Demand was strong for freshly calved heifers at Sedgemoor Auction Centre with prices hitting 2,600gns for the show heifer Swallowdale Steady Bluebell 155th from CJ Elmes. The heifer had calved in July and was giving 34 kgs and from four generations of Ex or VG by the Ex90 Sire Stantons Steady. She was one of six consigned by the Elmes’s to average £2,194.50. She joined the Edwards family of Bristol.
Regular consigners PJ Andrews sold a superb heifer Beneknowle Vanguard Joy 89th by their homebred Vanguard Bull that had calved in August for 2,550gns to the Langley’s of Bath.
As with every monthly sale Roland and Simon Bugler’s Bettiscombe Heifers were in strong demand selling to 2,400gns for Baltimore Thyme 17th. Their Bull Bettiscombe Seaver Bethlehem with three generations of Ex Indianhead dams behind him sold for 1,750gns to D Williams of Wales.
A late entry of two heifers from Geoff Morgan sold for 2,400gns and 2,350gns. Witcombe Farm Partners entry of nine calved heifers topped at 2,350gns with others over 2,000gns from Ian Dimond Dorset, AJ Bennett and Sons Lilylane and Nick Goss.
Cows were in short supply selling to 2,000gns for the first of the fresh milk in the ring from FH Chave and Son being the fresh second calver Peacehay Blue Iris 140th.
Three Special consignments sold to 1,620gns for Jason Perry’s autumn calvers, 1,450gns for LWR and KA Hill’s July calved Heifers and 1,420gns x2 for spring calved 3rd and 4th calvers from NJ Tory and Partners Cowleaze herd.
46 in-calf heifers from Lulworth Castle Farms Poynings herd drew considerable interest selling to 1,720gns x2 for daughters of Emerald-Acr-Sa T-Baxter both joining a pedigree breeder from the Mendips.
Bulling Heifers sold to 860gns x3 for Trent Manor Farms of Sherborne.
Heifer Calves from MJ and MD Day Cornish Cloverfields herd sold to 460gns for the Mouse Eclipse.
160 head and 38 different purchasers from Cornwall to Wales produced the following excellent averages: Calved Cows £1575.00; Calved Heifers, £2134.36; Incalf Heifers, £1,361.50; Bulling Heifers, £872.25; Heifers Calves, £363.00; Bulls £1548.50