26 February 1999

Pedigree HF sale highly charged

THE highest average for more than a year was seen in a sale atmosphere described by auctioneers Bagshaws as "highly charged" when pedigree dairy cattle were offered at Uttoxeters monthly fixture.

First-quality heifers averaged £1027 and reached £1280.

Top bid came for Scotchhills Skychief Hedgerose 2nd from Simon Clarkes herd at Burton-on-Trent. Bred out of a Cal-Clark Board Chairman cow with two yields of 11,700kg and one of 12,500kg, this heifer joins Harry Shaws Lullington herd.

Messrs Parkinson Partners brought an impressive consignment of heifers from their Wilowna herd at Rugeley, Staffs. Best price was £1100 paid by B and L Whitfield and Son, Daventry for Wilowna Skydome Birch 6th, a freshly calved heifer out of a Broker dam.

Peartome Skydome daughters met a keen demand and it was one from the Wilowna herds Emblem family that made £1000 to Greg Hall, Abbots Bromley.

An entry from Nick Brandon, Stafford led the newly-calved cow section when the second calver Marlbury Vintage Peg made £950 to Messrs Whitfield.

Stock from the Lambwell herd of J M Robinson, Ashbourne kicked off the cow section and achieved a best of £900 for a second calver by Sabbione Bookie giving 42kg a day.

Averages: first quality cows to £950 (av £903); first quality heifers to £1280 (av £1027); second quality cows to £850 (av £765); second quality heifers to £880 (av £773). Bulling heifers to £325. (Bagshaws). &#42