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which is very commercially run by Geoff and Marjorie Wilson
Beneknowle average 2000gns and their family comes as a result of astute breeding, hard
work and a lifetime of devotion.
A buoyant trade with 40 animals making 2000 guineas or
The top priced Snow animal was a Braedale Freelance
more made for another successful sale at The Bristol Sales
daughter from three EX cows of the Minnie family. Calved
Centre on Tuesday 21
April. Paul & Jo Andrews sold their
in early December and bred back to Goldwyn, she made
milking herd, and moved the cattle up from Plymouth with
3900gns and joins the herd of CM Haigh, Newtown Stewart.
good effect, pleasing at least 1/3 of the buyers who were
At 3000gns was a lovely 2
calf cow, also December calved,
from Wales. by Goldwyn. Among this unselected batch of cows & heifers,
The Vaakje family, which was such a feature of their 2004 on which included fourth and fifth calvers, there were thirty
farm sale, once again provided several of the highlights. The making £2000 and more.
nine family members averaged £2,487 and included the top Averages: 25 Heifers in Milk £2247, 51 Cows in Milk £1819,
price of 4,100gns for Beneknowle Goldwyn Vaakje 73 VG-86 76 Overall £1959
2yr. This 9,700kg heifer due again in October was potentially Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington
the 8
generation Excellent and attracted three telephone
bidders, one of which, Robert Voyle from Pembrokeshire
made the winning call with the under-bid coming over the
Inaurgural Western Spring bull sale
phone from the Isle of Wight. Messrs Voyle also purchased
The Western Holstein Club’s Inaugural Spring Show & Sale
Beneknowle Allen Roxy 5 PI EX91 at 3,100 for their Syfni
herd, the 9
generation EX/VG tracing to Glenridge. Another
of pedigree Holstein Bulls attracted an entry of 66 Head from
Goldwyn daughter, the VG87 Amy 28 made 3,500gns to Messrs
the herd of leading breeders throughout the North West and
Davies of the Shoreview herd near Tenby, South Wales.
Midlands. Judge for the day was Mr. Edward Griffiths of the
Not surprisingly Picston Shottle had worked extremely well Sheffield based Coachgate herd who selected his champion
in the herd and his 2
calf daughter from the Vaakje family
from the Woodmarsh herd. Woodmarsh Melburn is a Jan
made 3,100gns to Messrs Wyatt for their Penbryn herd in
2008 son of Dudoc Mr Burns and bred from 8 successive
generations of VG/EX dams from the noted Melody family. In
Terry & Shayne Cox claimed the highest average at £3,220
and the second top price of the day with Holmead Geno Joy
reserve was Holmland Draco ET, a son of Regancrest Dundee
VG87 2yr selling for 4,000gns to Mr A.J Salter for his Ferntree
bred from the Fradon Maude family from Steven and Patricia
herd near Crediton in Devon.
Bell and Paul Findlay of Penrith and Wrexham respectively.
John Drake, who is ceasing milk production on his farm near Trade was difficult at times with buyers being rather
Shaftesbury in Dorset sold the final 52 of the milking portion
cautious and selective throughout the sale and this was
of his good Waldron herd. The average was £1,801 (with no
particularly disappointing as the show of bulls was generally
calves at foot) and included 10 at or over 2,000gns with a
of a very good standard. Only three bulls sold for in excess of
top of 2,600gns for Waldron Outside Jackie VG85, bred from
the same family as David Jones’ (Wiltor) famous twice RASE
3000 gns topping at 3900 gns for the Champion, Woodmarsh
Champion Highwells Broker Jackie 3 EX96. Sue Osborne was
Melburn who sold for 3900 gns to the Pedran herd. The
the successful bidder, claiming another Jackie by Rudolph for
second prize intermediate bull, Winton Paddy Burns ET,
2,100gns and a Jordan Model, tracing back to Avondale, at from Peter Waring of Beverley, Yorkshire sold for 3600 gns.
the same price for the family’s Torvalley herd near Ilminster This, too, is a son of Dudoc Mr Burns and bred from six
in Somerset.
generations of VG/EX dams from the Pamela family and he
With no calves at foot involved the overall average of £1,962
sold to Evans Bros of Dyfed. The last bull in the sale was the
for 118 head looked to conclude a highly satisfactory day for
extremely well bred Riverdane Sizzler ET from Riverdane
all concerned, not forgetting the milk price drop of as much as
5ppl in some cases since the beginning of the year.
Holsteins of Middlewich; he is a son of Braedale Goldwyn
Auctioneers: Norton & Brooksbank
from six generations of VG/EX dams of the prizewinning Sara
family and sold for 3550 gns to KS Jones & Sons of Powys
Snow sale far from cold
The sale opened with an offering of over 80 embryos giving
buyers the opportunity to invest in top class cow families
On 15
April at the Borderway mart Carlisle, Geoff Wilson at a comparatively cheap level. A very good clearance was
consigned his first 70 cows and heifers as part of his milking
effected with 67 of these embryos changing hands at the
portion dispersal. This first consignment was part of the April
auction. The top bid was 520 gns each for a package of three
Border & Lakeland Club sale and brought together the most
embryos sired by Sanchez out of Aintree Addison Nugget
recently calved section of the herd, with all animals having
calved since late November/December to early April. They
EX93 who is the 5th generation of VG/EX members of this
were typical of this large, nicely bred workman like herd,
great family.
displaying great udders, strong conformation and natural Averages: 34 Bulls £1553, 67 Embryos £270
milkiness without being extreme. The quality of the herd Auctioneers: Wright Manley
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