CONTINUING strong trade for newly calved cows which drove a top price of £2,150 in Gisburn Auction Marts’ dairy sale, where 67 head came under the hammer.

Heifers remained firm, peaking at £2,120, but auctioneer Fred Spurgeon said: “Filling the bulk tank is the name of the game right now and as a result, it is the cow trade which continues to exceed vendors’ expectations.”

The sale topper was a pedigree second calver from J D Taylor and Son, Broughton, Skipton, which sold giving 40kg to Hill and Davies, Wrexham. At £2,050 was the first prize cow, this one from the continuing dispersal of N and K Forshaw’s herd at Longridge, Preston, and it went back to Longridge with B F Blezard.

A pedigree, three-weeks-calved second lactation cow from J and M Sanderson, Kirkham made £1,820 to T and M Green, Wigan, while even third and fourth lactation cows from Messrs Dinsdale, Carperby, Leyburn sold to a top of £1,680.

Top priced heifer on the day at £2,120 came from J and A H Rogerson, Singleton, selling to J E Walton and Sons, Wrea Green, Preston, while several heifers narrowly missed the £2,000 mark.

A pedigree entry from Messrs Rogerson, giving 32 litres, sold at £1,980 to A P Townsend, Burnley while at the same price, another pedigree heifer from L R Hamer and Son, Rishworth, Sowerby Bridge, sold giving 33 litres to T and M Green.

Averages were pedigree newly calved heifers £1,732, cows £1.835; non-pedigree newly calved heifers £1,657, cows £1,561; in-calf heifers £1,367.

The auctioneers were Richard Turner and Son.