3 July 1998

Near-profit cattle in demand

GETTING milk in the tank as quickly as possible is the priority of dairystock buyers and with 300 head on offer at the dispersal of the Ruslin Holstein Friesian herd they were looking for cattle close to profit.

Farmer Robert Young, of Droitwich, Worcs, enjoyed the sharpest trade for fresh calvers and those promising late summer/ early autumn production from mid-summer calvings. With a herd average of 7577kg there were 60 cows on-sale that had topped 8000kg and another 30 that had given over 9000kg.

Although the trade was commercially driven by dairy farmers seeking high yields and a swift return on their investment, demand for younger cattle was encouraging with recently served and maiden heifers averaging £469 and heifer calves selling to 600gns.

There were 29 four-figure bids reaching a top of 1900gns given for Rumford Mountain Marina 6th, a second calver that gave 10,000kg as a heifer and which was bought last year at the dispersal of the Rumford herd.

Marina 6th, by Bis-May S-E-L Mountain, is out of a Southwind Bell dam and was taken by Edneys Farms, Somerset.

Her March-born heifer calf Ruslin Luke Marina (PIN+£95), made 600gns to N F Clothier and Sons buying for their Hillstone herd at Bath. They also paid 1350gns for Ruslin Charles May, a calved heifer out of a raider dam and recently served by Second-Look Jolt. Her dam, the third calver Bond Haven R May, sold to B and E R Carter, Kidderminster at 1750gns.

The offering of freshly calved heifers was one of the highlights of the sale. Only one failed to break the 1000gns barrier and the 17 averaged £1243.

"This section of the catalogue produced some of the days keenest bidding as dairy farmers competed for young animals in the full flow of milk," said auctioneer Tom Brooksbank.

Young stock also found ready buyers with 53 heifer calves averaging £326.

Averages 123 cows £875, 17 calved heifers £1243, 20 served heifers £825 and 73 recently served and maiden heifers £469. (Norton and Brooksbank.) &#42