The key factors influencing purchasers’ decisions to bid strongly at last Monday’s Dairy Shorthorn Society Sale at Chelford seemed to be deep bodies, strength of leg and excellent udders. Cattle meeting those criteria sold exceptionally well throughout, maintaining strong trade but smaller cattle, even those with the outstanding udders for which the breed is famed, found some price resistance.
Supreme Champion at Chelford’s Dairy Shorthorn Sale, Churchroyd Lilian 16th, made 1700 gns
Judge for the day was Henry Rawlins from Salisbury, Wiltshire, and he found his Champion in the very neat heifer Churchroyd Lilian 16th from Messrs Collins & Partners. This heifer by Treeton Pimp, the Australian Shorthorn, and out of the Churchroyd Victor sired Lilian 10th, who is now classified with 91 points, has calved a month, giving 27 kilos and she made 1,700 gns to E Kirk, Barkby, Thorpe.
Top Price at the Dairy Shorthorn Show and Sale at Chelford, the Reserve Champion Dunham Heather 101st, made 2650 gns
It was the Reserve Champion, however, a powerful Nejay Prince 3rd daughter from the Dunham Herd of Messrs Royle, which took the top price of 2,650 gns. This heifer displayed all the strength required allied to an outstanding udder, she showed herself particularly well in the ring, and went home to Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, with N Millard. Another heifer from the Dunham Herd, this time a substitute entry, Dunham Tulip 140th, again by Nejay Prince 3rd joined the lorry heading for Leicestershire with Mr Kirk at 2,150 gns.
Jim Gould, from Rossett, Wrexham put forward an interestingly bred heifer, Trevalyn Gaydinah Wisconsin. This May 2011 born light roan heifer, by April Day Wisconsin-Red, and out of the homebred Gaydinah Maverick sold with a high herd held status and calved 3 weeks, made 2,000 gns to Messrs Malkin, Stone, Staffordshire, whilst a July 2010 born heifer, all the way from St Clears, Carmarthenshire and shown by Messrs Davies of the Elkington Herd, their homebred Amber Princess 12th, made 1980 gns to K & P Moorse, Sherbourne, Dorset.
The same traits were in demand in the Cow section of the sale, which was headed by the statuess Ellerghyll Starlet put forward by Mrs D Throup. This May 2010 born 2nd calver by Rosedale-L Rampage-Red, and out of the Nejay Prince sired Stickley Starlet 93rd, calved a week was giving 36 kg at time of sale, and made 1,880 gns to local producers D H Jones & Son.
Leading the Maiden heifers was the class winner, Kayl Proud Countess 36th, a June 2011 born heifer from Chester based Robert and Kaylie Boote, heading just down the road to Ince with Edward Crank for 980 gns. There were only two bulls on offer, both youngsters, but keen competition from Northern Ireland driving the trade, Robert Boote sold his Kayl Bound to be Good, a June 2012 born son of Oxton Boundless, out of the 94 point Kayl Sound Poppy for 910 gns to D G Allen, Smalley, Derbyshire.
Cows in-milk - £1205; Heifers in-milk - £1755; Maiden Heifers - £677; Young Bulls - £688
Auctioneers: Frank Marshall and Co.