20 November 1998

Heavy yielders draw top bids

A WEALTH of heavy yielding cows from a top family and an influential sire combined to produce the days top bid of 3100gns when Ayrshire cattle from the Shenley and Louham herds were offered at Crewe.

The call came for Drointon Melody 67th, a daughter of the renowned Blackadder Milk Machine and out of three generations of 1200kg dams.

Melody 67th gave more than 1100kg in her heifer lactation establishing a new record.

She was part of G and C Meadens Louham herd from Oswestry and was bought back by her breeders Drointon Farms, Staffordshire. Also from the same consignment was Louham Helen, a freshly-calved second calver by Blackadder BB Kellogg which was also bought by Drointon Farms.

Helens dam, Pimhill Jaye Helen, made 1000gns to J S Millington and Sons, Arnesby, Leicester and another daughter topped the maiden heifer section making 850gns to Alan Norbury, Chelford, Cheshire.

Stuart Hunters Shenley herd achieved a best of 750gns for the third calver by Laymore Premium Bond bought by G and R White, Derby.

Averages: 35 cows and calved heifers £677; three served heifers £437 and five maiden heifers £739. (Wright-Manley)

lThe annual show and sale of Ayrshire bulls and heifers at Ayr saw bulls reach 2300gns for Gavin Lawrie and Sons (Prestwick) Brieryside Right Time incorporating red Holstein breeding through grand-sire Meadolake Jubilant. The champion heifer Killoch Clover Leaf 132nd from Alex Woodburn and Sons (Galston) made 2200gns to judge Alan Norbury, Cheshire. (James Craig.) &#42