Eager bidders vie at Ulster fixture
NORTHERN Ireland milk producers seeking the proven traits of high-quality milk and longevity produced an outstanding trade for Dairy Shorthorn cattle during the "All Coloured" dairy sale at Portadown.
And the journey across the Irish Sea for long established Derbyshire-based breeders John Hole and Sons provided the crowd with a string of Dairy Shorthorns to satisfy demand.
There was fierce bidding for Messrs Holes team of nine cattle from their Amber herd at Chesterfield which achieved an average of almost 1000gns each.
Top call of 1250gns came for the breed champion, Amber Merry Maid 51st, a calved heifer out of a 7500kg dam with a protein performance of 3.61%. Buyer was K Workman, Co Londonderry.
The four highest priced entries from Messrs Hole were sired by Maxton Derwent and included another heifer at 1200gns taken by C Elkin, Co Tyrone. Two other Amber heifers realised 1100gns and 1000gns.
The Ayrshire championship stayed in the Province with a calved heifer by Bankend Lord Ontario from John Hunters Ardmore herd at Crumlin. She realised 900gns to Mr Walker, Newtownards.
Fellow Crumlin Ayrshire breeder John Suffern sold a VG classified third calver by the Bankend Lord Ontario son Ballyclan Lord of the Fairies at 1040gns.
Leading the Jerseys at 710gns was a third calver by Lilac Grove Rings Pal from the successful Potterswalls herd run by the Fleming family from Seaforde, Co Down.
She was claimed by * Donnelly, Co Tyrone. (Automart).