8 January 1999

Keen bidding to secure top West Country stock

A BUMPER crowd competed for a high-quality entry of Holstein Friesian cattle at the Christmas Cracker show and sale at Hallworthy in Cornwall where prices reached 2200gns and averaged about £800.

Although the pre-Christmas hike in the price of milk quota had a marginal effect on the trade, there was no shortage of keen bidders for stock drawn from many of the West Countrys leading herds.

A freshly calved second calver from regular vendors Trevor Hugo and Sons herd at Luxulyan, Bodmin created the most interest at the show and sold to Derek Parsons buying for his Ottervale herd near Camelford.

The Hugos Rockset Astre Sunray was out of a Medway Missile dam and had given 7500kg as a heifer.

The calved heifer Sparstone Apollo Daffodil 54th made 1400gns for P J Berry. This daughter of the Belt-sired Sparstone Apollo is out of a Barold Rock Seal cow and was bought by Brian Head for his non-pedigree herd at Boscastle.

Best for the well-known Beneknowle herd of Plymouth dairy farmer D R Andrews was 1170gns given for an Astre daughter. She is bred out of a Valiant Tab cow with consistent five-figure yields peaking at 12,326kg. Buyer was Jack Neale, Launceston.

Messrs Harvey Bros, Bickleigh, Plymouth picked up the events special award of £500 based on points given over the year for top prices and sale champions from their Darklake herd. (Kittows) &#42