Bumper entry for dairy sale

Taaffe Auctions has confirmed that more than 130 animals have been catalogued for next week’s Dungannon Dairy Sale.

The monthly sale on Thursday, March 22, has attracted a bumper entry, comprising of 100 fresh calved heifers and young cows, three springing heifers, 26 heifer calves and two service age bulls.

Judging gets underway at 10.30am and is in the capable hands of Gary Watson from Macosquin, Coleraine. The sale will commence at 11.30am sharp!

Holstein NI chairman Tommy Henry said: “I am delighted to welcome Chestnutt Animal Feeds from Stranocum as the new sponsor of our March show and sale. Established in 1953, Chestnutt Animal Feeds is a family mill specialising in a wide range of services and high quality rations.”

Entries have been received from many of the Province’s leading pedigree Holstein herds, including Aghyaran, Ardmore, Ards, Bannwater, Carrowcroft, Dunbanard, Hilltara, Inch, Killane, Lisnagore, Lisrawglen and Relough.

The milking cows and heifers catalogued are bred from highly acclaimed international sires such as Deman, Balisto, Massey, Flame, Milo, Penley, Norman, Uno, Mardi Gras, Classic, Edelweiss, Omen, Bookem, Pacific, Jacey and Supersire.

Auctioneer Michael Taaffe commented: “We are pleased to offer a special entry of 40 head from Will and Gareth Taylor’s noted Glastryfarm Herd based at Kircubbin.

“The Glastryfarm prefix is also offering 26 December to February born heifer calves with PLI values up to £562. They are daughters of Cookiecutter Hang Time, Co-op Aardema Black Jack, Stantons Masterplan, Siemers Mogul Pety, Plain Knoll Mando USA.”

Rounding off the March sale entry are two service age bulls consigned by Inch Genetics based at Downpatrick. Included is Inch Prince (lot 62), a May 2016 born son of the British Friesian sire Lakemead Prince, bred from the herd’s noted Daphne family.

Catalogues are available on request from Taaffe Auctions, telephone 00353 419881288. Alternatively, view the catalogue online at www.taaffeauctions.com

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