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SALES SUMMARY Reporting on recent auctions, dispersals and sales from around the UK

A sound trade at Moira’s Heifer and Bull Sale

A sound heifer trade at the Holstein NI Show and Sale at Moira saw a good entry of quality stock selling well to peak at 2,500gns twice. First into the sale ring at 2,500gns was a Gillette Final Cut daughter brought out by Robbie and Stuart Smith from Londonderry, who presented a terrific pen of heifers. Securing a joint 2,500gns bid was the daughter of a Goldwyn son from Jim and Edward Stevenson, Kilkeel. The Smith’s heifer traced back to an EX Rudolph dam and was milking 36.5 litres daily, while the Stevenson’s heifer was giving the same yield and was bred from the noted Zwartina family that originated in Aubrey Patterson’s Ballycrochan herd in Bangor.

The Champion Heifer was brought out by seasoned showman Fred Duncan from Crumlin. A Stormatic daughter from the Hilda cow family, her granddam was a 9000 kg EX91 cow. Sponsor Mark Elliott of Farm Wizard was on hand to present the prizes.

Judge Andrew Kennedy from Ballymena, picked a Relough- bred heifer from Ronnie McLean and Sons, Malcolm and Barry, Donaghmore, Dungannon, as the reserve female Champion. By the homebred Anchor bull who is a Goldwyn son, she traces back to the Ricki cow family at Watergate. Second reserve was a smart Lucente heifer bred by Geoffrey Patton, Newtownards. She was fresh and giving 34 litres daily. In the bull section the Champion was brought out by Malcolm McLean. This was a terrific young animal by Picston Shottle from the noted Danna cow family. The dam was the highly contracted Goldwyn daughter who classified VG89 as a second calver and was Champion at the RUAS show in Balmoral last spring, while his granddam is Dante Danna EX95-3E who was Supreme Champion at the Irish National Holstein Show in 2006. With a pedigree like that, it was no surprise that he went on to make the top price of 3,500gns. Reserve Champion was a Mascol son shown by Jim Morrison from Downpatrick. He was bred from eight generations of VG or EX dams, with the mother being an EX93 Maughlin Storm daughter. He realised 2,150gns.

Robert and Stuart Smith from Londonderry showed a very smart young bull, also by Mascol from the top fat and protein cow family in Europe. His dam was the 11,000 kg Canvas Saskia whilst the granddam was the 6.28% butterfat and 4.47% protein Topspeed Saskia VG87. He went on to sell for 3,300gns.

Auctioneers: R A Noble and Co Whiterose Dispersal A good crowd of breeders and milk producers from all over

Yorkshire together with buyers from Scotland, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire attended the dispersal of James and Jonathan Sunter’s Whiterose herd of Holsteins, held on their farm on the outskirts of Leyburn on 13 May. Two of the top lots both head to Scotland, purchased by J W Forrest of the Hoddom herd, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. Both were calved heifers by Lucky Mike, with Whiterose Mike Macy making the day’s top price of 2,100gns and Whiterose Mike

Gerritje, 100gns less. Also making 2,000gns was the fresh second calver Whiterose Galahad Lily, sired by a Peel Park sire and purchased by C & J R Terry & Sons, Fountains, Ripon. At 1,950gns B H Wilson, Green Hammerton, York took the freshly calved heifer Whiterose Garrison Destiny. Served heifers sold to 1,650gns twice and maiden heifers to 1,000gns paid by D R Brown, Sedgefield, Co. Durham for a Moet Melody heifer. Biggest volume buyers were A P Hodgson Ltd who purchased 17 head for their Tranmire herd at Grosmont, Whitby. Auctioneers: Norton & Brooksbank

Huge crowd at Bollthwaite Dispersal

Some 300 people packed into the small hill farm buildings at Craven Laithe on the 25 May for the dispersal, after 35 years in the dairy industry, of the Bolland Brothers’ first class Bollthwaite herd of pedigree Holsteins. A steady stream of vehicles, many towing stock trailers, filled the long track up to the farm from 10.30am onwards, providing one of the biggest crowds seen at a sale for a while. 51 buyers were recorded for just 111 cattle, with many local farmers keen to support the well regarded Bolland family. The decision to quit milk production was brought upon the family by NVZ regulations forcing the installment of an expensive slurry storage system, which would be utterly unviable with a milk price of around 20ppl and a small herd of 50 cows. Over the years of developing the Bollthwaite herd, Robert and Felix acquired many top ranked cow families from the UK and Canada. This provided for an interesting catalogue, which stirred the interest of many breeders from as far afield as Fife, Leicestershire and Cornwall. The top price came early in the day with Bollthwaite Cousteau Miss America EX91, milking in her fourth lactation and due again in September. She joins Colin Middleton’s Mittonvale herd, near Blackburn at 2,600 guineas. Mr Middleton purchased six super breeding cows in the first 20 lots, including Bollthwaite Mtoto Louise 9 EX92, giving 35 kg in her sixth lactation and due in September to Shottle, for 2,200gns. Louise is one of two EX sisters out of the Canadian import Jolene Raider Louise EX91. Another member of the Louise family made second top price of 2,400gns. Messrs I R & D E Wellock from Skipton were the final bidders for this smart fresh calved heifer. There were eight sound fresh heifers at the end of the milking herd which averaged over £2,000. These included Bollthwaite Maestro Nettle GP84 at 2,150 guineas, one of five milking heifers purchased by Messrs A Sowray & Son from Harrogate. Served heifers sold well, up to 2,100 guineas for a Lindio daughter of an EX93 Honeybee and maiden heifers peaked at 1,320gns for a Rampage Red daughter from the Ricki family. Heifer calves at foot were a flying trade, averaging out at £766 with two making over 1,000gns. Averages: 50 Cows & Calved Heifers £1,778, 19 Served Heifers £1,488, 23 Maiden Heifers £875, 1 Bull £1,260, 93 Lots (Incl 18 ‘A’ Lots) £1,490.

Auctioneers: Norton & Brooksbank THE JOURNAL AUGUST 2010 35

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