Greenslade Taylor Hunt report a harder trade for their Annual February Collective Sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Tuesday 19th, however only two of the 233 head catalogued failed to find a new home. The sudden rush of dairy cows to the market, when fodder shortage is a still a concern was reflected in the trade.

In the fresh milk section cows were in the strongest demand for two January second calvers selling from the “Bettiscombe” herd for Roland and Simon Bugler. At 1780gns was another second calver from RD Horton & Son being “Hinton Mincio Daisy 5th GP82”.

Heifers sold to a very selective trade topping at 1750gns for a “Steanbow” bred heifer from DW & CE Jones. At 1700gns was a “Mendip” heifer from Tim Quick from his “Christine” family with seven generation of EX and VG behind her. Lower yielding and frail heifer were very difficult to place.

Of the forty incalf heifers catalogued, HB Green & Son sold a homebred “Courtbarn” heifer due in March at just over 2 years of age for 1200gns. TCF Wiltshire Ltd sold a “Sulgray” heifer by “Watt” due March for 1180gns.

November 2017 born bulling heifers from RA & SA Reed’s high yielding classified “Allerways” herd sold to 850gns for members of their “Jean” and “Anne” families.  

The day also included the second part of the “Roundhillsfarm” dispersal for W Green & Sons, which produced calved heifers to 1580gns for “Roundhillsfarm Aftershock Jenner”.

Overall the averages showed a drop of £200 per head for fresh calved cows and £400 per head for the heifers on the January sale, which was staged at a time when there were very few dairy dispersals on the market.

Averages:

Freshly Calved Cows£1609
Freshly Calved Heifers£1412
Incalf Heifers£1026
Bulling Heifers£     821