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Willsbro Sales 2011

CARAMEL IS THE SWEETEST AT SECOND WILLSBRO SALE

A large crowd of Holstein breeders from throughout the UK gathered at the Bristol Sales Centre for the second sale from the noted Willsbro herd, and while the highlights of the first sale held last year at the Royal Cornwall Showground, which is next to the herd’s home at Wadebridge, were not matched, the trade was lively and a very satisfactory average obtained. While dairy farmers have not had the best of times in the last couple of years, there are slightly brighter signs of profitability on the horizon and many farmers took the opportunity to invest in the world class pedigrees that Wills Bros Ltd have assembled in their herd.
This was the first sale held in the UK where all the females had been genomically tested and breeders are rapidly beginning to realise the importance of this relatively new breeding tool. One of the most desirable animals in this regard was the ten month old heifer Willsbro M Caramel ET. Sired by England-Ammon Million and out of R-Z Baxter Caramel, from one of the world’s most popular current cow families, she brought a final sale topping bid of 20,000gs from Nev & Rhian Roberts for their Dulais herd near Llanelli. A full sister made
13,000gs to John & Andrew Holgate, who acquired several of the choicest heifers for their Aliann herd in
Yorkshire.


At last year’s sale Willsbro Emilyann ET set a new breed record when selling for 90,000gs, and a younger full sister made 17,000gs to Way Ahead Holsteins, USA. A first choice calf by Glenn-Ann Palermo out of Riverdane PS Sara made 15,500gs to a Norhern Irish triumvirate of Philip Haffey, Charlie Weir and Quilly Farms. A Million sister had sold for 45,000gs in last year’s sale.


There was a choice selection of outstanding calved heifers in the sale, all classified Very Good as 2 year olds. Willsbro Mr B Lila Z ET, a daughter of Dudoc Mr Burns and a granddaughter of the noted Lylehaven Lila Z is a full sister to Willsbro Larson ET, who is in the Semex stud and one of the most sought after red carrier bulls in the world at present. Dutch breeding company Koole & Liebregts BV were the purchasers at 14,500gs, with her red heifer calf by Riverdane Roses Reflection making 5,800gs to a Canadian partnership of GenerVations and La Ferme Gillette Inc. Another outstanding heifer to rouse spirited bidding was the top Genomic milker Willsbro Goldwyn Romance ET (VG-88 2yr), and Andrew Bunting had to go to 14,000gs to secure her for his Newabbey herd in Dumfriesshire.


The top genomic heifer in the sale with a GTPI of 2089 was another member of the Lila Z family, sired by Picston Shottle, and she made 9,500gs to David Jones. He is the manager for Sahara Holsteins, who held a successful sale of their own last year, but also owns a number of cattle under his own Wiltor prefix with his wife Claire.


As last year there was a good selection of bulls on offer, for which the top price was 3,700gs for a Million son from the Licorice family to join Messrs Hussell’s Perrins herd at Beaworthy, Devon, with a Bolton son from the Roxy family selling for 3,300gs to Gordon McCully, Co.Down, N.Ireland.
Along with the high priced animals, there were many terrific calves of excellent conformation and pedigree that sold between 1,500 and 2,000gs, which will undoubtedly go on to prove outstanding purchases for their new owners. The Willsbro sales are likely to be a regular feature of the calendar, and they represent a great opportunity for other breeders to take advantage of the Wills Brothers investment in the world’s leading cow families.

 

TOP PRICES

15

Willsbro M Caramel ET

Nev & Rhian Roberts (Dulais)

20,000

39

Willsbro Planet Emilyann ET

Way Ahead Holsteins –USA

17,000

111

First choice Palermo x Riverdane PS Sara

P.Haffey (Glasson), Quilly Farms (Utopian)

and C.Weir (Burnhill)

15,500

64

Willsbro Mr B Lila Z ET (VG-87 2yr)

Koole & Liebregts BV – Holland

14,500

102

Willsbro Goldwyn Romance (VG-88 2yr)

A.Bunting (Newabbey)

14,000

16

Willsbro Mill Caramel ET

J.D & J.A.Holgate (Aliann)

13,000

10

First choice Sid x Riverdane Gold Ashlyn

Way Ahead Holsteins –USA

10,000

70

Willsbro Shottle Lila B ET

D.W & C.E.Jones (Wiltor)

9,500

48

Willsbro Hazel Sanchez ET

L.A.McMurray (Matfield)

9,000

20

Willsbro Dior Rae ET

Quilly Farms (Utopian)

8,000

96

Willsbro Secure Redrose Red ET

J.D & J.A.Holgate (Aliann)

7,000

125

Willsbro Shottle Zandra

J.D & J.A.Holgate (Aliann)

6,800

64B

Willsbro Lila Z Reflection Red ET

GenerVations and La Ferme Gillette Inc

5,800

44

Willsbro Duplex Ghost 2 ET (VG-87 2yr)

M.A.Jeanes Farms Ltd (Stowey)

5,600

74

Willsbro Sho Lust ET

T.R.Quick (Mendip)

5,600

124

Willsbro Zandra Bonair ET (VG-87 2yr)

A.C.Birkle (Whinchat)

5,600

26

Riverdane Bolton Dellia ET (VG-88 2yr)

L.A.McMurray (Matfield)

5,400

21

Willsbro Advent D Rae Red ET

R.J & S.J.Kirk (Leedham)

5,100

17

Willsbro Million Chassity ET

Bond & Cooke (Aplins)

5,000

65

Willsbro Man O Man G Lila Z ET

T. Lockhart – Eire

5,000

121

Willsbro Xacobeo Show Wind ET

R.M.Harris (Winkleigh)

5,000

28

Willsbro Shottle B Doris ET

L.F & A.J.Bartlett (Hayne)

4,600

57

Willsbro Sho Lautamie ET

T.R.Quick (Mendip)

4,600

100

Willsbro Rose Goldwyn ET

D & P.Mead & Co (Lynchmead)

4,600

60

Willsbro Licorice Million ET

D.R & B.M.Thomas (Churchvale)

4,500

18

Willsbro Mill Chassity ET

R.Lancaster (Lickber)

4,000

103

Willsbro Goldwyn Rose ET (VG-87 2yr)

L.A.McMurray (Matfield)

4,000

85

Willsbro Shottle Playmate 2 ET (VG-86 2yr)

I.W.M.,D.M & M.W.Hussell (Perrins)

3,800

1

Willsbro Goldwyn Angel (VG-87 2yr)

W.A.Jones & Son (Fennshall)

3,700

61

Willbro Lining ET (Bull)

I.W.M.,D.M & M.W.Hussell (Perrins)

3,700

68

Willsbro M X Lila Z ET

R.K & S.G.Miller & Sons (Moorshard)

3,700

104

Willsbro Garrett Roxy 2 ET

R.McLean & Sons (Relough)

3,700

107

Willsbro Reflexor ET (Bull)

G.S.McCully (Dechomet)

3,300

 

AVERAGES

11 calved heifers £ 7,932-27

82 maiden heifers & heifer calves £ 3,499-57

2 first choice heifer calves £ 13,387-50

95 female lots £ 4,221-00

13 bulls £ 2,019-23

108 lots £ 3995-97

46 embryos £ 382-79

AUCTIONEERS: NORTON & BROOKSBANK (with Kivells)

 

WILLSBRO SALE 2011 "BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER"

With a catalogue brimming of world-class pedigrees, World-leading genomics and show potential, the Willsbro Sale is back and better than ever.

For example, the first daughter to be offered for sale in Europe from the $100,000 R-Z Baxter Caramel VG-89 2yr (CAN) sells. Sired by Million and with a GTPI of 2045, her highest daughter in Europe sells with global contract interest. Also selling is a Million grand-daughter of the $1.5 million Regancrest S Chassity EX-92, her first descendant to sell in the UK. With a GTPI of 2038 and from a VG 2 year old dam, she sells ready to flush with contracts for embryos and bulls.

With a GTPI of 2089 and a PTAT of over 3 points, Willsbro Shottle Lila B also sells ready to flush. Her Bolton dam just recently scored VG-87 as a 2 year old and is Europe's only Bolton daughter of the Million Dollar cow Lylehaven Lila Z EX-94 8*.

Wilsbro Larson the #1 Red Carrier GLPI bull in the world is one of today's most heavily used contract mating sires in the breed. His Red Carrier full sister is just fresh and already scored VG 2year old. She sells with her Red and White daughter- thought to be the first Red and White offering from the Lila Z family in the world today.

Representing the very best families in the UK, first choices sell from both Riverdane Gold Ashlyn VG-88 2yr and Riverdane PS Sara EX-93 2E, by Pine-Tree Sid and Glen-Ann Palermo respectively.

With a catalogue brimming of world-class pedigrees, World-leading genomics and show potential, the Willsbro Sale is back and better than ever.