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November 2011: Champion tops Kilrea bull sale at 4,000gns

Strong demand as 18 Holstein bulls average 2,389 per head

A Picston Shottle son from the noted Inch herd of Jim Morrison, Downpatrick, won the supreme championship ribbons and sold for a top price of 4,000gns at Holstein NI’s November show and sale, held at Kilrea Mart.

The show and sale topper was the June 2010 born Inch Senior (PLI+127). His dam, Inch Vitus Joyce EX92 (5yr) SP, produced almost 13,000kgs at 5.13%BF and 3.28%P in her third 305-day lactation.

Judge Wilbert Rankin from Nutt’s Corner, Crumlin, described the champion as an outstanding bull. “He is well balanced and well put together, and moves on sound legs and feet,” said the former breed society president.

The champion attracted a tussle of bids from the packed ringside audience and the successful bidder was John Huey from Armoy, County Antrim.

Second highest price of the day 3,400gns, was paid to David and Austin Perry, Ahoghill, for their reserve champion. The April 2010 born Killane Ferris (PLI +42) was sired by Jenny Lou Mrshl Toystory PI ET. His dam is the Jocko Besne daughter, Killane Jocko Flora EX93-4 (7yr) LP50 which produced an average of 8,906kgs at 4.12%BF and 3.31%P in six lactations. The successful bidder was Brian McAfee from Aghadowey, County Londonderry.

“The reserve champion is another very correct bull, tall and clean boned,” added the judge.

Following close behind at 3,300gns was the third prize winning Majestic Tarzen (PLI +134) brought out by the father and son team of Ian and Kenny Watson, Macosquin, County Londonderry.  Sired by Leif, this September 2010 born entry is bred from ten generations of VG and EX dams from the Roxy family. His dam, Majestic Toystory Tonya VG86 (2yr), produced almost 10,500kgs at 3.76%BF and 3.12%P in her second 305-day lactation.  The highest bidder on this lot was William Simpson from Cullybackey, County Antrim.

The June 2010 born Inch Gateway ET (PLI +103) came under the hammer at 3,100gns for Jim Morrison. Sired by Blackisle Glen Albyn ET, he is bred from Inch Sem Daphne 2 ET VG87 (5yr) SP which gave over 10,200kgs at 5.65%BF and 3.42%P in her third 305-day lactation. Backed by three generations of VG and EX dams, he sold to Jim Smyth from Newry, County Down.

The third reserve champion Killane Sabre (PLI +49) sold at 2,680gns for David and Austin Perry. Sired by Double Trouble Forbidden, his dam is the Cargin Del Clos PI daughter, Killane Dc Starlet 7PI VG88 (5yr) which gave over 10,800kgs at 4.23%BF and 3.16%P in her second 305-day lactation. Bred from six generations of VG and EX dams, he sold to William McBurney from Ballymena, County Antrim.

Next best at 2,580gns was the August 2010 born Majestic Raymond (PLI+140) from Ian and Kenny Watson’s herd. Sired by Leif, this one also traces back to the noted Roxy family. His dam, Majestic Tugolo Roxy VG87 (4yr) produced over 9,100kgs at 4.80%BF and 3.56%P in her fourth 305-day lactation.

Auctioneer Mark Stewart reported a sharp trade for pedigree Holstein bulls, with 18 lots changing hands to average 2,389 per head.

Holstein NI is indebted to United Feeds for its continued sponsorship. Company representative Clarence Calderwood presented the awards to the winning exhibitors.

Results from the judging ring include:

Senior bull – 1, and champion, Jim Morrison, Downpatrick, Inch Senior by Picston Shottle; 2, and reserve champion, David and Austin Perry, Ahoghill, Killane Ferris by Jenny Lou Mrshl Toystory PI ET; 3, and second reserve champion, Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, Ards Parker ET by Lylehaven Lightining.

Junior bull – 1, and third reserve champion, David and Austin Perry, Killane Sabre by Double Trouble Forbidden; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Ebenezer by Maple Downs IGW Atwood ET; 3, Ian and Kenny Watson, Macosquin, Majestic Tarzen by Leif.

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The champion and 4,000gns sale leader at Holstein NI's Kilrea show and sale was Inch Senior bred by Jim Morrison, Downpatrick. Included are Clarence Calderwood, United Feeds, sponsor; and Wilbert Rankin, Crumlin.

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David Perry, Ahoghill, exhibited Killane Ferris the reserve champion which sold for 3,400gns at Holstein NI's bull show and sale, Kilrea. Adding their congratulations are Clarence Calderwood, United Feeds, sponsor; and judge Wilbert Rankin, Crumlin.

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Ards Parker, shown by Wilson Patton, Newtownards, won the honourable mention at Holstein NI's Kilrea show and sale. Also pictured are judge Wilbert Rankin, Crumlin; and Clarence Calderwood, United Feeds, sponsor.

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Killane Sabre, shown by Austin Perry, Ahoghill, was the third reserve champion at Holstein NI's Kilrea show and sale. Included are judge Wilbert Rankin, Crumlin; and sponsor Clarence Calderwood, United Feeds.

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Stuart Smith, Londonderry, and Willard Watson, Macosquin, keep an eye on trade at Holstein NI's November bull show and sale, held at Kilrea Mart.

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Kilrea auctioneer Mark Stewart in the rostrum at Holstein NI's November bull show and sale.

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Keeping an eye on the judging at Holstein NI's November bull show and sale, held at Kilrea Mart.

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Bidders around the salering at Holstein NI's November bull show and sale, Kilrea.

November 2011: 26 Holstein bulls on offer at Kilrea

The catalogue for next week’s Holstein NI show and sale at Kilrea has attracted an outstanding line-up of 26 quality bulls.

Sponsored by United Feeds, the event takes place on Tuesday, November 22.

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Sam Watson, United Feeds, displays the champion and reserve rosettes ahead of next week's (November 22) Holstein NI bull show and sale at Kilrea Mart. Looking on are Holstein NI committee member Gaston Wallace, and vice-chairman Jay Warden. Picture: Columba O'Hare/Fotacol

Top drawer herds from throughout the Province are represented including: Ardmore, Ards, Castletru, Cloney, Frocess, Glasson, Herdstown, Inch, Killane, Letterloan, Majestic, Millars, Mullaugher and Priestland.

All bulls on offer are bred from some of the best cow families in the breed, and include super combinations of production, milk quality and type. They are bred from VG and EX classified dams, and sired by leading AI bulls such as Allen, Toystory, Shottle, Talent, Mascol, Lightening, Million, Sanchez, Pronto, Albyn, Buckeye, Hayden, Leif, Tee Off, After Shock, Goldwyn, Garrison, Outside, Atwood and Legend.

Auctioneer Mart Stewart said:”The catalogue provides buyers with a unique opportunity to purchase a quality bull from a proven pedigree Holstein herd, with top-quality genetics to enhance any dairy enterprise.”

Judging commences at 11am and is in the capable hands of Wilbert Rankin from Nutt’s Corner near Crumlin, County Antrim. The sale will get underway at noon approximately.

The pre-sale show is kindly sponsored by United Feeds, and stock will be on view at Kilrea Mart from 10am onwards.

Catalogues are available on request from the auctioneers, H A McIlrath and Sons Ltd, tel: 028 2954 0269 or 028 2954 0588.

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