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Fantastic show of cows and heifers at November dairy sale

A good show of cattle with some fantastic cows and heifers was how judge John McLean described the November Dungannon Dairy Sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions.

Prices reached a ceiling of 3200gns, and 22 lots sold at 2500gns and over, with plainer types selling from 1000gns upwards.

Topping the day’s trade was the December 2019 heifer Drumard Skywalker Holly PLI £483 bred by William Graham, Maguiresbridge. Sired by Bomaz Skywalker, she is out of the home-bred Drumard Comet Holly, who averaged 12,814kgs at 4.34 per cent butterfat and 3.06 per cent protein in two 305-day lactations.

Mr Graham also secured the second highest bid of the day, 3160gns, for the December 2019 ABS Sassafras daughter Drumard Sassafras Blossom 2 PLI £387. The same price was realised by Drumard Skywalker Fashion 2 PLI £307, another December 2019 Bomaz Skywalker daughter.

Wilson and Andrew Patton, Newtownards, sold the November 2019 Ards FYI Barbie PLI £534 for 3000gns. A potential twelfth generation VG/EX female, she is a daughter of Melarry Frazzled FYI and is bred from Ards Peresus Barbie VG-2yr.

Cows topped at 2850gns, paid to Nelson Trimble and Partners, Kircubbin, for the September 2018 Sharkey All Time Sunshine PLI £403. Sired by SSI Headway Alltime, she is bred from Sharkey Glauco Sunshine VG86.

Next best at 2740gns was the December 2018 Drumard Glow Gem PLI £349 from William Graham. Sired by Relough Glow, her dam is the home-bred Drumard Drummer Gem 3. This young cow calved her second at the end of October, and produced 10,200kgs at 3.65 per cent butterfat and 3.23 per cent protein in her first 305-day lactation.

The pre-sale show was generously spon-sored by long-term sponsor Danske Bank, represented by Louise Clarke.

Catching the judge’s eye to claim the supreme championship ribbons was the third calver Sharkey Masterplan Sheena GP82 PLI £47 from N Trimble and Partners. Sired by Stantons Masterplan, her dam was the Cogent Altantic daughter Sharkey Atlantic Sheena VG. The champion came under the hammer of auctioneer Michael Taaffe at 2360gns.

Judge John McLean from the noted Priestland Herd, Bushmils, commented: “The champion is a fantastic third calver, everything you’d want in a young cow. She has tremendous strength, and superb udder quality, with a high and wide rear udder.”

Securing the reserve championship and a bid of 2400gns was the September 2019 heifer Burnhill Mayday Monica PLI £301 from J and C Weir, Waringstown. Sired by ABS Mayday, she was bred from Burnhill Billion Monica GP, who averaged 8,269kgs at 5.09 per cent butterfat and 3.4 per cent protein in four 305-day lactations.

John McLean added: “Today’s reserve champion is a smaller, stronger heifer, with lovely spring of rib and a fantastic udder.”

William and James Crawford, Brookeborough, won the honourable mention award with Ardmore Secretariat Vixan PLI £56. Born in July 2019, she is by Allnure Secretariat and out of the home-bred Comestar LAuthority daughter Ardmore Lauthority Vixan 2 VG87. A potential tenth generation VG/EX female, she sold for 2180gns.

Commenting, John McLean said: “Rounding off today’s line-up is this lovely dairy heifer. She has tremendous udder quality, and great veination.”

Two springing heifers from Austin and David Perry’s herd at Ahoghill sold for 2200gns each. First to sell was Killane Hotspot Cactus 66 PLI £420, a polled heifer by Wilder Hotspot P. She is due in the New Year to sexed Winstar Riverbend PP.

Herdmate Killane Topnotch Pretty Pat 251 PLI £498 was sired by Progenesis Topnotch, and bred from Killane Alltime Pretty Pat 247. This one is in-calf to sexed Nacash.

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