The top price of 8000gns at the Western Holstein Club’s show and sale at Beeston Castle reflected the calibre of cattle put through the ring at this regular event but while the day included no shortage of bids over £2000, there was less of a “buzz” among the buyers and it left the average about £300 down on the previous month.
This “blip” in a dairy trade more used to being in overdrive isn’t being regarded as ominous, but clearly reflects an underlying uneasiness. Auctioneer Clive Norbury was objective about the trade: “The milk price is still an issue with producers and spring grass is tight on a lot of farms. Demand around the ring wasn’t just as lively.”
There was certainly plenty of milk behind the top priced heifer Burlane Talent Roy Tracy from T and C Powell’s herd at
She is out of a
Stalwart supporter Ray Brown from Holmes Chapel went home with 3100gns from the sale of Bidlea Scooby Tagasling. From seven generations of VG and Ex cows, she’s from this herd’s noted Tagasling family. Her dam, by Knowlesmere Papoose Integrity, peaked at 11,800kg from her first three notes and her grand-dam achieved eight lactations reaching a best of 13,943kg. The Scooby heifer also goes to south
Ryisle Pledge Margaret 135th from the Isles family at Greenhalgh near
More good fortune came the way of Ray Brown with a 2300gns call from H Tinker and Son,
Best for the Hully herd from Whitchurch,
Averages: four cows £1651 and 74 heifers £2013.