Bill and Karen Dart from west Devon reluctantly made the decision to disperse their milking herd and incalf heifers on Thursday 7th October at Sedgemoor Auction Centre due to health reasons.

Having founded the herd five years ago there was a mixture of pedigree, commercial and imported cows in the catalogue. The strongest trade continues to be fresh milk with the August calved heifer “Dunbarton Loic Jean”, the homebred heifer by “Abs Eldridge” and the second calver by “Laurelhill Classic” selling for 2200gns (£2310) as did the September third calved cow “Coolehill 1875 Sarah” and second calver “Pollamounter Zanzibar Rachel 3rd”. Other second calvers at 2180gns and August calved heifers at 2050gns x2. Fifth calvers sold to an impressive 1750gns. On the day all 43 July to September calvers averaged 1690gns.
 
The trade for December to February calvers proved more difficult with purchasers chasing milk. The spring and early summer calvers back in calf, saw a marked revival in the trade to 1780gns. 
Incalf heifers calving at 21 to 24 months old sold very well to 1200gns for daughters of “De-Su 11236 Balisto ET”.
28 successful purchasers from across the West and Wales to Scotland produced the following averages:

158Dairy Cows and Heifers (Inc. all faults)£1365.00
  18Incalf Heifers£1123.00