The dispersal of a top quality Somerset dairy herd attracted interest from far and wide, as auctioneer Greg Ridout explains
The dispersal of the “Hensbridge” herd of Pedigree Holstein Friesian cows on behalf of local client PB Weeks & Son of Laverton, Bath had been greatly anticipated by not only local farmers, but from dairy buyers from further afield. The sale was conducted by Symonds & Sampson and joint auctioneers Cooper & Tanner at Frome Livestock Market on Wednesday.
A strong trade was anticipated for this high yielding, closed herd bred for strength and depth. Autumn calving and loose housing didn’t put buyers off, as the younger 1st – 3rd lactating cows regularly made £1,600-£1,800. Top spot went to “Hensbridge Useful Honeybee 2” who calved in July 2021 and is in calf to “Aristocrat” in August selling at £2120. She was closely followed by “Hensbridge Upright Jackie” also being in her 1st lactation and due in August selling at £2100. The milking herd as a whole sold for an excellent overall average of over £1450 per head.
A terrific consignment of in calf heifers due in August sold for an average of £1421, with the top two sired by Martini & Ardor each selling for £1575.
Greg Ridout, Partner & Auctioneer with Symonds & Sampson extends his thanks to the Weeks family for their kind instructions to act on their behalf, and to all the team at Manor Farm for their tireless preparation in the lead up to Wednesday’s successful sale.
Symonds & Sampson’s Agricultural Sales department hold regular online and on site sales of machinery, livestock, fodder, vehicles and a wide variety of stock dispersal. Please contact Greg on 01935 382909 for further details.