29 March 2002

Farmers flood to Staffs mart

DAIRY farmers returned to the sale ring at Uttoxeter in Staffs last week for the first time in over a year and brought with them a good entry of 80 quality Holstein Friesians selling to £1100.

It was a top-notch heifer from Stafford vendors NG and BA Crayston that drew the days highest bid. Springrose Astre Sapphire 33rd was the Craystons only entry.

"This heifer had immense style, particularly through the udder, and deserved top price," said Meg Mellor of auctioneer Bagshaws. Buyer was D Moseley, Stafford.

Calved heifers met the strongest demand with a smart daughter of Maughlin Storm drawing the bids for W Tivey and Sons, Lutterworth, Leics. Their Coteswood Flannel 29th is out of a High-Sights Doe Boy dam. She heads to Newport, Shropshire, with Mr Phillips at £950.

The Lomas family from Chesterfield collected £910 for Chardan Lora 34th, by Painley Knighthood and out of an 8900kg Donnandale Skychief cow. Buyer was Mr Brassington, Endon, Stafford.

The sale included a special entry of 17 cows and heifers from the Topthorpe herd of Leics farmers RJ and JH Mount and Sons. The herd, which has an average of 8460kg, achieved a best of £910 for a third calver by Genus Aviator.

Averages: Cows £739-£873; heifers £784-£963 (Bagshaws). &#42