One of the largest crowds seen at any dispersal this year descended on Beeston Castle Auction for the sale of the entire milking portion John Wynn’s Ashacres herd, together with Komet Holsteins, a small herd based on pure import bloodlines set up by its partners Phil Wynn and Graham Brindley.
Buyers travelled to acquire members of this high type herd which featured cows with great udders, durability and a herd average of 9390kg.
And with buyers present from Northern Ireland, Cumbria, Herefordshire and North and South Wales, it was the top priced lot that had to travel the furthest. Buying Kormet Jordan Roxy (VG87) for 4500gns was David and Mimi McClurg, county Down. A milking heifer by Roylane Jordan and bred from seven successive VG/EC cows, she traces back to the show winning Aitkenbrae Warden Roxy (Ex90).
Taking the next three top sellers was Richard Edwards Tilstock, Whitchurch. For 2900gns he bought Ashacres Esquimau Gwenda (VG88) due with her third calf in November to Jordan. At 2700gns the VG86 and 10,000kg heifer Ashacres Capri Patsy joins his herd and at 2300gns Ashacres James Jenny 2, another fresh second calver also made the journey. Two leading lots made their way to South Wales. Firstly Lloyd Thomas of Bancyfelin purchased Ashacres Shark Charm for 2200gns, while Komet Mtoto Roxy 3, a fresh fourth calver and dam of the top seller was purchased by an undisclosed buyer.
Calves also met a strong trade with the highlight being the October 2006 born Komet Shottle Jewel, who sold for 2700gns to an undisclosed buyer.
Averages: 104 cows and milking heifers £1444.96; 10 in-calf heifers £1201.20; 1 bull £1680 (Wright Manley).