10 April 1998

Hemble sale ends 25-year B&W affair

A QUARTER of a century of dedication to black-and-white cattle breeding came to an end last week when Miss Sybil Edwards – who will always be remembered for establishing her Honey family – dispersed her Hemble herd.

It was in 1990 that Miss Edwards paid $85,000 for Roybrook W Honey at the Roybrook Holstein herd dispersal. This great cow has been the foundation of cow families from this noted line in many UK leading herds and has had a major impact in the breeding success at Hemble Hill, Guisborough, Cleveland.

But at last weeks dispersal it was one from the herds leading Mandy family that topped the day at 5200gns. Hemble Chesapeake Mandy, a calved heifer by Bushy-Park Chesapeake and bred from three generations of Excellent cows, traces back to Shanghigh Mandingo Mandy.

She had calved on Christmas Day and was giving 30kg on twice-a-day milking. Buyers were local breeders &#42 S Petch and Sons for their Aytonian herd at Great Ayton.

With bidding in top gear the ringside maintained the momentum when the next heifer in the ring, Quality Astre Luscious, made 4100gns. This freshly calved daughter of Astre Starbuck boasted a glittering pedigree going back to the world-renowned Lulu family.

She is out of the 11,000kg Southwind daughter Quality SW Luscious and was bought by Messrs Donaldson Partners for their locally-based Barlees herd.

Miss Edward, who will continue to run a commercial dairy herd under contract with her herd manager of 18 years Denis Tyreman and his family, saw 80 different buyers secure Hemble stock. The keenest trade came for young cattle.

Maiden heifers averaged over £870 and 34 calves at foot levelled at £630 – six calves attracted four-figure bids.

Miss Edwards has made many shrewd purchases over the years; among the most notable was the addition of Hilltop Exactor Ruby bought 10 years ago for 8000gns.

Several of her daughters featured among the sales leading prices but out in front was Hemble Tesk Ruby 2nd, a Tesk-Holm Valiant Rockie third calver that had been served in January by Maughlin Storm.

She had calved in November and was giving 43kg a day. Buyer was R F Forsyth, Wigtownshire, at 3600gns.

AVERAGES: 100 cows and calved heifers £1436; 22 served heifers £1031; 39 maiden heifers £879 and two bull calves £262. (Norton and Brooksbank) &#42

Hemble Chesapeake Mandy made the 5200gns top price at Guisborough.