The first sale of European imported, freshly calved cows and heifers and in-calf heifers for over 20 years took place at Beeston Castle Auction on Friday (30 May), where a Holstein heifer topped trade at £2,600.

Sale topper FWS Eskari, a daughter of Atwood with seven generations of VG dams behind her was bred by Frank Wissman, one of the top breeders in the Osnabruck Herdbook, Germany. She calved at the end of March and was sold giving 32 kg to Gilmour Evans, Guilsfield, Welshpool, who also purchased FWS Alpia, a daughter of Gillette Windbrook with six generations of VG dams from the same home for £2,150.

Also at £2,150 was the heifer Agita from the Timmerling-Brandl farm in Osnabruck, Germany. A grand daughter of Man-o-Man, she sold giving 44kg to local breeder Steve Armstrong of the Armsdale Herd, Tarporley, who purchased a total of 10 heifers.

Another heifer at £2,150 was KBH Linda, a daughter of Goldday from Koch and Partners of Osnabruck, Germany. She sold giving 31kg and was the leading lot of 14 head purchased by Martin Evans, Oswestry.

Top seller from Danish vendor Kurt Nisgaard ApS  was a cross bred heifer by the Montbeliarde Micmac son, R Fanfare, which went to Peter Stone and family, Stone, for £2,100.

The leading heifer from Ireland was an unregistered animal that sold for £2,050 to Neil Evans Bronington, Whitchurch, whilst Danish Holstein heifers topped at £1,950 for another unregistered heifer.

A second calving purebred Danish Red cow was sold giving 31 kg, for £1,900 from R Gold. She went home with A Plumley and Co, Calveley, Tarporley. The purebred Red Danish and crossbred heifers were in demand with purebreds selling to £1,700 and crossbreds to £1,650 – with both going to the Stone family.

Two in-calf heifers from Osnabruck, Germany, reached £1,900. The first was a Gunner daughter due in August that went to Martin Evans and the second was for a Legato daughter due in September purchased by Steve Armstrong who also purchased an August calving Seaver at £1,850.

Top price Holstein cow was £1,800 for second calving daughter of Southland Better, from Nisgaard Aps of Denmark, which sold to Richard Roberts of Holywell.  Several second calf cows from Denmark and Ireland sold in the £1,500 to £1,800 bracket.

AVERAGES: 15 Holstein cows, £1,536.67; 54 Holstein calved heifers, £1,716.67; three Danish Red cows £1,733.33; eight crossbred calved heifers, £1,681.25; 23 holstein In-calf heifers, £1,504.35; 11 Danish Red in-calf heifers, £1,481.82; 14 crossbred in-calf heifers, £1,400.00; 128 head, £1,600.78.

(Wright Manley)