Vaakje heifer heads Beeston mid month sale at £2,750

The August edition of Wright Manley’s Mid Month Sale of pedigree and commercial dairy cattle attracted an entry of almost 400 head with a virtual clearance being achieved.

Trade was more than satisfactory in most sections and in the dairy ring there were over 30 animals selling for £2,000 or more, with a top of £2,750.


 The ring was much busier with many more people present than had been at the last two sales and several new customers were very active. Trade for heifers was very similar with averages being little different to last month. However cow trade was hard work except for the best and averages were down reflecting the quality forward.

The day’s top price of £2,750 went to Jack and Barclay Taylor of Myddle, Shrewsbury, for their homebred heifer Burnbrae Sam Vaakje, a daughter of Mr. Sam bred from 10 generations of Excellent cows from the Stardale Vaakje family.

The purchaser was John Williamson of Nantwich. The Taylors had several of the leading prices and also sold at £2,400 for Burnbrae Classic Snowboots to Richard Taylor of Church Eaton, Stafford, and at £2,350 for the red and white Burnbrae Twister Patricia Red. She went to D and HE Colclough and Son of Hassall, Sandbach with others at £2,280.

The Colclough’s were very active at the top end of the market also purchasing Tarporley Rudolph Actress at £2,450, the second highest priced heifer, from EV and Boughey and Son of Tarporley, Lachstone Ellrod Kindle by UFM Dubs Ellrod from J & TJN Platt of Lach Dennis, Northwich for £2,350, and Wigland Gerard Portia from J Bowden and Co., Malpas, for £2,250.

A big entry of over 100 cows forward saw no less than seven break the £2,000 mark with the top price being £2,320 for the outstanding second calver Parkhead Spooky Candy from AJ and MA Knowles of Woodplumpton, Preston, selling to the Colclough’s.

The second top selling cow was Timberlane Homestead Welcome 2nd consigned as part of the gradual dispersal of the of WA and D Dutton’s Herd based at Knutsford which sold for £2.150 to Russell Evans of Clarbeston Road, Pembrokeshire.


An entry of over 80 in-calf heifers sold on the fastest trade of the day in front of a large crowd. The top price was £2,000 which was achieved on two occasions and both for heifers consigned by MJ and MR Monckton of Sandbach.

The first at this figure was a Willsbro Red Razzle daughter selling to C and S Fitton and Son, Middlewich, and the second was a Stantons Steady daughter selling to G Green and Son, Northwich.

Lord Rayleighs Farms of Chelmsford Essex sold 17 autumn calvers up to £1,880; JW Padfield Farms of Romford Essex sold up to £1,800 and WF Farms of Canterbury topped their consignment at £1,750.


There was only a small entry of maidens and these were dominated by a group of 20 Montbeliarde crosses from Messrs Rome of Canonbie, which sold to a top of £880 for a Nikos daughter out of an 11,000 kg dam. Holstein yearlings sold to £740 for a Cedarwal Spirte from MT & JE Hassall & Sons of Tarporley.


The most disappointing trade of the day was in the heifer calf section where calves appeared to be great value for money. Top price was £400 achieved twice both for daughters of Jeeves from WA and D Dutton and Sons of Knutsford

Averages: 103 cows, £1423.10; 152 calved heifers, £1,680.99; 79 in-calf heifers, £1591.14; 24 maiden heifers, £801.00;  26 heifer calves, £230.77; 3 bulls, £1,933.33. (Wright Manley)