15 March 2002

Cheshire cow trade increase

TRADE exceeded expectations, especially for cows, when business resumed in front of a capacity crowd at the Western Holstein Clubs show and sale at Beeston Castle, Cheshire.

In all 30 cows averaged £979, and while the heifer trade was more patchy, the 41 head still levelled at an encouraging £964.

Bidding reached a top of 1400gns three times with two of the highest calls coming from Ian Showell of Nuneaton who judged the show classes.

Buying for his farming partnership – Showell Farms – he claimed the champion and the reserve. Top ticket went to Cheshire breeder Ray Brown with Bidlea Esquimau Casapple 2nd.

This calved heifer is by the successful French sire Esquimau, and is bred from four generations of cows classified in the top two grades. Her dam is an 11,000kg daughter of Lylehaven Strategy.

Mr Showell also snapped up the reserve champion shown by MG Gent, Tean, Staffs. His February-calved heifer Greatgate Grandslam Saladin 37th is out of a Slocum dam.

Completing the top-priced trio was the calved heifer Gornal Mandelin Seabreeze from DE Davies and Son, Llanymynech. Buyers were J Williamson and Son, Nantwich, Cheshire.

Volume buyers included Messrs R and F Holliday, Silloth, Cumbria who took 13 head for restocking and paid a best of 1220gns for a Starboy heifer giving 32kg/day from WJ Nadins Sterndale herd at Buxton, Derbys.

Averages: 30 cows £979; 41 heifers £964 (Wright Manley). &#42