8 October 1999

Dunfermline brings out the black and whites

SOME of the UKs leading black and white breeders were in action to secure cattle from the dispersal of the highly-respected Keirsbeath Holstein herd of Robin and Nancy Orr at Dunfermline.

Merkley Broker Whitney EX, described by auctioneer Edward Brown as " the gem of the sale", realised the top price of 4000gns to Drumchapel Estate Company, Brechin, Angus.

Mid-way through her third lactation, the breeding potential of this daughter of the Canadian show cow Starbuck Whitney was evident by the interest generated by her two young daughters. Her March-born heifer calf made 1100gns and her heifer by Fatal realised 1550gns.

The show calf Keirsbeath Ice Betsy, by Ro-Dene Fenella Ice and a granddaughter of the highly regarded Canadian import Bowerlea Senator Betsy, has already won several major calf awards and will be out again at the National Holstein calf show at Stoneleigh this month where she will be handled by Caroline Orr for new owners The Golden Calf Company, Shrewsbury who gave 2600gns for her.

The calfs dam, Huddlesford Jolly Betsy, made 3000gns to J and C Hastings, Holywood, Dumfries. The Huddlesford prefix was well to the fore. Daughters of Huddlesford Flotation were the talk of the sale and Huddlesford herd owner Tom Cope joined the bidding to give 3000gns for a Jolt daughter bred out of a Prelude x CRF Vic Birch Kitty cow.

AVERAGES: 102 cows and heifers £889; 40 served heifers £539; 64 bulling and maiden heifers £317 and two bulls £918. (Harrison and Hetherington). &#42