Bidding hit 1300gns and calved heifers averaged £1034 when Somerset breeders Edward Tarr and the Jeanes family dispersed their loose-housed Rexworthy Holstein herd.

There was a lively trade for youngstock, with in-calf heifers averaging £894.

The highest bid came for a second calver from the Pauline family. By Ridge-Star Justy and giving 50.2kg a day, Rexworthy Pauline 32nd was the sole purchase of neighbouring farmer Robert Rowe.

Buyers were paying close attention to PIN numbers and it was the cow with the best figures – PIN+£52 and PLI +£55 – who realised 1200gns.

This Ideal Ags daughter from the Queen family was in-calf to Shoremar James for December.

A call of 1220gns secured Rexworthy Petunia 5th. Calved in June and out of an 11,000kg dam, she looked set to turn grass into profit.

By Ideal Ags (PIN +£37, PLI +£35), she went to an un-named buyer.

Three in-calf daughters of Eastview Meadowlord, all out of 10,000kg-plus dams and due in August to a Blonde bull, made 1000gns apiece.

Bulling heifers by James reached 690gns and heifer calves found buyers ready, with the best by Braedale Goldwyn striking a top of 500gns.

Averages: Cows and heifers £822, calved heifers £1034, in-calf heifers £894, served heifers £625, bulling heifers £643 and yearlings £464.

(Greenslade Taylor Hunt)