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Dispersal of Rapid Bay-UK Jerseys

Saturday 28th May 2016

A Truly Fantastic Send-off for Rapid Bay-UK Jerseys

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.
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 proceedings – 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 averages

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.

Hassall Brothers were the auctioneers together with Barbers Auctions and Mark Davis of Kivells.   


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