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August 2012: Hilltara tops Causeway Classic IV at 6,300gns

Black and white calves reached a ceiling of 6,300gns at the Causeway Classic IV, hosted by Holstein NI at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.

Sponsored by Genus ABS and United Feeds, the evening event attracted a huge crowd of spectators, but the lack lustre trade reflected the current down-beat mood of pedigree and commercial dairy farmers.

Auctioneer Michael Taaffe said: ”Buyers were selective and the sale lacked sparkle, but it is mainly due to the current economic climate facing dairy farmers. Wet weather, poor milk prices and rising overhead costs have led to a lack of morale amongst farmers, and with tighter budgets there is no surplus cash to invest in new genetics.”

Top price of the sale 6,300gns was paid to Holstein NI vice-chairman Sam McCormick, and son John, from Bangor, County Down. They offered a choice of four full ET sisters, one of which was present at the sale.

Sired by Gillette Windbrook ET, these December 2011 born heifers are bred from the noted Calbrett IHH Champion daughter, Hilltara Champion Maude (EX95 3E) SP which gave an average of 11,435kgs at 4.27% butterfat and 3.06% protein in four 305-day lactations.  

The sale topper is a maternal sister to Hilltara Goldwyn Maude which realised 8,000gns at last year’s Causeway Classic III; and  goes back four generations to the multi-award winning Medway Supreme Maude ET (EX97-8E-21*) which produced over 163,000kgs in her lifetime.

This lot is a potential ninth generation VG and EX female, and is the fifth Maude to be offered for sale by Hilltara. She attracted considerable attention from the packed salering, and joins a pedigree herd based at Newry, County Down.

One of the youngest lots in the catalogue, Lissue Seaver Faith 4 ET, came under the hammer at 2,650gns for Conor McAufield from Lisburn, County Antrim. This four-month-old calf was sired by the Braedale Goldwyn son, R E W Seaver ET, and is the number five GLPI (+1838) Seaver daughter in the world (CDN 7/12).

Bred from the USA Ralma Christmas Fudge family, her dam Castletru Socrates Candy ET (VG87-2yr, was purchased at the Causeway Classic in 2010 for 6,600gns and is ranked as the number two Socrates daughter in the world with a GTPI +2111 and PTAT +2.5.

This lot is a full sister to Lissue Adrian ET, sold to Genus ABS; and Lissue Seaver Faith 3 ET – the number one GLPI (+1950) Seaver daughter in the world. Successful bidder was Wayne Walker from Mountnorris, County Armagh.

Holstein NI chairman Jay Warden, Bangor, realised 1,880gns for the November 2011 born Ballygrainey Beacon Albany ET, which sold to Dan Mallon from Toomebridge. Sired by the Picston Shottle son, End Road Beacon ET, she is bred from the Wilcoxview Jasper daughter, Velthuis Jasper Albany ET (VG-2yr-CAN) – which gave over 10,600kgs at 4.90% butterfat and 3.40% protein in her first 305-day lactation.

This was the first member of the renowned Atlee family to sell in Northern Ireland. Her granddam is Allyndale-I Goldwyn Albany ET (VG-2yr-Can) – a full sister to the No:1 genomic type bull Atwood; while the third dam is the All-Amercian MD Delight Durham Atlee (EX92-USA-GDM).

The first lot into the salering, Inch Shottle Roxy 6 ET (PLI +103), came under the hammer at 1,850gns for Jim Morrison from Downpatrick, County Down.  Born in September 2010 she is by Picston Shottle ET, and is bred from the Comestar Lee daughter, Willowfarm Roxy 15 ET (EX91-5*) LP50. P’d in-calf to O-Man End Story, she sold to David McGregor from Antrim.

The youngest calf in the catalogue, Ards Atwood B Lou Ella (PLI 183), sold at 1,720gns for Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, County Down.  This three-month-old entry was sired by Maple Downs I GW Atwood ET (EX-USA), and is out of the home-bred Ards Bolton Lou Ella ET (VG89-3yr) which gave over 9,900kgs at 4.26% butterfat and 3.54% protein in her heifer lactation. Buyer was John Hamilton from Bangor, County Down.

Next best 1,700gns was the February 2012 born Newry Windbrook Tiara ET, consigned by Jim and Charlotte Stevenson, Kilkeel, County Down.  Sired by Gilette Windbrook ET, she is bred from Newry Lou Tiara ET (VG-2yr) which produced almost 11,000kgs at 4.28% butterfat and 2.99% protein in her heifer lactation. Successful bidder was Richard Charles from Cookstown, County Tyrone.

Harry Patton and Sons realised 310gns each for two frozen embryos from Ards Outside M Danna (EX93-4E) by Lars-Acres Shot Trigger; and 350gns each for two frozen embryos from Ards Outside M Danna (EX93-4E) by End Road Beacon.

Michael Taaffe also auctioned three items which raised 400 for the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club. These included a painting of the noted Scientific Debutante Rae donated by English artist Tony Pidsley; 12 bags of calf starter pellets donated by United Feeds; and five straws of Scientific Destry donated by Genus ABS.

Holstein NI chairman Jay Warden said:”Thanks to our sponsors Genus ABS and United Feeds, without whom this event would not have been possible. Thanks also to the trade stand exhibitors for supporting our event.”

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Three-year-old Evanna Mackey, from Dromore, makes friends with the youngest calf in the catalogue, Ards Atwood B Lou Ella, at the Causeway Classic IV.

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Steven and Stuart Lyons, Sixmilecross, look through the catalogue for the Causeway Classic IV.

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Fitter Denis O'Neill, concentrates on the topline of one of the cavles.

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Looking through the catalogue at the Causeway Classic IV are Adam Noble and Ryan McCoy, Antrim

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Stephen Lavery, Genus ABS, chats to Sam Thompson from Animax.

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Pictured on the HVS stand are, Iain, John and Eillie McLean, Bushmills, with Paul Elwood, HVS.

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Colin and Matthew Murphy, Ballyward, pictured with Bobman agent Henry Porter.

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Ben Greer, Upper Ballinderry, chats to Dean Cashel of Wilson Agriculture.

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Padraig O'Kane, centre, Trioliet, pictured with Matthew Dickey, Victor, Victoria and John Turtle, all from Ahoghill.

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Pictured at the Causeway Classic IV are, from left: Peter Bone, Telsol Ltd; Conor Casey, Cloughmills; Graham Kernohan, Broughshane; and Ivan Porter of Osmonds.

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Gaston Wallace, right, Nutt's Corner, chats to United Feeds representatives, Clarence Calderwood and Andrew Fyffe, sponsors of the Causeway Classic IV.

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Holstein NI chairman Jay Warden, Bangor, pictured with Kyle Henry, Armagh.

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The second highest priced calf at the Causeway Classic IV was Lissue Seaver Faith 4 ET, which sold at 2,650gns for Conor McAufield, Lisburn, centre. Included are Conor Loughran, Genus ABS, and handler Mark Henry.

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Sam McCormick, Bangor, topped the Causeway Classic IV with Hilltara Windbrook Maude 2 ET which sold for 6,300gns

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The top priced calf was Hilltara Windbrook Maude 2 ET bred by Sam McCormick, Bangor. Included are sponsors of the event, Andrew Fyffe, United Feeds; and Gareth Bell, Genus ABS; with auctioneer Michael Taaffe

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Lindsay Graham, Aubrey Patterson and Edgar Bassett.

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Brian Morrison, Conlig; with Alan and Richard Cleland, Downpatrick.

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Norbury Royle, United Feeds, sponsor of the Causeway Classic IV, chats to Castlederg Holstein breeder Trevor Keatley

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Gaston Wallace, Nutt's Corner, chats to CAFRE dairy adviser Gary Haslem.

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Pictured at the Causeway Classic IV, are, from left: Andrew McLeister, Portglenone; William McCaughern, Kilrea; and Richard Caddoo, Millisle.

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Ian Watson, Genus ABS, with Wilbert Rankin, Nutt's Corner, at the Causeway Classic IV.

August 2012: Causeway Classic IV boasts exceptional entry of genetics

Moira venue for evening sale on Wednesday, August 15

The countdown is on ahead of the Causeway Classic IV, an event which has been billed as one of the most anticipated Holstein sales of 2012.

Organised by Holstein NI in conjunction with Genus ABS and United Feeds, the evening event takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Wednesday, August 15. Calves will be on view from 5pm, and the first lot will come under the hammer of auctioneer Michael Taaffe at 7pm sharp!

Holstein NI chairman, Jay Warden said:”We are looking forward to this year’s event. The vendors have come together to produce yet another exceptional entry of high calibre youngstock. The catalogue features many top bloodlines and renowned cow families from throughout the Holstein world, and will give pedigree enthusiasts a unique opportunity to invest in some of the breed’s most sought-after bloodlines.”

The Causeway Classic IV catalogue boasts 21 deep pedigreed heifers, 2 first-choice heifer calves, and four lots of embryos.

Auctioneer Michael Taaffe added: “The impressive catalogue offers something for everyone, from top type, exceptional production, longevity, pedigree power, and most importantly, rock solid genetics.

“Breeders have certainly put their best foot forward to showcase the very best genetics that Northern Ireland has to offer. The catalogue boasts an unrivalled selection of heifers, many of which are guaranteed to attract considerable attention from breeders throughout Ireland and further afield.”

Herds represented include: Ards, Ballycrochan, Ballygrainey, Ballyloran, Carnhill, Castletru, Cluntagh, Glasson, Glenwood, Hilltara, Inch, Lissue, Potterswalls/Drumcorn, Newry and Tullyfarm.

The Causeway Classic IV catalogue features many of the world’s top cow families including Atlee (MD Delight), Seisme Red (Blondin), Sara (Copywood), Maude (Hilltara), Tobi (Ernest-Anthony), Ambrosia (EK-Oseeana), Balise, Oralie and Jackie (Weeton), Elegance (Krull), Regenia (Sahara), Ann, Lou Ella (Rothrock), Roxy and Rae (Scientific), and Christmas Fudge (Ralma).

The sale also includes four lots of embryos from leading cow families and sired by high genomic bulls, including Mogul and Numero Uno, and by proven AI sires Trigger, Beacon and Classic Red.

Many of the world’s top AI bulls are also represented, with daughters selling by top AI bulls such as Atwood, Advent, Bolton, Palermo,Seaver, Windbrook and Poos Stadel Classic; with first-choices by Tiergan, Allermar, Numero Uno and Gibbs-I Claynook Dude.

The star studded line-up includes:

  • The first member of the renowned Atlee family to sell in Northern Ireland.
  • The No:5 Genomic (Can 7/12) ranked R-E-W Seaver daughter in the world.
  • An interesting member of the noted Blondin Supra family.
  • A Gillette Windbrook daughter bred from the outstanding Sara family.
  • Maternal sister to the 8,000gns Hilltara Goldwyn Maude 2 ET.
  • First choice Numero Uno and Mogul embryos from Glasson Goldwyn JD Glora (VG88-2yr) – the No:2 GPTAT cow in the world!

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Holstein NI's chairman Jay Warden, and vice-chairman Sam McCormick, display a painting of Scientific Debutante Rae - one of the great brood cows from the Roxy family. Donated by English artist Tony Pidsley, the painting will be auctioned at the Causeway Classic IV to raise funds for the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club.

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Hilltara Champion Maude (EX95-3E) - her Gillette Windbrook daughter (lot 10) will come under the hammer at the Causeway Classic IV.

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Velthuis Jasper Albany ET (VG-2yr-CAN) - her End Road Beacon daughter (lot 9) is the first member of the renowned Atlee family to sell in Northern Ireland.

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Blondin Dundee Saralys ET (EX93-USA) - full sister to dam of (lot 15) from the noted Blondin Supra family.

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Ballycrochan Classic Sara Red - her maternal sister (lot 13) by Aalshorst Pleasure Red sells at the Causeway Classic IV.

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Glasson KJ Jasper Sara (VG88-2yr) - her Gillette Windbrook daughter (lot 8) sells at the Causeway Classic IV on August 15.

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Castletru Socrates Candy ET (VG87-2yr) - dam of the No:5 Genomic (CDN 7/12) ranked R-E-W Seaver daughter in the world, which sells at the Causeway Classic IV (lot 21).

  • A warm welcome is extended to everyone to attend the Causeway Classic IV. The evening event also boasts a selection of trade stands, including: Genus ABS, United Feeds, Holstein UK, HVS Animal Health, Trioliet, AC Farm Services, David Irvine Foot Trimming, Ivan  Porter, Telsol; Henry Porter Tractors; and Wilson Agriculture.

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator, Jonny Lyons, is keen to point out that calves purchased on the night can still be entered for the 10th annual multi-breed calf show which takes place at Moira on Saturday, August 25.

 “Several members may want to purchase calves for the showmanship classes at the calf show, and we are willing to extend the entry deadline to facilitate them. Anyone interested in entering must notify HYB committee member and public relations officer, Andrew Patton, on the night of the sale, as late entries will not be accepted after the 15th August.”

Also coming under the hammer of auctioneer Michael Taaffe is a painting of Scientific Debutante Rae generously donated by English artist Tony Pidsley. The painting will be auctioned to raise funds for the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club.

 One of the great brood cows from the Roxy family, Debutante Rae, was reserve grand champion at World Dairy Expo, and All-American 4yro in 2005. She was also crowned Global Impact Cow in 2010, and has numerous sons in AI, including Destry, Deuce and Debonair.

Holstein NI is willing to offer visitors help and advice with their travel plans. Overnight accommodation and transport from Belfast City and Belfast International airports can be arranged in advance. Contact John Martin on mobile: 07711 041128 or Julie Wallace on mobile: 07845 919597.

To obtain a copy of the catalogue contact Taaffe Auctions on tel: 00353 41 9881288.

July 2012: Holstein NI launches Causeway Classic IV

Moira venue for elite heifer sale on Wednesday, August 15 at 7pm

Holstein Northern Ireland has announced details of the Causeway Classic IV, which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.

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Launching the Causeway Classic IV which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Wednesday, 15th August are, from left: Gareth Bell, Genus ABS, sponsor; Sam McCormick, vice-chairman, and Jay Warden, chairman, Holstein NI; Clarence Calderwood, United Feeds, sponsor; and auctioneer Michael Taaffe or Taaffe Auctions.

Commencing at 7.00pm, the event is generously supported by sponsors, Genus ABS and United Feeds, and the catalogue features 21 deep pedigreed heifers, two first-choice heifer calves, and four lots of embryos.

Holstein NI chairman Jay Warden said:”We are delighted to announce details of the Causeway Classic IV. Herds in the province boast some of the finest Holstein bloodlines available, and as a club we are privileged to host this event which will act as a shop window for genetics in Northern Ireland.”

The Causeway Classic was founded in 2009 and hit the headlines when an unborn heifer calf secured a 20,000gns European record, and 24 lots sold to average 4,000 per head. In 2010 prices reached a ceiling of 10,200gns, and the elite heifer calf entry averaged 3,900 per head. At last year’s event prices peaked at 10,000gns, while 17 lots changed hands to average 3,414.

The Causeway Classic IV catalogue features many of the world’s top cow families including Roxy, Elegance, Balise, Zahra, Oralie, Ambrosia, Tobi, Lou Ella and Regenia. Entries are sired by top AI bulls such as Atwood, Advent, Bolton, Palermo, Windbroo and Poos Stadel Classic; with first-choices by Tiergan, Allermar, Numero Uno and Gibbs-I Claynook Dude.

The sale also includes four lots of embryos from leading cow families and sired by high genomic bulls, including Mogul and Numero Uno, and by proven AI sires Trigger, Beacon and Classic.

Herds represented include Ards, Ballycrochan, Ballygrainey, Ballyloran, Carnhill, Castletru, Cluntagh, Glasson, Hilltara, Inch, Lissue, Potterswalls, Newry and Tullyfarm.

Auctioneer Michael Taaffe has been receiving entries from breeders throughout Northern Ireland, and assures prospective purchasers that the catalogue includes a selection of high calibre Holstein genetics.

“This year’s sale boasts another hugely impressive catalogue, maintaining the very high standard on which the Causeway Classic brand has been built over the years.”

The father and son team of Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, are offering a December 2011 born Gillette Windbrook daughter, which is a maternal sister to the 8,000gns Hilltara Goldwyn Maude 2 ET – one of the most admired calves at last year’s Causeway Classic. Bred from Hilltara Champion Maude (EX95 3E), she is a potential ninth generation VG/EX and is a direct descendant of the noted Medway Supreme Maude (EX97-8E-19*). This heifer (lot 10) offers breeders a unique opportunity to acquire a Maude, as she is only the 5th Maude female ever to sell from Hilltara.

Jim Stevenon’s Newry Herd based Kilkeel, has consigned a very interesting member of the well-known Blondin Supra family. This five-month-old Comestar Lauthority daughter (lot 15) is bred from a (VG86-2yr) Dundee dam who is a full sister to the much-admired Blondin Dundee Saralys (EX93-USA). The Granddam is Blondin R Market Sublime (EX93-7*) (EX95-MS); and this is the same family as Blondin Redman Seism (EX95) – champion red and white at World Dairy Expo Madison and the Royal Winter Fair in 2011.

The Ballygrainey Herd, owned by Holstein NI chairman Jay Warden, is offering the first member of the renowned Atlee family to be sold in Northern Ireland. The November 2011 born heifer (lot 9) is an End Road Beacon daughter out of Velthuis Jasper Albany ET (VG-2Yr-Can).  The granddam is Allyndale-I Goldwyn Albany (VG-2yr-Can) – a full sister to the No:1 genomic type bull Atwood; while the third dam is the All-Amercian MD Delight Durham Atlee (EX92-USA).

Conor McAufield’s Lissue Herd has consigned the No:5 Genomic (CDN 7/12) ranked R-E-W Seaver daughter in the world (lot 21). Bred from the USA Ralma Christmas Fudge family, her dam Castletru Socrates Candy ET (VG87-2yr) was purchased for 6,600gns at the Causeway Classic in 2010, and has attracted a lot of international AI interest.

Philip and Simon Haffey are selling a very special member of the outstanding Sara family (lot 8). Born in October 2011, this Gillette Windbrook daughter is bred from the prize winning Glasson KJ Jasper Sara (VG88-2yr). This lot is a maternal granddaughter of the noted Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2 (EX-2nd calf) – supreme champion at Balmoral Show, and McLarnon’s/NISA Dairy Cow of the Year in 2011.

Watch press for further details or log on to Holstein NI’s website for regular updates: www.holstein-ni.co.uk. Catalogues are available on request from auctioneer Michael Taaffe on 00353 41 9881288.

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Camera on the spot at Causeway Classic III

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Anthony Wills, Willbro Herd, Cornwall, and John Gribbon, Holstein UK, at the Causeway Classic III, Moira.

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Ballycrochan Classic Sara Red sold for 7,200gns to Ryan McCoy and Alan Wallace, Antrim. Included are vendor, Aubrey Patterson, Bangor, and handler, Denis O'Neill.

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Joe and John Berry, Armagh, purchased Hilltara Goldwyn Maude 2 ET for 8,000gns. Included is vendor, John McCormick, Bangor; and sponsors Bobby Irwin, United Feeds, and Steven Lavery, Genus ABS.

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Holstein Young Breeders' Club members Gavin O'Hagan, Mayobridge, and Ryan McCoy, Antrim.

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Auctioneer, Michael Taaffe; Steven Lavery, Genus ABS; Alan Cleland, chairman, Holstein NI; and Dr Keith Agnew, United Feeds.

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The top priced heifer at the Causeway Classic III was Glasson Atlas Go Sara ET, owned by Philip Haffey, Portadown, and shown by Andrew Kennedy. Included are sponsors, Ervin McKinstry, Genus ABS, and Dr Keith Agnew, United Feeds, with the purchasers, Charlie Weir and family, Waringstown, and Derek Pepper, Dromore.

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Kathryn Taylor, Portrush; Hannah Lilburn, Moira; and Eleanor O'Neill, Saintfield.

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Philip Milligan, Larne, and Clare Magowan, Rathfriland.

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Pictured at the Causeway Classic III are Padraig O'Kane, Trioliet, and CAFRE dairy adviser, Gary Haslem.

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Albert Wallace, Tobermore, chats to Bobby Irwin and Dr Keith Agnew, United Feeds, at the Causeway Classic III, Moira.

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Aidan McAfee, Aghadowey, with Causeway Classic III vendor, David Perry, Ahoghill.

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Lyndsey Fleming, Seaforde, prepares one of the calves for the salering at the Causeway Classic III.

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James Newell, Kilkeel, with cousins Jonathan and Alexander Weir, Waringstown.

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Mark Logan, Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, chats to Holstein UK president, Bernard Liddle.

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Paul and David Elwood, HVS Animal Health, with Richard Caddoo, Millisle.

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Brian Mawhinney, Doagh, chats to Sam Thompson of Animax.

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Twins Ryan and Matthew Brown, Moneymore.

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Ivan Porter, Osmonds, with Holstein NI chairman, Alan Cleland.

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Kyle Henry, Armagh, and Andrew McCollum, Coleraine.

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Pictured at the Causeway Classic III, Moira, are Gaston Wallace, Nutt's Corner, and Dessie Dunleavy, Drogheda.

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Sam McCormick, Bangor, and Noel Muldrew, Armagh.

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Holstein NI vice-chairman, Jay Warden, with Eleanor O'Neill, Saintfield, and Aubrey Patterson, Bangor.

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Ballycrochan Classic Sara Red comes under the hammer at the Causeway Classic III.

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Timothy Haffey, Portadown, with Paul Elwood, HVS Animal Health.

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John Stewart, Portaferry, with Sam Watson, United Feeds.

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Holstein NI secretary, John Martin, with Alan Carson, ASC Farm Services, and David Hawkes, Agritech

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