There was no way herd manager David Jones was going to let anyone get in his way when he went on a spending spree to add even more jewels to the Sheikha Alkhalifa’s Sahara Holstein herd. At last weekend’s dispersal of Andrew Hodge’s noted Cheviotview herd at Borderway Mart, he claimed the three most sought after lots paying a total of 32,800gns to include the day’s highest priced lot at 14,000gns.
Moved from its home at Duns, Berwickshire, the Cheviotview herd presented 289 head to both colour factions of Holstein aficionados. And it was the March-calved heifer Cheviotview Talent August – bred out of the red-and-white Kepculloch Rubens August Red – that stirred the ringside into action late in the day.
Despite a battery of determined bids from many of her admirers who had seen this heifer head the junior heifer in-milk class at the National Holstein Show this year, David Jones maintained his resolve and secured her for the Sheikha Alkhalifa’s herd in Monmouthshire. She had been recorded giving 38.8kg after 29 days; her dam had topped 12,200kg with her third.
Re-stocked after foot-and-mouth, the Cheviotview herd had assembled a wealth of exciting cows from deeply bred families which offered many showmen the chance to snap-up sure-fire winners for the coming season.But no one was going to get past Mr Jones and he dug in deep once again to make the winning 10,000gns call for Bricknell Stormatic Ethel bred in the Carter family’s herd at York and hailing from the great Ethel dynasty.
This young cow produced her second calf in February after a heifer lactation of over 11,200kg. Out of a Rotate Jed dam with two 11,000kg-plus performances, she stood third in the intermediate two-year-old class at the National Holstein Show last year.
The freshly calved heifer Cheviotview Talent Pamela made up the Sahara trio taken at 8800gns. Out of the 13,700kg Fintdave Jed Pamela, she has an enviable sire-stack that read like a Holstein Whose Who and includes Rudolph, Raider, Inspiration and Starbuck in dam order.
Red-and-white breeders competed for the 2006 Royal Highland Show champion Cheviotview Monks Cloth Ori. This dry second calver by Middle Milestone Emerald and out of a Middle Red Inspiration dam, realised 4000gns to J A Paterson, Bangor, Co Down.
The depth of demand was maintained throughout the day to produce an impressive average of £2143 for 139 cows in-milk and £1668 for 24 in-milk heifers. Even the 56 maiden heifers almost broke the four-figure barrier and levelled at £980.
A 3900gns call from G Lawrie, Monkton, Ayrshire snapped up the red-and-white Cheviotview Beckham Kitty Red. This freshly calved heifer was projected to top 8100kg. She is by Baileys CD Beckham Red and out of a 10,700kg dam by Rubens and was AI’d to RR Rosedale-L Tribute.
Also heading over the border to Dumfries with buyers Messrs Bunting and Son was Cheviotview Terrason Mania. She is out of a seven lactation dam by Charles bred in the Cleevale herd and with three notes over 10,000kg. She made 3800gns.
More red genetics featured among the leading bids when the January 2006-bred heifer Cheviotview September Helene Red made 3400gns to Messrs McClurg, Downpatrick. Out of a Markwell Kite dam, there was plenty of milk behind this almost white heifer whose third dam, by the influential red bull Meadolake Jubilant, achieved two notes of 11,400kg and 12,600kg. (Harrison and Hetherington).