By FWi staff
IN-CALF heifers and cows not due to calve until autumn are trading at a discount as producers look to buy in stock ready to give plenty of milk.
Jon Pullin of Bruton Knowles says trade at Gloucester shows buyers pre-occupation with chasing summer milk, prompted perhaps by the turn of the quota year and plenty of grass.
“Its a telling picture with good young heifers and cows taking the best bids to over 700, but anything not calving off is back at 450 or more. Buyers want milk from the off,” he says.
Older stock is a more difficult trade, especially 4th and 5th calvers. The prices for these are back at 300.