Topping at £20,000 and averaging more than £6,000, the first edition of the Red Ribbon sale staged at UK Dairy Day was a resounding success.
The sale also witnessed a new Jersey breed record of £11,000 set.
Not surprisingly, many of the consignments had been winners at major shows, or had the potential to be in the future.
Star of the sale was Sterndale Atwood Noel, from W.J. Nadin and Co, Derbyshire. An All Britain winner last year, after winning the junior two-year class at UK Dairy Expo and the Western Holstein Spring Show, Noel was placed second in the senior three-year class and Honourable Mention senior champion. It was bought by Elite Street Genetics, Co Cork, for the day’s top price.
Bluegrass Vindications Harp, from J.H. Doherty and S. Whittaker, Shropshire sold for a new Jersey record of £11,000
Setting the Jersey breed record price, well ahead of the previous 8,500gns record, was Bluegrass Vindications Harp, which sold for £11,000 to three Northern Ireland breeders – the Fleming family, John Henning and Keith Agnew.
From James Doherty and Stephanie Whittaker, Shropshire, Harp was reckoned to be one of the best Jerseys ever offered at public auction. Unbeaten in the showring and was grand champion at UK Dairy Expo earlier in the year.
Berryholme Doorman Erle, a December 2014-born daughter of Mikali Seaver D Erle, from the Holstein herd of the Wright family, Kendal, attracted worldwide interest at the sale and sold for £11,500 to R.D. Fleming, Kirkpatrick Fleming, together with the Roan family, Dalbeattie.
The sale had included special animals from all the dairy breeds and it was a unique pedigree and fancy Ayrshire heifer which again attracted international interest, this time from the USA.
Glenwood Dreamer Irene, from Sam Wadsworth, Lisburn, was sired by Nexus Dreamer and bred from an Excellent Ravenhill Snowfire dam which gave almost 10,000kgs as a two year old. She sold for £6,800 to Creech Hill Partnership, Bruton, Somerset.
Matthew Isles and Absolute Genetics, Kirkham, Lancashire, sold Sunnybanks Absolute Adeen for £5,000 to P. and R. Robinson, Faddiley, Cheshire. Adeen was sired by Windbrook and bred from Absolute Goldwyn Adeen, which had been reserve junior two-year-old at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Also selling for £5,000 was the December 2014-born Wyndford Brokaw Erle consigned by W. Maddocks, Newport, Shropshire. The stylish black heifer out of the noted twice reserve All Britain winner, Wyndford Goldwyn Erle, went to a Dutch buyer.
15 dairy cattle: £6,048.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.