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Ghosts attract the high bids at Weavermos dispersal


The dispersal of the entire Weavermos Herd of Pedigree Holstein cattle took place at Beeston Castle Auction, Cheshire, on behalf of Mosford Farms, Weaver Farm, Malpas. The sale totalling 850 head took place over three days with the first two days featuring the milking herd and the baby heifer calves and the third day the served and maiden heifers.


Weavermos Fever Ghost sold half way through her second lactation and having given 8700kg 4.78%bf and 3.15%p in her first lactation. She sold back in-calf to Guarini and due in January, still giving 34.9kg daily. Backed by 10 generations of VG/EX dams she sold for a top price of 3500gns to join the noted Woodmarsh herd of M and J C Gould, Shrewsbury.


On the third day her daughter by Drayman, Weavermos Drayman Ghost sold six months in-calf. She made the day’s top price of 2250gns selling to George Allen of Tilstock, Whitchurch.


Averages: 489 cows and milking heifers (including 69 heifer calves at £215.63) £835.96, 113 served heifers £797.91, 170 maiden heifers £432.41, one holstein bull £1050. (Wright Marshall)


Newbirks dominate Craven


Dairy Auction Craven dairy auction was dominated by the Lawson family’s Newbirks herd on 11th April when they secured champion and reserve.


Leading trade at £1520 was their reserve champion Newbirks Heliotrope 359, a Newbirks Jazwyn daughter. She sold three weeks fresh and giving £1520 to Ald and Andrew Townsend, Southfield, Burnley.


Average: 17 heifers in milk £1170. (CCM Auctions)


Blackhouse Dispersal


A very level trade was achieved at the dispersal sale of the Blackhouse herd of Holstein Friesians for Kevin and Sally Whistance at Much Dewchurch, Hereford, on 21st April.


The top price was 1650gns for a first calved daughter of Woodmarsh Asterix purchased by G J Robertson of Wotton- under-Edge, Gloucestershire.


A calved heifer sired by the stock bull Denmire Pippin was close behind at 1600gns to D W Bevan and Son, St Weonards, Herefordshire.


The youngstock trade was more difficult, as has been the case at all sales this year, with served heifers selling to 1100gns and maiden heifers to 520gns.


Suzy Lawson is pictured centre with champion and reserve from her family’s Newbirks herd, joined by show judge Brian Blezard and sponsor Helen Whittaker.


Dymock Dispersal


The dispersal sale of Nick and Cathy Sprackling’s Dymock herd was held at Dingestow, Monmouth on 12th April.


Sale leader at 1500gns was a second calved Hydaways Goldmine daughter that calved on New Year’s Day having produced 8010kgs as a heifer.


Averages: cows and heifers in milk £958, served heifers £729, maiden heifers and calves £347. (Gwilym Richards and Co)


Averages: cows and calved heifers £1221, served heifers £671, maiden heifers £443, heifer calves £243, bulls £998. (Gwilym Richards and Co)


Dispersal of the Midbishopton herd


The dispersal of the


Midbishopton Holstein herd took place at Borderway, Carlisle, on Wednesday 27th


April in front


of a packed ringside of friends and neighbours. The herd was owned by the Forsyth family from Mid Bishopton Farm and was established again following foot and mouth with a nucleus from the Merryton herd. Topping the trade at 1620gns was a January calved daughter


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