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Commercial Holsteins from Kent in demand at Sedgemoor

March 2024

100 years of the Scutt family dairy farming at Badlesmere Court Farm in Kent was brought to an end when J E Scutt & Son dispersed their commercial herd at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Tuesday 5th March. 

The recent increases in milk price boosted trade with volume buyers making the most of the opportunity to buy these strong cows and heifers, producing great yields on a simple system being grazed through the summer. 

The herd calved all through the year and the trade remained strong throughout with 37 selling for over £2,000 and 14 over £2,500 to a top of £2,940 for Badlesmere Pereus Orchid, a second calver sired by Westcoast Perseus giving over 44kgs daily. Followed by £2,782.50 x 2 with a third calver having calved in October 2023 still giving over 47kgs daily and a second calver having calved in July 2023 still giving 35kgs daily.

Calved heifers sold to £2,677.50 for Badlesmere Jingle Jane sired by Lakemead Jingle, giving over 31kgs daily and averaged over £2,000 for all those forward.

Incalf heifers sold to an impressive £2,100 for Badlesmere Gtw Joe Joe 2nd who was due in April to Wingfield Kentish V770 (Aberdeen Angus). 

The vendors were well rewarded having removed their cows from Kent to Sedgemoor Auction Centre with successful purchasers travelling from Derbyshire to Cornwall and as well as a number returning to the eastern counties.

The day generated the following excellent averages:
Dairy Cows (ex faults)  £2,036.00
Calved Heifers  £2,077.00
Incalf Heifers    £1,840.00

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