Last week’s two day dispersal sale of the Mossrigg herd for Jonathan and Joanne Fisher at Dolphenby Hall, Penrith, saw 560 head of well bred Holsteins go under the hammer, with a huge crowd of buyers eager to take home some of the best bred lots.
Leading the fixture with a bid of 4700gns was Mossrigg Rox Snowdrift, a heifer from three generations of EX or VG dams. Sired by Holmland Rory this VG86 classified first calved heifer is due in September with her second to Lynncrest Zebra.She is out of Mossrigg FBI Snowdrift, a Gillette Brilea daughter and gave 4666kg in the first 155 days of her heifer lactation. Taking this one home was Duncan Horsley, Penrith.
Second best of the day was a 4100gns bid for Mossrigg Shottle IG Beautexus, a September 2008-born first calver by Picston Shottle out of Mossrigg Igniter Beautexus, a Summershade Igniter daughter. Sold having given 3457kg since calving on 16 January, she was AI’d to Gillette Jordan in March and was snapped up by Andrew Wilson, Cupar, Fife.Close behind that at 4000gns was another Shottle sired first calver, Mossrigg Shottle Sweety. This April 2008-born heifer is out of Caereinion Jordan Charity, a Roylane Jordan daughter with two 8000kg plus milkings in her first three lactations. Sweety herself was sold having given 6826 in 235 days of her heifer lactation and was AI’d in November to Lynncrest Zebra. She sold to Gerry Odonnell, Enneskillen.
At 3900gns was the best of the second calvers, Mossrigg Shottle Wonder. This Picston Shottle daughter is out of Mossrigg Billy Wonder, a Bilsrow Valentino daughter. Calved in February this one gave 8856kg in her first lactation and was AI’d in April to Comestar Lauthority. She sold to Richard and Sue Armstrong, Great Salkeld, Penrith.
A pair then sold for just 100gns less at 38000gns. First to take this bid was Mossrig Atlas Adorn, a first calved heifer by MD-Delight Durham Atlas. She calved her first in September and is out of Mossrig Gelpro Adorn, a Gelpro PI daughter. Classified VG86, she gave 6176kg in the first 211 days of her heifer lactation and sold in-calf to Gillette Jordan and headed home with John Stewart, Portaferry, Co Down.The other transaction at this price was for Mossrigg Shottle Breeze, another by Shottle and this time a second calver. She is out of Mossrigg Geno Breeze, a Be-Ware Juror Geno daughter. This VG87 cow gave more than 9600kg in her first lactation and was sold in-calf to Comestar Lauthority, having been AI’d in December. Buying this one was J R McKay and Son, Sorbie, Newton Stewart.
Following that at 3700gns was Mossrigg Freeman Pearlette, a second calver by Braedale Freeman. Calved in December this VG86 classified cow is out of Mossrigg Morty Pearlette, a Stouder Morty daughter and gave 9256 in her first. Sold having been AI’d to Ked Outside Jeeves she was taken by J R Morse, Carmarthen.A brace of 3500gns bids came next, with the first made for first calver Mossrigg Red Skylark, a Fradon Jet-Red daughter classified GP84.
Out of Mossrigg Cyclone Skylark, a Whispering Spring Cyclone daughter she gave 4124kg in her first 147 days and was AI’d to Savard Red in March of this year. This one travelled to Northern Ireland with John Stewart.
Second to make this money was third calved cow Mossrigg FBI Snowdrift, dam of the sale’s top priced lot. This Gillette Brilea FBI daughter is out of Mossrigg Igniter Snowdrift, a Summershade Igniter daughter and is classified Ex92. Having given nearly 13,000kg in her second she sold having yielded 9347kg in 213 days of her third lactation and was knocked down to Messrs Fisher, Woodhouse, Penrith.
Averages; 192 cows in milk £1427, 84 heifers in milk £2022, 40 in-calf heifers £1684, 191 maiden heifers £1020, 69 heifer calves £730 (Harrison and Hetherington with Wright Manley).