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April 2014: Laurelhill heifers lead Moira Holstein trade at 4,100gns

Heifers sold to a top of 4,100gns twice, while bulls reached a ceiling of 3,000gns, at Holstein NI’s April show and sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.

Sharing the day’s top price were two entries from Brian and Ann Mawhinney’s noted Laurelhill herd based at Doagh, County Antrim. Having dispersed the milking portion of the herd last year, the Mawhinney’s offered 11 freshly calved heifers to average 2,760 per head.

First to go at 4,100gns was Laurelhill Dob Fay, an October 2011 born Coppertop Doberman ET daughter, bred from Laurelhill Shaker A Fay EX94 4E LP80. Buyer was William Houston from Glarryford, County Antrim.

Laurelhill Jerrick C Fay attracted a bid of 4,100gns from Brian O’Connor, Bawnmore House, Kanturk, County Cork. Born in November 2011, she is by the Braedale Goldwyn son Gillette Jerrick, and is out of the 3,400gns Laurelhill Spooky Fay VG88 which gave over 8,300kgs at 5.22% butterfat and 4.15% protein in her second 305-day lactation.

Brian O’Connor also paid out 3,800gns to secure the January 2012 born Laurelhill Doberman Lou Ella. Sired by the Picston Shottle son Coppertop Doberman ET, she is bred by Castletru Goldwyn Lou Ella ET EX91 2E, and is backed by nine generations of VG and EX dams.

Next best at 3,700gns was Relough Iota Danna 3, who secured the female championship ribbons sponsored by Fane Valley. Consigned by Ronald McLean and sons, Malcolm and Barry, Donaghmore, County Tyrone, she is bred from Regancrest Altaiota, and is a daughter of the VG86 Relough Million Danna 2. This potential tenth generation VG and EX heifer is four weeks calved and doing 25 litres daily. She caught the eye of Stephen McAllister from Dungannon, County Tyrone.

Jim and Nicholas McCann, Bangor, County Down, realised 2,850gns for the December 2011 born Simlahill Fever Quality. Sired by Crackholm Fever, she is bred from the VG88 Simlahill Outside Quality who produced over 10,700kgs at 4.18% butterfat and 3.16% protein in her third 305-day lactation. Buyer was William Herron, Newtownhamilton, County Armagh.

Mr Herron also secured the third prize winning Relough Dambuster Roxie for 2,850gns. Sired by the home-bred Wal-Del Hayden son Relough Dambuster, she is backed by eight generations of VG and EX dams.

The December 2011 born Laurelhill Sycamore Fay came under the hammer at 2,750gns, selling to Stephen McAllister, Dungannon. Sired by the home-bred Sandy Valley Talent son Laurelhill Sycamore, she is out of the 8,200gns Laurelhill Maestro Fay ET EX. This heifer is a maternal sister to the 8,200gns Laurelhill Sultan – top priced bull at Holstein NI’s premier sale a few months ago.

The pre-sale show’s reserve female champion was Glasson Fever T Tina from the father and son team of Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, County Armagh. Sired by Crackholm Fever, she is bred from Glasson Talent Tina. Almost three weeks calved and producing 32 litres daily, this one sold to Irish breeder Paul Flanagan from Termonfeckin, County Louth.

Auctioneer Michael Taaffe said:”The Laurelhill offering attracted strong interest from throughout the country. Across the catalogue we had heifers to suit both pedigree and commercial herd owners, with prices ranging from 1,350gns upwards. On the whole heifers met buoyant trade with 27 lots averaging 2,441 per head in a 97% clearance.”

Bull trade was selective with prices peaking at 3,000gns for the male champion Mullagher Alexander ET (PLI 95), from Norman McNaugher, and son David, Aghadowey, County Londonderry. Born in November 2012, he is by Pine Tree Sid ET, and is bred from one of the most consistent families in Canada. His dam Smithden Bolton Alexandra VG86-Can 9* sold for $23,000 at the Vanhaven dispersal in 2013. This eye-catching entry sold to Paul Brown from Clough, County Antrim.

The second prize winning Inch Starter ET (PLI 84) sold at 2,750gns for Jim Morrison, Downpatrick, County Down. Born in November 2012, he is by Regancrest Mr Drham Sam, and is out of Inch Shottle Daphne 4 ET (VG86-2yr). Backed by seven generations of VG and EX dams, he sold to George Kenneway from Cullybackey, County Antrim.

Next best at 2,500gns was the fourth prize winning Relough Definitive ET from the McLean family. This January 2013 born Gran J Oman McCormick son, was bred from the 2009 Balmoral Show champion Relough Goldwyn Danna ET EX92 SP, who gave over 12,300kgs at 5.13% butterfat and 3.34% protein in her third 305-day lactation. Buyer was Robert Shaw from Carryduff, County Down.

Judge Cyril Millar, Coleraine, awarded the reserve male championship to the thirteen-month-old Relough Joel (PLI 163). Sired by Regancrest Altaiota ET, his dam is the EX91-3E Relough September Jessica ET. This one failed to meet his reserve and was unsold.

Averages: 27 females 2,441; and 8 bulls 2,297.

Auctioneers: Taaffe Auctions.

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Malcolm McLean  exhibited the female champion Relough Iota Danna 3 which sold for 3,700gns. Adding their congratulations are sponsor Richard Henning, Fane Valley; judge Cyril Millar, and grandson Charlie, Coleraine.

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Reserve female champion was Glasson Fever T Tina shown by Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown. Included are sponsor Richard Henning, Fane Valley; judge Cyril Millar, and grandson Charlie, Coleraine.

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Male champion and top priced bull at 3,000gns was Mullaugher Alexander ET shown by David McNaugher, Aghadowey. Making the presentation are Richard Henning, Fane Valley, sponsor; and judge Cyril Millar, and grandson Charlie, Coleraine.

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Malcolm McLean, Donaghmore, with his reserve male champion Relough Joel at Holstein NI's April show and sale, Moira. Included are sponsor Richard Henning, Fane Valley; with judge Cyril Millar, and grandson Charlie, Coleraine.

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Stephen Rogers exhibited the honourable mention award winner Relough Duarini bred by Ronald McLean and Sons, Donaghmore. Included are sponsor Richard Henning, Fane Valley; and judge Cyril Millar, Coleraine.

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