Malcolm and Lorraine Haskell’s decision to cease milk production and disperse their 9,000 kgs commercial dairy herd was rewarded with 50 of the 180 lots selling for over £2000. Due to the Covid 19 lockdown this was a large sale that was turned around within only 17 days of receiving instructions.

Topping at 2300gns (£2415) was a September calved heifer by “Mr Rubi Agronaut ET”. Other September and August calved heifers sold to 2150gns and 2100gns x5. Cows sold to 2150gns x3 for a September third calver and October and November second calvers, with a further 6 at 2100gns many of which were sired by “Soureth Conrad”. Fifth calvers sold to 1750gns, 4th calvers to 1850gns and three quartered cows to 1450gns.

The excellent trade lasted throughout the catalogue with cows due March selling to 1700gns and July calvers by “Sahara Baloo” to 1900gns. Two year old incalf heifers were on fire selling to 1700gnsx 2 for granddaughters of “TW Goodwhone” and “Sahara Baloo” due in December.

38 Buyers from Cornwall to Wales to Staffordshire to include a number of successful online bidders produced the following excellent averages:

136Dairy Cows (all faults)£1580.00
  32Calved Heifers£1975.00
168Milkers£1655.00
 11 Incalf Heifers£1687.00
   1 Served Heifer£1029.00
180Head£1654.00

The day included the final consignment from M & J Franklin of Sussex being those that were too close to calving for their sale two weeks earlier. Their British Friesian fresh second calvers sold to 1950gns and 2000gns.