It isn’t often that the owner of a herd of Holstein cows has the chance to sell them in the market he owns but that was the case when Derek Mead and his family sold 200 head from their Lynchmead organic herd at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Somerset, where prices reached 4400gns.

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt shared rostrum duties with Norton and Brooksbank on a day that saw west country buyers dominate the top end of the trade.

The freshest cows were the most sought after with the first 30 from this section averaging £2000 a head and including the top price of 4400gns. The call came for the homebred Lynchmead Jackson Sherry 2, a VG85 cow that calved her second in July after a heifer lactation of 8237kg. Along with several other lots she heads for the Coldridge herd in Devon.

The third calver Lynchmead Linjet Luta 4 – by Sunnylodge Lynjet and out of a Rotate Jed dam – made 3800gns and joins the Rose family’s Stourvale herd in Dorset.

There were eight lots over 3000gns including one call for the choicest of the maiden heifers – Lynchmead P Toystory Daisy 2. This 13-month-old heifer was from a long line of VG and Ex dams and traces back to the Fleetridge herd. She made 4200gns to Henllan Farms.

In-calf heifer due from November onwards reached 1920gns given for Lynchmead Throne Charmaine 9. Several heifer calves sold to 1000gns.

Averages: cows and heifers £1766; in-calf heifers £1534; served heifers £1036; maiden heifers £2598; heifer calves £655. (Greenslade Taylor Hunt with Norton and Brooksbank).

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