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February 2014: Hilltara heifer leads Moira Holstein trade at 3,000gns

A smaller entry of heifers at Holstein NI’s monthly show and sale saw prices range from 1,520gns to a top of 3,000gns, with 14 lots averaging 2,284 in a 75% clearance.

Leading trade at 3,000gns was Hilltara Seaver Charlotte, a potential tenth generation VG/EX heifer bred by club chairman Sam McCormick, and son John, Bangor, County Down. Sired by R-E-W Seaver, she is bred from Hilltara Talent Charlotte 6 ET EX91-2E LP60, who has completed five 305-day lactations. Calved two weeks and producing 34kgs daily, she joins David McClurg’s Fortvale herd based at Crossgar, County Down.

Two lots came under the hammer of auctioneer Michael Taaffe at 2,650gns each. They included he day’s reserve champion Ards Zenith Jingle which also sold to David McClurg. Bred by Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, this Ocean View Zenith daughter is backed by four generations of VG and EX dams. She is four weeks into her second lactation and yielding 42kgs per day. 

Also selling at 2,650gns was the second prize winning heifer Carrowcroft Manifold Heather bred by Geoffrey Patton, Carrowdore, County Down. Sired by the O-Bee Manfred Justice son Mainstream Manifold, she is bred from four generations of VG and EX cows. Her dam Carrowcroft Jeeves Heather VG gave over 11,400kgs at 3.72% butterfat and 3.60% protein in her second 305-day lactation. Buyer was Gordon Reid from Banbridge, County Down.

Honourable mention award winner Relough Danter Indigo sold at 2,450gns for Ronald McLean, and sons Malcolm and Barry, Donaghmore, County Tyrone. Sired by the home-bred Picston Shottle son Relough Danter, she is bred from eight generations of VG and EX dams. This one joins William Herron’s herd at Newtownhamilton, County Armagh.

Mr Herron also paid out 2,400gns to secure a heifer from Stephen Robinson’s Clutagh herd based at Crossgar.

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member Mark Henry from Stranocum, County Antrim, judged the February show and sale. He awarded the supreme championship honours, sponsored by Kilco, to Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Bolton Clare. Sired by Sandy Valley Bolton, she is five weeks into her second lactation and producing 50kgs daily. Buyers at 2,350gns were Freddie and Richard Mackey, Dromore, County Down.

Sponsor Hugh McCluggage from Kilco congratulated the winners and presented the awards.

Results from the judging ring:

Heifer in-milk – 1, and honourable mention, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Danter Indigo by Relough Danter; 2, Geoffrey Patton, Carrowcroft Manifold Heather by Mainstream Manifold; 3, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Danter Danna 7 by Relough Danter.

Cow in-milk – 1, and supreme champion, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Bolton Clare by Sandy Valley Bolton; 2, and reserve champion, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Zenith Jingle by Ocean View Zenith.

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Wilson Patton's Ards Zenith Jingle won the reserve championship. Adding their congratulations are Hugh McCluggage, Kilco, sponsor; and judge Mark Henry, Stranocum.

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Pictured at Holstein NI's February show and sale, held at Moira, are from left: Malcolm McLean, Donaghmore; Hugh McCluggage, Kilco, sponsor; Gaston Wallace, vice-chairman, Holstein NI; and judge Mark Henry, Stranocum.

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Sam McCormick, Bangor, exhibited the supreme champion Hilltara Bolton Clare. Congratulating him are sponsor Hugh McCluggage, sponsor; and judge Mark Henry, Stranocum.

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Stephen Rogers exhibited the honourable mention award winner Relough Danter Indigo bred by Messrs McLean, Donaghmore. Included are Hugh McCluggage, Kilco, sponsor; and judge Mark Henry, Stranocum.

February 2014: Holstein bulls to 8,200gns at Moira

Pedigree black and white bulls reached a ceiling of 8,200gns at Holstein NI’s 24th annual spring show and sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.

“There was a fast trade for quality bulls, especially those which combined conformation with good components,” explained auctioneer Michael Taaffe.

The forward entry achieved a 73% clearance, with 19 lots selling to level at 3,545 per head – an increase of more than 1,500 on this time last year when 21 lots were traded to average 2,029 each.

Sale leader was the Milk Quality Award winner Laurelhill Sultan (PLI 199) bred by Brian Mawhinney from Doagh, County Antrim. One of the youngest bulls in the catalogue, he was sired by Va-Early-Dawn Sudan CRI ET and is bred from the 8,500gns Laurelhill Maestro Fay ET VG88 who produced over 9,900kgs at 5.50% butterfat and 3.83% protein in her second 305-day lactation.

Offering an outcross pedigree, this bull attracted attention from numerous admirers, and is a maternal brother to Cogent’s high genomic sire Laurelhill Regent ET. After a bidding frenzy, which included a number of telephone bids, he was secured by Robert Anderson from Dungannon, County Tyrone.

Second highest price of the day 5,300gns was paid to Ronald McLean, and sons Malcolm and Barry, who run a 250-cow herd at Donaghmore, County Tyrone. The fourteen-month-old Relough Ruffle (PLI 175) is by Regancrest Altaiota ET, and is out of a home-bred Shottle dam. Backed by seven successive generations of EX dams, he sold to Charles Caldwell from Killeter, County Tyrone.

Next best at 5,200gns was the runner-up for the Milk Quality Trophy, Newry Gold Twist (PLI 188) from the 100-cow herd of Jim and Charlotte Stevenson based at Kilkeel, County Down. Born in September 2012, he was sired by the Picston Shottle son Cogent Twist, and is bred from Newry Goldwyn Barbie EX94-2E SP. Backed by six generations of VG and EX dams he was snapped up by John Stewart from Portaferry, County Down.

The McLean family were in the money again, this time realising 4,800gns for the fourteen-month-old Relough Fernando (PLI 122). Sired by the Ensenada Taboo Planet son Currajugle Gonzo, he was bred from Relough Legend Frances VG88-SP who produced over 10,000kgs at 4.75% butterfat and 3.63% protein in her first 305-day lactation. Buyer was Alan Liggett from Corbo, Clogher, County Tyrone.

Next best from the McLean family at 4,550gns was the November 2012 born Relough Dumero ET (PLI 224). Sired by Amighetti Numero Uno, he is backed by nine generations of VG and EX dams, and has five full brothers in AI at Genus ABS and Cogent. His dam, Relough Legend Danna 3 VG86-2yr gave 40.3kgs at 5.08% butterfat and 3.83% protein during her last milk recording. Highest bidder was William Bond from Eglinton, County Londonderry.

The Relough offering attracted a steady trade with seven bulls changing hands to average 3,690 each.

The father and son team of William and Andrew McCollum, Coleraine, County Londonderry, sold their best at 4,100gns. The fourteen-month-old Ballycairn Sudan Galahad ET (PLI 157) was sired by Va-Early-Dawn Sudan CRI ET, and is bred from Ballycairn Boliver Georgia ET VG-2yr SP who gave over 10,200kgs at 4.22% butterfat and 3.32% protein in her first lactation. This one sold to Leslie Glenn and Sons from Carryduff, Belfast.

Following close behind at 4,050gns was the pre-sale show’s honourable mention winner Killane Regent (PLI 113), brought out by brothers Austin and David Perry, Ahoghill, County Antrim. This sixteen-month-old bull was sired by the Veazland Marion son Bomaz Marion Emerald 648 EX-USA, and is bred from Killane Boliver Roberta 15 EX-SP who produced in excess of 10,800kgs at 4.28% butterfat and 3.24% protein in her third 305-day lactation. Her sons have sold to Genus ABS and Diamond Genetics. This one joins William Johnston’s herd based at Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh.

Judge Dessie Dunlevy from Drogheda awarded the Danske Bank supreme championship award to the Guarini son Ards Camelot ET (PLI 198). Bred by Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, County Down, this fourteen-month-old bull came under the hammer at 3,000gns, selling to John O’Brien from Poyntzpass, County Down. His dam is the 26,000 Euro Anderstrup Ramos Camil EX-DK who has sons in AI in five different countries.

Claiming the reserve championship was Glasson Garrison (PLI 191), a De Su 521 Bookem ET VG86-USA son, bred by Philip Haffey, and son Simon, Portadown, County Armagh. He was bred from Glasson Shottle JG Gail VG88-3yr EX-MS, who produced over 8,500kgs at 4.59% butterfat and 3.50% protein in her first lactation. This one failed to meet his reserve and was withdrawn unsold.

Danske Bank’s head of agricultural relations, John Henning, was on-hand to congratulate the winners and present the awards.

Holstein NI’s monthly heifer show and sale takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Wednesday, February 19. Contact Taaffe Auctions for further details on tel: 00353 41 9881288.

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Milk Quality Award winner Laurelhill Sultan realised a top price of 8,200gns for Brian Mawhinney, Doagh.

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Stephen Rogers exhibited the 5,300gns Relough Ruffle bred by the McLean Family, Donaghmore.

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Supreme champion was Ards Camelot ET shown by Wilson Patton, Newtownards. Adding their congratulations are sponsor John Henning, Danske Bank; and judge Dessie Dunlevy, Drogheda.

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Honourable mention award winner was David Perry's Killane Regent which sold for 4,050gns. Included are judge Dessie Dunlevy, Drogheda; and John Henning, head of agricultural relations, Danske Bank, sponsor.

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Philip Haffey, Portadown, exhibited the reserve champion Glasson Garrison. Included are John Henning, head of agricultural relations, Danske Bank, sponsor; and judge Dessie Dunlevy, Drogheda.

January 2014: Holstein bulls catalogued for Moira on February 5

Catalogues are available for Holstein NI’s 24th annual spring show and sale of bulls which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Wednesday, February 5.

Generously sponsored by Danske Bank, the event has attracted an entry of 31 pedigree bulls from many of the province’s leading herds, including Aghyaran, Ards, Ballycairn, Ballygrainey, Ballylagan, Carrowcroft, Glasson, Hilltara, Inch, Killane, Laurelhill, Matfield, Newry and Relough.

Judging gets underway at 10.30am, with Dessie Dunleavy from Drogheda officiating in the judging ring. The sale will commence at 11.30am.

Auctioneer Michael Taaffe said:”This is exciting catalogue, featuring a number of bulls with very high PLI values. There are nine bulls with PLIs over 190, with five of these over PLI 200.

“The bulls on offer are bred from dams with outstanding production and very high components up 5.75% butterfat and 4.00% protein.”

The catalogue features top cow families such as Fay, Danna, Froukje, De-Su Oman 6121, August, Ashlyn, Roxie, Laurie Sheik, La Presentation Daurel, Melanie, Roberta, Barbie, Maude, Daphne, Raven, Ruth, Ruby and Tinnie.

Leading AI sires represented include Numero Uno, Lexor, Levi, Guarini, Bookem, Twist, Emerald, Sudan, Snowman, Iota, Emerald, Epic, Wyman and Gunnar.

The sale includes Laurelhill Sultan (lot 28) bred by Brian Mawhinney, Doagh, County Antrim. Born in December 2012, this bull is by Va-Early-Dawn Sudan and is out of the top-priced 8,500gns Laurelhill Maestro Fay VG88 who sold at the herd’s dispersal last year. She completed her second lactation at 9,901kgs at 5.50% buttefat and 3.83% protein, and has a son in the Cogent AI stud.

Ronald McLean and sons, Malcolm and Barry, Donaghmore, County Tyrone, are selling nine bulls from their top Relough cow families. Their consignment includes Relough Dumero (lot 21) – the highest PLI bull in the catalogue 224. Dumero has five full brothers in AI at Genus ABS and Cogent. Sired by Numero Uno, he is bred from Relough Legend Danna 3 VG86-2yr who is projected to do 11,000kgs at 4.70% butterfat and 3.50% protein in her first lactation.

Also on offer is a son of the renowned FG Snowman born from an embryo imported from Canada.  The Coleraine-based Ballylagan herd sells (lot 3) a September 2012 born Snowman son from Blondin Goldwyn Sabrina EX92. She gave 11,000kgs at 4.60% butterfat and 3.50% protein. The bull’s granddam Blondin Skychief Supra EX93-Can-24* was Canada’s Cow of the Year in 2009.

Another influential cow family selling is the Amercian De-Su Oman 6121. The McCollum family’s Ballycairn herd in County Londonderry, is offering a Va-Early-Dawn Sudan son (lot 23) from Ballycairn Boliver Georgia VG-SP. Georgia is a sister to the top proven AI sires De-Sub Observer, De-Su Authority and De-Su Jockey. This bull’s maternal granddam is the great breeding cow De-Su Oman 6121 VG86-USA-GMD.

All bulls are tested (negative PI) and vaccinated for BVD.

Catalogues are available on request from the auctioneers tel: 00353 41 9881288.

Click here to download sale catalogue:

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The 8,500gns Laurelhill Maestro Fay 3 VG88 - her Va-Early-Dawn Sudan son (lot 28) comes under the hammer at Holstein NI's 24th annual spring show and sale at Moira.

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Finalising plans for Holstein NI's 24th annual spring bull show and sale at Moira are, club chairman Sam McCormick, and sponsors John Henning and Maureen Currie from Danske Bank. Picture: Columba O'Hare/Fotacol

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The Ballycairn herd is selling a Va-Early-Dawn Sundan son from Ballycairn Boliver Georgia VG-SP (Lot 23). The bull's maternal granddam is the Amercian-bred De-Su Oman 6121 (pictured).

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Blondin Goldwyn Sabrina EX92 - her FG Snowman son (lot 3) sells at Moira on February 5.

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Relough Legend Danna 3 VG86 2yr- her Numero Uno son Relough Dumero (lot 21) sells with a PLI of 224.

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