Dalesend dispersal draws bumper crowd

By Jeremy Hunt

Messrs Ropner’s famous Dalesend Holstein herd was dispersed in front of massive crowd at Newton-le-Willows, near Leyburn, north Yorkshire. Over 100 buyers were recorded spanning 26 different counties from all over the UK. The Dalesend herd has been established for 60 years and has remained a major force in UK Holstein breeding.

Of the 300 lots there were 27 animals that made 3,000 guineas or more, but the top call came late in the day when 6,200gns was paid for a fabulous red calf by Fradon Jet Red, bred from the same family as Simon Davies’ exciting show cow of the same name. She was snapped up by Albert Innes-Smith from Ponteland for his Movistar herd. Four telephone bidders provided a flurry of bidding, but as always there was only one winner!

Several cattle head for Wales as several discerning Welsh breeders bid keenly – sometimes against themselves! Among these was Peter Jones of the heavy milking Parcgwyn herd in Monmouthshire, who purchased seven cattle including the top priced cow Dalesend Talent echo EX-91 for 4,600gns.She was the only animal catalogued with a genomic test. Her GTPI was 1,824 but her 91 points and 50 litres a day were major factors in her appeal to buyers. Her Mr Sam calf at foot made 2,100gns to D.H Ryder of the Rypark herd near Otley.

Young stock were a flying trade with 52 heifer calves averaging £1,268 and selling to a top of 2,800 guineas for a Talent daughter from the famous Maude family. Tony Hack of the Santamaria herd in West Wales was the successful telephone bidder. Her dam travels to North Wales to join Messrs Jones’ Puerto herd at 3,000gns.

An impressive group of 35 in-calf heifers averaged over £2,000 with a top price in the section of 3,200gns. This was for another Rosina, named Rosanna by Comestar Outside. She was carrying an embryo by Palermo out of Cogent Manat Scant EX-90 and was secured by Metcalfe Farms from Leyburn for their Washfold herd.

Maiden heifers sold well with Dalesend Drake Rena making  4,000 guineas to join Peter Miles and family’s Littlebridge herd near Northallerton.

Tribute was made to Farms Manager Bernard Liddle, the immediate past President of Holstein UK, who with his family and expert team at Newton Grange had put a large dispersal sale together in great style in just six weeks.


Averages: 152 cows £2566; 35 served heifers £2082 and 62 maiden heifers £1518. (Norton and Brooksbank with Harrison and Hetherington).