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West Country Dispersal Creates National Interest at SAC

February 2023

100 years of the Cottrell family supplying the local town of Wellington with milk was brought to an end when Gundenham Dairy Ltd dispersed their much admired herd of high yielding cows at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Thursday 16th February.
What a trade! Concerns over milk price did not dampen demand with a packed ringside producing a number of volume buyers making the most of these strong cows and heifers with impressive udders.

The cows calved all through the year and the trade remained strong throughout with no less than 86 selling for over £2000 and 34 for over £2500 to a top of £3045 for the fresh second calver giving 35 kgs at £2992.50 was the January calved 2nd lactation cow giving 42.2kgs and £2961 another 2nd lactation November calver out of a Topshayes bred cow.  The Topshayes cows were a real feature on the day as were the daughters of Abs Sassafras ET which sold to £2730 for the December calved heifers.  Summer calving 6th lactation cows sold to £1596, with 4th lactation 3/4rd cows at £1470.

Incalf heifers topped at £1732.50 for another Abs Sassafras daughter due March with other to £1680 x 3.  Bulling heifers by Blumenfeld Sedona ET to £861x 3.  Heifer calves by OCD Marvel sold to £504.

The convenient location of Sedgemoor Auction Centre just south of Bristol on the M5 at Junction 24, attracted potential purchasers from Scotland, Wales and English counties from Cumbria to Cornwall and across to Norfolk.  The day generated a record average for commercial dispersal cows sold at Sedgemoor.
188 Dairy Cows (ex faults) £2003
17 Cows with faults £1373
21 Incalf Heifers £1382
7 Served Heifers £933
9 A Lot Heifer Calves £348
245 Head £1800.60


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