6 September 1996

Bulls brighten up a disappointing day at Crewe HF event

By Jeremy Hunt

A SPECIAL summer show of bulls brightened a day of disappointing prices for Holstein Friesian breeders at the North Western clubs fixture at Crewe.

Of the catalogued entry of 235 head, Shropshire breeder Robert Barnett, Tybroughton, Whitchurch, realised the two top prices, when bulls from his Hully herd made 2850gns and 2100gns.

Hully Idealist, a 13-month-old Lindy son from the herds Iolanthe family, had an ETA of +302M, +7.1F and +10.1P. He stood first in his class and was bought for the top price by R Gilman, Buxton.

Herdmate Hully Triumph, by Emerald-Acres SA Tonic, stood second and realised 2100gns to E Morton and Sons, Buxton. Out of the imported cow Wilsondale Valiant Tory, he had an ETA of +462M, +17.3F and +19.0P.

R J and &#42 Clares Hawksmoor Luke, an eye-catching son of Shoremar Maverick, looked set to head the line-up but was moved into second place by judge Robert Burrow (Stardale). Luke, out of a 9th lactation Burteen dam, made 1500gns to C P Kempster and Son, Oswestry.

Championship went to Roger Sutton with his heavily black-marked bull Rowarton Flash, an Ernlo Chairman Valiant son. This made it a double victory for the herd, which had earlier won the female title with the stylish heifer Rowarton Counselor Susie. Flash made 1200gns to C Newsom, Preston.

The three week-calved Susie, out of an 11,800kg Premdale Megcade dam, is from Mr Suttons 100-cow herd at Congleton. She looked a good buy at 1750gns to top the females. Buyers were E Owen and Sons, Colwyn Bay.

Volume buyers saved the day. M and J Andrew, Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, claimed 21 while J Salt, Stoke-on-Trent bought 15 heifers.

Hilton Bros, Wigan, stood second with their Brownfold Starz Emerald, which made 1680gns to S G Stevenson, Co Down. And Shrewsbury buyer Simon Hancock gave 1400gns for F A Williams and Sons July calved heifer River Dale Starbuck Lee.

AVERAGES: 28 cows £691, 137 heifers £756 and 10 bulls £1433. (Wright-Manley.) &#42

This stylish heifer took the female title at the Crewe event.