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Woodmarsh herd leads trade

BEESTON CASTLE Auction had a busy day last week, hosting both the annual Wexham Cup Holstein bull show and sale, and the Northern Lights sale of elite Holstein heifers.

A total of 83 bulls were forward for the Wexham Cup, with trade peaking at 4800gns for the Wexham Cup winner – which is awarded to the bull that gains the most points on a combination of inspection, dams classification and production and index. That was Woodmarsh Zero, from M and JC Gould, Grange Farm, Shrewsbury, a son of Gillette Jordan bred from five generations of VG/EX dams in the Zandra family. He sold to Breeze Farms, Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire.

The third annual sale of elite heifers selected by Cameron Baty under the Northern Lights banner attracted an entry of 33 head and seven embryo packages. Trade was selective but strong for the very best and again it was the Goulds from Woodmarsh who came up trumps with top priced heifer. This was Woodmarsh Jordan Zandra 4th ET, an April-born daughter of Gillette Jordan, out of the 16,000kg Woodmarsh Zoey (Ex90-4yr) which has already bred nine daughters classified VG or EX and is also the dam of the Wexham Cup winner Woodmarsh Zero. Zandra sold for 5600gns and now joins the Wyndford herd of Wilfred Maddocks, Newport, Shropshire.

Averages: 55 bulls, £2244.14; 22 heifers, £2625; 12 embryos, £290.50.

See full report in this week's issue of The Scottish Farmer, out November 10.

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