Brisk trade ahead as dairy herds expand

By FW staff

FOR every dairy farmer who has decided to quit milk production this year, there are plenty who have decided to expand their herds.

Thats the view of auctioneer Tom Brooksbank, who believes this will produce a steady trade for dairy cattle in 1999.

Among the Norton & Brooksbank highlights is the dispersal of Michael Jamess Taunton-based Heritage herd, the highest yielding dairy herd in the UK, with an average of 12,000kg. Thats followed in April when the Faulkner family from Hampshire sell the PI portion of their Fielders herd.

Essex may not be renowned for its dairying – but theres plenty of milk on offer in Tim and Norman Gotts Castledon herd, which stages a reduction sale in March.

Others not to miss include the Holstein Friesian Societys spring sale at Carlisle on 31 March and the Hodge familys offering of the milking portion of its Fintdave herd in April. Three sales from the MOET herd also include a mid-summer fixture at Crewe which is open to vendors of MOET-bred progeny.

The popular Trans Atlantic sale, staged as always at Broadway, Worcestershire, will include a number of imported cattle, but its anticipated that the bulk of the entry will be drawn from top UK herds.

And Phillip Green, a regular buyer of good-quality cattle over many years for his extensive dairying enterprise at Gargrave, Skipton, North Yorkshire. will stage the first sale from his Eshton herd in September.

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