January 2016: Steady trade as Holsteins average £1,367 at Moira
Moira continues to attract new bidders and a steady trade for top-notch pedigree Holstein heifers and young cows.
Following an 83% clearance at Holstein NI’s January show and sale auctioneer Michael Taaffe reported that 24 lots were traded to average £1,367 per head.
“Prices are reflective of the current economic climate, but this month’s sale represented real value for money. The catalogue featured quality milking heifers and cows, backed by generations of proven bloodlines and components. Prices peaked at 1,750gns, with the majority of heifers selling between 900gns and 1,400gns.
Sale leader at 1,750gns was the unshown Ards Grafeeti Durene consigned by Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards. Sired by Ladys Manor RD Grafeeti ET, she is out of a home-bred End Road Beacon daughter who gave over 12,137kgs at 3.94% butterfat and 3.38% protein in her first 305-day lactation. Buyer was Gordon Davis from Dromore, County Tyrone.
Mr Davis also paid out 1,650gns to secure Carrowcroft Lover Jolee 2 bred by Geoffrey Patton, Carrowdore. She was sired by the Schillview Oman Gerard son, Majestic Lover ET, and is bred from Ards Reno Jolee VG87.
Cows peaked at 1,600gns, realised by the reserve champion Inch Wyman Daphne GP83-2yr. Consigned by Inch Genetics based at Downpatrick, she is by Pirolo Goldwyn Wyman, and bred from Inch Grietman Daphne. Calved six weeks, and producing almost 47kgs per day, she joins the Ballycrochan Herd based at Bangor, County Down.
Wesley Gordon, Annalong, realised 1,580gns for the fourth placed heifer Annalong Goldenboy Rachel 2. Sired by JZM Goldenboy ET, she is out of an EX classified Lynbrook Morty daughter. Buyers were Messrs H and R Wilson, Victoria Bridge, Strabane.
Next best at 1,560gns was the second prize heifer Hilltara Dempsey Mary bred by Sam and John McCormick, Bangor. Sired by the Braedale Goldwyn son, Lirr Drew Dempsey, she is bred from the EX91 Hilltara Lotto Mary. Buyer was Gordon Davis.
Judge Andrew McLean awarded the day’s supreme championship, sponsored by Cogent, to Kilvergan Laurie Primrose, bred by Stephen Haffey and Sons, Lurgan. Sired by the Golden Oaks ST Alexander son, Kilvergan Laurie ET, she is bred from Kilvergan Eric Primrose VG86 who gave over 11,000kgs at 4.09% butterfat and 3.23% protein in her fourth lactation. Calved seven weeks and yielding 36 litres daily, this one sold to Messrs Wilson from Victoria Bridge.
The honourable mention award went to Abercorn Ballot Elegance , a third calver bred by Alan and David Wallace, Antrim