24 March 2000

Record price for calved heifer at Uttoxeter market

THE highest price paid for an entry at the monthly sale of pedigree black and white cattle was recorded at Uttoxeter last week when a calved heifer by Etazon Lord Lily made £835.

Airway Lily Rose was bred in the Nantwich, Cheshire herd of Richard Ratcliffe but had been bought as a calf by Norman Jackson, Tenbury Wells, Worcs. She had calved on March 1st and had a PIN of £88. Her dam, by Cleitus, had given over 11,000kg in her third lactation.

"She is a heifer with tremendous style and presence and deserved her top price which was £200 ahead of anything else," commented Bagshaws auctioneer Nick Hansen. Buyer was Malcolm Pearce who owns the Shelton herd.

Mr Hansen reported a better trade with more buyers around the ring – an indication that many dairy farmers were already looking ahead to the new milk year.

"But everyone is still being very selective. Cows can sell as well as heifers provided they are of the right quality and sound in the udder. Anything not up to the mark continues to be heavily discounted," said Mr Hansen.

Although the Uttoxeter sale, which drew an entry of 71 head, showed an improvement on recent months, the average was still only £435.

"But thats a genuine figure based on all sales of the best to the worst."

Another heifer, Sjonic Aladdin Polly 25th from Messrs Foster & Crabtree, Ashbourne, Derbys, realised £635. She had calved in January and was by a home-bred Mascot son and out of a Sunny Boy dam. Polly 25th had a PIN of £59 and was giving 28kg on the day. Buyer was Mr Cartmell, Stafford.

A consignment of cows from the Coventry-based Merriwell herd of Mr Briscoe reached £650 for a cow bred from a consistent 11,000kg cow family. She was giving 45kg on the day and was bought by Mr Buxton, Barlaston, Staffs. (Bagshaws). &#42

At £200 clear of the rest of the days trade, this calved heifer set Uttoxeters ringside alight.