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Woodmarsh herd leads dairy trade at Beeston Castle

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. 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 second top seller was the reserve for the Wexham Cup, Woodmarsh Lisbon, which sold for 4300gns to the CB Cooper Partnership of Winterbourne Monkton, Swindon, Wiltshire, for their noted Noremead herd. Another Windbrook son from the Lyme family, he has a 100 tonne Excellent dam by Jolt, which has so far bred nine VG/Ex daughters.

The Woodmarsh herd also topped the Northern Lights sale of 33 females and seven embryo packages with Woodmarsh Jordan Zandra 4th ET, an April-born daughter of Gillette Jordan, out of the 16,000kg Woodmarsh Zoey (Ex90-4yr), which sold for 5600gns and now joins the Wyndford herd of Wilfred Maddocks, Newport, Shropshire.

Two heifers sold for 4500gns each. The first was the first heifer in the ring, Redsky Lawnboy Delight Red ET from Redsky Holsteins of Hexham Northumberland. She is a daughter of Overside Elayo Delight Red (Ex91) (Ex94-MS) and sold in calf to Kamps-Hollow Arudolf (sexed semen), due in March, to local buyers RC and RD Jones, Peckforton, Tarporley.

The other heifer at this price was the May-born Nobold Windbrook Joan ET from Michael Roberts of Shrewsbury. She is out of the 2011 Honourable Mention senior heifer and has five generations of VG/Ex dams. She now joins the Erie herd of Iwan Morgan at Carmarthen.

See this week's The Scottish Farmer for full report, out November 10.

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