Burgoyne dispersal ends 50 years’ milking

After 50 years of milking cows at Haywards Heath, East Sussex, the Burgoyne family dispersed their herd of 250 Holsteins to a top price of 1200gns.

This non-pedigree herd had an average yield of 9201kg and included 90 cows giving over 10,000kg, with another 50 giving between 11,000-15,000kg.

The lack of pedigree status was a small price to pay for well-bred, productive cows ready to make the most of spring grass and the trade saw 20 four-figure deals with a further 38 realising over 900gns.

The herd presented a spread of daughters by Comestar Lee, Eastview Meadowlord, Crichel Principal and Jo-Wal Cubby Metro while the service sires included Altagen-I Merchant, Dixie-Lee Aaron, Weeton Jackson and Frankenhof Accoord.

Plenty of buyers had come to fill wagons and, although some were successful, there were several potential volume buyers who could not keep pace with the trade.

The younger cattle on offer later in the sale met the strongest demand.

First and second calvers were the talk of the sale with the top end easily making over £900.

And it was a young cow by Eastview Meadowlord that drew the highest bid making 1200gns to Messrs A Goddard & Son, Great Chart, Kent.

The cow was 200 days into her second lactation.

A milking heifer by Genus Jayson, due again this summer, made 1150gns to Spiby Partners of Chichester, West Sussex, who secured several of the best cattle on offer.

Averages: 246 cows and calved heifers £706.

(Norton and Brooksbank)