25 April 1997

No B&Ws at NI sale of milkers

NORTHERN Ireland milk producers were out in force last week to support the second annual sale of coloured dairy cattle at Portadown.

And there they saw a Dairy Shorthorn cow lead the trade at 1700gns.

Brought over from Nottinghamshire by John Hayward, Hooton Lily Fair 117th is from this herds most famous cow family. This show-winning daughter of Albrecht Rochester Red had given over 7000kg with her first calf and was bought by S Girvan.

Leading the Ayrshires in honours and bids was the third calver Ballyclan Snowgem 162nd, a daughter of Cuthill Towers Gold Medal from Reggie and John Suffern, Co Antrim. She made 1310gns to C Elkin, Co Tyrone.

There was almost total clearance of the 100 lots on offer. Jerseys reached 820gns paid for the breed champion from the Fleming family, Seaforde, Co Down.

Shorthorns and Ayrshires included cattle from mainland herds. Brothers William and John Whiteford brought a matched team of Ayrshires from their Middle herd in Cumbria to achieve a best price of 1450gns with a freshly calved heifer giving 6.5gal a day.

Heifers from the same consignment by Laymore Super Man and Cuthill Towers Gold Medal sold for 1440gns apiece.

A smart entry of Shorthorn maiden heifers caused a stir selling to 900gns for a much-fancied Nov 1996-bred calf from the Hooton herd.

This heifer, also from the Lily Fair family, was by the Holstein Friesian-bred sire Hooton Fair Share. Buyer was J Whiteford, Cumbria. (Automart)