Having first registered in 1984, four generations of the Bewes family have milked dairy cattle at Suddon Farm, so the recent dispersal sale gave buyers a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase from a herd with special significance.
Kivells farm department successfully sold the farm and auctioned the entire herd as well as machinery, trade levelled across the board with an overall average for milking and dry cows coming in at £1064. Dollar Magpie Red VG86, a dry cow by a home bred bull and out of a VG dam, due to calve in June to Bolton topped the sale at £1680. She was closely followed by Morty Susette VG85, a second calver from December 2006, who sold for £1628.
An excellent run of first calved heifers followed, which averaged £1178, selling to a top of £1418 for Suddon Shaker Genie GP84.
In calf heifers also sold well, averaging £1000 and selling to a top price of £1260 for Suddon Shottle Gatine.
Youngstock were also in demand, with calves at foot averaging £444 and selling to an impressive top pf £1260 for a Shottle daughter. A January 2006 Goldwyn calf out of four generations of VG and EX dams sold at £1523.
Stock bulls met with fierce demand, selling to a top of £2100 for a Goldwyn son out of Suddon Igniter Susette VG87.