Fielders dispersal trade bodes well for milks future
By Jeremy Hunt
FLYING in the face of current milk industry problems, UK Holstein breeders looked to the future during a day of intense trading for cattle at the dispersal of the well-known Fielders herd from Alton, Hants.
A top price of 9500gns and an average of £3165 for 42 lots was a heartening outcome to this fixture following breeder Mike Faulkners decision to disperse the herd and emigrate to Canada.
In just eight years of dedication to Holstein breeding, following the importation of a nucleus of cows from Canada, Mr Faulkners reputation drew a big crowd to the Sale Centre, Penrith. Of cows entered, more than 20 had been prize winners at major shows.
And it was the herds latest big winner that moved bidding into top gear. Fielders Ked P Elizabeth, Exhibitor-bred champion at this years National Holstein Show, realised the days top price of 9,500gns.
This second calver by Juror is out of the Inspiration-sired Hazeldom Elizabeth and gave 11,690kg at 3.57% fat and 3.13% protein as a heifer. She was bought by W A Watson who is re-building his Derrydorragh herd in Northern Ireland after a brucellosis breakdown.
Northern Ireland breeders Barbican Farms partnered John Loftus of the Weeton herd to secure Fielders Destinys Della at 9,000gns. This in-calf heifer is by Bellwood and a granddaughter of the American brood cow Snow-N Denises Dellia. She stood second at the NHS show this year and was AId in December to top Italian sire Carol Prelude Mtoto.
Scottish interest was strong for the successful young show cow Fielders Grand Quirky 9th but Cheshire breeders J R Williamson and Co were determined to add her to their Fountainehead herd and succeeded at 8,500gns. By Gilbrook Grand and out of an Ex-90 Flemingdale Roland dam, she gave 11,377kg as a heifer.
J W Cook and Son, who run the Sherington herd at Newport Pagnell, claimed two gems in Fielders Magic Lira – the 1988 All Britain Junior heifer – and Fielders Mason Jupiter – the 1988 Reserve All-Britain Junior Heifer.
The Italian-bred Lira had been contract-mated to Joylan Royal Flush and made 6,800gns. Jupiter is out of the 16,000kg show cow Philmardo Astre Jupiter and sold at 4,100gns.
Cheshire herd owner Geoff Blood took several choice lots paying 5,400gns for another from the Lira family and 4,700gns for Fielders Luke Rikki, intermediate heifer winner at this years NHS.
Averages: 42 cows and calved heifers £3165; 15 served heifers £2931; 19 served and empty heifers £1858. (Norton and Brooksbank).