Good value prices boost dairy trade
A BIG crowd of buyers from as far away as Norfolk and south Wales brought a spring-time lift to trading at the monthly show and sale of dairy cattle at Uttoxeter where best quality calved heifers averaged £625.
There was no shortage of bidders when Bagshaws auctioneer Nick Hansen took the rostrum amid a more positive atmosphere prevailing among both buyers and sellers.
"Talk of a shortage of dairy cows in two years time may seem to be too far off to be influencing the current trade but farmers who are staying in milk are looking ahead and keen to buy decent cattle at todays good value prices," says Mr Hansen.
New buyers at the ringside added to the spirited trade which hit a top of £800 for Uttoxeter dairy farmers NN Seaton & Sons Clowneholme Tesk Westy, a March calved heifer by Iv-Ann Mark Tesk and out of an 8700kg Mandingo dam. Buyer was Mr Adkin, Loughborough, Leics.
And the same buyer paid £770 for one of a smart consignment of calved heifers from Parkinson Partners herd at Rugeley, Staffs. Their Wilowna Skychief Daybreak 46th was giving 25kg on the day and is out of a twice 9000kg-plus dam by Wicketthorn Fair Play.
And the next lot in the ring from the same home, Wilowna Daybreak 47th, made £735 to Mr Rutter, Leics. This calved heifer is by the Blackstar-sired Joylan Amazon 2nd and out of a 10,000kg second calver by Broker.
A good entry of cows saw prices reach £730 for Ashbourne, Derbys vendors A Astle & Sons second calver Astonoak Raider Inky 2nd that was giving 36 kg on the day. Shes out of a Stardom dam and gave 7582kg as a heifer. Buyer was Mr Harrison, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
A £680 call from John Minshall, Team, Stoke-on-Trent secured a good third calver from Stafford dairy farmers Hockenhull and Leighton. Their Sancroy Emerald Fern is by Curtmaid Emerald Target and out of a Hunday Bullion cow. Shed given 9140kg in her second lactation.
Averages: best heifers £625; second quality £560. Best cows £688; second quality £529. (Bagshaws) *