15 October 1999

Eager bids at Holstein dispersal

ALTHOUGH Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, dairy farmer Clifford Jackson retired from full-time farming many years ago he has, with the help of other breeders, maintained a nucleus of Holstein stock.

But his Highriver herd was finally dispersed last week. The Crewe market venue saw bidders pitch in with confidence for the best North American cow families and it cost a South Wales breeder 3500gns for the privilege of walking away with the most sought after heifer.

Cristis Prelude Tesk Patsy, bred in South Wales and now heading back to home territory to join Jim Wilsons noted Tregibby herd in Cardigan, she has had several local show wins this season and is from the same family as the great Skychief.

Bromstead Hill Farm, Newport, Shropshire, bought several lots including Highriver Raider Jazz, springing with her second. She realised 1400gns.

The maiden heifer Highriver Tonya, an ET-bred Formation daughter, sold to T E and S M Powell and Son, Shrewsbury, for their Burlane herd at 1850gns.

The last lot in the sale, the Counselor-sired Highriver C C Prin Gay, made 1600gns to J E Lloyd and Son, Hereford. She was bred from the Gay family at Skagvale.

Averages 20 cows and milking heifers £831; 12 served heifers £699 and 16 maiden heifers £846. (Wright-Manley.)