26 June 1998

Premium for top Lancs HFs

By Jeremy Hunt

A MID-SUMMER lift in dairy-stock prices was driven by a good show of quality cattle and buyers determination to pay a premium for the best when 32 head averaged £1099 at Lancaster.

And this sale, the 503rd for the Lancashire and Adjacent Counties Holstein Friesian Breeders Club, was a landmark in the clubs history. All future sales will take on new format after the appointment of a sales co-ordinator.

Club president, David Tomlinson, who runs the Bilsrow herd near Preston, judged the pre-sale show but used the occasion to announce the new plans: "The appointment of a sales co-ordinator will enable the club to improve liaison between vendors and buyers and achieve an even better selection of stock for our regular sales," he said.

Preston-based Claire Bound, well known in the black-and-whites YMA movement, takes up the new post. And this was the last sale where catalogues will be sent out to the existing mailing list of customers.

"In future we will be advertising the sales in more detail in the farming press and providing relevant information of the cattle on offer; catalogues will be available on request and on sale day," added Mr Tomlinson.

Norton and Brooksbank will remain official auctioneers in conjunction with Lancaster Auction Mart. Mr Tomlinson awarded top honours to Derek Cornthwaites Garsby Hokes Pandora. The 90-cow Garsby herd from Garstang, Lancs has a ruck of heifers by Etazon Hokes but the champion was the first to calve.

Herdsman John Unsworth, who piloted her to the championship, said herdmates at home looked equally stylish. Pandora is out of a young 9091kg daughter of Weeton Star Matt. She generated the days strongest competition and made 1750gns to T A and E Jackson, Dumfries.

Blackburn farmer A G Harrison was pulled into reserve place with the third calver Primlowe Starbuck Ethel, a VG-89-3yr entry with impressive performances of 10,400kg and 11,703kg in her first two lactations. She was unsold.

The Dennison family from Ulverston, Cumbria, lifted the heifer pairs title with Aurora Astre Edith and Waterski Black Liza 4th. The Aurora heifer, a smart sort out of an A Rolling-Lawns Gabriel cow, made 1700gns to F Talbot and Co, Ribchester, Lancs. Her partner, by Huddlesford Jet Black, made 1650gns to Messrs Jackson.

A consistent string of leading prices came for heifers from the Pennine herd of staunch supporters Drinkall Bros, Lancaster. Heifers by Pittendreich Baron and MMB Tennessee made 1100gns, 1250gns and 1100gns. &#42

Judge David Tomlinson (left) with herdsman John Unsworth and the Lancaster champion that made 1750gns.