At the milking dispersal sale of the Moree Herd of pedigree Holsteins for R J V Kelso and Sons it was a strong cow family -the ‘Marq I’ family who was in demand.
Top price of the day at 5,100gns was paid for the three year old Moree Bolton Marq I (below). Almost perfectly uddered this 2nd calver sold, carrying a Numero Uno pregnancy to D Lawder, Trillick.
Next top was for Moree Goldwyn Sweet VG making 5,000gns to a Co.Down buyer. Already a bull mother and giving 60 litres a day, her Iota son was last year sold to Masterrind AI stud in Germany. Tracing back through an EX Dynasty and an EX91 Mtoto she descends from the great Conant-Acres Sweet family in USA.
Again at 5,000gns and representing the Belle family, was Moree Shottle Belle. This Shottle 2nd calver, classified 1 point off maximum score had the perfect rear udder. Fighting off much opposition it was Trevor Keatleys bid that secured her for his Aghyaran herd in Castlederg.
4800gns was obtained for the 3rd calver Moree Shottle Marq I EX. From the same family as the top priced seller, she sold in-calf to Wyman. Classified EX in her 3rd lactation her dam was the Jojoba Marq I, then the Leadmaster. She sold to Gerry O’Donnell for his Rossigh herd.
Also heralding from the Marq I family was Moree Mascol Marq I EX93. Making the news a few weeks prior she was the worlds highest classified Mascol daughter, with protein to 3.92% she had a recent service date to the popular German Goldwyn son “Gunnar”. One of the bargains of the day she sold for 3,500gns to Mr Steven McCammond, Randalstown.
Another cow sure to make future headlines as potentially the highest classified daughter of the infamous Braedale Baler Twine VG86-2yr CAN in the UK was Moree Reggie Baler Twine VG87-2yr (below). Purchased as an embryo and being the maternal sister to Braedale Goldwyn she sold only a few weeks calved to the Pepperstown herd in Ardee for £4,100.
Her 8 week old calf (below) by De-Su Bookem, being the first of the hot genomic sire to sell in Ireland, sold immediately after for 3,650gns. She sold over the phone as one of a number to sell to Scotland.
4,000 gns was paid for both the Moree Shottle Penny VG87-3yr and Moree Shottle Sheena VG88-3yr. Both sired by Shottle who has worked a treat in the Moree Herd they are from the homebred Penny and Sheena families respectively. Shottle Penny is the 5th generation down from the old EX92 Jolt cow who has produced 118Tonnes to-date and is still fit and healthy and working on another record. She sold to Messrs Moore, Fintona while the Sheena sold along with her young Lauthority show-calf to 2 different purchasers from Wales.
Great demand was present for Moree bulls on the day with the top price being 3,200. This was paid by F McVerry, Newry for a well-made Jango son from a 16,000 litre homebred EX from the Rose family. This was followed up by 2400gns for a Cricket son of the Weeton Ignitor Balise EX91 cow that had been purchased some years ago from the renowned Weeton herd in Lancashire. He sold to Mr Whelan from Galway Ireland.
Other top prices:
4000 Moree Shottle Belle 3 Tubbertoby, Louth
3,800 Moree Shottle Belle 2 S Chestnutt, Ballymoney
3,500 Moree Bolton Melinda S Davies, Wales
3300 Moree Gap Fortuna E Davis, Dromore, Co.Tyrone
3250 Moree Ashlar Baler Twine Scotland
3050 Moree Toystory Marq I Scotland
3000 Moree Bolton Jackie J Thompson, Cullore, L’Derry
3000 Moree Bolton Gypsy Lass Tubbertoby, Louth