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The Bustabecks herd on their way to the sale ring

bustabecks herd

Seven daughters of the popular Danish sire Fyn Lemvig averaged over £1100 including the two top prices at Andrew and Diane Johnston’s dispersal sale on farm near Wigton on Thursday 26th October 2006. A large crowd of breeders from all over the North of England and from Ireland, Scotland and Wales attended the farm in appalling weather conditions and showed great determination in the bidding for fresh calved and close to profit individuals. 27 buyers were recorded and 6 four figure prices were obtained for the milking herd.

The top price of the day was 2,000 guineas paid by Emma Murray for her Windyridge herd near Wolverhampton (Lot 7) this exceptional mature cow by Lemvig was 4 months calved into her 5th lactation and giving 36kgs daily. She is sure to be seen on the show circuit next year. Shortly after this another Lemvig daughter Danish BF Lemvig Marina (Lot 16) was purchased by Peter and Judith Waring from East Yorkshire for 1650 guineas for their Cherryview herd. This was one of the highest yielding cows in the herd having done 8,800kgs with her third note and 5 months calved giving 39.5kgs daily.

Round the sale ring at Bustabecks
Round the sale ring at Bustabecks.

Another sire that dominated the bidding on the younger cows was Blackys Big Time and his daughter Gaddesden Ribena 2 (Lot 68) made 1680 guineas selling to Mr N Hughes who farms near Silloth in Cumbria. Gaddesden Tara 2 (Lot 71) another Big Time daughter out of a VG Sooner Centurion dam was also greatly admired and made 1150 guineas to Euan Morgan for the Erie herd in Carmarthen.

One of the main buyers of the sale was Frank Tomlinson from nearby Wigton who purchased 16 milkers at the sale. These included Danish BF Zak Maddie (Lot 35) a 3 month calved third lactation cow giving over 35kgs daily at 1120 guineas. Fresh calved cows and those due before Christmas regularly made 900 guineas or more and young stock were a steady trade with maidens selling to 480 guineas (twice) and calves at foot up to 360 guineas. The herd was dispersed following the sale of the farm and the strong trade reflected the continuing growing interest in Channel Island cattle in the UK.

69 cows & calved heifers avg £801.50
1 served heifer avg £672.00
28 maiden heifers avg £380.25
98 lots avg £679.82
6 ¾ cows avg £400.75

Auctioneers: Norton & Brooksbank

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