Bidding was brisk for quality bulls and prices soared to a top of 5,200gns at Holstein NI’s 25th annual autumn show and sale, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.
Leading the day’s trade was the third prize winning Ards Ellwood ET (PLI £183) bred and exhibited by Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards,
Sired by the Braedale Goldwyn son, Maple Downs IG Atwood ET, he is backed by twelve generations of VG and EX dams. His dam, Ards Bolton Lou Ella ET EX92, gave over 13,600kgs at 4.30% butterfat and 3.60% protein in her second 305-day lactation. Successful bidders were Dessie and Jonathan Moore from Fintona,
Harry Patton, and sons Wallace and Wilson, had a good day at the premier sale trading three bulls from their noted Ards herd to average £4,077 a head.
The Patton family also claimed the second highest price of the day 4,650gns, realised by the reserve champion and milk quality award winner Ards Primetime (PLI £182). This fourteen-month-old entry is by Gillette Jordan ET, and has seven generations of VG and EX dams behind his pedigree. He is bred from the VG86 Ards Oman Primrose which gave over 14,200kgs at 3.53% butterfat and 3.25% protein in her second 305-day lactation. This one joins John Armstrong’s herd at Dromore,
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Next best at 4,050gns was the honourable mention award winner from Austin and David Perry’s herd based at Ahoghill,
Ronald McLean, and sons Malcolm and Barry, from Donaghmore,
They also realised 3,300gns for the fifth prize winning Relough Frank (PLI £204). This August 2011 born entry is by O Man End Story, and is bred from Relough Lancelot Frances ET VG86 which averaged over 9,699kgs at 4.51% butterfat and 3.52% protein in four 305-day lactations. He is a full brother to Relough Freddie and Relough Firefighter both at the Genus ABS stud. Buyer was John O’Brien from Poyntzpass,
Relough Revamp (PLI £117) secured the supreme overall championship, and sold to Stephen McAllister, Dungannon, for 2,700gns. Sired by Comestar Lauthority ET, he is bred from nine generations of VG and EX dams.
Mick Gould said:”The champion is a well-grown bull with strength and power, and is exactly what commercial dairy farmers are looking for.”
Following close behind at 2,650gns was the third prize winning Ballycairn Iota Lee (PLI £167) consigned by William and Andrew McCollum, Coleraine. Born in July 2011, he is by Regancrest Altaiota, and is bred from the VG87 LP80 Ballycairn Novalis Lenora which produced over 7,500kgs at 4.92% butterfat and 3.52% protein in her eighth 305-day lactation. He sold to Robert Rainey from Beragh,
Next best at 2,600gns was Hilltara Trump (PLI £181) bred by the father and son team of Sam and John McCormick,
Auctioneer Michael Taaffe reported a 71% clearance, with 30 lots selling to average £2,298 per head.