The Stevenson family’s Newry herd dominated the prize list, securing the supreme and reserve championship awards at Holstein NI’s December show and sale, held at Moira.
The 120-cow herd managed by the father and son team of Jim and James Stevenson, Kilkeel, County Down, also led the sale with a top bid of 2,320gns.
Sale leader was the day’s champion Newry Saratoga Heiress, tapped out by judge Lindsey Fleming from Seaforde. This second calver is a daughter of the Braedale Goldwyn son Smiddiehill Saratoga, and is bred from Newry Starboy T Heiress EX94-3E. She produced over 10,800kgs at 3.72% butterfat and 3.16% protein in her first 305-day lactation. Calved four weeks and producing 42 litres daily, she sold to pedigree herd owner David McClurg from Crossgar.
Next best at 1,950gns was the second placed cow Relough Iota Vaakje VG (2yr) consigned by Ronald McLean and sons, Malcolm and Barry, from Donaghmore, County Tyrone. Sired by Regancrest Altaiota, her dam is Relough Matson Vaakje 2 VG88. She produced over 8,700kgs at 3.68% butterfat and 3.03% protein in her first lactation. This potential twelfth generation VG or EX cow is calved four weeks and yielding 44 litres per day. Buyer was William Herron from Newtownhamilton, County Armagh.
The reserve champion Newry Jessic Dusky came under the hammer at 1,780gns. She was sired by the Gillette Windbrook son Gillette Jessic, and is bred from Newry Supraman Dusky who gave over 13,800kgs at 4.49% butterfat and 3.13% protein in her second 305-day lactation. Calved almost four weeks she is giving 38 litres per day, and sold to Messrs J and J Armstrong from Kilrea, County Londonderry.
Also selling at 1,780gns was the honourable mention award winner Prehen Elevate Lulu bred by Holstein NI club chairman Stuart Smith, and father Robbie, from Londonderry. Sired by the home-bred Prehen Elevate, by Crackholm Fever, her dam is Prehen Talent Lulu 2 GP84. Buyer was William Herron.
Holstein NI is indebted to AI Services (NI) Ltd for its continued sponsorship. Company representative Nigel Spence congratulated the winners and presented the awards.
Two lots sold at 1,640gns each. First to go was the McLean family’s fifth placed Relough Iota Vaakje 2. Sired by Regancrest Altaiota, she is bred from Relough Duplex Vaakje ET EX92-2E who produced over 11,000kgs at 5.47% butterfat and 3.22% protein in her fifth 305-day lactation. This potential eleventh generation VG and EX heifer sold to Paul McCullough from Glenavy, County Antrim.
Gordon Floyd, Moneyreagh, County Down, paid out 1,640gns to secure Hilltara Windbrook Reann VG-2yr bred by Sam and John McCormick, Bangor. This potential seventh generation VG or EX cow was sired by Gillette Windbrook, and produced over 7,800kgs at 4.20% butterfat and 3.35% protein in her heifer lactation.
Auctioneer Michael Taaffe said: “The Pedigree Sales Arena continues to attract top-notch dairy heifers and young cows backed by generation after generation of proven cow families. There was a ready market for milking stock, with the majority selling at between 1,100gns and 1,430gns.”
Michael Taaffe confirmed that 28 lots sold to average £1,547 in a 96% clearance.