Dalevalley attracts premium price at Holstein sale
A top price of 8,100gns was paid at the recent sale of pedigree Holstein stock from the Dalevalley Herd in Co Donegal.
The entire Dalevalley herd was sold by Castlefinn breeders Roy and Heather Cromie, who continued their interest in the Holstein breed by implanting embryos from the top Dalevalley cow families, such as Lulu, Royalty, Kimo and Rosena. Roy also selected embryos from high-component families in the USA and Canada.
Their work yielded dividends at the recent sale, where the combination of very high protein and renowned cow families combined to generate an average price of 3,260gns.
Auctioneer Michael Taaffe said there was significant interest on the day, with three heifers sold to England and six heifers to Northern Ireland.
Topping the sale at 8,100gns was a February 2010 Picston Shottle daughter, Dalevalley Shottle Joan, sold to a Monaghan breeder.
Her dam, Jacobs Goldwyn Joan, is a Braedale Goldwyn daughter of Valleyville Lheroes Jenn (VG89) who won All-Canadian and All-American Senior three-year-old titles in 2008.
The second-highest price of the sale was 6,000gns, paid by a Wexford breeder for Dalevalley Fortune Abigail, a February 2010 daughter of Belfontaine Dundee Abigail (VG-2YR), sired by To-Mar D Fortune.
The next highest price was 5,000gns, paid for another daughter of the 4.10pc protein Belfontaine Dundee Abigail (VG-2YR).