7 April 2000

First Cheshire sale after Crewe market closure

THE Western Holstein Club staged its first sale at Beeston Market in Cheshire last week, following the closure of the town-centre market at Crewe.

David Briggs, spokesman for auctioneers Wright-Manley, described the trade as "extremely pleasing" with cows up £100 compared with last month and heifers up by around £50.

And Harold Crapper, Derbys, collected the reserve championship and sold for the days top price of 1150gns. This time it was a Fatal daughter, Dawnay Fatal Diane, bred by Wykeham Farms. This early-March calved heifer is out of the VG87 dam Tankersley Counselor Diane 2nd and was sold to Midlands dairy farmers EJ & BM Parkes.

Fylde Holstein breeder Aubrey Greenhalgh, a regular buyer supplying fresh calvers to Northern Ireland clients, was in the hot seat and awarded the championship to Cheshire members RJ & KM Barnetts Burwren MGSV Silverwings from their herd at Nantwich.

She realised 1100gns to SJ Warner & Partners, Whitchurch.

Only two cows and two bulls remained unsold.

Leading the bull list was Brinstar Holsteins Brinstar Urbano. Buyer at 900gns was AG Hallam, High Peak, Derbys.

Mr Dyer from Bridgewater, Somerset, took two bulls. He paid 700gns for Ray Brown & Partners Bidlea Casus (by Skalsumer Saturnus) and 500gns for AA Nicholas & Sons Longlane Grandslam Kari B (by J-L-G Grandslam).

Averages: 29 heifers £622; 62 cows £690 and nine bulls £562. (Wright-Manley) &#42