THE virtual dispersal of the Wiltor Holstein herd on behalf of David and Claire Jones on-farm at Magor, Monmouthshire, peaked at 43,000gns and averaged almost £4,000/head.
Leading the trade at 43,000gns, the highest price for a milking female in the UK for some years, was the young cow Wiltor Silver Centerpiece VG-89, a granddaughter of Larcrest Crimson and therefore a member of one of the most popular families worldwide. It was knocked down to Nick and Louise Sercombe, Leicestershire.
Its full sister, 88 pointed Silver Cosmopolitan sold to Oliver Williams, Cambridgeshire, at 11,500gns. It had nine daughters in the sale by Bacon-Hill Pety Modesty which averaged more than £4000, the most expensive at 7,000gns to local breeders A.J. and L.A. Duthie.
Rockset Integral Rae Red, bought as a yearling at Robert Hugo’s dispersal and now down calving to Jordy Red, sold to South West Scotland based, Eastford Holsteins syndicate for 15,000gns. Wyndford Doorman Zandra 4 VG-87, a yearling buy, at the 2017 Wyndford dispersal, made 14,000gns to a Northern Irish buyer, with its Atwood heifer calf making 7,500gns to Sulwyn Richards, Glamorgan.
Other red animals in demand were Wiltor Integral Jodie Red VG-89 which sold to Rob Kirk, Leicestershire, at 8,300gns and the twice All Britain red and white champion, Wiltor Chipper Rosie Polled Red Ex-94-2 which was bought by Alan Paul, Northern Ireland, for 6,200gns.
One of the UK’s current top 10 genomic index calves, Sahara Outback Jamaica, sold for 8,000gs to Crossfell House Farm, Cumbria.
Guest consignor, Gary Jones, Whitchurch, sold a daughter of Stantons High Octane to Messrs Patton’s Ards herd for 6,500gns. The consignment from the Yates family’s Logan herd, Castle Douglas, met a solid trade with most selling between 3000 and 4,000gns at which price Bryan O’Connor, Co Cork, bought a De-Su Syracuse calf from the Sweet family.
Averages - Wiltor and Sahara - 43 cows and calved heifers, £8.226.63 (including calves at £2,993.72; 12 served heifers, £4,786.25; 23 recently served and maiden heifers, £3,478.70; 7 bulls, £1,965; 85 lots, £5,940.52.
Logan herd - 16 head, £3,366.56.
G. and I. Jones - 3 calves, £3,815.
Auctioneers: Norton and Brooksbank.