Friday the 20th July saw the production sale of 171 pedigree Holstein dairy cattle from the Dalebrad herd belonging to A&SL Throup & Son. With the sheds fit to bursting at Higher House, Allan, Susan and son Richard decided it was time to reduce some numbers. A tremendous crowd arrived ring side for the beginning of the sale despite the unforeseeable long period of dry weather that preceded the day.
The top price of the sale came in the form of a home bred bull Dalesbrad Top Gun, a November 2016 born bull by Sandy – Valley Bolton and from Dalesbrad Shottle Priscilla EX94 (3) sold for 2600gns to the Southwell family of Luddendenfoot. Another bull from this renowned herd sold for 2100gns, Dalesbrad Lenny, again November 2016 born and bred by a homebred bull Dalesbrad Profit (EX90) out of a (EX93 (4)) Dalesbrad Shottle Lena and went to his new home at Thoralby with John Lancaster.
In the milkers it was Dalesbrad Meridian Priscilla who took the limelight, by Sully Hart Meridian out of Dalesbrad Shottle Priscilla EX94 (3) (who also bred Dalesbrad Top Gun), she sold giving 26kg for 2300gns to Robert and Elaine Butterfield of the Ingleview Herd near Bentham. Next in line was Dalesbrad Lineman Janie VG85, by Comestar Lineman and out of Dalesbrad Gordan Janie 2 EX90, the heifer was giving 23kg and back in calf to Ladys-Manor Lamar for December sold for 2100gns to the Atkinson Family of Gammersgill, Leyburn.
In all the milking portion met an honest trade with a lot of older cows selling away well with February calving heifers still making into the high teens
In the maiden heifers some very healthy prices were seen throughout the sale with plenty of bidders looking for good quality young stock. Topping the maidens was Dalesbrad Silver Lena boasting 4 gens of EX the yearling heifer sold for 1100gns to the Taylor family of Thursby, Carlisle. Dalesbrad Lamar Lena a March bred from an VG88 Zoro daughter was another highly sought after lot eventually selling for 900gns to Northern Ireland. In reflection a lot of the maidens sold away between 800gns and 1000gns and creating a strong average of £841.74.
In milk Cows and Heifers av £1516 to 2300gns
Maiden Heifers av £841.74 to £1100gns
Pedigree Bulls av £2467.5 to 2600gns