November 2015: Ards herd leads Holstein bull trade at 3,650gns
Pedigree Holstein bulls reached a ceiling of 3,650gns at the Northern Ireland club’s 28th annual autumn show and sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.
Following a 79% clearance auctioneer Michael Taaffe confirmed that 22 bulls changed hands to average £2,333 per head.
Topping the sale at 3,650gns was Ards Lincoln GPLI £383, a seventeen-month-old Mr Welcome Hill Tango ET son consigned by Harry Patton, and sons Wallace and Wilson, Newtownards. This fourth prize winner was bred from the VG86 2yr (USA) Brookview E Moviestar ET who gave over 11,870kgs at 4.60% butterfat and 3.40% protein in her first 305-day lactation. Backed by eight generations of VG and EX dams he sold to Robert Rainey from Beragh, County Tyrone.
The Patton family sold three bulls to average £3,535 each.
Next best at 3,250gns was the third placed Ards Lloyd PLI £372. Born in July 2014 he was sired by Coyne Farms Jabir ET, and is out of the EX classified Ards Planet Sheena Lynn ET. This one is backed by eleven generations of VG and EX dams and caught the eye of Samuel McAuley from Donaghadee.
Following close behind at 3,200gns was the honourable mention award winner Ards Radcliff PLI £326. This fourteen-month-old bull was sired by Co-op Bosside Massey ET, and is bred from Ards Planet M Ruth ET EX92-2E who gave over 12,000kgs at 4.30% butterfat and 3.54% protein in her third 305-day lactation. Highest bidder was Sean O’Brien from Poyntzpass. He boasts nine generations of VG and EX dams.
Also commanding a bid of 3,200gns was the fourth prize winning Newry Mainman PLI £249, a Bertaiola Mincio ET son bred by Jim and Charlotte Stevenson, and son James, Kilkeel. His dam, Newry Manoman Barbie ET VG86 SP produced 10,698kgs at 5.59% butterfat and 3.57% protein in her second 305-day lactation. Bred from seven generations of VG and EX dams he sold to ME Kenwell from Fintona.
William and Andrew McCollum, Coleraine, realised 3,000gns for the fourth prize winner Ballycairn Galaxy Samson ET PLI £361. Born in September 2014, he was sired by De-Su Freddie Galaxy ET, and is bred from Ballycairn Garrett Sherese VG86 SP who averaged over 9,500kgs at 5.21% butterfat and 3.65% protein two 305-day lactations. He is bred from seven generations of VG and EX dams and sold to Cyril Maxwell from Augher.
Ronald McLean, and sons Malcolm and Barry, Donaghmore, exhibited a strong team of bulls with seven lots selling to average £2,302 per head.
Leading their line-up at 2,850gns was the first prize winning Relough Rastle PLI £366. This thirteen-month-old entry was sired by Mr Moviestar Mardi Gras ET, and is out of Relough Shottle Raven 4 ET EX92-4E LP80 who averaged over 12,000kgs at 4.15% butterfat and 3.15% protein in six 305-day lactations. Bred by five generations of EX dams he sold to Alan Liggett from Clogher.
Next best at 2,600gns was the third prize winning Majestic Massey Ardie PLI £313 brought out by Ian and Kenny Watson, Macosquin. Born in May 2014 this Co-op Bosside Massey ET son was bred from Majestic Earnit Annette ET VG-2yr – the number one GTPI Earnit daughter in Europe. He sold to John Shanks from Ballynahinch.
Ronald McLean and Sons led the PLI class with Relough Denman ET PLI £413 who sold for 1,950gns, and Relough Detonate PLI £414 sold for 2,500gns.
Judge Paul Hannan who runs the 130-cow Lisnalty Herd based at Friarstown, County Limerick, awarded the supreme championship, sponsored by Gortavoy Feeds, to the March 2014 Priestland Legend PLI £257, a Seagull Bay Sargeant ET son bred by Iain and Joyce McLean, Bushmills. He failed to meet his reserve and returned home unsold.
“Thanks to Holstein NI for its kind invitation. It has been a super show, with excellent quality bulls throughout the classes. The overall champion stood out. He is a powerful bull with a magnificent top and great legs and feet.”
Runner-up was Killane Ramos PLI £205, a July 2014 born Val Bisson Doorman ET son bred by Austin and David Perry, Ahoghill. He was backed by 13 generations of VG and EX dams, and sold to James McCann, Lurgan.
Stephen McKenna and Neil Gilkinson from Gortavoy Feeds were on-hand to congratulate the winners and present the awards.
Results from the judging ring:
Class 1, bull born between 09/03/14 and 20/05/14 – 1, and supreme champion, Iain McLean, Priestland Legend by Seagull Bay Sargeant ET; 2, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Detonate by Rosylane LLC Altabarney; 3, Ian and Kenny Watson, Majestic Massey Ardie by Co-op Bosside Massey ET.
Class 2, bull born between 22/05/14 and 31/07/14 – 1, and reserve champion, Austin and David Perry, Killane Ramos by Val Bisson Doorman ET; 2, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Landlord ET by Seagull Bay Platinum ET; 3, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Lloyd by Coyne Farms Jabir ET.
Class 3, bull born between 01/08/14 and 13/09/14 – 1, and honourable mention, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Radcliff by Co-op Bosside Massey ET; 2, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Denman ET by Regancrest Altaiota ET; 3, George and Jason Booth, Beechview Theo by Guarini ET.
Class 4, bull born between 14/09/15 and 28/10/14 – 1, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Rastle by Mr Moviestar Mardi Gras ET; 2, Stuart Smith, Prehen Asteroid by De Su Rb Moonray ET; 3, Aidan McAfee, Drumeil Silky Red ET by Gen I Beq Aikman ET.
PLI award – 1, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Denman ET; 2, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Detonate; 3, Ian and Kenny Watson, Majestic Knocker.
October 2015: 33 Holstein bulls catalogued for Moira on 4th November
Catalogues are available for Holstein NI’s 28th annual autumn bull show and sale which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Wednesday 4th November.
Generously sponsored by Gortavoy Feeds, the pre-sale show will be judged by Paul Hannan from the Lisnalty Herd, Friarstown, Creora, County Limerick. Judging gets underway at 10.30am, with the sale commencing at 11.30am.
Auctioneer Michael Taaffe has confirmed that the catalogue boasts 33 deep pedigreed bulls from many of the province’s leading Holstein herds. “A sale feature is the consistently positive fertility index values for the sires of all bulls entered for the sale.
“The bulls catalogued are bred from dams with very high production and very high components, and include dams with up to 5.59% butterfat and 4.17% protein.
Michael Taaffe added: “Bulls sell with PLI£ values up to PLI £513, and the catalogue includes nine bulls with more than PLI £400, and a further 14 bulls over PLI £300”.
Consignors featured in the catalogue include: Ards, Ballycairn, Beechview, Cloverbridge, Derrydorragh, Drumeil, Dunbanard, Glasson, Killane, Majestic, Newry, Prehen, Relough and Priestland.
The bulls on offer are sons of renowned AI sires including: La-Bron, Mardi Gras, Moonray, Pesky, Jabir, Jacey, Galaxy, Massey, Latimer, Flyn, Tango, Pello, Sargeant, Ardie and Iota.
Ronald McLean and Sons, Donaghmore, are offering Relough Army ET PLI £513 (lot 33). Sired by De-Su RB Moonray, he is out of Relough Iota Amy VG89-3YR – the No:11 PLI£ cow in the UK. Amy gave 12,160kg at 4.67% butterfat and 3.32% protein in her second 305-day lactation.
Ards Radcliff PLI £326 (lot 20) from Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, is a Co-op Bosside Massey son bred from Ards Planet M Ruth EX92-2E. His 4th generation EX dam gave 12,066kg at 4.30% butterfat and 3.54% protein in her third lactation, and is from the great breeding Ruth cow family at Ards.
Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, are selling Glasson Superson ET PLI £367 (lot 10). He was sired by De-Su Distinction, and is bred from Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2 EX92-2E LP50 – 2011 Balmoral Show champion, and McLarnon’s NISA Dairy Cow of the Year winner.
His dam gave 16,425kg at 4.50% butterfat and 3.39% protein in her second 305-day lactation.
From William and Andrew McCollum, Coleraine, comes Ballycairn Galaxy Samson ET PLI £361 (lot 24). He is by De-Su Freddie Galaxy, and is bred from Ballycairn Garrett Sherese VG86-SP. His dam gave 9,409kg at 5.17% butterfat and 3.71% protein in her second 305-day lactation; while his gdam is classified EX91-2E and has yields to 10,548kg at 4.93% butterfat and 3.66% protein.
Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith said:”We are indebted to Gortavoy Feeds for its continued sponsorship of our premier autumn show and sale.”
Gortavoy Feeds and Farm Supplies is based at Pomeroy near Dungannon, County Tyrone, and specialises in manufacturing tailor-made blends for dairy and beef farmers.
Joe Gilkinson, director of Gortavoy Feeds said:”We feel it is important to offer the customer the complete package of nutritional advice to improve farm profitability through better animal nutrition.
“Several factors must be considered when formulating blends, including dry cow management, cow condition, and most importantly, ensiled forages. This enables custom-made blends to be formulated to optimise milk production.”
Mr Gilkinson added:”Gortavoy Feeds uses quality raw materials complimented by a wide range of mineral packs to suit individual herd requirements. Protected fats may also be incorporated into blends where there is a nutritional requirement. All of these products and services are also available to farmers who mix their own rations.”
For further information contact Gortavoy Feeds on tel: 028 8775 8663, or Stephen McKenna on mobile: 07831 866162.
Catalogues for Holstein NI’s forthcoming bull sale are available on request from Taaffe Auctions on tel: 00353 41 9881288. Alternatively download the catalogue at www.taaffeauctions.com