The recommendation for two Dorset dairy herds to hold a joint dispersal sale was well received by Wrackleford Farms Ltd and Denhay Farms Ltd who were rewarded with an excellent milk trade at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Tuesday 20th October.  A combined entry of 150 milkers drew volume buyers chasing milk to produce strong prices for all ages of cows demonstrating the strength of the hammer with cows achieving as much as £200 a piece over their potential private treaty value.

The pedigree heifer Wrackleford Pakie 2nd GP83 due again in February and giving 31.7kgs and the fresh third calver Rookhaye Altaiota GP83 both topped the day at 2000gns each.   Another fresh Rookhaye second calver and a Wrackleford third calver both realised 1950gns.

Two thirds of the Denhay Farms Ltd cows catalogued were fourth calvers or older all milking well.   They sold consistently across the age ranges to a top of 1780gns for a January calved Cogent Twist second calver due again in December and 1700gns for a dry cow due to her fifth in November.   The 57 cows forward on the day averaged an impressive £1127.

Wrackleford Farms Ltd also sold the 4 year old Hereford Bull Fisher 1 Pioneer for 1500gns and incalf heifers due November for 1410gns for Wrackleford Secretariat Fantasy, with the bulling heifers to 840gns for Wrackleford Greetje Red 197th.

The Wrackleford Cows and Heifers (to include 10 3/4rd Cows) averaged £1242, Incalf Heifers £1380.75, Served Heifers £1018.50 and bulling heifers £740.  Despite these uncertain times purchasers from Cornwall to Wales and Hereford made the most of the opportunity to purchase milk and replacements.