Strong demand at dairy dispersal

Crowds gathered from as far as Lancashire and Staffordshire for the dispersal of David and Rosemary Fox’s first class Alvinstone herd near York.


Being in the Bluetongue surveillance zone meant trade was less buoyant on the better milking cattle. However, young stock saw great trade with 25 individuals making over 1500gns.


Topping the sale was the Belgian Blue stock bull, Ridge Dean Acajou, making 3700gns to Messrs H Garside and Son, Huddersfield. Acajou is by the top rated Hazelwood Freshman, having excellent EBV and calving ease figures.


Cows peaked at 2200gns for a daughter of Guided-Path Tomahawk, Alvintone Tomahawk Frances. The third calved cow was two months fresh and giving 49.5kg having completed 11,230kg in 305 days with her second calf. Peter Stone, Staffordshire was the buyer, going on to purchase some of the best milking cattle and maiden heifers.


Regulars to dairy sales in Yorkshire, Messrs J Liversidge, Wilberfoss, secured Alvintone Ford Sylvesty, a four week calved heifer giving 33kg for 2020gns. Messrs R Wood and Co, Stillington purchased the top priced in-calf heifer, Alvinstone Hanno Crocus at 2050gns.


Major buyers, Messrs W J Fox and Sons, Sheffield purchased 13 cattle including Alvinstone Aaron Seagull at 2000gns. Producing 11,100kg as a heifer, she was two week calved giving over 40kg.


Heifers with calves at foot saw strong demand averaging £542 and peaking at 900gns for an 11 month old Stardale Roberto. Maiden heifers peaked at 1050 gns for a 15 month old daughter of Beverlake London.


106 cows and calved heifers averaged £1215; 20 served heifers averaged £1547; 41 maiden heifers averaged £855.