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About Norton & Brooksbank

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Christopher Norton

Christopher Norton
Christopher Norton, Director and Co-Founder

Christopher Norton was brought up on a dairy farm in Oxfordshire, where his father, although a lawyer by profession, ran the Bellehatch herd of Friesians. After 3 years at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (where he met Tom Brooksbank), he joined Hobsons, at that time the country’s leading firm of pedigree auctioneers. After 10 years, he and Tom Brooksbank left Hobsons to set up their own partnership under the Norton & Brooksbank banner, which has now completed 25 years of business, during which time it has officiated at the majority of the leading sales of Holsteins in the UK. Like Tom, he is a past Chairman of the British Cattle Breeders Club.

Away from the cattle breeding world, his principal interest is horse racing and for the past 25 years he has acted as a steward on many racecourses including Ascot, Cheltenham, Epsom and Newbury. He is currently Chairman of the BHA Stewarding committee, which is responsible for the appointment and training of stewards, and is a Chairman of the BHA Disciplinary Panel.

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Tom Brooksbank

Tom Brooksbank, Director and Co-Founder

Tom Brooksbank started his career in the cattle industry in 1974 when he joined Hobsons the then leading experts in the sale and valuation of pedigree cattle in London. After 5 years he was made a Partner in that firm and in 1983 he and Christopher Norton left Hobsons to establish their own partnership under the name of Norton & Brooksbank in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. In addition to being involved in virtually all the leading sales, the sales of commercial cattle and machinery sales he has chaired the popular British Cattle Breeders Conference organising 3 days of lectures with speakers from many parts of Europe and North America, has served on the Wiltshire Holstein Breeders Club and spoken at many of the Breeders Clubs in the UK. He also gave a paper with Christopher Norton at the Semex Conference as well at the Cattle Breeders Conference in Cambridge some years ago.

Tom is one of three monitor valuers for the Welsh Assembly Government overseeing all the valuations of dairy cattle as well as carrying out hundreds of valuations himself in the course of a year.

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Mark Lee

Mark Lee

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Sheila Roads

Sheila Roads

Sheila Roads was for many years a familiar figure in the British Holstein Society where one of her principal jobs was to organise the very popular and highly successful National Holstein Show. Sheila joined us in 1994 and is now our senior administrator in charge of producing the majority of the catalogues and also for sale day procedures including the accounts, passports etc. She is well known to many of our clients and Holstein breeders throughout the UK and her considerable experience is a great asset to the firm.

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Carole Burdett

Carole Burdett

Carole Burdett had a career in computers and IT before joining Norton & Brooksbank in 1996. Carole is the secretary to the business and is also a fully trained book keeper and does the company’s accounts.

Our Next Auction Sale



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(10am both days)
Sand Villa Farm, Sand Side, Cockerham, Lancs. LA2 0EW


Comprising the complete dispersal of the unregistered dairy herd, the property of Messrs Jones Sand Villa Farm, who are ceasing milk production. These are fine cattle (50% R&W) that are descended from Swedish Red, Brown Swiss & Friesian origins and bred up as a closed herd with Dutch R&W Holsteins. There are 440 cows & calved heifers on day 1 and approx 370 heifers (120 in calf & approx 250 maiden heifers & calves aged 23m – 1m). Cows are cubicle housed, fed a grass & whole-crop based TMR and milked 2x daily on a rotary parlour. Herd average is 8500kg with annual SCC below 200. Latest tank sample was 4.3f & 3.4p with SCC of 94. Over 70 are yielding 30kg+.

The cattle run with home bred bulls & the calving pattern shows-

Sep – Dec 2017 = 120
Jan – Mar 2018 = 100
Apr – Jun 2018 = 140
Jul – Sep 2018 = 110

Several cows are inseminated with R&W Dutch bulls or an easy calving Dutch Blue sire. The cows have good udders and legs & feet on powerful frames of good size and the young stock are a feature having had a great start. This is arare opportunity to buy large quatities of these increasingly popular cattle.

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