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Ellerdine Jersey Dispersal draws in the crowds and tops at 2700gns

18th July 2007

After a lifetime of milking cows, David Harris of Cottage Farm, Ellerdine, Shropshire decided to disperse his highly respected Ellerdine Herd of pedigree Jerseys which was established by his father in 1950 with the purchase of three heifers from the Plasdixon Herd. The Ellerdine Herd has been to the fore of the breed for many years and has bred many great individuals including the reigning Royal Show Champion, Ellerdine Lester Amberlight 2nd (Ex93-2E) who won the accolade for their owners Smiddiehill Jerseys. The Ellerdien herd has been commercially managed, achieving an average of 5963 kg milk at 5.69% butterfat and 3.87% protein.

A large crowd were present travelling from all corners of the country and the cattle were distributed far and wide with cattle going from Scotland in the north to Devon and Somerset in the South West, Essex in the South East and to South Wales. The top price was achieved for Ellerdine Midnight Crystal, a beautiful young dry cow sired by Giprat B Midnight Thunder, bred from three generations of VG/Ex dams Crystal is due again in early September to Family Hill Avery Signature. She was purchased in a three way split between specialist cattle fitters Cameron Baty and Steve McLaughlan and Liz Tomlinson of Bilsborrow, Preston.

Making the long trip to Devon was the second top seller Ellerdine Blazes Amberlight 2nd (GP83-2yr), a daughter of Valleystream Berettas Blaze; Amberlight 2nd is another young dry cow due with her second calf. She has two VG dams with first dam being a full sister to this year’s Royal Show Champion and now joins Mark Davies’ herd at Tiverton. Mark also purchased another Thunder daughter for 1350 gns.

The third highest price was another member of the Amberlight family; Ellerdine Lords Amberlight 2nd (VG88), a daughter of Ellerdine Lord and a maternal sister to the Royal Show Champion. She calved her third calf in January, was bred to Giprat Belles Connection and was purchased by Mrs Judith Waring of Beverley, East Yorkshire. This cow’s heifer calf by Connection was the top priced calf selling at 920 gns to Huw Evans of Carmarthen.

Two cows made 1450 gns each; the first was the (Ex90) Ellerdine Jasons Posy 4th who is milking with her third calf, is a daughter of Ellerdine Posys Jason and sold to Anne Marie Myatt of Whitegrove Farms of Blithbury, Staffordshire. The other was another Jason daughter, Ellerdine Jasons Idris (VG85-2yr) who was milking with her second calf and sold to Richard Saxby of Coniston Cold, Nr.Skipton.

In-calf heifers sold to 1120 gns for Ellerdine Jasons Rosalie 2nd whose dam and g.dam were both scored GM MM (VG). She is due at the end of the year to Signature and was purchased by Graham and Marion Wallace of Goostrey, Cheshire for their Grahmar herd. The top price maiden heifer was Ellerdine Easton Amberlight bred from three VG dams; this 12 month old heifer by Just A Few Jude Easton sold to T A G Evans of Welshpool, Powys for 1450 gns.

Lot 74 Ellerdine Midnight Crystal GM C Baty, S McLaughlan, Liz Tomlinson 2700
Lot 63 Ellerdine Blazes Amberlight 2nd M Davis, Devon 2100
Lot 26 Ellerdine Lords Amberlight 2nd GM MM Mrs Judith Waring, Beverley 1900
Lot 28 Ellerdine Jasons Posy 4th MM Whitegrove Farms, Rugeley 1450
Lot 41 Ellerdine Jasons Idris CM RJ & CA Saxby, Skipton 1450
Lot 144 Ellerdine Easton Amberlight TAG Evans & Son, Welshpool 1450
Lot 71 Ellerdine Midnight Peggy CM M Davis, Devon 1350
Lot 78 Ellerdine Midnight T Peggy D Handley, Monmouth 1300
Lot 33 Ellerdine Lesters Rosemary CM GM D Handley, Monmouth 1250
Lot 99 Ellerdine Rebels Sweetie Pie D Handley, Monmouth 1250

104 Cows and Milking heifers £1183.26 (including 39 Heifer Calves at £500.23);
27 Served Heifers £805.78; 15 Maiden Heifers £602.00; 1 Bull £735.00; 147 HEAD £1051.57


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