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Buyers flock to both milking herd auctions

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

PLEASED: Brian Nicholls.

PLEASED: Brian Nicholls.

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MORE than 100 buyers thronged the auction ring for each of two sales of the Heddon Valley milking herd of Brian Nicholls from Parracombe.

Interest came from across the South West but particularly from North Devon.

Kivells auctioneers removed the pedigree Holstein Friesians to Exeter Livestock Centre a week apart with the milking herd split over both days, the in calf heifers on the first day and bulling heifers on the second.

Brian Nicholls said afterwards he was very pleased with the outcome: "Especially on the second day with buyers from all over the country.

"Some who'd bought on the first day came back to buy more, so that says something."

Auctioneer James Morrish described it as "a phenomenal trade and a total of 74 animals were sold over £2,000, with 42 over £2,200."

The leading top price was 2750gns for a fourth calver Heddonvalley Lilac 44 VG8 by Comestar Stormatic having just calved on October. She sold to Bittadon Farms of Barnstaple. At 2,650gns was Heddonvalley Matilda 37, a September calved heifer by Winkleigh Space Shuttle, she sold giving 34kgs to Messrs Partridge of Morchard Bishop. At 2,580gns was a beautiful third calver Heddonvalley Amy 13 a VG85 Regancrest Mr Samuelo daughter and she sold fresh to Len & Jack Bartlett of Honiton.

Dry Cows sold over 2,000gns on five occasions to a top call of 2,180gns for Heddonvalley Penguin Red 4 by Winkleigh Space Shuttle and due in December to her second.

Spring calving cows sold to 1,950gns for Heddonvalley Polly 13 VG88, a fourth calver by Oliveholme Aeroline, due in March to her fifth.

In calf heifers sold to 1,600gns for December calving heifers and January/February calving heifers also sold to 1,600gns and 1,550gns.

Bulling heifers saw an immense trade with a large crowd of potential buyers around the ring trying to secure quality young stock.

Top price was 1,180gns for 13 month old Heddonvalley Pansy 97 by Cleave Mercury Mario out of an EX90 dam, she sold to David Jones of Monmouthshire.

The majority of these heifers were all 11-14 months old and sold exceptionally well with other February 12 born yearlings selling to 880gns. Heifer calves sold well behind their dams to a top of 650gns for a spring born calf by Heddonvalley Luke, son of Picston Shottle.

Several others sold between 500-600gns. Stock bulls sold to great demand and the Holstein bull by Mammoth sold at 1,550gns and the four year old British Blue bull had the hammer finally falling at 2,650gns to round off an exceptional sale.

Averages: In Milk & Dry Cows – £1,622; In Calf & Served Heifers – £1,259; Bulling & Yearling Heifers – £948; 'A' Lot Heifer Calves – £481;Pedigree Holstein Bull – £1,627;British Blue Bull – £2,782.

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