November 2013: Rosina heifer leads Ernevale youngstock offering at 2,500gns
A potential fourth generation Excellent Rosina by Comestar Lavanguard attracted a bid of 2,500gns, topping Seamus Gunn’s Ernevale ‘Next Chapter’ Youngstock sale, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.
Sale leader was the June 2012 born Ernevale Lavanguard Rosina (PLI £130) which caught the eye of pedigree breeders Tommy and Mark Henry, from the Mostragee Herd based at Stranocum, County Antrim.
Her dam is the Picston Shottle daughter Ernevale PS Rosina, who averaged over 9,429kgs at 3.39% butterfat and 3.07% protein in four 305-day lactations. This stylish heifer scooped the breed’s junior championships at Armagh and Omagh shows earlier this year.
Another show winner Ernevale Destry Lulu Red (PLI £102) sold at 2,400gns to Steven Robinson’s Cluntagh Herd, Crossgar, County Down. Sired by the Braedale Goldwyn son Scientific Destry, she boasts a deep pedigree and is backed by nine generations of VG and EX dams going back to the world-famous Hanoverhill Lulu family. This true red heifer was interbreed maiden dairy heifer champion at Clogher Valley Show, and junior champion at Enniskillen Show.
Next best at 1,920gns was Ernevale Alta Rosina ET (PLI £115). Sired by the Regancrest Elton Durham son MD Delight Durham Atlas VG86, she was bred from the Pursuit September Storm daughter, Ernevale FS Rosina EX93 3E – a first prize winner at the 2007 RUAS Winter Fair. This heifer was the 2011 Teemore Babe of the Year at Enniskillen Show. Buyer was Anne Simpson from Dungannon, County Tyrone.
The February 2011 born Ernevale Attic Holiday (PLI £61) came under the hammer of auctioneer Michael Taaffe at 1,850gns, selling to Edgar and Jason Pollock’s Garrick Herd, Portadown, County Armagh. This springing heifer was sired by the Braedale Goldwyn son Allyndale I-Attic ET, and is bred from the EX92-3E Ernevale Geno Holiday.
Following close behind at 1,820gns was the Gillette Jordan ET daughter Ernevale Jordan Rosina. She was bred from the EX classified Picston Shottle daughter Ernevale PS Rosina, who averaged over 9,429kgs at 3.39% butterfat and 3.07% protein in four lactations. In-calf to MS Atlees SHT Aftershock, this potential fourth generation EX heifer joins Gaston and John Wallace’s Printshop Herd at Nutt’s Corner, County Antrim.
Maiden heifers peaked at 1,800gns, realised by the ten-month-old Ernevale Stanleycup Rosina (PLI £86). Sired by the Sandyvalley Bolton son Gillette Stanleycup ET, she is bred from the Braedale Goldwyn daughter Ernevale Gold Rosina VG89. This heifer won her class at Enniskillen Show, and was snapped up by Alan Neill from Brackagh, Portadown, County Armagh.
Seamus Gunn from Derrylin, County Fermanagh, expressed his sincere appreciation to everyone who supported the Ernevale Sale. “Thanks to the various companies who advertised in the catalogue, and to everyone who contributed to the success of the sale. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all buyers the best of luck with their purchases.”
November 2013: Moira venue for Ernevale ‘Next Chapter’ Youngstock sale on November 16
The Pedigree Sales Arena at Moira is the venue for the Ernevale ‘ Next Chapter’ Youngstock Sale on Saturday, November 16.
Commencing at noon, the sale will be conducted by Taaffe Auctions on behalf of Seamus Gunn from Derrylin, County Fermanagh.
The catalogue features 34 lots, including 2 calved heifers, 11 springing and in-calf heifers, 10 heifers ready for service, 8 yearling heifers, and 3 heifer calves.
The Ernevale Herd has enjoyed tremendous show ring success in recent years, winning the Holstein and interbreed dairy championships at Armagh Show, followed by the All-Ireland Dairy Championship at Enniskillen Show in 2012.
Seamus Gunn and family also won second prize in the junior section (small herd) of Holstein NI’s 2013 Ulster Bank-sponsored Herds Inspection Competition. The well-known Rosina family won the award for the best cow family.
The Ernevale Herd has also savoured success in the Breffni Oriel Club’s Herd Competition, moving from the senior to elite herd category in 2012.
The Rosina family originates from the noted Templedale Rosina cow family in Quebec, Canada, and was introduced to the herd with the importation of embryos.
Over the years the Rosina family has flourished at Ernevale, becoming the backbone of the 40-cow milking herd.
The catalogue for the forthcoming sale includes 12 members of the Rosina family, and many other hot prospects for the future.
On offer is Ernevale Lavanguard Rosina (lot 19), winner of the Holstein maiden heifer championship at Armagh Show, and junior champion heifer at Omagh Show in 2013. Her dam is an EX classified Picston Shottle, while her granddam is an EX93-3E Pursuit September Storm daughter. Her third dam is the famous Ernevale MJ Rosina EX95-8E who produced an average of 13,955kgs at 4.50% butterfat and 3.65% protein in eight 305-day lactations.
Already a winner in the show ring Ernevale Stanleycup Rosina (lot 27) represents very modern genetics from the great Rosina family. She was a class winner at Enniskillen Show in August, and is a daughter of Gillette Stanleycup. Her VG89 Goldwyn dam is a maternal sister to the Ernevale herd’s three-times Enniskillen Show champion Ernevale MJ Rosina (EX95-8E), and two other EX classified cows.
Another eye-catching heifer with a deep pedigree is Ernevale Destry Lulu Red (lot 10), bred from nine generations of VG and EX dams, from the world-famous Hanoverhill Lulu family. This true red heifer was junior champion at Enniskillen Show, and interbreed maiden dairy heifer champion at Clogher Valley Show. She is full of promise for the future.
A great prospect for the 2014 show circuit is the August 2012 born Ernevale Merchant Vito (lot 23). She is backed by 11 generations of VG and EX cows, and traces back to some very famous Canadian prefixes including Calbrett, Berkshire-Valley and Hilltop-Hanover. Sired by Altagen Merchant, this deep ribbed, wide rumped heifer has outstanding udder promise, and sells ready to flush.
Another impressive spring-born calf, and one with eye-catching style and strong future prospects, is Ernevale Destry Triuna (lot 31). Sired by Scientific Destry, she is backed by the world-famous Wilsondale Triuna family, with eight of her closest nine generations being VG and EX.
Auctioneer Michael Taaffe said:”This is an exciting catalogue, offering Holstein enthusiasts a unique opportunity to acquire deep-pedigreed youngstock with great future potential. There is something for everyone, and I’d urge breeders to come along and view the stock on offer.”
“The catalogue includes the first daughters to be sold at auction in Northern Ireland of the high genomic Canadian-bred bulls, Velthuis Let It Snow, Sandy Valley Saloon and Misty Springs Smokin.”
Catalogues are available from Taaffe Auctions on tel: 00353 41 9881288. Alternatively, contact Seamus Gunn on mobile: 07854 332126.