The first sale to be held at the Sedgemoor Auction Centre set a strong pace for Lionel and Gary Bagg’s Huntlodge dairy dispersal.
Some 54 different purchasers made the most of the opportunity to purchase well bred cattle from this herd with no less than 51 lots selling for 2000gns plus. But the day’s highlight was the VG86 Indianhead Mandelin Rachel Red, whom in her second lactation was bred from six successive generations of Excellent cows, now joins the Wentwood herd of A S Hinton.
Her August born heifer calf by Ladino Park Talent topped the A lots at 3200gns and travels to Newport, Shropshire to join the Lilleshall herd of S M Gilman and Partners.
Both the Rosina and Royalty families also stood out on the day, with Huntolodge Principal Rosina Ex90 selling with a bull contract from Cogent Breeding for 5000gns to a Carmarthen-based undisclosed bidder. Her yearling daughter Huntlodge Jordan Rosina 2 with a PLI of +£106 sold for 3000gns to local breeder Eric Puddy, for his Macroft herd. At the grand old age of nine years old, Wedgwood Royalty Strom sold for 4200gns to Tim and Chris Reed’s Culverhayes herd. Her daughters were also in strong demand with Huntlodge Lheros Royalty selling for 4300gns and Huntlodge star royalty going at 4000gns.
The 21-month old Canyon-Breeze Allen heifer out of Lheros topped the maiden heifers at 4000gns selling to Messrs Gillman.
In-calf heifers sold to 2700gns for Huntlodge Champion Rosina 2, due to calve in May to hidden View Best. She was bought by the Lynchmead herd.
The two bulls on offer met a good trade selling to a top price of 2800gns for Huntlodge Rebus.
Averages: 99 cows and cavled heifers £2007.83; 19 incalf heifers £1544.61; 23 served heifers £1385.54; 20 bulling hiefers £1502.55; 14 yearling heifers £1173.75 (Greenslade Taylor Hunt and Norton and Brooksbank).