The dispersal of the Browne family’s Winscott herd of Holsteins saw more than 400 cattle go under the hammer in just over seven hours, with cattle travelling throughout the south west and further afield.
Top price was 2900gns, paid by F J and M J Hodges for the second calver Winscott Wildman Balise, to join their Blackdown herd at Yarcombe, Honiton. Her dam was one of a number of cows that originally came from the famous Weeton herd, dispersed last year.
The Brownes were great devotees of red and white Holsteins and the catalogue contained a large number of red or red factor animals. Winscott Rustler Marlene Red, due with her second calf in September to Ladino Park Talent, made 2750gns to David Lewis, Cullompton, who also bought a Talent daughter for 2400gns. Marlene’s yearling brother Winscott Marcus Red made 2400gns to N A and H M Colwill, Bude, Cornwall.
The large group of in calf heifers were a feature of the sale, selling to 2550gns for a daughter of Pursuit September Storm, while top price among the maiden heifers was 2100gns for Winscott Bolton Renita, taken by Richard Gay, Axminster. Calves at foot sold to 1600gns for another Bolton daughter from the Weeton Ebony family, purchased by D.R.Lawrence, Ottery St Mary.
Averages; 180 cows and calved heifers £1591.51 (incl 66 heifer calves @ £ 490.80), 60 served heifers £1426.60, 106 maiden heifers £785.52, two bulls £1470 (Norton and Brooksbank with Kivells).