herd attracts large bids
SOUTH Wales buyers creamed off many of the most sought after cattle offered from the Griffiths familys Cardsland herd of Holstein Friesians, but the highest bid came from an English breeder.
Heading for Robert and Jane Taggarts Carymoor herd in Somerset, following a successful top call of 4700gns, was Cardsland Skychief P Delila.
This 87 point two-year-old is a granddaughter of the Griffiths Royal Show champion Cardsland Matt Delila.
The sale attracted a large crowd to Tafarn Y Bugail, Cardigan. Islwyn Griffiths, recently-retired president of the British Holstein Society, and his wife Betty are retiring from farming, leaving sons Dyfrig and Dylan to continue the herds management.
Another Skychief daughter, Cardsland Skychief Design 2nd, made 4600gns. She won the heifer-in-milk class at last years Royal Welsh Show and gave 8525kg in her first lactation. Buyers Tom and Susan Phillips, who run the Pedran herd were the buyers and they can look forward to a Dombinator calf from her this autumn.
The family are well known as breeders of the famous show cow Cardsland Eclipse Flo and it was a descendent of hers, Cardsland Jogger Flo, that realised 4100gns to Will Davies for his Crewilpool herd at Llangadog.
And another member of the Flo family reached 3500gns when Pembrokeshire breeders W J and G A Harries successfully bid for the fresh second calver Cardsland Prelude Kips Flo 3rd to add to their Strumble herd. She is out of a Walkerbrae Eclipse dam.
Another of the choicest lots stayed in Wales when Droysmor herd owners D E Thomas and Son, Llantwit Major, South Glam, went to 3200gns to secure Cardsland Jogger Astro Quinn. This May-calved heifer lead her classes at last years Royal Welsh and United Counties Shows and is out of the show winner and heavy milking dam Rose Vega Astro Quinn.
The in-calf heifer Cardsland Slocum Kathleen made 3000gns to Messrs Williams, Troedyrhiw and the second calver Cardsland Inspiration S Pansy was taken at the same price by Keith Lowry for his Halen herd.
Averages: 85 cows and calved heifers £1454; 16 served heifers £990; two maiden heifers £514 and three bulls £1340. (Norton and Brooksbank).