July 2011: High calibre entry for Causeway Classic III
Moira venue for evening auction on Wednesday, August 10
An unrivalled selection of high calibre genetics is how Holstein UK’s breed development executive, John Gribbon, has described the catalogue for the forthcoming Causeway Classic III.
Auctioneer, Michael Taaffe, and Holstein NI vice-chairman, Jay Warden, look over the high calibre entry for the Causeway Classic III, while club chairman, Alan Cleland, holds one of the red and white heifers on offer.
Hosted by Holstein NI in conjunction with Genus ABS and United Feeds, the evening event takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Wednesday, August 10. Calves will be on view from 6pm, and the first lot will come under the hammer of auctioneer, Michael Taaffe, at 7pm sharp!
The catalogue offers something for everyone, from top type, exceptional production, longevity, pedigree power, and most importantly, rock solid genetics. On offer are 25 heifers, two first choice heifer calves, and elite embryos.
Herds represented include: Ards, Ballycairn, Ballycrochan, Ballyginniff, Ballygrainey, Carrowcroft, Castletru, Clarkestown, Cluntagh, Dunbanard, Frocess, Glasson, Hilltara, Killane, Priestland and Towerview.
Heifers selling are daughters of some of the world’s top AI sires including Man O Man, Niagra, Alexander, Sanchez, Superstition, Million, Goldwyn, Planet and an early Wisconsin.
A host of world-famous cow families are also featured, including Marie, Ashlyn, Ghost, Chanel, Lila Z, Royal Rosa and Finesse.
There are many outstanding heifers destined for the Moira salering. Some of the highlights of the catalogue are an MD Delight Durham Atlas daughter from the EX second calver and 2011 Balmoral champion, Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2 ET; a Scientific SS Dusk daughter bred from 15 direct EX (USA) dams; a Goldwyn from the noted Maude family at Hilltara; and a Den K Marshall LL Laurin from the reserve All-Canadian milking yearling 2008.”
Red and white genetics are always in strong demand and this year’s sale includes three super heifers backed by outstanding pedigrees including, Penn-Gate Skychief Finesse (EX95- USA); Copywood KJ Sara (EX92 – 4E) and Morwick Range Molli Red 2 (EX95-4E).
From Philip and Simon Haffey’s Glasson herd in Portadown comes a January 2010 April Day Wisconsin Red heifer whose grand dam is Morwick Range Molli Red (EX95) with 4.88% butterfat. She sells ready to flush or breed.
Another superb red and white heifer from Aubrey Patterson’s herd in Bangor is Ballycrochan Classic Sara Red, a Poos Stadel Classic Red daughter from a (VG87) Sir Ridgedale Rustler Red with 4.86% butterfat. The grand dam is a (VG87) Jordan Red with 5.92% butterfat.
The third red and white heifer selling is a six-month-old Poos Stadel Classic from David and Austin Perry’s Killane herd in Ahoghill. This heifer is bred from their Finesse family founded from imported embryos from the Penn Gate herd in Pennsylvania. Her dam is a (VG-2yr) September Storm daughter, while the grand dam is an (EX92-USA) Red Marker with 12,000 kilos at 5.00% butterfat; and the third dam is the legendary Penn Gate Skychief Finesse (EX95-USA) with 11,500 kilos at 5.60% butterfat and dam of 18 EX cows!
Raymond Lee from County Fermanagh is offering a first choice heifer calf sired by Macomber Oman Bogart, and out of Acecroft Goldwyn Lila Z (VG87-2yr). The grand dam of this lot is the noted show and breeding cow Lylehaven Lila Z (EX94-Can-8*). The calves are due mid-August, and the resulting calves will be maternal sisters to Willsbro Larson *RC – the number one genomic red carrier bull in the breed.
Embryos selling offer the opportunity to acquire red Roxies. Vendor, Alan Brennan, Larne, is consigning Poos Stadel Classic embryos from Ballyloran Advent Rae Red ET, who is a daughter of Scientific SS Hyacinth ET (VG86-2yr-USA). Grand dam is Scientific Raes Hope Red (EX92 –USA) – All American R&W Jnr 2yr in 2000 – an 8th generation EX from the noted Roxy family, and a maternal sister to Scientific Debutante Rae (EX92-USA) – reserve champion at the 2005 World Dairy Expo.
A warm welcome is extended to everyone to attend the Causeway Classic III. The evening event will also include a selection of trade stands and a mouth-watering BBQ.
Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, is keen to point out that calves purchased at the Causeway Classic III can be entered for the multi-breed calf show which takes place at Moira on Saturday, August 10. “Entries for our calf show close on the 5th of August, but I am happy to extend the deadline for anyone who purchases a calf at the Causeway Classic III. Buyers must enter for the calf show on the night.”
For updated information log on to www.holstein-ni.co.uk, or contact Taaffe Auctions on tel: 00353 41 9881288.