The dispersal sale of the Dilandy pedigree herd on behalf of Andrew Shakeshaft, Whattall Farm, Colemere, Shropshire, topped at 3,700gns.

Mr Shakeshaft was forced to disperse the entire milking proportion of his herd after he was left without a milk buyer.

Auctioneer Clive Norbury said: “They sold extremely well; beyond our expectation in view of what’s happening in the industry. There was huge demand and several buyers went home empty handed.”

He said the youngstock section, most notably Wynman daughters, saw tremendous demand and prices were in similar to those being achieved three months ago.

Spirited bidding from a packed ringside saw Roosta Holsteins, Carmarthenshire, pay 3,700gns for Lillyhall Snowman Faith ET (GP84-2yr).

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She was purchased in as a calf and is sired by Snowman and bred from five generations of VG/EX dams from the Ralma Juror Faith family. She calved in May and sold back in calf to Mogul. They also purchased two milking heifers for 2,750gns and 2,500gns, respectively, both of which calved in September.

Also selling at 2,700 gns was the heifer Dilandy Captain Tabitha 2nd  (VG85-2yr). Sired by Glen Valley BW Captain, she is out of a (GP83) dam, who is full sister to the reigning Royal Highland Show Interbreed Champion, Dilandy Debonair Tabitha Red (EX92). She calved in November and was snapped up by Smith Farms, Clacton-on-Sea Essex.

JF Owen, Wrexham, bought the heifer Dilandy Goldfish Bibby (VG85-2yr) for 2,450gns. Sired by Goldfish she last calved in October and sold giving 35kg daily.

Mr Owen also bought Dilandy Captain Kate 53rd  (GP82-2yr) for 2,250gns. Sired by Glen-Valley BW Captain she is out of Dilandy Design Kate 50th. She last calved in November and is currently giving 44.3kg.

At the same money was Dilandy Wyman Jackie (GP81-2yr). Sired by Wyman she is out of Dilandy Best Jackie 46th. She last calved in November and sold back in calf to Shamrock. Buyer was CV Whilock, Stoke-on-Trent.

Averages: 156 cows and milking heifers, £1,466.03; one bull, £1,680.

(Wright Marshall).