A record entry of 352 was forward at Beeston’s mid-month dairy sale, where trade was described as “tremendous” by auctioneers Wright Manley.
No fewer than 86 animals sold for £2,000 and more to achieve a 100% clearance rate.
Sale leader at £2,750 came from the Burnbrae herd of Jack and Barclay Taylor, Myddle, Shrewsbury. Their Shottle daughter Starward Shottle Peonie, a fresh heifer, sold giving 32kg to an undisclosed West Wales buyer.
Not far behind from the same home was a lovely red heifer, Burnbrae Twister Chris Red, by HS Twister. She sold giving 34kg to another west Wales buyer, Windsor Thomas of Carmarthen for £2,650.
Also from the Burnbrae herd was a very well bred Vaakje heifer, with nine generations of VG/EX dams behind it by Willow-Marsh CC Gabor. She sold for £2350 to D and HE Colclough and Sons of Hassall, Sandbach.
The Barclay’s also sold a cracking purebred Brown Swiss heifer by Red Brae Prelude Zeus for £2300 to Rob McColm of Stranraer.
Three heifers made £2450 each; the first was Flintstone Sam Cloe 2nd from RA and S Arnott of Kings Langley, Hertforshire selling to Richard Williams of Wrinehill, Crewe who also purchased Holbeck Jeeves Primrose 264th from EV and B Boughey and Son of Tarporley at the same figure. Also at £2,450 was Worthingtons Lorna 210th by a homebred bull, from S E and J Collier of Wigan which sold to Anthony Matthews of Whitchurch who also acquired Burlane Captain Trixie from Simon and Clare Powell of Shrewsbury for £2400.
The trade for cows was incredible. The top price in this section went again went to the Taylor’s with their Bixleypark Dewdrop 26th, a second calver by Regancrest Dolman giving 48kg selling to the Colclough’s for £2,600.
They also sold Stapleford Scooby Duu Nessina, another second calver giving 52kg daily for £2,500 to John Bayley, Nuneaton who also had a homebred second calf Damion from the same home at £2,400.
The Scarisbrick family of Galastar Holsteins, of Goostrey, Holmes Chapel also had a great day topping their consignment of cows at £2,450 for a Gillette Carlton second calver and £2400 for a Drake both going to West Wales to two different purchasers.
Coloured breed animals topped at £2300 for the Brown Swiss that has already been mentioned but a very smart Swedish Red cross Montbeliarde heifer from BW & J Robinson & Son of Kirkham, Preston sold for £1900 and a Shorthorn heifer from OC Whittaker & Son of Knutsford selling for £1750. Rob Morgan’s third calf Brown Swiss cows sold up to £1600. Jersey crosses sold to £1180.
A much smaller entry of in-calf heifers, most of which were lying off into the New Year sold on a decent but not startling trade. Top price was £1,550 for an unregistered heifer B and C Lampard of Nuneaton with another selling at £1.400. A pedigree heifer by Rossett Golden Boy from SJL Roberts, Telford sold for £1,480 and a Lavanguard heifer from F Pass & Sons, Nantwich sold for £1460. Lying off heifers were generally in the £1250 to £1300 region.
Again a seasonal small entry with the major being ES Cole and Sons of Norfolk consigning a lovely group of maidens from their Winfarthing Herd which sold up to £1000 for an 11 month old daughter of Goldfish.
A good entry of 35 heifer calves sold well particularly for the best and reached £500 twice for September born calves by Cervie Allemar and Golden Oaks Alexander, both consigned by Tollemache Farms of Peckforton, Tarporley.
There were six beef bulls entered of which five found new homes. They sold to £2300 for an 18 month Simmental from Simon and Clare Powell of Shrewsbury with another Simmental from S Keen of Sheffield selling to for £2000. A Limousin from Alan Baldwin, Nantwich sold for £1,900.
154 Cows £1606.95; 198 Calved Heifers £1769.80; 63 Served Heifers £1218.57; 30 maiden heifers £706.33; 35 heifer calves £334.29. five bulls, £1760.00