Milking heifers in demand at Sedgemoor

Tuesday’s top 10% dairy sale at Sedgemoor saw an exceptional trade for milking heifers, with more than half the entries selling for more than 2000gns to a top of 2450gns.

Leading the sale was Roland and Simon Bugler’s Bettiscombe Principal Tabatha, a June calved heifer  in the top 10% of the breed.  The nine heifers from the Bettiscombe herd averaged £2201.50.  

It was also a Bettiscombe cow that topped at 2150gns, this was second calver Kendall Miss America. 

P J Andrews, Lower Venton, Plymouth, sold calved heifers to 2200gns for Beneknowle Shottle Voalije a top 10% June calved heifer and cows to 2050gns for Beneknowle Lucente Burgundy 18.  

Among the bulls on offer a strong demand saw a top price of 2800gns paid for R K and S G Miller’s Moorshard Partner a February 2010 Sanchez son from the Paradise family.  Next best at 1800gns was Peacehay Blackmagic a Shottle son from the Raven family from F H Chase and Son.

Averages; pedigree Holstein cows £1734, pedigree Holstein calved heifers £2092, Holstein bulls £2415, in-calf Holstein heifers £1414, Holstein bulling heifers £886.20, Jersey in-calf heifers £929.25; 62 commercial dry cows £1229, 43 commercial bulling and younger heifers £831.50 (Greenslade Taylor Hunt).