Fleckviehs red hot at Dungannon

Lot 1 - sold for �2000 to Gavin Hayes
Lot 1 - sold for �2000 to Gavin Hayes

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.