The Annual Lady Day Collective Sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre produced a smaller entry and a continued selective trade for fresh milk. However the calved cows averaged just ahead of last month and the calved heifers were £100 over the average despite the recent flush of dairy dispersals and continued fodder shortage continuing to have an effect on trade.

Both calved cows and heifers topped at 1800gns for the fresh second calver “Dinnaton Goldfish Bryant Grey” from DC Dennis & Son Ltd and the February calved heifers “Bettiscombe Armour Lindsey” from RE & HE Bugler & Partners. Other calved cows sold to 1680gns again for “Dinnaton” and 1650gns for “Bettiscombe”. Other calved heifers sold to 1700gns for Longmoor Farm Ltd and DC Dennis & Son Ltd and 1650gns for CJ Elmes.

Incalf heifers sold to 1200gns x2 for heifers due April/ May to the Hereford for GL & FL Robertson and “Baulking Merchandise Violet” due May to sexed semen for T Mellor. Holstein bulling heifers sold to 740gns for FAW Bakers and Jersey bulling heifers to 520gns. Yearling heifers from Smith Farms Ltd of Essex “Wigboro” herd sold to 710gns.

Averages:

Calved Cows£1623.30
Calved Heifers£1520.00
Incalf Heifers£1020.00
Holstein Maiden Heifers£660.00
Jersey Maiden Heifers£450.00
Yearling Heifers£610.00