Beeston Castle dairy sale back with a bang

There was no problem cashing-in good and milky cattle when this week’s mid-month sale of dairy stock resumed it’s regular fixture at Beeston Castle, Cheshire where 156 cows and heifers averaged £1092 – but despite the feel-good factor returning to the dairy sector, buyers remained choosey.

“It was good to get back in the rostrum and the sale was certainly lively but buyers were not throwing money around for cattle that weren’t likely to start giving them a quick return,” commented auctioneer Clive Norbury.

The top call of 1800gns came from R and D Clemens, Stoke-on-Trent for the July 2003-bred Lodgebank Vince Matty 147th from A Outram, Bury, Lancashire. She is by Sir Vaneta’s Vince and out of a 9900kg dam.

Fellow Lancashire vendors I and J Deacon, Leyland, Preston earned 1750gns for a second calver giving 35kg on the day. Buyers were J and C Bayley, Nuneaton who took several of the higher priced lots. Among their other purchases was Clayford Igniter Dairygirl 56th – a fresh third calver from J and J Hughes, Crewe taken at 1700gns.

Messrs Clemens were in again at 1740gns to secure Knottside Honeysuckle 3rd which was also consigned by Mr Outram. This December 2004-bred heifer was sold fresh and is by Henu Mas.

Stoke-on-Trent buyers G A Hargreaves and Son gave 1700gns for Marshview Terminator Roma, a freshly calved heifer by Airone Slocum Terminator and offered by Ivygrove Holsteins, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

The dispersal of the non-recorded Holstein herd for Mr and Mrs Aled Owen, Wrexham produced two top calls of 1240gns from J G Williams and J C Hughes, Ellesmere.

Averages: 156 cows and heifers £1092 and 30 recently served and empty heifers £668. (Wright Manley).