BIDDING peaked at £2,500 in Gisburn’s last dairy sale of 2019 which attracted a record number of pedigree entries.
Of the total 96 pedigree and non-pedigree animals changing hands, 26 made to £2,000 or more and the pedigree cow and heifer average was in excess of £1,900.
Making top money was the champion from the pre-sale show, a three weeks calved, 35kg heifer from G.D. Donkin, Copster Green, Blackburn. Copdon Bolton Caron 3 by Sandy-Valley Bolton out of a twice 11,000kg EX92 Shottle dam found a new home with the judge, Harry Roper, Longridge, Preston. The same vendor saw his Hnkes-Wessel Altasemi sired heifer, Semi Enzian, knocked down at £2,260 to B.F. Blezard, Ribchester who took a total of five animals on the day.
A pedigree third calver from J. and M. Sanderson, Preston was not catalogued but went on to make the day’s second top price of £2,450. One week calved and giving 40kg it went to S. Breare, Silsden.
Feizor herd owners W.A. and A. Booth, took a £2,350 bid form Knutsford buyers R.G., D.J. and P.J. Frith for their 35kg Unix sired heifer. Close behind at £2,300 was a 42kg second calver from J.D. Taylor and Son’s Smellows herd, Skipton. By Denmire Merkel out of the high fatting Smellows Samuelo Rox, it was bought by L.D. and M.A. Clarke and Sons, Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton.
Another from Smellows made £2,250. This was a 44kg second calver by the same sire from the Sunlight family. The buyers were C. Middleton and Sons, Clitheroe. At the same price, Booth Brothers, Wigglesworth, Skipton sold their reserve champion fresh heifer, Hallcroft Contour Rosemary, to J.C. Marshall, Dacre, Harrogate. The 28kg heifer is by Larcrest Contour and from a high yielding family including its granddam which peaked at 14,123kg with its third calf.
AVERAGES - Pedigree newly calved heifers £1,918.86; pedigree newly calved cows, £1,913.64; non-registered newly calved heifers, £1,656.40; non-registered newly calved cows, £1,504; in-calf heifers £1,296.67.
Auctioneers: Richard Turner and Son.