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New record for a cow as Elegance soars to 6200 guineas

Just two months after the record for a milking heifer was

smashed at the Western Club Sale in March, the record for a cow was totally blitzed when the third calf Forte CS Elegance VG85, a daughter of Comestar Stormatic and bred from six generations of EX dams, the last two being EX96, was sold for 6200 gns as part of the first portion to disperse the Forte herd on behalf of A L & H F Nottage of Seething, Norwich. The sale attracted an entry of 100 cows and milking heifers many of which were placed before judge Ian Williamson of the Wardle herd who selected his Champion from the well known Bidlea herd of Ray Brown & Partners; Bidlea Sara Beauty was a real beauty and a daughter of the Brown’s very successful stock bull, the Talent son Copywood Sarson Red. Reserve Champion was a very sweet heifer from Rob Clare, Hawksmoor Lianne 48, a daughter of his stock bull Hawksmoor Renown, a son of Boss Iron. Trade was far better than expected and was no doubt helped by the inclusion of the first part of the Forte dispersal as well as some very good consignments of heifers from noted breeders who are providing what the market wants. The sale was well attended and many went home with nothing or far less than they originally intended to buy; so despite the huge numbers of heifers being imported from the continent commercial milk producers are still prepared to for quality milky heifers with good udders, width and strength. The top price, of course was for the wonderful Elegance

cow. With lots of interest in the ring and four bidders on the phone, the hammer was eventually knocked down to Mark and Susan Nutsford of Riverdane Holsteins, Middlewich. Two other members of the Forte consignment were knocked down to Martin Monckton at Nantwich; Forte Advent Scarlet Red, a March calved milking heifer by Advent bred from five generations of VG or EX dams sold for 3400gns and at 3000gns he purchased the January calved heifer Forte Leduc Cocoa VG85-2yr who was the eighth generation of animals classified in the top two grades. From the same home, Mark Lee of Northampton purchased Forte RDS Olga VG87-3yr, a third calf daughter of Mr Sam sold giving 40 kg daily. The second top price of the day was for Riverdane Talent

Avis, bred by Riverdane Holsteins but consigned by Stan Price of Mellor, Stockport; this exceptionally well bred, good looking heifer was only eight days calved and sold for 3900gns to John Moore of Co. Offaly, Republic of Ireland. The largest consigners of the day were Andrew and Sue

Sanders of the Isle of Man who presented 21 heifers for sale and what an exceptional group they were; their top was 2500gns for Sandisfarne Kiana Hope, a daughter of Bolton out of a 50 tonne VG88 dam. She sold giving 38 kg to Martin Monckton. The champion heifer from Ray Brown & Partners sold for 2450gns to regular purchasers N E & E M Bargh & son of Osbaldeston Hall, Blackburn. Averages: 18 Cows £1672; 72 Milking Heifers £2034; 90 Head £1961.

Auctioneers: Wright Manley 2,300gns top at Isliplodge

A large group of determined buyers attended the dispersal sale of the Isliplodge herd of Holstein Friesians for the Holmes family at their farm at Kettering, Northamptonshire, resulting in four cattle crossing the 2,000 guinea threshold and recording a consistent trade throughout. Top price of 2,300 guineas was paid by B L & K M Sercombe of Lutterworth, Leicestershire, for a second calver by Ridgestar Jammer. Isliplodge Jammer Carol had calved last October and was due with her third calf by Lakemead Rancher this October. She had recorded 9,518 kg as a heifer and her dam 10,277 kg. Her dam sold for 1,550gns as an eighth calver to another Lutterworth purchaser, A D Thomas.

B L & S M Sercombe also paid the second highest price of 2,250gns for another Ridgestar Jammer daughter, a September calved heifer still giving 33.7 kg daily. She was also due in October to Lakemead Rancher and was out of a 12,575 kg dam. Welsh buyers Thomas Plas Ltd of Carmarthen gave 2,200gns for Isliplodge Jammer Rainbow, a heifer that had calved last October and due in December to the Blonde D’Aquitaine. She was also 33.7 kg daily and off an 11,411 kg S Man dam. In-calf heifers sold to 1,750gns twice, both being purchased by J & S Elliott of Conventry. They were both sired by Tittenser Hylke and in-calf for September to Lakemead Alphonso. Heifer calves by Lakemead Alphonso sold to 700gns purchased by Essex buyer, K Harding of Upminster. The 28 heifer calves averaged £608. Averages: 66 cows and calved heifers £1,733; (including 28 heifer calves at £608.), 10 in-calf heifers £1,742; 2 bulling heifers £798, 78 lots £1,710.

Auctioneers: Gwilym Richards Skirwith Hall show up in style

Numbers of freshly calved cows and heifers were down on 16 June at the Border & Lakeland Holstein Club Sale; however the quality was high with many super uddered animals selling. Judge was local young breeder Daniel Bargh from Woodclose, Skelton.

Champion was consigned by Skirthwith Hall Farms, Stowbeck Lheros Connie sold for 1900gns and now joins the herd of J B & J Hanley, Maryport.

The Reserve Champion was purchased by the same buyer for 1850gns and went to Boustead Talent Naomi consigned by M W & J H Gaitskell. Top price went to one of the youngest heifers in the sale, Stowbeck Roger Pansy sired by Dalebank Zen Roger from Skirwith Hall Farms. Top price cow was placed first in her class and sold for 1950gns to J I Graham, Calvertsholm, Rigg, Gretna. She was consigned by Skirwith Hall Farms; Stowbeck Almeria Anne sired by Pachecas Aaron Almeria. One of the big attractions to the sale was the special consignment of young calves from the Newheaton herd owned by the Douglas family from Cornhill on Tweed in Northumberland. One of the stars of this consignment was a heifer sired by one of Goldwyn’s hot young sons Gillette Jordan. Newheaton Jordan Selina sold for 1150gns to C Dent, Bridge End Farm, Kirkby Thore. Averages: 3 Cows in Milk £1943, 12 Heifers in Milk £1726, 39 Maiden Heifers £891.

Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington THE JOURNAL AUGUST 2010 37

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