October 2015: Demand for heifers continues at Holstein NI’s Moira sale
Commercial bidders were out in force to secure quality dairy herd replacements at Holstein NI’s October show and sale, sponsored by Mason’s Feeds.
Following a 96% clearance, auctioneer Michael Taaffe said that despite poor milk prices there was a strong demand for high yielding heifers and young cows with good components.
“Moira is Northern Ireland’s premier market for modern Holstein genetics. We are continuing to welcome new buyers at our monthly sales, but the majority of our bidders are regular buyers who are impressed with the quality and consistency of the cattle on offer.
“Our September and October sales have represented great value for money, with a large percentage of the heifers catalogued selling from 1,100gns to 1,560gns. Currently it’s a buyers’ market!”
The October show and sale was judged by Greenmount student and Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member Matthew McLean from the noted Priestland herd based at Bushmills, County Antrim.
He awarded the supreme championship award to Derrydorragh Moo York Roxette VG88, a second calver consigned by Willard and Adam Watson, Macosquin, Coleraine. Sired by the Ladino Park Talent son Big Apple Red ET, she produced 8,750 litres at 4.65% butterfat and 3.46% protein in her first 305-day lactation. Calved three weeks and producing 54 litres on three-times-daily milking, she topped the sale at 2,620gns selling to David McClurg for his Fortvale herd at Crossgar, County Down.
Reserve champion was Ards Sudan Jessica from the Patton family’s herd at Newtownards, County Down. Sired by Va Early Dawn Sudan, this one came under the hammer at 2,020gns selling to William Herron, Newtownhamilton, County Armagh, who purchased four lots at the sale. Calved four weeks, she is yielding 38 litres per day.
Robbie Mulligan, Banbridge, secured the honourable mention award with Brague Zenith Karen 2 which changed hands for 1,360gns. This Ocean View Zenith daughter calved three weeks ago and is producing 27 litres. Buyer was Kyle Savage, Donaghcloney, County Armagh.
Sponsors Mark Johnston and Conor Crozier from Masons Animal Feeds were on-hand to congratulate the winners and present the awards.