Not too many of these around, now. British White cattle are classed as a rare breed, so dispersals of them are few and far between…
Alan Cole (left) gets to grips with last-minute preparations.
Rufford Farm, Rye, Sussex, was home to the Colebourne herd of pedigree British Whites. They were dispersed last week, together with machinery and equipment, for Alan and Diane Cole, who are selling the farm.
The BSE crisis, some say, has prompted a resurgence of interest in native breeds. Some stock went as far as Solihull, while others found homes more locally, with a "cluster" of British White herds evident in East Sussex. The highest-price cow fell into the latter category, going, at 700gns, to a farm at Lewes.
There was a range of machinery and equipment, too. This gipsy horse-drawn caravan raised £3700. Rather more practical, however – certainly when it comes to shifting fodder or pulling a trailer – was a W-reg Ford 6600 tractor, which made £7000.
Nice hat! Adam Massingham from Appledore Heath, Ashford.
Trying to value rare breeds can sometimes be difficult, commented auctioneer Alan Mummery of Lambert and Foster (pictured). But the day saw brisk bidding, with average prices of £741 for cows with spring-born calves; £579 for cows with young calves; £567 for in-calf cows; and £471 for in-calf heifers.
Sunshine and shadows… a typical clear, cold autumn day. The weather didnt manage to brighten bidding for the big-bale silage, however. At £6.78 a bale, it "didnt break any records", say the auctioneers.