Milk producers threw caution to the wind at the Western Holstein Club sale at Beeston Castle, Cheshire, with a sizzling trade levelling 102 freshly calved heifers at £1222.

The demand wasn’t driven by a shortage – the entry was up on last year and every lot was sold – but reflected the nationwide rise in dairy stock values pushing prices to 2200gns, said auctioneer, Wright Manley.

Among several volume buyers were J H and S Salt and Sons, Stafford, who went home with 37 head while one of the furthest-travelled buyers – P Mathias from Haverfordwest – claimed 16 animals.

The cow trade was also lively with 17 fresh calvers averaging £1207 and including a second calver from Komet Holsteins, Market Drayton that made 2200gns.

Komet Mtoto Roxy 4th is from the world famous Aitkenbrae Warden Roxy family and was the sixth generation of VG and Excellent cows in her pedigree.

She is out of a Leadman dam and was giving almost 40kg on the day after an April 21st calving.

Buyer was Andrew Richards who runs the Richley herd in Carmarthenshire.

Another heifer with no shortage of admirers around the ringside was Chaterley Cousteau Debra 2nd – an ET-bred entry from Stockport, Cheshire, breeder Stan Price.

Impressing with her capacity and power, she traces back to Blackmoor MS Daisy and was giving 30kg after two weeks through the parlour.

Local buyer David Rees Farms took her at 1800gns for its Dalebank herd.

Shropshire herd owners Michael and Jean Gould brought their usual high standard of heifers and stood champion with Woodmarsh Integrity Trix 4th.

After a late-April calving she was giving 41.2kg and goes to Burton on Trent, Staffs, buyer J and J Allen at 1700gns.

The reserve champion – the Outside calved heifer Chelton Peach 22nd from H Lomas and Son, Macclesfield – went to Mark Falshaw, Skipton at 1350gns.

(Wright Manley).

jh@jeremyhuntassociates.com