A dispersal sale saw the end to more than 30 years of dairying for Bowden Farms at Templecombe, near Wincanton.
Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt sold the NMR herd belonging to the P H P & L S W de Pelet Partners at Sedgemoor Auction Centre.
The sale topped at 2,000gns twice, for two August-calved heifers by Wa-Del Hayden. At 1,920gns was a February-calved heifer by Refined Labtham, due again in January to Coldsprings Prentice. In-calf heifers due this Autumn sold to 1,520gns for a Bombay granddaughter out of a 11,000kg dam. Yearling heifers by Abs Gigolo, Askew Reece and Gran-J Oman McCormick sold to 870gns. The heifer-calf trade was on fire, selling after their dams to 580gns.
Averages: 98 cows and heifers, £1,243; 16 calved heifers, £1,473; nine served heifers, £1,060; 17 yearling heifers, £804; 19 heifer calves born 2012, £480.