UK sale sees highest bid in five years

19 April 2002

UK sale sees highest bid in five years

By Jeremy Hunt

THE 30,000gns top bid at last weeks Holstein UK Elite sale was the highest price paid for a black-and-white cow for five years.

The event created feverish bidding for the choicest lots as the black-and-white worlds big-spenders once again moved into top gear.

But it was Cheshire breeders Mark and Sue Knutsford, who run the Riverdane herd at Middlewich, who walked away with the star of the sale. Copywood Integrity Sara Red – described in the catalogue as "an awesome heifer" is by Integrity and out of the great twice-nominated All American dam Tocunn Lindy Sara.

Sara Red already has three impressive show wins from only three outings was giving 40kg. She is predicted to yield 10,420kg at an amazing 6.19% fat and had achieved the highest classification for a heifer – VG89.

Rated as one of the best cows ever to be sold in the UK her new owners say they will aim her at the 2004 European Holstein Show.

"I think she provides us with the real chance to put the UK back on the world Holstein map," said Mark Knutsford. Sara Red was consigned by Belinda and Andrew Fox and Anne Coates, Matlock, Derbyshire who retain a half share.

A full sister, Copywood Astre Sara 2nd Ex realised the days fourth highest price of 9000gns. She had completed a second lactation of 10,666kg and calved her third in January. She has already bred a VG87-classified two-year-old daughter by Ked Juror and was taken by Herts buyers Ashlyns Holsteins.

Shropshire-based Ed Seaton, one of the UKs youngest Holstein breeders, pocketed 11,000gns for his show calf Styche Leduc Sally. The 10-month-old Sally is by Leduc and out of Grantchester Prelude Special which bred the successful show cow Styche Jed Sally and a younger VG88-classified daughter by Jolt.

Leduc Sally was bought by Peter Prior and Cat Moody who were at the sale specifically to secure the young heifer for their Designer herd.

Bidding kicked off to an encouraging start with a 10,000gns deal struck for Painley Franchise Kimo, a VG87-classified two-year-old from the great Kimo family owned by John and Valerie Barlow, Nantwich. By MOET Martha Franchise she has several contracts on her from Cogent and Genus and was bought by the Franki Syndicate headed by auctioneer Chris Norton, Cirencester.

Cleevale Storm Meggie, from the renowned Marq 1 family, was a good money spinner for John Jordan, Worcester who sold at 8000gns. She was reserve champion heifer at the European Dairy Event in 2000 and comes from 11 generations of Ex and VG-classified cows from the Marq 1 family. Buyer was David Booth who runs the Feizor herd near Lancaster.

Other top traders included Smiddiehill Holsteins who paid 6200gns for the Jed-sired Field of Dreams JJ Oprah and Tim Gue who gave 6000gns for Cogent Mtoto Elaine. Mr Gue was the days most active bidder heading back to Steyning, West Sussex with nine additions to his Huddlestone herd.

Averages: 75 head £3534. (Bob Jones-Prytherch, Harrison & Hetherington, Norton & Brooks-bank and Wright Manley). &#42

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