Camera at the mart attended the dispersal sale of pedigree Holstein cattle from the Moree Herd, owned by the Kelso family, near Dungannon.
The sale was held on Friday 10 May, with 180 cows in milk forwarded for sale. Conducting the sale on behalf of the Kelso family was Taaffe Auctions, Dundalk, with all animals sold on farm.
Buyers came from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Britain to avail of some of the best Holstein genetics within the British Isles.
Moree Omen Mary, a second calving animal yielding 52 litres, sold for 2,020 gns.
The herd was the recipient of the 2019 master breeder award from Holstein UK, recognising the herd’s performance for superior milk yield and solids, cow classification and longevity.
All cows are milk recorded monthly with the last recording in April giving a 12-month rolling yield of 10,800 litres at 4.01% butterfat and 3.3% protein.
Moree Flame Steff, a first cavlved heifer yielding 43 litres, sold for 1,800 gns.
Topping the sale was Moree Rubicon Marqi, selling for 5,000gns. It moves to a new home in the Republic of Ireland. This September 2015-born animal is sired by EDG Rubicon and yielded 9,540 litres as a heifer. Embryos from this family line have been exported to New Zealand.
Moree Mccutchen Sue 2, a first calved heifer yielding 41.2 litres, sold for 1,680 gns.
The second-highest priced animal was Moree Fever Twine, a Crackholm Fever daughter in her third lactation and currently yielding 70kg of milk daily. This December 2015-born animal sold for 4,500gns.
Moree Embassey Lidia, a first calved heifer yielding 43 litres, sold for 2,520 gns.
Another standout lot was the second-calving cow, Moree Glenton Nora, sired by Welcome Glenton. This September 2015-born animal calved on 25 December and was inseminated to Nihao on 17 April. Yielding 73.5 litres daily, Nora sold to 3,050gns.
This was followed by 3,000gns for Moree Hurricane Yab Yum, a Hurricane heifer yielding 43.5 litres daily.
Moree Cashcoin Belle, a second calving animal yielding 53 litres, sold for 2,350 gns.
Selling for 2,800gns was Moree Maple Tina, a second-calving heifer due to start her third lactation in late October.
Tina is in-calf to Delaberge Pepper through sexed semen and is currently yielding 47 litres/day. Making 2,500gns was Moree Penguin Verona Red, bred by Moree Atlantic Penguin Red.
Moree Josuper Belle, a first calved heifer yielding 45.5 litres, sold for 2,400 gns.
Verona Red was inseminated to Bob Cyprus and is yielding 50.7 litres/day, with a first lactation of 12,000 litres.
This was matched by Moree Hurricane Penny, a December-calved heifer yielding 41 litres/day. Moree Josuper Belle sold for 2,400gns.
Moree Flame Belle, a second calving animal yielding 47 litres, sold for 2,350 gns.
This was followed by 2,350gns for Moree Flame Belle, while Moree Cashcoin Belle also sold for 2,350gns.
Moree Iota Belle, a fifth calving cow yielding over 40 litres sold for 1,420 gns.
Moree Maple Tina, a third calving animal yielding 47 litres, sold for 2,800 gns.
Moree Maple Amber, a fourth calving cow yielding 61.7 litres, sold for 2,200 gns.
Moree Glenton Nora, a second calving animal yielding 73.5 litres, sold for 3,050 gns.
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