Good trade at Lancaster reflects rising cow value
By Jeremy Hunt
A 3400gns top price for heifer by Joylan Brother Michael marked a good days trading at Lancaster last week, where the overall average of £1323 was in line with the upward trend in dairy cow values.
Although the desperately late spring and the backward state of grass growth looks like keeping cows on concrete for some considerable time, the start of the new milk year is a strong enough incentive for many milk producers to replenish quota-culled herds.
Auctioneer Tom Brooksbank, on the rostrum for last weeks Lancashire and Adjacent Counties Holstein Friesian Breeders Club sale, said the trade had shown "more buoyancy and confidence".
"Averages were up £200-£300 on last autumn, which is probably the best for almost a year," said Mr Brooksbank.
Mark Towers piloted Alding-ham Adaline 78th to take the championship. From his herd at Ulverston, Cumbria, she is a smart daughter of the Tab son Joylan Brother Michael, a bull owned in partnership with Alan Swale.
Brother Michael, out of the 13,857kg cow Eric-Dew Mars Marcy, who has four fully proven sons, is the highest rated ITEM bull with a first AI proof in the UK ITEM list. His figures are: ITEM 69, PIN £60, reliability 84%, +632kg milk, +22.6kg fat, +16.1kg protein. A total of 38.7kg fat and protein.
The late February-calved Adaline 78th, sold for 3400gns to J * and P E Nicholson Ltds Neatishall herd based at Norwich.
Mr Towers near neighbours, the Dennison, sold their Denmire Present 57th for 1700gns. This freshly-calved Lindy heifer went to J D Greenopp, Wigton, Cumbria.
The reserve championship was claimed by Dick and Robert Butterfields Ingleview Dawn 4th, a freshly-calved Deri Donmack daughter from their herd at nearby Bentham. Buyers at 1550gns were A Dickinson and Sons, Sheffield.
AVERAGES: 3 cows £1106.20 and 31 heifers £1344.68. (Norton and Brooksbank with Lancaster Farmers Auction Mart.) *
Mark Towers Aldingham Adaline 78th took the top title at Lancaster.