17 July 1998

Four-figure delight

EIGHT cows made four-figure prices and a top call of 1700gns was achieved at the dispersal of J and M V Norburys Roadesidefarm Holstein Friesian herd at Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Mr and Mrs Norbury are relinquishing the tenancy of the farm, pending their retirement, and put 160 head of stock on to the market.

The herd was registered in 1984 and based on foundation cows carrying three well-known Cheshire prefixes – Goostrey, Bidlea and Snowfern. It has averaged around 8000kg for the last three years and was one of the higher yielding cows that attracted the top bid of 1700gns.

The Startmore Supreme daughter Roadsidefarm Honesty 9th (VG87) was giving 37kg a day from an April calving. Only a week before she had stood fifth in a strong class at the Cheshire County Show.

Her performance on parade and in the parlour led to a lively reception from the ringside for Honesty 9th, bred out of a Hanoverhill Royalist dam and served in June to Robthom Integrity. Buyers were Ray Brown and Partners for their Bidlea herd at Holmes Chapel.

Best bid for the served heifers was 880gns paid twice. Other good prices from the younger portion were 740gns given by Ian Williamson, Wardle, Nantwich.

Averages: 68 cows £802; 30 served heifers £662; 40 maiden heifers £425. (Wright-Manley) &#42