Yesterday’s dispersal of the Jealottshill herd of Holsteins for Syngenta UK saw a number of red and white animals well sought after and the sale average a very respectable £1660 for all lots sold.
Leading the day’s trade was freshly calved heifer Jealottshill Rock Countess Red 2, a Baileys Red Rock Red daughter. She sold at 3000gns to Ledger Farms, Deal, Kent. She is out of Jealottshill Kian Countess Red 9 and sold giving 26.8kg a day having calved in early March.
With 46 animals selling for 2,000 guineas or more and an average of over £1,660 the owner’s decision to sell on farm proved that it is not necessary to move your cattle to the other side of the country to achieve a good result.
Of particular interest were the large number of red and white animals, many of which featured among the leading prices including the sale topper, the freshly calved heifer Jealottshill Countess Red 2, sired by Baileys Red Rock Red, which made 3,000 guineas to the bid of Ledger Farms Ltd, Deal, Kent.
Second best of the day was a 2650gns call for Jealottshill Bolton Azalea 2, a Sandy-Valley Bolton daughter out of Jealottshill Davon Azalea. She was snapped up by T G Anthony and Sons, Bridgend, having given more than 78900 in the first 231 days of her heifer lactation.
The same buyers then paid 2500gns for Jealottshill Shottle Thrifty, a GP84 classified Shottle daughter out of Jealottshill Brad Thrifty. She sold in-calf to Glen-Toctin Altaomax.
At the same money was Jealottshill Drake Merlin, a Far-O-La Debbie-Jo Drake daughter out of Jealottshill Kian Merlin Red, a dam which gave more than 11,000kg in her fourth lactation. This one sold to Ladyhouse Farm, Minsterly.
Messrs Ledger were then back in action paying 2500gns for the top priced served heifer, another from the red Countess family sired by April-Day Wisconsin Red.
The young stock met an equally brisk trade, with served heifers rarely making below 1800gns guineas and yearlings making up to 1520gns for a Wisconsin heifer, taken by D J and D J Heller, Truro, Cornwall for their Aclandfarm herd.
The top price for heifer calves at foot was 820gs for daughters of Picston Shaker and Braedale Pagewire, bought by R J Goss and Son, Devizes, Wilts and Ledger Farms respectively.
Averages; 176 cows and calved heifers £1731.19 (including 25 heifer calves at £598.76)
34 served heifers £ 1920.88, 38 maiden heifers £1124.05 (Norton and Brooksbank).