After a run of successful sales at Melton Mowbray Market in recent years, demand for British White breeding cattle appears to remain very strong with another full clearance at the first of the BWCS Spring Sales on Saturday 3rd April.
Top price on the day was paid for the 18-month-old bull Tollesbury Sir Percival from Dr V St Joseph, Essex, selling for 2700gns to Mrs G Mayall & Mr I Anderson, Shrewsbury for their newly-established Pimhill herd.
Not far behind were two highly anticipated yearling heifers from K & RP Harding, Leicestershire - Templar Khanjar 183 and Templar Kansas 182 - reaching 2500gns and 2300gns respectively, both knocked down to Mr D Sketchley of Stonydelph Farms to join his Carthy herd in Staffordshire. Mr Sketchley also purchased all four of the yearling heifers from F W Cook & Son, Cambridgeshire to average just over 1400gns each.
Four young cows with calves at foot from Mr C Amos, Derbyshire averaged just under 1600gns per outfit to the Emily Estate in Somerset, as well as two maiden heifers also from Mr Amos, which made 1600gns and 1500gns.
Four unregistered purebred yearling heifers from Mr I Braka of the Gunton herd, Norfolk, averaged 1100gns per head.
BULLS, 1 SOLD: 2700GNS (£2835)
COWS WITH CALVES AT FOOT, 4 SOLD: 1592.5gns (£1672)
MAIDEN HEIFERS, 8 SOLD: 1694GNS (£1778)
UNREGISTERED HEIFERS, 4 SOLD: 1100GNS (£1155)