Report From The Second Production Sale From The Rhos Herd Of Ayrshires
You could not fail to be impressed with the numbers and quality of stock that were offered for sale on sale day at Cardigan Market. Heifers of all ages from weaned calves up to a small selection of in milk heifers totalled 150 head. A very steady trade on the day, which in turn created some real bargains for some local dairy farmers to be able to invest for the first time in the Ayrshire breed.
First up were some really beautiful in milk heifers, mostly sired by Easlad and Potter, with quality udders and pumping out in excess of 30 kgs per day. Three heifers shared the top price of the day at 1650 gns and all three were great examples of the breed, exhibiting great udders, beautiful bone and tremendous rump width. Two are destined for Pembrokeshire whilst the other heads to Ceredigion.
Next up were a large number of in calf heifers, which had to be admired for their size and scope, to a high of 1350 gns for Rhos Maggie Potter who is due to calf in October to sexed Ayrshire. She sold to A H Picton in Pembrokeshire.
Trade soon picked up as some superb maiden heifers entered the ring. These heifers were stunning and realised a top price of 1600 gns for Rhos Windsor Reality Fleur 2, sired by Palmyra Tri Star Reality and a daughter of the EX 91 Windsor Crusaders Fleur 22. Purchaser was T and A Hack, Llandysul, Ceredigion. Geraint Thomas (Gwynnog) was quick to spot the potential of the nine month old Rhos Gettysburg Windsor Plum sired by the stock bull Davidsons Gettysburg ET for 900 gns.
The young calves were very much the trade of the day, with the majority priced at over 400 gns, to a top of 580 gns for the March born Burdette daughter Rhos Burdette Windsor Emilia.
Auctioneer JJ Morris