3 April 1998

Newly-calved HF average rises by £30

NEWLY calved pedigree Holstein Friesian heifers showed a £30 lift in the average price when 85 were sold at the North Western Holstein Friesian Breeders Club show and sale at Crewe to average £951.

David Briggs of auctioneers Wright-Manley said: "This was a good sale with the demand for cows still as strong as it has been for some months. Buyers are looking for milk and cows are a faster road to leaving profit. Younger heifers sold well but older sorts over two-and-a-half-years old are a bit sticky."

A real stormer finished in top spot after some speedy but accomplished judging by young Crewe-based breeder Miss Jane Porter of the Mismay herd.

Honest Cinder Cora 2nd from Harold Crapper, Dronfield, Derbyshire was by Mr Mark Cinder and out of an Astre Starbuck cow. Bred from four generations of Excellent and VG cows, and with the 4000gns Fidlers Marlin Cora as grand-dam, this stylish heifer was giving 33kg on the day and already has her placed booked at next months Newark and Notts Show. Buyer was D Harden for his Nanhoron herd at Pwhelli.

And another from the same home, the calved heifer Ansa Dombinator Pami, made the days second highest price of 1400gns. She is out of Lorblanc Pre Pamela and is full sister to Rowvalley Pamela that stood reserve champion at Cumberland Calf Show last year.

She was bought by J P Millington for his West Felton herd at Oswestry.

AVERAGES: 34 cows £807; 85 heifers £951 and nine bulls £781. (Wright-Manley)