A top call of 1,950gns was achieved at the sale of David Morgan’s herd of British Friesians near Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

Buyers gathered from throughout south Wales, the Midlands and the West Country to this sale of 85 cattle, which currently average 5,450 litres, and with some cows having had four calves or more.

The top price of 1,950gns was paid for the Huddlesford Doraman daughter Smoothstone H D Arabella.  This freshly calved heifer was out of a Marshside Performer dam; she was snapped up by H B Phillips & Son of Rogiet, Monmouthshire.

The same buyers paid 1,850gns for another Huddlesford Doraman sired calved heifer out of a Lavenham Arizona dam.

The second highest price of 1,900gns was achieved by the Dovea Sem sired calved heifer, Smoothstone Sem Estelle; she waspurchased by R J & D L Morgan of Raglan.

J B & M Williams of Rowlestone, Hereford, purchased the top priced cow for 1,700gns, the December calved Lavenham Arizona daughter Smoothstone L A Sian.  They also bought a heifer due with her second calf in October for 1,800gns.

In-calf heifers sold to 1,700gns purchased by Alun Jones & Co of Tregaron, Ceredigion.  The Huddlesford Doraman daughter was due to the South Devon bull next month.  Bulling heifers sold to 920gns.  There were no heifer calves on offer.

Principal auctioneer Gwilym Richards said he was highly delighted with the outcome considering the gloom facing the dairy industry at present with lowering milk prices and the persistent rain.

Averages:

19 calved heifers £1,404.24

46 cows £1,052.97 (31 four + lacts)

5 in-calf heifers £1,625.40

15 maiden heifers £834.40

85 head £1,126.59

Auctioneers:  GWILYM RICHARDS & CO

with Newland Rennie Wilkins