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Dairy Shorthorns see prices rise to £1750

Autumn Show & Sale | Beeston - 28th October 2016

Female Champion: Tabley Wizard Nellie from OC Whittaker & Sons Ltd

Female Champion: Tabley Wizard Nellie from OC Whittaker & Sons Ltd

The Shorthorn Society’s Autumn Show and Sale took place at Beeston Castle Auction on Friday 28th October in conjunction with the month end Dairy Sale. There was only a small entry but demand was clearly evident and many more could have been sold such was the demand.

David Madeley of the Nejay Herd officiated as judge and chose the homebred heifer Tabley Wizard Nellie from OC Whittaker & Sons Ltd of Knutsford as his Champion. This was a daughter of Cotonhall Wizard. In reserve was Dee Wild Queen 24th from David and Liz Price-Jones of Overton-on-Dee for their daughter of Strickley True Perfection.

Reserve Champion: Dee Wild Queen 24 from D & E Price-Jones

Reserve Champion: Dee Wild Queen 24 from D & E Price-Jones

Trade was tremendous for all lots on offer with prices rising to £1720 for Neil Madeley’s superbly bred Nejay Marcia 29th. She also is a daughter of Strickley True Perfection and is bred from five generations of VG dams; she sold calved two weeks giving 25 kg and was purchased by MT Davies of Salwarpe, Worcester who also purchased the Reserve Champion heifer at £1480 as well as the second top seller Elkington Anne by Treetop Pimp from MS & EAE Davies of Carmarthen.

The Champion heifer was keenly sought and the hammer was eventually knocked down to E Kirk of Barkby Thorpe, Leicester. The only cow entered was an Ex90 dry cow due with her fifth calf in December; Kayl Shining Poppy by the homebred Shining Knight from local breeders N & R Boote of Kelsall. She sold for £1450 to I & F Loughrin of Cookstown, Northern Ireland.

A small entry of calves all by Scandinavian Red sires from Gary Norbury of Sproston, Middlewich sold to £240

AVERAGES: Cow £1450; Calved Heifers £1330. Heifer Calves £185.71.

WRIGHT MARSHALL of Beeston Castle Auction