Bids reach 1250gns at Dearham herd sell-off
THE retirement of Alan Hobbs brought about the first sale to disperse the entire Dearham herd of Holstein Friesians at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
The Dearham Hall Farms herd offered the winter and autumn calving portion – moved from its west Cumbrian coastal farm at Maryport – when 102 head came under the hammer to peak at 1250gns.
Auctioneer Edward Brown said trade could have been sharper to reflect the rapidly approaching end of the quota year: "The calving pattern dictated that none of the animals offered were close to profit, but there was good production behind these cattle and those who looked to the future claimed some good sorts at fair prices."
Local bidder J Bell, Blackford, made the highest bid to take an Etazon Diamond daughter that had calved her second in late November. She was still giving 26.8kg/day after a first lactation of 7203kg at 3.59% butterfat and 3.02% protein.
Penrith dairy farmer, J Erring-ton, Lowther, gave 1000gns for a second calver by Etazon Bowi out of a milky Peckforton Citation River dam.
The final sale of 200 head will be held on Apr 8.
AVERAGES: 38 cows in-milk £712; 47 heifers in-calf £557 (Harrison and Hetherington).