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November 2014: Buoyant trade with Holstein bulls to 8,700gns at Moira

An extremely buoyant trade for an attractive catalogue of bulls was how auctioneer Michael Taaffe described Holstein NI’s show and sale, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.

“The club’s 27th annual autumn show and sale boasted a strong selection of bulls with modern pedigrees, proven cow families and components. This was reflected in the excellent trade from start to finish, with multiple competitors bidding on every bull.”

The sale ring was packed, and with a 97% clearance rate, demand outstripped supply leaving many customers returning home empty handed. 27 bulls sold to average 3,107, an increase of 731 on this time last year.

Sale leader at 8,700gns was the sixteen-month-old Ballycrochan Aramis Red ET PLI £191 consigned by Clare Patterson from Bangor, County Down. He was sired by the Scientific Destry son Lookout P Redburst ET, and is bred from the world renown KHW Regiment Apple Red EX96 3E USA sold for $1,000,000 at the Global Glamour Sale in 2008.

His dam has a string of accolades to her credit, including Holstein International World champion red and white Cow 2010, champion red and white World Dairy Expo 2011, All American red and white aged cow 2011, reserve champion red and white World Dairy Expo 2013, and Red Impact Cow of the Year 2013.

Backed by seven straight generations of EX dams with high components, this red and white bull created a bidding frenzy, with the highest bid coming from ME Kenwell who runs the Gulladoo herd based at Fintona, County Tyrone.

Earlier in the day this powerful bull caught the eye of judge Paul Flanagan, Termonfeckin, County Louth, to take the supreme championship award generously sponsored by Gortavoy Feeds. “He is a strong and powerful bull, and an excellent example of the breed. This bull is very correct with a great top line and rump,” said Mr Flanagan from the noted Tubbertoby herd.

Ronald McLean, and sons Malcolm and Barry, from Donaghmore, CountyTyrone, had a great day with nine bulls from their noted Relough herd selling to average 3,208 per head.

Topping the McLean’s line-up at 5,000gns was the PLI award winner Relough Ardour PLI 451. Born in September 2013, he was sired by Co-op Bosside Massey ET, and is out of Relough Iota May VG87 2yr SP, the number two genomic PLI cow in the UK. She produced 8,780kgs at 5.17% butterfat and 3.36% protein in her first 305-day lactation. Backed by eight generations of VG and EX dams, he sold to R Elliott from The Grange, Killough, Downpatrick, County Down.

Next best at 4,550gns was the second prize winning Relough Grenadier PLI 421. Born in May 2013, he was sired by Genervations Latimer ET, and is bred from the GP83 2yr Relough Beacon Gloriette, who gave almost 9,900kgs at 4.30% butterfat and 3.11% protein in her heifer lactation. Highest bidder was Sean O™Brien from Poyntzpass, County Armagh.

The McLean trio realised 4,450gns for the reserve PLI prize winner Relough Alligator PLI £425. Also by the Mascol son, Co-op Bosside Massey ET, he is bred from six generations of EX dams. His dam, Relough Goldwyn Amy 4 EX SP averaged 11,267Kgs at 4.71% butterfat and 3.35% protein in three 305-day lactations. This one joins John Hamilton™s herd at Rowantree Farm, Bangor, County Down.

Honourable mention award winner Glasson Focus ET PLI 154 came under the hammer at 4,350gns for Philip Haffey, and son Simon, from Portadown, County Armagh. This April 2013 born entry was sired by Gillette Windbrook ET, and is out of Berryholme G Jordan Flo ET VG87-2yr SP, who gave over 10,500kgs at 4.07% butterfat and 3.23% protein in her first 305-day lactation. He sold to Robert Anderson, Dungannon, County Tyrone.

The fifth placed Prehen Fury PLI 349 sold at 3,500gns for Robbie and Stuart Smith, Waterside, County Londonderry. This fourteen-month-old bull is a son of Co-op Bosside Massey ET, and is bred from Prehen Niagra Froukje 2 GP83-2yr SP.  His maternal grand dam is Prehen Oman Froukje ET VG88 “ the former number one (August 2013) PLI cow in the UK. This one was snapped up by William Houston from Glarryford, County Antrim.

Other leading prices include:

3,400gns - Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Google PLI 422 sold to G R Gilmore, Portaferry, County Down.

3,300gns - Austin and David Perry, Ahoghill, Killane Rugby PLI 172 sold to James Herron, Whitecross, County Armagh.

3,250gns - Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, Ards Brodie PLI 339 sold to W Morrow and Sons, Ballyblack, Newtownards, County Down.

3,100gns - Philip and Simon Haffey, Glasson Bomber ET PLI 222 sold to David and Alan Wallace, Antrim, County Antrim.

3,060gns - Jim Morrison and Sons, Downpatrick, Inch Levi PLI 250 sold to Ivan McCabe, Ballyward, County Down.

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Supreme champion and sale leader at 8,700gns was Ballycrochan ET shown by Denis O'Neill, and owned by Clare Patterson, Bangor. Included are judge Paul Flanagan, County Louth; and sponsor Stephen McKenna, Gortavoy Feeds.

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Reserve champion was Relough Ravencave shown by Malcolm McLean, Donaghmore. Adding his congratulations is Stephen McKenna, Gortavoy Feeds, sponsor

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Philip Haffey, Portadown, exhibited the honourable mention prize winner Glasson Focus ET which sold for 4,350gns.

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Andrew McLean, Donaghmore, exhibited the reserve PLI award winner Relough Alligator. He sold for 4,450gns.

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Relough Ardour won the PLI award and sold for 5,000gns. Vendor Malcolm McLean, Donaghmore, was congratulated by Stephen Gilkinson, Gortavoy Feeds, sponsor; and judge Paul Flanagan, County Louth.

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Austin Perry, Ahoghill, studies the catalogue during Holstein NI's 27th annual autumn bull show and sale at Moira.

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Mark Truesdale, Newcastle, and Brian Mawhinney, Doagh, pictured at the club's 27th annual autumn bull show and sale.

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Auctioneer Michael Taaffe, and brother Brian, in the rostrum at the 27th annual autumn bull show and sale, held at Moira.

November 2014: 38 Holstein bulls catalogued for Moira on November 5

The Pedigree Sales Arena near Moira is the venue for Holstein NI’s 27th annual autumn show and sale of pedigree bulls on Wednesday 5th November.

Sponsored by Gortavoy Feeds, the event has attracted an entry of 38 deep pedigreed bulls.

Judging commences at 10.30am, and is in the capable hands of Paul Flanagan from the noted Tubbertoby herd based at Termonfeckin in County Louth. The sale will get underway at 11.30am.

The catalogue features bulls from many of the province’s leading herds: Ards, Ballycrochan, Ballygrainey, Carrowcroft, Derrydorragh, Glasson, Inch, Killane, Majestic, Mostragee, Potterswalls/Drumcorn, Prehen and  Relough.

Auctioneer Michael Taaffe said:“This year’s premier autumn sale has attracted an impressive entry of bulls. The catalogue comprises of modern pedigrees, elite cow families, and high production combined with excellent components.

“The bulls on offer are bred from some of the most sought-after sires in world breeding, proven to transmit great conformation and production, as well as highly desirable health and management traits. There are six bulls with PLI values over 400.”

AI sires represented in the catalogue include Mogul, Supersire, Massey, Meridian, Numero Uno, Latimer, Levi, Freddie, Denim, Sudan, Guarini, Mascol Mars and Goldday.

Prehen Frazer ET (lot 1) boasts the highest PLI in the catalogue 488. Bred by Holstein NI vice-chairman Stuart Smith, he is an Amghetti Numero Uno ET son, bred from Prehen Mascol Froukje VG87 – number eight PLI (463) cow in the UK. Dam is also a maternal sister to Prehen Omen EX94 PLI 579 – the number one PLI proven AI sire in the UK.

Tommy Henry and family are offering Mostragee Franz ET PLI 330 (lot 10). This Mountfield SSI DCY Mogul ET son is out of the Picston Shottle daughter Mostragee Froukje Lauren ET VG87, which gave over 12,600kgs at 4.03% butterfat and 3.35% protein in her second 305 day lactation. Bull selling is a full brother to Mostragee Mogul Lauren ET PLI 572 – the number five PLI heifer in the UK.

Lookout P Redburst ET is behind the breeding of Ballycrochan Aramis Red ET PLI 191 (lot 16a). Backed by seven generations of EX dams, he is bred from KHW Regiment Apple Red EX96 3E USA – champion red and white at World Dairy Expo in 2011, and global red and white Impact Cow of the Year in 2013.

Ronald McLean and sons have consigned nine bulls for the sale. Relough Ardour PLI 451 (lot 23) is by Co-op Bosside Massey ET, and is bred from Relough Iota May VG87-2yr Sp – the number two genomic PLI (496) cow in the UK. She produced over 8,700kgs at 5.17% butterfat and 3.36% protein in her first 305 day lactation.

Catalogues are available on request from Taaffe Auctions tel: 00353 41 9881288. Alternatively, view the catalogue on-line at www.taaffeauctions.com.

Moira sponsor

Looking forward to next week's premier autumn bull sale are sponsor Joe Gilkinson, Gortavoy Feeds, Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace, and auctioneer Michael Taaffe.

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