SQ Fleckvieh annual sale saw 49 of the 52 cattle on offer finding new homes. The surprising thing about the sale was the fact that averages for milking heifers was up £200 per head on last year.
The pedigree milking heifers sold to a top of 2,500gns for the Rau daughter from a 5% BF Dam, she sold giving 35 litres a day to W. Walker from Bessbrook, Co. Armagh.
The first heifer in the ring sold for 2,000GNS to Gavin Hayes from Ballinderry, she was giving 30 litres a day. But it was the cross bred heifers that ‘stole the show’ with Lot 112 by Wille and from a Waran Dam that gave 8,500 litres in her 3rd lactation at 5.39% Fat and 3.92% Protein.
With solids like this and giving 40 litres a day she was finally knocked down after a flurry of bids to Trevor Brown from Crumlin for £3,000.
The next heifer in the ring, again by Wille, and giving 40 litres a day heads south to Farriage View Farms Co. Cork for £2,700.
David Johnston from Newtownbutler went home with three milking heifers. His first purchase was Lot 115, by Wille from a 10,000 litre Dam giving 32 litres per day and cost David £2,500.
Lots 117 and 118 closely followed with both giving 35 litres a day by Wille and Rumgo cost David £2,350 and £2,650.
Nine of the twelve bulls on offer found new homes. Lot 28 topped the bulls at 3,200GNS by GS Inross and a very high classified Dam that gave 11,600 litres in each of her 5th and 6th lactations. He was the highest udder score bull in the sale and was +768kgs for milk and heads home to work at Brian Brodison’s 600 cow herd at Newmills, Dungannon.
Next at 3000gns was Lot 25 by GS Vogt and from a Manitoba Dam with a genomic index of 128 he was a wise investment for Ashley McKelvey of Newtonstewart.
The last bull in the ring was by GS Zocker with a genomic index of 129 and from a Rumgo Dam that gave 9,000 litres in her 2nd lactation at 5.01% Fat and 3.85 % Protein. Being positive for both Fat and Protein and +580kg milk he should be a valuable stock bull for T. Bristow of Portglenone.
As usual the 20 three month old heifer calves met a steady trade, where they sold to a top of 880GNS and averaged 725gns.