It was obvious from the outset that style and dairy characteristics were to be eagerly sought by Dairy Shorthorn, and Red & White enthusiasts at the autumn show and sale for the Shorthorn Society at Chelford on Monday.
Champion: Hooton Lily Fair 216
Leading the trade at 2600gns was the January 2011 born heifer Strickley Charlotte 2nd, from Cumbria Breeders Messrs. Robinson. Although on the Society’s Grading Register and not a full pedigree, she is by the exciting bull Nejay Amazon and out of the 9,700 kg Strickley Charlotte. This fully organic herd, from a four year TB testing area, has produced some outstanding quality heifers in recent years and Charlotte 2nd was the subject of lively bidding, before being knocked down to C.D. Malkin of Stone, Staffordshire.
Messrs. Malkin were also in for Strickley Oak Barrington 29th, at 2250gns, another daughter of Nejay Amazon, this one out of the 8500 kg the Strickley Oak Barrington 4th. This Nejay Amazon bred Heifer, showed great depth in udder and again attracted bidding from a number of breeders.
At 2200gns was the best from the Dunham Herd of G. Royle & Son, another herd that has produced several exceptional breeding heifers over the years. Dunham Jill 41st, a daughter of Twells Barrington Grange 5th went home to Barkby Thorpe, Leicestershire, with E. Kirk.
Other Heifers from both the Strickley and Dunham Herds sold to 1950gns.
Leading the in-calf heifers at 1820gns was Winbrook Jill 152nd, part of a lorry load from Cumbria breeders G.A. & W. Dent. By Marleycote Thunder, out of the VG 87 Winbrook Jill 140th and due in November to Marleycote Gold Blend, she travelled back to Cumbria, this time to Longtown, with J.W. Coulthard & Son.
Judge for this year’s show was Jonathan Fisher from Wealdsby, Nottinghamshire, who chose as his champion a powerful 5th calf cow from the Hooton Herd of J.C. Hayward & Sons. Hooton Lily Fair 216th, classified with 86 points, is out of the outstanding Lily Fair 111th, the 94point, 100 ton cow who was a multiple show champion, including at The Royal, during her career.
Reserve Champion at Chelford – Strickley Tricia 7th 1950gns
Freshly calved and currently giving 30kgs, she made 2100gns to Ken Prestidge, of Solihull. West Midlands. The Reserve Champion and leading heifer in milk came from the Strickley Herd of Messrs. Robinson. Strickley Tricia 7th, by Strickley Perfect Ten made 1950gns to Messrs. Malkin of Stone.
7 cows in milk £1696; 2 dry cows £1575; 16 heifers in milk £1656; 16 in-calf heifers £1132
Auctioneers: Frank Marshall and Co.