The 17th annual Holsworthy Dairy Evening held at Holsworthy Livestock Market on Thursday 4 November 2010 saw a prize fund of £4100. A quality entry of dairy cattle from across the South West met a large attendance of Dairy Farmers and saw a lively trade particularly for the prize winning cattle.
Taking the top bid of the evening was the Overall Reserve Champion and first prize heifer Scraesdon Shottle Ivy 8, fromTreginegar Dairy Farm of Padstow, Cornwall at £2600 to Derek Parsons and family from the Cornish “Ottervale” pedigree herd at Camelford.
The overall championship went to the winner of the cow class with Messrs T N Morrow and Partners of the Maymor herd at Ladock near Truro taking top honours with Maymor Precious 73. This cow also won the Robin Brimacombe cup for the best homebred cow and went onto top the prices in the cow class selling at £2400 to Messrs PA and CM Rogers of the Lancombe herd, of Ashprington near Totnes in South Devon.
The homebred heifer title was awarded to the second prize heifer from David Norman of the Ciderhouse herd from Sherborne Dorset for Ciderhouse Wildman Fleur that sold at £2150 to Mr Andrew Brimacombe of the Orono herd of Beaworthy.
Philip and Anne Jose of the Hollafrench herd from North Tamerton, Holsworthy, had a fantastic evening that included winning second prize in the cow in milk class with Hollafrench TG Jasmine 5 VG85, selling at £1900 to Messrs PA and CM Rogers. Also winning the best udder in the show with their third prize winning cow in milk Hollafrench Dream, which sold to Graham and Lloyd Duke of Launceston.
Completing their evening, heifer Hollafrench Baxter Sally 7 sold at £2300 also to Messrs PA and CM Rogers. Philip and Anne’s consignment of cattle averaged close on £2000.
Highest PLI animal in the show was won by Maxworthy Jordette Eclipse sold on behalf of Messrs J J Uglow and Son of the Maxworthy herd of Whitstone at £1800 to Mr Malcom Gribble of Lifton.
The sale saw an overall average of £1612 with heifers averaging £1618 and cows £1600. Mark Bromell, Kivells Partner and senior Dairy Auctioneer commented “Holsworthy Dairy Evening displayed the high quality of dairy cattle produced by our skilled South West Dairy Breeders and Farmers and it is encouraging to see purchasers willing to invest in quality genetics to enhance and progress their own dairy herds. The dedication and commitment of dairy farmers to continue to invest is a positive sign for the future of South West Dairying.”