Premium prices at dairy dispersal
Two dozen lots sold for over £2,000 when auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt conducted the on-farm dispersal for P & K Grandfield's Weaver Herd at Higher Weaver, Kentisbeare.
The decision to cease milking and concentrate on fishing resulted in a comprehensive dispersal of machinery and dairy cattle.
Topping the sale at £2,709, with her heifer calf at foot, was the August-calved second-lactation cow Weaver Maggie 294th by Regancrest-RBK Die-Hard. She was giving 38.4kgs daily and her heifer calf was by Bassingthorpe Bossman.
The last milker through the ring achieved £2,646 with her heifer calf. She was the September-calved heifer Weaver Mary by the much-used homebred sire Weaver Magnum Ex90 and out of an 11,000kgs dam. Her three-week-old heifer calf at foot was by Woodmarsh Zoro ET. She was the top-priced calved heifer at 2,200gns.
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With 24 of the 100 milking lots and calves selling for over £2,000, the class of cow on offer was much appreciated by the 60 successful purchasers, and carried through to the youngstock.
The July-served heifer Weaver Poppy by Sandy-Valley Bolton and out of the Ex90 dam sold for 1,450gns; 14-month-old maiden heifers by Burlane Tennyson from the Graceful family sold to 980gns, and heifer calves by Bassingthorpe Bossman topped at 660gns. This was by far the strongest youngstock and heifer calf trade of the year.