Elite Holstein genetics balancing production, pedigree and type topped at 43,000gns at the dispersal sale of the Wiltor and Sahara herds of David and Claire Jones on Tuesday (23 April).
The on-farm sale, held near Magor, Monmouthshire, started with a bang when Wiltor Silver Centerpiece (VG89), sold to Nick and Louise Sercombe of the Shambles herd, Leicestershire.
This was the first of 34 lots to make more than 4,000gns on the day, as almost 90 buyers from across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands tried to secure high-index females.
Wiltor is by Seagull-Bay Silver and out of Larcrest Centerpiece. She yielded 10,186 litres as a heifer at 4.48% fat and 3.44% protein and has three Ex dams in her pedigree.
Only one cow and a handful of followers were not offered for sale, with the Jones family opting to sell the herd and diversify the farming business as a future business strategy.
Next best at 15,000gns was Rockset Integral Rae Red, bought as a yearling at the Rockset dispersal of Robert Hugo, Bodmin, Cornwall, last year. She had calved to Jordy Red and sold to the Eastford Holsteins Syndicate of South West Scotland.
She is by Blondin Integral and out of Rockset Artie Rae Red and is a maternal sister to the 14,000kg Rockset Alchemy Rae Red 2.
At 14,000gns was Wyndford Doorman Zandra 4 (PLI +£282), a Val-Bisson Doorman daughter out of Woodmarsh Jordan Zandra 4.
She had been served in September to Walnutlawn Sidekick and was sold to an undisclosed Northern Irish buyer.
Next at 11,500gns was Wiltor Silver Cosmopolitan (VG88), which sold to Oliver Williams of the Rosehip herd, Cambridgeshire.
She is a full sister to the trade topper and had nine daughters in the sale by Bacon-Hill Pety Modesty which averaged £4,000, the most expensive being a 7,000gns bid from local breeders AJ and LA Duthie, Langfordale herd.
Elsewhere, four lots made 8,000gns and more, three lots made 7,000gns or more and five lots made more than 6,000gns.
At 8,000gns was Sahara Outback Jamaica (PLI +£747), selling to Crossfell Holsteins, Penrith, Cumbria.
This February-born heifer is a maternal sister to Hayvalley Agronaut Jamaica (GPLI+£785), the number five genomic heifer in the UK.
Averages: 43 cows and calved heifers, £8,226; 12 served heifers, £4,786.25; 23 recently served and maiden heifers, £3,478.70; seven bulls, £1,965; 85 lots, £8,940; 16 Logan herd, £3,366.56; three Jones calves; £3,815 (Norton & Brooksbank)