PAUL, Janet, and James Bolland continued their winning streak securing both champion and reserve in the pre-show sale sponsored by Massey Feeds at the first fortnightly sale at CCM in October.

Their consignment of eight was the seventh instalment sold through the fortnightly sales as part of their ongoing dispersal. The batch was consistent types throughout, with four very tidy, youthful second calvers, and four fresh heifers placed as the top four heifers on the day under judge Frank Wrathall’s watchful eye.

The champion was a strong, tall black heifer by Claynook Fransisco, which - just under a month calved and yielding 28 litres - also went on to be top price of the day with the hammer falling at £2,000 to M and K Goodall. In reserve was a Boghill Glamour Skeletor daughter; another great framed heifer successfully secured by A Townsend at £1,700.

Buyers around the ringside seemed a little cautious last Tuesday - perhaps a reflection of the current milk price that seems to be showing no signs of lifting in the foreseeable – resulting in some exceptionally good value purchases.

Leading the trade for the cows was a second calver from the Bollands by Glamour Boghill Victor. Giving 30 litres, she was first place in the ‘cow in milk’ class and the first of two purchased by J Howard, for £1,620, with a Pine Tree Verona heifer on 27 litres accompanying her at £1,780. Meanwhile the ABS Onyx second calver (2nd place in the cow in milk class) went with the reserve champion to A Townsend.

Robert and Ellie Crisp returned with the first of this year’s crop of fresh heifers. Both by the Genus sire, Charming, they were giving 23 and 22 litres at just seven days calved, reaching £1,700 and £1,650, with youthful well attached udders both look set to mature into great cows and both were sold to M and K Goodall.

The next fortnightly dairy sale at Craven Cattle Marts is on October 30.