Barlees dairy dispersal tops 5,000gns

The dispersal sale of the Barlees pedigree herd of Holsteins on behalf of Donaldson Partners, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, saw fervent bidding, with trade topping 5,000gns.

Overall 27 animals made 2,000gns or more and the 171 animals averaged over £1,460/head.

Auctioneer Tom Brooksbank said the sale proved there was still confidence within the industry despite its “shaky foundations”.

He added: “It is a great tribute to the breeding skills of the Donaldson family and an important demonstration of the merits of quality pedigree breeding, even in difficult times for the dairy industry.”

The day’s top price of 5,000gs was paid by Andrew Lawrie of the Grangehall herd, Lanark, for Barlees Marie. This Shottle daughter is out of the well-known show cow Denmire Gibson Marie 22 that sold for 18,000gs in the 2008 Smiddiehill dispersal.

Her sixteen-month-old daughter by Gen-I-Beq Lavaman, which boasted a PLI of +£342, was also the subject of keen bidding, with the hammer falling at 4,200gs to Robert and Elaine Butterfield of the Ingleview herd.

An undisclosed Welsh buyer gave 3,700gs for the two-year-old Holmland Windbrook Lila Z VG87. Also joining her on the lorry back to Wales at 3,000gs was Huddlesford Golden Laurie ET (VG-87), due this month with her third calf to McCutchen.

Her oldest daughter by Foxberry JS McFly also headed to South Wales with Roosta Holsteins, Carmarthen, for 3,300gns.

Barlees Gem 6 ET (VG-88) made 3,200gs to an undisclosed buyer from the Midlands. Midlands buyer.

Making 3,000gns was the much-admired Barlees Miss America 15 (Ex-91), who joined the local Bickleygate herd of Paul and Mark Day.

Leicestershire buyers Brian Sercombe and Alan Smith took home 29 and 16 cows respectively for their Foresthill and Bumblebeehall herds.

Youngstock sold exceptionally well,  with the heifer calves at foot averaging over £900. Top priced calf at 1,750gs was Barlees Erland 3, a nine-month-old daughter of Larcrest Cancun out of an excellent Deehaven bred cow. Successful bidder was Metcalfe Farms, Leyburn for their Washfold herd.