Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt report an unbelievable trade for M & J Franklin & Son’s commercial British Friesian herd dispersed through Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Tuesday 3rd November.  The herd was removed from Haywards Heath West Sussex and attracted buyers from Cornwall across the south west to Wales and Derbyshire.

No less than 16 lots sold for £2000 plus to top at 2300gns for Polly 76th a September calved 2nd lactation cow by Catlane Chad, Chad was the sire of the top five priced cows with others at 2200gns, 2150gns and 2100gns x2.  Also at 2100gns was a fourth calver by Morningview Levi who had also calved in September.  At 1920gns was the 5th lactation October calver Hella 23rd by Laurehill Classic.   This homebred herd was a credit to the vendors 50 of the cows catalogued were 5th to 9th lactation demonstrating the longevity of the breed.  Even though 42% of the 118 cows forward were 5th plus lactation they averaged an incredible £1561 to include all faults.

Also sold on the day were British Friesian bulling heifers from PJ Lowman which topped at £700 and Incalf and served heifers from Michelmersh Manor Farm Ltd.  The 25 two year old heifers PD’d 6 to 8 months incalf to the Aberdeen Angus bull sold to a top of 1320gns for Gambledown Alfalfa Lucy with others to 1300gns and 1280gns to average £1230 across the board.  The 32 recently served heifers not confirmed incalf sold to 900gns for Gambledown Hartley Hay to average £836 for pedigree, commercial and crossbred heifers.

A very well attended day where the comment was made how good it was to see everyone adhering to the social distancing requirements exceeded everyone’s expectations.