Suckler dispersal tops at £1610 for Charolais cow

Greenslade Taylor Hunt conducted their first on farm suckler dispersal of the year last week at Townsend Farm, Yeovil for Robert Mead and family which saw a Charolais cow with August born twin calves top at £1610 for the outfit, although the cow remained in the locality with the calves being bought by store buyer Mr Vincent from Wincanton.

Of the summer calvers, it was a 2002 Aberdeen Angus cross cow with June born twin bull calves that made £945, selling to a producer in Wick, Glastonbury.

In-calf cows sold to £775 for a six year old Simmental cross cow, bought by a dealer on behalf of a client in Berkely, Gloucestershire. Buyers were also prepared to travel for the stores on offer, with one buyer having travelled from Cumbria to buy a 20 month old Limousin cross heifer at £605 and a Gloucester-based buyer paying £570 for a 12 month old Charolais steer.

Averages: 10 cows with autumn born calves £1106; 26 cows with spring calves at foot £790; 3 in calf cows £732; 5 store steers £528; 12 store heifers (Greenslade Taylor Hunt).