THE Dungannon Dairy Sale resumed last week with pedigree Holstein prices peak-ing at 3000gns.
Auctioneer Michael Taaffe said: “Trade was back com-pared to the previous sale in May, and reflects the fact that a number of entries were longer calved from June and July.”
Sale leader was the supreme champion heifer Kilvergan Piston Blossom, consigned by
Stephen Haffey and Sons, Lurgan. This beautiful heifer was one-month calved and giving 39 litres daily on robotic milking.
Sired by Sandy Valley Pis-
ton, her dam Kilvergan Express Blossom 2 GP gave 10,651kgs at 3.96 per cent butterfat and 3.21 per cent protein in 298 days.
Judge Jonny Matthews, Don-
aghcloney, praised the qual-ity of cattle put forward for judging. The pre-sale show was generously sponsored by Irwin Feeds, represented by Ian Cummins.
“The overall champion is a lovely strong heifer, well-grown for her age. She has great depth of body, and a well attached udder.”
Claiming the day’s reserve championship was a sub-stitute entry Ards Kenobi Trina, from Wallace and Daniel Patton, Newtownards. Backed by 10 generations of VG and EX dams, this heifer was three-weeks calved and producing 27 litres daily.
She came under the ham-mer at 2780gns, and was secured by a County Armagh farmer who also purchased the champion.
Jonny Matthews added: “The
reserve champion is another classy heifer with a wide rump, and open rib.”
Springing heifers topped at
2,450gns, realised by Ardna-salem YKS Robin, consigned by David Buchanan.
Sired by Sterk Kiss Kyte-man, she was bred from Ardnasalem Sid Robin EX91-3E, who is projected to yield 10,387kgs at 3.72 per cent butterfat and 3.31 per cent protein in her sixth lactation.
Backed by four generations of EX dams from the famous ROXY family, she is due to calve in October to sexed Woodcrest King Doc.
The honourable mention award went to Geoffrey Pat-
ton, Carrowdore, who exhib-ited Carrowcroft Intruder Debbie. This second calver was sired by Claynook Intruder, and bred from Carrowcroft Beacon Debbie EX91 LP50.
The judge added: “This is a powerful cow with a well attached udder.”
Taaffe Auctions is inviting entries for next month’s Dun-
gannon Dairy Sale.
The event will take place at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Thursday, October 21, at 11.30am. Further details from Taaffe Auctions on 00353 41 9881288.