THE Farmers Guardian sponsored sale day at Sedgemoor included pedigree Poll Dorset sheep from the Centurion Breeders Group which peaked at 800gns and 770gns for rams consigned by W. and K. Carson, Northern Ireland.
Other leading prices included 600gns for G. and A. B. Langford, Cullompton, and 580gns for Richard and Robert Hole, Sherbourne. The day’s champion, a ram from David Rossiter, Kingsbridge, sold for 560gns.
Pedigree ewes saw a 100 per cent clearance peaking at 340gns and 330gns for Messrs Hole. A run of ewes from J.E. Pocock, Sheffield, sold at 260gns, 250gns five times and 230gns four times.
In the main sale Poll Dorset shearling ewes sold to £112. Commercial ewes with twins sold to £188 (£62.67/life) and ewes with singles to £162 (£81/life) to average £46.52/life.
Stock bulls sold to £1,800 for a six-year-old Limousin and a two-year-old Aberdeen-Angus.
Suckler cows from the dispersal of R.W. and A.E. Bayley, Castle Cary, sold to £1,580 for a Hereford with a Limousin steer calf with other Hereford cows to £1,550. Aberdeen-Angus cows and calves sold to £1,440. Simmental heifers with calves sold to £1,320. Maiden heifers saw Herefords sell to £850 and £810 for R.B.J. and P. Vincent’s Snipelands herd, Wedmore, Somerset.
Store cattle peaked at £1,300 for a 22-month-old British Blue steer from R.J. Bailey, Crewkerne who also sold British Blonde steers to £1,275. Native steers topped at £1,085 for a 24-month-old Aberdeen-Angus from G.N. Langley, East Compton.
A 22-month-old British Blue heifer from W.J. and R.A. Alford, Craddock, led the heifer trade at £1,090 with a 25-month-old Simmental from G.J. and H.R. Browse, Butterleigh, next at £1,050. Native heifers sold to £920 for a 26-month-old Aberdeen-Angus from B.E. Wareham, Hermitage.
Dairy breeds peaked at £880 for a 31-month-old Friesian consigned by H.D. Wilkins, High Ham.
Top price in the stirk ring was £832 for a 12-month-old British Blue steer. Heifers sold to £790 for 14-month-old Limousins.
In the calf section trade peaked at £490 for a Charolais bull with heifers selling to £375 for a British Blue.
Auctioneers: Greenslade Taylor Hunt.