Commercial dairy cow prices continue to rise and at the dispersal of the Charles family’s herd at Frankley near Birmingham bidding reached 2300gns.

The call came from local buyers S and A May, Bromsgrove for a first calver that was due with her second to Joylan Roxell in August. The same buyers also gave 2100gns for a Painley Knightingale daughter that dropped her second last September but was still giving 35kg.

There was no shortage of bids over 2000gns: another Knightingale second calver made 2100gns to J G and C A Bayley, Nuneaton with Cheshire dairy farmers G and M Platt, Macclesfield giving 2050gns for a first calver due again in August. Served heifers reached 1550gns. Averages: 11 calved heifers £1593; 87 cows £1122; 12 served heifers £1345 and 17 bulling heifers £848. (Gwilym Richards and Co).