Dispersal Sale of the Croftlands Jersey Herd
Tuesday 4th August 2009
On Tuesday 4th August 2009, Jersey breeders from all
over the UK and Ireland attended the dispersal sale of
the Croftlands herd at Seaville Farm, Silloth in Cumbria.
The herd was owned by Norman and Colin Hughes who over
a life time of dedicated breeding had developed a tremendous
Jersey herd. Milk production combined with high butterfat
and protein percentages had been one of the main objectives
of the breeding programme at Croftlands; however the
confirmation was impressive with many cows and heifers
attracting the bids from some of the UK’s top breeders.
Top price was 2,500gns for Croftlands Explosion Leanne,
she was a two year old heifer who had almost finished
her first lactation, still giving nineteen kilograms.
This beautiful uddered heifer was sired by Grayridge
Explosion who is a son of Hollylane Renaissance from
the Excellent 92 Imperial Elsie. Sisters to this bull
had sold at the Borderway Black and White sale as calves
for 5,000gns and 3,000gns and went on to win at Agri
Scot in milk. This well bred heifer was purchased by
H Buchanan & Son, Laigh Kilphin, Ballantrae, Girvan.
Selling for 2,300gns was a daughter of SHF Centurion
Sultan, Croftlands Sultan Ribena was a silky black heifer
with a classy udder. She had recently calved on the 2nd
July and was giving twenty two kilograms, she can be
traced back to the Gaddesden herd and she now joins the
herd of J Duckworth, Floors Farm, Kilmaurs, Kilmarnock.
Maternal sister to the top price heifer sold to J&I
Watson & Son, Moorhouse Farm, Wigton for 1,900gns.
Croftlands Zeebar July is freshly calved with her third
giving thirty kilograms and sired by Shellen Zeebar.
RV Mandale & Son (Lambfield) purchased eleven animals,
the best of this select group was Croftlands Escalade
Fern a third calf cow sired by Ferreira Mannix Escalade
Grahams Dairies (Starthallan) purchased thirteen cows
and heifers. Most were freshly calved heifers and cows,
one of the stars from this group was Croftlands Signature
Brooke sired by Family Hill Avery Signature. A 25th June
calved heifer and was giving twenty three kilograms she
sold for 1,200gns.
46 Cows = £1089.03
39 Heifers = £942.58
27 Heifer Calves = £394.33
112 per life = £870.56
29 Cows and Milking Heifers £912.78;
5 Served Heifers £737.10; 4 Bulling Heifers £585.38.
3 Heifer Calves £346.50.