Caddington Holstein dispersal tops 2300gns

From Cumbria to Kent, prospective buyers gathered at Beeston Castle Auction for the sale of the entire milking portion of Bedfordhsire-based Gary Spiers’ Caddington Herd of pedigree Holsteins, which saw prices top 2300gns.

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The sale followed the decision to temporarily stop milking which will enable him to carry out necessary alterations to the buildings and to install a new slurry system on the farm.

Topping the day at 2300gns was Caddington Integrity Pearlette 44 (VG88), a daughter of Robthom Integrity giving 31.5kg having calved her second calf in July. Taking her and a further 100 other lots was Johnathan Fisher, Edenhall, Penrith, for restocking following foot-and-mouth in 2002.

Next in the price list was the milking heifer Caddington Outside Lead 15 who calved last September and was still giving 34.8kg a day. She sold to A and L Greenwood, Shotwick, Chester.Selling at 1850gns was the fresh heifer Caddington Maddie Lucy, a daughter of Hayleys Madeira, purchased by D H Willes and Partners, Clitteroe.

At 1820gns the January calved heifer Pinebreck PT Pride sold to T M Paton and Son, Milton Keynes.

In-calf Heifers sold to 1560gns for the Silky Gibson sired Caddington Gibson Janrose 92 also selling to Messrs Willes.

Averages:147 cows and milking heifers £1275.50; 5 in-calf heifers £1402.80 (Wright Manley).