STRONG demand for milking females ensured a total clearance at the weekly Beeston dairy sale where 88 lots sold to a top of £2020 for a heifer in milk bred from eight generations of cows in the top two grades.

Sale leader was Yatehouse Doorman Chartreuse ET, from Cheshire producers, RC Atkin and Partner, Yate House, Byley, Middlewich. Their Val-Bisson Doorman daughter is bred from the Ex91-3E cow, Dilligas Gold Chartreuse ET and sold fresh early May giving 34kg per day, to JJ and AS Nicholas, Tarporley.

A good run of heifers from CSA Brassington and Son's Cracking herd from Telford, sold to £1880 to D Bradley of Coole Lane, Nantwich.

Cows peaked at £1780 for a fresh third calved Friesian giving 40kg daily from GW Mercer of Edgeworth, purchased by Richard Bowdler, Ellesmere, who also went to £1750 for a similarly aged entry from KR Britton and Son's Briarfield herd from Norfolk.

In-calf heifers were keenly sought after selling to £1500 for another from the Briarfield herd, which sold due at the end of the month, sexed to Escape. The buyer was D Drinkall, Darnhall.

Served heifers sold to £1170 from PK Brocklehurst, Knutsford and heifer calves hit a top of £280 from M Hales, Oulton.

The youngstock reduction sale from D and JP Dakin, Edge Malpas, saw in-calf heifers peak at £1500 for a July calving entry by BB Blackadder ET selling to D Drinkall, Darnhall, who also took heifers at £1480 and £1420.

Maiden heifers from the same home sold to £1000 with 8-12-month-old entries realising £700 and calves to £420.

Averages: All milking cows of all breeds including faults, £1527.14; all milking heifers of all breeds including faults, £1638

Auctioneers: Wright Marshall and Hassall Brothers