11 June 1999

Black-and-white buyers get Golden Opportunity

THE Golden Opportunity sale lived up to its expectations last week when Holstein breeders snapped up 118 head of some of the most fashionably bred black-and- white young-stock to come on to the market this year.

A huge crowd converged on Ian Montgomerys farm at Albrighton, Staffs, to compete for the entire crop of 1998-bred heifer calves from his Smiddiehill herd as well as a bevy of top drawer heifers carrying the prefix of the Golden Calf Company owned by Bryan Challenor and Mark Gethin.

"It was a day of upbeat trading for world-class families with no shortage of buyers for the complete package of type, pedigree and index," said Mr Montgomery whose herd has won the Premier Breeder title at the NHS for the last two years.

There were 22 bids over 2000gns with the top of 7000gns coming from major buyers Groby Lodge Farm Estates. They took a total of nine of the choicest lots from both vendors to augment their new Ridgefield herd in Leicestershire.

Their heftiest investment was in Goldencalf Mandel Dara, a 1997-bred Mandel daughter and a grand-daughter of the famous Snow-N Denises Dellia. Dara has a PIN £89 and stood third All Britain Calf last year.

They also secured another gem in Goldencalf White Flower. This heifer, AId in March to Integrity, is a grand daughter of the world famous show cow Stookey Elmpark Blackrose and realised 4200gns

Smiddiehill achieved the days second highest bid when Kemble Farms of Cirencester claimed Smiddiehill Formation Stephie, a tall daughter of Shen-Val Formation and bred from seven generations of VG and EX cows.

She was sold AId to Etazon Celsius and is closely bred to the same family that produced Dombinator. At 5800gns she joins three others heading for the buyers Thameshead herd.

Groby Lodge was in again at 3800gns for Smiddiehill Luke Beanne (PIN £99), a served heifer out of the Supreme sired 13,400kg cow Terradee Supreme Bea Ann. She was AId to Shoremar James in March

Goldencalf Mandel Device, a yearling from the "D" family at the USA herd of Imperial Holsteins, made 5200gns to Hazel Killick, Much Wenlock while Anglesey herd owner R G Lloyd invested 3100gns in Smiddiehill Lord Lily Salamande (PIN £90) – a heifer out of a Valiant Rockie dam and AId to Ricecrest Lantz.

Averages/ Smiddiehill – seven served heifers £1780; 78 maiden heifers £893 and four bulls £840; Goldencalf – one served heifer £4200; 22 maiden heifers £2436 and six bulls £883. (Wright-Manley with Norton and Brooksbank). &#42

PI heifer tops on stormy day

A HERD average of almost 10,000kg from 202 well-bred cows and heifers, including two PI families, combined to draw a big crowd to Droitwich, Worcs, for the dispersal of Westwood Farm Partners Axa Holsteins.

The sale suffered from torrential ran, thunder storms and power cuts, but drew buyers countrywide who levelled the 196 milking stock at £607 and took prices to 1700gns.

The PI Roxy family generated the most interest and included the days top price when Leamington Spa bidder J L Critchley secured Axa Integrity Roxy for his Radbury herd. This heifer is half way through her first lactation having put 5295kg in the tank after 158 days.

Her dam, the Leadman-sired Topmark Luella Roxy, made 1220gns to join J R Steeples Cramar herd at Kettering, Northants. She is out of the 11,000gns show cow Aitkenbrae Warden Roxy (Ex).

Salas Dannix Roxy, a second calver out of Luella Roxy, made 1600gns to R &#42 and M E Oughton and Son for their Lowerye herd at Moreton in Marsh, Glos. She had a PIN of £84, gave 9800kg as a heifer and was predicted to top 11,000kg this time.

The highest yielding cow in the sale, the 14,800kg Stardom daughter Salas Janice 12th, entered the ring having given 63.6kg the day before. She made 1220gns for G O Few and Sons Chessgrove herd at Bromsgrove.

Although in-calf heifers have met a sticky reception at recent sales, today saw a marked uplift with 35 head averaging £609 boosted by eight bids over 700gns.

Section leader at 830gns was an Etazon Labelle daughter with a PIN of £108. The 34 maiden heifers averaged £351 and were sold to 600gns for one by Hill-A-Way Astor Granite. (Norton and Brooksbank). &#42

Heavy milkers are in demand

OVERSTOCKING on 20ha (50 acres) forced Cheshire dairy farmer John Tomlinson to sell the milking portion of his Actonfarm Holstein herd. And it proved that demand is still strong for deep pedigrees and heavy milking families.

The sale put 70 head on to the market – 25 heifers and 25 milking with either second or third calves – and included 20 with previous yields of 10-14,000kg.

The second calver Huddlesford Co AC Bel Stef (VG88) commanded most interest. This Blackstar daughter was imported from Holland and is bred from eight successive generations of EX or VG cows. She hails from the famous Sweet family and gave 7029kg as a heifer. Buyer at 2750gns was John Morley for his Crossbutts herd at Whitby, North Yorks.

North Wales dairy farmers &#42 P Davies and Son of Colwyn Bay staked a claim in a Blackstar x Counselor family taking a stylish heifer at 2300gns and her dam at 1000gns. The heifer was the freshly calved Actonfarm Black Dawn who joined her dam, the 10,900kg Actonfarm Counselor Dawn.

The Richaven herd of M A and R A Bown at Malvern made two 2000gns bids. The first secured the fifth lactation brood cow Mileoak Vanguard Beatexus 3rd whose best performance was 11,500kg at 3.98% fat and 3.22% protein. Averages 42 cows £901; 21 heifers £889; served heifers £714 and maiden heifers £609. (Wright-Manley). &#42

Shorthorn support

BOTH pure and blended Dairy Shorthorns found supporters at the breed societys summer fixture at Chelford, Cheshire, where prices reached 710gns for a heifer from noted Derbyshire breeders J Hole and Son.

Their blended Amber Princess Alida is by the American sire Horizon Ranger Red and out of a home-bred cow. She was freshly calved and bought by Cheshire Ayrshire breeder Marshall Barnett.

Another heifer by the Swedish Red bull Hulan and with a dash of American breeding made 680gns to O C Whittaker and Sons, Knutsford. But it was a 100% pure-bred entry that topped the cows for Co Durham breeders &#42 S Craig and Son. A second calver from their Newpark herd made 650gns to Derek Edgell, Altrincham.

Averages 21 cows £483, 35 heifers £467, seven maiden heifers £241. (Frank R Marshall and Co.) &#42