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Pedigree Ayrshire cows with roy yal heritage attract a strong field of buyers at debut sale.

THE first sale of females from the relatively new Rhos herd of pedigree Ayrshire cattle at Cardigan last week attracted a large crowd and a consistent trade from start to finish.

The herd, based at Rhos-y-gadair, Blaenannerch, was founded by farmer Phil Reed with the purchase of two nucleus herds - the Queen's renowned Windsor herd and the Gupton herd from Pembroke - and has already made a name for itself, with the show cow Rhos Frumpy VG 88 collecting accolades.

The top priced cow at 1,650 guineas was Rhos Lillia, a Gupton Lieutenant Commander daughter currently giving 9 gallons daily, after calving four weeks ago. The purchaser wa Thomas, of Glandwr, Hebron One freshly c Rhos Windsor C already giving 30 also sold at 1,65 Mark Chetw Mydroilyn, Lam heifer calf, Rh Grey, at one we for 370 guineas t as Hywel Gwarllwyn, n. calved heifer, Cracking Lad, 0 litres daily, 50 guineas to wynd of mpeter. Her hos Windsor eek old, sold to the Eynon Family, Brynawel, Llanboidy.

The main entry of 71 in-calf Ayrshire heifers sold to a flying trade, with many remaining within the three old counties of Dyfed, and a number of commercial milkmen branching into the Ayrshire breed - with the added bonus of the heifers being in-calf to sexed semen of several renowned Ayrshire bulls.

Peaking at 3,200 guineas was Rhos Haresfoot Guppy Command, a fine heifer with show potential. Several pedigree breeders were in contention for her, but the gavel came down to Geraint Thomas of Tireglwys, Llangennech, Llanelli.

At 2,100 guineas was Rhos Windsor Rosehill, who was bought by Iwan and Bethan James, Pencaeau, Glynarthen, Llandysul.

Next in line, at 1,880 guineas was Rhos Windsor McNelly, who went, along with another four heifers, to the Jones family of Penralltygwin, Beulah, Newcastle Emlyn. At 1,780 guineas Rhos Windsor Tango Thorn joined the Glowin herd of the Thomas family of Cwmdyllest, Pontsian, Llandysul. Several purchasers bought multiple lots, with 11 going to Andrew Griffiths, Derwengroes, Llanpumpsaint, Carmarthenshire, and seven to Anthony Thomas, Nantygelli, Cynwyl Elfed, Carmarthenshire.

Joint auctioneers were JJ Morris, Cardigan and Dai Lewis Newcastle Emlyn.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 22, 2010
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