5 March 1999

Border trade buoyant as fifth-calver takes crown

By Jeremy Hunt

TRADE was buoyant at the Border Counties Holstein Friesian Breeders Club sale despite the imminent quota year end and the increased entry of freshly-calved heifers.

The event at Carlisle last week saw 50 heifers average £807.

"Its too late in the year for most producers to have any real effect on milk in the tank so this average was acceptable considering we had more newly-calved cattle to sell," said auctioneer Edward Brown.

Several new faces were parading cattle in front of judge Philip Oliver, who is herd manager of E Moffit and Sons 170-cow herd at Peepy Farm, Stocksfield, Northum- berland. The herd is now achieving a 9000kg average from twice-a-day milking.

Mr Oliver favoured one of the oldest cows in the sale yard for the championship – the fifth calver Almondene Moya 126th from F R Lawson and Sons herd at Preston, Lancs.

By Joylan Transit and out of a Tullithwaite Albert eighth-lactation dam, her best performance so far was with her third calf which produced 6890kg at 4.15% butterfat and 3.15% protein.

"A tremendous example of a hard-wearing cow who is holding herself together very well. And what a lovely udder for a fifth calver," said Mr Oliver. Moya 126th made 800gns to G W and M J Henderson, Annan, Dumfries.

Paul Harrison for K Harrison and Partners, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Newcastle-on-Tyne piloted the calved heifer Chishillways Minnie 44th into reserve spot. By Keepholm Star Nathan and out of a cow by Hanoverhill Logic, she is bred from one of the Harrisons show-winning families in their 80-cow herd. Buyers at 880gns were J &#42 and A Wilson and Son, Carlisle.

But the sales top price of 1400gns came for Denmire Mason Thistle 7th from the Dennison family at Ulverston, Cumbria. She stood fourth in her class but ringsiders had her marked for her milky pedigree. Shes bred from three generations of VG cows, all over 12,500kg. Her dam, by Prelude, gave 12,600kg.

Thistle 7th, by Shoremar Mason, left the mart with Cumbrian dairy farmers J G Wilson and Son, Egremont.

Milky heifers with predominantly Holstein breeding met the best reception. Typical was Cockermouth farmer David Robinsons Kellywell Jogger Verbena, a freshly calved heifer out of a Pinehurst Esprit dam with a best of almost 12,000kg in 323 days. Buyers at 1350gns were A and C Robertson, Rothesay, Bute.

The five bulls averaged £919. Leading call came for the fourth prize winner Criffelhill Leader from L Brough and Sons herd at Cockermouth. This 18-month son of Comestar Leader realised 1200gns to G R Park and Sons, Kendal.

Averages: 11 cows £769; 50 heifers £807 and five bulls £919. (Harrison and Hetherington) &#42

Quality cows bolster average

QUALITY was high among the cows at the North Western Holstein Friesian Breeders Club fixture at Crewe and this was reflected in the average of £767 which matched the heifers.

"Overall quality was reasonably good but there wasnt the number of outstanding heifers we usually see at Crewe," said Wright- Manley auctioneer Clive Norbury.

There were 138 cattle entered which achieved an overall average of £766 for 131 sold. The days judge, Cynthia Hall well known for the Horwood herd in Bucks, found her champion in C Warhurst and Sons calved heifer Ewefields Chas Polly from Leamington Spa.

The dam of the champion is by Hanoverhill Lincoln and in five lactations had consistently reached 9000kg achieving a best of 9913kg. Chas Polly, by Boulet Charles, has a strong line back to Meadolake breeding and made the days second highest price of 1200gns. She heads for Neville Mortons herd in Co Armagh.

Standing reserve was the only entry from J V and J E Allens herd at Burton-on-Trent, Staffs. Leaventhorpe Skydome Rosie was the last heifer to be sold on the day but was well fancied by the crowd which took bidding to a peak of 1220gns. Buyer was Bromstead Hill Farm, Newport, Shropshire.

Cricket Linda Allah Cherry, from John &#42 Clay and Partner, Ellesmere, Shropshire, realised 980gns to Michael Davies, Droitwich, Worcs. And Ray Brown and Partners, stalwart supporters of the Crewe sales, saw their Bidlea Reiver Fayne 10th leave the ring with a 950gns price tag. Buyers were T Smith and Sons, Hinkley, Leics.

The same buyers also paid 920gns for Cheshire vendors T W Goldstraws Kingold Sundance Treasure and 900gns for Norfolk-based J E Alston (Uphall) Ltds Uphall Southwind Alexis.

Derbys farmer J M Robinsons Lambwell Agnes 36th, a Zielland Zebo daughter, realised 940gns to Messrs Shutt and Mansell, Newport, Shropshire. (Wright-Manley). &#42

Top price is paid for title winner

A HARTSIDE Jacko son from Omagh breeder Martin Conways Craigatoke herd collected the reserve championship title and made the top price at the Northern Ireland Limousin Clubs spring show and sale at Portadown.

The champion, Craigatoke Niceboy, made 3750gns but he was not the only high price from Mr Martins consignment which included another Jacko son at 3600gns.

Noted stockbreeder Jim Quail produced the days champion with a stylish son of the imported bull Guguss from his Lynderg herd at Banbridge, Co Down. Lynderg Newman made 3200gns.

The big crowd took several bulls to over 3000gns. A 3450gns bid secured Carmorn Norman, a bull from Co Antrim breeder Charles McAuley. Norman also took the reserve junior title.

&#42 and D McFarland saw a male entry from their Rahoney herd from Co Tyrone make 3400gns and a first prize-winning heifer by a home-bred sire topped the females at 1500gns. (Automart) &#42

Six top 1000gns at Holstein dispersal

SHROPSHIRE dairy farmer Richard Shaw dispersed his Broadoak herd of Holstein Friesians to a top price of 1380gns.

And it was the smart in-milk heifer Broadoak Victor Lady M 2nd, giving 23kg a day after an October calving and served by Paisley Knighthood, that attracted the top bid. By Hanoverhill Victor and out of a dam by Mil-Nor-II Dexter, she was claimed by John Allwood for his Allmead herd at Chester.

Six cattle made over 1000gns. Averages: 44 cows £641 and 13 in-milk heifers £789. (Wright-Manley). &#42

Pedigrees popular

TOP price was £840 when Elmwood College, Cupar, Fife, dispersed its pedigree Holstein Friesian herd last weekend.

This was paid for a second- calver by a home-bred son of Sunnyboy. There were two lots at £800 – a second-calver by Nordkap and a newly calved heifer by Etazon Hodges.

Averages: 66 cows in-milk and in-calf £435; 14 heifers in-calf £474; 15 maiden heifers £320 and 14 heifer calves £155. (United Auctions) &#42