There was a strong demand for black and white bulls with trade reaching a ceiling of 3,500gns at Holstein NI’s December show and sale, held at Kilrea Mart.
Auctioneer Mark Stewart confirmed an 84% clearance, which saw 21 lots change hands to level at £1,735 per head.
Sale leader was the unshown Inch Oslo bred by Jim Morrison, Downpatrick. Born in June 2014 he is by Deangate Osbert, and bred from the VG89 Inch Juror Daphne 8 who has completed two lactations with over five per cent butterfat, and is projected to yield in excess of 8,500 litres in her third. Buyer was William Hoey from Ballymena.
Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith, and father Robbie, from Londonderry, claimed the day’s second highest bid of 2,950gns for Prehen Electro ET PLI £197. Sired by Crackholm Fever, this July 2014 born entry is backed by seven straight generations of EX dams. His dam Tubbertoby Durham Elisha ET EX92(3) averaged 9,515 litres at 4.07% butterfat and 3.36% protein in four 305-day lactations. This one sold to Alan Gordon from Portglenone.
Next best at 2,350gns was the August 2014 Inch Dillion PLI £298 consigned by Jim Morrison. Sired by Scientific Destry, he is bred from Inch Glen Daphne 8 ET VG86 who gave over 8,000 litres at 5.19% butterfat and 3.52% protein in her second 305-day lactation. Buyer was George Hammond from Stewartstown.
The pre-sale show was generously sponsored by United Feeds, represented by Martin King, and judged by David Perry from Ahoghill.
Supreme overall champion was Cluntagh Space ET PLI £264 bred by Stephen Robinson, Crossgar. Born in May 2014 he is by De Su Freddie Galaxy, and bred from Bo Irish Robust Renita. The champion came under the hammer at 2,300gns.
Claiming the reserve championship ribbons was Relough Lodger ET PLI £224 consigned by Ronald McLean and Sons, Donaghmore. Born in June 2014 he is by Larcrest Cancun, and bred from the 2011 All Britain senior cow champion Wiltor Goldwyn Lausine EX93. He sold for 1,520gns.
Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, realised 1,500gns for their honourable mention award winner Glasson Kitson. This July 2014 bull was sired by Toc Farm Goldsun, and is backed by five generations of VG and EX dams from the noted Kitty family.