A top price of 8,000gns marked the successful dispersal of the entire milking portion of the Dunnerdale herd at Beeston last week, on behalf of Doreen Boow and son Stephen, from Millom, West Cumbria.

Trade was solid from start to finish, with 118 cows and milking heifer achieving an averaging of £2,874 and 37 of these selling for more than £3,000.

Sale leader was the heifer Dunnerdale Windbrook Sabrina 2nd sired by Gilette Windbrook and out of the Robthom Integrity daughter Dunnerdale Integrity Sabrina, who gave 9,571 in her last lactation at 4.96% bf and 3% protein. Sabrina is bred from five successive generations of excellent classified cows and last calved in January. She sold to JT Parkin, Barnard Castle.

Next best at 7,700gns was another Windbrook sired heifer; Dunnerdale Sabrina 4th.

Her dam is a sixth generation excellent daughter of Goldwyn, who gave 13,914kg in her last lactation at 4.51% bf and 3.02% protein. She sold to James McNeil for his Stranraer-based Cairnpat herd, having last calved on February 7.

Earning a bid of 7,200gns was Dunnerdale Steady Pretzel (VG86 2yr), sired by the Regancrest Mr Durham Sam son Stantons Steady and out of Dunnerdale Goldwyn Pretzel. Last calved in September she gave 4,933kg in her first lactation at 4.45% bf and 3.41% protein. She also headed home to Barnard Castle with JT Parkin.

Mr Parkin also paid 5,900gns for Dunnerdale Fever Aldine (VG86 2yr), who last calved in August and is currently giving 35kg daily. Sired by the Braedale Goldwyn son Crackholm Fever she is out of the Jenny-Lou Marshall daughter Dunnerdale Lou Aldina 7th.

At the same money was Dunnerdale Jordan Sabrina 2nd  sired by Gilette Jordan and out of the Kerndtway Howie daughter Dunnerdale Howie Sabrina 3rd. She is bred from seven successive generations of cows classified VG or Ex. She sold to Messrs McNeil, Stranraer, having last calved at the end of January.

Kidwelly-based ER and ME Jones paid 5,100gns for Dunnerdale Sahara Kit Kat (VG86 2yr), who last calved in January and gave 10,810 in her first lactation at 4% bf and 3.27% protein. Sired by the Picston Shottle son Dunnerdale Sahara she is out of Dunnerdale Allen Kit Kat by Canyoon-Breeze Allen.

(Wright Manley)