2 April 1999

Dairy offerings down in price

MILK producers were keeping a tight hold on their wallets at Crewe last week when cattle on offer at the North Western Holstein Friesian Breeders Club show and sale met a selective demand.

In line with the dairy trade elsewhere both cows and heifers were down in price – cows by £40 and heifers by £60 – compared with the clubs February sale. But there was plenty of competition for cattle in the 700-750gns bracket.

It was a bid of 1120gns from Melton Mowbray dairy farmers E J and B M Parkes that topped the trade. It came for Emeraldgrove Charles Present, a stylish calved heifer by Boulet Charles and bred out of a Startmore Supreme dam. She was consigned by J A and N M Jones and Sons, Boncath, Dyfed.

Judge Mrs Jane Whittaker, who runs the Knowlesmere herd with her husband Andrew at Mere near Knutsford found her champion in an entry from Shropshire vendors Lees Dairy Farmers, Market Drayton.

Their Bringlee Marvellous Snowey, a freshly calved heifer by Henkessen Marci Marvelous is out of a Deslacs Midnight sired dam from the herds milky Snowey family.

The champion realised 580gns to S Bailey, Audlem, Cheshire. Another from the same vendors made the days second highest price of 1050gns. The bid came from Bromstead Hill Farm, Newport, Shropshire for Bringlee Navigator Anita. This calved heifer is by a homebred Inspiration son.

Three bulls broke the four figure barrier with young sires from Jeremy Suensen-Taylors Grantchester herd at Crewe and the Dalebank herd of David Rees Farms, Nantwich sharing the top price of 1050gns.

Averages: 21 cows £723, 75 heifers £708 and 14 bulls £670. (Wright-Manley) &#42