8 October 1999

Crewe shows fickleness with cows in demand

THE fickle market for dairy cattle was again evident at the Western Holstein Clubs sale at Crewe. Buyers wanted cows – rather than the recent trend for heifers – which lifted the average by £40 a head.

Cheshire herd owners John and Valerie Barlows Painley Starbuck Kitty led the cows. Sold fresh with her second, shes a granddaughter of the famous CRF Vic Birch Kitty. Buyer at 1020gns was Bromstead Hill Farm, Newport, Shropshire.

Winner of the cow class was Jim Barbers (Congleton) third calver Peelane Jed Jewel which was bought by the judge at 1000gns.

The big crowd kept auctioneer Clive Norbury on his toes. And he wasnt complaining: "We had four buyers snap up 30 heifers between them," said Mr Norbury.

Tom Jolly and Partners from Great Eccleston, Preston took both the championship and reserve ticket under the experienced eye of judge, Mr Denis Lomas (Glebedale). Both winners were from the herds Erica family.

The champion heifer is by Calbrett Amazon and topped trade at 1080gns. The reserve sold for 900gns. Both went to Ayrshire-based M and J Andrew, Kirkmichael.(Wright-Manley) &#42