31 March 2000

Irish demand keeps Holstein prices up

THE end of the quota year pegged entries at last weeks Lancaster Holstein fixture but the continued demand from Northern Ireland milk producers kept prices buoyant.

Bidding twice reached 900gns with a new name sharing the top spot. Bolland Bros from Blacko, near Nelson saw their Roycedale Approval-calved heifer Bollthwaite Mystic 9th attract a lot of interest and sell at the days joint highest figure to B & L Whitfield, Daventry, Northants.

Bred out of a Broker dam from the Ingleview herd, she had been calved three weeks and was giving 30kg on the day.

Also at 900gns was Nicklynn Astre Bronwen from the Dennison familys herd at Ulverston, south Cumbria. This February calved heifer was giving a hefty 42kg a day and is out of a Cleitus cow from a milky family tracing back to the Beesby Grange herd.

She was bought by J J & C A Acheson of Co Armagh and was one of several lots heading for Northern Ireland. Messrs Acheson also took Kirkwood Sally 57th that clinched the championship for J and &#42 W Cornthwaite and Sons, Garstang, Lancs.

Commenting after the championship, judge Gavin Inman of Witherslack, Kendal, described her as "the most correct and sweetest heifer on parade".

By Kemview Vanetas Vision and out of a Grantchester Direction dam, she has three generations of VG and EX behind her and realised 840gns. Messrs Acheson took six lots in total.

Reserve ticket went to Aldingham Chance 229th from Ulverston breeder Mark Towers. By Startmore Rudolph and out of a VG86 dam by Elev Marlin, she was giving 32kg and made 800gns to Dennis Foreman, Knockbracken, Belfast.

Averages: Six cows £717; 23 heifers £685. (Norton and Brooksbank/Lancaster Auction Mart). &#42

Kirkwood Sally 57th took the champions title at Lancaster.