As was evident in the first of the Nanhoron dispersals from North Wales at Lancaster, the purchase of the entire Olympian herd from Messrs Spiby in Sussex proved a shrewd investment.
The star family from Alvere and the Sunrise family from Quietcove in the USA, both established in the Olympian herd produced the top price of 2200gns at the sale this week. Messrs R E Hodgson and Son from Caldbeck near Wigton were in unstoppable form purchasing many of the best cattle, including Nanhoron Star 2 PI at 2200gns, a Comestar Leader heifer, 4 months calved and giving 34kg daily. Christine Parkes who farms the Gaer herd in West Wales could not get to the sale but bidding through the auctioneers acquired Nanhoron Sunrise 3 PI at 2200gns, a four and a half-month fresh heifer by Modesto that is a direct descendant of the great Quietcove Valiant Fawn EX-95 10* with 8 generations of EX /VG cows in a line in her pedigree.
With another dose of wet weather some buyers who had been forced to re-house their milking herds stayed away, not wanting any more feet to trample the already sodden pastures and trade was back a touch from the previous sale where prices had been ‘on fire’. However bidding was always strong on the better sorts with 25 making over 1200gns.
Buyers from as far away as Eire, Kent, Pembrokeshire, Buckingham, Ayrshire and Angelsey were recorded with the auctioneers once again helping Welsh farmers with TB losses to re-stock with a load purchased on commission to travel to Monmouthshire.
Young stock were in good demand with heifer calves at foot selling up to 580gns, maiden heifers to 700gns and served heifers to 1600gns for a Modesto from the German Praline line through Olympian.