BY JEREMY HUNT
Good silaging weather kept potential buyers away from the ringside producing a rather patchy trade at the latest Milk Focus sale organised by the Western Holstein Club at Beeston Castle in Cheshire where 47 cows and milking heifers sold to a top price of 3,500gns.
The leading bid came for Preston, Lancashire vendors George Sanderson and family’s Sandley Present 91st. She had been scored just prior to the sale and achieved VG87 2yr. She stood champion on the day under judge Izzy Whittaker and is the third successive generation from this cow family to win the championship at the club’s sale. Out of a Braedale Pagewire dam and by the Sanderson’s successful stock bull Woodmarsh Merchant – a Shottle son – she goes to Terry Parkin for his Barnard herd based at Barnard Castle, Co Durham.
The reserve championship went to Neatishall Damion Marie 4th consigned by Enchanted Holsteins of Elswick, Preston. This Erbacres Damion calved heifer is out of a Dixie-Lee Aaron dam that gave over 13,000 litres with her fourth calf. She heads north to Scotland with an undisclosed buyer at 2,650gns.The same purchaser also secured the day’s third top priced heifer giving 2200gns for Sandley Dorothy 21st, another daughter of Woodmarsh Merchant.
Cheshire vendors R and P Barnett realised 2120gns for Grosvenor H Loader Lenora 2nd. Claimed by Livestock Supplies Ltd, this freshly calved heifer is out of a Netherside Dynamo cow with a best of 11,300 litres.
D and E Monk, Ormskirk, Lancashire sold Bannistree Queen 189th to an undisclosed buyer at 2,050gns. This Gillette Final Cut June-calved heifer has a sire stack including Integrity and Rotate Jed.
Averages: six cows £1688; 39 calved heifers £1871.