Ballyweaney heifer leads dairy trade at 2,850gns

Ballyweaney heifer leads dairy trade at 2,850gns

A McCUTCHEN daughter fr-

om Mervyn and Gareth

Smyth’s noted Ballywean-ey Herd topped the January Dungannon Dairy offering at 2,850gns.

Ballyweaney McCutchen Pledge PLI £210 was sired by De Su BKM McCutchen and hails from the Windy Knoll View Pledge family. Her dam was the home-bred Ballyweaney Toystory Pledge 3 who averaged 8,429kgs at 4.04 per cent butterfat and 3.27 per cent protein in three 305-day lactations. Calved six weeks and producing 37 litres daily, she sold to John and Robert Stewart’s Quinton Herd at Portaferry.

Following close behind at 2,820gns

was the day’s pre-sale show champion HIlltara Supershot Dawn

PLI £237 from Sam and John McCormick’s Bangor-based herd. Sired by Cogent Supershot, she is bred from Hilltara Aftershock Dawn EX92 who produced over 12,350kgs in her second lactation. Calved five weeks and producing 37 litres daily, this one joins a County Tyrone herd.

The Patton family from Newtownards realised 2,520gns for Ards Cherokee Marq I PLI £315. Sired by Ballycairn Cameron Cherokee ET, she is bred from Ards Beacon Marq I VG86 who averaged 11,780kgs at 3.48 per cent butterfat and 3.09 per cent protein. A potential 16th generation VG/EX, she was snapped up by a County Tyrone herd owner.

Two lots came under the hammer of auctioneer Michael Taaffe at 2,320gns. They included the honourable mention award winner Relough Commander Vaakje PLI £276 from the McLean family, Donaghmore. Sired by Larcrest Commander, she is a daughter of Relough Iota Vaakje VG-2yr. Backed by 11 generations of VG and EX dams, this heifer is four weeks calving and producing 40 litres daily.

Also selling at 2,320gns was Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Iota Maude 9 PLI £273. This Regancrest Altaiota daughter is bred from Hilltara Acrobat Maude VG86, and traces back to the famous show cow Medway Supreme Maude EX97-8E 22* who produced a lifetime yield in excess of 160 tonnes. This potential 12th generation VG/EX heifer was snapped up by CJR Murphy from Armagh.

Mervyn and Gareth Smyth secured a bid of 2,300gns for Ballyweaney McCutchen Pledge 3 PLI £201; while Geoffrey Patton, Carrowdore, realised 2,300gns for Carrowcroft Connor Ruby PLI £230.

The McCormick duo also realised 2,250gns for the reserve champion Hilltara Albert Charlotte 2 PLI £134. Calved four weeks and producing 32 litres, she sold to Trevor Dunn from Brookeborough.

Cows peaked at 1,850gns, paid to John and Sam McCormick for the second calver Hilltara Fever Maude 13 ET. Sired by the Braedale Goldwyn son Crackholm Fever, she is bred from Hilltara Drake Maude 2 ET EX91-3E LP50. Her gdam was Medway Supreme Maude EX97-8E 22*, and the buyer was Stephen McAllister from Dungannon.

An entry of springing heifers from Sean Daly, Carrickmore, sold to a top of 2,220gns. Leading his offering was Redhouse 1714 Altabarney Dee, a Rosylane LLC Altabarney daughter, bred from Redhouse 1513 Goldmine Dee. In-calf to sexed SSI Headway All Time, she joins Jack Mitchell’s herd at Castlederg.

Non-pedigree heifers sold to a top of 1,900gns, paid to Gary McHenry, Lurgan; and 1,880gns, paid to Stephen Greenaway, Annaghmore.

The pre-sale show was judged by Kenny Watson from the Majestic Herd based in Coleraine, and generously sponsored by Bank of Ireland, represented by Richard Primrose.


Class 1, Heifer in-milk – 1, and reserve champion, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Albert Charlotte 2 by Hilltara Albert; 2, and honourable mention, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Commander Vaakje by Larcrest Commander; 3, William and James Crawford, Ardmore Deman Jill by EDG Deman.

Class 2 – Heifer in-milk – 1, and champion, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Supershot Dawn by Cogent Supershot; 2, Aidan McAfee, Drumeil Josuper Carmela by Uecker Supershire Josuper; 3, Owen Martin, Garaba Bridget by Ladys Manor RD Grafeeti.

Class 3 – Cow in-milk – 1, Paul Dunn, Dunbanard Lex Julie 2 by Dunbanard Lex; 2, William and James Crawford, Ardmore Sid Ashlyn by Pine Tree Sid.

Class 4 – Non pedigree heifer in-milk – 1, Gary McHenry; 2, Stephen Greenaway; 3, Gary McHenry.


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