Dispersal of Rapid
Saturday 28th May 2016
A Truly Fantastic Send-off for Rapid Bay-UK
Saturday 28th May 2016 saw one of the most
important sales in recent times take place with Rapid
Bay-UK - one of the finest Jersey herds in the country
and Rendham Holsteins going under the hammer at Market
Drayton Livestock Market.
Having shared a life-long passion for the industry and
their cows, the Strachan family from Rendham, Suffolk
made the difficult decision to disperse of their herds
in order to pursue a new venture in organic milk production. The
family approached the sale with a real positivity and
an eagerness to share the exceptional cow families that
they have lovingly bred and developed over the years,
with like-minded breeders.
The sale took place at Market Drayton for sale convenience
and was supported by breeders from far and wide, who
provided a fantastic atmosphere from start to finish. 50
purchasers were successful on the day, with animals being
sold to breeders from England, Scotland, South Wales
and Northern and Southern Ireland.
|Calf from Won Belle ET (Ex93-5E) and sired by Arethusa
Verbatim Response ET, born in late February.
From the Jersey herd, Rapid Bay RB Cameo (VG89) sold
for a top price of 7500gns. This truly outstanding cow
was recently served, having produced her second calf
in February this year. With an impressive lineage
that traces back to the fabulous Carmel family, Cameo
boasts 10 generations of Very Good or Excellent cows
before her. The interest from the crowd was palpable,
with the hammer finally falling to lucky bidder, Victoria
Dimond of Sherborne who ads Cameo to her already fantastic
portfolio of elite Jersey cows. To thank Ms. Dimond
for purchasing the top priced animal, the Strachan family
awarded her with a prize of five Jersey embryos.
Tequila G Pandora (VG88) provided a further highlight
in the sale catalogue. Bred from the distinguished
Patience family and backed by 10 generations of Excellent
or Very Good cows, this super cow calved in early January
and benefits from an awesome udder. She was snapped
up by the Wilson Family from Triggiby for 2600gns. Also
selling for 2600gns was RB Jades Belladonna ET - the
fantastic daughter of Giprat Belles Jade ET. This
in-calf heifer is bred from nine generations of Very
Good or Excellent cows was secured by Messrs Robinson.
A tremendous second calver, JG Radiance (VG86) sold
for 2100gns. From a superb and widely admired cow
family and backed by nine generations of the top two
grades, Radiance went to lucky bidder - Messrs J Colwell. The
illustrious pedigrees provided by the many outstanding
Rapid Bay-UK families commanded a great deal of interest,
with a vast proportion of the animals selling for between
1200 to 1800gns.
The calves alone provided a real spectacle, wowing the
crowd with their outstanding pedigrees. The team
had done a terrific job of presenting them and the interest
was phenomenal. The dam of the first Jersey calf
to step into the ring certainly set the tone for the
– Won Belle ET (Ex93-5E) was carrying her 10th calf
and looked utterly fantastic. She subsequently
sold for 1050gns. Her superb calf was sired by
Arethusa Verbatim Response ET and born in late February;
she created a great deal of interest, selling for 1900gns
to the Wilson family of Triggiby of Cardigan.
Another lovely calf - Runmen Shy Laramie, a daughter
of Shy Laramie (Ex91) and sired by Rapid Bay-UK Rummen,
was born in January and sold for 1600gns to Victoria
Dimond. The highly sought-after show calf, Red
Paths Divine sold for 1450gns to another successful purchaser,
Messrs J Colwell.
Recently served heifers also sold very well with Liquor
Panama making a top price of 1700gns. This seriously
impressive heifer sold to the Ford family of Brindley,
Nantwich. Grandious J Rumour, a lovely heifer from
the renowned Radiance family hails from eight generations
of Very Good or Excellent cows and also sold for 1700gns
to Messrs Morgan.
Maiden heifers sold to a top price of 1750gns for RB
Shy Time 2nd, an awesome heifer who is bred
from eight generations of Very Good or Excellent. She
was a daughter of the great Ex92 (2E) Rapid Bay-UK Shy
Time and sold to Peter and Judith Waring from Cherry
Burton, Beverley. Semen straws sold to 48gns for
Giprat Belles Connection.
Jersey cows and milking heifers: £1333.67
Heifer calves: £910.70
Served heifers: £1339.50
Yearling heifers: £845.83
The Rendham Holsteins were in good demand and sold to
a top price of 1120gns for Rendham DKE Jane, (VG86) a
cow due in October. She was secured by local breeder,
Clive Bennett, who also purchased several other superb
Holstein cows, including Ladner JMS Stella (VG86) for
1100gns. The Bennett’s also purchased a great
in-milk Jersey heifer for 1650gns.
In-calf Heifers sold to 1120gns for an August calving
heifer - Lads Aspen Jane. Bulling heifers sold
to 700gns and Holstein cows and milking heifers sold
for an average of £946.20.
It was a truly fantastic day and every credit must go
to the Strachan family who provided some truly outstanding
cattle and were an absolute pleasure to work with and
a credit to the industry as a whole.
Brothers were the auctioneers
together with Barbers Auctions and Mark Davis of Kivells.