October 2017: Champion tops Dungannon dairy trade at 3,200gns
Pedigree and commercial dairy stock continued to attract a ready market at the monthly Dungannon Dairy Sale hosted by Taaffe Auctions.
Holstein NI secretary John Martin said: “Demand for milking heifers and young cows remains strong with the October show and sale returning a 99% clearance rate. Prices ranged from 1,380gns top a top of 3,200gns.
“The non-pedigree heifer average remained stable with 22 lots selling to level at 1,773gns per head. Pedigree heifers averaged 1,992gns for the 69 lots sold. This represents a decrease of over 300gns on last month, but with 39 more heifers sold. Pedigree cows also saw a drop of 244gns with 16 lots selling to average 1,920gns, compared to 2,164gns for 11 sold in September.”
Hitting the headlines in both the show and sale rings was Relough Planet Melissa, a potential eighth generation EX heifer bred by Ronald McLean, and Sons Malcom and Barry, from Donaghmore. Sired by Ensenada Taboo Planet, her dam is Relough Shottle Melissa EX-2E who averaged 9,816kgs at 4.16% butterfat and 3.34% protein in four 305-day lactations.
She caught the eye of judge Jay Warden from Bangor to claim the day’s supreme championship ribbons sponsored by Mason’s Animal Feeds. “The champion is a lovely balanced heifer with a great udder. She will mature into a great cow,” added the judge. Calved four weeks and yielding 36 litres daily, this one came under the hammer of auctioneer Michael Taaffe at 3,200gns, selling to Raymond Hassard from Enniskillen.
Following close behind at 3,100gns was Ards Silver Marq I VG-2yr consigned by Harry Patton, and sons Wallace and Wilson, from Newtownards. Sired by Seagull Bay Silver, she is bred from Ards Sudan R Marq I VG88. Backed by 14 generations of VG and EX dams, this heifer sold to a County Down pedigree herd.
Next best at 3,000gns was the second placed Relough Download Jessica VG86-2yr. Sired by the Amighetti Numero Uno son Relough Download, her dam is Relough Omen Jessica 2 EX who produced 11,865kgs at 4.10% butterfat and 3.33% protein in her third 305-day lactation. Buyer was RAH Barkley from Dunloy.
Pedigree cows peaked at 2,950gns, paid to Owen Martin, Newry, for Garaba Myrna 80. She was sired by the Braedale Goldwyn son Guarini, and produced 7,472kgs at 4.53% butterfat and 3/26% protein in her first lactation. Now in her second lactation she sold to Noel Jackson fr4om Dromore, County Tyrone.
The reserve championship went to Sam and John McCormick’s heifer Hilltara Mark Maude 4. Sired by The Toc Farm Goldsun son Hilltara Mark, she is backed by nine generations of EX and VG dams, and goes back to the noted show cow Medway Supreme Maude EX97 8E 22* LP160. Calved four weeks and producing 30 litres daily, this one was snapped up by David Parke from Ballyward at 2,250gns.
Claiming the honourable mention award was Ardmore Lauthority Rickie 3, a potential fourth generation EX heifer bred by William and James Crawford, Brookeborough. Sired by Comestar Lauthority, she is bred from Ardmore Duu Rickie EX92-3E. Buyer at 2,250gns was Thomas Colton from Drumquin.
Commercial heifers peaked at 2,250gns, paid to Geoffrey Patton, Carrowdore, for an August 2015 Ladys Manor Graf La Bron daughter.
Alastair Thompson from Beaverlodge Farms, Strabane, realised 2,040gns for a June 2015 heifer by Bomaz Ingenious. The same vendor also secured 2,000gns for a Morningview Levi daughter born in June 2015.
Results from the showring include:
Class 1, heifer in-milk – 1, and hon mention, W and J Crawford, Ardmore Lauthority Rickie 3 by Comestar Lauthority; 2, R McLean and Sons, Relough Download Jessica by Relough Download ET; 3, S and J Stevenson, Newry CT Dol Barbie by Newry Chipped Tooth.
Class 2, heifer in-milk – 1, and champion, R McLean and Sons, Relough Planet Melissa by Ensenada Taboo Planet; 2, and reserve champion, S and J McCormick, Hilltara Mark Maude 4 by Hilltara Mark; 3, Paul Dunn, Dunbanard Dempsey Amy by Lirr Drew Dempsey.
Class 3, Cow – 1, R McLean and Sons, Relough Distinction Raven VG by De Su Distinction; 2, S and J McCormick, Hilltara Cashcoin Wendy GP83 by Farnear TBR BH Cashcoin.
Class 4, commercial heifer – 1, 2, and 3, Alastair Thompson.