Picture- taking the top bid – Starcross Lee Wendy VG86
The much-admired Starcross Jordan Guard Ex91, an August third calver with an impressive second note of 12,566kg, was expected to be among the day’s most expensive lots – and she was. This powerful young cow heads for Aberdeenshire with Ogilvie Smith at 4400gns. She earned £2369 during her last term through the parlour and had taken the reserve Holstein championship at Cheshire County Show this summer.
Having been moved by reports in the press about the trauma suffered by British soldiers injured in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Mr Beresford approached the Household Cavalry with the offer of donating the proceeds of one of the best cows in the sale to the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund.
The cow selected to help injured British soldiers returning from duty was Starcross Jordan Galante VG87. This January-calved heifer by Roylane Jordan out of a Stair JB Fron dam, traces back to French genetics that had been successfully imported into the herd. She had given just over 6000kg of milk since calving and was AI’d to Dolman in June. Bidders were generous for this worthy cause and the hammer fell at 4400gns. The heifer heads for Carlisle with buyers J A Martin.
Another good Jordan daughter stayed in Cheshire with Messrs Robinson, Nantwich at 4000gns. Starcross Jordan Peewit calved in March and was in-calf for January to Shottle. She’s out of a Merr Marathon dam with a best of 12,321kg.
The Clywedog herd added Starcross Dynasty Melody to their list at 3100gns.This Kelstein Dynasty fresh second calver gave 9456kg as a heifer. Also claimed for the north Wales herd were two smart daughters of Jordan and Outside. Starcross Jordan Doris VG86, an August second calver, is out of a Cousteau dam and realised 2800gns. Matching the bid was Starcross Outside Ebony, a third lactation cow that gave 9000kg as a heifer and topped 11,600kg with her second.
Another from the Peewit family – Starcross Shottle Peewit VG85 – went to Haverfordwest dairy farmer N A Jones at 2850gns. She’s out of a milky Juniper Park dam with four of her six lactations at well over 10,000kg.
Commenting after the sale, auctioneer Clive Norbury said “fresh milk” attracted the strongest trade. “The time of year certainly influenced buyers’ choices and in line with that the demand for youngstock was a little easier than we’ve been seeing of late.”
But Shropshire buyer J Lovegrove-Fielden was among the keenest youngstock buyers and paid 2200gns for the in-calf heifer Starcross Milkstar Melody 2nd on the second day of the sale. By Deslacs Milkstar and out of a Rudolph dam with three of its four lactations over 10,000kg, this heifer was AI’d in April to Overside Dictator.
Averages: 281 cows and milking heifers £1600 – including 72 heifer calves at £595; 48 in-calf heifers £1566 and 20 recently served heifers £1126; 85 maiden heifers £930. Total 434 head £1443. (Wright Manley).