Largest sale yet sells 450

28 June 2002

Largest sale yet sells 450

THE largest one-day sale of cattle held in the UK so far this year put 450 head through the ring at Beeston Castle in Cheshire, when the Bedfordia Holstein herd was dispersed to a top price of £1300.

Two rings operated to cope with the volume of cattle on offer, with the milking portion levelling at £558 for 241 cows, 150 of which were in their first or second lactation.

The herd had an average yield of 8700kg. All the cattle were homebred and Genus sires has been used exclusively.

Bedfordia Cels Piper 2nd headed the price list at 1300gns. Bought by R L Edwards and Partners, Whitchurch, Shropshire, who made the days three highest bids, this 1998-bred cow by Celsius gave 9400kg as a heifer and had put 1824kg in the tank in the first 58 days of her second calving.

The same buyers gave 1050gns for the January-calved heifer Bedfordia Celsius Nicola 2nd which had been AId to Southland Marker. Her dam was a 12,000kg daughter of Russelldale Promise.

Completing the Edwards trio at 980gns was a good young second calver by Genus Juxtapose, a son of Maizefield Bellwood. She had given 10,000kg as a heifer.

Another Celsius daughter found favour when a calved heifer out of a Moet Vale Acolyte dam made 1000gns to Newport, Shropshire, dairy farming company Heaths of Stockton.

In-calf heifers sold to 850gns when E W Nixon and Sons, Market Drayton, Shropshire took a Moroville Mascot Brock daughter out of a twice 11,000kg dam by Ernlo Chairman Valiant.

Averages: 241 cows £558; 89 in-calf heifers £678; 101 heifers (born August to March) £410 (Wright-Manley). &#42

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