Trade topped at 5200gns at last week’s Checkley Holstein dispersal, Crewe, when more than 70 individual buyers took new stock home with them.

Topping the trade at the two-day sale was Checkley Talent Ghost, a four month old calf by Talent from nine generations of VG of Ex dams. Taking this one home were Jim Arnott and Duncan Hunter of Smartgrove Holsteins.

Next best call of 4700gns came for Checkley Shottle Molli, a Picston Shottle daughter from four generations of VG and Ex dams and whose grand dam was the former National Holstein Show Reserve champion. This July 2007-born heifer was in–calf to Talent and sold to Stephen Sherratt of Ashbourne.

In-calf heifer Checkley Outside Rhapsody took the next best price of 4500gns when she sold to Richard and Trevor Lloyd, Anglesey. This one is by Comestar Outside.

Then at 4000gns was Checkley Allen Rhapsody, an October 2005-born daughter of Canyon Breeze Allen. Having given 9384 in her first lactation this one sold to Dylan Jones, Pwllheli.

Also at this level was 15 month old heifer Checkley Blitz Rhapsody, a Fustead Emory Blitz daughter. She sold to Alan Reece, Shrewsbury. And at 3800gns was Checkley Stormatic Pearlacme, a Comestar Stormatic daughter she sold to Thomas Plas, Carmathen. And the same buyer then snapped up the next highest priced lot Checkley Outside Patsum, another Comestar Outside daughter.

The final call above 3500gns came for Checkley Storm Inkanan 2, a Pursuit September Storm daughter which gave 8764 litres in 305 days in her first lactation. This one sold to Robert Ward, Wayring.

Averages; 166 cows and milking heifers £2312.97, 65 in-calf and served heifers £2135.70, 127 maiden heifers £1414.85 (Wright Manley).