Longevity and production are well known traits of the long established Darklake Holstein herd and they were well to the fore in the minds of buyers as they competed for 420 head at the herd’s dispersal in Cornwall this week where bidding reached £2520.

Owners Messrs Harvey Bros moved the herd from its home in Plymouth to Hallworthy Stockyard where Darklake Foxy Red led the trade. By Weeton Jackson and out of an eight lactation grand dam by Boulet Charles, this April-calved heifer goes to John Pollard and Pam Coryn of Treginegar Farms. Dry cows sold well averaging £1606 to peak at £2362. Averages: 152 in-milk cows £1436; 69 served heifers £1358; 88 young stock £938 and 39 dry cows £1606. (Kivells).