28 June 2002

New genes see buyers digging deep

By Jeremy Hunt

AN astute crowd at last weeks Lancaster Holstein sale dug deep for new genetics combining German breeding with the famous Kimo family.

Ingleview Raimon Kimo was consigned by the Butterfield family from nearby Bentham and, after confident bidding, sold to A L Dean and Son, Threshfield, Skipton, North Yorks, at 4800gns.

She is the first milking daughter of this family to be offered at Lancaster and scored VG 87 just before the sale, notching up the ninth generation of VG or EX cows. Raimon Kimo is by the German bull Raimon and out of the Kimo family from the Painley herd in Cheshire.

The sale had drawn an entry of 120 and despite much needed good weather in the region drew a crowd who levelled 93 females at £1327.

Sorting out the show classes was Andrew Wilson from the Fife-based Northshields herd. His champion came from Mark Towers Aldingham herd at Ulverston, Cumbria. Winster Igale Pricilla 56th is by the French sire Igale Masc and out of a VG 87 Astre dam.

Mr Towers victor had been calved three weeks and was putting just over 39kg/day into the tank. Judge Mr Wilson backed his selection and claimed her at 3600gns.

Pulled into reserve spot was Pilling, Preston vendors J and J Walmsleys Fordswood Willem Fayne 15th, a Robthom Integrity daughter sold freshly calved and giving 31kg. She too had classified VG 87 since calving and is also out of a 10,000kg Astre dam. Buyers at 1800gns were J and A Barrow and Sons, Appleby, Cumbria.

The sale attracted eight entries from the Newroddige herd of Burton-on-Trent breeders J Mallaber & Son. This consignment created quite a stir and included representatives of some of the UKs leading cow families.

It was, therefore, no surprise when bidding took off for Newroddige Italie Sonya 2nd a daughter of Italie Mas and out of the EX classified 13,427kg Astre Sonya. Auctioneer Tom Brooksbank describing her as "the complete package – type, production, and pedigree".

Italie Sonya won her class at Lancaster and will undoubtedly be a valuable addition to the herd of North Yorks breeder P Miles, Northallerton, at 4400gns.

Another from the same family but by the high-type sire Silky Cousteau made 4200gns to J and M Holgate, Settle, North Yorks, who continue to restock, snapping up Newroddige Silky Sonya. She was out of a full sister to Astre Sonya and was giving 40kg on sale day.

Newroddige Mall Pamela, from the great Portlea Ned Pamela family, notched up yet another of the days leading bids for the Mallaber family. This heifer was by Newroddige Mall – a home-bred Milan x Blackstar bull – and had been calved eight weeks. She was giving 42kg and was bought by the Holgate family at 2800gns.

The Sonya magic continued to work its spell when another heifer from Newroddige realised 2500gns to Messrs Dent who run the Greengill herd at Penrith. This time it was a Ked Juror daughter bred out of the 13,000kg Newroddige Sky Sonya EX93.

A smart Fatal daughter from the Preston-based Bilsrow herd earned owners David and Sheila Tomlinson 2500gns. Bilsrow Fatal Darling is out of an 11,370kg Dombinator. Buyer was J T Parkin, Barnard Castle, Co Durham.

Averages: 12 cows £783; 81 heifers £1405 (Lancaster Auction Mart with Norton and Brooksbank). &#42