14 April 2000

Good name scores

A GOOD reputation among Midlands dairy farmers drew a strong contingent northwards last week for the Gaytonian Holstein herd dispersal sale held in Cumbria.

Michael and Betty East, long known for selling good quality dairy cattle through Rugby market, brought 260 head to the Sale Centre at Penrith. The herd had an average yield of 7376kg.

A young cow by Dombinator from the Sylvia family and tracing back to the Sylvia family in the Garsby herd of Lancashire breeders Messrs Cornthwaite, led the trade at 850gns. She was sold springing with her second to Lancs herd owner Robert Burrows successful sire Joylan Royal Flush and heads for Daventry to join Brian Whitfield & Sons Aldebarrow herd.

Messrs Whitfield paid 400gns for the top priced calf, also by Royal Flush.

A total of 42 cattle took a homeward journey across the Irish Sea, but one of the days busiest mainland buyers was Flasby Estate, Skipton, North Yorks, which paid 820gns for a second calver by Maral Valiant Dan.

Averages 102 cows and calved heifers £597, 30 served heifers £486, and 73 maiden heifers £234 (Norton and Brooksbank). &#42