Spirited bidding at dairy sale

Champion Heifer; Iskaheen Manifold Norette
Champion Heifer; Iskaheen Manifold Norette

The Donegal Holstein Fresian Breeders sale at Raphoe Livestock Mart last Wednesday (March 4th) peaked at 2740 with an overall average of 1988.

Topping trade was Iskaheen Manifold Norette consigned by R&S Mackey.

A selection of the heifers on sale at the Donegal Dairy Sale

A selection of the heifers on sale at the Donegal Dairy Sale

Norette was placed first in the heifer class and was awarded champion by judge Ian Mckeague owner of the Knock herd.

This Mainstream Manifold sired daughter calved four weeks and yielding 32kg daily.

Stuart Scott owner of the Tulnaree herd sold a number of very milky well bred heifers.

Topping this consignment was Tulnaree Samuelo Karen (awarded reserve champion). Sired by Regancrest Mr Samuelo this heifer sold for 2380.

Third in the heifer class was Culcara Endstory Jennie consigned by Charles McCandless. This Oman Endstory daughter was bred from Culcara Talent Jennie VG 87, she sold for 2080.

Other sale highlights include Ballyelly Palermo Beau. This Glenn Ann Palermo sired heifer bred from the high protein Pietje family achieved 2420.

Also from Trevor Lockhart’s Ballyelly herd, Ballyelly Emerald Carman VG 85. This Bomaz Marion Emerald daughter sold for 2180.

A Vouster sired heifer from Richard Tinney’s Drumcairn herd sold for 2300.

Also selling at 2600 was Iskaheen Manifold Delia. This Mainstream Manifold sired heifer bred from an Emerald Acres Derek dam consigned by R&S Mackey.

Foyleside Penny 16 from Sean Faulkner’s Foyleside herd, this Whitter Farm Shot Ares daughter bred from a VG 88 Igniter sold for 2000.

At the same money was Toberish Bluesky Elaine, this Galastar Bluesky heifer consigned by Terence Burns realised 2000.

Other heifers by top ai bulls Pirolo Wyman, Shottle, Mainstream Manifold, Palermo, Endstory, Legend, Ralma Oman Crest, Lavaman, Charlesdale Superstition and Gillette Windbrook sold for similar prices.

The next Donegal Holstein Fresian Breeders sale is at Raphoe Livestock Mart on Wednesday 22 April at 1.00pm.