19 June 1998

No 4 UKPIN daughter at 5100gns

A DAUGHTER of the UKs fourth highest rated PIN cow attracted the top bid of 5100gns at the sale of the Lansen herd of Holstein Friesians.

Buyers were drawn to Twyn Farm, Usk, Monmouthshire, for an offering of 280 head which included a wealth of cattle from high indexing families as well as members of a new family, based on the great Canadian cow A Brookview Tony Charity.

Gwynne and Megan Jones, who hosted the event, did retain a few senior matrons and heifer calves bred from imported embryos.

Wells, Norfolk farmers J F Temple and Son, owners of the Chalkfarm herd, made the top call for Lansen Astre Becky, a daughter of the UKs No 4 PIN cow Covista Mascot Brooke. Astre Becky, a second calver, has a PIN +£112, ITEM +£121 and gave 8526kg at 3.92% fat, 3.34% protein as a heifer.

Covista Mascot Brooke was also on offer. This maternal sister to the proven sire Oliveholme Aeroline, has a PIN +£158 and ITEM £158. Her first two parlour performances achieved 10,700kg and 11,800kg. She was claimed at 5000gns by Tim Green, acting as agent for an undisclosed buyer.

Heading for the same home at 3100gns was her daughter by Etazon Labelle, an in-calf heifer served by Ladys-Manor Winchester and with an option to join the MOET herd for evaluation for bull contracts.

Fresh from winning the reserve breed championship at this years Royal Bath and West Show was Lansen Astre Moxy, a second calver served in April by Hanoverhill Raider. She made 4200gns to Messrs Evans and Evans who run the Wernellyn herd at Llangadog, Carmarthen.

F Mawer and Sons paid 3600gns for a full sister to Astre Moxy for their Mawson herd at Grantham, Lincs.

The star-studded pedigrees of the Charity family tempted Messrs Temple to invest 3600gns in Lansen Star Charity, a 1992-bred cow in-calf to Star Patron.

Averages: 135 cows and calved heifers £1313; 27 served heifers £907; 56 recently served and maiden heifers £749. (Norton and Brooksbank).