The first significant virtual dispersal sale of British Whites for sometime took place at Worcester Market when the Bridge Homestead herd of Jeff and Marion Scotcher, Sussex, came under the hammer on Saturday.
Top call of the day at 1600gns went to Bridge Homestead Melophone a second calver by homebred bull Maraca, the 2008 British White bull of the year. Sold with a heifer calf at foot she was knocked down to A Wiles, Crudington, Telford, Shropshire.
Selling at 1320gns was the sole in-calf heifer in the sale, Bridge Homestead Carimba due in September to Wellington Fable, she was hotly contested and was eventually bought by P Cooke, Stoke Prior, Leominster, Herefordshire.
Cows and calves in general enjoyed a close following and one of the day’s volume buyers S Hopley, Ranton, Stafford, secured several purchases including the first lot in the ring Bridge Homestead Mandolin an eleven year old cow with her heifer calf at 1220gns.
Competition for the bulling heifers was strong, with these hitting a peak of 850gns twice when selling to S Hopley, Stafford, and G Weaver, Moreton in Marsh, respectively.
And Mr Weaver also secured the dearest yearling heifer of the day too when paying 740gns for Bridge Homestead Antara. Just shy of this at 730gns was another yearling Bridge Homestead Taletta, when selling to S D Pennington, Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
Averages; nine cows with calves £1200.50, four in-calf cows £903, two empty cows £724.50, one in-calf heifer £1386, two bulling heifers £892.50, seven yearling heifers £745.50, one bull £1239 (McCartneys).