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Beeston Dairy Shorthorn Sale

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The reduced trade seen in recent sales of Dairy cattle, as a result of the consternation within the dairy industry at present, carried through to the Shorthorn Society's Summer Show and Sale of Dairy Shorthorns at Beeston last Friday.

Talk throughout the day was all about the depressing state of the industry at present, with lack of return being the main concern. Those producers prepared to forge ahead, however, were able to pick up some excellent cattle at reasonable prices, and, in particular, demonstrated great confidence in the future by bidding strongly for all Young Stock.

The Churchroyd herd of Messrs Collins put forward a mixed load of milking, in-calf and young cattle and lead the trade at 1400 gns with Churchroyd Kirklevington 23rd, out of the EX 93. Kirklevington 5th, by Churchroyd Pluto. She went home to Norfolk with volume buyer Jonathan Wyatt, of the Twells Herd, Snetterton.

Mr Wyatt was in again at 1,300 gns for one of a pen from the Tabley Herd of Messrs Whittaker, Knutsford. Tabley Lady Barrington 4th, by the 92-point Broadlane King Louis calved in early May and was giving 31 kilos.

Another making the trip to Norfolk was the Show Champion chosen by Devon based veterinary student William Slade, judge for the day. Marleycote Nicola 11th, by Kayl Outback and out of the Aramis daughter, Nicola 8th, sold for 1200 gns, whilst at the same price Robert Kite saw his leading heifer from the Cotonhall Herd, George Raspberry, also head to Norfolk.

There was plenty of optimism displayed when the youngstock commenced. The Churchroyd herd also produced the leading Maiden Heifer, when Churchroyd Pamela 19th made 1200 gns to C Thomasson, Nantwich. By Lemon Grove Belagio, an Australian bull and out of Churchroyd Pamela 14th, she had excited considerable pre sale interest, the eventual buyers having to beat off a number of would be suitors.

Best of the Dairy Shorthorn bulls came from Whitchurch based breeders R ST & SA Morgan. Morwood Blitz, an April 2013 born son of Treeton Pingerley and out of the 92-point Rodway Lady Barrington 13th , made 1200 gns to Philip Loughrin, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

A feature of the sale was a lovely selection of fresh heifer calves from the Broadlane Herd of Messrs Norbury, peaking at 350 gns twice. Both by Rodway Redman and out of, respectively, Tulip 8th and Lady Laura 25th, each went home to Keighley, Yorkshire with DW Throup.

Averages:

Cows in-milk £1024
Heifers in-milk £1160
Served heifers £596
Maiden Heifers £756
Calves £338

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