Supreme Champion: Bilbro Rosebud – 2350 gns
The Shorthorn Society’s Annual Show and Sale was moved by auctioneers Wright Marshall to their Beeston Castle Auction, which proved to be highly successful in attracting both vendors and purchasers from across the UK.
Reserve Champion: Churchroyd Nicola 11th
The sale was boosted by the decision of Neil and Jayne Madeley to cease milk production due to the recent down turn in the milk price after a lifetime of milking cows. This brought on to the market their wonderful herd of Nejay Shorthorns, a great breeder’s herd which commanded a wonderful interest for all animals on offer.
A great gathering of fellow breeders and commercial buyers alike from near and far packed around the ringside to try to secure an animal with the reputable Nejay prefix. The Madeley family had presented their cattle superbly and every credit must go to the team involved in the presentation.
Top price was 5000gns for Lot 132, Nejay Pamela Mary 9th a daughter of Churchroyd Pluto from a Ex91-4yr 1*; this super heifer was eagerly sought and was purchased by N & R Boote who also secured Nejay Violet 5th (Lot 126) a daughter of Nejay Amazon, calved at the end of September with her second calf and was a past Junior Champion at the Livestock Show.
Realising 3300gns was Rodway Melody 5th a Nejay Amadeus daughter bred from two generations of cows scored Very Good, calved at the end of July; she was snapped up by R D Kite & Son for their Cotonhall herd, they also took away with them at 2800gns a lovely Nejay Royalty daughter bred from the wonderful (Ex92-4E 8*) dam. R Crank & Son of Ince, Chester, secured a beautiful dry Nejay Foggy 90th (VG87) from a (EX90) 1* dam, due November to Nejay Earl with her 3rd calf and sold for 3000 gns. Selling at 2700gns was a Drisgol Watzon daughter bred from three generations of cows scored Very Good or Excellent, she was snapped up by P Wyatt from Norfolk who purchased a further 10 animals during the days sale.
Nejay Averages: 39 Cows & In Milk Heifers £1521.15
Judge Roger Stockton presents Martin Jackson with the Championship trophy
The Autumn Show and Sale for the Society drew a total entry of 58 head, but with a large proportion of young stock from a number of herds.
Consequently demand for milking stock was much faster than anticipated, and it was the Show Champion, Bilbro Rosebud from Thirsk, Yorkshire based Martin Jackson, who led the trade a 2,350 gns.
Judge for the day, Roger Stockton, from in Hampshire, picked her out of the class of in milk heifers. Having calved on 8th October, she was giving 26 kilos at time of sale and went home to Crosshands, South Wales, with Messrs Harries. Bilbro Rosebud made 2350 gns.
Ed Whittaker, fresh from winning the Championship at last week’s National Calf Show, saw the best of his heifers from his Tabley Herd, Cotonhall Joy 9th, bought as a heifer, make 1,900 gns, to Messrs Elkin, Hilderstone, Staffordshire; the usual consignment from the Dunham Herd, on behalf of Messrs C Royle and Sons, Altrincham, topped at 1850 gns for Dunham Daffodil 45th, a daughter of Nobility currently giving 27 kilos. She went home with A V Jones, Corwen, Denbighshire.
Best of the 2nd calvers came from Messrs Robinson, Cumbria, their Strickley Peeress Rose 36th making 1700 gns to Messrs Malkin, Stone, Staffordshire.
The in-calf heifers were led by the first prize winner Irthingvale Watzon Duchess from G & B Bell which made 1,500 gns to Richard Harper, Burland, Nantwich.
The large entry of maiden heifers had caused some pre-sale concern, but those fears were soon allayed when trade started at a very fast pace, with all 32 entered being sold at prices well above vendors expectations. This section was led at 1200 gns by Rodway Waterloo Rose 26th, already a proven show winner in regional calf shows and bred in the Rodway Herd by the outstanding bull Nejay Ernie. Seimon Thomas from Ceredigion beat off all other bidders to take her home for his Drisgol Herd.
Another Rodway heifer, this time Lady Laura 85th, again by Nejay Ernie and with an excellent pedigree displaying 3 Excellent classified cows, was placed first in the class, and made 1,150 gns to Richard Harper. Another Ernie daughter from the Rodway Herd, this time Red Rose 48th, again displaying Excellent cows within her pedigree, made 1100 gns to James Lambe, heading for Southern Ireland.
Society Sale Averages:
Cows in milk - £1460
Heifers in milk - £1781
Heifers in calf - £1270
Maiden Heifers - £662
Bulls - £1890
Auctioneers: Wright Marshall
Cotonhall Joy sold for 1,900gns