The Kingtonmagna dairy dispersal on behalf of AG Hinks and Son, Gillingham, Dorset, peaked at 3,300gns when the herd of 200 plus pedigree Holsteins went under the hammer at Sedgemoor this week (23 June).
Auctioneer Derek Biss said prices achieved on the day were “beyond expectations” considering the current milk price, adding: “It was such a good trade because there are generally a shortage of well-bred breeding cattle and sales of this nature don’t come along too often.”
Mr Biss said while the top-end animals were keenly sought after by pedigree breeders, demand from commercial dairy farmers underpinned trade. Mr Biss said trade had also been helped by a recent unexpected lift in dairy trade.
“We have seen a lift in the dairy trade generally this week, which no one seems to understand and we are seeing more people around the ring.”
Taking the day’s top call was Kingtonmagna Amazing Atwood, a June second calver classified VG85 as a two-year-old. Sired by Atwood, she is out of the Windy-Knoll-View Pronto daughter Sahara Pronto Amazing. She was the pick of SM Gilman, Newport, Shropshire.
Following closely behind was her maternal sister Kingtonmagna Amazing Braxton 2nd, who sold for 3,000gns to TR Quick, Highbridge. Born in December 2012, she is sired by Regancrest S Braxton and last calved in May.
Her six-week-old heifer calf Kingtonmagna Supercup Amazing 4th sold for 900gns to DW Renfree, Liskeard, Cornwall, for their Hayvalley Holstein herd.
Freshly calved heifers sold to 2,650gns for another Atwood daughter, Kingtonmagna Atwood Licorice out of Sahara Million Licorice 4th. She calved in May and was bought by SM Gilman.
Just shy of this at 2,450gns was the May 2012-born Kingtonmagna Atwood Bambi 152nd (VG85). She calved in April. Buyer was AH Wilson and Son for their Tregibby herd, Cardigan, Ceredigion.
In-calf heifers topped at 2,550gns for the two-year-old Mikali Stanleycup Lexine. Sired by Gilette Stanleycup and out of the Ladino Park Talent daughter Mikali Talent Lexine (Ex91) she sold to an undiclosed buyer, having been served to Tregibby Supercup in February.
Meanwhile well-bred youngstock were in strong demand. Topping this section also at 2,550gns was the red and and white February 2014-born heifer Kingtonmagna Apple Lulu Red. She is sired by Wyndford BD Appleman Red and is out of Marcroft Durham Lulu Red (VG87). She was shown successfully last year. Buyer was LT Foal and Son, Kingsbridge, Devon.
Averages: 89 cows and heifers, £1,963; 17 third and fourth plus calving cows, £865; 19 calved heifers, £2,085; 11 in-calf heifers, £1,700; 19 bulling heifers, £926; 33 yearling and younger heifers, £1,091; 21 A lot heifer calves, £576; 191 head total, £1,379.
(Greenslade Taylor Hunt).