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Red Hot Trade for the Leamon Herd Dispersal

December 2022

Having no one wishing to take on the family farm Colin Salmon made the difficult decision to disperse his Pedigree Holstein Leamon Herd at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Thursday 10th December.  Supported by his wife Clarissa he saw his lifetime’s dedication to the breed rewarded with 44 lots over £2000 on the day to include 9 incalf heifers.

Not only did this exceptionally charitable and generous couple decide to donate the proceeds from one of their heifers sold on the day to the Farming Community Network, they chose without doubt the best of their heifers to be sold. Leamon Rubels Liberty Red 7th (VG85) who was fresh calved and giving over 30kgs daily produced they day’s top price of 3700gns giving the charity a much appreciated donation of £3885 from the day. The successful bidders were the Rowland family of Compton Dundon. She was followed by the third lactation, Leamon Calumet Musette 56th (VG86), who sold for £3150 with another third lactation 3rd September calver being a red and white Lucky ending the milk section by selling for £2782.50.  September calved heifers also sold to £2782.50 for Leamon Cyprus Scant (VG85) and £2730.  Milk was in strong demand with the 50kg 5th calver Leamon Pepper Frances 34th (Ex91-3E, SP) selling for £2184.

The red and white breeding was a particular passion of the Salmon’s and the incalf heifer trade proved red hot on the day for those calving between now and March with Leamon Rubels Lilly Red 105th selling for £2520 and a further two red and whites at £2467.50 for Leamon Rubels Lucky Red 6th and Leamon Rubels Peggy Red 2nd, at £2362.50 x2 were Leamon Rager Liberty 6th and Leamon Topmodel Magpie 3rd.

For the younger heifers it was another member of the Scant family that topped the day at £1207.50 for the Pepper Scant 2nd with the red and whites again in demand selling to £1050 x2 for the twins Leamon Rager Liberty Red 9th and 10th. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Leamon Rager Liberty Red 14th topped the heifer calves sold at foot at £892.50, followed by Leamon Rager Liberty Red 13th at £756.

A strong northern and welsh contingent on the day both in the market and online combined with local support to create the following credible averages:
Dairy Cows (inc heifer calves) - £2007
Incalf Heifers – £1840
Recently Served Heifers - £809
Maiden Heifers – £797
Yearlings and Younger - £713
A Lot Heifer Calves - £460

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