10 September 1999

Champion is crowd puller

A CHANCE to buy this summers Royal Show junior Holstein champion and a catalogue packed with fashionable imported pedigrees drew a crowd into the Yorks Dales for a tempting selection from the Eshton, Aireburn and Airebank herds.

It was the decision of host vendor Phillip Green to include his young Royal Show star that paid off handsomely after a committed spate of bidding in the usual style of Alan Bristow to secure the heifer at 7800gns.

Eshton Mason Kandy is by Shoremar Mason out of Pioneer Welsh Kandy, a Walkerbrae Majestic daughter.

Sharing the ride home at 3600gns was Eshton Dannix Fontaene 4th, a calved heifer out of a Southwind cow.

Also at 3600gns was the 12-week-old red and white calf Eshton Elegant Ashley, an Arnell Elegant daughter out of the imported cow Emlane Milestone Ashley. Buyers were B and L Whitfield and Son, Daventry, Northants.

Chester dairy farmer S Eardley gave 2300gns for the prizewinning calved heifer Eshton Astre Signet and Groby Lodge Estate, Leicester also paid 2300gns for the Italian-bred five-month-old calf Eshton Top Gun Barbara 2nd.

Freshly calved young cows and heifers from Brian Moorhouses Aireburn herd and Gerald Halls Airebank herd sold well. Airebanks best was a 2700gns call from Mark Towers of Ulverston, Cumbria, for the second calver Lactomont Patsy Matt. Gordon Wilson took a Shoremar Mason calved heifer from Airebank at 2600gns to add to his Petteril herd in Cumbria. Best for Aireburn was 1300gns given twice for Raider and Starboy heifers. (Norton and Brooksbank) &#42