5 July 2002

Canadian call prompts sale

COUNTY Durham to Canada is the route that north-east farmers Paul and Elaine Cheesmond will be following later this year, which is why their Broommill Holstein herd came onto the market this week selling to a top of 4300gns.

And it was a daughter of a cow that started one of the herds most successful families that caused the biggest stir among the crowd at the Sale Centre, Penrith. Broommill Jed Gail 2nd, fresh with her second, led the bidding and moves to the Mikali herd at Ringwood, Hampshire, owned by DM and P Coombes.

Gail 2nd is by Rotate Jed and out of the 11,000kg seventh lactation Rowsdale Tab Credit Ex90, which is a five-star brood cow. Now 13-years old and in-calf to Raider, she was also on sale and made 1250gns.

A yearling daughter of the top priced cow, Broommill Raider Gail, led the maiden heifers at 3100gns selling to Peter Warings Winton herd at Beverley, East Yorkshire.

Four successive generations of cows classified excellent were behind the 4100gns Broommill Star Leona. This third calf daughter of Crudwell Counselor Leona 3rd gave 9200kg with her second. She is maternal sister to the 10,000gns Crudwell Astre Leona sold at the Crudwell dispersal in 1996. Buyers were WM Hutchinson and Sons, who run the Bowberhill herd at Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. Her three-month-old daughter by Leduc made 2800gns to J and C Hastings, Dumfries.

An import carrying the noted Comestar prefix joins the Wheldrake herd of JV Gratton and Son at York. Comestar Tania Top Gun is out of Val Des Plourde Prelude Tonya and made 3800gns.

Carlisle dairy farmers EM and E Pattinson and Sons Ellengrove herd added Broommill Mason Gail 2nd at 3600gns, due shortly with her third by Comestar Outside.

Her five ET-bred milking daughters by J-L-G Grandslam averaged £1953 with two making 2300gns to GB Moorhouse, North Yorkshire and Mrs EM Wolfenden, Derbyshire.

Averages: 74 cows and calved heifers £1726; 13 served heifers £1348 and 14 maiden heifers £959 (Norton & Brooksbank). &#42