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Archive Article: 1998/01/16

16 January 1998

Sunnyburrow Farm, Devon,

hosted the first dairy

dispersal of the new year

last week. Farmers keen for

clues as to which way the

dairy trade is going watched

the event with interest…

Sunnyburrow dispersal


Averages £/head

Dairy cows 779

Served heifers 524

Stirk heifers 410

Barren cows 349

Calves 287

A good read… a glance through the catalogue showed Sunnyburrows cows and heifers averaged 7344 litres at 4.17% butterfat and 3.43% protein in the 12 months to September 1997.

Ann Stacey and Emma Dyer do the paperwork in the office. Well, in the barn, actually.

Ed Pilkington announces the start of the auction in the traditional way.

Trade got off to a flying start with 10 out of the first 40 cows on offer making more than 1000gns. This was a day when 15 hit four figures, as cohort money and the desire to fill quota fuelled demand, said Derek Biss of auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt. "There are very few sales at this time of year – and people will chase stock at out-of-season dispersals. I hope all our sales this year will be as buoyant as this – but trade will probably be sticky."

Those sitting ringside saw a top bid of 1280gns for a November 1994-born non-pedigree cow. She was one of 12 heading back to Bridgwater with D S Jenkins and Sons. Of course, with about 200 people present, some of those at the auction werent so lucky and had to stand!

A cup of tea for the photographer!

This event near Cullompton saw the Sunnyburrow herd of 136 Holstein Friesians on offer for T R Reed and Sons. It was established in 1990 with 50 cows from the Hummer herd at Sherborne. Homebred heifers and bought-in stock were later added.

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Archive Article: 1998/01/16

16 January 1998

Latest feed weigher from Portsdown Engineering is this automatic unit, designed to meter out 20, 30 and 40kg amounts into a nett weigh hopper. As the required weight of feed approaches, the conveyor is slowed and polypropylene gates restrict flow into the weight hopper, to achieve an accurate final weight. A 2-5sec time delay enables the weigher to empty, before the process is repeated.

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