High genomic test figures were in demand at the Autumn Showcase Sale at the Bristol Sales Centre earlier in the month when Willsbro Niagra Pammy ET, with a GTPI of 2214 and an exceptional type prediction of 3.24 sold for 36,000gns
She was sired by Ri-Val-Re 2338 Niagra and out of a VG-87 2yr Baxter granddaughter of the famous Windy-Knoll-View Promis (Ex-95). One of a strong consignment from Wills Bros Ltd’s noted Cornish herd, she attracted strong bidding, finally falling to the bid from Kay Griffin, representing Seaspray Holsteins, new investors in the Holstein industry.
Bev Baker brought a very smart contingent of yearling heifers across the Severn Bridge and received 10,000gs from Maurice Jones of Calcourt Farms, for B B Alexander Ghost 2 ET, providing a good return on the 27,000gns investment that Bev made in her granddam Riverdane Terrason Ghost at the Sterndale Sale in 2005.
A similar sum had secured Smiddiehill Toystory Ambrosia for Sahara Holsteins at the Smiddiehill dispersal Sale and she is proving a highly valuable brood cow. Several of her daughters made high prices at last year’s Sahara Sale and they were in demand here again, with Monmouthshire breeders J.M & B.S.Jones taking the high genomically tested Sahara Man O Man Ambrosia ET for their Larchwood herd at 8,500gs. A sister by Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez made 7,000gs to Andrew Bunting, Dumfries for his Newabbey herd.
One of the features of the sale was a daughter of this season’s outstanding show cow Castellhyfryd Spirte Rosina (Ex-90), that has championships at the Royal Welsh, Pembrokeshire, National and Welsh Dairy Shows to her credit. Sired by England-Ammon Million, she was consigned by Simon & Sian Davies and Kevin & Cathy Thomas and returns to Wales after being purchased for 7,000gs by R.J.D.Jones of the Brynmaen herd, Llanon, Llanelli.
Another to reach 7,000gs after a protracted bidding duel was John Downing’s Wintersell Stella 2 ET. Sired by Cogent Maestro and from a well regarded Stardale family she was finally knocked down to Robert Page bidding on behalf of Tim Gue of Sussex based Huddlestone Farmers Ltd.
AVERAGES: 13 cows & calved heifers £4,200; 49 served & maiden heifers £ 4,300.29 ; 9 bulls £ 1,216.83; Total of 71 lots £ 3,895.06 (Norton & Brooksbank)