17 April 1997

Trade proves strong as Holsteins top 1000gns

By Jeremy Hunt

TRADE was sharp for the best cattle on offer at the dispersal of the Kernick herd – but there was an encouraging demand for stock in the middle and lower sections.

Dairy farmers had travelled from as far away as Sussex to compete with local bidders at St Wenn, Bodmin, Cornwall, when W J Thomas offered 373 milk recorded pedigree British Holsteins.

An average price of £934 for 212 cows indicates the strength of the trade which produced 28 animals at 1000gns and over.

Leading bid came from P Hodge, Wadebridge, Cornwall, for Kernick Dombinator Plumb, an October calved heifer out of a Hanoverhill Lincoln dam and giving 33kg a day. She was sold served to Fatal.

Her heifer calf by Havep Marconi with a PIN value of +£84 realised 450gns to Edwin White who runs the Rekbar herd at Wells, Somerset. He claimed a number of heifer calves in the sale.

The in-calf heifer Kernick Bellwood Christeen, by Maizefield Bellwood and out of a Hanoverhill Design dam, went to Gerald Ley for his well-known Thuborough herd in north Devon. This heifer had a PIN value of +£73 and was due in July to Gibbon.

New bloodlines being established in the Tregothnan herd of Boscawen Farm Partners, Truro, Cornwall, saw them active throughout the sale, competing strongly for some of the best cattle on offer.

The herd secured six of the highest priced cattle including Kernick Supreme Greta 3rd, a Startmore Supreme third calver with a best of 8482kg taken at 1220gns. She calved in January and was giving 53kg on the day.

Among those competing for the cream of the herd was D A Parkhouse, Gorran, St Austell, whose highest call was 1200gns for the newly calved heifer Kernick Showboy Verity. Sired by A Strickler Showboy and out of a cow by Tangamats AP President, she was served last month to Fatal and was giving 45kg after her early January calving.

Another bound for Mr Parkhouses Helemanor herd was Kernick ATL Ada, an 8064kg Townson Lindy daughter, fresh with her second. Price was 1150gns.

Calves met a good trade selling to 700gns for a much-fancied Fatal daughter with a PIN value of +£85. The calf, which was bought by P Creed, Martock, Somerset, was bred from the herds Queen Madge family which was one of the most popular bloodlines of the day. The calfs dam, the heifer Kernick Aerostar Queen Madge, realised 1050gns to Mr Parkhouse.

AVERAGES: 212 cows £934; 35 served heifers £758 and 36 yearling heifers £478. (Norton and Brooksbank with Kittows) &#42