Trade was selective at Sedgemoor Auction Centre’s Annual Spring Fever Collective Sale held this week, reflecting the current weather and forage situation.

Over 40 individual buyers from Cornwall to Worcestershire sought quality and strength with the best selling to a significant advantage. Second quality animals were slightly back on previous weeks.

The day topped at 2,350gns twice, firstly for a very smart Bolton heifer giving 30kgs from FG Summerhayes and Son, Honiton.  The second at 2,350gns was Roland & Simon Bugler’s Bettiscombe Goldstar El Matt, currently giving 32kgs. She travels back to Dorset to a dairy that picked the best of the day taking home four out of the five topped priced cows and heifers. 

Other heifers from the collective sale sold to 2,100gns for Finefarm’s homebred Combwich Juryman Emmie.

The top priced cow at 2,250gns was also consigned by Bettiscombe being a Mr Sam Morna which was giving 45kgs with a low cell count.  Other cows sold to 1,950gns for Longmoor Farm Partners’ Barleypark Shottle Patsy.

The first of the day’s dispersals travelled all the way from Buckinghamshire being PR & SA Manley’s latest consignment to disperse their organic Primehill herd. They sold to 2,020gns for the VG86 Askew Reece daughter, Primehill Fiona which was freshly calved and giving 39kgs. 

The second dispersal was for Andy Neill Farm Services who had brought a non recorded commercial herd down to Sedgemoor from Staffordshire and met a consistently good trade selling to 1,750gns twice for a freshly calved cow giving 37kgs and a freshly calved heifer.

The youngstock trade was impressive with commercial in-calf heifers selling to 1,660gns for LS Pow & Son for a Wa-del Hayden heifer, in-calf to a pedigree Hereford.

Others sold to 1,600gns for W Maidment. Bulling heifers sold to 1,060gns for AJ Bennett & Sons’ Lilylane Evolve Katrina, sired by a genomic leader and tracing back to the Glen-Drummond Shower family. 

Commercial yearlings sold to 840gns for a Regancrest Baltimor daughter from CJ White & Partners who entered at late notice.  Commercial heifer calves topped at 510gns twice for BR & IJ Spiller & Sons.

Averages:

Collective: Pedigree Dairy Cows, £1,827; Pedigree Dairy Heifers, £1,830; Commercial Incalf Heifers, £1,541; Pedigree Bulling  Heifers, £1,057; Commercial Yearlings, £751; Heifer Calves, £490. Dispersals: Andy Neill Farm Services: 75 Dairy Cows (Inc 6 Heifer Calves), £1,465. PR & SA Manley: 10 Organic Cows and Heifers, £1,497. (Greenslade Taylor Hunt)