8 November 1996

Dairy Shorthorn demand is brisk

AN ENCOURAGING demand for Dairy Shorthorns at the Shorthorn Societys autumn fixture at Chelford, Cheshire levelled 23 milking heifers at £827.

Breeders M S and E A E Davies, St Clears, south Wales, once again paid the highest price giving 1300gns for Hooton Nellie that stood second in the milking class under judge Mr John Teal.

This roan heifer, by Hooton Fair Reason, was sold freshly-calved and giving 25.2kg of milk at 4.2% butterfat and 3.27% protein. She was consigned by John Hayward, Newark and was one of the winning pair to take the Thornton Cup.

Telephone bids from Stephen Girvan, Dromore, Co Down, were successful in securing Maxton Bates Duchess 58th, a smart light-roan heifer that was unshown.

This freshly calved daughter of Marleycote Viking was consigned by breeder David Spalton, Derby who also sold a white baby heifer calf from the Broom family to Mr Girvan at 190gns.

Mr Teal took the champion, the roan second calver Amber Ringlet, from Derbyshire breeders J Hole and Sons at 1050gn. (Harrison and Hetherington with Frank R Marshall and Co)