The dispersal of the Parklands Holstein herd brought 207 head under the hammer at Beeston Castle auction mart last week.

Cows and calved heifers averaged £1002 and produced a top price of 1600gns for a Duncan Progress daughter.

The sale, following the tragic death of Nantwich dairy farmer Mark Vernon, saw buyers compete for a strong selection of cows with a rolling herd average of 10,266kg and a margin over purchased feed of 13.8p/litre.

Carmarthen dairy farmers V&N Thomas made the day’s two leading bids, paying most for Parklands Progress Nicole – a PI second-calver out of a Gillette Carlton dam that had produced 4000kg from 107 days in the parlour.

Messrs Thomas also gave 1550gns for Parklands Iron Gretha, a heifer by Boss Iron coming to the end of her first lactation.

She is due in July to Ridge-Star Jemmer.

On course to give almost 10,000kg was a Del Santo MC Callisto daughter from the Tina family who made 1500gns to G&M Davies, Carmarthen, while Shropshire dairy farmer Rob Cope was in at 1450gns to take the December-calved heifer Parklands Iron Fudge.

Dearest among the cows was a 2000-bred Marconi daughter secured by RG Swaine of Crewe. Hully Marconi Sherry 5th is a PI third calver AI’d in February to Rockalli Bradley.

She gave 10,460kg with her second calf.

Leading the volume buyers were K&WM Rees from Whitland, Dyfed, who went home with 15 head.

Their top call was 1380gns for Parklands Zelati Lassie – a freshly calved heifer by Leaventhorpe Mark Lassie.

She is out of a twice 10,000kg dam by Formation.

Local buyers Messrs Speed of Chester took a young cow by Cubby Metro who was close to calving with her third after an impressive 12,291kg performance.

She made 1350gns.

Also staying locally – at 1320gns – was another by Callisto, bred out of a Grandslam dam.

She was due in August with her second to Sikkema-Star Modesto.

Averages: 177 cows and calved heifers £1002, 24 in-calf heifers £1051.

(Wright Manley)