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Grahams Gold Top Invitational Jersey Sale

Saturday 11th June 2016

Golden Trade at Grahamís Jersey Sale

Auctioneers Report

The Grahamís Family staged a special event on Saturday 11th June 2016 at Boquhan Home Farm, Stirling the home of their prize winning Jersey herd. The event was part of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau annual tour with delegates in attendance from sixteen countries.

Trade topped at 5,500gns to average £4116 with bidders taking part from nine countries and successful buyers from the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

Glyn Lucas, Graham Kirkby, Drew Hyslop, Douglas Graham, Steve Jones, James Strachan, Karen Hunter, Izzy Wright
Glyn Lucas, Graham Kirkby, Drew Hyslop, Douglas Graham, Steve Jones, James Strachan, Karen Hunter, Izzy Wright

The sale of Jerseys was one of the star attractions on the tour and included the best heifers and pedigrees from the UK and Ireland. Sale manager Steve Jones commenting prior to the sale said ď...we felt this was the perfect occasion to show case to the world our very best Jerseys. This group represents everything that is so special about the Jersey breed from the leaders in modern genetics to the foundations of todayís top cow familiesĒ.

Topping the trade at 5,500gns was Rapidbay-UK Grandest Rumour consigned by James Strachan Suffolk and purchased by Colin Laird and Izzy Wright and will form the foundation of their new Jersey herd at Blythbridge Farm. This was the very last Jersey to ever sell from the Rapidbay-UK herd and completed an amazing story that started 60 years previous when James grandfather Robert left Strathaven for the east coast in Suffolk with 12 Ayrshire cows. Rumour was a super stylish heifer bred from the All Canadian winner Rapid Bay Whistlers Rumour EX95.

One of the exclusive lots in the sale was a first choice pick from a number of pregnancies from the prolific Maid cow family consigned by the Grahamís family. The resulting calves will be sired by a top ranking polled sire, Dutch Hollow Dillion P and bred of a former No. 1 Genomic Cow in Canada Sunset Canyon Dimension Maid and could be the highest ranking genomic animal in Europe. This lot attracted worldwide interest with bidders on both sides of the Atlantic taking part. The winning bid was taking from Birgitta Brentrup, Germany.

The sale also included a number of extraordinary embryo lots. Vandenberg Amedeo Geogeous EX97 is one of the best Jersey cows in the history of the breed winning Supreme Champion at the Royal Winter Fair in 2007 and 2009. Five embryos from her VG88 2yr Governor grand-daughter by Tower Vue Prime Tequila sold for 400gns to The Hunter family West Tarbrax Farm and were consigned by Iwin Morgan from the Erie herd in Wales.

The first lot offered was a consignment of embryos from the Grahamís family from their show winning Bluegrass Tequilas Lady Tango VG88 2yr with the sire still to be agreed with the purchaser. Such was the popularity of this lot that is was offered twice with the first lot going to Willie Waston Muir Farm, Ayrshire and the second batch selling to Phil Hentschke of Australia.

Commenting after the sale auctioneer Glyn Lucas said;
"This has been a very successful sale the cow power of offer has been world class and we have dispersed some of the very best British genetics across Europe and to new continents. I would like to thank the Graham family for inviting Harrison and Hetherington to be part of such a prestigious event and also thank the consignors who have been so generous by selling their very bestĒ.

Jersey heifers £4116.00
Jersey Embryos £405.00

Leading Prices:
Lot 6 5500gns Rapidbay-UK Grandest Rumour Purchaser: Izzy Wright & Colin Laird, Blyth Farm, Blyth Bridge, West Linton.

Lot 5 5200gns First Choice from Sunset Canyon Dimension Maid 153 VG85 2yr Purchaser: Birgitta Brentrup, Germany.

Lot 9 4800gns Fourcrosses Success Bambi Purchaser: Undisclosed Buyer. Lot 10 2500gns Grahams Grandious Lacey. Purchser: R Wilson, Mayfield, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Lot 7 400gns p/e 5 Embryos from Erie Governor Gorgeous VG88 2yr Purchaser: The Hunter Family, West Tarbrax Farm, Shotts, Lanarkshire.

Lot 12 400gns p/e 5 Embryos from Potterswalls Ressurection Lady EX91-2E Purchaser: Grahams Dairies Ltd, Airthrey Kerse Farm, Bridge of Allan, Stirling.

Lot 1 350gns p/e Flush of 4 Embryos from Bluegrass Tequilas Tango VG88 3yr Purchaser: W & A Watson, Muir Farm, Mauchline, Ayrshire.

Lot 1A 350gns p/e Flush of 4 Embryos from Bluegrass Tequilas Tango VG88 3yr Purchaser: Phil Hentschke, Australia.

Auctioneers : Harrison & Hetherington


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