The Passion for Pedigree sale of Holsteins from the Sahara and Wiltor herds, the property of Sheika Nora Alkhalifa and Dave and Claire Jones, Magor, Monmouthshire, peaked at 10,000gns and averaged more than £3,000.
The top seller at the sale held at Beeston Castle was the show cow, Ortongrange Snowman Alysia VG89, EX-MS, a second calf daughter of Snowman which was All-Britain junior heifer in-milk 2014 and which had two EX94 dams.
It gave 10,000kg as a heifer and was giving almost 50 kg in her second. It was knocked down to Stephen Robinson, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Its November-born Doorman ET calf then made 2,400gns to Ruth Harper, Dearham, West Cumbria.
Next was a calf with show potential, Sahara Bradnick Ambrosia with UK type Merit of +2.95 and a daughter of last year’s Royal Welsh champion and reserve All Britain junior cow, Sahara Atwood Ambrosia, Ex93-4yr. It sold for 5,500 gns to Llyr Lloyd, St Clears, Carmarthenshire.
There was a large proportion of the sale with leading edge genomics and two of these animals were near to the top of the price list. Selling at 5,600gns to Hugh Neilson, Lanarkshire, was Sahara Silver Fleur which has a GPLI of +£541, the highest in the catalogue. It is an August 2015 daughter of Seagull-Bay Silver and out of Sahara Oak Fleur VG87-2yr.
Her ET sister with a GPLI of +£524 sold for 4,600gns to Carys Jones, Monmouthshire, and her dam, Oak Fleur, sold for 3,700 gns to an undisclosed East Midlands buyer.
Selling at 5,100gns to Andrew Mackellar, Stafford, was the young dry cow, Sahara Numero Uno Jasmine, which gave 9,013kg as a heifer and was a month off calving to Cookie Cutter Harper.
The fresh heifer, Sahara Cruise Roza VG87-2yr, a daughter of Wiltor Cruise, sold giving 34kg for 4,500gns to A. and B. Bargh, Penrith.
Auctioneers: Wright Marshall.