THE dispersal of the Reydon herd from A.R. Hall and Sons, Southwold, Suffolk, was the first major dairy sale held at Cirencester market and attracted 50 buyers from 22 counties.
Leading the trade at 5,400gns was Reydon Shottle Harriet 67 VG87, a fresh second lactation cow which gave 11,889kg as a heifer and sold giving 54kg daily. It was from the herd’s best cow family and one of 70 Shottle daughters catalogued. It was bought by John Cawston, Suffolk, to join his Poringland herd. Its two-month-old calf at foot by Goldfish topped the calf section at 1,500gns selling to Jonathan Cope, Whitchurch.
Another Shottle daughter, Reydon Shottle Beauty VG89, whose dam was a 110 tonne producer from the late Chris May’s Hazelden herd, tracing back to the Saltoke herd, Lancashire, made the second top price of 3
,600gns. It also went to East Anglia to join Coastal Holsteins. Reydon Million Nancy 37 VG862yr due in June to Silver sold for 3,200gns to a Welsh buyer.
One of the features of the sale was the trade for calves which averaged £765 peaking at 1,500gns. Another Goldfish daughter made 1,080gns to Nigel Martin and Son, Co. Monaghan, along with 26 other young stock.
Served heifers were also in demand with heifers due from May to November averaging more than £1,400 with 12 selling for 1,500gns plus including two at 1,750gns, both again by Goldfish.
Maiden heifers averaged £915 peaking at 1,700gns for a full sister to the top price cow which joined the Wigboro herd of the Smith family, Essex.
Auctioneers: Norton Brooksbank with Voyce Pullin.