The first dairy cattle being sold in Llandovery Market, Carmarthenshire for over 50 years saw prices peaking at 2,600gns and 10 cattle selling at more than £2,000.
There was standing room only around the sale of cattle from Gareth and Anne Jones of Creuddyn Bridge, Felinfach, Lampeter, Ceredigion. The first lot set the trade for the rest of the sale selling for 2,100gns.
The first lot was a March calved heifer by Tallent Jenson GP83 and was purchased by D H and J T B Pritchard of Leominster, Herefordshire. She was one of 10 cattle they purchased including a 4th calver by Critchel Principal at 2,000gns.
The top price of 2,600gns was paid by W O J Reed and Co of Spittal, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Creuddyn Shottle Dale Alis VG87 was dry and due with her 3rd calf in August having given 10,607kgs in her 2nd lactation.
K J and D S A Marshall of Rhydargaeau, Carmarthen, paid 2,200gns for a 3rd calver by Lucky Mike. She was a 3rdgeneration VG or Excellent cow.
At 2,100gns, I A Davies of Pontsian, Llandysul, Ceredigion, purchased a Picston Shottle sired 4th calver.
The Earl of Plymouth, Ludlow, Shropshire, purchased five cattle including the 2,050gns Creuddyn Jackson Eirwen, an Excellent 90 pointed 3rd calver.
Served heifers sold to 1,450gns on two occasions with both being purchased by Jones Bros of Llanfair, Lampeter, and maiden heifers peaked at 980gns paid by E G and J R Evans, Llangybi, Lampeter.
A total of 39 buyers were successful on the day with a good many others returning home with empty trailers.
72 milking cows and heifers £1,471.17
10 three quartered/light cows £891.45
11 served heifers £1,209.41
24 maiden heifers £801.94
117 head £1,259.73
Joint Auctioneers: Gwilym Richards and Clee Tompkinson and Francis