5 June 1998

Shorthorn fan disperses herd

PAUL Houseman, one of the Shorthorn breeds more recent and

most enthusiastic supporters, was forced to disperse his Goldstraw herd due to family health problems.

The herd was moved from Pembrokeshire to Chelford for the sale which attracted several commercial black-and-white buyers to the ringside.

Top price of 1000gns was paid for the successful show cow Goldstraw Rosie Belle, an October 1991-bred daughter of Drisgol Super Blend which gave 6343kg in her fourth lactation. She is due this month to Goldstraw Count Roger (from the Orchardholme Countess family) and stays in Cheshire with Edward Crank, Chester.

Her daughter, the March calved heifer Rosie Belle 2nd, made 710gns. This Ashperton Lord Premier daughter was claimed by Tony Weaver of the Ridgwardine herd, Market Drayton. June calving heifers reached 780gns.

AVERAGES: 60 cows and heifers £441; 19 served heifers £497; 54 maiden heifers £296 and three young bulls £339. (Frank R Marshall and Co).