October ended on a high for dairy trade with cows selling to 1,850gns and £1,820 at Wincanton and Beeston last week.

At the Western Holstein Club’s focus milk sale including the sale of pedigree and commercial dairy cattle at Beeston, a small entry of 50 head saw trade slightly dearer compared to the mid-month sale in October.

Sale topper was a heifer entry from the Hague family, Middlewich. The homebred Danevale Mars Iolanthe is by Ballycairn Mascol Mars and was sold giving 32kg to NC Bowdler, Shrewsbury.

Next highest priced heifer was the Red and White Snelson Hickorymea Jazz Red from F Williamson and Sons, Chelford, which sold for £1,780 to a West Wales client.

Cows sold to £1,800 for the second calver Kingold Crest Diplomat giving 46kg from Terry Goldstraw, Audlem. She was purchased by Steve Armstrong, Bunbury, for his Armsdale Herd.

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt reported a strong trade at the Eastwood Farm dispersal sale, Wincanton, for FRD Masters and Sons on Thursday (29 October).

Non- recorded commercial dairy cows, calving all year round, generated an exceptional crowd around the ring and produced a top price of 1,850gns for a fresh second calver.

Dry cows from the Cowleaze herd by Bolton sold to 1,550gns. July calved Jersey heifers were in demand topping at 1,050gns with second calvers close behind at 1,020gns.