Mid month madness at Beeston

Trade for dairy cows continues to be strong with the mid month sale at Beeston Castle Auction, proving no exception to the rule.

The sale received a good entry of 128 head with several animals busting the £1100 mark.

Leading trade was a Holstein heifer from Messrs J C & D Hunter, Hertfordshire. Ashlyns Iron Marina is a daughter of Boss Iron, which calved at the end of February and was giving just short of 30kg and was snapped up for £1240 by Norman Tomkinson, Gnosall. The next heifer to take the stage was another tremendously milky heifer from Messrs J G & J E Kinsey, Chester. Gosvenor Principal Cyllene is a daughter of Crichel Principal and calved at the end of February, she was giving 28kg daily and purchased by Messrs E G Stokes & Partners, Newport.

Jim Barber consigned a real quality heifer, Parkley Jordan Raquel, a Roylane Jordan daughter that calved at the end of February giving 32kg per day. J W Gleave secured her at £1140 for his Middlewich based herd.

Alan Outram had his usual high quality consignment forward with the top realising at £1120. Messrs R J & D J Clement purchased her for their Norton based herd.

In-calf heifers sold to £1000 three times, with the first coming from G P Willis who consigned a massive heifer, in-calf to the Shorthorn and purchased by a local buyer. The next heifer in the ring to realise the same amount was Ashlyns Jackson Dianthus from Messrs Hunter and again secured by a local buyer. The same consigner again secured the same price for Ashlyns Tatum Jane a daughter of Cogent Tatum.

Mr D G Stephenson had a good group of heifers on offer, with the best selling to £900.

A super group of calves were forward from Messrs H Woodward & Son and topping the trade were Picston Shottle daughters which sold to £310.