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Dungannon Holstein Bulls Sell to 4,700gns

Pedigree Holstein bulls soared to a top of 4,700gns, while female trade reached a ceiling of 2,420gns at the April Dungannon Dairy Sale hosted by Taaffe Auctions.

Topping trade was the pre-sale male champion Prehen Franzen ET PLI £571 exhibited by Robbie and Stuart Smith from Londonderry. This sixteen-month-old entry was sired by Midas Touch Bullseye, and is bred from the UK’s number one GPLI £576 cow Prehen Altabarney Froukje ET VG87. She produced almost 9,000kgs at 4.22% fat and 3.34% protein in her heifer lactation.

Champion bull at Holstein NI's April show and sale in Dungannon was Prehen Franzen ET PLI £571 bred by Stuart Smith, Londonderry. He sold for a top price of  4,700gns. Adding their congratulations are sponsor Jeff Haslett, Moore Concrete; and judge James Walker, Randalstown.

Champion bull at Holstein NI's April show and sale in Dungannon was Prehen Franzen ET PLI £571 bred by Stuart Smith, Londonderry. He sold for a top price of 4,700gns. Adding their congratulations are sponsor Jeff Haslett, Moore Concrete; and judge James Walker, Randalstown.

After spirited bidding auctioneer Michael Taaffe brought the hammer down at 4,700gns. The securing bid came from James and Edward Stevenson who run the Aughnahoory Herd in Kilkeel.

Judge James Walker, Randalstown, awarded the reserve championship plaudits to Derrydorragh Righteous Brother ET PLI £308, a December 2015 Zahbulls Alta 1st Class son bred by Willard and Adam Watson, Macosquin. His dam is the home-bred Morningview Legend daughter Derrydorragh Legend Roxette EX95-3E, who averaged 10,134kgs at 4.35% fat and 3.28% protein in five 305-day lactations. The reserve champion attracted a bid of 3,900gns from Thomas Nicholson, Kilkeel.

Next best at 3,600gns was Prehen Goldrush PLI £376, the honourable mention prize winner from Robbie and Stuart Smith. Born in February 2016, he is by the home-bred Prehen Omen ET, and is out of Prehen Windbrook Goldrain ET, who averaged 8,769kgs at 4.3% fat and 3.32% protein in three 305-day lactations. Buyer was Stephen Cargill from Parkgate, Balllyclare.

Robert Shaw from Carryduff paid out 3,300gns to secure Carrowcroft Repetorie PLI £418 from Geoffrey Patton’s herd at Carrowdore. Sired by Cogent Supershot, this fourteen-month-old entry is bred from Carrowcroft McCutchen Ruby GP84-2yr who produced almost 8,000kgs at 4.09% fat and 3.29% protein in her heifer lactation.

Leading the female portion of the catalogue was the Patton family’s Ards Diamond Sara. This two-year-old heifer is a daughter of Seagull Bay Diamond, and is bred from Ards Meridian Sara. She caught the judge’s eye to secure the female championship ribbons sponsored by Moore Concrete, and attracted a bid of 2,420gns from Norman and James Morton, Milford, Armagh.

Next best at 2,100gns was the honourable mention prize winner Relough MVP Roxie, a potential 11th generation VG/EX heifer consigned by Ronald McLean and Sons, Donaghmore. Sired by Seagull Bay MVP, her dam is Relough Gerard Roxie VG86 who averaged 10,919kgs at 3.38% fat and 3.13% protein in two 305-day lactations. This one joins a County Tyrone herd.

Following close behind at 2,020gns was the unshown Bloomhill Lennox Dewdrop exhibited by Richard Shanks, Tandragee. Born in November 2014, she is by the home-bred Leif son Bloomhill Lennox, and is out of a dam by Comestar Lavanguard. Buyer was Stephen Cargill.

Second calvers peaked at 1,700gns, paid to Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, for the unshown Hilltara Razor Charlotte GP83-2yr. Sired by Regancrest Altaiota, she is produced almost 7,300kgs at 3.34% fat and 3.10% protein in her first lactation. This potential eleventh generation VG/EX cow was snapped up by a County Tyrone bidder.

Averages: 12 bulls £2,575 (100%); 64 females £1,412 (98%).

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