SHORTHORN devotees were encouraged by competition for stock from commercial milk producers and pedigree men at the breed societys summer show and sale at Chelford, Cheshire.
The societys official auctioneer, Gwyn Williams, was delighted with the trade. "Milk production costs are under the microscope. Stock that can meet low-cost targets with the benefits of sound legs and feet, high quality milk and wearability, are attracting renewed interest," he said.
The roan calved heifer Broadlane Sunlight 8th, from Sproston, Cheshire breeders Messrs Norbury, realised the top price of 940gns. She is sired by Orchardholme Lord Walton 3rd, a bull recently sold to Ireland, and out of a Dunham Choirboy dam. She was one of eight calved heifers bought by D Lomax, Stoke-on-Trent.
Simon and Ellen Thomass Drisgol herd was again in favour taking the championship with a red calved heifer from their Belladonna family sired by the American bull Merriville Peerless. She made 900gns to Graham Pattinson for his Weaverdale herd at Stoke-on-Trent.
A parade of in-calf heifers produced its highest call for Amber Grand Dulcie 10th. This daughter of Winscott Topper was consigned by J Hole and Sons, Chesterfield and made 860gns to local dairy farmer George Norbury.
AVERAGES: 18 cows £450; 21 calved heifers £615; 32 served heifers £584 and 22 maiden heifers and calves £291. (Frank R Marshall and Co). *