Trade for fresh milkers at Greenslade and Taylor Hunt’s annual top 10% seasonality sale this week saw just shy of 50 different purchasers travelling from Cornwall to Camarthen and Leicestershire make the most of the opportunity to purchase from some of the best West Country herds.
The collective sale topped at 2450gns on two occasions both for Ashlea Holsteins with their calved heifers Nuthatch Million Nellie 3rd, by England-Ammon Million ET and out of a 10,000kg vG88 dam and Nevilles Shottle Binnie, who is in the top 10% of the breed with a PIN of £19 and PLI of £99.
At 2300gns was Nick Goss’ Poynings L Baxter Showgirl out of a 12,000kg dam. The collective cows offering saw a top of 2300gns for the second calver Beneknowle Baxter Amy 33rd GP81 from the Andrews family.
In-calf heifers from R J Jeanes and Son sold to 1740gns for daughters of Kelstein Dynasty due September to Woodmarsh Topshot. Holstein Bulls by Shottle from Ciderhouse sold to 1800gns.
Three dispersals followed the collective sale and produced a more difficult trade for off lying and older cows. Tony Bradford is dispersing his commercial cows as they calve on a monthly basis and he had five cows sell for more than 2000gns to a top of 2300gns for a second calver by Hector. A two-week old red and white heifer calf also sold for 400gns.
Godfrey Palmer travelled down from Kent with his commercial Amherst herd which topped at 1950gns twice for a July second calving Moet Melody daughter and an August second calver by Kelstein Dynasty. His two year old heifers due September and by Kings-Ransom Donario sold to 1580gns, while nine month old heifers by Horizon sold at a top of 670gns with week old heifer calves topping at 370gns.
The final dispersal of the day was for Towhill Farm Ltd with the August third calver by Sherdon Connect selling for 1680gns and their two year old 12 in-calf heifers by Bradedale Goldwyn and due October selling to 1640gns and averaging £1450.