Bulls top at 4,300gns at Moira

Bidding topped 4,300gns at Holstein NI’s 26th annual autumn show and sale of bulls at Moira,

Averages were up £78 on the year, leveling at £2,376 for 29 bulls, which represented a 76% clearance.

Sale leader was Ards Delaney (PLI £165), from Harry Patton, and sons Wallace and Wilson, from Newtownards, County Down.  Sired by the Braedale Goldwyn son Ballycairn Tiergan, he is bred from the Braedale Pagewire daughter Ards Pagewire Durene ET VG87, who gave over 11,900kg at 4.40% butterfat and 3.42% protein in her second lactation. Buyer was Robert Rainey from Beragh, County Tyrone.

Moira Champion

Second highest price of the day 3,600gns was paid to Robert and Stuart Smith from Londonderry, for Prehen Freud ET (PLI £176). This 19-month-old bull was sired by Charlesdale Superstition ET, and is bred from Prehen Goldwyn Froukje ET EX91 3* – the current number 11 genomic PLI cow in the UK. She averaged over 11,300kg at 4.28% butterfat and 3.6% protein in three lactations. This one joins Cyril and Martin Millar’s pedigree herd based at Coleraine, County Londonderry.

Next best at 3,200gns was the reserve champion Newry Goldbrook (PLI £123) consigned by Jim and Charlotte Stevenson from Kilkeel, County Down. Born in March 2012, he is by Gillette Windbrook ET, and is out of the R-E-W Buckeye daughter Newry Gold Barbie (VG88 3yr), which gave over 11,300 kilos at 4.44% butterfat and 3.29% protein as a heifer. Backed by seven generations of VG and EX dams, he sold to John Hamilton from Bangor, County Down.

Following close behind at 3,180gns was the youngest bull in the catalogue Relough Mentor (PLI £163), from Ronald McLean, and sons Malcolm and Barry, Donaghmore, County Tyrone. This yearling entry was sired by Schillview Oman Gerard ET, and is bred from the Picston Shottle daughter Relough Shottle Melissa EX. This first prize winner was snapped up by ME Kenwell from Fintona, County Tyrone.

The McLean family experienced a solid trade, which resulted in a complete clearance, with nine bulls from their noted Relough herd selling to average £2,509 a head.

Two lots sold at 3,000gns each. First to go was the second prize winning Relough Ravenald (PLI £107). Born in June 2012, he was sired by Bomaz Marion Emerald, and is out of Relough Titanic Raven 2 ET (EX91) LP50. Buyer was Stephen McAllister from Dungannon, County Tyrone.

Alastair Barclay from Dunloy, County Antrim, paid out 3,000gns to secure the thirteen-month-old Relough Ryandale (PLI £180). Sired by Regancrest Altaiota, he is backed by seven straight generations of EX dams.

O-Man End Story was behind the breeding of the McLean family’s Relough Rorey (PLI£162), which secured the supreme championship. Born in June 2012, he was sired by O-Man End Story, and is out of Relough Realm Danna VG86. This one attracted a bid of 2,900gns from Colin Lyle, Larne, County Antrim.