Purchasers from ‘clean’ bluetongue areas made the most of one of the last opportunities to purchase dairy cattle from Dorset before it is closed down under movement restrictions. The announcement of the end of the vector free period meant a frantic rush for auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt to catalogue and farmer EG Cox and Sons to prepare, 340 Holsteins for sale at Higher Berechapel Farm, Clapton, Crewkerne on Thursday.

No less than 34 lots sold for over 2000gns to a top of 2600gns twice for a 60kg third lactation pedigree cow ‘Stourbere Tug Winnie’ by the homebred ‘Stour Tug’ bull. Her heifer calf by ‘Littlebredy Outsider’ sold for 450gns.

She was matched by the second lactation ‘Stourbere Mars Patacake 9th’ that had calved at the end of February. She was by Ricecrest Marshall and giving 41kg daily.

The 33 two year old calved heifers were a real attraction averaging over £1700, they sold to 2150gns for the January calved non pedigree daughter of a homebred bull who was giving 27.7kg and served again to Cleevale Megatone.

Incalf heifers sold to 1950gns for ‘Stourbere Aaron Molly 2nd’ out of an 11,000kg dam and incalf to ‘Ciderhouse Flight’. She was one of a number of ‘Dixie-Lee Aaron’ daughters who proved very popular on the day. The continual lack of youngstock showed in the trade for the yearling heifers, which sold to 920gns for a March born daughter of ‘Littlebredy Outsider’ from the ‘Bairneag’ family.

January born heifer calves by ‘Littlebredy Outsider’ sold to 500gns for ‘Stourbere Out Rosabelle 4th’ a granddaughter of ‘Crichel Roller’.