Willsbro Emilyann – Sheila Metcalfe
The five-month-old boasts the parentage of some of the most pure-bred Holsteins in the world. It’s been predicted that she’ll produce more than 15,000 litres of milk a year, compared to the average British cow’s 7,800 litres.
A jubilant Anthony Wills, Willsbro Holsteins owner, said he wasn’t that surprised by the monumental sale, as ‘we knew there was a lot of interest between the £50,000 and £80,000 marks, so we were expecting a big result for her-she has phenomenal pedigree.
‘On our Open Day on Tuesday, we had 1,200 people, and there were about 1,500 there at the actual sale-it was quite staggering.
‘This sale represents the pinnacle of our profession. It’s broken so many records-for instance, this sets the European record for the sale of a Holstein female. It’s a great honour for us, and we’re very proud.
Willsbro Emilyann was bred by embryonic transfer. Her mother-and namesake-is worth £400,000 and her father is worth a similarly high sum.
The Wills family are one of several farms in Britain specialising in breeding top-quality dairy cattle, for sale in both this country and abroad.
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