In a week where some 3000 dairy cattle have gone under the hammer before the bluetongue vector-free period expires, vendors are understandably apprehensive about how many buyers would turn up to their sale.
But 57 buyers from all parts of the UK, including several that each came to the Granchester sale to fill a lorry ensured a strong trade throughout producing an average of nearly £1800. No less than 26 made 3000gns or more including seven over 4000gns.
It was late in the day when Grantchester James Nellie VG-86, lot 173 appeared. Pictured on the catalogue cover, this smart milking heifer, the 9th generation in a row to be VG or EX was still giving 34kg after 200 days and due again in May to the great Goldwyn.
Messrs C & S A Brassington & Son from Telford were in a determined mood buying four of the best cattle for their Cracking herd. They had to go to 6600gns to secure her. Earlier Wendy Brassington bid 4200gns to secure one of the best of the Heather family, by Silky Gibson (lot 120).
The Farrah family, now the largest in the herd were keenly sought after with the 28 ‘Farrah’ lots averaging £3,055.
Young stock were once again in tremendous demand with 51 calves at foot averaging £1,150 and selling to a top of 3600gns for the 11 week old Grantchester September Farrah 12 to Mr I McLean for his Priestland herd in Co Antrim N.I.
Braedale Goldwyn, the bull of the moment after his great progeny display last week at Smiddiehill, sired the yearling heifer Grantchester Goldwyn Farrah 7 (lot 26), selling for 4000gns to Tom Phillips for the Pedran herd in Pembrokeshire.
Served heifers met an excellent trade with a peak of 5100gns for the much admired red Talent daughter Grantchester Talent Liberty Red 2 ET, bred from 4 generations of Excellent cows and due in June.