Quality entry lined up for Dungannon dairy sale

Danske Bank is sponsoring the Dungannon Dairy Sale on Thursday 24th November. Agribusiness manager Maureen Currie is pictured discussing plans for the pre-sale show with auctioneer Michael Taaffe; and Holstein NI secretary John Martin. Picture: Julie Hazelton
Danske Bank is sponsoring the Dungannon Dairy Sale on Thursday 24th November. Agribusiness manager Maureen Currie is pictured discussing plans for the pre-sale show with auctioneer Michael Taaffe; and Holstein NI secretary John Martin. Picture: Julie Hazelton
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Taaffe Auctions has confirmed that 150 cattle will come under the hammer at its monthly dairy auction in Dungannon.

The catalogue for the sale on Thursday 24th November includes an entry of 75 fresh calved heifers and cows from many of the Province’s leading pedigree Holstein herds, and a selection of non-pedigree calved heifers from County Armagh herd owners G McHenry and Messrs N and S Greenaway.

Rounding off the sale is the dispersal of the Rglebe Herd, consisting of 50 fresh calved heifers and cows, and 20 heifer calves, on behalf of Alwyn Loane from Enniskillen.

The pre-sale show gets underway at 11.00am and is generously sponsored by Danske Bank. Judge for the event is HYB member Mark Henry from the noted Mostragee Herd based at Stranocum in North Antrim. The sale will commence at noon prompt.

Pedigree Holstein Herds featured in the catalogue include Ards, Ardmore, Bannwater, Carrowcroft, Cluntagh, Derrydorragh, Garaba, Happy, Killane and Simlahill.

Also on offer are 27 heifers and cows from the noted Relough prefix owned by Ronald McLean and Sons, Donaghmore. They are also offering a two-year-old bull by Seagull Bay MVP which has been used extensively in the herd. This bull is bred from Relough Legend Danna 3 VG87-SP who gave 13,440kgs at 5.14% butterfat and 3.51% protein in her second lactation.

Sam and John McCormick’s renowned Hilltara Herd, Bangor, has consigned 14 calved heifers and cows.

The females on offer are daughters of leading AI sires such as Massey, Balisto, La Bron, Mardi Gras, Dorcy, Diamond, Planet, Mascalese, Grafetti, Cancun, History, Pesky, Mincio, Mascol Mars, Oman Pello and Alta Iota.

“This is a sale not to be missed,” explained auctioneer Michael Taaffe. “We have pedigree and commercial females to suit all systems.”

Catalogues are available on request from Taaffe Auctions tel: 00353 41 9881288. Alternatively, view the catalogue on-line at www.taaffeauctions.com