Shorthorns to 3000gns at Chelford


Buyers were in “a selective mood” at the Dairy Shorthorn Society’s show and sale at Chelford, Cheshire this week where bidding reached 3000gns.


“There were some top quality cattle on offer but the ringside was in a selective mood,” said auctioneer Gwyn Williams.


There was keen competition for the choicest lots and it was the day’s reserve champion, the light roan calved heifer Dee Thorndale Queen 8th that led the bidding at 3000gns. By Oxton Lord Foggathorpe and out of a cow by Wenvoe Briar’s Masterman, she was consigned by D and E Price Jones, Overton-on-Dee, Chester and bought by Edward Crank, Chester to join his Earl’s Gift herd.


Mark and Lynn Davies’ roan cow Elkington Amber Princess 10th from their herd in Carmarthenshire collected the championship. By the leading Holstein sire Loughdale Rising Star Red she is out of the successful show cow Elkington Amber Princess 4th that was champion at the Royal Welsh 2004. Buyer at 2800gns was Rob Morgan.


Dee Pansy 11th, a red and white daughter of Cogent Retinue Red from A Wilkes, Leyburn, north Yorkshire made 2100gns to Paul Swindells, Buxton and the bid was matched by Ed Whittaker’s Dee Wild Queen 14th – also by the Cogent sire – and claimed by Robert Lockley, Winsford, Cheshire.


Averages: five cows in-milk £1986; seven heifers in-milk £1626; nine maiden heifers £588 and six grade-register heifers £1530.


(Frank Marshall).