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November 2011: Reserve champion tops Moira Holstein trade at 3,300 guineas

Black and white heifers reached a ceiling of 3,300gns at Holstein NI’s November show and sale, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.

Following a steady trade which resulted in an 87% clearance, Taaffe Auctions reported that 20 heifers sold to average 1,942gns per head. “Milky heifers were in demand, and with animals ranging in price from 1,280gns to a top of 3,300gns we had something to suit everyone,” stressed auctioneer Michael Taaffe.

The sale leader was Relough Talent Danna 5 brought out by Ronald McLean, and sons Malcolm and Barry, from Donaghmore near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Earlier in the day she caught the eye of pre-sale judge, John McCormick, Bangor, to secure the reserve championship award.

Bred from seven generations of VG and EX dams from the Danna family, this heifer is a daughter of the Maughlin Storm son, Ladino Park Talent ET. Her dam was Relough Derby Danna ET (VG) which gave over 10,300 litres at 4.14%BF and 3.05%P in her fourth 305-day lactation. Two weeks calved and giving 30 litres daily she sold to a County Tyrone bidder.

Relough’s noted Danna family was also behind the breeding of the day’s overall champion, Ards Nokia F Danna consigned by Harry Patton, and sons Wilson and Wallace, from Newtownards, County Down. Sired by the Canyon Breeze Storm Atom son, Ards Nokia ET, she is bred from the VG87 Ards Freelance Danna which gave over 10,000 litres at 3.76%BF and 3.22%P in her third 305-day lactation. Four weeks calved and yielding 41 litres per day, this one sold for 2,100gns to a County Tyrone milk producer.

The Relough herd sold six heifers at Moira to average 2,008gns each. 

Judge John McCormick praised the vendors on the quality and presentation of the stock on offer at Moira. “The champion and reserve heifers complement one another very nicely. The champion is a well -balanced heifer with dairy strength and a fantastic udder. Her udder is high and wide at the rear and has good teat placement.

“The reserve champion is a sweet young heifer with a brilliant udder. She is full of promise for the future and should develop into a good dairy cow.”

The pre-sale show was generously sponsored by Northern Bank, and its agri-business manager Jonathan Leathem was on-hand to present the awards.

An unshown heifer from Aubrey Patterson’s herd in Bangor came under the hammer at 2,550gns. Ballycrochan Wildman Ethel is a potential ninth generation VG/EX, and was sired by Ladys Manor Wildman. She is calved two weeks and is producing 33 litres per day.

Next best at 2,250gns was the unshown Kilvergan Damion Dorcas bred by Stephen Haffey, and sons Timothy, David and Aaron from Lurgan, County Armagh.  Sired by the home-bred ERB Acres Damion son, Kilvergan Damion ET, she is out of Kilvergan Besne Dorcas VG88 which gave over 11,600 litres at 3.65%BF and 3.30%P in her second 305-day lactation. This potential fifth generation VG heifer sold to William Herron from Newtownhamilton, County Armagh.

Other leading prices include:

2,100gns – Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Mascol Dot to David Cummins, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn.

2,020gns - Robert Mulligan, Banbridge, Roundyhall Lyall 15 Blackrose to William Herron, Newtownhamilton; Leiza Montgomery, Newtownards, Chimera Revelation Bernice Red to Kenneth Totten, Glenavy.

1,950gns – Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Nokia L Ruth to Messrs Mackey, Dromore.

Results from the judging ring include:

Heifer, born prior to 30/05/09 – 1, and champion, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Nokia F Danna by Ards Nokia ET; 2, Leiza Montgomery, Newtownards, Chimera Revelation Bernice Red by Ards Revelation; 3, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Zenith Monogram by Ocean View Zenith ET.

Heifer, born between 01/06/09 and 08/09/09 – 1, and reserve champion, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Talent Danna 5 by Ladino Park Talent ET; 2, Graham Lyons, Beragh, Ernevale Turbo by Ernevale Turbocharge; 3, McKnight Bros, Banbridge, Cascum Lichfield Sheila by Hyland Lichfield.

Cow, any age – 1, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Revelation R Trish by Ards Revelation; 2, David and Alan Wallace, Antrim, Abercorn Calypso Shirley by Nor-bert Calypso.

Entries are now being sought for next month’s Holstein NI show and sale. The event, sponsored by BRL Gypsum, takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Thursday, December 15. Contact Taaffe Auctions on tel: 00353 41 9881288.

Moira Holstein 1

Andrew Patton, Newtownards, exhibited Ards Nokia F Danna, the champion at Holstein NI's November show and sale, Moira. Included are Jonathan Leathem, Northern Bank, sponsor; and John McCormick, Bangor, judge.

Moira Holstein 2

The reserve champion at Holstein NI's November show and sale, Moira, was Relough Talent Danna 5 shown by Malcolm McLean, Donaghmore. Included are sponsor Jonathan Leathem, Northern Bank; and judge John McCormick, Bangor.

Moira Holstein 3

Two super uddered heifers from the Danna family claimed champion and reserve at Holstein NI's November show and sale, Moira. Pictured are, from left: Jonatha Leathem, Northern Bank, sponsor; Malcolm McLean, Donaghmore; Andrew Patton, Newtownards; and judge John McCormick, Bangor.

Moira Holstein 4

The second highest priced heifer at Holstein NI's November show and sale was Ballycrochan Wildman Ethel owned by Aubrey Patterson, Bangor, and shown by Raymond McCartney.

Moira Holstein 5

Holstein NI chairman Alan Cleland, right, welcomes judge John McCormick, Bangor, and sponsor Jonathan Leathem, Northern Bank, to the club's November show and sale at Moira.

November 2011: Holstein heifer entry for Moira on November 16

Catalogues are now available for Holstein NI’s November show and sale, which takes place next week at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.

Generously sponsored by Northern Bank, the November 16 event, has attracted an entry of almost 40 fresh calved heifers and young cows.

November Holstein

John Henning, head of agriculture, Northern Bank, presents a sponsorship cheque for next week's Holstein NI show and sale at Moira (November 16) to Jay Warden, vice-chairman, Holstein NI. Looking on his club committee member David Perry. Picture: Columba O'Hare/Fotacol

Judging is in the capable hands of John McCormick, who runs the noted Hilltara herd in Bangor, County Down, in partnership with his parents Sam and Trish. The show commences at 10.30am sharp, and will be followed by the sale at 10.30am.

The catalogued entry represents many of the Province’s leading herds, including: Abercorn, Ardmore, Ballycrochan, Ballygrainey, Brague, Cascum, Flushtown, Inch, Killane, Kilvergan and Relough.

Heifers on offer are sired by top AI bulls such as Wildman, Mr Burns, Talent, Mr Sam, Airraid, Mascol and Bolivia Allen, as well as the British Friesian sire Marshside Rocket.

The sale includes many outstanding fresh calved heifers with very good udders, several of which are producing in excess of 36 litres daily. Some of the heifers catalogued have recently classified as high as VG86-2yr.

Auctioneer Michael Taaffe said:”Of special interest is a fresh calved heifer by the top Amercian AI proven bull, Ked Outside Jeeves – the first daughter to sell at auction in Northern Ireland!”

Mr Taaffe continued:”As ever the catalogue for this month’s sale includes a selection of heifers which will be sold at prices to suit everybody. Our previous sale saw heifers sell from 1,250gns to 3,100gns, with many heifers commanding  between 1,500gns and 2,000gns. Moira has something for everyone, and at a range of prices to suit all pockets.”

Catalogues are available on request from Taaffe Auctions on tel: 00353 41 9881288. Alternatively, download the catalogue by logging on to www.taaffeauctions.com.

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