Wyrebank herd is dispersed as Loftuses split
THE Loftus name is synonymous with black-and-white cattle breeding in Lancashire.
And at Singleton, near Blackpool last week brothers Frank, David and George Loftus – cousin of Weeton herd owner John – dispersed their Wyrebank herd.
It is 60 years since this branch of the family established the Wyrebank herd. Now, the family partnership is being dissolved and this offering gave buyers a traditionally-bred selection of stock from an outfit averaging 8205kg and with a margin of £1641.
The influence of the Weeton herd was strong throughout and it was a daughter of the Starbuck son Weeton Designate, the springing heifer Wyrebank Hyacinth 73rd, that led the trade at 2400gns.
Out of a High Point Julius dam, the heifer went to W S Woods, owner of the Grantwoods herd at Penrith.
A good crowd produced a steady trade, although several buyers would have preferred to have seen wider use of fashionable Holstein sires. Three or four volume buyers were among those restocking after cohort losses.
"This was the first major herd dispersal in the region this year and the trade was good considering we are over-quota and dairy herds are still inside," commented auctioneer Tom Brooksbank.
"The cohort situation is just beginning to pepper-up the trade."
A Broker daughter, the calved heifer Wyrebank Dewdrop 129th, made 1900gns to J Barton, Bury, Lancs for his Heapfold herd. She was out of a Warden cow and had calved in December. The same buyer also gave 1650gns for a young Skybuck cow from the Bittersweet family.
* C and J N Gardner, Kirkham, Preston secured the Oct 1993-bred cow Wyrebank Des Myth for their Garmoss herd. This Weeton Designate cow daughter achieved Good Plus-84-2yr.
Averages: 79 cows and calved heifers £1053; 11 served heifers £1166; 19 recently served heifers £710; 44 maiden heifers £562 and 13 barreners £538. (Norton and Brooksbank)