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Pedigree, Commercial & Crossbred offering draws crowds to Sedgemoor Auction Centre

February 2023

Despite the ongoing concern with milk price cuts, the crowd around the ring at Sedgemoor was extremely busy for the 300 head on offer for the February Collective Dairy Sale. Although the trade for the fresh milk did not shine as bright as the previous month’s scorcher 70% sold in excess of £2000 to top at 2550gns (£2677.50).

With purchasers chasing high milk yields and stronger cattle it was no surprise that the cow trade outshone the heifer trade with the day’s top price of 2550gns being a second lactation cow giving 60kgs from the Peacehay herd of regular consigners FH Chave & Sons, other cows from Rea & Sons sold to 2200gns (£2310) for Clenchers Montoya Evelyn (VG85).

Calved heifers topped at 2250gns (£2362.50) four times to include Dinnaton Galaxy Dalliance Fleur for Derek & Jeremy Dennis continued dispersal, Peacehay Radio Amanda 7th FH Chave & Sons, Clenchers Superjet Whiteheather and Clenchers Michalak Polyanth Rea & Sons. Other heifers from the Dinnaton dispersal sold to 2200gns twice with Moorshard heifer to 2200gns & 2050gns for RK & SG Miller & Sons.
Included in the sale was the dispersal for Richard Kallaway from Cullompton which generated great demand for his all year around calving herd of Friesian and crossbred cattle which sold to 2000gns twice for freshly calved cows and a consistent trade throughout the catalogue. Having agreed the sale of his farm and sold his autumn calving cows off the farm Alistair Powell concluded his herd dispersal with his spring and summer calving cows selling to 1680gns for a summer calving heifer.

An exceptional entry of over 100 incalf heifers sold to top at 1700gns (£1785) for Hawkins Farm Partnerships’ ‘Tarischka Allegro Opal’. The Tomson heifers from M Hooper & Sons Ltd.’s continued dispersal were much admired selling to 1650gns twice and 1600gns x5 to average an impressive £1560. The British Friesian type heifers from the Astrop Herd sold to 1300gns with the milking herd being dispersed through Sedgemoor on the 2nd March (400 head).

A day when trade defied the recent concerns over milk price cuts saw 46 successful purchasers both local and from further afield produce the following impressive averages:

Collective Sale:
Fresh Calved Cows   £2188.00
Fresh Calved Heifers  £1782.00
Incalf Heifers      £1351.00
Heifer Calves  £150.00

Dispersal Sales:  
C Kallaway & Sons       £1476.00
AJ Powell (Spring/Summer Calvers)    £1315.00

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