The youngstock portion of the herd was dispersed in the spring together with this year’s incalf heifers leaving the milking herd of 207 2nd to 9th lactation cows to go under the hammer. Autumn block calving the strong fresh milk demand continued for these commercial straw yard cows topping at £2100 x 4 for October calved 3rd lactation cows by Straussdale G Electrify and 3 x 2nd lactation granddaughters of Elan. The longevity of the breeding was evident in the cows sold with 4th lactation cows topping at 1900gns, 5th lactation cows at 1720gns and 9th lactation cows at 1420gns.
A strong contingent of buyers both in the ring and on Marteye produced 44 successful purchasers from across the south west to Leighton Buzzard, Sussex and Wales.
The sale commenced with surplus machinery and dairy equipment which attracted buyers from across the Irish Sea and produced the following highlights:- GT Bunning Lowlands MK4 Dungspreader £11800, Case JX80 4WD Tractor £10750, Spearhead Multicut 460 Batwing Topper £7400, Kuhn Primor 2060M Straw Chopper £6750 and Muelleur 10,000L Bulk Milk Tank £6500.
The 207 milking and dry cows sold on the day averaged an impressive £1550 across the board to include all faults, a fantastic trade throughout.