The Annual Spotlight Sale of high genetic pedigree dairy cattle at Sedgemoor Auction Centre attracted national interest with bidders from all across England as well as Ireland, Scotland and Wales producing the year’s top price of 5000gns for James & Steph Doherty’s ‘Firstlook Jordy Afligem Red’.

Afligem was a February 2019 born heifer from an imported dam that hailed from the families of the famous cows Apple, Rachel, Altitude and August and bred in Shrewsbury by the keen young farmers. She was much admired throughout the day and as the hammer fell the successful bidders were Richards Brothers who purchased her for their Larks & Cadog herd based in West Wales.

One of the cover girls, Hennikers Byway Okarina, sold to Ian Chave for his Peacehay Herd at 4900gns. She was from a granddaughter of Okalibra, one of the greatest European Show cows, and Okarina herself had already been successful in the show ring.

Recently classified as VG87-2yr, Cramar Swallow A Cutes was the pick of the milking section with the hammer falling in favour of Mick Gould (Woodmarsh) who admired this super uddered heifer that had a pedigree of 4 dams that were all Ex94 or higher, three of them having already achieved 100 tonnes of milk with the closest dam well on her way to achieving the same.

The second youngest calf of the day attracted spirited bidding as she was the first offering from the Sully Shottle May family with an added attraction that she was red. She was bred by David & Ryan Renfree at their Hayvalley herd from Cornwall and sold to the Cotterell family from Somerset at 4000gns. The youngest calf at just 3 months old (and the last lot) by Secretariat, out of the Ghost family and bred at Woodmarsh, sold for 2600gns.

Two lots sold for 3800gns, being Foxcroft Army Legacy from Mike Rees & Robert Martin who sold to M Hussel (Perrins), and Woodmarsh MVP Zandra who sold to J O’Connor from Ireland, who in fact sold as a choice with her close relative by Unix at 3600gns with the second choice realising the higher price!

The top priced Brown Swiss was Lynn Robertson’s Elite Calvin Lovely at 2800gns, who sold into Devon, with Jerseys at 1100gns for Hennikers Global Milki selling to be shown by Josie Dowding.  

Buyers from all across the UK ensured a 95% clearance rate by the end of the day and created the following averages:
82nd-4th Lactation cows £1956
3Calved Heifers£3028
7Incalf & Bulling Heifers£2048
36Maiden Heifers£2460
Brown Swiss 
3Brown Swiss £2053 
1Yearling £1155
5000gns Firstlook Jordy Afligem Red Richards Bros (Larks/Cadog) 
4900gnsHennikers Byway Okarina FH Chave & Sons (Peachay)
4300gnsCramar Swallow A Cutes (VG87-2yr) M & K Gould (Woodmarsh)
4000gnsHayvalley Eclipse May Red P Cotterell (Warrenbury)
3800gnsFoxcroft Army Legacy M Hussel (Perrins) 
3800gnsWoodmarsh MVP Zandra J O’Connor (Bawnmore)
3800gnsAshlea Rubi Atlee EL Waight & Sons (Hillvale)
3600gnsWoodmarsh Unix Zandra M  Hussel (Perrins) 
3600gnsToitoi Goldust O Kitty Kat A Paul (Slatabogie)
3600gnsNortonhill Brook Saratoga Undisclosed Devon Buyer