The on-farm dispersal of the Dunston herd of pedigree Holsteins on behalf of Betholt, Stafford, saw almost 630 head go under the hammer, peaking at 2,600gns.
Sale leader was the second calver Dunston Amazing Snowball, a daughter of Mr Atlees Altaamazing, giving 42kg. It was bought by Shutt and Mansell, Newport, who also bought another fresh second calver, Dunston Seaver Marliene for 2,350gns.
The second highest price of 2,550gns was for Dunston Twist Bo-Peep, a second calver by Cogent Twist. It sold giving 53kg to R. Turner, Bradley, Stafford.
A major buyer was Beattie Lilburn, Co Down, Northern Ireland, who bought many of the top lots including the leading milking heifer, Dunston Iota Jean 3, a daughter of Regancrest Altaiota, and four animals at 2,300gns each. They were Dunston Avalon Vaakje, a fresh second calver giving 46kg, Dunston Glauco Pearl due with its second in August to Mogul, Dunston Goldmine Rose due with its second in September to Honeybee, and Dunston Twist Bo-Peep 3 also calving in September with her second. Also heading for Northern Ireland is Dunston Steady Ivory, bought for 2,300gns by Laurence Baillie, Co Down.
In-calf heifers sold to 2,300gns for Dunston Parocas Greenfly, by Sala Shottle Parocas. It sold to Andrew Barnett, Stone, who was the volume buyer of the day.
Maidens peaked at 1,150gns for Dunston Goldfish Bo-Peep, a 15-month-old daughter of Toc-Farm Goldfish which sold to J.H. and R. Morris, Wrexham. At the same price was a daughter of the same cow, 14-month-old Dunston Goldmine Bo-Peep which sold to Mark Buckley, Warmingham, Crewe.
Younger heifers sold to 1,050gns for the six-month-old Dunston Dreamer Vaakje by Wiltor Dreamer. It was knocked down to Les Trow, Shrewsbury.
360 cows and milking heifers (including 42 heifer calves born since November at £448) £1,499.10; 76 in-calf and recently served heifers, £1,620.18; 149 maiden heifers, £744.58; 585 lots £1,234.05.
Auctioneers: Wright Marshall.