As industry commentators talk back the farm gate milk price and fodder remains a concern, the fresh milk trade did not falter, but the offlying and older cows saw a more selective trade as normally seen through the winter period.

The final dispersal from Rolf Park Farm which travelled to Sedgemoor from the New Forest Hampshire saw their autumn calving consignment of crossbreds which included 24 5th to 9th lactation cows, sell to a top of 2250gns (£2362.5) for a Montebeliarde, who in line with the majority, calved in August.  Another Monty cross sold to 2200gns (£2310) with a further 6 over 2000gns.

For Philip Baker and Son Jake’s Muriel herd of Pedigree Holsteins the day topped at 2200gns (£2310) for Muriel Attico Jude who was a fresh heifer at the beginning of November. Another fresh heifer to 2000gns (£2100) and 1900gns for a young cow by ‘Control’.

The combination of two small dispersal sales provided the ideal opportunity for vendors and purchasers alike with successful buyers from Cumbria, Wales, Cornwall and many counties in between creating the following creditable averages:

Rolf Park Farm (70 Head)
£1401.00

P Baker£1232.00