28 April 1995

Jersey event sets new breed record average

A BREED record average for a Jersey dispersal and a top of 11,900gns for a 15-month-old Holstein Friesian maiden heifer, marked a rare combination when supporters of both breeds gathered at Winchester for the dispersal of Michael Potters Platinum herds.

It was Platinum Justine-ET, the almost all-white heifer, that attracted a flurry of bids from a hefty offering of over 250 black-and-whites, which came on to the market after Mr Potters decision to emigrate to France.

By Prelude, Justine is out of the Rotate-sired dam Schueller Rotate Prancy, which gave 16,411kg as a heifer and a phenomenal 19,427kg at 4% fat in her second lactation. Justine stood eighth in a strong class of senior heifer calves at the National Holstein Show and had more than fulfilled her early potential. Buyer was A Fleming, Co Antrim for a client.

Adding to their Bobetty herd were R M E Carter and Son, Salisbury, who gave 3400gns for Platinum Benchmark Tina out of a VG-85 Inspiration dam.

At 2600gns the first-calver Platinum C Inspiration Fancy, out of an Astro Jet cow, went to R Targett for his Carymore herd at Castle Cary, Somerset. He also gave 2550gns for Platinum Chief Mark Lynne-Dee, a served heifer in-calf to Board Chairman and out of an 11,000kg Midnight dam.

Although few in number, the Jersey selection was one of the most interesting to come on to the market for some time, particularly for those with a penchant for North American breeding.

The Jersey average of £1179 for 22 head was a new dispersal record and was led by the top price of 2250gns given by Ken Timbury Farms buying for a client.

Heading the list was Platinum Gemini General Locket, a recently-served dark heifer by Valley-stream Gemini General and out of Bovi-Lact Jodys Lynn, a Can-adian import.

The Royal Farms, buying for the Windsor herd, paid 1800gns for Norval Acres J Opal, a Canadian import by Meadow Lawn J Imperial.

AVES: Jersey: 5 cows £1182.30, 10 served heifers £1138.20, five maidens £1417.50. HF: 141 cows and calved heifers £1063.25, 23 served £1343.09 and 71 recently-served and empty heifers £845.02. (Norton and Brooksbank.) &#42