The Davey family from North Devon favoured Sedgemoor Auction Centre to stage the Dispersal of their robotic milked dairy herd and followers and were rewarded with 10 animals exceeding the £2000 barrier and a strong contingent from West Wales.

Trade for fresh milk was certainly the fiercest demand on the day with many potential buyers unable to fill their requirements. The sale topped at 2050gns for both cows and calved heifers. This price was achieved firstly for a second lactation cow by “Larcrest Camelot” and then shortly afterwards for the calved heifer “Hury Bookem Sonnett” whose heifer calf by “Stantons Close Up” who followed her through the ring to make 320gns.

Trade for the spring calving animals saw less demand, as expected, but still achieved 1900gns for a heifer that was due again after Christmas.
Incalf and served heifers sold to 1250gns for a “Morgan” daughter who was incalf to sexed semen with maiden heifers by for a “Stantons Close Up” selling to 650gns and a lot heifer calves to £500 for a “Pepper” daughter.

No less than 50 recorded buyers from Cornwall to Carmarthen created the following averages:

187Cows and Heifers (including 33 heifer calves at £319)£1335
187Cows & Calved Heifers£1279
  21Calved Heifers£1650
  16High SCC & Three Quartered Cows£493
  82Incalf & Served Heifers£856
  74Maiden Heifers£441
  33Heifer Calves£319