After a lifetime of milking cows, David Harris decided to disperse his highly respected Ellerdine Herd of pedigree Jerseys. The Ellerdine Herd has been to the fore of the breed for many years and has bred many great individuals including the reigning Royal Show Champion, Ellerdine Lester Amberlight 2 owned by Smiddiehill Jerseys.
The top price of 2700gns was achieved for Ellerdine Midnight Crystal, a young dry cow sired by Giprat B Midnight Thunder bred from three generations of VG/Ex dams who was due in September to Family Hill Avery Signature. She was purchased in a three way split between specialist cattle fitters Cameron Baty and Steve McLaughlan and Liz Tomlinson of Bilsborrow, Preston.
Making the long trip to Devon was the second top seller Ellerdine Blazes Amberlight 2, a daughter of Valleystream Berettas Blaze another young dry cow due with her second calf. She has two VG dams with first dam being a full sister to this year’s Royal Show Champion and now joins Mark Davies’ herd at Tiverton for 2100gns.
He also purchased another Thunder daughter for 1350gns.
The third highest price was another member of the Amberlight family; Ellerdine Lords Amberlight 2 is a daughter of Ellerdine Lord and a maternal sister to the Royal Show Champion. She calved her third calf in January, was bred to Giprat Belles Connection and was purchased by Judith Waring of Beverley, East Yorkshire for 1900gns.
Two cows made 1450gns each; the first was Elledine Jasons Posy 4 who is milking with her third calf, is a daughter of Ellerdine Posys Jason and sold to Anne Marie Myatt of Whitegrove Farms of Blithbury, Staffordshire. The other was another Jason daughter, Ellerdine Jasons Idris who was milking with her second calf and sold to Richard Saxby of Coniston Cold, Nr.Skipton.
In-calf heifers sold to 1120gns for Ellerdine Jasons Rosalie 2. She is due at the end of the year to Signature and was purchased by Graham Wallace of Goostrey, Cheshire for his Grahmar Herd. The top price maiden heifer was Ellerdine Easton Amberlight bred from three VG dams; this 12 month old heifer by Just A Few Jude Easton sold to G A G Evans of Welshpool, Powys for 1450gns.
Other pics from sale…….
Averages: 104 Cows and milking heifers £1183.26 (including 39 heifer calves at £500.23);
27 served heifers £805.78; 15 Maiden Heifers £602.00; 1 bull £735.00 (Wright Manley).