Spring Fever at Taunton Livestock Centre

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt held their largest collective sale ever at Taunton Livestock Centre on Tuesday. The pedigree entry which included two dispersal sales saw a total clearance with 110 head from cows to calves averaging £1029.

Joint top price of the day was 1600gns, firstly from Les and Karen Bennett’s Lillylane Herd being an April calved heifer “Lillylane Meagson Baby 30th” by the homebred “Lillylane Magason” bull and out of a VG88 dam and secondly from David and Valerie Norman’s Ciderhouse herd “Ciderhouse Stormatic Lou Etta” a VG85 April calved heifer out of an Ex90 10,000kgs dam. The first consignment of the Doram herd from Hazel Crockford brought the highest priced cow of the day at 1550gns for the third calved EX90 Doram Eclipse 24th that had calved in December and was giving 37.9kgs with an SCC of 16.

The 42 cows and heifers presented averaged a very creditable £1110.50. Top priced heifer calf was also from the Doram herd being Doram Glory Beth who sold for 620 gns.

Several calved cows and heifers sold to 1400gns including two from the second pedigree dispersal from John Bendle being a January second calver by Genus Pineridge Gladhayes Joyce 26th and an April second calver Gladhayes Fay 10th.

The six super Incalf Heifers from the Gladhayes Herd averaged £1071.

Of the regular collective sale vendors three Dorset heifers from Ian Diamond averaged £1480.50, eight Bettiscombe cows and heifers from Roland and Simon Bugler averaged £1211.70 and eight calved heifers from the Sandleaze herd of Nick Goss averaged £1294.

Demand for youngstock was strong with 11 yearling and younger heifers from the Posh herd of Robin and Micheal Harding averaged £433.36. A consignment of eight recently served British Friesian heifers from Steven Loud’s Colyton herd averaged £694.31.

Two commercial youngstock dispersals concluded the day with 64 served and incalf heifers from the James family at Motcombe averaging £877. They topped at 1050gns for a Moet Martha Hartland daughter due in June to the Hereford and out of a 9000kg pedigree Eastknook bred dam.

Bulling, yearling and younger heifers met a fast trade to average £501.

The final dispersal was for Barry Knapton of Gillingham who sold incalf heifers to 1000gns for a Picston Shaker daughter and several April 2005 born bulling heifers by Cogent Matisse to 610gns.