8 December 2000

Cheshire dairy cow averages peak at highest since 97

By Jeremy Hunt

THE highest average since October 1997 reflected the continuing upward spiral of dairy cow values when 218 entries at the Western Holstein Clubs show and sale levelled at £991.

Auctioneer Clive Norbury was kept on his toes in the rostrum at Beeston Castle Auction in Cheshire as dairy farmers determination to put more milk in their bulk tanks produced a marked lift in prices – up by over £200 in recent weeks.

Fresh heifers with plenty of milk behind them did not have it all their own way as the best cows were fiercely bid to average £960 for 38 head. And single trailers were of little use for the journey home; a look at the buyers list showed that 24 successful bidders accounted for 100 head.

Alan Brooks of the Fulfordhall herd judged the entry and gave a decisive championship to the tall and stylish Mandel calved heifer Nicklynn Emandel Papoose.

This ET-bred heifer was piloted to her victory by handler Sean Landy on behalf of Nantwich, Cheshire owner Nick Morris. Papoose – who also made the days top price of 3200gns to J Williamson and Co for their Fountainhead herd at Nantwich – is from 10 generations of VG or Ex cows and has a PIN +£72. Her Blackstar dam produced over 10,000kg in her first three lactations and she traces back to A Sleepy Hollow MI Papoose.

South Wales dairy farmer Elwyn Thomas of Kidwelly bought several lots including the reserve champion Pedran Marci Anne 7th, which made the days second highest price of 1850gns. From T Phillips herd at Llanfrynach, she is out of a Sabbiona Bookie dam.

Sterndale Sunbuck Ina took the red card in the cow class for Derbys-based W J Nadin and Co. She combined her good type with plenty of milk. Her dam is an 11,200kg Townson Lindy daughter and she has a 13,200kg grand-dam. Buyer at 1800gns was &#42 Hughes, Carmarthen.

The big index cow Littlestar Parade 107th from the Bostock family at Shrewsbury made 1400gns. Buyers were Skelton Farms, Melton Mowbray. Also at 1400gns was a Storm heifer from the Pedran herds consignment taken by S Robinson and Son, Downpatrick, Co Down. (Wright Manley)

Show champion and top price – ET-bred heifer Nicklynn Emandel Papoose made 3200gns in a flying trade at Beeston Castle Auction, Cheshire.