The first edition of the Red Ribbon sale held at UK Dairy Day was a resounding success topping at £20,000, a new Jersey breed record price was set at £11,000 and the overall average was an impressive £6048. The sale featured some very classy lots and in keeping with the sale name many of the consignments had been winners at major shows or had the potential to be in the future.
The star lot in the sale was Sterndale Atwood Noel consigned by WJ Nadin & Co from Derbyshire, she was an All Britain winner in 2014 after winning the Junior two year class at UK Dairy Expo and the Western Holstein Spring Show. Noel was one of the favourites to do well in the build up to UK Dairy Day and she did t disappoint placing second in the Senior three year class and Hourable Mention Senior Champion. She was purchased by Elite Street Genetics, Co Cork, Rep. of Ireland for £20,000.
Sterndale Atwood Noel VG89 3yr – £20,000
Smashing the Jersey Breed record price was Bluegrass Vindications Harp selling for £11,000 to the Fleming Family from the Potterswalls herd, John Henning and Keith Agnew Northern Ireland. She was consigned by James Doherty and Stephanie Whittaker from Shropshire and was one of the best Jerseys to ever sell at public auction. She was unbeaten in the Show ring and was a very poplar Grand Champion at UK Dairy Expo earlier in the year. She was sired by Vindication and bred from an EX92 Duncan Barber who produced almost 11,000kgs as a seven year old. Commenting after the sale auctioneer Glyn Lucas said “…it’s always very exciting when a new record is set but we were t excepting her to go so high, I would like to wish her new owners all the success in the world and I’m looking forward to seeing her in the show ring next year.” The previous Jersey breed record was set in Borderway, Carlisle during the Black & White sale in 2014 at 8,500gns.
In the build up to UK Dairy Day one of the most anticipated and talked about cows was Mikali Seaver D Erle owned by the Wright family from Kendal, Cumbria. Erle had stormed to victory at the Great Yorkshire show in July and had gained many fans. Her Doorman daughter attracted worldwide interest and sold for £11,500 to RD Fleming Hillhead Farm, Kirkpatrick Fleming and the Roan Family Boreland of Colvend Farm, Dalbeattie.
The sale had included special animals from all of the dairy breeds and it was a unique pedigree and very fancy Ayrshire heifer that again had attracted International interest this time from the USA. Glenwood Dreamer Irene was sired by Nexus Dreamer and bred from an Excellent Ravenhill Swfire dam who gave almost 10,000kgs as a two year old. She was consigned by Sam Wadsworth Glenwood Farm, Lisburn and sold for £6,800 to Creech Hill Partnership Creech Hill Farm, Somerset.
Matthew Isles and Absolute Genetics sold Sunnybanks Absolute Adeen for £5,000 to P&R Robinson Wood Hey Hall, Cheshire. Adeen was sired by Windbrook and bred from Absolute Goldwyn Adeen who placed second Junior two year old at the Great Yorkshire Show in July. The full sister to the dam is Holmland Goldwyn Adeen who topped the Holmland dispersal at 15,000gns and placed second five year old just an hour prior to the sale.
Also selling for £5,000 was Wyndford Brokaw Erle consigned by W. Maddocks Ltd Chadwell Grange Shropshire. She was an immensely stylish black heifer that has the potential to very well in the show ring following in the foot steps of her dam Wyndford Goldwyn Erle has been twice Reserve Grand Champion at the Royal Welsh and twice Reserve All Britain. She was purchased by a client from Holland.
Sale Average £6048.00Leading PricesLot Price Buyer10 £20,000 Elite Street Genetics, Eire20 £11,500 RD Fleming, Hillhead, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire and Messrs Roan, Boreland, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire5 £11,000 Ashley Fleming, Mourne View Cottage, 38 Drumanaghan Road, Co Down23 £6800 Creech Hill Partnership, Creech Hill Farm, Bruton, Somerset22 £5000 P & R Robinson, Wood Hey Farm, Faddiley, Nantwich, Cheshire21 £5000 Hullcrest Holsteins, Holland2 £4200 J Evans, Maes Yr Afon, Little, Wolfcastel, Haverfordwest3 £4000 DR & BA Cotton, Blakeley Farm, Whiston, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire19 £4000 J Evans, Maes Yr Afon, Little, Wolfcastel, Haverfordwest