A reduced entry, which was caused by the uncertainty with the weather, rewarded those that had consigned with an excellent trade for the freshly calved and close to calving animals.

The continued dispersal from Anton Smith, Badminton topped the day’s sale for his non-pedigree second calved cow giving 45kgs which sold for 1900gns, with his other cows also to 1850gns.

Calved heifers topped at 1820gns twice for PJ Andrews, Ivybridge, whose pedigree “Beneknowle” heifers sired by “Silver” and “Raby” were both giving around 30kgs and sold to a buyer from Cornwall.

Again at the top of the trade was the Andrews family whose Incalf heifers sold to 1500gns for “Beneknowle Symphony Gina 9th” who traces back through “Crichel” to an imported “Hanoverhill” cow. Others from the same vendor sold to 1450gns. W & S Saunders sold incalf heifers to 1350gns and yearling heifers to 550gns x 2.

Non-pedigree organic heifers sold to 1300gns for Waldegrave Farms, Chewton Mendip.

An impressive amount of purchasers gathered for the small number of cattle on offer with buyers from Cornwall to Gloucestershire and across to Wiltshire and all counties in between with many potential buyers going away empty handed.

The day produced the following creditable averages:

Cows£1611
Heifers£1793
Pedigree Incalf Heifers£1326
Commercial Incalf Heifers
£1190
Yearlings Heifers£515