A new Jersey breed record of £11,000 was set at the first Red Ribbon dairy sale at UK Dairy Day this week (16 September), where prices topped at £20,000 for a Holstein from the Sterndale prefix.
Overall 15 animals sold through the ring to average £6,048.
The star lot was Sterndale Atwood Noel VG89 consigned by WJ Nadin and Co from Derbyshire. This senior three-year-old cow is sired by Maple-Downs-I-G W Atwood and is out of Sterndale Advent Noel Red VG89, by KHW Kite Advent Red. She won the All Britain senior heifer in milk in 2014, fresh from winning the junior two-year-old class and the reserve intermediate championship at the UK Dairy Expo. Noel was one of the favourites to at this year’s UK Dairy Day and she did not disappoint, placing second in the senior three- year-old class and winning honourable mention senior champion. She was purchased by Elite Street Genetics, Co Cork, Ireland.
Smashing the previous Jersey breed record of 8,500gns was Bluegrass Vindications Harp, from James Doherty and Stephanie Whittaker, Weston Under Redcastle, Shropshire. She was unbeaten in the show ring and won grand champion at UK Dairy Expo earlier in the year. Sired by Vindication, she is bred from an EX92 Duncan Barber cow, which produced almost 11,000kgs as a seven year old. The successful bidders were the Fleming Family from the Potterswalls herd, Northern Ireland.
One of the most anticipated lots was Mikali Seaver D Erle, owned by the Wright family from Kendal, Cumbria. Erle stormed to victory at the Great Yorkshire show in July. Her Doorman daughter attracted much interest and sold for £11,500 in a two-way split to RD Fleming, Lockerbie, and the Roan Family, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire.
The Ayrshire heifer Glenwood Dreamer Irene, consigned by Sam Wadsworth, Lisburn, sold for £6,800 to Creech Hill Partnership, Somerset. Sired by Nexus Dreamer she is bred from an excellent classified Ravenhill Snowfire dam, which gave almost 10,000kgs as a two-year-old.
Matthew Isles and Absolute Genetics sold Sunnybanks Absolute Adeen for £5,000 to P and R Robinson Wood Hey Hall, Cheshire. Adeen is sired by Windbrook and bred from Absolute Goldwyn Adeen, who was placed second in the junior two-year-old class at the Great Yorkshire Show in July. The dam is a full sister to Holmland Goldwyn Adeen, which topped the Holmland dispersal at 15,000gns.
At the same money was Wyndford Brokaw Erle consigned by Wilfred Maddocks, Chadwell Grange, Shropshire. Sired by Atwood Brokaw her dam Wyndford Goldwyn Erle was twice reserve grand champion at the Royal Welsh and twice Reserve All Britain. She was purchased by an undisclosed buyer from Holland.
(Harrison and Hetherington).