Strong demand for quality heifers ensured a cracking trade for Holstein females at North West Auctions' January dairy show and sale, where prices peaked at £2700, for the fresh Denhamhill Sensation.

The heifer, from regular consignors, EH and R Eccles, Denhamhill, Chorley, is by Bidlea Sensation and out of the Shottle-sired Denhamhill Susan. She sold to Dyfig Davies, Carmarthen.

The champion sold next at £2600 to the same buyer. This was Robert and Elaine Butterfield's Ingleview Demps Dandy, a Drew Dempsey daughter, out of Ingleview Rockman Dandy, from their Ingleview herd from High Bentham.

Top price for J Burrow and Son's Stardale herd from Tunsteads, Barton, Preston was £2450 paid for Stardale Mayday Vanessa, by ABS Mayday ET and out of Stardale Grafeeti Vanessa. She was the choice of Wallbank Farms, Lancaster.

Another from the same home made £2300 to M and R Harper. Stardale Apprentice Adeen, by Endco Apprentice, is bred from Stardale Talent Adeen.

Local producers, Drinkall Bros sold two heifers at £2400 and £2000, with the first, Pennine Crocus 279, a Larcrest Cancun-sired heifer again selling to Wales with Dyfig Davies.

Lead priced cow at £2380 was Lawsons Farm's Sweetings Fitz Trupi, by Toc-Farm Firz, bred from Sweetings Barrace Trudi. She sold to Wannop Farms.

Averages: 50 heifers, £1729; six bulls, £1763.33