There was 100% clearance for freshly calved heifers at Holstein Northern Ireland’s January show and sale, held at Moira last Wednesday (21 January).
Prices toped at 2,950gns, with 20 lots under the hammer to level at £1,686 a head.
Sale leader was also the day’s supreme champion, Ardmore Windbrook Snowdrop, consigned by William and James Crawford, Brookeborough, County Fermanagh. Born in October 2012, she was sired by Gillette Windbrook ET, and is out of a home-bred dam by the noted Picston Shottle.
This potential sixth generation VG/Ex heifer joins Paul Flanagan’s Tubbertoby Herd at Termonfeckin, County Louth.
“The champion is a super heifer with real dairy character, and tremendous rear udder ligament. She stood out from the moment I saw her,” said judge Dennis Torrens.
The Crawford duo also secured reserve champion with Ardmore Loader Freda. Sired by the Stouder Morty son, Cogent Loader, she is bred from a VG86 dam by Magor Bolivia Allen, and sold for 1,800gns to John Stewart.
Sam McCormick, Bangor, claimed the honourable mention with two-year-old heifer, Hilltara Mistral Dawn. Sired by the Gen Mark Stmatic Sanchez son, Hilltara Mistral, and out of a home-bred Comestar Lee daughter, William Herron of Newtownhamilton secured this one for 2,550gns.
Fifth placed Ards Alchemy Coreena sold at 2,120gns for Harry Patton, and sons Wilson and Wallace, Newtownards to join a County Tyrone herd. Sired by the Scientific Destry son Hunsberger Alchemy, she is bred from Fiddlersgreen Pericles Coreena Red VG86, who averaged over 9,660kgs at 4.89% fat and 3.53% protein in five 305-day lactations.
The same bidder paid out 2,120gns to secure the Patton family’s un-shown Ards Trigger O Princess. She is by the Picston Shottle son, Lars-Acres Shot Trigger ET, and is out of a home-bred dam by O-Bee Manfred Justice.
David and Alan Wallace, Antrim, realised 1,980gns for their fourth prize winning Abercorn R Ranchero Elegance. Sired by the Picston Shottle son, Relough Ranchero, she is bred from a VG86 dam by Ladino Park Talent. Buyer was again Mr Herron.