3 March 2000

Buyers leave empty-handed

A SHORTAGE of entries at the Border and Lakeland Holstein Clubs sale at Borderway Mart meant many potential buyers left empty-handed.

The champion bull led the day at 1000gns when west Cumbria dairy farmers Messrs Shepherd, who farm near the coast at Holmrook, took Criffelhill Montego. Consigned by Les Brough & Sons of Cockermouth, this November 1998-bred bull is by the Prelude son Criffelhill Manager and out of a cow by Whiteriver Rookie.

Bidding for the first lot in the ring reached the days top female price when R D Carter & Son of Fangfoss, near York offered Bricknell Epic Ruby, which had taken the female championship under judge Mr J Fisher, Penrith.

Sired by Bricknell Prelude Epic she had calved her second in early January and realised 800gns to local buyers J D and E M Miller.

Another from the same home, Bricknell Jed Ruby, a calved heifer out of a Hanoverhill Raider dam, made 600gns to Hewson Bros, Carlisle.

A 590gns call from T Johnston, Hexham secured him Notwen Doroma 33rd, a calved heifer by Annan Skyhigh from a consignment of heifers brought from Forres, Morayshire by G F Macarthur and Co. (Harrison and Hetherington). &#42

The Western Holstein Clubs sale was the last to be held in Crewe market which closed its doors after 78 years. The site is being redeveloped and auctions have moved to Wright-Manleys base at Beeston Castle. On the day, prices rose to 1050gns for the heifer Levedale Astre (EX-2E) out of a twice 10,000kg dam selling in favour of JR Williamson & Co, Nantwich.