The dispersal of the “Leahug” herd for Harry Godsell at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Thursday 14th February generated a level trade, at a time when there has been a sudden increase in the number of dairy cattle on the market and feed supplies are tight for many.

The sale opened with the selling of 250 tonnes of grass clamp silage, which achieved £30 per tonne. The dairy herd calved throughout the year and a good trade was witnessed for the fresh milk and summer calvers, but the young autumn calvers confirmed back incalf were in considerable demand. This was enhanced by the day’s top price of 1750gns, which was paid for “Leahug Goodwhone Eileen” a second calver who was due again in August. Other August and September calvers sold for 1680gns, 1600gns and 1550gns x4. Fresh milk sold to 1700gns for a February second calver again by “TW Goodwhone” and out of the “Leahug Eclipse” family, with December second calvers at 1550gns and a December two year old calved heifer “Leahug Goodwhone Charlotte 3rd” at 1550gns.

With only volume buyer on the day, the following creditable averages were achieved:

126Dairy Cows and Heifers£1202.50
16Three quartered cows£575.56