Trade for pedigree black and white bulls reached a high of 3,500gns at Holstein NI’s March show and sale at Kilrea Mart.
Sale leader was the supreme overall champion Glasson Gomez PLI £268 bred by Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown. Born in September 2013 he is by Bertaiola Mincio, and out of the home-bred Glasson J Goldwyn Gail EX92, who averaged 10,628kgs at 4.95% butterfat and 3.58% protein in four 305-day lactations. Backed by five generations of EX dams from a high genomics family, he sold to J and M Wilson, Broughshane.
Second highest bid of the day of 2,700gns, was paid to Ronald McLean, and sons Malcolm and Barry, Donaghmore, for the November 2013 born Relough Dignity PLI £216. Sired by Gillette Windbrook, his dam is the EX95 Relough Dante Dana 3, who averaged 11,758kgs at 4.95% and 3.30% protein in four 305-day lactations. Buyer was Norman Bell, Cookstown.
Following close behind at 2,650gns was the honourable mention award winner Glasson Baton PLI £137 from Philip and Simon Haffey’s herd. Sired by Maple Downs IGW Atwood, he was bred from Glasson Journalist Buttercup EX92. In six 305-day lactations she averaged 9,042kgs at 5.3% butterfat and 3.51% protein. This December 2013 born entry sold to A Gaston, Glarryford.
New breeder Aidan McAFee, Aghadowey, realised 2,400gns for the Co-op Bosside Massey son Drumeil Dodger ET £341. His dam Majestic Earnit Annette is the number one GTPI Earnit daughter in Europe, and is a maternal sister to the 75,000 dollar Morning View Toystory Amaya EX92. Born in October 2013, he was snapped up by M Millar, Coleraine.
The October 2013 born Picston Shottle son Mullaugher Scott came under the hammer at 2,000gns David McNaugher, Aghadowey. Buyer was CR McIntyre, Bushmills.
The reserve championship went to Carsehall Kaboom ET £301, a July 2013 born Mountfield SSI DCY Mogul son from J Craig and Sons, Limavady. He sold for 1,650gns to D Boyd, Ballyclare.
Averages: 19 bulls, £1,940 (+£71).
(HA McIlrath and Sons).