The Western Holstein Club’s show and sale of bulls at Beeston Castle included the Wexham Cup. This is awarded to the bull gaining the most points, not only for inspection, but for a combination of ETA for weight of fat and protein, its sire’s Type Merit and dam and grand dam’s classification.
The winner was Shanael Edward, from the Miller family, of Shanael Farms, Evesham, Worcestershire, with a score of 931 points. The son of Seagull-Bay Silver from seven generations of VG/Ex members of the UFM-Dubs Eroy family has three VG sisters so far. It sold for the day’s top price of 4,200gns to M.N. Davies, Clunderwen, Pembrokeshire.
The Wexham Cup reserve from M. and J.C. Gould, Shrewsbury, was Woodmarsh Linsey, also a son of Seagull Bay Silver from the Lyme family which scored 885 points. It was knocked down for 3,050gns to the Cox Farming Company, Stafford.
Woodmarsh Merganzer, a son of Mr Moviestar Mardigras from the Goulds sold for 2,700gns to A. and D.J. Gregory, Buxton.
Two bulls from Richard Pilkington’s Aintree herd were next. Aintree Newlyn, a son of Springhill-Oh Iron J Pirate, sold for 2,300gns to the Allen Family Farm, Whitchurch, for 2,300gns, while the Ladys Manor Olympian son, Aintree Lenard sold for 2,100gns to D. and S.C. Sutton, Crewe. Mr Pilkington also sold the only pure British Friesian entry, Aintree Pembroke for 2,000gns to B.D. and C. Eynon, Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire.
Shanael Farms sold a full brother to the Wexham Cup winner, Shanael Everlasting for 2,050gns to W. Bradbury and Partners, Buxton. The champion bull, Bilsrow Onside, a Uecker Supersire Josuper son from D.J. and S. Tomlinson, Preston, sold for 2,000gns to J.G. Jones, Holywell.
24 bulls, £1,908.26.