BULLS reached a ceiling of 3300gns at Holstein NI’s premier autumn show and sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Topping trade at 3300gns was Relough Candy ET PLI £669 bred by Ronald McLean and Sons, Donaghmore, Dungannon. He stood third in the line-up for the PLI award. Sired by Sandy Valley I Batman, this eighteen-month-old bull is backed by nine generations of VG and EX dams. His dam Relough Supershot Crimson ET EX92-30* was a former number seven GPLI cow in the UK.
The reserve champion and winner of the PLI award was Prehen Fabrice PLI £608 exhibited by Stuart Smith, Londonderry. This nineteen-month-old entry was sired by Denovo 14566 Crosby, and is bred from Prehen Penmanship Froukje 7 VG, who gave 10,581kgs at 4.05 per cent butterfat and 3.51 per cent protein in her second 305-day lactation.
Backed by 10 generations of VG and EX dams, his grandam Prehen Garrett Froukje ET VG88 LP50 was a former number 22 GPLI cow in the UK and a maternal sister to the former number one PLI proven bull Prehen Omen EX94. Prehen Fabrice came under the hammer of auctioneer Michael Taaffe at 2550gns.
Runner-up to the PLI award was Stuart Smith’s Prehen Francesco GPLI £749 sold for 2150gns. Born in February 2020, he was sired by Denovo 14566 Crosby and bred from Prehen Perseus Froukje 4 GP-2yr, a former number one PLI female, who is currently in her second lactation and giving 32 litres per day at 5.11 per cent butterfat and 4.20 per cent protein.
Three Prehen bulls sold to average £2,327 per head.
Judge Geoffrey Patton, Carrowcroft Herd, Carrowdore, County Down, awarded the supreme championship ribbons sponsored by Gortavoy Feeds, to Ards Robin PLI £389 bred by Wilson and Andrew Patton, Newtownards. This fifteen-month-old bull sold for 2100gns. He was sired by Westcoast Impartial ET, and is bred from Ards Acrobate F Ruth VG87, who averaged 8,446kgs at 5.06 per cent butterfat and 3.88 per cent protein in three 305-day lactations.
Four bulls from the Ards prefix sold to average £2,074 each.
“The champion and reserve bulls are both long bodied, well-grown bulls. They carry their width well through,” said Geoffrey Patton. “The champion walked well on parade.”
Holstein NI is indebted to Gortavoy Feeds for its continued sponsorship of the premier autumn bull show and sale.
Averages: 12 bulls £1,883 (63 per cent).