Prices reached 10,000gns at last week’s Causeway Classic III, hosted by Holstein NI at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, with the top call paid for February 2011 born Glasson Atlas Go Sara.
This was an ET bred daughter of MD Delight Durham Atlas daughter out of the 2011 Royal Ulster breed champion and NISA/McLarnon’s Dairy Cow of the Year, Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2.
Voted best overall junior cow in Holstein NI’s annual herds inspection competition, Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2 ET is projected to give over 16,000kg in her second lactation. Entered for sale by Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, Go Sara sold to Charlie Weir of the Burnhill herd and Derek and Neil Pepper of the Utopian herd, with the vendors retaining a third share in her.
Next best at 8000gns was a descendant of the famous Medway Supreme Maude consigned by the father and son team of Sam and John McCormick, Bangor.
Hilltara Goldwyn Maude 2 is a potential ninth generation VG/Ex, and is bred from the prize winning Hilltara Champion Maude which gave almost 12,000kg in her third 305-day lactation.
This November 2010 born heifer presented a rare opportunity to secure a Maude from Hilltara, and was snapped up by joint bidders John Berry and Ivor Broomfield, for their Skybrook and Moneyquin herds based in Armagh.
Following close behind at 7200gns was December 2010 born Ballycrochan Classic Sara Red bred by Aubrey Patterson, Bangor. Sired by Poos Stadel Classic, she is a potential eighth generation ‘True Red’ backed by super components. Her dam is Honeypot Rustler J Sara Red.
She caught the eye of joint bidders, David and Alan Wallace, Abercorn herd, and Ryan McCoy, Real McCoy herd, Antrim.
Aubrey Patterson also realised 3300gns for the five-month-old Ballycrochan Goldwyn Marie. Her dam, Denmire Shottle Marie 100 is a high genomic cow from the Denmire Marie family. The successful bidder was David Campbell, Coleraine.
Average; 17 heifers £3414 (Taaffe Auctions, Drogheda).