Western Holsteins reach 3100gns top call

Top price of the day was the very well bred heifer Dunnerdale Drake Aldina from Wilson Boow of Millom, Cumbria; this daughter of Drake is bred from 7 generations of cows classified VG/EX and has a VG88 sister. She was the choice of Jimmy Hodge of Eyemouth, Berwickshire who had to pay 3100 gns to secure this very well bred heifer.

At just 50 gns less was the first prize junior heifer, Lachstone Drake Princess from father and son team, John and Jeremy Platt of Lach Dennis, Northwich, Cheshire. This is also a daughter of Drake and sold for 3050 gns to John and Nesta Jones for their Emeraldgrove Herd at Boncath, Ceredigion.

 The champion female from Enchanted Holsteins, Rendham Dante MT Model who has two VG dams and a VG86 12000 kg sister, was the next in the price list selling at 3000 gns to Peter Andrews for his Herefordshire based Ruckhall Herd.

A further fifteen female sold for prices ranging from 2900 gns down to 2400 gns and these included the top priced cow Bidlea Paddington Lily (VG85-2yr), a second calf daughter of the homebred Bidlea Paddington from Ray Brown and Partners of Holmes Chapel who sold at 2600 gns to the volume buyers of the day, T Smith & Sons of Hinckley, Leicester who purchased 18 head.

Other volume buyers were R & F Holliday of Silloth, Cumbria who purchased 14 animals, JH & J Salt & Sons of Checkley, Staffordshire who bought 10 and RJ & HD Hugo of Bodmin, Cornwall who purchased seven.

Averages; 24 cows £2025.63;  91 calved heifers £2182.50 (Wright Manley).