21 June 2002

A good price, a good crowd

DISPERSAL of the Corby Holstein herd at Taunton Livestock Centre attracted a good crowd and prices that peaked at 2000gns.

The herd of G S and V A Armstrong was established in 1975 in Cumbria and is known for its powerful capacious cows, which are now managed on a low concentrate regime on the exposed Somerset farm.

It was a third calver by Juniper Rotate Jed which was at the forefront of the bidding. Corby Jed A Flo (classified VG88) had calved her third in September and was in-calf again. She was giving 30kg on the day and realised 2000gns to an undisclosed buyer.

A daughter of Shalama Pamela Carol 2nd by Dombinator made 1000gns and a Raider cow out of an 11,000gns Chewtor dam matched the bid. Also at 1000gns was Plaish Kayak Lizzie, which was giving 47.5kg on the day.

Served heifers, due this autumn, reached 560gns, with the trade for younger heifers reaching 850gns for a daughter of the top-priced cow by Cogent Justice. February-born calves sold to 380gns.

Averages: 146 cows £525, 25 served heifers £458, 11 bulling heifers £360, 38 yearling heifers £325, and 16 heifer calves £229 (Greenslade Taylor Hunt). &#42