The first green market at Shrewsbury Auction Centre last Tuesday saw an entry of 76 dairy cattle sell to the best trade ever seen at a weekly market.

Heifers sold to a top of £1800 for both Graham Evans, Forden, Welshpool with a heifer by his own bull, Lizbert and also for Jack Taylor, Harmer Hill, Shrewsbury, with a Moet Lookout heifer.

Some 23 animals sold in excess of £1500 and the entry of 49 heifers averaged £1315. Only 11 out of the 49 made below the £1000 mark.

Cows were in equally high demand with a top price of £1520 for a ABS Romancer third calver from Messrs J R Wilkinson and Sons, Meifod, followed by £1480 for an ABS Marcus second calver from Messrs G A G Evans and Son, Trawscoed, Welshpool.

It was not only production animals that were in great demand, as in-calf heifers sold to a top of £1180 for Silverpost Sinatra, which was one month off calving, and bulling heifers to £780.

“The trend now seems to be set in the dairy world with higher milk prices, a shortage of cattle and inevitably high animal values,” said market chairman and dairy expert David Giles.