3,300gns high at Sedgemoor Christmas Cracker sale

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Annual Christmas Cracker Sale lived up to its title with no less than 53 cows and heifers selling over £2,000 to a top of 3,300gns.

Heading the sale was Hampshire farmer Mr Gerald Lambert’s Saddlers Bluey 5th by Picston Shottle she had calved in November and was giving 30kgs daily. The seven calved heifers from the Saddlers herd averaged £2,452.50.

The top priced cow was the Show Champion Bettiscombe Lavanguard Tilly 150th GP81 from regular consigners Roland and Simon Bugler of Dorset. She was a fresh second calver and sold for 2,650gns. The day’s judge was Andrew Alford from Abergavenny and he made another Bettiscombe cow his reserve Champion. She was the second calver Lofficiel Kimberly which sold for 2,450gns.

At 2,600gns were first time consigners Designer Holsteins of Essex with their freshly calved heifer Noremead Baxter Warmer VG85 out of the Ex90 dam and Ex94 9th dam. Rookhaye Estate, Wiltshire sold their calved heifer Rookhaye Same Eileen by Regancrest-Mr Drham Sam for 2,450gns. Eric Puddy’s heifer Marcroft Bax Lulu by Emerald-Acr-Sa T-Baxter for 2,400gns.

Other fresh milk over 2,200gns were consigned by RT Cox, M J and J R Monckton, C R J and J A Bishop, FH Chave & Son, DC Dennis, Longmoor Farm Partners and PJ Andrews.

Of the four bulls on offer top spot was taken by BL Davies and Son with Davlea Jonah ET at 2,500gns he was by Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez out of the Canadian Jacobs dam.

In-calf heifers from Robert Horton’s Hinton herd based in Swindon, Wilts took all of the youngstock prizes with the first prized heifer Hinton Logan Dixie due January selling for 2,030gns and the second prized heifer Hinton Re Design Cornelia 2nd for 1,820gns

Recently served heifers from K H and M E Bond and Son sold to 1,310gns for Birchwood Shottle Sabrina 6th, out of a VG dam and due next summer to the Devon bull. Bulling heifers sold to 930gns twice for two Million daughters from Designer Holsteins.

Averages: 22 cows, £2,020.00; 94 Calved Heifers, £1,985.00; 5 Bulls, £1,407.00; 15 Pedigree In-calf Heifers, £1,704.50; 8 Served Heifers, £1,186.50; 2 Bulling Heifers, £976.50 (Greenslade Taylor Hunt)