A strong trade at the Western Holstein Club’s latest fixture at Beeston Castle, Cheshire, saw both cows and heifers achieve four-figure averages.

The sale’s 72 calved heifers averaged £1064 with 19 cows levelling at £1088 and it was cow and a heifer that jointly topped the trade.

The first call of 1700gns came for a Richesse Stoneham daughter from the Taylor family’s Burnbrae herd at Myddle, Shropshire.

Offered fresh with her second, Burnbrae RS Lily gave 7019kg as a heifer.

She is out of a milky Cleitus Luke dam that produced three 11,000kg-plus lactations and another over 13,300kg.

Another good heifer from Shropshire breeders Mick and Jean Gould’s Woodmarsh herd took the championship under Alan Goldie of the Wiskemanor Holsteins.

Woodmarsh Lee Candytuft 3rd goes back to the twice 12,300kg-plus cow Fidlers Ray Candytuft and was one of several lots snapped up by south Wales based Treberned Farm Partnership, Carmarthenshire.

A small entry of bulls saw 1500gns paid twice, including the champion Fordswood Liquorice.

This Aquila Patron Lucente son is out of the 16,400kg Manorpowis Logrey Sweet Celcius.

(Wright Manley)