There was exceptional trade for freshly calved cows and heifers at the annual January collective sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, which auctionerrs said refected the confidence of the industry.

Sale leader ay 2,650gns was the freshly calved heifer Lilylane Buster Roma, out of four generations of VG or Ex dams from AJ Bennett and Sons.

DC Dennis and Son from Ivybridge entered 13 cows and heifers from their Dinnaton herd. They averaged an impressive £2,344 topping at 2,500gns twice for members of the homebred Bluebell and Trilby families – both of which had calved to their first in December.

The freshly calved heifer Moorshard Shottle Marty from Randolf and Brian Miller sold for 2,450gns.

Freshly calved cows sold to 2,300gns on three occasions. First of these was FH Chave and Sons’ second calver Peacehay Fluff 93rd, Next at this price was DC Dennis’s second calver Dinnaton Mtoto Sam Angela GP84 and lastly was DJ and V Norman’s Ciderhouse Bolton Nora GP82.

Organic incalf heifers from first time consigners Messrs Daniell and Hole sold to 1,940gns for Ganbrook Azure Daphne 203rd. She has a PLI of £104 and is due in February to a Hereford bull.

Heifers due to calve at under two-years-of-age from MJ and YL Burrows of Cullompton sold to 1,650gns for Riverwood Ross Coronation 2nd.

Crossbred two-month-old served heifers from Butler Farms of Sussex sold to 1,100gns for British Friesian heifers due to the crossbred bull.

Averages: 17 calved cows, £2066; 39 calved heifers, £2056; two calved jersey heifers, £1,102.50; seven in-calf heifers, £1,705.50; one bull, £1,260; 114 crossbred heifers, £825.

(Sedgemoor Auction Centre).