The first sale of two sales for the dispersal of the Webbery herd of pedigree Guernseys and Jerseys on behalf of Messrs J D and J A Yewdall at West Webbery Farm, Bideford, North Devon saw a super crowd of buyers interested in the spring calving portion of 300 head that went under the hammer.
Buyers travelled from as far as Wales, Leicestershire and Cheshire complimented by a strong Westcountry contingent to fill the ringside for the first Channel Island Sale to be staged in the Westcountry for some time and what a trade was seen.
Incredibly the strong level trade resulted in just £1 difference in average between the two breeds. Just over 50% of the in milk portion of this sale sold over 1,000gns with an abundance of the best cows of both breeds readily at 1,300 – 1,500gns.
Topping the sale was a Guernsey second calver Webbery Luckley Ivy 3 sired by Meadow Court Ellys Epic and having calved in March and served again in June she sold at 1,750gns to local volume buyer Andrew Lewis who purchased many of the best for his newly established Hartlandview herd.
The same buyer purchased two guernseys at 1,650gns, the first being a fourth calver Webbery Bick Dot by Riverwood Tiller Khan and the other a second calver Webbery Coach Curly 3 by Thornton Troy. Also buying some quality Guernseys to establish a new herd was Roger Lewis from Wrexham in Wales who paid 1,600gns for Webbery Bettina 7 a second calver by Kenvin Posh Paddy. Seven other Guernseys broke the 1,500gns barrier and certainly were in demand from start to finish.
In the Jersey section the trade was every bit as strong and top was 1,650gns for Webbery Ziks Natalie 65 a second calver by Q Zik due in February to Vindication, she sold to Mr Salmon from Frome who purchased 19 of the best Jerseys to join his Holstein Herd. The same buyer also purchased Webbery Kers Beautiful by Rockhaven Forever Sam for 1,400gns.
A third calver Winkland Hirses Dylis 52 by Q Hirse having calved in February and served in May sold well at 1,400gns to Cornish buyers Trekillick Farms. A very sweet heifer by Fleurieu Salsa which calved in March also sold at 1,400gns to Martin Williams from Helston. In all 42 Jerseys sold over 1,000gns which really highlighted the current great demand that there is for the breed. Eight Cross Bred cows sold to a top of 1,550gns for a March calved Jersey cross Friesian 2nd calver.
The 2011 spring and autumn born heifers saw the best of both breeds sell to 550gns. “A” lot heifer calves sold well with the best purebred Guernsey by Skeel Norman selling at 400gns to Messrs R Jelbert and Son from Penzance, Cornwall. The best of the Jersey calves sold to 320gns for a daughter of Williams Mans Cataldo ET, she travelled to South West Carmarthen with Mr Jones who purchased 29 head. The Yewdall family last year made the decision to use Swedish and Norwegian Red sires across the cows and the spring born cross bred calves looked fantastic and sold very well through the ring with nearly every calf over 300gns to a top of 380gns.
This very successful day proved the sale ring is by far the best way to sell your herd and produced these excellent and most creditable averages:
67 Pedigree Jersey In Milk Cows & Heifers £1102
50 Pedigree Guernsey In Milk Cows & Heifers £1103
8 Cross Bred In Milk Cows & Heifers £1368
12 ¾ In Milk Cows & Heifers £722
48 2011 Born Jer/Gue Heifers £445
16 Pedigree Guernsey Calves £345
23 Pedigree Jersey Calves £273
23 SWR & NWR x Calves £337
9 Jersey x Guernsey Calves £213