Ulster bull breeders hit the jackpot


By Jeremy Hunt


A CAPACITY crowd produced a record-breaking sale of Holstein bulls at the Automart auction centre at Portadown.


Fufty-one sires averaged 2551 and prices reached 5700gns.


Buyers from throughout Northern Ireland packed into the market from early morning, which resulted in a flying trade.


Hitting the jackpot at 5700gns were Donaghmore farmers Ronald McLean and Sons, who produced an outstanding string from their renowned Relough herd.


But it was their Relough Pageant, a son of Etazon Addison, that sparked the sharpest bidding.


His dam is the 11,100kg Relough Primrose 3, one of the herds highest-index cows (PIN+67), and he has the eight-star brood cow Dynasty Southwind N Primrose as grand-dam.


Pageant (PIN+63) was bought by G Gilmore, Co Down.


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