Quality heifers and young cows sold to a top of 2,750gns at Holstein NI’s first show and sale of the new season.

Sale leader at 2,750gns was the honourable mention award winner Clongowes Windbrook Beatrice, a March 2012 born heifer consigned by David Buchanan from the Happy Holsteins, Newry, County Down. Bred from a VG88 Picston Shottle daughter she was purchased as a maiden heifer at the Clongowes dispersal. Calved three weeks and producing 33 litres daily, she was snapped up by Kyle Henry from the Crankey herd based at Jerrettspass, County Down.

Moira Holstein 1

Harry Patton and Sons, Wilson and Wallace, Newtownards, claimed the day’s supreme and reserve championships.

They sold six females from their noted Ards herd to average £1,934 per head. Leading the Patton family line-up at 2,310gns was the reserve champion Ards Dylan Jessica. Sired by 528 New World Empire ET, she calved with her second four weeks ago and is currently yielding 41 litres daily. Buyer was Gordon Davis from Dromore, County Tyrone.

Supreme champion was the red and white second calver Ards Skipper Trudy, which sold for 2,040gns to Martin King, Ballymena, County Antrim. Calved four weeks, she is producing 37 litres of milk per day. She was sired by the homebred Aggravation Lawn Boy P Red son, Ards Skipper Red, and is out of a VG dam by Markwell Kite.

Next best at 1,920gns was the Carrowcroft Rock Heather bred by Geoffrey Patton, Carrowdore, County Down. Sired by the Braedale Pagewire son, Carrowcroft Rock, she is out of a home-bred VG7 daughter of Netherside Dynamo. Buyer was Stuart Law, Hillsborough, County Down.

Also selling at 1,920gns was the Lynncrest Zebra daughter Carrowcroft Zebra Elsa. Her dam Carrowcroft Rock N Roll Elsa VG gave over 10,271kgs at 4.50% butterfat and 3.27% protein in her second 305-day lactation. This one also joined Stuart Law’s dairy herd.

Carrowcroft Rock was also behind the breeding of Carrowcroft Rock Jolee, which attracted bid of 1,860gns from Gordon Davis. She is out of a homebred Cogent Loader daughter .

Averages: 22 lots; £1,726.

(Taaffe Auctions).