.48%P in her fourth 305-day lactation.
Stuart Smith, Londonderry, realised 2,500gns for the second prize winning Prehen Investor (PLI£132). This January 2012 born bull was sired by Regancrest Altaiota ET, and is bred from twelve generations of VG and EX cows with an average of 90 points. His dam Prehen Allen Ivory gave over 9,300kgs at 4.37%BF and 3.27%P in her third 305-day lactation. Buyer was John Shanks from Ballynahinch, County Down.
Reserve male champion was the December 2011 born Clandeboye Seaver Franc shown by Mark Logan of Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, County Down. Sired by REW Seaver ET, he is bred from the noted Clandeboye Champion Francesca VG89-3yr – Irish National Holstein Show champion and McLarnons Dairy Cow Champion in 2012. This one failed to meet his reserve and was withdrawn unsold.
Results from the judging ring:
Class 1 – Heifer-in-milk, born between 08/06/10 and 30/12/10 – 1, and champion, Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, Glasson Champion E Butterfly by Calbrett IHH Champion; 2,and champion, Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, Hilltara Bolton Starvale by Sandy Valley Bolton; 3, David and Alan Wallace, Antrim, Abercorn Buckeye Violet by REW Buckeye ET.
Class 2 – Heifer in-milk, born between 25/01/11 and 11/05/11 – 1, Philip and Simon Haffey, Glasson Jordan O Anne by Roylane Jordan; 2, David and Alan Wallace, Abercorn Winston Ally by Ballyginniff Winston; 3, Philip and Simon Haffey, Glasson Sam O Glora by Regancrest Mr Drhm Sam ET.
Class 3 – Bull, born between 30/08/11 and 27/01/12 – 1, and reserve champion, Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Clandeboye Seaver Franc by REW Seaver ET; 2, Stuart Smith, Londonderry, Prehen Investor by Regancrest Altaiota ET; 3, TJ Morrison and Sons, Downpatrick, Inch Osbert by Long Langs Oman Oman.
Class 4 – Bull, born between 02/02/12 and 08/04/12 – 1, and champion, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Mark by Pirolo Goldwyn Wyman ET; 2, and honourable mention, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Maverick by Gillette Windbrook ET; 3, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Ruyman ET by Pirolo Goldwyn Wyman ET.