A TOTAL of 25 buyers thronged the Exeter Livestock Market when the Taylor family of Ilfracombe dispersed their Richtop herd of Jerseys.
A Tiverton farmer paid the top price for the second calver, Richtop Pride Butterpat.
She has gone to the Rivermead herd run by the Davis family. With her calf due in July, she went for £1,785.
At £1,628 was Richtop Mays Cora by DJ May who was due her third in July. She sold to Andrew and Phillip Cooke, Honiton who purchased 13 for their new herd.
Two cows sold at £1,575. The first was Richtop Whiskeys Sunlight, a fresh second calver by Wattlebrink Whiskey, which sold to the Grose family, Helston.
The second was the best of the dry cows, Richtop Iatola Asphodel, by SC Gold Dust Paramount Iatola. She was due her fourth in June to Perfecter and sold to Anthony Rew, Newton Abbot.
The in-calf heifers sold to a top of £1,575 for a DJ May daughter due in May to Supernova and 24 of the 39 in-calf heifers sold for £1,155 or more.
The yearling heifers were a real feature of the sale and created much interest selling to a top of £651 for Richtop Perfecter Corona, an August born calf by Shellen Perfecter, which sold to Oliver Neagle for his Hiltonbury herd, Hampshire.
A group of four heifers by DJ Jante, Holmer and May also sold at £630 to Alex Wilson-North, Chulmleigh who is establishing a new herd.
Two heifer calves by DJ Broiler born in February sold well with Richtop Broiler topping at £638 to Simon Bray, Barnstaple and the other sold at £441 to Tom Scanlan, Pembrokeshire.