Somerset tops at 1350gns

30 April 1999

Somerset tops at 1350gns

CANNINGTON College, Bridgewater staged its first home sale of dairystock carrying the well respected Somerset prefix and drew a top price of 1350gns.

This inaugural fixture offered spring calvers along with some young cows which had fallen outside the herds tight autumn/winter calving pattern.

Top call came from Blandford, Dorset, herd owner Derek Cooper for Somerset Celsius Snowdrop 16th, a served heifer out of a 100-tonne VG cow by Avoncroft Matchmaker.

Cows reached 960gns for a second calver by Hanoverhill Inspiration taken by D &#42 Willis, north Devon.

The late Metford Jeanes had helped establish the college herd so it was appropriate that a guest consignment from his familys Stowey herd was on offer. Best bid was 900gns for a calved heifer with the 15,586kg Moet G A Fay C as second dam.

Recent years have seen the Cannington College herd feature prominently on the West Countrys NMR listings; in 1993/94 it achieved the third highest regional herd average with 8792 litres. The colleges intention is to stage an annual sale of heifers.

Averages: Somerset – 14 cows in-milk £789 and 40 calved heifers £817. Stowey – 11 calved heifers £815; nine bulling heifers £536. (Greenslade Taylor Hunt).

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