Dutch outshine the Canadians at North American Sale Barn
By Jeremy Hunt
BRAM Van Dorp, the black-and-white worlds "index man", introduced more than a dash of type to his "cow family foundation" sale last week with the inclusion of 50 freshly-imported Canadian heifers.
But it was breeding from his native Holland that made the bells chime on a 6000gns high note.
German, Dutch, French and Canadian stock were offered at Mr Van Dorps North American Sale Barn, near Banbury, Oxon, and sponsored by farmers weekly.
Canadian heifers were certainly well favoured by the crowd and accounted for several of the leading prices, but it was the Dutch import Bennet Honeydew that made 6000gns to Coopon Carse Farm, Newton Stewart, Scotland.
Served in December by Etazon Labelle, this Aerostar daughter had a PIN value of +£95. Her 11,888kg dam carries the Etazon prefix but is of pure American breeding through her sire Cleitus.
Fashionable top sires saw their daughters meet the days keenest trade; less popular pedigrees drew a more hesitant reception. But there were four 5000gns bids and the first came for the Astre Starbuck-sired Canadian heifer Newlands Astre Marsha.
Boasting five generations of Excellent and VG breeding, she carries a December service to Prelude. Her dam, by A Maries Thunder, has produced over 10,000kg in four of her five lactations to date. Marsha has the illustrious Newlands Shiek Maggie as maternal granddam, a cow which has produced eight VG or Excellent daughters. Buyer was T R Quicke, Bristol.
High flier from the German consignment was the Prelude heifer Liza, out of Calbrett Mark Lotto, whose breeding achievements are already attracting international attention. Liza was in calf for June to Emerald-Acres-Sa Titan and was taken at 5000gns by local buyers Upton Farms.
Six go to Holland
Six animals were bought by Dutch breeders, who bid up to 5000gns for Willsona Prelude Silver, a Canadian heifer and grand-daughter of the famous Thumb Pride Mars Perfector and out of a high protein full sister to $90,000 cow Valiant Mars Perfection. Buyers were Koepon Holding, Garnwerd, for their KP1 herd at Antumerweg.
Northern Ireland interest came to the fore with a 5000gns call from Barbican Farms, Co Down, for another Canadian heifer, Hanalee Nancy Blackstar. This is a May 1994-bred daughter of Altagen Starbuck Coco, a 12,000kg cow out of the great 14,000kg Startmore Chanel.
AVERAGES: 95 head £2857.58 (Wright-Manley.) *
Canadian heifers proved popular, but the days top price of 6000gns was paid for a Dutch import, Bennet Honeydew, born in August 1993.