Castleblagh Holstein Friesian Herd Clearance Sale
Vibrant Sale with Strong Prices for Pedigree stock
Entire clearance at Cork Marts, Corrin, Fermoy, Co. Cork.
There was a very buoyant trade for stock at the clearance sale of the Castleblagh pedigree herd for Tony Beecher and family, Ballyhooly, north Cork. 77 lots were catalogued in total, achieving an average price of €1,669 with a 100% clearance.
Castleblagh FR2023 Bondi (lot 43) topped the sale at €2,760. She is a 2nd calver bred from a cow family with high protein and fat percentages and strong fertility. With an EBI rating of €203 she is projected to record 486kgs milk solids, 4.66% fat and 3.82% protein this lactation.
Castleblagh FR2249 Terry, a maiden heifer with an expected calving date of March next year sold for €2,700.
11 animals made €2,000 or higher including three 3rd calvers making €2,400, two 2nd calvers sold for €2,060 and Castleblagh ABO Niamh in her 4th lactation sold for €2,060.
The Castleblagh herd was started in 1976 with the purchase of heifers from the Moneymore, Cradenhill and Springhaven herds. A closed herd policy has been practiced over the years. It is regarded as one of the consistantly top EBI herds in Ireland, currently ranking in the top 1% nationally. Numerous bulls have been purchased for AI in recent years including Castleblagh Odie (ABO), Castleblagh Ruthless (FZC), Castleblagh Thumper (THP), Castleblagh Garndy (YGD), Castleblagh Ronnie (FR2297) and Castleblagh Legacy (FR4685).
A strong theme of the pedigree catalogue was the strong cow families consistantly performing generation after generation, high protein and fat deviations, regular calving intervals and high fertility scores. Longevity was also a strong feature and this was recognised and rewarded in the trade with some older, mature cows having predicted calving dates for next year making very good money.
Top prices included;
Castleblagh YRY Batgirl (lot 23), Castleblagh RPA Beatrice (lot 26) and Castleblagh YRY Heroine (lot 28) all 3rdlactation cows made €2,400.
Castleblagh LWR Carol in her 1st lactation (lot 74) sold for €2,120. She is projected to 3.62% protein this lactation. Both her dam and grand dam are still milking in the herd.
Castleblagh ABO Niamh (lot 37), 4th lactation, Castleblagh FR2023 Grainne (lot 38) 2nd lactation and also Castleblagh RRS Peach (lot 68) 2nd lactation sold for €2,060.
Castleblagh FR2249 Heroine in her 1st lactation (lot 48) sold for €2,040. She carries an expected due date of January next year.
Castleblagh DGY Justine (lot 32) in her 4th lactation sold for €1,980. She is projected to 8,003kgs milk, 641kgs milk solids, 4.24% fat, 3.77% protein this lactation. Another 4th lactation cow Castleblagh DGC Thelma (lot 34) also sold for €1,980.
Castleblagh RVJ Lark (lot 18) in her 5th lactation sold for €1,880. She has a lifetime yield to date of 2,429kgs milk solids, 4.16% fat, 3.69% protein.
Castleblagh ABO Justine (Lot 22) in her 6th lactation sold for €1,860. Sired by the herds proven AI bull Odie she is projected to 8,037kgs milk, 620kgs milk solids 4.13% fat and 3.59% protein this lactation.
Castleblagh FR4174 Niamh (lot 19) in her 4th lactation sold for €1,820. She has an expected calving date of January next year.
Castleblagh DGC Sunny (lot 69) in her 4th lactation sold for €1,800. In her last completed lactation, she recorded 6,436kgs milk, 507kgs milk solids, 4.17% fat, 3.71% protein. She sold with an expected calving date of mid-January next year.