23 June 1995

Keen edge on demand for Holstein Friesians

DEREK and Jeremy Dennis, two of the West Countrys most respected Holstein Friesian breeders, saw a keen edge to the trade for their Dinnaton herd when it was reduced at Ivybridge, Devon, last week. Four bids came in at over 2000gns.

The 2500gns top price came for Dinnaton Total Eclipse 59th, whose qualities had already been widely admired at this summers Devon County Show where she was a member of the first prize winning exhibitor-bred group.

Sired by Russelldale Promise and out of a Marlin dam, Eclipse 59th was claimed by Philip Gorman for his Glenlynher herd at Callington, Cornwall. She was not the only one of this family to please the crowd, which included bidders who had travelled from as far north as Cumbria.

Dinnaton Total Eclipse 60th, from four generations of VG or Excellent cows and an October 1992-bred Counselor heifer, went to Brian Moore, owner of the Morleypark herd at Totnes, Devon.

Mr Moore also paid 2100gns for the stylish Dinnaton Odette 34th, a second-calver by Donfield Topper.

The Collona family is well thought of here and coming out on top at the sale was Dinnaton Collona 17th with a PIN value of £50 and ITEM of £55. By United Nick and out of an 8000kg dam, she went to Somerset buyers Nowell and Norman at 2100gns.

AVERAGES: 51 females £1222.23 and two bulls £1076.25. (R B Taylor and Sons.)

First into the ring at the recent Dinnaton herd reduction sale at Fardel Manor Farm, Ivybridge, Devon, was Dinnaton Beatrice 4th. Born on Feb 1, 1991, she had a PIN value of £2 and a last lactation value of £1949. The sale, called by Derek and Jeremy Dennis, was due to cow numbers exceeding 180 and consequently outgrowing the farms quota and accommodation. The herd is placed in the top 2% for its average PIN and last milk year achieved a MOPF of £1437, according to Milkminder results. Top price on the day was 2500gns for Dinnaton Total Eclipse 59th, although three others also topped 2000gns.