The Western Holstein Club’s Focus Milk Sale at Beeston Castle Auction attracted an entry of just 30 cattle for its May Show and Sale but what a trade the vendors had for their animals which would be not bettered at no other sale anywhere.

A small entry of 30 cattle at the Western Holstein Club’s Focus Milk Sale at Beeston sold to a strong trade.

Topping the sale at 3,700gns was the day’s champion Galastar Carlton Bluestone, from the herd of Ian and Philomena Scarisbrick of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire.

The champion was an outstanding second calver, which scored GP83 as a heifer and gave just over 8,000 kg in her first lactation. She is a daughter of Gillette Carlton and had four Ex/VG dams behind her. She was sold giving 48kg daily, with the hammer eventually being knocked down to Alan Smith, who purchased a total of eight cows and heifers for his Bumblebee Herd at Hinckley, Leicestershire.

In reserve judge David Green of Northwich selected Monlea Pagewire Arethusa, a fresh heifer from Monneley Farm Partners of Barthomley, Crewe.

But the champion was the star amongst a mediocre show, with not that many really good individuals, which is unusual for this sale. However, trade was great from start to finish with a good ring of buyers competing well.

The next top seller and the leading heifer was Bidlea Mellow Tory from Ray Brown and Partners, Holmes Chapel, a daughter of Feizor Mellow with seven VG/EX dams from the Wilsondale Triuna line. She sold giving 39.6 kg for 2,350gns to Alan Smith.

The next top seller was Hendy Future Nanw, a daughter of Duckett-Sa Shot Future from Aled Jones, Caernarfon, which sold giving 42kg daily to Rob Darlington of Hurleston, Nantwich. A further seven animals sold for bids at either 2,150gns or 2,100gns including the Reserve Champion, a lovely daughter of Pagewire, which sold to the Elanbee Herd of MT and JE Hassall and Sons, Tarporley.

Eight Cows (inc 1 heifer calf at £472.50) £2,342.81; 21 calved heifers £2,021.50; 29 HEAD £2,110.13.