By Julie Hazelton
BULLS reached a ceiling of 4050gns at Holstein NI’s annual autumn sale, conducted by Taaffe Auctions in conjunction with the October Dungannon Dairy Sale.
Sponsored by Gortavoy Feeds, the sale saw nine bulls sell to average £2,876 – an increase of £993 on last year’s sale.
Topping trade was the 11-month-old Prehen Lancashire PLI £541 exhibited by Stuart Smith, Londonderry. Sired by the home-bred De Su 14222 Kenobi son Prehen Ringrose, he was bred from Prehen Shamrock Lady ET VG88 13* LP60, a descendent of the noted Comestar Laurie Sheik.
This bull is a maternal brother to Prehen Lancaster, the former number one UK GPLI bull at Cogent, and Prehen Penmanship Lady 3 ET GP83-2yr, the former number one GPLI female in the UK.
Two bulls shared the second highest bid of the day of 3250gns.
First to sell was the honourable mention prize winner Inch Percy consigned by Inch Genetics, Downpatrick. This 20-month-old bull was sired by Inch Persistent, and is bred from Inch Sam Breeze EX94 4E LP70, who averaged 10,106kgs at 4.92% butterfat and 3.24% protein in six 305-day lactations.
Also selling at 3250gns was the fourth prize Prehen Excel ET GPLI £836 from Stuart Smith. This yearling bull was sired by Peak Altaplinko, and is out of the elite donor dam Peak Elize ET.
His full ET brother Prehen Eliott ET GPLI £822 came under the hammer of auctioneer Michael Taaffe at 3000gns. Elliott caught the eye of judge David Perry, Ahoghill, to claim the reserve championship rosette at the pre-sale show.
Claiming the supreme championship award was the 14-month-old Hilltara Brit PLI £169 from Sam and John McCormick, Bangor. Sired by Val Bisson Doorman, his dam is Hilltara Career Bobby Joe EX91 2E, who averaged 10,915kgs at 4.3% butterfat and 3.47% protein in four lactations. He sold for 2,400gns.
Results from the showring:
Bull, born between February 2021 and September 2021 – 1, and champion, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Brit PLI £160 by Val Bisson Doorman; 2, and honourable mention, Inch Genetics, Inch Percy by Inch Persistent; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Inch Sell Out PLI £283 by Woodcrest King Doc.
Bull, born in October and November 2021 – 1, and reserve champion, Stuart Smith, Prehen Elliot ET GPLI £822 by Peak Altaplinko; 2, Stuart Smith, Prehen Lando P PLI £675 by Winstar Mendel P; 3, Stuart Smith, Prehen Lancashire PLI £541 by Prehen Ringrose.
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