PEDIGREE Holstein bulls reached a ceiling of 2900gns at the April Dungannon Dairy Sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions.
Auctioneer Michael Taaffe confirmed a 71 per cent clearance, with 12 lots selling to level at £2,336 per head.
Claiming the day’s top price was the January 2020 Slatabogie Simplicity ET *RDC PLI £286 consigned by Alan and Leanne Paul, Maghera. Sired by Holyland Simplicity P RC, his dam is MS Brandy’s Blush ET *RC EX-USA – a ninth generation EX, producing 10,668kgs at 4.90 per cent butterfat and 3.90 per cent protein in her first 305-day lactation.
Following close behind at 2800gns was Inch York PLI £426, a two-year-old Cal-Roy-Al Yoda son bred by the Inch Genetics Partnership of Jim Morrison and James Cleland, Downpatrick. Backed by six generations of VG and EX dams, this one was bred from Inch Doorman Daphne 3 VG, who gave 10,103kgs at 4.47 per cent butterfat and 3.55 per cent protein in her second 305-day lactation.
Next best at 2750gns was Carrowcroft Rapper PLI £545 bred by Geoffrey Patton, Carrowdore. Born in December 2019, he was sired by ABS Crimson, and is out of the home-bred Carrowcroft Mogul Ruby EX-2E, who averaged 10,445kgs at 4.33 per cent butterfat and 3.54 per cent protein in four lactations. He is backed by 10 generations of VG and EX dams.
Geoffrey Patton also realised 2650gns for the January 2020 Sandy Valley Batman son, Carrowcroft Rory PLI £477. He boasts 10 straight generations of EX dams in his pedigree, and is bred from Carrowcroft LA Bron Ruby, who averaged 8,951kgs at 3.90 per cent butterfat and 3.44 per cent protein in three lactations.
The youngest bull in the catalogue was the 12-month-old Relough Danfras PLI £529, which sold at 2300gns for Ronald McLean and Sons, Donaghmore, Dungannon.
Sired by ABS Sassafras ET, he is backed by 10 generations of VG and EX dams, and is bred from Relough Numero Danna 2 ET EX93-4E LP70, who averaged 11,425kgs at 4.65 per cent butterfat and 3.40 per cent protein in six 305-day lactations. His dam is the former number 27 PLI cow in the UK.