17 January 1996

Holstein Friesian trade at NW sale is unbelievable

By Jeremy Hunt

PRICES at last weeks regional club sale of Holstein Friesians at Crewe were twice those of five months ago.

The North-Western Club fixture saw 114 cows and heifers average over £1324, leaving the auctioneer describing trade as "unbelievable".

Indeed, prices forced many buyers – drawn from as far north as Scotland – to head for home with empty wagons.

"The national shortage of freshly calved dairy cattle, the clear-out of barren cows and the milk quota situation, plus the quality of stock on offer combined to create a remarkable rip-roaring trade," said Clive Norbury.

Top call was 2800gns given for an unshown heifer with "very little pedigree" compared with the majority on offer. But the style of this calved heifer by a son of the test bull Westside Pierre was enough to energise the crowd more.

Crewehall Pierre Froukje, was from Jonathan Chantler, Chester, and is out of a GP83 daughter of Jubilant who was imported from Holland while carrying this heifer as a calf. She had been calved a month and was giving 35.6kg. She went to Scotland to join Henry Griffies Dingleburn herd.

Fred Pilkingtons Aintree Charles Teak, a Boulet Charles heifer from his herd at Wrexham and giving 35kg/day, made 2100gns to Jim Stephenson, Ballykeel, Northern Ireland.

At 2000gns Adrian Salter-Chalker, one of the furthest-travelled vendors, sold his Hintonhurst Raie. This Raider heifer has the imported Almerson TT Ronda as grand-dam. Buyer was J R Beattie, Stourbridge, Worcs.

Best cow bid was 1950gns from G Whittingham, Ruthin, to claim R E and D R Jones Wiseburrow Marlin Pamela from their herd at Pwhelli. A heavy milker having twice given 9000kg, she goes back to the great show cow Portlea Ned Pamela and she had just calved her fifth.

The championship went to Horwood Agnes 261st from W A Hall Herds, Buckingham. (Wright-Manley)